September 2021

Robotic Vacuums: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Robotic Vacuum rankings posted by key online experts, as of September 2021.

At a glance - September 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Robotic Vacuum
Rtings.com
Consumer Reports
Good Housekeeping
CNET
WIRED
Modern Castle
Wirecutter
Business Insider
The Strategist
HGTV
1
- $1080
iRobot Roomba s9+
-
6
1
1
3
1
-
4
-
-
2
- $200
Eufy RoboVac 11S
-
1
-
-
-
-
3
-
1
-
3
+1 $550
iRobot Roomba i3 Plus
-
-
-
-
1
-
6
5
6
-
4
+1 $270
Roborock E4
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
2
5
+1 $299
iRobot Roomba e5
-
5
-
-
-
3
-
-
8
-
6
+5 $250
iRobot Roomba 694
-
-
-
-
7
-
2
-
4
-
7
+1 $240
iRobot Roomba 614
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
3
-
8
New * $250
Eufy RoboVac 15C Max
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
9
- $349
Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge
-
3
-
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
10
+2 $430
Roborock S4 Max
-
-
-
-
2
-
4
-
-
-
11
-1 $745
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
3
-
-
12
-5 $239
iRobot Roomba 675
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
3
13
+1 $180
Yeedi K650
5
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
14
+1 $700
Roborock S6 MaxV
-
-
8
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
15
+1 $348
iRobot Roomba i3
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
10
-

We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #1 in September 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Consumer Reports

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Good Housekeeping

Best Overall Robot Vacuum

Pros
Automatic dirt disposal reduces airborne allergens
Easily picks up dirt on carpet and bare flooring

Cons
Automatic dirt disposal has a large footprint
Noisy
Pricey

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CNET

Best Robot Vacuum If You’re Loaded

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WIRED

The Absolute Best

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Modern Castle

Best Robot Vacuum for 2021 Overall

Pros
D-shaped body makes it easier to access corners and edges
Dust bin empties automatically, the same technology as the Roomba i7+
Improved smart navigation using Imprint technology for zoned cleanings and digital mapping

Cons
Much more expensive than other models on the market
Requires physical barriers to block off sensitive spaces

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Business Insider

Best Robot Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

Pros
Cleans Well On Hardwood Flooring
Good Performance On Carpeting
Rarely Gets Stuck
Comes With a Charging Dock That Empties the Dustbin
Large Main Brushes
Has a Useful App With Virtual No-Go Zones

Cons
Loud
Poor Performance in Carpeted Corners

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac 11S #2 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Eufy RoboVac 11S as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Consumer Reports

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Wirecutter

Quiet,nimble,and affordable

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The Strategist

Best-rated Robot Vacuum

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

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Capture Rankings

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Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for September 2021 ranking

We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 Plus #3 in September 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked iRobot Roomba i3 Plus as #1.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Best Overall

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Wirecutter

Strong bot,empties itself

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Business Insider

Best Robot Vacuum for Carpet

Pros
Excellent Performance On Carpeting
Cleans Well On Hardwood
Pairs With the App and Alexa
Comes With An Automatic Dirt Disposal Base
Doesn't Get Stuck Easily

Cons
Loud
Virtual Wall Barriers Cost Extra
Not Impressive in Corners

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The Strategist

Best (less expensive) self-emptying robot vacuum

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We ranked Roborock E4 #4 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Cheaper Alternative

Pros
Outstanding performance on bare floors.
Very good build quality.
Great maneuverability.
Remarkable battery life.

Cons
Many maintenance needs.
High recurring costs.

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The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum for Multiple Surfaces

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HGTV

Runner-Up Robot Vacuum

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We ranked iRobot Roomba e5 #5 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Consumer Reports

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Modern Castle

Best Robot Vacuum for Carpet

Pros
Excellent cleaning performance on all floor types, but especially impressive on carpets
Fantastic value considering its high-quality performance and set of features

Cons
No on-board camera for advanced navigation or zoned cleaning cycles
Does not include Recharge & Resume feature
No option for the self-emptying dust bin (like on the i7+ or S9+)

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The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum With Rubber Brush

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We ranked iRobot Roomba 694 #6 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Another Great Roomba

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Wirecutter

Reliable,repairable,and connected

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The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum With Wi-Fi Connectivity

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We ranked iRobot Roomba 614 #7 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked iRobot Roomba 614 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Reliable,repairable,and good on rugs

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The Strategist

Best Entry-level Robot Vacuum

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac 15C Max #8 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Value Robot Vacuum

Pros
Slim design gets under low furniture
Multiple options for deep or regular cleaning
Removes pet hair from carpet with ease

Cons
Random cleaning pattern
Filters aren't washable

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Business Insider

The best budget robot vacuum

Pros
Good performance on carpeting and hardwood,
doesn't get stuck easily
quiet
supported by an app
Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
fits into small spaces

Cons
Did poorly in corner cleaning tests and picking up flour on carpeting
app doesn't let you set no-go zones

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge #9 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Consumer Reports

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WIRED

A Crowd Pleaser

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We ranked Roborock S4 Max #10 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Our Runner Up

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Wirecutter

Supersmart bot,great price

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We ranked Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI #11 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

A Vac With a Mop and Camera

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Business Insider

The best robot vacuum with a mop

Pros
Excellent Performance On Carpeting And Hardwood
Automatically Empties the Dustbin
HD Video Surveillance,
Impressive Deep-cleaning Mop Attachment
Quiet Operation

Cons
Got Stuck On the Threshold In Our Tests
Doesn't Get Deep Into Corners

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We ranked iRobot Roomba 675 #12 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Modern Castle

Best Budget Robot Vacuum

Pros
Great cleaning performance
Includes wifi connectivity for remote control
Value-priced which puts this model in-budget for many people

Cons
No on-board camera for advanced navigation or zoned cleaning cycles
Doesn’t have Recharge & Resume

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HGTV

Budget Pick

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We ranked Yeedi K650 #13 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Alternative with a Bigger Dirt Compartment

Pros
Good build quality.
Fantastic battery life.

Cons
Demanding maintenance needs and high recurring costs.
Sometimes bumps into obstacles.
Struggles with fine debris like baking soda.

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WIRED

Best Cheap Robot Vac

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We ranked Roborock S6 MaxV #14 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Robot Vacuum for Object Detection

Pros
Ability to dry vacuum then wet mop
“Pet mode” helps avoid pet mess

Cons
Objects on dark colored floors are not always recognized and avoided
Setting a no-mop zone around an area rug is not always successful

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WIRED

Best for Pet Owners

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We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 #15 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Excellent cleaner,smart enough

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The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair

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