TOP 10 ROBOTIC VACUUMS JANUARY 2017

The earliest robotic vacuum cleaner market was dominated by a handful of brands with limited options and features. Today, there are dozens of advanced models available to consumers. We evaluate and rate our top ten contenders based on price, features, programming, and other considerations:

1. WINNER: iRobot Roomba 980 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

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$840

Roomba 980 delivers the power to help you with the vacuuming, so you can tackle the rest of what life throws your way. Smart navigation allows Roomba 980 to clean an entire level of your home, recharging as needed until the job is done. Use with the iRobot HOME App to conveniently clean and schedule – anytime, from anywhere. The powerful AeroForce Cleaning System with Carpet Boost automatically provides up to 10x the air power on carpets and rugs, where dirt and dust hide. Roomba works on all floor types and at just 3.6″ tall, is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards. Find out more about this model

 


 

2. PRO Neato Botvac Connected

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$599

Fully-featured, award-winning Botvac Connected is the smartest, most powerful, versatile solution for automatically clean floors, everyday. With dual cleaning modes and a wide cleaning path, Botvac Connected efficiently cleans room-to-room, recharges automatically and resumes cleaning until the entire floor is clean. Works on all floor types. Use the Neato app to clean your floors anytime, from anywhere. Great for homes with pets and allergies. Find out more about this model

 


 

3. Newcomer Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum

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$995

Twice the suction of any Robot vacuum*. The Dyson 360 Eye robot is a powerful vacuum cleaner first and foremost with the Dyson digital motor V2 inside to deliver powerful suction and Radial Root cyclone technology to capture microscopic dust and dirt. The Dyson 360 Eye robot sees its environment using a 360⁰ vision system allowing the robot to clean intelligently, moving in an efficient, systematic pattern. With the Dyson Link app, available on IOS or Android, you can control, schedule and analyze your robot wherever you are. With a full-width brush bar with carbon fiber filaments, it can thoroughly and efficiently clean in a single pass. And, with continuous tank tracks, it is engineered for accurate maneuvering over all floors. * suction testing based on ASTM F558, dust-loaded against Robot market. Find out more about this model

 


 

4. Samsung POWERbot

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$998

Save time and effort by letting the Samsung POWERbot handle the vacuuming for you. Powerful suction provides optimal cleaning while smart technology allows you to control and monitor your POWERbot from your smartphone. Maximize cleaning coverage as it navigates your home with ease and avoids obstacles. Find out more about this model

 


 

 

5. BEST SELLER: iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

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$299

The Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot provides a thorough clean, all at the push of a button. The patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System easily picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal. Preset Roomba to clean when it’s convenient for you, so you can keep up with everyday mess. Find out more about this model

 

 


 

 

6. LG Hom-Bot Square Robotic Vacuum

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$645

With square corners like the ones in your home and Dual Eye 2.0 camera that precisely maps your floors, the LG Hom-Bot adds a whole new dimension to automated vacuuming. Find out more about this model

 


 

7. BEST VALUE ILIFE A4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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$199

Our original V3s V5s robots introduced people to its extraordinary cleaning ability on hard wood floor, While new A4 makes cleaning on carpet an easy pleasure. 1000pa vacuum suction picks up dirt and dust easily, rotating blade brushes does efficiently cleaning on carpet, sides brushes gets dust free even in the corner, wall edges.3-step cleaning system provides a thorough and concentrated clean. 4 chip 2600mah battery with fade free technology brings 130-150 minutes working time after one full charge, also ensures a lasting battery life. Equipped with a full suit of sensors, ILIFE A4 freely goes under the narrow place(beds, sofa, kickstands), Easily cross between the chairs legs with no hassle. Find out more about this model

 


 

 

8. bObsweep bObi

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$239

Start coming home from work every day to a clean house, without lifting a finger. Crumbs – gone. Pet hair – swept away. Dust and debris – a thing of the past. bObi the intelligent, hands-free cleaner will do all the dirty work for you, sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping your floors to perfection. With advanced wireless technology, obstacle sensors, and a compact, modern design, bObi brings a new standard of clean to your home… without sacrificing any style! Find out more about this model

