Best Robotic Vacuums

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 7, 2017
Everyone knows that keeping your home clean is a great challenge, vacuuming and sweeping take up a lot of your precious time. The best solution to this problem is a robotic vacuum that performs clean-ups automatically. In this review, we present you 5 best robotic vacuums on the market. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
CLEANING EFFICIENCY
SENSORS
PROGRAMMING CLEAN-UPS
AUTOMATIC CLEANING PATTERNS
CLEANING AREA PER CHARGE
RUN TIME
HEALTH BENEFITS
DUST BIN CAPACITY
PACKAGE
WARRANTY
 
PROS
Owing to iRobot HOME App you can set the settings and control the vac via your phone. Even if you are far away from home, you can turn the vac on/off, monitor the cleaning status or schedule it for daily operation. Plus, you can easily contact tech support if it is necessary.
CONS
It is recommended to fix the charging station at an angle of 90 degrees. Thus, it is easier for the vac to find its doc station.
OUR VERDICT
This robotic vacuum automatically adjusts to different surfaces and efficiently cleans your home, shifting between different rooms. This unit won't fall down the stairs and will never get tangled in cables. The unity of functions and health benefits makes this vac the best pick.
detailed parameters
CLEANING EFFICIENCY
3-Stage Cleaning System (brushes and vacuums the floor, cleans along the walls and in the corners), AeroForce Cleaning System with Carpet Boost: increased performance on carpets and rugs, Dirt Detect Series: unit automatically defines the dirtiest areas
SENSORS
iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization: creates a map of your rooms and avoids stairs, Automatically returns to the charging station and resumes cleaning after the battery is charged, Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Technology, Full Bin Indicator
PROGRAMMING CLEAN-UPS
Scheduled clean-ups up to 7 times per week.
AUTOMATIC CLEANING PATTERNS
Automatically maps out a series of small areas and cleans the floor in methodical parallel lines, Creates the house map
CLEANING AREA PER CHARGE
Over 1000 square feet
RUN TIME
120 minutes
HEALTH BENEFITS
HEPA-style filter
DUST BIN CAPACITY
20.28 oz
PACKAGE
Charging base, Line cord, 2 dual-mode virtual wall barriers, Extra HEPA-style filter, Extra side brush
WARRANTY
1-year on robot, 6-month on battery
PROS
Owing to a quite capacious dust bin the vac is capable of collecting more dirt and you will have to empty it less frequently. Since it can get in close proximity to the walls, efficient cleaning's guaranteed.
CONS
Quite heavy robotic vacuum.
OUR VERDICT
Neato vac is an outstanding model that will leave your flooring spot-free. Owing to unique D-shape design the robot can get to the places where other vacs fail, providing ideal cleanliness along the walls and in the corners.The enlarged brush picks up more dirt that those installed on round models.
detailed parameters
CLEANING EFFICIENCY
D-shape design ensures efficient cleaning within 0.4'' of the wall and in corners. SpinFlow power clean technology combines powerful suction with 3 different brushes picking up all types of hair, dirt, crumbs, and dust bunnies
SENSORS
The vac returns to the charging base when the battery runs low and resumes where it left off when powered up. Patented LaserSmart mapping and navigation technology scans the room, senses objects in the vacs path and goes around them, avoiding stairs.
PROGRAMMING CLEAN-UPS
Scheduled for daily clean-ups
AUTOMATIC CLEANING PATTERNS
Automatically maps out a room and determines the most efficient path
CLEANING AREA PER CHARGE
Large
RUN TIME
~120 minutes
HEALTH BENEFITS
High Performance filter
DUST BIN CAPACITY
23.06 oz
PACKAGE
Extra high-performance filter, Combo brush, Side brush, Charging base, Power cord, Spiral blade brush, Cleaning tool, Boundary markers
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
This vacuum automatically adjusts between operation on cover carpets, hard floors, tile, and laminate. With this device, you're able to choose between 5 pre-set cleaning patterns and even select Normal or Turbo suction power mode.
CONS
This vac lacks health benefits.
OUR VERDICT
An inexpensive robotic vac is able to remove all the dirt on multiple surfaces and even in hard-to-reach areas. This model gives you 80 minutes of operation on a single charge and then, it automatically returns to the charging station when the battery is low.
detailed parameters
CLEANING EFFICIENCY
Triple Action Cleaning System (dual edge brushes, unique brush roll, and powerful suction ensure efficient dust, pet hair, dirt and debris removal) Adjustable suction power (Normal and Turbo modes)
SENSORS
SmartClean: automatically adjusts to multiple surfaces like carpet, hard floors, tile, Opticlean Optical Sensors: ensures concentrated cleaning in hard-to-reach areas, Invisible Wall Technology
PROGRAMMING CLEAN-UPS
Scheduled clean-ups up to 7 times per week
AUTOMATIC CLEANING PATTERNS
5 pre-programmed patterns
CLEANING AREA PER CHARGE
Large
RUN TIME
80 minutes
HEALTH BENEFITS
No
DUST BIN CAPACITY
13.53 oz
PACKAGE
Edge cleaning brushes, Programmable docking station, Power adapter
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
The robotic vacuum is designed with removable brush bearings. You can easily take them off and remove built-up hair fast and hassle-free.
CONS
Quite small dust bin.
OUR VERDICT
An ideal vacuum for those who want the cleaning chore to be done fast and with supreme productivity. Each of 4 pre-programmed patterns shows excellent cleaning results without bumping around and in the corners.
detailed parameters
CLEANING EFFICIENCY
3-Stage Cleaning System: agitates, brushes, and vacuums the floor. Spinning side brush cleans along the walls and in the corners efficiently.
SENSORS
Automatically docks and recharges, Anti-tangle system is designed to prevent stucking on cords, carpet fringe or tassels, Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Technology
PROGRAMMING CLEAN-UPS
Scheduled clean-ups up to 7 times per week
AUTOMATIC CLEANING PATTERNS
4 pre-programmed patterns: spiraling, wall following, room crossing, dirt detection
CLEANING AREA PER CHARGE
~600 square feet
RUN TIME
~120 minutes
HEALTH BENEFITS
AeroVac filter
DUST BIN CAPACITY
12.6 oz
PACKAGE
Self-charging home base, Battery charger, Extra AeroVac filter, Auto virtual wall
WARRANTY
1-year on robot, 6-month on battery
PROS
The robot is capable of cleaning your house for up to 150 minutes on a single charge. Owing to such a long battery life the larger area can be cleaned if compared to vacs with less powerful batteries.
CONS
Doesn't work on black surfaces.
OUR VERDICT
Unrivaled suction power in combination with 3 brushes guarantees efficient cleaning in less time. With this robotic vacuum, keeping your place clean will be an easy job. Remote control facilitates cleanings, providing more time for relaxation.
detailed parameters
CLEANING EFFICIENCY
3-step cleaning system: vacuums dirt and dust easily, rotating blade brushes collect dirt on carpets and rugs, sides brushes clean in the corner and along the walls. Adjustable suction power (Normal and Max modes)
SENSORS
Automatically docks and recharges, Infrared sensor gives a signal to the vac to move forward in order to get out of stuck. Cliff-sensor detects stairs and avoids them. The vac easily goes between chair legs and under narrow places
PROGRAMMING CLEAN-UPS
Scheduled for daily clean-ups
AUTOMATIC CLEANING PATTERNS
3 cleaning modes: auto cleaning, spot cleaning, edge cleaning
CLEANING AREA PER CHARGE
~2000 square feet
RUN TIME
130-150 minutes
HEALTH BENEFITS
HEPA filter
DUST BIN CAPACITY
15.2 oz
PACKAGE
Charging base, Power adapter, Remote control, 2 spare brushes, 2 AAA batteries
WARRANTY
Amazon's 30-day return policy

