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The 5 Best Robot Vacuums - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best Robot Vacuums

If you don't have time to regularly sweep or vacuum, robot vacuums are an easy way to make sure your home stays clean without you needing to do all the work. Since they use various types of technology like lasers or cameras to navigate and maneuver around a room, they can generally avoid furniture and get beneath couches and tables with relative ease. Some even automatically empty their dirt compartments, which further reduces the work you need to do. Although they aren't as good at cleaning carpet as more traditional upright vacuums, many come with smart pathing technology to clean more efficiently. Many of them also come with companion apps or remote controls so you can set up scheduled cleaning times or place boundaries to keep it out of certain areas.

We've tested over 50 robot vacuums, and below are our recommendations for the best robot vacuum cleaners you can buy. These picks are selected not only based on their performance, but also their feature set, design, and price. For more recommendations, look at our list of the best vacuums, the best vacuums for high-pile carpet, and the best vacuums for pet hair.

  1. Best Robot Vacuum

    The Roborock S7 MaxV is the best robot vacuum we've tested. This high-end robot vacuum has a dual-sensor navigation system, which uses LIDAR in conjunction with a pair of cameras with 3D scanning capability to identify and avoid common hazards like power cords, furniture legs, or even pet waste in real-time. You can also use it to monitor things at home while you're away by looking through the camera. It can also identify the type of room it's in based on the furniture and automatically suggest different cleaning modes for distinct areas, like bedrooms, kitchens, or bathrooms. It performs remarkably well on bare floors and does an okay job cleaning carpets, though it might need to make an extra pass to fully clean finer debris.

    While this vacuum is fully compatible with Roborock’s Empty Wash Fill dock, which further helps reduce hands-on maintenance needs by automatically emptying its dustbin, refilling its water reservoir, and washing its mopping pads, it's a pretty expensive additional accessory. It also does a terrible job of sealing fine allergens, even though it has an onboard HEPA filter.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum

    The best upper mid-range robot vacuum we've tested is the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI. It has an advanced dual-sensor navigation system, which combines onboard cameras to identify hazards in real-time with LIDAR to precisely map out its coverage area, similar to the system found on the Roborock S7 MaxV. It generates a permanent map of its coverage area, which you can access via its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines it won't cross, direct it to a specific area, or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms. It is compatible with a self-emptying station to reduce hands-on maintenance needs, though buying the vacuum with this dock is quite pricey. Debris pickup performance on most surfaces is also quite strong. While it has a mopping module, it's entirely passive, unlike the pricier Roborock's ultrasonic system, and isn't nearly as effective when scrubbing away stains.

    If that stain-clearing capability is important to you, it's hard to go wrong with the basic Roborock S7. It features the same ultrasonic mopping system as the flagship Roborock S7 MaxV to scrub away dried-on stains. That said, unlike the more powerful S7 MaxV or Ecovacs, it uses only a LIDAR sensor to navigate and has no cameras that allow it to see and avoid low-lying hazards in real time.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    The Roborock S5 Max is a great choice if you're looking for a versatile robot vacuum at a mid-range price. While you're missing out on the Roborock S7 MaxV's real-time hazard identification capability and mopping capability, this relatively affordable vacuum offers good value for money. It has a LIDAR mapping system, which is rare for a vacuum at this price point, and allows for quick and precise room mapping compared to most optical sensor-based systems. Its companion app is very easy to use and lets you set up virtual boundary lines that it won't cross or direct it to clean a specific room in your home. It delivers exceptional performance on flat, even surfaces like hardwood or tile floors and is remarkably effective when dealing with pet hair on a wide variety of surfaces.

    Unfortunately, while this vacuum's 'Carpet Mode' feature lets it automatically ramp up its suction power on carpeting, it still struggles with cleaning fine and large debris embedded in carpet fibers. Looking for something slightly cheaper? The Wyze Robot Vacuum is worth a look. It features LIDAR navigation at a lower purchase price than the Roborock, though it has a smaller dirt compartment and a shorter battery life.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    If you're looking to spend as little as possible on a robot vacuum and don't want or need many convenience features, the yeedi K650 is a simple, solid option. Its companion app is intuitive, and you can use it to set the vacuum's power setting and schedule cleaning sessions in advance. Still, compared to midrange models like the Roborock S5 Max, its mapping and navigation systems are very basic, leading it to miss some areas and occasionally bump into obstructions, even its charging dock. It doesn't store a permanent map of its coverage area, so you can't direct it to specific rooms in your home or set up virtual boundary lines. However, you can buy magnetic boundary strips to prevent the vacuum from entering certain spaces. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa devices, allowing you to make inputs with voice commands.

