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9 Best Robot Vacuums of 2023 [Tested and Reviewed]

9 Best Robot Vacuums of 2023 [Tested and Reviewed]

Let's face it - cleaning your house of things like dust and pet hair every day can be quite a chore. Sometimes it feels like the amount of effort and time required isn't worth it, especially considering it's impossible to get to every nook and cranny, anyway. For people who can identify with this sentiment, leaving the task of cleaning to a robot vacuum is an attractive option.


But in terms of price, it certainly isn't a casual purchase. In addition, many people may be interested in making their daily cleaning less of a hassle, but worry whether a robot vacuum can actually navigate a living room properly.

 

There are versatile robot vacuums that come with their own disposal stations, like those sold by iRobot and roborock, while others by makers like ILIFE and Anker are more budget-friendly; the functionality of robot vacuums tends to follow the price.

We've compared 9 bestselling Robot Vacuums available online and put them to the test to recommend the best one for you.


We tested each product for the following:

  • High Performance
  • Obstacle Avoidance
  • Mapping Performance
  • Low Maintenance
  • Low Noise

Which product ended up being the best of the best? We'll also tell you how to pick the best Robot Vacuums on your own in our buying guide, so read on for more shopping tips.

Last updated 09/29/2023
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During his university years, Hiroki Tamaru worked as a dispatch sales representative for Dyson, where he was in charge of vacuum sales at electronics stores for two years. As head of HVAC and vacuums at mybest, Hiroki has rigorously tested and reviewed a diverse range of over 150 vacuum cleaners and HVAC products such as evaporative coolers, oil heaters, and cordless vacuums, and more from notable appliance brands such as Haier, De'Longhi, and Electrolux, HVAC manufacturers like Hessaire, and vacuum cleaner manufacturers like BISSELL and Eureka. He meticulously evaluates performance metrics, features, energy consumption, and more. Leveraging his sales experience in the household appliance industry, Hiroki strives to create content that makes it easy for anyone to develop a passion for these products.

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How We Tested the Products

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We gathered the 9 bestselling Robot Vacuums and put them through rigorous testing.
  1. High Performance

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    High Performance

    If you're thinking of leaving most of the vacuuming to your robot vacuum, the suction power is an important point to look at. You'll also want to make sure it can get into tight spots and crevices like the areas around table and chair legs.In order to test each robot vacuum's suction power, we spread a predetermined amount of debris around a 218-square-foot room. After weighing the dustbin, we let the vacuum clean on its standard setting, before weighing the dustbin again afterwards to find out how much of the debris it picked up. Trash was made up of the following:Blue sand: 0.6 ouncesDirt: 0.56 ouncesCrumbled snacks: 0.2 ouncesLint with dust and pet hair: 0.01 ouncesHair: 0.007 ouncesWe made sure to get some of the trash near sofa legs, behind curtains, and on carpets with 0.35-inch hairs. We measured how much trash each of the robot vacuums picked up based on their standard settings. The amount of trash we placed in each area is as follows.Around sofa legs:Dirt: 0.02 ouncesLint: 0.003 ouncesBehind curtains:Dirt: 0.09 ouncesCarpet:Blue sand: 1.4 ouncesRobot vacuums that were able to suck up the most trash regardless of the floor material and location received the highest scores.

  2. Obstacle Avoidance

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    Obstacle Avoidance

    Since you'll probably be using your robot vacuum when you aren't home, it's worth considering whether it will bang into your furniture or not.In order to test each robot vacuum's obstacle avoidance capabilities, we looked at the following points and added the score for each.What was the maximum impact it made when it ran into a table?How frequently was the impact large enough to be a concern?How frequent were impacts that could move smaller pieces of furniture?Did it ever get stuck on the power cord while cleaning?Could it avoid slippers that weren't on the map?How high of a step can it climb over?Does it ever fall?We measured impacts based on the following conditions.Test conditions:We attached vibration sensors to each of the four legs on a table and set them to record levels every half second. Then we turned the robot vacuums on high performance mode and kept record of impacts to the table.

  3. Mapping Performance

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    Mapping Performance

    It would get annoying if you had to open up the app every time you want to start cleaning or specify keep out zones.So we looked at the following points related to automization and awarded grades based on the total.Can you set keep out zones?Can you create a map of the room?Can you set a different start time for each day of the week?Can it be controlled with an app?

  4. Low Maintenance

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    Low Maintenance

    Even if it can make vacuuming your home fully automatic, a robot vacuum will still need to be cleaned by hand from time to time. This is important for both maintaining suction power and cleanliness, so we looked at how easy it was to care for each one.We awarded points based on the following criteria.Does it come with a disposal station?Does hair get tangled up in the brush?Can you throw trash away without having to touch it?

  5. Low Noise

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    Low Noise

    People who work from home or have a pet are probably worried about how much noise a robot vacuum makes. We measured the noise they produced while in use based on the following conditions.Test conditions:In a quiet room with ambient noise of 37 decibels, we ran each robot vacuum on its standard setting. We measured the amount of noise produced from three feet away three times for each one.

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Table of Contents

What Are the Benefits of Using a Robot Vacuum?

How much time do you spend cleaning every day? From wiping down stubborn stains to vacuuming hard-to-reach spots, the home is teeming with places to clean. One cleaning session could easily take upwards of an hour.


In reality, many people would agree that cleaning doesn't always get the results you're hoping for, and many spots tend to get missed despite the time and effort spent.

 

If you find yourself wishing that cleaning was easier or dreaming of a cozier house, you should definitely consider getting a robot vacuum. In this section, we'll look at the merits of having a robot vacuum, as well as the differences between standard robot vacuums and robot mops.

Clean Hard-to-Reach Corners and Edges Without the Hassle

Clean Hard-to-Reach Corners and Edges Without the Hassle

The single biggest merit of using a robot vacuum is that it does the hard work of cleaning your floors.


When using a canister vacuum, stick vacuum, or standard upright vacuum cleaner, you need to go around the house and clean each spot manually.


But a robot vacuum can clean your floors by simply choosing the appropriate settings on an app or remote control. With the robot vacuum doing the cleaning every day, you can spend less time on chores and enjoy a clean, pleasant environment instead.


Robot vacuums don't just make your day-to-day cleaning easier. With their compact size, often a mere 3.5 to four inches tall, they can easily clean hard-to-reach areas like under the TV stand or sofa.