What is a Robotic Vacuum

It hasn't been long since robotic vacuums came to our life. They appeared on store shelves in 2002, though robotic vacuums became available to an average consumer just a few years ago. Owing to the help of these gadgets, people may have much more spare time and forget about vacuuming houses on their own. Moreover, you can even buy wet-dry vacuum that can remove not only dry but also wet dirt or even liquids. Having such a useful helper, you can spend your weekends and evenings with your family while a robotic vacuum is occupied with cleaning. The number of people who buy this useful appliance grows day by day and now we offer you to read our review and decide which one you need.

What Features to Compare

Intelligence

The most important feature you should pay attention to is the intelligence of a robotic vacuum or, to be more precise, the vacuums' navigation technology. In a nutshell, the more logical and smarter the technology is, the more effective the cleaning pattern of the robotic vacuum will be. To accomplish this purpose, designers have provided these appliances with useful features and additional attachments. For example, the robotic vacuums have a bumper with built-in sensors, infrared mostly, these sensors prevent the appliance from falling down the stairs and help to avoid obstacles, it means that your furniture is protected from damage. Modern models also have sensors that can detect the dirtiest areas and clean them more intensively. According to the automatic cleaning patterns, cheap models of robotic vacuums have standard patterns - Along the wall and Chaotic. In case of more expensive vacuums, they may comprise up to 10 pre-programmed patterns, for example, they can move in a spiral or zigzag ways. You can also buy a truly smart unit with RPS technology which can make a map of your house, it will speed up the process of cleaning because such robotic vacuums know exactly where the obstacles are and will automatically avoid them. The last and the most useful feature is the scheduling cleanings, you may program the vacuum to clean your apartment for up to 7 times a week.

