The best robot vacuum for 2020: Electrolux, Neato, iRobot Roomba, Eufy and more

Robotic vacuum cleaners have been as soon as solely the stuff of futuristic midcentury dream homes. However they’ve turn into at this time’s actuality. In actual fact they’re extra superior than they’ve ever been. They boast arrays of subtle sensors, lasers, CPUs, even AI-enhanced software. The actual fact is these robots are helpful instruments to keep your home nice and tidy.

Dwelling the robotic vacuum dream can set you again a wholesome pile of money — some value as a lot as 4 figures. Whereas you do not have to spend that a lot, you do get lots in return. That features multiple room and floor mapping, self-emptying dust bins, highly effective suction and thoughtfully designed hardware.

Regardless of all this sophistication, nonetheless, none of those machines can actually substitute a mop.

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To decide on the perfect robotic vacuum, I spent over 120 hours (that is a number of time) torture-testing a gaggle of 12 robotic cleansing vacuums for issues like suction energy, their capacity to carry out on carpets and laborious ground and the way properly every carried out throughout every cleansing cycle. Amongst them are brand-new fashions which have not too long ago launched, flagship fashions and compelling choices provided throughout quite a few on-line retailers. I excluded older fashions that probably will not be offered for for much longer. I replace this record periodically.

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If somebody have been to provide you a clean test and inform you to purchase the perfect robotic vacuum, that is the bot to get. That mentioned, the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus prices a whopping $1,100. For that staggeringly steep sticker value although, this robotic vacuum delivers highly effective suction and very good filth and mud removing. 

On hardwood flooring this Roomba picked up a median of 93% of our check sand, the best quantity in our check group, however it struggled a bit cleansing sand from low-pile carpeting and space rugs, incomes a low common mud and sand pickup of 28%. 

That mentioned, the Roomba robotic vac eliminated a median 71% of sand from our mid-pile carpet whereas vacuuming. Once more, that is the perfect consequence that we noticed on this particular check. It additionally cleaned up extra canine hair, pet dander and allergens than any vacuum on this check group, and the bot navigates and maps a number of rooms and flooring. iRobot has additionally up to date its app to allow you to designate “hold out zones” that you really want the S9 Plus to keep away from when cleansing. The app additionally allows you to use voice instructions to instantly clear a room utilizing Alexa or Google Voice Assistant.

The robotic zipped by means of our check room in a brief common time of 25 minutes, too. You may hyperlink the S9 Plus to the Roomba app and your property Wi-Fi as properly. Better of all is the Roomba S9 Plus’ CleanBase docking station. The dock each costs the robotic’s battery and empties its dustbin routinely, making cleansing even simpler and maintaining you from worrying about battery life. Now that is handy.

Read our first impressions of the Roomba S9 Plus.

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For roughly half the price of the Roomba S9 Plus, the $600 Neato’s D7 vacuums up filth, mud and messes virtually as properly, making it the perfect robotic vacuum at a midrange value. On common this robotic cleaner picked up a larger quantity of sand (36%) throughout low-pile carpet and rugs than the Roomba did. 

This computerized vacuum cleaner narrowly beat the S9 Plus for cleansing energy on hardwood naked flooring, too, gathering a median of 95% of the sand we put down. The vac cleaned filth, mud and sand from midpile rugs much less successfully although, notching a pickup common of 47% whereas cleansing. 

Whereas the Neato cannot match the Roomba’s prowess at eradicating pet hair or empty its personal mud bin, the D7 navigates extra effectively round furnishings but covers extra floor due to sensible robotic vacuum built-in lidar laser navigation mapping. You can too management the cleansing robotic utilizing the Neato app as a distant management, in addition to hyperlink it to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The app permits you to designate areas of your property as off-limits to cleansing, too.

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This is a robotic vacuum that proves you need not blow your funds to buy a stable robotic vacuum cleaner. Though the Robovac 11S Max prices simply $227 proper now, it cleans flooring successfully. That is very true when cleansing naked hardwood flooring. 