When using a standard vacuum cleaner, you often need to change the nozzle to reach tight spots, which takes extra time. Robot vacuums can alleviate both the time spent cleaning and the issue of missing hard-to-reach spots.

Hiroki Tamaru
Head of HVAC and Vacuums at mybestHiroki Tamaru

But that doesn't mean a robot vacuum can clean every single spot in the house.


They can generally only climb up about 0.8 inches, so you won't be able to use one to clean stairs and rooms with floors of differing height or thick carpets. They also can't get through narrow spots, such as the space between shelves.


So keep in mind that you'll still need to manually clean places where the robot vacuum can't reach.

Should You Choose a Robot Vacuum or a Robot Mop?

In addition to robot vacuums, you might also consider a similar device called a robot mop.


As you may have guessed from the name, robot mops are robot vacuums that can also mop and wipe your floor. Looking at the differences in price and how they function will help you decide which one is right for you.

A Robot Vacuum Is Sufficient for Picking Up Noticeable Debris

A Robot Vacuum Is Sufficient for Picking Up Noticeable Debris

The difference between a robot vacuum and a robot mop is whether or not it can wash your floor.


Robot vacuums use a brush along the edge to move dust to the center to suck up. Then the roller underneath picks it up as it moves along the floor.


For these extra features, you can expect to see robot mops that range from a few hundred dollars to more than 1,000 dollars. The more features they include, such as automatically cleaning the mop or drying the floor, the more expensive they become.


Some robot vacuums have features such as disposal stations that can both charge the battery and automatically collect garbage picked up by the vacuum, but even these rarely go for more than 1000 dollars.


We recommend a robot vacuum for people who just want to remove the surface dust and debris from their homes or want to make their chores easier without spending a fortune. Robot mops, on the other hand, are good for people with children or allergies who don't mind spending a bit more to keep their home spotless.

Hiroki Tamaru
Head of HVAC and Vacuums at mybestHiroki Tamaru

Some robot mops have a "mop lift-up" feature that raises the mop when it has detected that it's on or near a carpet. This will prevent a wet mop from making contact with your carpet. 


Of course, the inclusion of a mop lift-up feature will also raise the price, so we recommend it mostly for people who have both carpeting and hardwood floors in their homes.

How to Choose Robot Vacuums

Here are the points to keep in mind when choosing the best Robot Vacuums.

1

Choose One With Enough Suction Power to Get Into Corners

You may be concerned that leaving most of the cleaning to a robot vacuum won't do as consistent of a job as vacuuming manually.


In fact, the suction power of a robot vacuum is in no way inferior to that of a traditional upright or stick vacuum cleaner. First, let's look at how we tested them out.

We Evaluated Suction Power on Wooden Flooring and Two Types of Carpets

We Evaluated Suction Power on Wooden Flooring and Two Types of Carpets

We used each robot vacuum in a 218-square-foot room with common furniture and appliances. Then we graded them on how well they picked up trash and dust around the room.


In order to find a robot vacuum that works well on as many types of floors as possible, we tested each one on a wooden floor, short-hair carpet, and long-hair carpet.

Robot Vacuums That Cleaned the Entire Area and Around Furniture Legs Scored Highest

Robot Vacuums That Cleaned the Entire Area and Around Furniture Legs Scored Highest

Six of the nine robot vacuums we looked at got favorable scores when it came to cleaning on wooden flooring. We found that both standard and high-end models were able to pick up most dust, regardless of price.


Two models that received particularly high scores were the eufy by AnkerBoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Slim) and roborockQ5+'s "Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Dock". They both picked up over 90 percent of the dust and debris we scattered around the room, and didn't miss anything around furniture legs. We saw very little dust left in the spots they passed over, giving us the impression that they're both excellent cleaning tools.

 

The Roomba series of robot vacuums, however, didn't fare as well. They were only able to suck up about 70 percent of dust on the ground. It was also easy to see the spots where they weren't able to reach dust near furniture legs. If you're looking for something that will effortlessly deep-clean your home, we can't give these our top recommendation.

High-End Model Roombas Worked Best on Short-Hair Carpets

High-End Model Roombas Worked Best on Short-Hair Carpets

While most of the robot vacuums on our list did a good job on flooring, few of them could handle long-hair carpets. Even the one that fared best picked up less than 10 percent of dust and debris left on the carpet.


The place where we found the biggest difference between products was their performance on short-hair carpets.


The Roomba i3+ received the best scores on this test. It picked up 88.5 percent of trash left on the carpet, demonstrating even better suction power than when used on flooring. The Roomba j7+ took second place, picking up 77 percent of debris.


The roborock Q5+ Robot Vacuum, which did an excellent job of cleaning up on hard flooring, couldn't display the same power when it came to the carpet. It didn't even pick up half the trash we left out, and the amount left over was clearly visible.

Choose roborock for Cleaning Tight Spots, Roomba for Large Areas

Choose roborock for Cleaning Tight Spots, Roomba for Large Areas

After evaluating all nine robot vacuums, we found that none of them were able to clean consistently on all types of floors. While there's no perfect robot vacuum, you'll do best by choosing the one that works with the type of area you want to clean.


For people who want to get every nook and cranny of their floor clean, we recommend roborock's Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Dock. It picked up 93.4 of the trash we left out and didn't miss spots around furniture legs.


However, this model was only able to catch about 40 percent of trash left on carpets.


For people who want to clean an entire room with multiple different floor types, go for iRobot's Roomba j7+ or Roomba i3+. They only picked up around 60 to 70 percent of debris left on flooring and also couldn't get to spots around furniture legs, but that's enough if you just need to clean the largest, most noticeable chunks of dust.

2

Keep a Budget of at Least 400 Dollars for Safe, Reliable Cleaning

If you're hoping to automate your cleaning with a robot vacuum, you'll probably want to be able to for work or errands while it's on. So you would be pretty upset if you came home and found that it had knocked something fragile off the table or scattered your pet's toys around the room.


During our tests, we found that trustworthy and safe robot vacuums will cost at least 400 dollars. Here's how we evaluated them.

We Measured the Impact Made When the Robot Vacuum Ran Into a Table

We Measured the Impact Made When the Robot Vacuum Ran Into a Table

We measured how strong the impact was when each robot vacuum ran into a table on high performance mode.


