The Best Robot Vacuum

Posted on 19 April 2022

After 19 hours of research and a detail examination of 23 models, the Neato D7 is our favorite, thanks to its price-quality ratio.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best mid-range

Neato Robotics Botvac D7 Connected

It is its D-Shape that makes it stand out among its competitors. It cleans therefore more efficiently in the corners while offering good performance and a very sophisticated navigation system.

£ 799.99 on Amazon

Although not the newest on the market, the Botvac D7 is still among the best in its price range. Indeed, it combines many qualities: an intuitive and easy-to-use application, precise navigation, a very complete laser mapping and good suction performance. Its D-shape is what sets it apart from the competition and makes the difference when it comes to vacuuming corners.

 

Best budget

Eufy RoboVac 11S

This compact vacuum performs well on almost all surfaces and is one of the quietest on the market. Its price-quality ratio is very interesting, despite the absence of laser telemetry.

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Although the lack of laser telemetry puts it at a disadvantage against the competition, this robot vacuum has a good suction performance on hard floors and an effective obstacle management, as long as they are large enough to be detected by its sensors. Its functionalities are basic but, in addition to BoostIQ technology that adapts the suction power to the detected surface, it also offers a time programming and an automatic return to the charging station. Moreover, it offers five programmes and three suction intensities.

 

Best high-end

iRobot Roomba i7+

Despite its high price, it is unanimously acclaimed. It is connected and has a full range of features that increase user comfort, including an automatic emptying system on its base.

£ 799.99 on Amazon

Thanks to its camera, this model precisely maps each room, which it memorises for a methodical cleaning of your interior. It is hygienic, as it includes a full tank alert that automatically makes it return to its base for an emptying; this feature is particularly adapted for people with allergies. The dedicated application allows you to manage the various settings and programmes remotely in a very simple way, as well as consult the history of tasks and personalise the maps. The downside, however, is that it is noisier, especially when emptying. 

 

High-end alternative

iRobot Roomba i3+

With this vacuum, the automatic emptying station is no longer reserved for high-end models. To keep the price reasonable, the i3+ does not have a camera, which makes it difficult to deal with obstacles.

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This robot vacuum is the alternative for those who absolutely want to have an automatic emptying. Indeed, this system eliminates the need for manual intervention for several days, which can really convince those allergic to dust. Its navigation is methodical despite the absence of laser telemetry, its suction performance is correct (except for shaggy carpets like many others) and its autonomy is quite honourable with 75 minutes on the clock and an automatic recharge at the base.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-endHigh-end alternative
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Neato Botvac D7 SmartEufy RoboVac 11SiRobot Roomba i7+iRobot Roomba i3+
It is its D´Shape that makes it stand out among its competitors. It cleans therefore more efficiently in the corners while offering good performance and a very sophisticated navigation system.This compact vacuum performs well on almost all surfaces and is one of the quietest on the market. Its price-quality ratio is very interesting, despite the absence of laser telemetry.Despite its high price, it is unanimously acclaimed. It is connected and has a full range of features that increase user comfort, including an automatic emptying system at its base.With it, the automatic emptying station is no longer reserved for premium models. To keep the price reasonable, the i3+ does not have a camera, which makes it difficult to deal with obstacles.
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Honorable mentions

Blaupunkt Bluebot XEASY (£119,99 upon publication): an affordable alternative. Thanks to its 7.3 cm height, this vacuum can easily fit anywhere. While it doesn’t have a camera or laser telemetry, it does have some nice technical features: 130 minutes of autonomy, a 0.5 litre tank, four different cleaning programmes, a HEPA filter, a smartphone app for remote control and an automatic return to its base in case of low battery. However, this was not enough to overtake our first choice, as there was less user feedback. 

Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge Robot (£339,99 upon publication): interesting mid-range model. This device has good features: it is small and quiet and it has 9 infrared sensors as well as fall detection sensors. Once it has recharged its batteries, it resumes cleaning where it left off. It is also connected to your smartphone and works with Alexa and Google Assist. However, this vacuum does not make it into our selection because of the lack of mapping and delineation.

 

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How to choose your robot vacuum?

