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Wyze Robot Vacuum Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Review updated Feb 02, 2023 at 12:21 pm
Wyze Robot Vacuum Picture
7.6
Bare Floor
6.8
Low-Pile Carpet
6.5
High-Pile Carpet
5.2
Pets
5.9
Stairs
4.7
Cars
4.3
Workshop

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a lower mid-range vacuum with a wide range of automation capabilities and a LIDAR mapping system, which isn't always a guarantee for vacuums at this price point and allows for quick and precise room mapping. It has fantastic performance on bare floors and does a good job of cleaning pet hair from most surface types. Unfortunately, its dirt compartment is very small, even by the standards of robot vacuums.

Our Verdict

7.6 Bare Floor

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a good performer on bare floors. It's very well-built and delivers incredible performance on surfaces like hardwood and laminate, where it easily clears pet hair and debris. Unfortunately, it has a small dirt compartment and like many robot models, incurs high recurring costs. That said, it does a good job of maneuvering itself and moves in an organized pattern.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Great automation features.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • High recurring costs.
6.8 Low-Pile Carpet

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is okay on low-pile carpets. It has an impressive build quality but struggles to clear fine debris like baking soda from this surface type. On the plus side, it doesn't struggle nearly as much with larger material or pet hair, and does a good job of maneuvering itself thanks to its LIDAR mapping sensor.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Picks up most pet hair.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • No automatic surface type adjustment feature.
6.5 High-Pile Carpet

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is alright on high-pile carpets. It can climb onto thicker carpeting without getting stuck and is reasonably effective in clearing away pet hair and larger debris. Unfortunately, it struggles with really fine material. It also has a very small dirt compartment and incurs quite a few recurring costs.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Picks up most pet hair.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • No automatic surface type adjustment feature.
5.2 Pets

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a decent choice for cleaning up pet hair, though naturally, it can only do so on floors and not furniture. It does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair from bare floors and sucks up a good amount of it from carpets. It has a HEPA filter to seal in allergens. Its brushroll is easily removable, though it can take a bit of time to clear tangled hair. Unfortunately, it incurs fairly high recurring costs. There's also no mopping attachment to allow it to clear away tracked-in mud and dirt.

Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • High recurring costs.
  • No automatic surface type adjustment feature.
5.9 Stairs

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a robot vacuum and isn't suitable for cleaning stairs.

4.7 Cars

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a robot vacuum and isn't suitable for cleaning your car's interior.

4.3 Workshop

The Wyze Robot Vacuum isn't designed to clean workshops.

  • 7.6 Bare Floor
  • 6.8 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.5 High-Pile Carpet
  • 5.2 Pets
  • 5.9 Stairs
  • 4.7 Cars
  • 4.3 Workshop
  1. Updated Feb 02, 2023: We've updated the text in the review to account for the new tests and scoring methodology in Vacuum Test Bench 1.0 and Vacuum Test Bench 1.1.
  2. Updated Jul 29, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. Updated Mar 18, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Mar 16, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Mar 12, 2021: Early access published.
  6. Updated Mar 05, 2021: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated Mar 04, 2021: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated Feb 10, 2021: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is available in one color variant: 'Black'. You can see the label for the unit we tested here.

If you come across another variant, or yours is different, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a robot vacuum with a fantastic performance on bare floors and does a good job cleaning pet hair from carpets. It's an excellent alternative to the Roborock S4 Max, another mid-range LIDAR mapping robot vacuum, as it delivers superior debris pickup performance on most floor types, though it falls short in debris capacity and battery life.

To see more options, check out our lists of the best robot vacuums, the best robot vacuums for pet hair, and the best robot vacuums for carpet.

Roborock Q5/Q5+

The Wyze Robot Vacuum and Roborock Q5 each have advantages. The Roborock can be bundled with a self-emptying dock, which has the potential to reduce hands-on maintenance requirements. It also has a longer battery life than the Wyze, and you can use its companion app to direct it manually if you get stuck. However, the Wyze feels better built, does a much better job of sealing in allergens, and takes less time to recharge.

eufy RoboVac G30

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is better than the eufy RoboVac G30. The Wyze has better build quality, fewer parts that need to be cleaned regularly, lower recurring costs, a longer maximum battery life, and a more advanced LIDAR mapping system that allows you to set up virtual boundary markers or schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms. It also delivers better performance on all surface types. Meanwhile, the eufy has a larger dustbin and an automatic suction power adjustment feature.

iRobot Roomba i4

The iRobot Roomba i4 and Wyze Robot Vacuum each have advantages, so one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The iRobot has a larger dirt compartment, requires less time to charge, and delivers better performance on high-pile carpet. Conversely, the Wyze is less demanding in terms of maintenance requirements, incurs fewer recurring costs, has a longer runtime in its least powerful suction mode, and cleans debris more effectively on bare floors.