To test this out, we placed a table in the room the robot vacuum was cleaning, then attached a device to measure vibration on the table leg. We then recorded the vibration every half second.


We divided the magnitude of vibration into three levels: strong enough to shake an object on the table, mildly noticeable, and hardly noticeable. Then we graded each robot vacuum based on the number of impacts for each level, and the strength of the most powerful impact.

Cheaper Robot Vacuums Can Damage Your Furniture and Appliances

Cheaper Robot Vacuums Can Damage Your Furniture and Appliances

Many of the robot vacuums that bumped strongly into furniture were in the 200 dollar range, while those with relatively lighter impacts cost 400 dollars or more.


The inclusion or lack of mapping made a big difference.


As you might have guessed from the name, robot vacuums with a mapping feature allow you to create a map of your home for it to work around. This way it can avoid running into furniture or appliances in predetermined spots, and is an indispensable feature for improving efficiency and automation.


Most cheaper robot vacuums don't have this mapping ability. As such, they can only go around obstacles once they're run into them, which puts your precious furniture and appliances at risk.


Robot vacuums that run into objects at full speed can make cups on your dining table shake, or collide with your sofa strong enough to make you feel the vibration. If you left something on the edge of your table, the robot could accidentally knock it off from the strength of impact.


On the other hand, high-end robot vacuums with mapping know where the corners and furniture in your home are and will turn or slow down when they approach them. This kind of advanced functionality is made possible by the vacuum's ability to record the layout of your home.

 

But there was one exception. iRobot's Roomba j7+ is a high-end model with a mapping feature which can also be programmed with keep out zones. Nevertheless, it ran into objects and made a strong impact similar to cheaper models.

Hiroki Tamaru
Head of HVAC and Vacuums at mybestHiroki Tamaru

In our obstacle avoidance tests, we placed the robot vacuums on a 39-inch-tall table to find out if they would fall off.


In the end, none of them fell off. From this, we can see that every product has at least basic obstacle avoidance functionality and decent cliff sensors to prevent falling.


But even for the more expensive robot vacuums that had mapping, none of them were able to avoid running into objects 100 percent of the time.


If you're willing to take the time to move valuable furniture out of the way and remove fragile items from table tops, even a less expensive model should be sufficient. 

Only the Roomba j7+ Avoided Obstacles That Weren't Registered on a Map

Only the Roomba j7+ Avoided Obstacles That Weren't Registered on a Map

In order to completely automize your robot vacuum's cleaning schedule, you've probably noticed that it won't be enough to just have a mapping function for avoiding obstacles.


There are certain objects you wouldn't want the robot vacuum to clean, such as socks and slippers left out on the floor, or messy pet droppings.


For this test we left a slipper in the room after programming the map on the robot vacuum and checked to see if it would avoid the slipper while in use three times.


We found that nearly all of the robot vacuums weren't able to detect the slipper and hit it away as a result.


The only one that was able to avoid it was the iRobot Roomba j7+. Once it approached the slipper it slowed down and then turned all the way around it.


But even so, this model made a strong impact with other objects a lot of the time. You would still need to make sure there aren't any delicate objects left out and cover your furniture legs in protective tape before using it.


We can recommend this product to people who want a robot vacuum that's flexible in unexpected situations and aren't worried as much about how strongly it collides with objects.

3

For Easy Everyday Cleaning, Choose a Vacuum That's Controlled With an App

Two of the most basic features on robot vacuums are scheduled cleaning and keep-out zones.


These are both vital for using your robot vacuum to clean daily with little hassle. Let's look at what these two functions do and which products have them.

App Control Allows You to Specify Cleaning Settings for Each Day and Hour

App Control Allows You to Specify Cleaning Settings for Each Day and Hour

You'd ideally like to clean your home every day if possible. But it would be a headache to program the robot vacuum every single morning. Luckily we found that every product on our list allowed us to specify a time to start cleaning.


On top of that, for robot vacuums that work with an app, the inclusion of a scheduling function allows you to specify the start time separately for each day of the week. This way you can adjust its cleaning schedule to fit your own lifestyle, such as setting the time for later in the day on weekends.


Robot vacuums that use a remote control for setup only allow you to specify one start time for cleaning. Some of them will also make an audio announcement when they're about to start cleaning. That means that if you set the robot to start cleaning before you leave for work at, say, seven o'clock, it could be an annoyance on a Saturday when you want to sleep in.

Hiroki Tamaru
Head of HVAC and Vacuums at mybestHiroki Tamaru

Of the nine products we looked at, six of them had their own apps.


In particular, we recommend checking out roborock's Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Dock for its AI camera that makes a 3D map of your entire room, Shark's AV2501S AI Robot Vacuum with HEPA Self-Empty Base for its easy-to-use setup that includes pictures, and iRobot's Roomba j7+ that allows you to set a different schedule for each room.


They all also include mapping features that make cleaning more efficient.

Some Robot Vacuums Can Register Keep-Out Zones

Some Robot Vacuums Can Register Keep-Out Zones

Apps come with a variety of options, such as changing the suction mode, checking the map created by the robot, and seeing whether or not the vacuum has finished cleaning.


Another one of these is keep-out zones. A keep-out zone is an area you tell the robot vacuum not to enter, such as rooms with pets or spaces with fragile objects.


First, you'll let the vacuum map out the entire room on the app. Then you simply draw a line around the areas you don't want the robot vacuum to access, like where you put your pet's food and water or the children's play area, and the robot will avoid that area.

Hiroki Tamaru
Head of HVAC and Vacuums at mybestHiroki Tamaru

Some robot vacuums are also compatible with virtual wall barriers or magnetic tape for creating keep-out zones.


While it's usually not a problem in the beginning, after a while the magnetic tape can come loose or you may inadvertently move the virtual wall barriers, causing your keep out zones to not be recognized properly. It might take some time to set them up correctly.


If you can manage keep-out zones with an app, it only takes an extra minute after mapping. Being able to create them with the simple swipe of a finger is a major appeal.

4

Best to Avoid Vacuum Cleaners Louder Than 70 Decibels

It won't be as much of a worry for people who work full time or are usually out and about, but for those who work from home or spend a lot of time indoors, the amount of sound produced by a robot vacuum is something to keep in mind.


