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The 7 Best Robot Vacuums - Spring 2022 Reviews

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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 40 robot vacuums, and below are our recommendations for the best robovacs 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 Bare Floor Robot Vacuum

    The best robot vacuum for bare floors that we've tested is the Roborock S7. This high-end robot vacuum does a fantastic job of dealing with small and bulky debris on flat, even surfaces like hardwood or tile. Its headlining feature is its ultrasonic mopping capability, which uses a vibrating mopping pad to scrub away worked-in dirt and debris, resulting in impressive stain-clearing performance on hard surfaces.

    This vacuum has a wide range of other automation capabilities. Its surface detection system allows it to automatically lift its mopping pad when it detects that it's on carpet or adjust its suction power to suit different floor types. Its LIDAR mapping system allows it to precisely map out the location of various obstacles in a room or maneuver in dark areas. You can use its companion app to pinpoint specific areas you want the vacuum to clean, set up 'no-go' zones the vacuum won't enter, or even remote control it if it gets stuck.

    Unfortunately, it's worth noting that this vacuum has a hard time dealing with pet hair on carpets, but thankfully it clears most of it on bare floors. In addition, even though it has a HEPA post-motor filter, fine particles can still escape from its exhaust, so it isn't the best option for those who suffer from allergies. Still, if you're looking for a robot vacuum to handle messes on bare floors and want a wide array of convenience features, it's a solid choice.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative

    If you don't want to spend as much on a robot vacuum for cleaning bare floors, the iRobot Roomba 981 is a great alternative. This robot vacuum lacks the Roborock S7's LIDAR mapping system, so you can't set up virtual boundary lines or direct it to specific rooms, but it is notably less expensive. It also delivers superb performance on bare floors, easily clearing away pet hair as well as small and bulky debris. In spite of its less advanced mapping system, it does an excellent job of maneuvering its way around obstacles and cleans in an organized pattern of horizontal and vertical lines. Build quality is also impressive, though not quite to the same degree as the Roborock. Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't come with a mopping attachment to help clear away dried-on stains. It also has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning.

     Get the Roborock if you want a vacuum with a wider array of automation capabilities and a mopping system, but take a look at the iRobot if you want a vacuum that delivers superb performance on bare floors at a lower price.

    See our review

  3. Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair

    The iRobot Roomba S9 is the best robot vacuum cleaner for pet hair that we've tested. This premium robot vacuum delivers great performance on low-pile carpet, easily sucking up not only pet hair but also fine and large debris. It has an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans, and its brushrolls are easily removable to help you de-tangle any stuck-on hair. Build quality is also excellent, and the vacuum has a relatively large dustbin.

    Its vSLAM navigation system builds a permanent map of its coverage area, which you can access through its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines that the vacuum won't cross or direct it to clean specific areas at specific times. Its surface detection system enables it to change its suction power mode depending on whether it's on bare floors or carpet. It can also resume a cleaning session from where it left off if it needed to return to its docking station to recharge.

    Unfortunately, unlike newer robot vacuums like the iRobot Roomba j7+, there's no hazard recognition system to let it avoid obstacles like pet waste in real-time, so it's best to make sure its cleaning area is free of any similar obstacles before letting it run. It also incurs high recurring costs and has many parts needing periodic cleaning, though this is normal for robot vacuums. Overall, if you're looking for a hassle-free way of keeping your floors free of pet hair, it's an excellent option.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative

    If you're looking to spend less on a robot vacuum that can still easily clean pet hair on a wide variety of floor types, consider the Neato D8. Like the iRobot Roomba S9, this vacuum has an onboard allergen-trapping HEPA filter and a removable brushroll that makes it easier to clean tangled hair. However, it lacks an automatic surface detection system and has a slightly harder time climbing onto very high-pile rugs. It feels impressively well-built and has far fewer parts that need periodic cleaning. Its LIDAR mapping system generates a permanent map of its coverage area, which you can access through its companion app to set up no-go zones the vacuum won't enter or schedule cleaning sessions in advance. Unfortunately, this vacuum's battery life is relatively short; you can only expect a maximum of roughly 70 minutes of runtime before it has to return to its docking station to recharge, which is less than half the iRobot's maximum battery life.

    Get the iRobot if you want a vacuum that lasts longer on a charge and does a better job of maneuvering itself around obstacles, but consider the Neato if you want to spend less without sacrificing too much in the way of pet hair cleaning performance.

