Hate cleaning? As in sweeping and mopping the floors? Yeah, we know how you feel about performing such a mundane and tiring task where you should be doing something more important. Moreover, these tasks are not exactly the fastest chores to do.
But thank God for a certain value-added invention that uses robotic technology. These are called robot vacuum cleaners or simply robot vacuums.
Here are several top-rated robot vacuums from high-end to affordable varieties that we highly recommend. For more tips on choosing a robot vacuum, scroll all the way down!
"We love the Roborock S6 MaxV because this feature-packed robot combines vacuum and mopping functions, designed to make your life easier. It has a strong suction capable of capturing even finer dust and debris of up to 25% more powerful than the previous model no matter on hard floors or carpets.
It has a smart top-up feature that allows the robot to recharge just enough to complete the task at hand so it doesn't wait till the battery is full to resume its task. Don't miss out on the brilliance and efficiency of this robot!"
For convenience, you can assign the Roborock S6 MaxV to perform the cleaning task accordingly using the Roborock app, which is available for download on Google Play and AppStore.
There are a few things you can do with the app, namely creating virtual No-Go and No-Mop Zones so that the robot vacuum will know which designated areas to avoid. And if you happen to have different floors/levels in your home, the app allows you to save up to four maps.
The Roborock S6 MaxV also allows you to choose five different cleaning modes. This includes Balanced, Gentle, Quiet, Turbo and Max, which in theory, sounds like it's a no-frills choice you can pick according to your respective needs. However, some users find these otherwise handy choices hard to differentiate between them. In fact, don’t be surprised if you prefer sticking to the Balanced mode.
The Roborock S6 MaxV is blessed with a huge battery at a whopping 5,200mAh capacity, which can last up to 3 hours in a single charge. As a result, this comes in handy for the robot vacuum to perform two or three rounds of cleaning if necessary.
Besides, mopping is a breeze thanks to its 300 ml water tank. Many users agreed that the Roborock S6 MaxV did a splendid job cleaning smudges and grime off the floors. But there's a limit to what this robot vacuum can do. For instance, it might be difficult for the robot vacuum to mop away stubborn stains.
Its Proprietary ReactiveAI obstacle avoidance feature sure is nifty, using a dual-camera mode (let's call them "eyes") to spot and avoid obstacles on the floor. However, while it sounds like a great idea, the robot vacuum isn't as smart as it claims to be. Depending on the situation, there are times where it fails.
According to a test, the robot vacuum has a tough time avoid knocking over a dog toy while another test pinpoints its inability to prevent itself from hitting a cat bowl lying on the kitchen floor.
It's also worth noting that this robot vacuum doesn't automatically avoid carpets during the mopping session. Instead, you have to instruct it accordingly by choosing the No-Mop Zone.
Overall, if you can look past some of its shortcomings, the Roborock S6 MaxV remains a worthy investment for your cleaning needs.
Want to get in on the robot vacuum hype without breaking the bank? This model by Samu Giken is a great option.
A 3-in-1 multifunctional machine, the Samu Giken RVCOB8(S) works on vinyl, marble, and tiled floors as well as carpets with 1200PA of suction power. Featuring bilateral six-sides claw brushes with a wide rotating sweeping range, it has the ability to automatically change direction when it detects obstacles and its slim body allows it to clean narrow spaces effectively.
Battery life is decent, clocking in about 70-100 minutes of run time and it can be easily controlled through the SDJ app. Users say the suction is not bad but don’t expect cleaning efficiency to be as good as those of higher-end models with far more impressive features. Also, it might not work so well with thicker carpets but at this price point, its performance is acceptable and satisfactory.
add_circleHas an AIVI technology that automatically identifies and avoid obstacles
add_circleCapable of detecting different types of flooring seamlessly
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The Deebot Ozmo T8 may come with a premium price tag but it’s sure packed with loads of features that help to simplify your cleaning routine.
Among them includes AIVI (artificial intelligence and visual interpretation) technology, which allows the robot vacuum to automatically detect and avoid obstacles.
This robot comes with a Visual Butler feature that allows you to monitor live footage of your home no matter where you are. There's also a carpet-detecting sensor. The latter basically works by avoiding the carpeted area during the mopping process. According to a test, it indeed performs as it should; the robot vacuum recognises a carpeted area and then turns the other way around.
