Robot vacuum have come a long way from bumbling devices that roll around, pick up some light dirt and bounce into your furniture. Now, these devices can often mop, handle schedules, spot cleaning and even empty their own cleaning bins. These seven are some of the favorites we've tested at GearBrain, able to sweep away dust and dirt while you focus on other things, like work, friends and family. We also think you'll find something likely in your budget range, starting at just $250.
Ecovacs N8+Ecovacs N8+ Review: Powerful and a bit quieter while it cleans
The $599 Ecovacs N8+ works on both rugs and wood floor, and allows you to customize the settings on power cleaning, scheduling and more. A bit plus for this robot vacuum is that it comes with an Auto-Empty Station, which means the N8+ can empty the bin on its own. The N8+ did a fine job mopping too. Robot vacuums are rarely strong moppers, but for some light cleaning, this one worked well. And the company claims it can pick up more than 99 percent of bacteria.
The Ecovacs N8+ links easily with Google Assistant and we were able to start the robot with our voice. Amazon Alexa, though, didn't connect, which you should consider if you use Amazon's voice assistant.
Roborock S5 Max
Roborock S5 Max
We're pretty sold on the $599.99 Roborock S5 Max, one of the first robot vacuums we've seen that is a good smart vacuum, but can also handle mopping very well. We think the ability to adjust how much water is coming out of the S5 Max is what flips the device to a very efficient mopping robot.
You can also schedule the S5 Max, and block off rooms virtually in the app. The vacuum is extremely powerful, and you can run it via an iOS and Android app, and it also works with Amazon Alexa meaning to get the S5 Max running, you just have to ask.
Neato Botvac Connected D7
Neato Botvac Connected D7
We like the $599.99 Neato Botvac Connected D7 for a number of reasons. We note that it isn't the cheapest robot vacuums, but in a sea of rounded devices the Botvac Connected D7 comes an edge, quite literally. The flat angle side on its front means that the vacuum can clean corners more easily, getting bits of detris out of those harder to reach spots that rounder robots have trouble hitting. We also like that the Neato vacuum works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, meaning you can get these up and running just by asking aloud. There's an app too that maps your space.
Unique child-friendly feature makes the $650 Roborock S7 robot vacuum worth a look
The $650 Roborock S7 is a really nice robot vacuum, powerful both as a mop and vacuum, and has some virtual features as well as physical ones such as a child safety lock. There's a clean design, with a roller that helps it avoid small things, like hair, from being tangled.
You can adjust the levels of mopping strength and also the vacuuming power. There's also a 'Do Not Disturb,' mode so that you can keep the robot from moving about during meetings, and you can also create a set cleaning schedule. Be aware it won't connect to Amazon Alexa, but it will connect to Google Assistant. Overall, though, we think the S7 is a solid robot vacuum, easily worth an upgrade if you're buying a new device — or great for a first time user.
Ecovacs Deebot Osmo T8 AIVI
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
Inside the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI is a 240 ml water tank — which means it can cover more than 100 minutes of mopping time and 2,000 square feet of space. The 5300mAH Lithium Ion battery keeps the vacuum running for more than three hours — and across more than 3,000 square feet. There's also a live video stream that people can tap into from the vacuum in the Ecovacs home app, so they can keep an eye, remotely, on pets or on any area they want of their home, while using the robot just by sending it from room to room. And yes, you'll pay more for all of these features — about $800. We have more details about the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI on our site.
Launched in 2019 at IFA, the Trifo Max is now on sale for about $400. The vacuum is completely white, unusual for robot vacuum which seem to almost universally be dark in color, and is controlled via an app. You empty the bin from the top — which you'll likely want to check daily since you schedule this robot to clean while you're away. (Not something many of us will be doing for awhile.) There's also a camera on the front which you can tap into and record footage of your home while you're out.
Wyze Robot VacuumThe Wyze Robot Vacuum and its charging dock GearBrain
This Lidar mapping robot vacuum is just $250, and can also handle scheduling and has three different levels of suction, quiet, standard and strong. Lidar allows this very budget-friendly robot vacuum to make a three-dimensional map as it moves around a house. The Wyze Robot Vacuum works with an app that shows you how much area it's cleaned, how much of a charge is left, and how much time it's been cleaning. You can schedule the robot vacuum to clean an entire space, or just one room. This device doesn't have smart home connectivity so it's just one thing to consider.
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