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 of them 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 35 robot vacuums, and below are our recommendations for the best robot vacuums you can buy. These picks are selected not only based on their performance but also their feature set, design, and price. For more recommendations, take a look at our list of the best vacuums, the best vacuums for high-pile carpet, and the best vacuums for pet hair.
The Roborock S6 is the best robot vacuum for bare floors that we've tested. This vacuum delivers exceptional performance on surfaces like laminate or hardwood, where it easily clears pet hair, bulky debris like cereal, or small material like rice. It has a mop attachment to help clean wet messes, though we don't currently test this function.
The vacuum itself is very well-built, with sturdy plastic construction and durable rubber wheels that enable it to climb over some low-lying obstructions. Battery performance is exceptional, as it can provide over three hours of continuous runtime if you run it continuously in its least powerful 'Silent' mode. Its LIDAR navigation system builds a map of its coverage area, leading it to plot increasingly efficient cleaning routes and allowing you to set up virtual boundary lines that the vacuum can't cross or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms.
Unfortunately, like most robot vacuums, there are quite a few parts that require regular maintenance or even replacement, so recurring costs are rather high. It also struggles to clear fine debris, like baking soda, from low and high-pile rugs. Otherwise, its excellent build quality, broad assortment of automation features, and superb performance on bare floors help make it one of the best vacuums for tile floors that we've tested.
If you're looking for a more affordable robot vacuum but aren't willing to give up much in the way of suction performance, consider the Roborock E4. It doesn't use the Roborock S6's LIDAR navigation system, so you can't set up virtual boundary markers or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms, but it's notably less expensive and still offers automatic suction power and surface type adjustment. It does an exceptional job of cleaning bare floors and delivers similar cleaning performance on low-pile carpet, but better still, it has an easier time of clearing larger debris like sand on high-pile carpet. Despite its more basic mapping system, it's still impressively maneuverable and can easily clean under chairs and tables. It feels sturdily built, but unfortunately, it incurs high recurring costs and has many parts that need regular cleaning.
Get the S6 if you want a better-built vacuum with more automation features, but take a look at the E4 if you're looking to save some money and still value all-out cleaning performance.
The iRobot Roomba S9 is the best robot vacuum cleaner for carpet that we've tested. This premium robot vacuum feels amazingly well-built, with a high-grade plastic construction and dense wheels that enable it to roll smoothly on carpeted floors. Its vacuum head also automatically changes height depending on the surface it's on, and there are three different suction power levels to choose from.
This vacuum delivers impressive performance on low-pile carpet and does a good job of clearing various kinds of debris on high-pile carpet, though it might take an extra pass to clear larger debris like sand on this surface type. The vacuum's vSLAM navigational system builds a virtual map of its coverage area, which you can access through its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms. Its battery performance is also superb, as you can expect roughly anywhere between 50 to over 150 minutes of runtime on a single charge depending on your choice of settings and usage habits.
Unfortunately, like most robot vacuums, many parts need to be cleaned or even replaced regularly, so recurring costs can add up over time. Still, if you're looking for a feature-dense robot vacuum that can handle messes on carpeted floors, this is a good option, as it's also one of the best vacuums for carpets that we've tested.
The best robot vacuum in the budget category that we've tested is the Wyze Robot Vacuum. This budget-friendly robot vacuum is impressively well-built and very compact, allowing it to navigate under couches and tables without difficulty. Its LIDAR navigation system maps your home during its first run, and you can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines on this map that the vacuum won't cross.
Battery performance is excellent, as the vacuum can provide roughly anywhere between an hour to over 130 minutes of continuous runtime depending on the chosen suction power level, which should be more than enough to clean most spaces. It does a superb job of clearing debris on bare floors and performs fairly well on low and high-pile carpet, though it's likely to need several passes to fully clear fine debris like baking soda or larger material like sand.
Unfortunately, this vacuum has many parts that need to be cleaned regularly. Some components need to be periodically replaced, so recurring costs are also somewhat high. Its dirt compartment is also fairly small and needs to be emptied frequently. Otherwise, the vacuum's mix of affordability, impressive build quality, and excellent performance on bare floors help make it one of the best budget robot vacuum cleaners that we've tested.
If you want a budget-friendly robot vacuum but don't want to empty a dustbin as often, consider the yeedi K650. It doesn't clear debris quite as effectively as the Wyze Robot Vacuum, particularly on low-pile carpet, and doesn't have a smart-pathing feature, but its dustbin is larger, and it has a longer maximum battery life when run in its least powerful 'Quiet' suction mode. It delivers fantastic performance on bare floors, where it easily clears debris like pet hair, cereal, or rice. It feels well-built and is rather easy to store, thanks to its compact size. Unfortunately, it can bump into some obstacles and can get caught on rug tassels. It also has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning and incurs quite a few recurring costs.
Get the Wyze if you want superior maneuverability and slightly better overall cleaning performance, but consider the yeedi if you don't want to worry about emptying a dustbin quite as often.
Jul 22, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.
Jun 25, 2021: Verified the availability of all main picks. Added Neato D8 to Notable Mentions.
May 27, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category. Added Neato D8, Roborock S7, and Roborock S6 MaxV to Notable Mentions.
Apr 30, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.
Mar 31, 2021: Replaced the Yeedi K650 with the Wyze Robot Vacuum as the 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum' because of its better performance and automation features. Made the Yeedi K650 the 'Alternative With A Bigger Dirt Compartment'. Checked the other picks to make sure that we're still recommending the best products and that they're available.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuums 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 no vacuum is 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.