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Best robot vacuums in 2022

Published Apr 20th, 2022 3:10AM EDT
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Nobody likes to have crumbs, dust, and dirt in their home. But it’s also impossible to always keep track of all of the stuff that may have fallen on your floors. Plus, who has the time to constantly be vacuuming? What you need is a helping hand in your house to clean for you when you’re off doing something else. A robot vacuum is a perfect solution for anyone who wants to keep their home in the best shape possible without having to commit to always cleaning.

While you may not get the clean on a carpet that you may get with an upright vacuum, these tend to be great for pet hair and dust bunnies. Plus, they can cover the area as you sit or are doing other things around the house. There are even some that will empty themselves when they get too full, giving you more flexibility of when to use them. Rather than having to use a handheld vacuum for your small messes, a robot vacuum can help you out. We’ve tested a bunch of the best robot vacuums to give you the best breakdowns of which ones have the best features and which ones could best fit your situation.

iRobot Roomba s9+ (9550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal

Rating: 4 Stars
The iRobot Roomba S9+ next to a Braava Jet robot mop
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Best Robot Vacuums for Boost Cleaning: eufy by Anker RoboVac G30

eufy by Anker RoboVac G30 Image source: eufy/Amazon

Pros: Smart tracking path sensor, BoostIQ technology

Cons: Can be affected by strong sunlight

As your robot vacuum moves around your floors, the last thing you want to realize is that it has been stuck somewhere and not actually doing any cleaning. With the eufy by Anker RoboVac G30, that won’t be an issue. The reasons are two-fold because this features a smart tracking path sensor with Smart Dynamic Navigation 2.0 to get the most direct and efficient path to cleaning your home. This means that it won’t just pick a random path to go over and it will map out your home. It boasts 2,000Pa of hard-hitting suction. This ensures more debris is picked up across all surfaces.

The second part of that is it features BoostIQ technology to automatically increase the suction power if it’s stuck. This will recognize within 1.5 seconds that it needs extra vacuuming strength and immediately deliver that. This allows it to go the extra mile to suck up what you need it to. It is compatible with hard floorings as well as carpets. There is also drop-sensing technology that will make sure it won’t take a tumble down the stairs.

It can become affected by strong sunlight to the sensors, so you should take that into consideration with the rooms it is cleaning. You may want to schedule it for different times if a room is particularly sunny at a specific hour of the day.

This will remember what area it cleaned so that it can clean that area again the next time you use it. There are also helpful prompts you can utilize to get the most out of the vacuum. All in all, we loved the cleaning ability and IQ of the vacuum.

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Best Robot Vacuums for a Carpet: iRobot Roomba s9+

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Pros: Empties itself when it’s full, works with a smart app

Cons: Pricey, brush needs clearing at times

There’s a reason that the iRobot Roomba S9+ is one of the most expensive robot vacuums on the market. It can do so much and is terrific for homes that have a lot of carpets. Not only will it clean up after you, but it will also clean up after your pets. This will actually empty itself when it’s full and will do so for up to 60 days. This features 40 times the suction power along with three stages of cleaning capabilities in order to lift, loosen, and eliminate the debris. It actually increases its suction when it goes over a carpet, thanks to the power boost technology.

There aren’t many vacuums smarter than this one, as it has vSLAM navigation to build personal smart maps of your home to remember where it should and shouldn’t go. It can be hooked up to voice assistance software to tell it when to start or it works with the smart app. The Perfect Edge Technology boasts advanced sensors and a specially designed corner brush to clean deep into corners. The 30% wider dual rubber brushes won’t get tangled with pet hair.

The brushes can need clearing at times if you have more dirt and dust than you realize. It makes sense to check them whenever the vacuum is done. Replacement parts are expensive if you need to replace a brush, so keeping an eye on that may help. It also can be slightly louder than you expected. But we were impressed with how well it cleaned shorter and thicker carpets. You can pick up bundles with replenishment kits and have a clean base bag three-pack.