Cleaning area

Every model of robotic vacuums has its own recommended cleaning area which depends on run-time on a single charge. Charging time and battery capacity are the main features which determine the operation time, so the higher the battery capacity is, the larger area will be cleaned. Some robotic vacuums have a charging base to which the vac automatically returns when the battery is running low.

Cleaning efficiency

Robotic vacuums are divided into 2 types due to the clean-up modes: for wet and dry cleaning. You'd better choose models with wet cleaning feature for kitchen and office, they will remove all kinds of dirt on tile, stone and linoleum. Robotic vacuums with dry cleaning feature will be useful for pile carpet and carpet flooring. As to the cleaning modes, some models include up to 5 cleaning processes, though they are more expensive. Such robotic vacuums can sweep, vacuum, scrub in one step and even focus on the dirtiest areas for proper cleaning.

Health benefits

Finally, pay attention to the health benefits every robotic vac offers. Engineers provide robotic vacuums with UV light, which can disinfect the floor, kill bacteria, germs and allergens. Some models will be useful for pet owners due to a special brush that helps to pick up all pet hair. And the last important feature to notice is the HEPA-filter which can easily trap even the smallest crumbs.

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iRobot Roomba 980

Intelligence

iRobot Roomba 980 vacuum cleaner is the newest model in the iRobot product line-up. This unique device features the iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization that allows your vac to build a map of your home, track its own location and then intelligently navigate through your apartment to make sure that it covers every spot. When Roomba 980 navigates along your furniture or other obstacles, it uses both bumper sensors and the new vSLAM integration. This feature makes the vac much more efficient as now Roomba 980 works in series of lines instead of random cleaning pattern as other robotic vacuums do. Furthermore, the most convenient and helpful option is the ability to control your vac with the iRobot HOME App. You can program Roomba 980 to start vacuuming even when you're away from home. Just install the application on your phone. As regards other features, the vac also has Cliff sensors and the integrated Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Technology. This technology uses a halo effect and allows you to set up the sensors near the items Roomba 980 should avoid.

Review of iRobot Roomba 980 Navigation with Visual Localization

Cleaning Area

iRobot Roomba 980 can easily clean up about 1076 sq.ft. within 2 hours. And when the battery is running low, the vac automatically returns to the charging station and then, resumes cleaning. Thus, it can perform several clean-ups during a day until your apartment becomes entirely clean. This feature makes this model the most self-contained among the other robotic vacuums in our review. Moreover, charging time is only about 90 minutes. Owing to the sensors and the vSLAM technology, the vac learns to keep track of the areas and objects it's already covered, thus, considerably saving you time on cleaning.

iRobot Roomba 980 Navigation with Visual Localization in the use

Cleaning Efficiency

iRobot Roomba 980 belongs to a dry cleaning type of vacuums. It shows great results on any surface and automatically adjusts to cleaning on carpets, linoleum, hardwood flooring, tiles. This model also features the AeroForce Cleaning System with Carpet Boost that ensures up to 10 times higher suction power on carpets and rugs. Roomba 980 has different settings which allow you to customize the cleaning preferences. Here you can set a spot cleaning mode or choose the number of cleaning passes. In addition, this device is preset with the Carpet boost and Edge clean options by default. Hence, you can turn them off if you prefer a quicker clean-up. The Dirt Detect technology defines the dirtiest areas and performs efficient cleaning by rolling them over multiple times. 3-Stage Cleaning System agitates, brushes and vacuums floors to the scrupulous neatness.

Detailed review of iRobot Roomba 980 Navigation with Visual Localization

Health Benefits

The manufacturers have equipped this outstanding robotic vacuum with the HEPA-style filter that is able to catch up to 99% of dust, dirt and allergens. In addition, a spinning side brush sweeps debris right into the suction path of the vacuum. You can be sure that the vac will capture even the smallest pet hair which may cause allergic reactions and help you to keep the air in your home clean. Hence, Roomba 980 is a perfect vac for those who suffer from allergies.

iRobot Roomba 980 Navigation with Visual Localization application

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iRobot Roomba 980
iRobot Roomba 980
 