iRobot Roomba 694 [690, 692]

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is superior to the iRobot Roomba 694. The Wyze has fewer parts that need periodic cleaning, uses an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, maneuvers itself more effectively, and performs better on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpets. You can also use the Wyze vacuum's companion app to set up virtual boundary markers or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms. Conversely, the iRobot has a larger dustbin and charges much faster.

iRobot Roomba j7/j7+

The Wyze Robot Vacuum and iRobot Roomba j7 each have advantages. The iRobot provides a more hands-off cleaning experience, with real-time object identification to spot and avoid hazards like pet waste, automatic power adjustment for different floor types, and compatibility with a self-emptying base station. That said, the Wyze offers better overall debris pickup performance and has a longer battery life.

eufy RoboVac 25C

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is better than the eufy RoboVac 25C. The Wyze feels better built, is easier to maintain, has a longer battery life, and delivers better debris pickup on most floor types. It also has a LIDAR sensor, which results in much faster and more efficient pathing than the eufy's random-pathing system.

iRobot Roomba i3

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is better than the iRobot Roomba i3. The Wyze has fewer parts requiring regular maintenance, incurs lower recurring costs, lasts longer on a single charge, and delivers better performance on bare floors and carpets. However, the iRobot does have an automatic surface adjustment feature and a self-emptying function that reduces hands-on maintenance requirements.

Shark AI Ultra Robot [AV2501AE, AV2501S, AV2511AE, RV2502AE]

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is better than the Shark AI Ultra Robot. The Wyze feels sturdier, is easier to maintain, clears away more pet hair, does a better job on bare floors, and has a markedly superior companion app. However, the Shark is compatible with a self-emptying base station to reduce hands-on maintenance requirements.

Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI

The Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI is better than the Wyze Robot Vacuum. The Ecovacs has a more advanced mapping and navigation system, which combines a LIDAR sensor with a camera that allows it to spot and react to hazards in front of it in real-time. It also feels better built than the Wyze, does a better job of cleaning carpets, has a larger internal dustbin, and a longer battery life. It's also capable of mopping up stains, though its mopping system is entirely passive and not especially efficient, and is fully compatible with a self-emptying station. That said, the Wyze is far more affordable and delivers superior performance on bare floors.

Roborock S7 MaxV

The Roborock S7 MaxV is better than the Wyze Robot Vacuum. The Roborock has both a LIDAR sensor for quick mapping and a front-facing camera for spotting and identifying potential hazards in real-time. Unlike the Wyze, it also has an advanced mopping system that's quite effective in scrubbing away stains. Lastly, it's fully compatible with two types of self-emptying stations, the pricier of which refills its water tank and washes its mopping pads in addition to emptying its dustbin. The Wyze is a good option if you don't need those additional features and simply want a LIDAR robot vacuum with good overall debris-pickup performance.

iRobot Roomba 675

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is better than the iRobot Roomba 675. The Wyze is easier to maintain, performs better on most surface types, does a better job of clearing away pet hair, and has a more advanced LIDAR mapping sensor, which results in superior maneuverability and a more robust suite of automation features, like support for no-go zones and scheduling for individual room cleaning sessions.

Roborock S4 Max

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is slightly better than the Roborock S4 Max. The Wyze has fewer parts that require regular maintenance and delivers superior performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. While the Wyze charges a lot faster, the Roborock has a longer maximum runtime, but it's worth mentioning that this can vary in the real world. The Roborock also maneuvers itself more effectively and has a larger dirt compartment.

yeedi K650

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a better vacuum than the yeedi K650. The Wyze delivers better performance on all surface types and has much better automation features. It also has a better build quality and is easier to maintain. On the other hand, the yeedi has a bigger dirt compartment, charges more quickly, and has longer maximum battery life.

iRobot Roomba 981

The iRobot Roomba 981 and the Wyze Robot Vacuum have different strengths, and you may prefer either one depending on your needs. The iRobot can automatically adjust its suction power depending on what surface type it's cleaning, and it delivers better performance on bare floors as well as low-pile carpets. On the other hand, the Wyze delivers much better performance on high-pile carpets, and its companion app allows you to set virtual boundaries to keep the vacuum out of certain areas.

Roborock E4

The Wyze Robot Vacuum and the Roborock E4 have a very similar look and performance, but the Roborock is better for most uses. The Roborock's dirt compartment is much bigger, it has a longer maximum battery life, and it clears more pet hair from carpets. On the other hand, the Wyze has a more advanced navigation system, and its app allows you to set virtual boundaries for the vacuum and create cleaning schedules for individual rooms, which isn't possible with the Roborock.