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Best for a Budget: ILIFE V80 Max Robot Vacuum

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The ILIFE V80 Max Vacuum on a floor. Image source: ILIFE/Amazon

Pros: Affordable, hair won’t cause tangling

Cons: Doesn’t handle smart mapping

Getting a robot vacuum cleaner for under $280 seems too good to be true, but you’ll love the ILIFE V80 Max Robot Vacuum for the price. It can be set up for weekly cleanings and it will automatically start to clean based on your settings. The app you control it with is simple to use, but there is no smart mapping feature. It features up to 2,000Pa suction with Spot Mode and Max Mode provides 1,400Pa suction. Path Mode fits large spaces cleaning with 700Pa. Edge Mode handles corners and edges of rooms.

The dustbin is large, holding up to 750ml and filling up with crumbs, dirt, and dust. This will stay in constant contact with the floor and hair won’t cause it to tangle. The full set of sensors lets it avoid bumping into furniture and tumbling down stairs. The four side brushes are instrumental in getting as deep of a clean as it can. It’ll run for a while and then recharge itself. It’s currently down to a low price as well.

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Best Robot Vacuum to Empty Less Often: roborock E4

A dog snoozing next to a roborock E4 robot vacuum. Image source: Roborock/Amazon

Pros: Utilizes 2,000PA of suction with automatic carpet boost, 640ml dust bin

Cons: Have to remember to turn on carpet boost or it will struggle going over it

While many robot vacuums make you empty them, you’ll have to open the roborock E4 robot vacuum one up every once in a while. That’s because it has a 640ml dust bin that stores more debris, meaning it can be emptied less often. This moves 10% faster than previous models, giving you a shorter usage time. It routes out your home in a Z-shape pattern to clean it more quickly and efficiently. Intelligent navigation helps it work its way through areas it hasn’t been yet.

This utilizes 2,000Pa of suction with an automatic carpet boost to get those annoying hairs dislodged from the carpet and into the vacuum. That’s an 11% increase from older roborock models. If you have this charged up to 100%, it will run long enough to cover 2,152 sq. ft. The battery is 5,200mAh and you can control the device from your smartphone. You can set this up with a mopping system as well as an upgrade.

The robot vacuum can get stuck and doesn’t learn well from the previous movements. You will have to clear the floor of any cables, as they will get stuck in the vacuum. You have to turn on carpet boost if you know it’s going to be going over a carpet, or else it does struggle.

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Best Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner: ECOVACS Deebot N8 Pro+

Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro Plus Robot Vacuum and Mop
The Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ Robot Vacuum and Mop with self-emptying station. Image source: Ecovacs

Pros: Self-emptying, avoids objects on the floor

Cons: Battery can run out in the middle of a job

Give yourself the dual power of cleaning and mopping with the ECOVACS Deebot N8 Pro+. This delivers 30 days of dirt and debris and will empty it out when it’s full. This boasts 2600Pa of suction to draw our dirt and dust. With TRUEDETECT, a 3D-based technology that lets it detect and avoid objects, you won’t have to move stuff around if you forget. Mapping out the room and choosing a floor plan is simple, thanks to the LiDAR navigation with aerospace standard detection systems.

This will vacuum and mop all in one go. It automatically avoids carpets when mopping hard floors. Also, it will double the suction power when vacuuming carpets. While there is a 110 runtime that is found more often than not, sometimes it does not make it the whole time. It will automatically recharge and resume where it left off.

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Are these worth it?

The short answer is: yes. For busy families or people who don’t like cleaning, these are a smart investment. It also depends on how much you use them.

Which brand is the best?

There are plenty that are worthy. Roborock, iRobot Roomba, Ecovacs, and Eufy are all top brands.

Do they make a lot of noise?

They are generally quiet because if they weren’t, people definitely wouldn’t buy them. They are better in terms of noise than handheld or stick vacuums generally.

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Chris Hachey Commerce Editor

Chris Hachey is Senior Commerce Editor for BGR. With over a decade of editing and journalism experience, plus thousands of hours of product testing and research, he has helped millions of consumers find the best products and deals to fit their lifestyles.

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