October 2021

Robotic Vacuums: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - October 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Robotic Vacuum
Rtings.com
Consumer Reports
The Strategist
Good Housekeeping
CNET
WIRED
HGTV
Business Insider
Wirecutter
Modern Castle
1
- $1080
iRobot Roomba s9+
The best smart vacuum that takes care of itself
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6
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1
1
3
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4
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1
2
- $198
Eufy RoboVac 11S
The most affordable robotic vacuum that’s perfect for spaces with low furniture
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1
1
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3
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3
- $540
iRobot Roomba i3 Plus
Best self-emptying vacuum for general cleaning
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6
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1
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5
6
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4
- $270
Roborock E4
One of the more affordable robotic vacuums available that's actually decent
2
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9
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2
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5
+1 $248
iRobot Roomba 694
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4
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7
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2
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6
-1 $256
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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5
8
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5
7
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iRobot Roomba 614
A reliable cleaning robot that has a great battery life
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3
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1
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8
- $176
Eufy RoboVac 15C Max
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2
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2
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9
New * $899
iRobot Roomba s9
3
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6
10
-1 $275
Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge
A robotic vacuum that is very easy to use
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3
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8
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11
-1 $430
Roborock S4 Max
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2
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4
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12
-1 $525
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
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6
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3
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13
-1 $249
iRobot Roomba 675
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3
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9
14
New * $749
Roomba i7 Plus
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5
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2
15
-2 $180
Yeedi K650
5
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4
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16
-2 $700
Roborock S6 MaxV
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8
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5
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17
-2 $349
iRobot Roomba i3
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10
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5
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We ranked iRobot Roomba s9+ #1 in October 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 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.

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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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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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We ranked Eufy RoboVac 11S #2 in October 2021 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:
Consumer Reports

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The Strategist

Best-rated Robot Vacuum

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Wirecutter

Quiet,nimble,and affordable

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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 October 2021 ranking

We ranked iRobot Roomba i3 Plus #3 in October 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.
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:
The Strategist

Best (less expensive) self-emptying robot vacuum

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WIRED

Best Overall

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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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Wirecutter

Strong bot,empties itself

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We ranked Roborock E4 #4 in October 2021 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:
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 694 #5 in October 2021 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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WIRED

Another Great Roomba

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Wirecutter

Reliable,repairable,and connected

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We ranked iRobot Roomba e5 #6 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 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:
Consumer Reports

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The Strategist

Best Robot Vacuum With Rubber Brush

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

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked iRobot Roomba 614 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A reliable cleaning robot that has a great battery life
Experts Praise For:
  • Battery life is superb
  • Good cleaning performance on various surfaces
Experts Criticise For:
  • No common points of criticism among experts
A more detailed summary:

The iRobot Roomba 614 is an affordable option for consumers who want a simplistic robotic vacuum that does what it’s supposed to do efficiently. It is well-built and looks durable enough to last a long time. It does a remarkable job at cleaning flat surfaces such as wooden floors, and its performance on carpet and rugs is acceptable. The size allows it to fit into spaces with low vertical clearance, such as under sofas and coffee tables, so it can clean areas thoroughly. Navigation is quite good too. In tests, it was able to maneuver its way around a complicated room layout, avoiding obstacles in its path. The battery life is impressive; experts had no complaints regarding that. Overall, considering the reasonable price, it’s not a bad option at all.

Critic endorsements:
The Strategist

Best Entry-level Robot Vacuum

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Wirecutter

Reliable,repairable,and good on rugs

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac 15C Max #8 in October 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 iRobot Roomba s9 #9 in October 2021 because:

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

Best Robot Vacuum For Carpet

Pros
Excellent build quality.
Fantastic battery performance.
Amazing maneuverability.
Clears debris effectively on bare floors.

Cons
Bulky design lacks a carrying handle.
High recurring costs.
Demanding maintenance requirements.

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Modern Castle

Flagship For LessMoney

Cons

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We ranked Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge #10 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Robotic Vacuums” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A robotic vacuum that is very easy to use
Experts Praise For:
  • Ease of use
  • Useful accompanying app
  • Can reach places with low vertical clearance
Experts Criticise For:
  • Costly to maintain
A more detailed summary:

The Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge is another robotic vacuum that experts have commented is easy to use. However, its performance is just average in terms of cleaning efficiency compared to other models on the market. Additionally, it doesn’t excel at carpet cleaning either. Despite that, it is still a definite improvement to the 11S. It comes with an app that pretty much offers the same functionality as other apps, giving the user the ability to initiate cleaning, command it to recharge, set cleaning schedules, and more. The G30 is a quiet worker. It will do its job efficiently without bothering the people in the room. Experts agree that this vacuum is a good choice with an attractive price.

Critic endorsements:
Consumer Reports

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WIRED

A Crowd Pleaser

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We ranked Roborock S4 Max #11 in October 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 #12 in October 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 #13 in October 2021 because:

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

Budget Pick

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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 Roomba i7 Plus #14 in October 2021 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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Modern Castle

2nd Best Roomba

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We ranked Yeedi K650 #15 in October 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 #16 in October 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 #17 in October 2021 because:

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

Best Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair

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Wirecutter

Excellent cleaner,smart enough

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