Robot vacuums have appealed to humans ever since Rosie on The Jetsons rolled into our Saturday morning cartoons. But the current crop of robotic vacuums takes automatic cleaning from science fiction to reality. Real robot vacuums have been around since the late 90s, but in recent years, they’ve gotten more effective and easy to use.
They also vary wildly in price, from less than one hundred bucks to close to four figures. Springing for a more expensive model generally does mean you will get a few notable upgrades, like automatic recharging, remote control via an app or smart home, and a more powerful motor. But the more budget-minded options on the market still offer the main advantage of a robotic vacuum: a smart little robotic vac that basically does the cleaning for you. And while they might not offer remote start options, they can still do a lot of what their pricier competitors can do, like navigate over uneven surfaces and auto-adjust cleaning power as it goes.
If you’re ready to invest in a “Rosie” of your own, here are a few good robotic vacuum models to choose from.
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1. iRobot Roomba 690
While this doesn’t offer the same power or convenience as the 980, it does offer a ton of power and convenience for a lot less money. It’s an excellent daily clean option, with app scheduling and remote start. The motor isn’t as powerful, but it will pick up debris and dust and keep your floor clean. It also re-docks after every use, something less advanced Roombas cannot do. And, like all Roomba models, it can navigate around furniture and other obstacles and can “climb” onto high-pile carpet, cleaning both rugs and hardwood floors.
2. eufy BoostIQ RoboVac
Eufy provides a more budget-friendly alternative to iRobot, and their robot vacs more than stand up to the competition. While the motor is generally not as powerful, it is also a lot quieter. The slim design is also very good at fitting under even low-to-the-ground furniture. While it doesn’t have smart home or app connectivity, cleans can be scheduled via a remote control. It also automatically re-docks and recharges. For daily maintenance cleans, you may feel that a eufy robot vacuum more than gets the job done.
3. Kyvol Cybovac E30 Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Instead of running on the straight and narrow, this innovative robot zig-zags across your home, which will clean your home faster. It has a complex navigation system where it will gradually map out your home and find ways to optimize its cleaning time by 30 percent. The vac has a three-stage cleaning system that’ll pick up dust, hair, dander and crumbs from your floor. You can edit cleaning schedules and control the vacuum through the app on your phone or via Google Assistant or Alexa.
4. Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S
While not as powerful as eufy, this vacuum from Ecovacs offers some other advantages: it can be started via app or smart home, and multiple cleanings a day can be scheduled. The biggest downside is that it can’t recharge itself, however, so you’ll have to manually move it back to its dock to charge after cleanings. This robotic vacuum model is great for people who want to run regular “maintenance cleans” on a floor in their house with mostly hardwood or tile floor.
5. Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Coredy’s robot vac has a lot in common with other budget competitors — it has a decent (around 2 hour) charge and is good at regularly scheduled maintenance cleans. Unlike many comparable models, however, it does re-dock and recharge itself. But what really sets it apart the mop attachment. The attachment is a reservoir that replaces the dirt collector. Simply fill it with the cleaning solution of your choice after cleaning hardwood and tile floors and let it run again.
6. Tesvor Robot Vacuum Cleaner
You won’t have to worry much about this robot vacuum. It runs for up to 150 minutes with its anti-drop and anti-collision software, so you don’t have to babysit this vac and make sure it hasn’t gotten itself stuck somewhere. When it’s running low on battery, it’ll park itself in its charger to recharge. The vacuum is also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, which means that you can give it voice commands.
7. GOOVI by ONSON Robot Vacuum
This little vacuum can cruise around your home from the tile to the wood floor to the carpet with ease. It has automatic carpet pressurization, and it can lift itself by three degrees to pull itself onto your rugs. The robot vacuum comes with magnetic tape, which you can use to keep the vacuum away from certain areas, though it can also identify obstacles and objects on its own. It comes with a handy remote control.