Another good thing about the Deebot Ozmo T8 is the seamless detection capable of sensing different types of flooring (e.g. hard floors) and carpets. Best of all, the manufacturer recognised the demand for a multi-function robot and streamlined its dual operations (vacuuming and mopping) in the Ozmo T8. That means you can rest assured that the robot vacuum will do the job, detecting wet and dry areas.
The biggest downside about the robot vacuum's mopping part is its inability to support cleaning solutions as it only mops with water. According to Ecovacs, users are advised to fill the water tank with softened or purified water to extend its lifespan.
And while the AIVI technology may pull off a great job distinguishing larger obstacles such as tables, chairs and shoes the otherwise smart technology isn't all that "smart" as it doesn't respond well to items that measure less than 2 mm.
Nonetheless, it boasts impressive battery life, lasting up to 170 minutes (around 3 hours) on a single charge if you operate it on auto cleaning mode. That's good news, particularly for those who need it for cleaning large spaces.
Run time: 175min(Normal); 150min; (OZMO Pro); 105min (Carpet)
Good things must be shared. This Xiaomi model is a steal!
It’s a mid-range robot vacuum with a minimalist design that has 16 core features including 4 suction settings, a real-time mapping display, and infrared collision avoidance.
By connecting to the Mi Home App, you’ll be able to control the robot remotely; check the cleaning status, initiate cleaning, and switch between modes for effective cleaning. Its Japanese Nidec motor boasts 2200 PA suction power that clears dust, hair and debris.
Despite the mop performing quite well, some users complain that the 200ml water tank is too small. Indeed, this robot is ideal for smaller spaces. One user reported that it takes 25 minutes to cover roughly 30m² on a 50% battery.
All in all, users are satisfied with its performance and ability to both vacuum and mop. If you can overlook the less impressive water tank, this is a value-for-money option that’s easy to operate and gets the job done.
add_circleCapable of picking up pet hair efficiently
add_circleVersatile controls via app or voice commands
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remove_circleStruggle to clean around the edges and corners
Those who own a pet, notably long-fur cats and dogs, can be a nuisance at times. Because pets shed fur all the time and all over the place, sweeping them up can be a real chore. With a robot vacuum like the Neato Robotic D4, your problem is solved with its powerful Advanced SpinFlow Power Clean System to pick hair and fur efficiently in each pass.
Aside from hair and fur, this robot vacuum performs quite well on collecting dust and debris. According to a test, the Neato Robotic D4 works the best when it picks up the likes of cereal pieces and kitty litter at an average score of 91.3%.
The Neato Robotic D4 can be mostly controlled wirelessly using the company's app called Neato Robotics (downloadable on Google Play and App Store). Once downloaded into your smartphone, you can make use of the app to create a cleaning map or set up a "no-go" zone.
Moreover, the latter simply works by keeping the robot vacuum from moving to a certain area. You can also start and pause the robot vacuum using different voice commands including Google Home Assistant and Alexa.
While the Neato Robotic D4 does a good job of picking up pet hair as well as different types of debris and dust, it somehow falters when it comes to performing effective cleaning around the edges and corners due to the lack of side brushes. And unfortunately, its cleaning rate is not the most impressive when it comes to vacuuming kitty litter on carpeted areas, scoring only 72.9%.
In terms of its battery life, the Neato Robotic D4 provides sufficient juice to cover around 500 square feet worth of floor plan. Not to worry though, as it comes bundled with a portable charging base where the robot vacuum will return and automatically recharges itself which takes about 2.5 hours.
Compatible with: Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, or Google Home
add_circleCompatible with a smartphone app and voice assistant
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remove_circleDoesn't perform well on thicker rugs or carpets
There's a lot to love about the iRobot Roomba 960.
Made compatible with your smartphone or even Alexa, it allows you to operate the robot vacuum easily in a wireless mode. It can last up to 70 or 75 minutes on a single charge but don't worry about the battery running low since it will return to its dock for a full recharge before continuing on its assigned cleaning task.
You can also tell the robot vacuum how to clean the floor using one of the three cleaning-pass selections in the app. This includes one-cleaning and two-cleaning passes, with the latter particularly useful for those who always have countless strands of hair on the floors, whether from pets or humans.
Alternatively, you can simply settle it to Automatic mode, and the robot vacuum will "determine" how many passes it needs to make according to the size of the area. There's also an "Edge Clean" mode where it’ll clean along the edges of walls as well along chair and table legs.
The iRobot's patented AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System and its Advanced Dirt Detect Technology in combination, does a good job moving across different floor types to perform its cleaning duty. The built-in camera helps too, allowing the robot vacuum to navigate its path easily while avoiding common obstacles such as banging into table legs.