 

 


 

 

9. ECOVACS Robotic Vacuum Cleaner DN78

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$179

ECOVACS Vacuum Cleaning Robot with Mop and Water Reservoir. The innovative DN78 seamlessly integrates high technology, beautiful appearance and excellent performance into a premium cleaning experience. DN78 sweeps, vacuums and mops your floors, cleaning hard-to-reach areas and stuck-on mess. The strong motor cleans quietly, outputting only 56dB which is lower than a normal conversation. Find out more about this model

 

 


 

10. Infinuvo CleanMate QQ2

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$179

QQ-2 BASIC is the most affordable cleaning robot in CleanMate QQ2 series robot vacuums. It does not come with a home charging base like more expensive QQ2 models, but all other features are the same. It is an automatic and intelligent vacuum robot that sweeps and vacuums for you. It can easily handle various surfaces including hardwood, tile, linoleum and low-profile carpets. It will go under the beds and other hard-to-reach places to clean dirt, dust and pet hairs. Comparing with other brands on the market, one unique feature of QQ2 series is that it has build-in UV light, so it can do disinfection job for you while vacuuming, killing bacteria, germs and allergens on your floor. This is a big plus especially for people who have pets in the house, or who suffer allergies. With the its cliff-sensors, CleanMate can avoid stairs and edges. CleanMate can clean up to 80 minutes on a single charge. The battery charging time is about 3 hours. At this price range, QQ2 BASIC gives you the best performance for the buck. It is an excellent alternative to iRobot Roomba 400, 440, etc. Find out more about this model

 

How to Choose a Robot Vacuum

 

There’s no way around it: You have to do housework. Aside from the regular dishes, laundry and straightening you do, your house needs deeper cleaning, like vacuuming, sweeping and mopping. By the end of the day, there’s little time left to do the things you want to do. You can take back some of your free time by investing in a robot vacuum. These little housecleaning helpers won’t replace your upright vacuum cleaner or mop, but they can help you maintain a cleaner home so you don’t have to do those deep cleans quite so often.

Robot vacuums have been on the market for almost two decades – in the late ’90s, Electrolux debuted its first model, the Trilobite. Early in the millennium, the robovac became more accessible when iRobot launched the Roomba. These small disc-shaped automated vacuum cleaners use a variety of sensors to track dirt, pet hair and other debris on carpeted floors and hard surfaces. They employ different rotating brushes that help pick up bits and pieces along edges of baseboards and rugs. The best robot vacuums use HEPA media filters that can trap allergens, such as pet dander, pollen and dust mites, and mitigate allergies.

A robot vacuum may be sophisticated enough to pick up dirt and debris from your floors and then steer itself back to its charging station, but there are a few things it needs your help with. For example, if you don’t want it going into a certain room, you need to either close the door or use a virtual wall, magnetic boundary or a virtual lighthouse that come with some models. You also need to empty its dustbin and clean its filter regularly or it won’t have room to store all of that dust and hair, and its performance will suffer. Though robot vacuums can sense obstacles to avoid, they may inadvertently snack on thin cables hanging out on the floor or get tangled up in bigger cords.

Although robotic vacuums have proven to be effective in cleaning floors, you may still need to vacuum, sweep or mop to get the especially grimy stuff. In which case, you are going to need an upright vacuum cleaner or a canister vacuum. If you’re looking for an even deeper clean, there are carpet cleaners you can invest in.

When you’re ready to start checking off the most important features and options for you in a robot vacuum, you want to be sure it can live up to your expectations. If you have mostly hard floors in your home with area rugs, you want to check the climbing height of a robot vacuum cleaner. Most of the robot cleaners can’t handle thick carpeting, like shag. And some of the robot vacuums on our list are hybrids, so you can set it up to vacuum all of your floors one day, and then mop the next.