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5 Robot Vacuums You Need for a Cleaner Home



Being an adult involves a lot of responsibility, including keeping your house or apartment clean. Whether your schedule is too busy to find time to fit in vacuuming or you just don't enjoy this chore, you're in luck: a robot vacuum can suck up dirt and debris around your home for you! While Roombas have become synonymous with robot vacuums, there are actually a variety of manufacturers that exist. Some things to consider when choosing a robot vacuum include the size of your home, the floor type, and how much pet hair you have. Robot vacuums tend not to do well on long carpets since it can result in the vacuum jamming.

If you have stairs, keep in mind that the robot vacuum will not be able to climb them on its own, so you may want to invest in two robot vacuums: one for upstairs and one for downstairs. Additionally, it won't be able to vacuum your stairs themselves. It could be useful to still have a traditional vacuum for stairs, the occasional home deep clean, or to vacuum out your car. Overall, however, if you want to save yourself time and avoid the tediousness of vacuuming without giving up a clean home, a robot vacuum is likely a good choice for you.

Neato Botvac Connected

The Neato Botvac Connected is a D-shaped robot vacuum that can be controlled via smartphone or the robot itself. It measures 12.7 inches by 13.2 inches by 3.9 inches and weighs 9 pounds. The D-shape design allows it to get close to walls and corners to give you a thorough clean that round-shaped robot vacuums may miss.  It is louder than other robot vacuums (but still quieter than regular vacuums), though the noise decreased substantially by placing the robot in Eco Mode. There is a 1-year limited warranty by Neato (6 months for battery), and you can additionally choose to purchase a 2- or 3-year protection plan from Amazon.

 


iRobot Roomba 960

The iRobot Roomba 960 does so much more than just letting cats ride around atop of them (if you don't know what I'm talking about, search for "cat on Roomba" videos and you'll soon find out!). It measures 13.8 inches by 3.6 inches.  The filter captures 99% of dust, mites, and allergens as small as 10 microns so you'll be able to breathe easy and stay healthy in your home.  The iRobot Home App enables you to use your iOS or Android device so you can set up cleaning while away from home. The Clean Map shows where your robot has already cleaned.  We found its cleaning-ability to be methodical and thorough. It is easy to use and clean out the dustbin reservoir, made even easier by the Full Bin alert that indicates it is time to empty the bin. It does a good job of untangling itself from obstacles on its own.  It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can pre-set your Roomba to clean up to 7 times per week. You can't use the app to steer the robot though. It did well with moving over different floor types according to our reviewers and also did a good job of navigating around stray obstacles. Roomba offers a 1-year warranty, and you can add a 2- or 3-year protection plan on Amazon.

 

 

EcoVacs Deebot N79

The EcoVacs Deebot N79 is a Wi-Fi connected robot vacuum at a friendlier price than some of the other robot vacuums we've reviewed. It measures 13 inches around and 3.1 inches high, making it lower than some other robot vacuums we reviewed (so it will have an easier time fitting under furniture). It features four cleaning modes.  This vacuum offers 1000-900 pa suction power to get up all of the accumulated dirt and grime around your living space. It automatically returns to its charger when battery levels get low (battery life is 100 minutes).  Testers noted that is quieter than other robot vacuums and were always shocked by how much dirt it picked up after a cycle. It performed well in getting itself unstuck from common obstacles. It did face a little trouble going from one surface texture to another, particularly with higher pile carpets. It comes with a 1-year warranty, and you can choose to add a 2- or 3-year protection plan.

 

 

Samsung Powerbot R7070

The Samsung Powerbot R7070 is a robot vacuum that connects via Wi-Fi and works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It has 20 W suction and measures 13.4 inches by 3.8 inches by 13.7 inches. Keep in mind the dimensions when thinking of what kind of furniture you want your robot vacuum to fit under. This vacuum weighs 9.5 pounds. It has a large, 11.4-inch wide brush to help clean large areas efficiently. For manual clean, you can move the Powerbot with the remote control so it cleans the desired area. You can schedule a one time clean or daily clean. The dust capacity is 0.3 L. The filter is washable so no need to buy replacements. Though the EasyPass wheels are supposed to help it get over obstacles, there were some complaints of it getting stuck at times. You might want to make sure that you don't leave any stray items such as socks or cords on the floor so that the vacuum won't be held up. The sound was quieter than traditional vacuums and even quieter than some other robot vacuums, so it shouldn't bother you if you decide to run it while you are at home. The robot can connect to the Samsung Connect App, which is compatible with both Android and iOS.  This robot overall did a good job of picking up various debris such as pet hair, dust, and flour. Samsung offers a 1-year warranty, and you can add a 2- or 3- year extended protection plan on Amazon.

 


Eufy RoboVac11

The Eufy RoboVac11 is a robot vacuum that is designed for hard floor and thin carpet. This robot vacuum comes at a more affordable price than some of the others we've reviewed but still can do its job, just without all of the bells and whistles that other robot vacuums have to offer.  Maximum cleaning time is about 100 minutes. It then takes about 6 hours to fully recharge. Since it relies on infrared sensors to clean, Eufy recommends not using the Robovac on dark floor surfaces or high pile carpets. It comes with a remote that you can use to navigate the robot to desired areas for spot cleans. Because of its circular shape, it does have trouble cleaning corners.  It does not offer Wi-Fi or control via an app, which means that you can't set your robot to clean from your phone if you're not present. It just takes a little more planning and forethought to schedule its cleaning cycles from home.  This vacuum comes with a 12-month warranty, and you can choose to add a 2 or 3-year extended protection plan on Amazon.

 

 

Bottom Line

If you want a cleaner home but vacuuming is not your favorite chore, you should strongly consider getting a robot vacuum. These vacuums have been known to pick up dirt efficiently, even after someone has run over the space with a regular vacuum. You can set up your robot vacuum to clean when you're out of the house, though many are so quiet that people aren't bothered by them running when you're at home. When choosing a robot vacuum, you want to find one that works well with your floor types and that can navigate with ease, resulting in less jamming that you would need to rescue it from. The robot vacuum that we believe will work best for most people is the Neato Botvac Connected. This vacuum's D-shape makes vacuuming around edges and corners simple. It's battery life is impressive, with up to 360 minutes in Eco Mode. Our second choice would be the famous iRobot Roomba 960. This has a heftier pricetag, but does a great job with cleaning, mapping your room, and learning to avoid staircases. The EcoVacs Deebot N79 is especially quiet, which testers appreciated. Samsung Powerbot's U-shape design allows it to clean right up against walls, and it automatically increases suction power when it senses carpet. Finally, the Eufy RoboVac 11 works well with hard floors and thin carpets, and it comes at a budget-friendly price.

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