If there is a flaw about the iRobot Roomba 960, it’s that the robot vacuum can't adapt to certain carpets, impacting its cleaning performance. This is especially true if you have a thicker carpet or rug in your home as reported by some users.
The high-end iRobot Roomba i7+ is clearly not for everyone, given its hefty price tag for a robot vacuum. We have to admit that it's very expensive, but if you are willing to pay such a price, you will naturally expect a little thing called perfection.
The Smart Mapping system allows you to map a maximum of 10 different floor plans and choose where the robot vacuum should perform its cleaning task. For instance, you can "instruct" the robot vacuum to focus on the bathroom floor. All this can be done using the iRobot app.
It also comes equipped with a cool Dirt Detect feature, where the robot vacuum can automatically identify dirty areas in your home and clean the particular spot.
Apart from operating the robot vacuum remotely using the smartphone app, it also responds to voice commands via Google Assistant or Amazon's Alexa. Battery life can sustain approximately 75 minutes on a single charge. Given the fact that it costs so much to own one, it's fair to expect the iRobot Roomba i7+ to come with a larger battery capacity.
Despite its high price, the iRobot Roomba i7+ does have some minor flaws, namely a loud Clean Base that is actually a combination of the automatic self-emptying bin and a charging stand. But the good thing is, the Clean Base can hold up to 30 bins' worth of dirt and debris.
Other than that, the iRobot Roomba i7+ scores high points in terms of its features and performance. According to one review, you can leave it to do the cleaning while you're out once you "train" it. This is most definitely due to its excellent mapping system.
Robot Dimensions: Width 33.8 cm. x Height 9.2 cm
Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal: 31 x 38.4 x 48.3 cm
remove_circleThe robot vacuum feels kind of bulky if you tend to move it around
If budget isn't an issue, consider investing in the iRobot Roomba S9 - a high-end robot vacuum that has plenty of features you can count on.
It has a front sensor that makes the mapping system all the more accurate upon its targeted cleaning process.
When it comes to its spot cleaning abilities, this robot vacuum can cover an area in your home over 12 sq. ft. It does a good job cleaning multiple rooms and you can make use of the app (iRobot Home App) to assign certain "no-go" zones for the robot vacuum.
If that's not enough, the iRobot Roomba S9 is also made compatible with smart home systems and voice commands including Google Home Assistant and Alexa.
The iRobot Roomba S9 has great suction power; up to 40x stronger. It's good enough to pick up pet hair whether off soft, hard or carpeted flooring. For the latter, the robot vacuum scores high in a test when comes to carpet cleaning. What's more, it can successfully collect up to 30% more pet hair than most like-minded robot vacuums.
Apart from pet hair, the test shows exceptional results at picking up different debris like rice, flour and oats. Other notable highlights include a PerfectEdge technology capable of detecting dirty edges and corners that needs to be vacuumed.
The battery life is worth mentioning as well, as users love its longevity that can sustain up to 5 hours on a single charge.
Overall, this is a high-performing robot vacuum. Based on one review, its suction power is strong and doesn't encounter any issue of hair getting stuck in its roller or wheels. Apart from that, it has a long-lasting battery and an impressive smart mapping system. Despite its good points, there are mixed feelings regarding its performance on hard floors and laminated surfaces. This is particularly evident during a test where it somehow missed some of the leftover rice and oats on the aforementioned surfaces.
remove_circleLong charge time of between 4-5 hours
This ILIFE robot vacuum is not to be underestimated and deserves a little more attention. At just under RM1k, it makes the cut as a budget-friendly option.
Adjustment of the settings is super convenient and straightforward with the app. There are 6 cleaning modes to choose from; customize cleaning, selected cleaning, and more. Besides, don’t worry about having to monitor battery life as this robot automatically returns to its dock to recharge when it runs low.
Equipped with 12 sets of sensors, it can self-navigate your home. Thanks to LDS laser mapping, a more accurate path can be determined, and restricted areas can be drawn out via the app. A total of 3 maps can be saved which is convenient for those who live in a double or triple-storey home.
A versatile machine, the ILIFE L100 can be used for wet mopping too. The motor provides pressure to stimulate manual mopping for thorough cleaning. Adjust the amount of water used vih the app to ensure uniform water supply and prevent excess water that may damage wooden floors, for instance.
