July 2021

Robotic Vacuums: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - July 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Robotic Vacuum
Rtings.com
Consumer Reports
Business Insider
Good Housekeeping
Modern Castle
Wirecutter
The Strategist
HGTV
CNET
WIRED
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- $939 iRobot Roomba s9+
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4
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3
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- $195 Eufy RoboVac 11S
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- $600 Roborock S6
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+2 $567 iRobot Roomba i3 Plus
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5
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6
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-1 $270 Roborock E4
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8
2
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-1 $300 iRobot Roomba e5
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7
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7
- $235 iRobot Roomba 675
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4
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3
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- $210 iRobot Roomba 614
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3
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9
+2 Check price Neato Botvac D7
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12
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New * $230 Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge
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3
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+1 $750 Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
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New * $235 iRobot Roomba 694
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-4 $430 Roborock S4 Max
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-1 $180 Yeedi K650
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-1 $700 Roborock S6 MaxV
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-1 $345 iRobot Roomba i3
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We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #1 in July 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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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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CNET

Best Robot Vacuum If You’re Loaded

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WIRED

The Absolute Best

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac 11S #2 in July 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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We ranked Roborock S6 #3 in July 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

Pros
Effective smart pathing feature.
Picks up pet hair on all surfaces.
Exceptional performance on bare floors.

Cons
Many recurring costs and it requires ongoing maintenance.

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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 i3 Plus #4 in July 2021 because:

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

Best Overall

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We ranked Roborock E4 #5 in July 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 #6 in July 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 675 #7 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 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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The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum With Wi-Fi Connectivity

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HGTV

Best Budget Robot Vacuum

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We ranked iRobot Roomba 614 #8 in July 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 Neato Botvac D7 #9 in July 2021 because:

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

Best D-shaped Robot Vacuum

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CNET

Best Midrange Robot Vacuum

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge #10 in July 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 Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI #11 in July 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 a Mop and Camera

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We ranked iRobot Roomba 694 #12 in July 2021 because:

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

Reliable,repairable,and connected

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WIRED

Another Great Roomba

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We ranked Roborock S4 Max #13 in July 2021 because:

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

Supersmart bot,great price

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WIRED

Our Runner Up

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We ranked Yeedi K650 #14 in July 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 #15 in July 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 #16 in July 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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