Neato Robotics Botvac D80

Cleaning With Laser Accuracy

The next model we're going to review is an outstanding robotic vacuum manufactured by Botvac company. This vac is designed with the LaserSmart navigation system that scans a floor surface and detects all dirt on it. Thus, Botvac plans its route in real-time and chooses the most efficient path in order to efficiently clean your house of dirt. What's more, D80 robotic vacuum senses objects on its way (furniture, toys, cables) and drives around them, while most other vacs would just bump into them. This way, D80 robotic vacuum doesn't spend useful time in vain and all it does is cleaning. Owners of two-storeyed houses shouldn't worry about cleaning around the stairs since it detects abrupt slopes and avoids them too. The robotic vacuum automatically returns to the charging base when the battery runs low. But what we like most in Botvac is that it resumes cleaning after the battery is charged at the very place it has stopped. This actually means that you don't need to be bound to the place and can go work, do shopping or elsewhere, leaving all messy work for Botvac D80 robot to finish. Or you can schedule it once a week and have it cleaning your house on a daily basis at the same time you set for it. The cleaning surface Botvac D80 robot can cope with on one charge makes 1075 sq.ft. which is quite a big area, no doubt!

Review of Neato Robotics Botvac D80 for Pets and Allergies

Bigger Brush Means Less Dirt

The first thing that catches an eye is unique D-shape design of the vac. It's been designed this way not without a reason but let the device get close to the hard-to-reach places and along the walls. Neato D80 is equipped with an extra-large bagless dust bin of 23.6 oz. that has scaled up vac's weight up to 9 lbs. Yet, this is hardly an issue for you wouldn't even need to bend over it. The device moves in all directions totally on its own. As regards additional features that add to the vac's usability, it's fitted with a magnetic strap or so-called boundary markers. Place these markers along the areas you want the vac to bypass and be sure that it will. Neato robotic vacuum shows great results picking up dust and small debris from literally all floor types, so you can fearlessly use it to clean carpets, linoleum, hardwood flooring, tiles and even stone. Speaking of cleaning efficiency, the robot features 50% larger brush than that on many other models and so, it can grab much more dust and dirt, including pet dander and human hair. The manufacturer has also included a high-performance filter to remove allergens from the air as well, this way making it the right fit for allergy sufferers. All in all, Neato robotic vacuum is a worthy device notable for pretty long run time and enlarged brushes that will not miss a spot in your place.

Neato Robotics Botvac D80 for Pets and Allergies in the use

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An additional rechargeable battery wouldn't go amiss in case of a power loss while a battery in your vac is fully discharged. Opt for it and be sure that nothing will stop your vac from cleaning.

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Neato Robotics Botvac D80
Neato Robotics Botvac D80
 

Bissell SmartClean 1605

Intelligence

Bissell robotic vacuum will become a helping hand for every user. This vac features multi-surface cleaning and automatically adjusts between operation on cover carpets, hard floors, tile, and laminate. Bissel is engineered with a user-friendly and straightforward interface with only one button on the housing. Moreover, owing to the Opticlean Optical Sensors this unit ensures concentrated cleaning in hard-to-reach areas - in the corners and along the walls. In addition, Bissell offers scheduled clean-ups up to 7 times per week and a triple-action cleaning system. This system with dual edge brushes, a unique brush roll, and powerful suction ensures efficient dust, pet hair, dirt and debris removal. Now you can be sure that all the surfaces in your apartment will be clean every day.

Review of Bissell SmartClean 1605 Triple Action Cleaning

Cleaning Area

Bissell SmartClean 1605 is a fully efficient, user-independent and sustainable device. Its small dimensions, maneuverability, and powerful suction are meant to efficiently clean the floors under the furniture and in the tight places. Moreover, a high battery capacity gives you 80 minutes of continuous operation on a single charge. What is more important, when the battery is running low, the robotic vacuum automatically returns to the charging station. It takes 4 hours to recharge the battery, and the vac is ready to operate again.

 

Bissell SmartClean 1605 Triple Action Cleaning in the use

Cleaning Efficiency

Bissell SmartClean 1605 belongs to a dry vacuum cleaner type. This model offers 5 pre-programmed patterns: Spiral, Along the wall, "Z" formation, Random and Auto. Hence, you can choose the appropriate one for your specific needs. Moreover, for better cleaning results Bissell features adjustable suction power and you can choose between Normal and Turbo modes. You may be surprised at how easy it is to clean the dust bin. You just need to open the top cover and take the dust bin out. It is obvious, that Bissell is a perfect vac for people who want to keep the house clean.