Users have sung high praises for this robot vacuum. It picks up tiny dust particles leaving the surface spotless! However, do be mindful of leaving items on the floor as it sucks up cables and clothes too.
Based on reviews, the laser sensor is quite high so it may not detect things that are lower and may occasionally get stuck under furniture. With that said, it uneven ground does not deter it from getting the job done.
Overall, it is user-friendly and is convenient to control through the app. The ILIFE L100 mops and vacuums well, making it a value for money investment for your home.
Dust Capacity: 450ml
Water capacity: 300ml
Suction power: 2500 Pa
Battery: 2900 mAh
Tips To Choosing A Robot Vacuum
Unlike purchasing a broom and a mop, a robot vacuum typically comes with a higher price tag, even though there are few brands out there selling budget-friendly varieties. Before you spend your hard-earned money on a robot vacuum, here are several things you need to take into consideration:
a) Size Matters
Here’s the thing about robot vacuums; not every one of them is created equal. Depending on the brand and model, you will find that some are short while others have a taller build. For instance, those with a short-built are more capable of moving under furniture (e.g. bed and cupboard or storage cabinet with legs).
You also need to consider the size of your living space as well. For example, if you live in a big house, investing in a robot vacuum that carries a larger dustbin and a long-lasting battery life would be a better choice.
b) Know Your Floor Type
Again, we want to stress that not all robot vacuums are the same. This is especially true when it comes to the floor type of your home. Are your floors layered in the likes of hardwood, tile or laminate? It is highly advisable to find a robot vacuum that can perform efficiently on one of them or perhaps both.
Don’t forget about the carpeted area(s) as well if you have any at home as some robot vacuums do not clean the carpet well. This is because vacuuming on such floor covering requires not only good suction power but also the ability to move and pass smoothly on the surface. If possible, look for the one that can deal with floors and carpets as well.
c) Choose The One That Can Map Your Home
You simply want your robot vacuum to perform efficiently as it should. Cheaper models might only clean the area in a random pattern, and there’s nothing wrong about settling for such a robot vacuum. But if you want your robot vacuum to perform a thorough clean, look for one with a mapping function.
Mapping is a setting commonly found in the vacuum’s app, in which you can download it on your Android or Apple smartphone. From there, you can map your home and save them accordingly. Doing so will determine which area you want your robot vacuum to clean in a more organised manner.
d) Your Pet(s)
As cute as they may seem (read: cats and dogs), among the most dreaded things about them is that they are shedding hair all over the place. So if you happen to own one (or more) of them, choose a robot vacuum that can pick up pet hair easily and efficiently with the brush function that does not crumple or tangle them all around.
e) Battery Life
Since robot vacuums run wirelessly, that means they rely on the battery capacity to perform their cleaning duties. Depending on the size of your home and the areas you want to cover, a typical robot vacuum operates a minimum of 60-75 minutes to a whopping 3 hours on a single charge. For the latter, investing in such a robot vacuum with a longer battery life would be able to cover more floors without the need of returning to its dock and do a full recharge.
Is robot vacuum worth it?
Robot vacuums are quite common in households these days. Given that even the entry-level models can be quite pricey, it’s reasonable to question whether it’s worth splurging on.
Essentially, a robot vacuum is a hands-free device that you can program to do your bidding, i.e clean dirt and dust of floors or carpets. It’s pretty compact and is thus easy to store even if you are low on space. It also comes in handy for cleaning hard-to-reach places spaces that even regular vacuums might not be able to or that older folks can’t bend to reach. Plus, robot vacuums aren’t as noisy so you can get away with watching TV or having a conversation while it’s on.
If you find yourself vacuuming frequently throughout the week, perhaps to get rid of pet hair and dust, then a robot vacuum can reduce your cleaning workload. You may even find yourself dispensing with the need to hire a cleaner with a more manageable workload and thus, save on cleaning costs.
It’ll also save you time which you can spend doing something more meaningful. As the saying goes, time is money. If you’ve got money to spare, it could be a worthy investment.
How does a robot vacuum work
Robot vacuums are just like your regular vacuums. Essentially, sucking up and dust using suction power. That, as well as rotating brushes can lift the dirt off your carpets and floors.
The dirt travels through the filter into a dust container which can either be easily emptied via ejection. Pricier models may have a self-emptying function so you won’t have to lift a finger!
Equipped with various sensors, these robots usually have a ‘mapping’ function that allows them to learn which routes to take and areas to cover or avoid. While it can detect objects in its path, it’s best to have minimal clutter on the floor for smoother operation.