On average, robot vacuums product around 66.1 decibels of noise. Considering that canister vacuums average 75.5 decibels and stick vacuums average 66 decibels, this isn't particularly loud when compared with similar products.


If you're looking a robot vacuum on the quieter side, however, we suggest models by roborock.

Choose roborock If You Work Remotely

Choose roborock If You Work Remotely

We measured the amount of noise produced by each robot vacuum three times in a room with ambient noise of around 37 decibels. During our tests we found that many of them were reasonably quiet and stayed around the 60 decibel mark.

 

roborock's Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Dock was a notable example. It made a low level of noise compared to other vacuums, and balances this with excellent cleaning performance and obstacle avoidance. It's so quiet that you may even forget it's in the room when it's cleaning!


In contrast, robot vacuums that produced around 70 decibels of noise are loud enough to break your concentration or wake up a child sleeping in the same room. If you live in an apartment or condo, you should avoid using them at night.


For that reason, people who spend a lot of time at home or those who live in an apartment should look for a robot vacuum that makes 65 decibels of sound or less.

5

Make Your Life Easier by Opting for Rubber Brushes and Disposal Stations

If you're buying a robot vacuum to make cleaning easier, you probably want one that's easy to care for, too.


Normal vacuum cleaners require you to pick out hair or strings that get tangled up in the head and periodically empty the dust bag. So, what kind of upkeep do robot vacuums require?

Hair Is Less Likely to Get Tangled up in Rubber Brushes

Hair Is Less Likely to Get Tangled up in Rubber Brushes

A robot vacuum has side brushes that pick up trash and an opening that sucks up dust and dirt. Most also have brushes along the inside of the opening to prevent dust from falling out.


These brushes inside the suction opening make a big difference, as those made from a stiff material can easily get hair and debris tangled up in them, which is hard to remove.


If the brushes are made of rubber, and in particular if they're dense like a paint roller, debris is less likely to get stuck on them. For our tests we tossed 1.3 ounces of trash onto the floor, and none of the hair or trash got stuck on rubber brushes, so you won't need to clean out your robot vacuum as frequently.


Only Roomba's high end models used rubber brushes. Most of the other models used stiff hair brushes or "floor brushes."

Hiroki Tamaru
Head of HVAC and Vacuums at mybestHiroki Tamaru

"Floor brush" simply means that there are no brushes at all along the suction opening. With no brushes, there's no chance for trash to get caught on them.


This makes maintenance simple, but the vacuum head will then sometimes drag trash along the floor. While you won't need to spend time picking hairs out of the brushes, there's also the chance of the vacuum dragging something hard along and damaging the floor, or dragging soft pet food and making a mess.

With a Disposal Station, You Only Need to Throw Out Dust Once a Month

With a Disposal Station, You Only Need to Throw Out Dust Once a Month

Most robot vacuums come with a charging dock, but some of the more expensive models that cost over 400 dollars also come with a disposal station.


A disposal station is a container where the robot vacuum delivers the dust and debris it's collected.


Robot vacuums have their own internal dustbin where they collect trash. Those that come with a disposal station will transfer the trash into a paper bag inside the disposal station once they've finished cleaning.

 

While it depends on the amount of trash picked up, most of the time the dustbin will become full after three or four cleanings. Without a disposal station, you'll need to clean the trash out yourself once or twice a week.


By transferring the trash into a disposal station, you only need to change the paper bag once or twice a month, and there's little effort involved in throwing it out. You don't need to shake dust off from the dustbin or remove the filter, either.

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Roborock

Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Auto-Empty Dock Pure

Roborock Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Auto-Empty Dock Pure 1枚目
4.65

Our Number One Pick for Its Precise Sensor, Soft Impacts and Efficient Cleaning

4.49
4.82
5.00
4.60
4.46

13.78 in.

13.78 in.

3.78 in.

Mapping

15.8 oz.

1 brush

3 hr.

6 hr.

62.67 dB

0.8 in.

Days and times

Settable with an app

2

Shark

SharkAI Robot Self-Empty

Shark AI Robot Self-Empty 1枚目
4.59

Meticulous and Easy to Care For With Only Occasional Spills

4.49
4.97
5.00
4.53
4.07

13.7 in.

13.7 in.

4.1 in.

Mapping

unknown

2 brushes

2 hr.

6 hr.

66.8 dB

0.79 in.

Days and times

Settable with an app

3

iRobot

Roomba j7+

iRobot Roomba j7+ 1枚目
4.54

Occasional Misses, but Handles Unexpected Situations Well

4.20
4.26
5.00
5.00
3.97

13.3 in.

13.14 in.

3.4 in.

Mapping

unknown

1 brush

75 min.

3 hr.

67.7 dB

0.79 in.

Days and times

Settable with an app

4

iRobot

Roomba i3+

iRobot Roomba i3+ 1枚目
4.45

Works Well on Carpets but Lacks a Keep Out Zone Feature

4.41
4.26
4.36
5.00
3.71

13.26 in.

12.99 in.

3.63 in.

Mapping

unknown

1 brush

75 min.

3 hr.

69.27 dB

0.8 in.

Days and times

Settable with tape or virtual walls

5

Neato

D10 Intelligent Robot Vacuum

Neato D10 Intelligent Robot Vacuum 1枚目
4.37

Imperfect but Full Feature Set and Keeps Impacts to a Minimum

4.41
4.82
5.00
3.93
4.26

12.7 in.

13.2 in.

3.99 in.

Mapping

23.6 oz.

1 brush

5 hr.

3 hr.

65.23 dB

0.8 in.

Days and times

Settable with an app

6

ILIFE

Noisz by ILIFE S5

ILIFE Noisz by ILIFE S5 1枚目
4.00

Quiet and Affordable but Lacks the Technology Expected From Robot Vacuums

4.22
4.11
3.33
4.15
4.84

11.81 in.

12.2 in.

2.95 in.

Random

10.1 oz.

2 brushes

1.5 hr.

5 hr.

57.3 dB

0.8 in.

Times

Settable with tape or virtual walls

7

ILIFE

V3s Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner

ILIFE V3s Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner 1枚目
3.80

Cleans Persistently but Gets Tangled up in Cords

4.18
3.80
3.10
4.41
3.43

11.8 in.

11.8 in.

2.98 in.

Random

10.1 oz.

2 brushes

1.5 hr.

6.5 hr.