    See our review

  5. Best Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum

    If you want a robot vacuum that can empty its own dustbin, the yeedi vac station is worth a look. Unlike many other robot vacuums, especially in this price range, it has a self-emptying function that lets it transfer debris from its internal dustbin into an external dirt compartment mounted to its charging dock, reducing hands-on maintenance requirements. It also does an excellent job of clearing debris on bare floors and delivers impressive performance on high-pile carpet, though it struggles with clearing fine debris on low-pile carpet.

    This vacuum has quite a few other automation capabilities. You can use its companion app to direct it to specific rooms within your home or set up no-go zones on its coverage map to prevent it from entering certain spaces. It does an amazing job of maneuvering itself, as it's capable of easily navigating around furniture or climbing over high-pile rugs and electrical cords, though rug tassels can get stuck in its brushroll. Its surface detection feature lets it automatically increase its suction power on carpets or avoid carpets and rugs when its included mopping attachment is fitted in place.

    However, this vacuum does incur quite a few recurring costs over time, especially seeing as how you need to replace the docking station's dust bag once it's filled, which should hold roughly 30 days' worth of debris, according to the manufacturer. It also doesn't have a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans. Otherwise, it's a great choice if you're looking for a robot vacuum that doesn't require you to empty its dustbin manually after every cleaning session.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Robot Vacuum

    The best robot vacuum cleaner in the budget category that we've tested is the Wyze Robot Vacuum. This relatively affordable vacuum features a LIDAR mapping system, a rarity for models in this price bracket. It allows the vacuum to store a permanent map of its coverage area, which you can access via its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines that the vacuum won't cross or direct it to clean a specific room in your home.

    This vacuum also does a good job of maneuvering its way around obstacles and is small enough to clean under tables and chairs. It delivers exceptional performance on flat, even surfaces like hardwood or tile floors, easily cleaning bulky and small debris. It's also remarkably effective when dealing with pet hair on a wide variety of surfaces, including low and high-pile carpets and rugs. It's also fairly quiet and has an onboard HEPA filter, helping to limit the spread of fine allergens as it cleans.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum struggles with cleaning fine and large debris from low-pile carpets. Unlike the Roborock E4, there's no surface detection system to let it automatically increase its suction power on different surfaces, so you need to choose this setting manually. Still, its reasonably affordable price point and relatively advanced mapping and navigation system make it a great option for hassle-free cleaning.

    See our review

  7. Alternative With A Larger Dustbin

    If you're looking for a robot vacuum with a larger internal dirt compartment, consider the Roborock E4. This budget-friendly robot vacuum delivers similarly superb performance on bare floors and does a slightly better job cleaning debris on carpet than the Wyze Robot Vacuum. However, you can't set up virtual boundary markers or schedule room cleaning sessions for specific areas using its companion app. Thankfully, its dustbin is larger, so it shouldn't need emptying as frequently. Despite its less advanced mapping system, it still does a great job of maneuvering itself, and it's capable of automatically adjusting its suction power depending on the surface that it's on. However, while its maximum battery life of nearly 200 minutes is longer, it does take longer to recharge. It also has many parts that need regular replacing, including its allergen-trapping HEPA filter.

    Get the Wyze if you want a vacuum with more advanced automation capabilities, but consider the Roborock if you want a larger dustbin and a longer battery life.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • eufy RoboVac X8: The eufy RoboVac X8 is an advanced robot vacuum with more advanced automation capabilities than the iRobot Roomba 981, but it doesn't maneuver itself as effectively and feels less well-built. See our review
  • eufy RoboVac 11S: The eufy RoboVac 11S is a budget robot vacuum with decent build quality and satisfactory performance on bare floors. However, it doesn't do nearly as well on carpeted surfaces compared to the Roborock E4. See our review
  • Narwal T10: The Narwal T10 is an amazingly well-built robot cleaning appliance with a highly advanced mopping system. Its lack of a brushroll and small suction inlet limit its utility as a robot vacuum. See our review
  • Samsung POWERbot R7040: The Samsung POWERbot R7040 is a robot vacuum that incurs remarkably low recurring costs. However, it has a short battery life and doesn't perform very well on low or high-pile carpet. See our review
  • yeedi K650: The yeedi K650 is a cheap robot vacuum that performs remarkably well on bare floors, but it has much less advanced automation capabilities than the Wyze Robot Vacuum. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Apr 04, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still in stock and represent the best option for user expectations and needs.

  3. Mar 04, 2022: Swapped eufy Robovac X8 with Roborock S6 MaxV as 'Alternative With More Advanced Automation Features' pick.

  4. Feb 01, 2022: Recategorized Neato D8 as 'Cheaper Alternative' pick to better align with user expectations and needs.

  5. Jan 07, 2022: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for their given category.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robovacs 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.

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