Detailed review of Bissell SmartClean 1605 Triple Action Cleaning

Health Benefits

In comparison to other models in our review, Bissell doesn't offer special health benefits like HEPA Filter or Pet Allergy brushes. Bissell is engineered with a primary filter that is able to keep and retain all the dust inside the vac. Thus, the unity of user-friendly control, a set of cleaning brushes and sensors will remove all the dirt efficiently. It is obvious that such a versatile and affordable robotic vacuum will become an ultimate device for cleaning your floors.

Bissell SmartClean 1605 Triple Action Cleaning application

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Bissell SmartClean 1605
Bissell SmartClean 1605
 

iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Clean in a Different Way

Roomba 650 is another vac manufactured by iRobot brand which is renowned for its innovative iAdapt Responsive Navigation technology (or the artificial intelligence) worldwide. In the base of the technology there's a number of sensors that scan space in front of the robot and navigate it through a room, avoiding obstacles and stairs. A user can choose among 4 automatic cleaning patterns depending on his/her needs: Spiraling, Wall Following, Room Crossing, Dirt Detection. In case you need to limit the robot's access to certain rooms you can use the included virtual wall, which will signal the vac to keep away off those places. For user's convenience it's possible to use more virtual walls, however, they should be purchased separately. Roomba 650 can be scheduled to perform cleaning up to 7 times per week at a designated time, providing you with more time for yourself or other tasks to do. It can also work in two additional modes - Clean and Spot to do an enhanced cleaning. When used in the Clean mode, the vac automatically calculates the room size, identifies the level of dirtiness and adjusts the time required for cleaning while in the Spot mode the vac starts to spin intensely in one localized area. 

Review of iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Automatically docks

Easy in Maintenance

A lot of people face a problem of picking up hair stuck on brush bearings and know first hand how tiresome and annoying this process can be. In this regard, iRobot Roomba 650 differs a lot from many rivals. Owing to the sophisticated protection system, each brush on it has a removable bearing. So, you can easily take it off and clean from the clogs. For your convenience, the vac can be controlled with a remote, and if you find this option more convenient, make sure to purchase a remote unit separately. The other advantage of iRobot Roomba 650 is that it's based upon high-performance AeroVac™ filter capable of catching the tiniest particles of dust from the air. The cleaning area of the vac makes around 600 square feet on a single charge, which is a good rate for most average American families. The unit itself is pretty compact and is only 3.6 inches tall; such a tiny thing can easily reach for most confined places and clean effectively in the corners. So, with all that said, if you're looking for a robotic vacuum that would cope with all types of flooring and perform cleaning within the shortest time, iRobot Roomba 650 will suit you well!

iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Automatically docks in the use

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The pack of 2 virtual walls will enlarge the restricted area where you don't want the vac to clean while this remote control can add to the usability, allowing for handsfree cleaning from any place in the room.

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iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
 

ILIFE ILIFEA401

Perfect for Large Rooms

iLife vac is one more robotic vacuum we've decided to bring on our shortlist. It's a nice and small appliance which is based upon infrared sensor built in the front part of the wheel to navigate around obstacles and bypass things. The sensor also controls vac's route so the moment it gets stuck somewhere, it sends a signal to move backward and resume cleaning from that place. In our opinion, that's pretty handy and clever! Fitted with a remote control, it provides a user with more flexibility, allowing for distant setting the cleaning direction, scheduling cleaning and shifting between power modes. iLife vac works in three modes: Auto (when the robot automatically adjusts cleaning), Spot cleaning and Edge cleaning. The Lithium-ion 2600mAH rechargeable battery provides over 150 minutes of continuous operation, enough for cleaning the area of about 2000 square feet.

Review of ILIFE ILIFEA401 Titanium Gray

"V" for Very Good

To perform cleaning, iLife robotic vac uses 3 different brushes. The main brush is designed in a V shape to grasp more dust from the carpets, do deep cleaning and remove deep dirt. Two other brushes are arranged on the sides, their main duty is to sweep all dirt directly onto the main brush. The entire system is pretty smart and allows collecting the smallest particles from the flooring. The collected dust is sucked into a plastic dust box removable with a single push of a button for emptying. The vac also features a HEPA-filter that not only filters dust but also effectively kills allergens from the air. All in all, we liked this vac for its simplicity of use and hassle-free maintenance. It’s been designed thoroughly to save users from messy cleanings and fitted with all required accessories and controls to make its operation a breeze. That's the case when we daresay V-shape of the brush has been chosen so not for nothing but to accentuate it VERY good performance.

ILIFE ILIFEA401 Titanium Gray in the use

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Opt for this replacement kit and keep all essential accessories at hand to replace them timely in case of wear.

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ILIFE ILIFEA401
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