September 2022

Robotic Vacuums: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Robotic Vacuum rankings posted by key online experts, as of September 2022.

Summary

As of 2 Sep 2022, iRobot Roomba s9+ takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed robotic vacuum with 4 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 robotic vacuum' this month. It is followed by iRobot Roomba i3 Plus and Eufy RoboVac 11S , with 4 and 3 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - September 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Robotic Vacuum
The Strategist
Good Housekeeping
PCMag
Business Insider
Wirecutter
WIRED
Consumer Reports
Modern Castle
Rtings.com
HGTV
1
- $989
iRobot Roomba s9+
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1
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4
-
2
-
1
-
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2
- $480
iRobot Roomba i3 Plus
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-
9
1
2
-
2
-
-
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3
+1 $200
Eufy RoboVac 11S
2
-
-
-
5
-
1
-
-
-
4
-1 $759
iRobot Roomba j7 Plus
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-
2
-
-
3
3
-
-
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5
- $1300
Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni
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-
1
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
6
- $280
Eufy RoboVac G30
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-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
7
- $650
Roborock S7
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3
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
8
- $260
iRobot Roomba 675
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-
-
-
-
-
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4
-
3
9
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Roborock S4 Max
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-
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
4
10
- $500
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
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5
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
15
- $999
iRobot Roomba s9
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-
-
-
-
-
4
-
5
-
16
- $297
Wyze Robot Vacuum
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-
11
-
-
-
-
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3
-
17
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Yeedi K650
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-
-
-
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7
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4
-
18
- $950
Roborock S7 Plus
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6
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
19
- $239
iRobot Roomba 694
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-
-
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4
8
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-
-
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We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #1 in September 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
The best smart vacuum that takes care of itself
Experts Praise For:
  • Good performance on wooden floors
  • Autonomous dirt disposal
  • Advanced navigation capability
Experts Criticise For:
  • Loud operation
  • Expensive
A more detailed summary:

Experts are impressed with the iRobot Roomba s9+, which passed every performance test with flying colors. The suction is powerful enough to collect human/pet hair, small particles, larger debris, and it has no problem picking up dirt from wooden floors. Performance on carpeted areas was almost just as good. Its unique D-shaped design allows it to tackle corners with no difficulty. It uses a smart mapping system so it can remember the layout of various rooms. Most experts also praise its ability to empty the collected dirt into a dustbin without any human intervention. The device intuitively returns to its charging base when it’s time to repower. Once fully-charged, it returns to its previous position to keep cleaning. One negative point some reviewers noted is that it tends to be loud while operating. It may be noisy, but the iRobot Roomba s9+ certainly gets the job done.

Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Overall Robot Vacuum

Pros
Easily picks up dirt on carpet and bare flooring

Cons
Noisy

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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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WIRED

I Love Self-Emptying Bins

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Modern Castle

Best Robot Vacuum 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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We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 Plus #2 in September 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked iRobot Roomba i3 Plus as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
Best self-emptying vacuum for general cleaning
Experts Praise For:
  • Good cleaning performance
  • Strong suction power
  • Self-emptying
Experts Criticise For:
  • A bit noisy
  • No mapping capability
A more detailed summary:

The iRobot Roomba i3 Plus may not come with all the bells and whistles of higher-end models, like mapping and setting no-go zones, but it certainly does excel in other areas. Experts are unanimous about two things. Firstly, it collects dirt from carpets and rugs effectively. Secondly, its ability to unload collected dirt automatically into the bin is useful and convenient for users. A review by Business Insider mentioned that it never got stuck during testing and that it concentrated specially on cleaning dirtier areas. Reviewers also praised the strong suction capability of this model. Unfortunately, despite all the praise, there’s no way to remedy the loud sound of this machine. Setting it up is easy and takes mere minutes to get it ready for use. It may not be the most advanced robotic vacuum on the market, but the iRobot Roomba i3 Plus does the job well.

Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Most Affordable Self-Emptying Roomba

Pros
Self-emptying dustbin
Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Supports IFTTT and scheduling
Detects and focuses on heavily soiled areas

Cons
Average battery life
Can be loud

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Business Insider

Best robot vacuum overall

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, smart-ish, empties itself

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Consumer Reports

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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 September 2022 ranking

We ranked Eufy RoboVac 11S #3 in September 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Eufy RoboVac 11S as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
The most affordable robotic vacuum that’s perfect for spaces with low furniture
Experts Praise For:
  • The price is reasonable
  • Quiet operator
  • Can reach tight spaces
Experts Criticise For:
  • It doesn’t look durable
A more detailed summary:

The Eufy RoboVac 11S is an affordable robotic vacuum cleaner that received very high scores in expert reviews. All were rather surprised at how well it cleaned bare floors, even with just one sweep. It was able to pick up most of the debris during tests. The clever design allows it to fit into spaces that other vacuums can’t reach. The Robovac 11S was also praised for being very quiet. The sound it produces is barely noticeable. While experts agree that this is a good vacuum for the price point, they also agree that it will probably not last more than a few years. However, considering all the advantages, it is probably still worth it.

Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best (less expensive) overall robot vacuum

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Wirecutter

Quiet, nimble, and affordable

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Consumer Reports

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We ranked iRobot Roomba j7 Plus #4 in September 2022 because:

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

Best for Avoiding Pet Poo / Editors' Choice

Pros
Pet waste-avoidance guarantee
Auto-empty base
Intelligently suggests Keep-Out Zones
Supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands
Allows for scheduled area cleanings
Rarely gets stuck
User-friendly companion app

Cons
Expensive
Unimpressive battery life

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WIRED

The Absolute Best

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Consumer Reports

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We ranked Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni #5 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best Overall Vacuum and Mop Hybrid / Editors' Choice

Pros
Self-emptying dustbin
Self-washing, drying, and refilling mop
Built-in voice assistant
Carpet sensor
AI-powered obstacle avoidance
Works as a security camera with two-way audio
Good battery life

Cons
Expensive
Large base
Mop scrubs less than main competitor
Cannot install/remove mopping pads while robot is docked

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WIRED

Best Mop

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac G30 #6 in September 2022 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:
PCMag

Best for Cleaning Tight Spaces

Pros
Compact, low-profile design
Strong suction power for its size
Well-designed app
Easy to set up and use
Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands
Features smart navigation for systematic cleaning

Cons
Doesn’t support strips or virtual boundaries
Battery life is on the short side

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HGTV

Best Overall Robot Vacuum

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We ranked Roborock S7 #7 in September 2022 because:

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

Best 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum and Mop

Pros
Washable air filter

Cons
One consumer tester had trouble picking up pet hair on carpet

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Rtings.com

Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum

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We ranked iRobot Roomba 675 #8 in September 2022 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

Best Budget Robot Vacuum

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We ranked Roborock S4 Max #9 in September 2022 because:

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

Supersmart bot, great price

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HGTV

Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair

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We ranked Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI #10 in September 2022 because:

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

Best Battery Life / Editors' Choice

Pros
Automatically recognizes and avoids obstacles
Exceptional battery life
Allows for remote home monitoring with built-in camera
Supports virtual boundaries
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice support

Cons
Expensive
Mops with water, not cleaning solution
Moderate learning curve
Auto-Empty Station is sold separately

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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 s9 #11 in September 2022 because:

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

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Rtings.com

Best HEPA Robot Vacuum Cleaner For Allergies

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We ranked Wyze Robot Vacuum #12 in September 2022 because:

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

Best for Affordable Laser Mapping

Pros
Strong suction power
Features laser mapping technology
Supports app control, area cleaning, scheduling, and virtual walls
HEPA filter

Cons
No voice command support
Relatively short battery life
Occasionally gets stuck

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Rtings.com

Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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We ranked Yeedi K650 #13 in September 2022 because:

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

Best Cheap Robot Vac

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Rtings.com

Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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We ranked Roborock S7 Plus #14 in September 2022 because:

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

Best for Multiple Floor Types / Editors' Choice

Pros
Vacuums and mops
Auto-empty base
Strong suction power
Rarely gets stuck
Multiple mop scrubbing levels
Supports multi-level maps, schedules, virtual boundaries, and zone cleaning
Multi-stage HEPA air filtration

Cons
Expensive
Only mops with water
Loud when vacuuming carpets

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We ranked iRobot Roomba 694 #15 in September 2022 because:

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

Reliable, repairable, and good on rugs

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WIRED

An Affordable Roomba

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