It managed to take away a median of 71% of our check sand from the sort of floor. The bot did not work as properly cleansing carpets, incomes sand-pickup averages of 21% and 27% on low-pile and mid-pile, respectively. 

And due to this vacuum’s fundamental navigation system, it took properly over an hour to barter our check room. So far as time goes, that is lots. Nonetheless, the Eufy used its runtime correctly. The vacuum coated the house properly, cleansing up and leaving virtually no spots untouched. The Eufy can be self-charging, so once more, no want to fret about battery life or issue that into general cleansing time. It is the perfect robotic vacuum for worth.

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How we check robotic vacuums

Our technique for evaluating robotic vacuums is easy, but grueling. There are two kinds of assessments we run. The primary trial is to determine how well a robot covers the floor whereas cleansing. We constructed an industry-standard testing room as specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission, only for this goal. The IEC is a global requirements physique liable for managing robotic vacuum testing procedures, amongst different issues, for vacuum producers. 

Obstacles in our check room mimic what robotic vacuums run into in the actual world.

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Inside this room are objects designed to simulate typical obstacles a robotic vac encounters for navigation because it cleans. These obstacles embody wall edges, desk and chair legs, couches and different furnishings, and so forth, plus naked tile and hardwood flooring, in addition to carpet. 

This is a protection photograph of the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus because it moved by means of our check room. You may see the Roomba S9 coated the ground properly, apart from one slight part within the middle (left, backside).

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We mount LED lights to the highest of every vacuum cleaner. The size of the lights correspond to the measured nozzle width of every explicit robotic vacuum we check. 

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As robots transfer by means of the room whereas cleansing, a digicam overhead captures a long-exposure picture of the whole room in low gentle. That photograph will then have a light-weight path, created by the LEDs, that exhibits the precise areas the place the robotic traveled (and its nozzle place) throughout its runtime. We are able to additionally see areas of the ground the vacuum could have missed or gotten caught.


That is the protection sample created by the Neato D7. Its motion by means of our check room was very orderly, logical and efficient.

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You may see the navigation outcomes of all of the robotic vacuums in our check group within the gallery under.

The second kind of check reveals precisely how a lot bodily particles a vacuum is ready to choose up off of the ground. To imitate filth of small particle measurement, we use a mix of play-sand and landscaping sand. For greater particle soil, we use grains of raw black rice. Robots then run in straight line mode throughout three kinds of flooring (low-pile carpet, medium-pile carpet and hardwood naked flooring).

We check robotic vacuums on three kinds of ground surfaces.

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We management for the particular nozzle width of every vacuum, too. We constructed an adjustable software to soil our check flooring. It lets us lay down a strip of exact space of soil to match the nozzle dimensions for each robotic. The mass of soil is not chosen at random both. We measure a proportional quantity that is associated to the flooring materials, kind of particles, plus every vacuum’s nozzle width.

Our custom-built software lets us match soil space to a robotic vacuum’s nozzle width.

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We conduct three cleansing runs (at minimal) on every ground kind. We additionally carry out cleansing assessments with sand and rice individually. That involves at the very least 18 assessments per robotic vac. We weigh the robotic’s mud bin each earlier than and after every run. From there we are able to calculate the proportion of particles pickup for each cleansing run and the typical quantity of soil a machine manages to take away. Moreover we run anecdotal (visible) pet hair assessments for every robotic, on all three ground sorts. 

We run robotic vacuums in a straight line through the particles pickup assessments.

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The chart under exhibits the effective particle cleansing efficiency knowledge for all the robotic vacuums we examined. It ought to provide you with a fairly good concept about their cleansing efficiency on totally different sorts of flooring surfaces. Our rice-based, medium-size particle check did not present sufficient differentiation between every cleaner, which says they will all deal with bigger particles with out bother. For fur removing for pet homeowners, we judged anecdotally.

% soil eliminated

Neato Botvac D6 Related


Sand from low-pile

Sand from hardwood

Sand from medium-pile

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Outcomes listed are the typical proportion of complete materials faraway from check floor

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Brian Bennett