Choosing A Robot Vacuum Cleaner
In this article you can read summaries of the best robot vacuum cleaner models that we’ve found on the market. Just as usual, we’ve arranged them in a short table, covering their most important qualities along with their pros and cons. In the table you will find 5 standard robotic vacuum cleaners along with one floor mopping robot.
Below you can find short summaries that can provide you with the general information concerning our six suggested best robot vacuum cleaners. If you are interested in a given model, just click the Read more button in the table, which will send you straight to a detailed review of the product. As always, the recommended For column is there just to give you a rough idea of the models particular strengths and should not be taken as set in stone rules.
There is one problem that all robot vacuums in existence share – they are not truly self sufficient. Most models are incapable of emptying their own trash bins, some might get stuck under low furniture others can have problems with certain shapes. This is also the main downside of all our listed models apart from some specific or cosmetic problems by certain models.
The other downside that robot vacuums share lies with their price tags. All of our suggestions are rather pricy and sadly, you won’t find your dream best vacuum under 100 here.
Starting off with our one and only floor mopping suggestion – the iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot. It is one of the most popular models in its category due to its ability to deal with pretty much any floor type that can require mopping along with its very long battery life. The iffy part of the model comes from its navigation system. It is both very good and somewhat bad. The way in which Bravas’ navigation works is by utilizing special cubes that have to be placed in the rooms which you want cleaned. The robot will use these cubes to scan the rooms and map them out. However, it has problems with dark themed ceilings, as they make the navigation absolutely impossible. Along with that comes the fact that extra cubes don’t come for free – you have to buy more cubes if you want to have extra rooms cleaned.
The iRobot Roomba 630 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets is, much like its name suggests a pet-oriented vacuum cleaner. While being somewhat older than our other Roomba suggestions it is still completely capabe of competing for the best robot vacuum cleaner title, as all of its features are fully viable and it can deal with the standard robot vacuum tasks without any issues. The model is great for dealing with pet hair as well as performing standard cleaning tasks on linoleum floors, hardwood floors, tiles, carpets and even rugs. It has powerful suction and decent battery life. On top of all that, it’s quiet enough to allow you to watch TV or have conversations without much worries. It’s main downside is again the lack of complete self sufficiency – when it needs help it will let you know by emitting a loud noise.
The successor of the Roomba 630 carries pretty much all of its upsides. It can handle any floor type, has no problems dealing with pet hair and has superb orientation on top of that. It can tackle any standard robot vacuum cleaner task, and is quite popular in its category. Battery life and suction power are once again superb, just like the other Roomba models. The major downside, just like for the other robot vacuum cleaners lies in the fact that it will end up in situations that it can’t handle on its own – mainly when it needs its dustbin emptied. However, this model also has a bit smaller dust bin that the standard models.
The next iRobot suggestion on our best robot vacuum list is the iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies. It does not only carry on the positive qualities of its predecessors, but adds new features to the list. The 770 offers superb HEPA filtration, which makes it perfect for pet owners that may suffer from allergies. It can handle all flooring types and leaves no dirt, dust or pet hair in its wake. On the downside, apart from the usual lack of absolute self-sufficiency, the model may also have problems with darker patterns on rugs or carpets – the navigation system treats them as bad terrain and completely avoids them.
Our final iRobot suggestion is the iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies. It is one of iRobots finest creations, improving on all of the series previous positive sides – it has even better suction, the HEPA filter is superior, the battery lasts for up to 50% longer than that of its predecessors, it comes with a special remote control that allows you to control it without much effort and it can be scheduled to perform up to seven cleaning sessions per week. Downsides remain pretty standard – it will need your help from time to time – emptying the dust bin or getting it out from under low furniture if it gets stuck.
Last, but by no means least comes our Neato suggestion the Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner. The model is pretty similar to the high class iRobot products. It has great suction power which allows it to remove any traces of dust, dirt and pet hair from your flooring (it can deal with hardwood floors, carpets, rugs, laminate, tile and stone). The model uses a simple user interface, that allows you to easily schedule multiple cleaning sessions per week. It also features a great HEPA filter that will help with any allergies that you may have.