71.2 dB

0.6 in.

unknown

unknown

Times

unknown

8

Anker

BoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Slim)

Anker BoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Slim) 1枚目
3.63

Two Side Brushes Tidy up Your Entire Room, but Cleanup Is Troublesome

4.65
3.80
3.10
3.22
4.45

12.6 in.

12.6 in.

2.85 in.

Random

20.2 oz.

2 brushes

100 min.

6 hr.

62.77 dB

0.6 in.

Times

unknown

9

iRobot

Roomba 694

iRobot Roomba 694 1枚目
3.59

Cleans Proactively but Results in Big Impacts, and the Brush Gets Tangled up Easily

4.20
3.86
3.55
3.22
3.40

13.4 in.

13.19 in.

3.54 in.

Random

unknown

1 brush

1.5 hr.

3 hr.

71.5 dB

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No.1 in Mapping performance

RoborockQ5+ Robot Vacuum with Auto-Empty Dock Pure

mybest Score
4.65
High performance
4.49
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Obstacle avoidance
4.82
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Mapping performance
5.00
|
Low maintenance
4.60
|
Low noise
4.46
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Q5+ Robot Vacuum with Auto-Empty Dock Pure Image 1
Lowest price
$699.99
Maximum runtime3 hr.
Charge time6 hr.
Maximum noise output62.67 dB
App compatible
Object avoidance
Cliff detection
Wi-Fi
Self-charging
Schedule cleaning
Days and times
Mapping
Keep out zones
Settable with an app

Our Number One Pick for Its Precise Sensor, Soft Impacts and Efficient Cleaning

The roborock Q5+ "Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Dock" is equipped with a laser on top of the unit to detect obstacles and room size. It's mapping function is precise even in the dark, and it recognizes your room as a three dimensional space. The resulting map is easy to understand and lets you specify keep out zones and particular areas you want cleaned.


This robot vacuum scored high on our tests, revealing an overall well-balanced product. It took the best score in mapping performance thanks to the variety of features found in the accompanying app. You can set a different start time for each day of the week and set the suction mode to "nighttime" or "high performance", which lets each individual adjust performance to their own needs.


It uses a laser and camera to understand the layout of a room, resulting in relatively lighter impacts with obstacles. Mapping only takes about five minutes, so you can get straight to cleaning. Even when using the quick mapping feature, the map is reasonably accurate, and it will usually slow down when it nears a curve or obstacle. To a person watching, it looks like it's thinking on its own.


When we tested the high performance setting, we noticed that it cautiously approached table legs and other round obstacles while still leaving very little dirt behind. It picked up 1.25 ounces of the 1.3 ounces of trash that we left out, an entire 93.4 percent.


Thanks to the included disposal station, you'll only need to clean up after it about once a month, so we can confidently say it has all the features you would want in a robot vacuum. It doesn't really have any downside, so it's definitely a product to consider investing in.

Width13.78 in.
Depth13.78 in.
Length3.78 in.
Navigation typeMapping
Bin capacity15.8 oz.
Number of side brushes1 brush
Height threshold0.8 in.
Washable filter
Washable dustbin
Room-specific cleaning
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No.2
No.1 in Obstacle avoidance
No.1 in Mapping performance

SharkSharkAI Robot Self-Empty

mybest Score
4.59
High performance
4.49
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Obstacle avoidance
4.97
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Mapping performance
5.00
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Low maintenance
4.53
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Low noise
4.07
Lowest price
$549.99
Maximum runtime2 hr.
Charge time6 hr.
Maximum noise output66.8 dB
App compatible
Object avoidance
Cliff detection
Wi-Fi
Self-charging
Schedule cleaning
Days and times
Mapping
Keep out zones
Settable with an app

Meticulous and Easy to Care For With Only Occasional Spills

Traditional robot vacuums would go over rooms in a "Z" pattern, which often led to collisions and spills. The Shark AV2501S AI Robot Vacuum with HEPA Self-Empty Base alleviates this problem by using its AI Laser Navigation for extremely precise mapping.


As it claims, the mapping feature is very advanced, and it takes about 15 minutes to map the entire room. As a result we could see that it gracefully avoided sofa legs and was able to cover every spot in the room.


The fact that it moves so cautiously also means it produces relatively little noise, and impacts with tables or other furniture were soft. We didn't experiences any impacts that made us take notice while sitting on the sofa.


The tradeoff for all this functionality is the inconvenience of the camera on top of the unit. It's 4.1 inches tall when you include the camera, which is too tall to get into some tight spots, such as under a TV stand. Also, it only has one bundle of brushes, so it sometimes leaves noticeable dirt and debris behind.


But even so, it delivers on its promise of getting to every nook and cranny of the room, and it managed to pick up over 90 percent of the trash we left out.


It also has all the features you would expect from a high end model, like programmable keep out zones and scheduled cleaning. The disposal station, which uses a HEPA filter, makes it easy to clean and care for.


With no major weaknesses and a relatively low price by the standards of high end robot vacuums, this is one model you'll want to keep in mind if you don't want to shell out for the most expensive products on the market.

Width13.7 in.
Depth13.7 in.
Length4.1 in.
Navigation typeMapping
Bin capacityunknown
Number of side brushes2 brushes
Height threshold0.79 in.
Washable filter
Washable dustbin
Room-specific cleaning
Auto-resume
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No.3
No.1 in Mapping performance
No.1 in Low maintenance

iRobotRoomba j7+

mybest Score
4.54
High performance
4.20
|
Obstacle avoidance
4.26
|
Mapping performance
5.00
|
Low maintenance
5.00
|
Low noise
3.97
Lowest price
$639.00
Maximum runtime75 min.
Charge time3 hr.
Maximum noise output67.7 dB
App compatible
Object avoidance
Cliff detection
Wi-Fi
Self-charging
Schedule cleaning
Days and times
Mapping
Keep out zones
Settable with an app

Occasional Misses, but Handles Unexpected Situations Well

The Roomba name has become most closely associated with robot vacuums. Their Roomba j7+ model shows the evolution of the brand's obstacle avoidance, and it's received praise for its ability to avoid things like pet droppings and other unexpected waste.


In order to test its claims, we put a slipper on the ground after it had finished mapping the room. While all the other products we tested ran straight into the slipper, only this was able to recognize its presence and move out of the way.


