April 2021

Robotic Vacuum Rankings Report

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

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Robotic Vacuums.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Robotic Vacuums, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

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 April 2021 ranking

We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #1 in April 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:
CNET

Best Robot Vacuum If You’re Loaded

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Consumer Reports

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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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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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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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WIRED

Best in Class

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

  • 4 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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Modern Castle

Great Budget Robot

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Wirecutter

Quiet,nimble,and affordable

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The Strategist

Best-rated Robot Vacuum

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We ranked Roborock S6 #3 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Roborock S6 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Robot Vacuum For Bare Floors

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Business Insider

Best Robot Vacuum Overall

Pros
Excellent On Hardwood And In Corners
Good On Carpeting
Does Not Get Stuck
Has Mopping Capabilities
Can Be Scheduled And Set No-Go Zones In The App
Alexa Compatible

Cons
Gets Loud On The Highest Suction Setting
Larger Than Most Vacuums Making It Hard To Get Into Tight Spots

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The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum With Mapping

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We ranked iRobot Roomba 675 #4 in April 2021 because:

  • 4 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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Wirecutter

Reliable,repairable,and connected

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The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum With Wi-Fi Connectivity

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HGTV

Best Budget Robot Vacuum

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We ranked Roborock E4 #5 in April 2021 because:

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

Cheaper Alternative

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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 i3 Plus #6 in April 2021 because:

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

Strong bot,empties itself

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WIRED

iRobot Roomba i3+

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We ranked iRobot Roomba e5 #7 in April 2021 because:

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

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Modern Castle

Great Roomba Value Pick

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 614 #8 in April 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 Roborock S4 Max #9 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Roborock S4 Max as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Supersmart bot,great price

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WIRED

Best for Most People

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac G30 #10 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Eufy RoboVac G30 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

A Crowd Pleaser

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HGTV

Best Overall Robot Vacuum

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We ranked iRobot Roomba s9 #11 in April 2021 because:

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

Best Robot Vacuum For Carpet

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Modern Castle

Flagship For Less Money

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We ranked Neato Botvac D7 #12 in April 2021 because:

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

Best Midrange Robot Vacuum

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The Strategist

Best D-shaped Robot Vacuum

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We ranked Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI #13 in April 2021 because:

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

Best Robot Vacuum and 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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WIRED

A Vac With Many Skills

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We ranked iRobot Roomba i7 Plus #14 in April 2021 because:

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

Second Best Roomba

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The Strategist

Best Self-emptying Robot Vacuum

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We ranked Yeedi K650 #15 in April 2021 because:

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

Alternative with Bigger Dirt Compartment

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WIRED

Best Cheap Robot Vac

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We ranked Roborock S6 MaxV #16 in April 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 Pets

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We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 #17 in April 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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We ranked Roborock E25 #18 in April 2021 because:

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

100% Cleaning + Mopping

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The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum With Mop

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