Shark AI Robot

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is better than the Shark AI Robot. The Wyze's LIDAR mapping sensor allows for quicker, more precise room mapping and has a considerably better companion app, though the Shark does offer a similarly broad suite of automation features, like support for no-go zones. The Wyze also feels better built, is more effective in clearing away pet hair, and is easier to maintain. However, the Shark has a larger dustbin and a longer battery life.

Roborock S6

The Roborock S6 and the Wyze Robot Vacuum are very similar robot vacuums, but the Roborock is better for most uses. The Roborock's dirt compartment is much bigger, and it has a better battery performance. It also has an automatic surface type adjustment feature. On the other hand, the Wyze is easier to maintain and delivers significantly better performance on high-pile carpets.

eufy RoboVac G20

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is better than the eufy RoboVac G20. The Wyze has a more advanced LIDAR mapping system that enables it to store a permanent map of its coverage area, meaning you can use its companion app to schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms or set up virtual boundary lines. The Wyze also feels better built, has fewer parts that need periodic cleaning, incurs lower recurring costs, does a better job of dealing with pet hair, is more maneuverable, and is more effective in sealing in fine particles. Conversely, the eufy has a slightly larger dustbin and weighs less.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Robot

Build quality is great. It's made of hard plastic and has a glossy black top with a cover you can lift to access the dirt compartment. The rubber wheels feel durable, but the dirt compartment feels somewhat fragile. It's very easy to assemble out of the box since you just need to attach the side brush and set up the dock.

6.0
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum is passably easy to maintain. There are quite a few parts that need to be serviced regularly, but they're all easy to access.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment is located under the glossy black cover on top of the vacuum and can be easily lifted free by pressing the grooves on its sides. You should empty it over a garbage can whenever it's full. Taking it out or putting it back in triggers a voice notification.
  • HEPA filter: The HEPA filter can be unclipped from its slot in the dirt compartment very easily. You should use the cleaning tool to remove any debris every two weeks.
  • Brushroll: To remove this component, lift the cover under the vacuum and pull it out. The included cleaning tool does make it a little easier to cut away any stuck-on hair, but longer strands can be a bit of a hassle to deal with, as they tend to get wrapped around its bearings. The manufacturer doesn't say how often you should clean it, but you should clean the bearing and clear any hair tangles with the cleaning tool regularly.
  • Side brush: Unlike a lot of other robot vacuums, the side brush isn't fixed in place with a screw, and you can just pull it out of its slot pretty easily. It isn't especially hard to clean, either. You should clean it about once a month.
  • Boundary sensor: You should clean the sensor regularly by wiping it with a soft cloth.

5.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number not available
HEPA Filter Part Number Not available

This vacuum has fairly high recurring costs. There are a few parts that need regular replacing. Conveniently, you can use the Wyze app to track how many hours of cleaning time are left until each part needs replacing.

  • HEPA filter: You should replace it every three months or after 150 hours of use.
  • Side brush: You should replace it every three months or after 200 hours of use.
  • Brushroll: You should replace it every six to 12 months or after 300 hours of use.

You can buy all of these replacements individually or in a 'Maintenance Kit', which includes:

  • 4x HEPA filters
  • 2x brushrolls
  • 4x side brushes

8.9
Design
Storing
Height
3.74" (9.5 cm)
Width
15.75" (40.0 cm)
Depth
13.39" (34.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

This vacuum is incredibly easy to store. It's very compact and mounts onto its low-profile docking station by itself.

5.7
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.06 gal (0.21 L)
Full Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

Dirt compartment capacity is sub-par. It's small even for a robot vacuum, with alternatives like the Roborock E4 holding a lot more debris. There's also no indicator to let you know when it's full.

Design
In The Box

  • Wyze Robot Vacuum
  • Charging dock
  • Power adaptor
  • Dirt compartment
  • 2x HEPA filter
  • 2x side brush
  • Quick start guide
  • Manual
  • Cleaning brush

10
Design
Range
Cordless
Yes
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
N/A
Maximum Wand Length
N/A
Total Range
N/A

The range is limited only by the remaining battery life and the room in its dirt compartment. However, like any robot vacuum, it can't go up or down stairs.

7.9
Design
Portability
Total Weight
7.80 lbs (3.54 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

This vacuum is pretty portable. Unlike the iRobot Roomba i7, there's no integrated carrying handle, but it's light and will be easy to carry around from floor to floor.