Another plus point is its use of rubber for the brushes, which didn't allow hair or other debris to get tangled up. Since it throws dirt out by itself at the disposal station and only requires infrequent maintenance, it's a good choice for people who have pets with long fur.


On the downside, it made noticeable impacts when it ran into things. It would frequently run into legs on tables and sofas and rarely avoided obstacles before colliding. On the other hand, it turned widely around power cables on the ground, resulting in some spots not getting cleaned. The extreme sensitivity of its obstacle avoidance functionality sometimes causes trash to get left behind, and it ended up getting to about 70 percent of everything we left out.


This model excels in doing a quick one-over of the whole room as opposed to meticulously cleaning every little spot, but thankfully it maintains its strength on carpets. It was able to suck up about half of the trash we left on the carpets in our tests, which most of the other robot vacuums failed at.


As a high end model within the Roomba lineup, it doesn't leave anything out when it comes to feature set. The advanced disposal station is more compact than those for many other robot vacuums, so it won't stand out awkwardly in your living room. While it isn't number one when it comes to suction power or obstacle avoidance, its performance still has advantages that aren't seen in other robot vacuums.

Width13.3 in.
Depth13.14 in.
Length3.4 in.
Navigation typeMapping
Bin capacityunknown
Number of side brushes1 brush
Height threshold0.79 in.
Washable filter
Washable dustbin
Room-specific cleaning
Auto-resume
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No.4
No.1 in Low maintenance

iRobotRoomba i3+

mybest Score
4.45
High performance
4.41
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Obstacle avoidance
4.26
|
Mapping performance
4.36
|
Low maintenance
5.00
|
Low noise
3.71
Lowest price
$449.00
Maximum runtime75 min.
Charge time3 hr.
Maximum noise output69.27 dB
App compatible
Object avoidance
Cliff detection
Wi-Fi
Self-charging
Schedule cleaning
Days and times
Mapping
Keep out zones
Settable with tape or virtual walls

Works Well on Carpets but Lacks a Keep Out Zone Feature

iRobot's Roomba i3+ has a cloth covering to prevent things like fingerprints and scratches. This is the predecessor to the Roomba j7+ and includes features like automatic disposal and room-by-room settings.


Since this is one of their mid-tier models, it comes with a limited number of functions. While you can specify the starting time for each day of the week on the app, it doesn't have a way to register keep out zones. For people who want to prevent the vacuum from entering a certain room, they'll need to buy the separately sold virtual wall barriers and set those up.


Although it didn't impress us with its feature set, the impacts it made were relatively light within the Roomba series of robot vacuums. We didn't experience any impacts strong enough to shake a cup left out on the table, and we could clearly see it slow down as it approached obstacles.


In suction power, it actually surpasses the more expensive Roomba j7+ model. It cautiously went over all the spots around sofa legs, and we could see a few places with no debris left behind.


Unfortunately it couldn't get to areas behind curtains, and it ended up cleaning about 70 percent of the trash we left out on wooden flooring. Interestingly, it managed to pick up 88.5 percent of the debris left on carpets. While many robot vacuums have a hard time on carpets, this one demonstrated excellent suction power on all types of floors.


The brushes are made of rubber just like the Roomba j7+ and arranged tightly similar to a paint roller. It comes with a disposal station, so you won't need to clean up after it very often.


The main differences between this model and the high-end models is the lower obstacle avoidance accuracy and lack of keep out zones, but if you keep your pets outside or don't have too many rooms to clean the difference shouldn't be a problem.

Width13.26 in.
Depth12.99 in.
Length3.63 in.
Navigation typeMapping
Bin capacityunknown
Number of side brushes1 brush
Height threshold0.8 in.
Washable filter
Washable dustbin
Room-specific cleaning
Auto-resume
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No.5
No.1 in Mapping performance

NeatoD10 Intelligent Robot Vacuum

mybest Score
4.37
High performance
4.41
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Obstacle avoidance
4.82
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Mapping performance
5.00
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Low maintenance
3.93
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Low noise
4.26
Lowest price
$362.87
Maximum runtime5 hr.
Charge time3 hr.
Maximum noise output65.23 dB
App compatible
Object avoidance
Cliff detection
Wi-Fi
Self-charging
Schedule cleaning
Days and times
Mapping
Keep out zones
Settable with an app

Imperfect but Full Feature Set and Keeps Impacts to a Minimum

While most robot vacuums are round, the D10 Intelligent Robot Vacuum Cleaner-LaserSmart Nav by Neato Robotics is shaped like a letter "D" so that it can easily reach corners in your room. Setup is handled with an app which allows for creating both maps and keep out zones.


This model doesn't have a precise sensor or camera, resulting in erratic movements, and mapping alone requires about 40 minutes.


Just because it takes a lot of time for mapping doesn't necessarily mean that it excels in recognizing obstacles, and we found that it won't approach curtains at all, possibly due to mistaking them for obstacles. The D-shaped body doesn't work well with circular objects like furniture legs, and it wasn't able to pick up much trash around legs. It picked up 88.1 percent of the trash we left out, which is commendable, but it also left some larger pieces in those hard-to-reach areas.


However, it did perform well on obstacle avoidance. It didn't cause any impacts that were strong enough to shake the furniture, nor did we record any collisions that would be cause for concern. The lack of powerful collisions was similar to that of the high-performing roborock robot vacuum.


While it comes equipped with a respectable number of features, unfortunately some of them don't function as intended. It carries out its primary function of getting your room clean reasonably well, so for people who are renting and need to be careful not to damage their walls, or those with small children who are concerned about the noise made by collisions, it could be a good choice.

Width12.7 in.
Depth13.2 in.
Length3.99 in.
Navigation typeMapping
Bin capacity23.6 oz.
Number of side brushes1 brush
Height threshold0.8 in.
Washable filter
Washable dustbin
Room-specific cleaning
Auto-resume
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No.6
No.1 in Low noise

ILIFENoisz by ILIFE S5

mybest Score
4.00
High performance
4.22
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Obstacle avoidance
4.11
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Mapping performance
3.33
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Low maintenance
4.15
|
Low noise
4.84
Lowest price
$80.26
Maximum runtime1.5 hr.
Charge time5 hr.
Maximum noise output57.3 dB
App compatible
Object avoidance
Cliff detection
Wi-Fi
Self-charging
Schedule cleaning
Times
Mapping
Keep out zones
Settable with tape or virtual walls

Quiet and Affordable but Lacks the Technology Expected From Robot Vacuums

The Noisz by ILIFE S5 by maker ILIFE is a budget priced robot vacuum that dips below the 200 dollar mark. It uses a remote control and comes with virtual wall barriers for creating keep out zones. Although they do need to be set up manually, this could actually be a selling point for people new to robot vacuums or those who don't feel comfortable using apps.


