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The 7 Best Robot Vacuums 2022



If you don't have time to regularly sweep or vacuum, robot vacuums are an easy way to make sure your home stays clean without you needing to do all the work. Since they use various types of technology like lasers or cameras to navigate and maneuver around a room, they can generally avoid furniture and get beneath couches and tables with relative ease. Some even automatically empty their dirt compartments, which further reduces the work you need to do. Although they aren't as good at cleaning carpet as more traditional upright vacuums, many come with smart pathing technology to clean more efficiently. Many of them also come with companion apps or remote controls so you can set up scheduled cleaning times or place boundaries to keep it out of certain areas.

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7. iRobot Roomba 981



The best robot vacuum for bare floors that we've tested is the iRobot Roomba 981. This robot vacuum delivers superb performance on surfaces like hardwood or tile, easily cleaning pet hair and small or bulky debris. It's capable of automatically adjusting its suction power setting and brushroll height depending on the surface that it's on, which is good for cleaning the occasional rug or carpet.

This vacuum does an excellent job maneuvering itself, as it cleans in an organized pattern and can make its way around obstacles like chairs, tables, and couches or climbing over low obstructions like electrical cords without getting stuck. It also feels well-built, with a high-grade plastic body and dense rubber wheels, and has an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans. You can use its companion app to start a cleaning session, set up a cleaning schedule, or even pilot the vacuum remotely.

Unfortunately, unlike some pricier robot vacuums, it doesn't keep a permanent map of its coverage area, so you can't set up virtual boundary markers to keep it out of certain areas or direct it to clean a specific room within your home. It also incurs high recurring costs and has many parts that need regular cleaning.

6. Roborock S6 MaxV



If you're looking for a robot vacuum with more advanced automation capabilities, the Roborock S6 MaxV is a good alternative. It's pricier than the iRobot Roomba 981 and has a slightly harder time clearing bulky debris on bare floors as its dirt compartment fills up. However, it does have a more advanced navigation system that combines LIDAR mapping and optical sensors, letting it precisely map its coverage area and recognize and avoid obstacles in real-time. You can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines that the vacuum won't enter or schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms. It's also capable of automatically adjusting its suction power depending on the floor type that it's on, which is helpful if you have a couple of rugs in your home. It feels better built, and it comes with a mopping attachment that allows it to deal with sticky messes on bare floors. Its dirt compartment is larger, so you shouldn't need to empty it quite as often. Unfortunately, its real-time object avoidance system can sometimes create false positives, causing the vacuum to sometimes identify everyday objects like rugs as hazards to avoid. It also incurs high recurring costs and has many parts that need periodic cleaning.

Get the iRobot if you're looking for a cheaper robot vacuum that delivers superb performance on bare floors, but consider the Roborock if you're looking for something with a wider array of automation capabilities.

5. iRobot Roomba S9



The iRobot Roomba S9 is the best robot vacuum cleaner for pet hair that we've tested. This premium robot vacuum feels amazingly well-built, with high-grade plastic construction and dense wheels that enable it to roll smoothly on carpeted floors. Its vacuum head also automatically changes height depending on the surface it's on, and there are three different suction power levels to choose from. Its onboard HEPA filter should also reduce the spread of allergens as it cleans.

This vacuum easily cleans pet hair on most surfaces, ranging from bare floors to high-pile carpet. The vacuum's vSLAM navigational system builds a virtual map of its coverage area, which you can access through its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms. Its battery performance is also superb, as you can expect roughly anywhere between 50 to over 150 minutes of runtime on a single charge depending on your choice of settings and usage habits.

Unfortunately, like most robot vacuums, many parts need regular cleaning or replacing, so recurring costs can add up over time. However, you can easily remove its brushrolls to clear any tangled hair wraps.

