January 2022

Robotic Vacuums: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - January 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Robotic Vacuum
The Strategist
HGTV
Business Insider
Wirecutter
Modern Castle
WIRED
Rtings.com
Consumer Reports
Good Housekeeping
PCMag
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+1 $399
iRobot Roomba i3 Plus
Best self-emptying vacuum for general cleaning
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2
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-1 $845
iRobot Roomba s9+
The best smart vacuum that takes care of itself
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4
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6
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5
3
- $160
Eufy RoboVac 11S
The most affordable robotic vacuum that’s perfect for spaces with low furniture
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5
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4
New * $599
iRobot Roomba j7 Plus
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3
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4
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5
- $180
Eufy RoboVac 15C Max
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2
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2
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6
- $380
Roborock S4 Max
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4
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3
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2
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7
-3 $220
Roborock E4
One of the more affordable robotic vacuums available that's actually decent
9
2
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7
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8
- $690
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
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3
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7
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4
9
- $179
iRobot Roomba 694
4
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4
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8
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10
- $299
iRobot Roomba i3
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1
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11
- $230
Eufy RoboVac G30
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1
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12
-5 $300
iRobot Roomba e5
A good robotic vacuum that may not have all the usual features, but performs well where it matters
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3
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13
New * $750
Roomba i7 Plus
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3
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14
-1 $260
iRobot Roomba 675
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3
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4
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15
-1 $400
Bissell SpinWave Robot Vac
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5
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3
16
New * $650
Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid
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6
2
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17
-2 $329
Wyze Robot Vacuum
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6
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14
18
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Neato Botvac D4
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5
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We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 Plus #1 in January 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts 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.

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The Strategist

Best (less expensive) self-emptying robot vacuum

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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 bot,empties itself

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WIRED

Best Overall

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PCMag

An 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
Lacks smart mapping
Average battery life
Can be loud

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We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #2 in January 2022 because:

  • 5 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:
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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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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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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PCMag

Best For Deep Hands-Off Cleaning

Pros
Self-emptying dustbin.
Ultra-powerful suction.
Smart navigation.
Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Cons
Expensive.
Loud.
Mediocre battery life.

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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 January 2022 ranking

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

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts 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-rated Robot Vacuum

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Wirecutter

Quiet,nimble,and affordable

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

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked iRobot Roomba j7 Plus as #1.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

The Absolute Best

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PCMag

Promises to Avoid Pet Poo / Editor's 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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We ranked Eufy RoboVac 15C Max #5 in January 2022 because:

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

Best slim robot vacuum

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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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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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We ranked Roborock S4 Max #6 in January 2022 because:

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

Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair

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Wirecutter

Supersmart bot,great price

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WIRED

Our Runner Up

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We ranked Roborock E4 #7 in January 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
One of the more affordable robotic vacuums available that's actually decent
Experts Praise For:
  • Good price for the features
  • Impressive performance
  • Good battery life
Experts Criticise For:
  • Requires frequent maintenance
A more detailed summary:

The Roborock E4 presents a more affordable option for consumers who want a good robotic vacuum without spending a small fortune. Experts found that it performs well with picking up dirt from ordinary flat floor textures. It additionally manages to deliver the same efficiency on carpets and rugs. It intuitively detects the surface type it is on and adjusts the suction power automatically. This ability to adjust suction helps to conserve battery, allowing it to do more cleaning overall. The mapping feature is nothing special, but navigation is excellent, and the machine can still navigate its way into hard-to-reach places. A HGTV review commented on how much real estate the Roborock E4 can cover with one full charge. HGTV also notes that the biggest downside is that it does indeed make a lot of noise. But given all the benefits, including its affordability, it might be a good option.

Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum for Multiple Surfaces

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HGTV

Runner-Up Robot Vacuum

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Rtings.com

Alternative with a larger dustbin

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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We ranked Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI #8 in January 2022 because:

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

A Vac With a Mop and Camera

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PCMag

Best for Avoiding Obstacles

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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We ranked iRobot Roomba 694 #9 in January 2022 because:

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

Best Robot Vacuum With Wi-Fi Connectivity

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Wirecutter

Reliable,repairable,and connected

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WIRED

Another Great Roomba

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We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 #10 in January 2022 because:

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

Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair

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Wirecutter

Excellent cleaner,smart enough

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac G30 #11 in January 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:
HGTV

Best Overall Robot Vacuum

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PCMag

Good for Maneuvering Small 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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We ranked iRobot Roomba e5 #12 in January 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A good robotic vacuum that may not have all the usual features, but performs well where it matters
Experts Praise For:
  • Good suction performance
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Extended battery life
Experts Criticise For:
  • Lack of mapping capability
A more detailed summary:

The iRobot Roomba e5 has earned an excellent rating from reviewers for its impressive overall performance. Experts agree that the e5 excels at picking up dirt and debris. It can perform exceedingly well on wooden floors as well as carpet. It also comes with a handy app that can be used to initiate cleaning, and stop it as well. You can also use the app to set cleaning schedules. It will continue cleaning until it is about to run out of power and once it does, it will automatically return to its recharging base. When charged again it will resume cleaning from exactly where it left off. The battery is decent enough to last more than an hour before requiring a recharge. It is also equipped with edge detection for your peace of mind. So all in all, the price vs. performance seems like a fair trade here.

Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum With Rubber Brush

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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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We ranked Roomba i7 Plus #13 in January 2022 because:

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

Best Self-emptying Robot Vacuum

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Consumer Reports

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We ranked iRobot Roomba 675 #14 in January 2022 because:

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

Best Budget Robot Vacuum

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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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We ranked Bissell SpinWave Robot Vac #15 in January 2022 because:

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

Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair

Pros
Excellent Job on Hardwood and Corners
Picked Up All of the Pet Hair in Our Tests
Great Mop Attachment and Accessories
App Connectivity
Small Size
Quiet Operation

Cons
Can't Set Up No-Go Zones
Gets Stuck Easily

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PCMag

A Hybrid Model That Excels at Mopping

Pros
Mops and vacuums
Works with cleaning solution
Automatically avoids carpet when mopping
Quiet

Cons
No mapping features or voice control
Robot got stuck on some furniture in testing

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid #16 in January 2022 because:

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

Best for pets

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Rtings.com

Alternative with more advanced automation features

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We ranked Wyze Robot Vacuum #17 in January 2022 because:

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

Best Budget Robot Vacuum

Pros
Great build quality.
Excellent battery life.
Great automation features

Cons
Small dirt compartment.
High recurring costs.

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PCMag

Affordable Laser-Powered 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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We ranked Neato Botvac D4 #18 in January 2022 because:

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

Best Splurge Robot Vacuum

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PCMag

A Standout Midrange Model With Mapping

Pros
Excellent laser navigation.
Supports cleaning maps.
Virtual No-Go boundary lines.
Smart charging.
Alexa and Google Assistant compatible.
Integrates with IFTTT and the Apple Watch.

Cons
Battery life could be longer.
Loud.

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