    Despite its relatively low price, it still does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair and small and bulky debris from flat, even surfaces, though it can have a hard time cleaning large and fine debris on carpeted floors. It feels well-built for a vacuum in this price bracket, with a fairly sturdy-feeling body made of matte-finish plastic. Its dirt compartment is also large for a robot vacuum, so you won't need to empty it too often.

    See our review

  5. Best HEPA Robot Vacuum Cleaner For Allergies

    If you suffer from allergies and want a robot vacuum to handle your light-duty cleaning needs, the iRobot Roomba S9 is a solid option. Unlike the comparably-priced Roborock S7 MaxV, this premium robot vacuum has a far simpler optical sensor-based system and can't recognize and avoid obstacles in real time, though thankfully, you can still set up virtual boundary lines that the vacuum won't cross or direct it to clean specific areas at specific times. That said, if you don't want or need these features and want something better at filtering out allergens, it's worth a look. It has an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans and is effective in trapping particles like pet dander. If you want to further minimize the spread of allergens, it's fully compatible with a self-emptying dock that can suck debris from its internal dustbin into an external dirtbag without manual intervention.

    However, buying this accessory separately or purchasing it with the vacuum as part of the S9+ bundle does push it into a different price bracket. If you don't mind giving up the onboard HEPA filter, the yeedi vac station offers self-emptying capability at a much lower purchase price. The yeedi also has a passive mopping system, which isn't especially effective in clearing stains but is still a feature that the iRobot lacks.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • eufy RoboVac X8: The eufy RoboVac X8 is an advanced robot vacuum with relatively advanced automation capabilities, but it lacks the hazard avoidance feature found on the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI. See our review
  • eufy RoboVac 25C: The eufy RoboVac 25C is a basic robot vacuum that you can use without an internet connection with its included remote control. However, it has a smaller dustbin than the yeedi K650 and doesn't maneuver itself as effectively. See our review
  • Neato D8: The Neato D8 is a mid-priced robot vacuum that delivers good performance on carpeted floors. However, it has a shorter battery life than the Roborock S5 Max and doesn't maneuver itself as effectively. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 03, 2022: Replaced Roborock S7 with Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum'. Replaced Wyze Robot Vacuum with Roborock S5 Max as 'Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum Cleaner' pick. Removed less relevant product picks from Notable Mentions and added Neato D8 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jul 29, 2022: Minor article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Replaced Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI with Roborock S7 as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum' pick. Recategorized Wyze Robot Vacuum as 'Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum Cleaner' pick. Recategorized yeedi K650 as 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner' pick. Removed less relevant picks from Notable Mentions, added Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI and eufy RoboVac 25C to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jul 14, 2022: Slight restructuring of the article to better align with user expectations. Replaced iRobot Roomba S9 with Roborock S7 MaxV as 'Best Robot Vacuum'. Recategorized iRobot Roomba S9 as 'Best HEPA Robot Vacuum For Allergies' pick. Added Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI as 'Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum' pick. Replaced eufy RoboVac 25C with yeedi K650 as 'Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner Under $150' due to current pricing. Added Roborock S7 and Roborock S6 MaxV to Notable Mentions. Removed yeedi K650, Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI, and Narwal T10 from Notable Mentions.

  4. Jun 09, 2022: Article restructuring to better align with user needs and expectations. Recategorized iRobot Roomba S9 as 'Best Robot Vacuum'. Recategorized Roborock S7 as 'Best LIDAR Mapping Robot Vacuum'. Recategorized Wyze Robot Vacuum as 'Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner Under $300'. Added eufy Robovac 25C as the new 'Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner Under $150' pick. Removed Neato D8, Roborock E4, and iRobot Roomba 981 from main recommendations. Added iRobot Roomba 981 and Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI to Notable Mentions.

  5. May 04, 2022: Replaced iRobot Roomba 981 with Roborock S7 as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Bare Floors' pick. Re-categorized iRobot Roomba 981 as 'Cheaper Alternative' p pick. Removed Roborock S6 MaxV from recommendations due to current availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuum cleaners for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our robot vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there's no single best option that's perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.