4. Neato D8



If you're looking to spend less on a robot vacuum that can still easily clean pet hair on a wide variety of floor types, consider the Neato D8. Like the iRobot Roomba S9, this vacuum has an onboard allergen-trapping HEPA filter and a removable brushroll that makes it easier to clean tangled hair. However, it lacks an automatic surface detection system and has a slightly harder time climbing onto very high-pile rugs. That said, it is much less expensive and delivers similarly fantastic pet hair-cleaning performance. It feels impressively well-built and has far fewer parts that need periodic cleaning. Its LIDAR mapping system generates a permanent map of its coverage area, which you can access through its companion app to set up no-go zones the vacuum won't enter or schedule cleaning sessions in advance. Unfortunately, this vacuum's battery life is relatively short, as you can only expect a maximum of roughly 70 minutes of runtime before it needs to return to its docking station to recharge, which is less than half the iRobot's maximum battery life.

Get the iRobot if you want a vacuum that lasts longer on a charge and does a better job of maneuvering itself around obstacles, but consider the Neato if you want to spend less without sacrificing too much in the way of pet hair-cleaning performance.

3. Yeedi vac station



The best robot vacuum with a self-emptying function that we've tested is the yeedi vac station. Unlike many other robot vacuums, especially in this price range, it has a self-emptying function that lets it transfer debris from its internal dustbin into an external dirt compartment mounted to its charging dock, reducing hands-on maintenance requirements. It also does an excellent job of clearing debris on bare floors and delivers impressive performance on high-pile carpet, though it struggles with clearing fine debris on low-pile carpet.

This vacuum has quite a few other automation capabilities. You can use its companion app to direct it to specific rooms within your home or set up no-go zones on its coverage map to prevent it from entering certain spaces. It does an amazing job of maneuvering itself, as it's capable of easily navigating around furniture or climbing over high-pile rugs and electrical cords, though rug tassels can get stuck in its brushroll. Its surface detection feature lets it automatically increase its suction power on carpets, or to avoid carpets and rugs when its included mopping attachment is fitted in place.

However, this vacuum does incur quite a few recurring costs over time, especially seeing as how you need to replace the docking station's dust bag once it's filled, which should hold roughly 30 days' worth of debris, according to the manufacturer. It also doesn't have a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans. 

2. Wyze Robot Vacuum



The best robot vacuum in the budget category that we've tested is the Wyze Robot Vacuum. Unusually for a robot vacuum at this price point, it has a LIDAR mapping system that lets it generate a permanent map of its coverage area, which you can access via its companion app to direct it to specific areas or set up boundary lines that the vacuum won't cross. It becomes noticeably better at avoiding obstacles like furniture after learning their placement, which might take a few cleaning jobs.

This vacuum feels well-built and even has an onboard HEPA filter to help trap allergens as it cleans. It can run for over two hours on a single charge in its most energy-efficient 'Quiet' mode, though this does drop to a little over an hour when used in its most powerful 'Strong' mode. It delivers fantastic performance on bare floors, easily cleaning pet hair as well as small and bulky debris. It also does a reasonably good job dealing with messes on low and high-pile carpet, but it might take an extra pass or two to fully clear very fine debris.

Unfortunately, unlike pricier robot vacuums like the Roborock S6 MaxV, it doesn't have a surface detection system that would allow it to automatically change its suction power mode depending on the floor type that it's on. It also has a very small dirt compartment and incurs high recurring costs since many parts need regular cleaning. Still, its strong performance on bare floors and relatively affordable price point make it a very compelling choice if you're looking for a hassle-free way of keeping your floors clean.

1. Roborock E4



If you're looking for a robot vacuum with a larger internal dirt compartment, consider the Roborock E4. This budget-friendly robot vacuum delivers similarly superb performance on bare floors and does a slightly better job cleaning debris on carpet than the Wyze Robot Vacuum. However, you can't set up virtual boundary markers or schedule room cleaning sessions for specific areas using its companion app. Thankfully, its dustbin is larger, so it shouldn't need emptying as frequently. Despite its less advanced mapping system, it still does a great job of maneuvering itself, and it's capable of automatically adjusting its suction power depending on the surface that it's on. However, while its maximum battery life of nearly 200 minutes is longer, it does take longer to recharge. It also has many parts that need regular replacing, including its allergen-trapping HEPA filter.

Get the Wyze if you want a vacuum with more advanced automation capabilities, but consider the Roborock if you want a larger dustbin and a longer battery life.

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuums for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our robot vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.