This model's biggest strength is its low noise. At 57.3 decibels, the sound produced while operating is well below the ideal 60 decibel mark. The amount of background noise for a family or group of friends talking is generally around 55 decibels. This means you probably won't notice the robot vacuum if you're having a conversation or watching TV.


Considering it sucked up around 90 percent of the trash we left out, we would say its cleaning power is in the upper range. It also got in around sofa legs, and we could see that there wasn't anything left over in the areas surrounding three out of the four legs.


Unfortunately it doesn't have any mapping function, nor is it equipped with an advanced sensor for recognizing obstacles. It has to run into things first before it can get around them, and it turned in the opposite directions when it touched curtains. We had to take its inability to clean around curtains into account when making evaluations.


During our tests, we left a fan inside the room to be cleaned. Since this robot vacuum can only detect things in front of it, it got caught on the power cord and couldn't move anymore. It even tried climbing over the fan, revealing a lack of the advanced functionality most people would expect from a robot vacuum.


Another disadvantage is that, due to the lack of a mapping feature, it will continue to run until the battery runs out. Despite the low noise, having it move about the house constantly would eventually break your concentration if you work from home.

Width11.81 in.
Depth12.2 in.
Length2.95 in.
Navigation typeRandom
Bin capacity10.1 oz.
Number of side brushes2 brushes
Height threshold0.8 in.
Washable filter
Washable dustbin
Room-specific cleaning
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No.7

ILIFEV3s Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner

mybest Score
3.80
High performance
4.18
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Obstacle avoidance
3.80
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Mapping performance
3.10
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Low maintenance
4.41
|
Low noise
3.43
Lowest price
$159.99
Maximum runtime1.5 hr.
Charge time6.5 hr.
Maximum noise output71.2 dB
App compatible
Object avoidanceunknown
Cliff detectionunknown
Wi-Fi
Self-charging
Schedule cleaning
Times
Mapping
Keep out zones
unknown

Cleans Persistently but Gets Tangled up in Cords

Robot vacuum maker ILIFE says their goal is to make your life more fulfilling by simplifying cleaning. They entered the market in 2010 and currently make both stick vacuums and handheld vacuums. Their V3s Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner uses two types of filters in its dustbin, which is said to lessen the likelihood of clogs.


As it's a budget model, it doesn't come with a disposal station, nor does it have a mapping feature. It can't be controlled with an app, so powering on and choosing the suction mode all have to be done on a remote control. It moves in a "Z" pattern starting from the outer perimeter of the room, so there's little dust left behind.


Possibly due to the two side brushes, this robot vacuum picks up nearly all trash in its path, and it on par with some of the highest ranked models. The body is slim enough to manoeuvre easily through your home, and it picked up 92.6 percent of the trash we left out. It's adept at getting under furniture, and we only recorded 0.004 ounces of dirt left around the sofa legs. It's very persistent when it comes to sucking up debris.


But without a mapping feature, it has no record of where it's cleaned and where it hasn't, and will continue operating until the battery runs out. It should usually return to the charging dock when the battery gets low, but it can run for an entire 80 minutes. With a robot vacuum running around for that long in your house, it could be a distraction from other chores or activities.


On top of that, it doesn't have advanced obstacle recognition, and will even try to vacuum up left out power cords. There's the chance of it picking up socks or earphones you've accidentally left out, so you can't just turn it on casually without tidying up in advance.

Width11.8 in.
Depth11.8 in.
Length2.98 in.
Navigation typeRandom
Bin capacity10.1 oz.
Number of side brushes2 brushes
Height threshold0.6 in.
Washable filter
Washable dustbin
Room-specific cleaning
Auto-resume
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No.8
No.1 in High performance
Maximum runtime100 min.
Charge time6 hr.
Maximum noise output62.77 dB
App compatible
Object avoidance
Cliff detection
Wi-Fi
Self-charging
Schedule cleaning
Times
Mapping
Keep out zones
unknown

Two Side Brushes Tidy up Your Entire Room, but Cleanup Is Troublesome

Anker's Boost IQ RoboVac 11S (Slim) is, as the name suggests, a mere three inches high, which allows it to get in underneath sofas and TV stands. You can change the performance mode and start time with a remote control, and the variety of features, like edge mode that cleans the crevices along walls or the BoostIQ function that automatically increases suction power when needed, is a major appeal.


This is one of the most affordable robot vacuums, and accordingly it doesn't come with a disposal station or mapping feature. It moves around randomly with unpredictable turns, which isn't an efficient way of cleaning.


But even so, the two side brushes ensure that little dirt is left behind, and it picked up over 90 percent of the trash we left out. It received our highest evaluation in the "high performance" category.


The reason for the low price becomes evident when you need to care for it. Although the brushes are made of rubber, there are bristles of different lengths that stick out, and we found a lot of hair and other garbage tangled up in them after cleaning. There's also a metal brush guard in front of the brushes, making it extremely difficult to remove hair.


Due to the lack of a disposal station, you'll need to frequently empty the dustbin on your own. The dustbin is attached to the front of the unit, which requires extra care to not let dirt spill out when removing it. The container doesn't open with the simple press of a button, so you'll need to open the lid manually instead.


With no mapping feature, this robot vacuum will run until the battery runs out when used on its standard setting. But it does have single room mode that lasts for 30 minutes, which is good for those living in a one-room apartment.