Robot vacuums are a practical alternative to conventional vacuums (hand-held, upright, bagged and bagless vacuums), as they make your cleaning chore much easier. 

Aspirateur robot
A robot vacuum is a big investment but it will highly ease your cleaning chores. | Source: Selectos

Thanks to the technological improvements of recent years, there are now many models of robot vacuums on the market in all price ranges, but it is not easy to make an informed choice. 

To make it easier for you, we analysed the three existing navigation systems: 

  • Random navigation system: robot vacuums without artificial intelligence work with predetermined programmes that are supposed to clean the whole room. They often have obstacle detection, but it is purely contextual: they do not memorise their location. This is actually how the vacuum changes direction. As a result, the robot will most likely cover the same spot several times before it cleans the entire surface of your room.
Aspirateur robot
Camera or telemetry navigation systems are more efficient than random navigation. | Source: Selectos
  • The camera navigation system: a vacuum with a camera uses a visual interpretation software to create a 3D map from the collected image. This technology is a serious improvement compared to earlier models, but it is not perfect. This technology often requires a certain level of brightness in the room. Moreover, the vacuum literally does not see smaller obstacles.
  • The laser telemetry navigation system: straight imported from the construction and military worlds, laser technology is by far the most efficient to date. Thanks to a laser meshing of what is in front of it, the vacuum detects all the reliefs and obstacles. The artificial intelligence can even store the mapping in its memory and learn the perfect route room by room.
Aspirateur robot
Remember to check what surfaces your vacuum can handle and remove any obstacles from its path. | Source: Selectos

Other criteria:

  • Sensors: beyond the navigation system, a good robot vacuum must above all be equipped with good sensors to deal with possible obstacles, but also with the void. This will protect your furniture from possible collisions and your appliance from falling down the stairs.
  • Vacuuming efficiency: it is important to check which types of floor it is capable of cleaning. While the vast majority of vacuum cleaners do a good job to remove dust from tiles, parquet floor and vinyl, it is not necessarily the same for carpets. Be aware that some mop carpets can get tangled in the cleaning brushes and in the cables of electrical appliances.
Aspirateur robot
A handy and easily accessible tank is preferable, as the container is rather small. | Source: Selectos
  • Tank and filtration system: the robot vacuum is a bagless model. It is equipped with a tank that must be emptied manually, and whose size is much smaller than the other vacuum models. Handling must therefore be easy, as it will have to be repeated frequently. Filtration is important to ensure that little dust is released into the air, especially if you suffer from allergies or have pets that shed their hair.
  • Dimensions: while it is generally advised to remove all objects that could obstruct the robot, you should also check that it is able to pass under your furniture or between the legs of your chairs, if you do not want to put them up before each passage. Check the height and diameter of the vacuum before you buy one.
Aspirateur robot
Most vacuums return to their charging base by themselves. | Source: Selectos
  • Autonomy and charging: since they are cordless, autonomy is important to match the surface area to be cleaned. It is also preferable that the charging time is not too long.

As far as functionality is concerned, many of the options are often touted as revolutionary by manufacturers that highlight them. But which ones are really useful? We have identified four of them: 

  • RTH or Return to Home: if the battery runs out, the vacuum returns safely to its base and takes care of recharging itself (unlike models that have to be plugged in manually). This is now a fairly standard feature found on many models. Where it can stand out is if the appliance is able to resume its cleaning cycle where it left off, so that it doesn’t waste time going back to where it once vacuumed.
Aspirateur robot
It is possible to set up your vacuum with a remote control or via your smartphone. | Source: Selectos
  • DNE or Do Not Enter: materialised in the form of a physical cord or a programming option (virtual wall), with this option you can prohibit your vacuum from entering a particular area, containing many fragile obstacles or electrical cables, for example.
  • Pre-scheduling: many robot vacuums offer to schedule cleaning cycles at fixed times (when you are not in the house, so that it is completely free, for example).
  • Connectivity: on some robot vacuums, the options are accessible on the box itself. On others, more recent models, manufacturers have chosen to use a smartphone application, which is more practical. Disadvantages may lie in the Wi-Fi connection, which may be variable or may not cover the whole house. Also, don’t forget to pay attention to the Android or iOS compatibility of the app. 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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