8.5
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
67 min
Maximum Battery Life
134 min
Recharge Time
207 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
No

This vacuum has excellent battery performance. On its most powerful 'Strong' mode, it provides just over an hour of continuous cleaning time. If you use the lower-power 'Quiet' mode, it lasts for just over two hours. It'll be sufficient for cleaning most large rooms, though it's worth noting newer alternatives like the Roborock Q5 can last even longer on a charge. When the remaining battery life reaches less than 20 percent, it stops cleaning and tries to return to its dock. The LED indicator light on top will start to blink yellow as well. It takes about three and a half hours to recharge, which isn't too long, although some robot models charge much more quickly, like the iRobot Roomba 614.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
Yes
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

This vacuum doesn't have many extra features. There are two buttons on top, 'Power' and 'Home'. Pushing the 'Power' button once will start or pause a cleaning cycle while holding it for three seconds will turn the vacuum on or off. The 'Home' button sends the vacuum back to its dock. You can also use the app to set the suction power setting to 'Quiet', 'Standard', or 'Strong', but you have to do it manually, as the vacuum can't automatically adjust those settings depending on the surface it's on, unlike the Roborock E4.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
No
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The Wyze Robot Vacuum has a brushroll and a side brush, which is meant to help push debris into the vacuum's path. It also comes with a cleaning tool with a small brush and a hook blade you can use to remove debris and cut tangled hair from the blades. The vacuum is also bundled with a replacement side brush.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No
Performance
9.9
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Standard"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 99%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

This vacuum has a superb performance on bare floors. It easily clears away small debris like rice and bulkier debris like cereal.

5.5
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Strong"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 65%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 24%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

Debris pickup performance on low-pile carpets is disappointing. It picks up a decent amount of larger debris like sand but struggles with fine material like baking soda.

6.6
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Strong"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 56%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 28%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

This vacuum has an okay performance on high-pile carpets. It'll need to make an extra pass or two to clear away larger debris like sand and struggles somewhat with fine material like baking soda.

9.5
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
100%
Low-Pile Carpet
96%
High-Pile Carpet
85%

This vacuum does a fantastic job of handling pet hair. It has no trouble dealing with hair on bare floors or low and high-pile carpet.

0
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.01 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "Strong" (App)
Normal Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.00 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Normal" (App)
Hose Diameter
N/A

This vacuum doesn't exert all that much in the way of suction force, though this isn't unusual for a robot vacuum; its suction inlet is positioned too high above the ground to generate a tight seal on bare surfaces, so real-world suction measurements are quite low.

8.9
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
66.6 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
66.7 dBA

The Wyze Robot Vacuum isn't very noisy, especially when compared to most manually-operated vacuums. However, you still might want to consider an alternative like the eufy RoboVac G20 if quiet operation is a priority.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability

This vacuum has good maneuverability. It tends to start by moving around the edge of a room and then cleans in an organized pattern of straight lines. The smart pathing feature allows it to become more efficient with each run, and it gets noticeably better at cleaning around obstacles like chair legs after a few cleaning sessions. It's small enough to go under low furniture like coffee tables and couches, but unfortunately gets stuck on electrical cords and rug tassels. It can navigate on high-pile carpets but can pull rugs around, which could be annoying if you have small area rugs or doormats.

0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test
Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

This vacuum does a great job of sealing in fine allergens, thanks in part to its high-efficiency post-motor filter.

5.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

This vacuum does a poor job of cleaning crevices. It isn't quite powerful enough to draw debris out of deeper cracks. Thankfully, unlike alternatives like the Roborock Q5, its side brush doesn't scatter messes around when lifting debris from cracks.

1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The Wyze Robot Vacuum has terrible stain-clearing performance. Unlike the Roborock S5, it doesn't have a mopping feature that would allow it to scrub away dried-on stains.

0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
7.1
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
Smart
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
Onboard Only
Navigation Control Buttons
Return to Base Only

Physical automation features aren't especially extensive. Unlike the Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty, it isn't compatible with a self-emptying base station. It uses its LIDAR navigation system to map your home as it cleans for the first time. The vacuum will only connect with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks, as it won't detect 5GHz networks. If you want to use the vacuum without an internet connection, you can use the buttons on the top to either send it back to its dock or to have it pause or resume an ongoing cleaning session.

8.0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
Wyze
iOS Availability
Yes
Android Availability
Yes
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
Yes
App Scheduled Start
Yes
App Cycle Control
Yes
Navigation Control within App
No

The Wyze companion app is great. You can use the LIDAR-generated map to create virtual boundaries to keep the vacuum out of certain areas or to set cleaning schedules for individual rooms. You can also use the app to start, stop, and send the vacuum back to its dock, change the suction power setting, check when parts need to be replaced, see the cleaning history, and check the remaining battery life. You can 'share' the vacuum with other members of your household so they can control it from their phones.