Tired of the backbreaking work of vacuuming every room in your home once or twice a week? Then it sounds like a robot vacuum would be a worthy investment.
Puck-shaped, ergonomic, powered by intuitive sensors, and controllable through apps, buttons, and voice commands, robot vacuums are designed to sweep through your home with ease. Many models are smart enough to do things like adjusting suction power based on the type of floor the vacuum is cleaning, as well as navigating back to the vacuum’s charging base when the battery starts depleting. There are even some robot vacuums that come with a dirt disposal tank, allowing you to store up to two months’ worth of dirt and debris before even having to change the lining.
We’ve tested dozens of robot vacuums, and our pick for the best is the iRobot Roomba S9+. The S9+ is the Ferrari of robot vacuums, offering advanced navigation and emptying its own dust bin. We’ve also included our picks for the best value robot vacuum, as well as the best models in other categories. Still not sure which model to get? Check out our robot vacuum guide that can help you decide.
iRobot Roomba s9+ (9550) The best overall
- Superb cleaning performance
- Self-emptying dust bin
- Multi-floor smart mapping
- Precise object detection and navigation
- High price
Sure, a robot vacuum makes cleaning your floors a heck of a lot easier. But, you still have to empty the dustbin just about every time you run it. With its Clean Base and compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant, the S9+ is the latest model from the esteemed company that’s capable of literally vacuuming without having you lift a finger. Just say “Alexa” or “OK, Google, ask Roomba to start cleaning,” and your S9+ will start cleaning. The best part about the S9+ is that it sucks dirt and debris into an anti-allergen base that holds up to 30 deposits (60 days of dirt).
In addition to being one of the most user-friendly robots you can buy, the S9+ adopts a new D-shaped design to allow for better edge and corner cleaning. Naturally, it’s outfitted with the latest tech under the hood — consisting of a new 3D sensor in the front bumper that enhances Roomba’s wall detection, a more powerful cleaning head, and intelligent mapping. It can tell where it has already been and where it still needs to clean. The robot can clean your entire home, or you can instruct it to clean specific places. Its sensors can locate the higher traffic areas in your home, and the robot will be extra attentive to those dirtier areas of your floors. The S9+ is perfect for those that can’t fit a regular upright-vac cleaning into their packed schedule, thanks in part to the many automations and customizations the bot is capable of.
While the iRobot Roomba S9+ is expensive, its performance and features are top-notch. If you want the best of the best in terms of robot vacuums, the S9+ is the way to go.
The best overall
Neato Botvac D10 Best for edges and corners
- D-shape makes it ideal for cleaning nooks and crannies
- LiDAR mapping means detailed cleaning blueprints
- Intuitive app
- 300-minute runtime
- Can get stuck on certain furniture
The Neato Botvac D10 uses the company’s calling card, a D-shaped cleaning profile, to better tackle your home’s many nooks and crannies. We’re talking about specific areas like baseboards and door trim where dirt and dust can go unnoticed.
At the top of the Botvac hierarchy, the D10 delivers a whopping 300-minute cleaning runtime, ideal for cleaning medium- and large-sized houses with multiple stories and floor types. This model is on top of the D10’s LaserSmart SLAM technology with integrated LiDAR, an advanced mapping and AI system that creates a detailed blueprint of your entire home, a guiding map that your D10 will use to navigate each part of the domicile while avoiding furniture and other items you don’t want the vacuum to hit.
We’re also big fans of the Helix Multi-Surface Brush, which allows the D10 to clean a much wider surface area when compared to the more traditional brushes of today’s robot vacuums. As a bonus, the state-of-the-art brush also allows the D10 to vacuum much more quietly than competitive bots.
Best for edges and corners
John Velasco / Digital TrendsiRobot Roomba j7+ Best for object avoidance
- Good job at avoiding wires
- Lower-profile self-emptying base
- Solid all-around cleaning
- Efficiently cleans in zigzag pattern
- Deep carpet cleaning performance is lacking
- Somewhat loud while vacuuming
There’s a good reason that iRobot’s product line is featured twice in this roundup. While the Roomba j7+ may not offer the same suction power and full 3D environmental scanning as the leading s9+ model, it still packs in plenty of great cleaning tech for a few hundred dollars less than the flagship Roomba.
Chief among the j7+’s vacuum capabilities is something that Roomba calls PrecisionVision Navigation. This cleaning tech ensures that the j7+ avoids things like shoes, wires, and other floor-based obstacles when cycling through the many rooms of your home. There’s also Reactive Sensor Technology, an avoidance feature that allows you to tell the j7+ where it isn’t allowed to clean.
The j7+ does a great job of tackling messes by vacuuming in zig-zagging patterns and is also smart enough to return to its charging bin/dirt disposal tank when the battery is low and when the dustbin is chock full of debris.
Best for object avoidance
Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30 Best multisurface
- Adaptive cleaning
- Great price
- Customizable companion app
- Not compatible with voice assistants
- Sensors can be finicky sometimes
Whether you need a quick sweep or a full home detail, the Eufy RoboVac G30 is your best bet for getting the house spotless. With Eufy’s Smart Dynamic Navigation 2.0, your RoboVac takes a detailed scan of your home that the vac will reference during each cleaning. Where other robot vacs set off on randomized paths when enabled, the RoboVac will build its cleaning course based on what floor it’s located on, the room, and the surface type it will be cleaning.
Featuring 2000Pa of suction power, the RoboVac will have zero issues with whatever carpeting, tile, hardwoods, or other surfaces your home has to throw at it. Plus, with the included BoostIQ technology, the RoboVac will automatically increase suction power when it moves from a hard surface to a carpeted area, so you won’t have to worry about adjusting suction strength in the companion app.
Speaking of which, the Eufy app (for iOS and Android devices) is your one-stop command center for your Eufy RoboVac G30, allowing you to assign spot cleaning duties, create vacuum schedules, view the bot’s cleaning history, and more.
Samsung Jet Bot AI+ Best for home security
- Home security patrol feature works well
- More efficient cleaning performance