Width12.6 in.
Depth12.6 in.
Length2.85 in.
Navigation typeRandom
Bin capacity20.2 oz.
Number of side brushes2 brushes
Height threshold0.6 in.
Washable filter
Washable dustbin
Room-specific cleaning
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No.9

iRobotRoomba 694

mybest Score
3.59
High performance
4.20
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Obstacle avoidance
3.86
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Mapping performance
3.55
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Low maintenance
3.22
|
Low noise
3.40
Lowest price
$274.99
Maximum runtime1.5 hr.
Charge time3 hr.
Maximum noise output71.5 dB
App compatible
Object avoidance
Cliff detection
Wi-Fi
Self-charging
Schedule cleaning
Days and times
Mapping
Keep out zones
Settable with tape or virtual walls

Cleans Proactively but Results in Big Impacts, and the Brush Gets Tangled up Easily

The Roomba 694 is an entry-level model in iRobot's Roomba series. Surprisingly, it uses an app for control despite the budget price. You can specify starting times for each day of the week, but there is no mapping feature or way to set up keep out zones.


We couldn't help but notice the big impacts it made when cleaning. Robot vacuums in the Roomba series have a tendency to run straight into furniture and appliances, but this one in particular moved so quickly that we logged several strong shocks to furniture.


During cleaning it would run into the same table or sofa again and again, revealing a lack of the type of sensor technology most people would expect from a robot vacuum. It also got caught up in power cords and would drag them along to the point where it almost knocked over some appliances.


Thankfully it approached areas around sofa legs and behind curtains without hesitation, and left little dirt behind. It picked up over 60 percent of the trash we left out, which is enough so that you wouldn't visually notice much of whatever was left.


But when taking the difficulty of maintenance into account, we wouldn't recommend this model to just anyone. Unlike the Roomba j7+ or Roomba i3+, is doesn't come with a disposal station, and the brushes are made from stiff hairs instead of rubber. Pet hair and other debris was often caught in them afterward, and the hard material used for the brushes made cleaning a chore. People who keep an indoor pet should probably avoid it.


But for people who live alone or want to use it alongside their traditional stick or canister vacuum, the small amount of dust and debris to clean up will result in less frequent maintenance. Considering the strong suction power, it might be a good candidate if you can forgive the noticeable shocks it makes.

Width13.4 in.
Depth13.19 in.
Length3.54 in.
Navigation typeRandom
Bin capacityunknown
Number of side brushes1 brush
Height threshold0.8 in.
Washable filter
Washable dustbin
Room-specific cleaning
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How We Tested the Robot Vacuums

Robot Vacuums Evaluation

We picked up nine of the bestselling robot vacuums on sites like Amazon, Walmart, and BEST BUY and put them to the test to find out which one gets our highest recommendation. At mybest we define an excellent robot vacuum as one that can clean your house safely and effectively even when you're not home.


We tested each product in the following five categories.


  • High performance
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Mapping performance
  • Low maintenance
  • Low noise

Products we tested

  1. AnkerBoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Slim)
  2. ILIFEV3s Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner
  3. ILIFENoisz by ILIFE S5
  4. NeatoD10 Intelligent Robot Vacuum
  5. RoborockQ5+ Robot Vacuum with Auto-Empty Dock Pure
  6. SharkSharkAI Robot Self-Empty
  7. iRobotRoomba 694
  8. iRobotRoomba i3+
  9. iRobotRoomba j7+
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High Performance

High Performance

If you're thinking of leaving most of the vacuuming to your robot vacuum, the suction power is an important point to look at. You'll also want to make sure it can get into tight spots and crevices like the areas around table and chair legs.


In order to test each robot vacuum's suction power, we spread a predetermined amount of debris around a 218-square-foot room. After weighing the dustbin, we let the vacuum clean on its standard setting, before weighing the dustbin again afterwards to find out how much of the debris it picked up. Trash was made up of the following:


  • Blue sand: 0.6 ounces
  • Dirt: 0.56 ounces
  • Crumbled snacks: 0.2 ounces
  • Lint with dust and pet hair: 0.01 ounces
  • Hair: 0.007 ounces

We made sure to get some of the trash near sofa legs, behind curtains, and on carpets with 0.35-inch hairs. We measured how much trash each of the robot vacuums picked up based on their standard settings. The amount of trash we placed in each area is as follows.


Around sofa legs:

  • Dirt: 0.02 ounces
  • Lint: 0.003 ounces

Behind curtains:
  • Dirt: 0.09 ounces

Carpet:
  • Blue sand: 1.4 ounces

Robot vacuums that were able to suck up the most trash regardless of the floor material and location received the highest scores.

2

Obstacle Avoidance

Obstacle Avoidance

Since you'll probably be using your robot vacuum when you aren't home, it's worth considering whether it will bang into your furniture or not.


In order to test each robot vacuum's obstacle avoidance capabilities, we looked at the following points and added the score for each.


  • What was the maximum impact it made when it ran into a table?
  • How frequently was the impact large enough to be a concern?
  • How frequent were impacts that could move smaller pieces of furniture?
  • Did it ever get stuck on the power cord while cleaning?
  • Could it avoid slippers that weren't on the map?
  • How high of a step can it climb over?
  • Does it ever fall?

We measured impacts based on the following conditions.


Test conditions:
We attached vibration sensors to each of the four legs on a table and set them to record levels every half second. Then we turned the robot vacuums on high performance mode and kept record of impacts to the table.

3

Mapping Performance

Mapping Performance

It would get annoying if you had to open up the app every time you want to start cleaning or specify keep out zones.


So we looked at the following points related to automization and awarded grades based on the total.


  • Can you set keep out zones?
  • Can you create a map of the room?
  • Can you set a different start time for each day of the week?
  • Can it be controlled with an app?

4

Low Maintenance

Low Maintenance

Even if it can make vacuuming your home fully automatic, a robot vacuum will still need to be cleaned by hand from time to time. This is important for both maintaining suction power and cleanliness, so we looked at how easy it was to care for each one.


We awarded points based on the following criteria.


  • Does it come with a disposal station?
  • Does hair get tangled up in the brush?
  • Can you throw trash away without having to touch it?

5

Low Noise

Low Noise

People who work from home or have a pet are probably worried about how much noise a robot vacuum makes. We measured the noise they produced while in use based on the following conditions.


Test conditions:

In a quiet room with ambient noise of 37 decibels, we ran each robot vacuum on its standard setting. We measured the amount of noise produced from three feet away three times for each one.

Top 5 Robot Vacuums

No. 1: RoborockQ5+ Robot Vacuum with Auto-Empty Dock Pure

No. 2: SharkSharkAI Robot Self-Empty

No. 3: iRobotRoomba j7+

No. 4: iRobotRoomba i3+

No. 5: NeatoD10 Intelligent Robot Vacuum

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