A high-tech solution to a household chore nobody likes.
BY STEFAN VAZHAROV
AUG 13, 2018
iRobot Roomba 690 Roboto Vacuum
The well-priced iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum is the best option for most consumers available today. It lacks some of the advanced cleaning features found in pricier robot vacuums, but it does all the key basics well.
The robot vacuum has received high marks from reviewers at Wired and PCMag for delivering a robust set of features at an affordable price. It’s also a top pick in a robot vacuum shopping guide by Wirecutter.
With a three-stage cleaning system, the Roomba 690 can handle dust, hair, and larger pieces of dirt. A side brush is also on board for reaching edges and corners. You can schedule up to seven cleaning sessions per week in advance.
The vacuum has a low profile and the ability to adjust to all floor types. It automatically docks after cleaning, and it comes with “virtual wall” tech to keep it only in the rooms you want.
Available Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to control the robot vacuum via a smartphone app. Support for voice commands via Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant is also available, allowing you to easily integrate the vacuum into your smart home.
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eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S Robot Vacuum
Best Budget Buy
The highly-rated eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S robot vacuum by Anker is our favorite budget buy available today. It has a slim profile, which allows it to easily reach under most couches and beds, and robust suction power and up to 100 minutes of cleaning time between charges.
Other key features of the vacuum include a triple-layer filter system, and a tempered glass cover that protects it from scratches. Once its battery runs out, the RoboVac 11S will automatically return to its charging station.
The RoboVac uses infrared tech for navigating its way around, coupled with a drop-sensing sensor to help it avoid falling off ledges. Controlling the vacuum takes place via a remote control with a handy digital display.
The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S has received good reviews by Digital Trends and PC Magazine as well. Testers have praised the vacuum for its elegant design, solid performance, and reasonable price.
Neato Botvac D7 Connected Robot Vacuum
Laser mapping is the feature that sets the Neato Botvac D7 Connected apart from all of its competitors. Commonly used in self-driving cars, the technology allows the robot vacuum to scan and systematically clean spaces, as well as easily avoid obstacles (even in the dark).
Thanks to cutting-edge tech and top-notch performance, the Botvac D7 has earned glowing reviews from Wired and TechRadar. The Botvac D7 Connected can store multiple floor plans and allow you to set no-go lines from your smartphone without the need to install physical barriers of any kind. It also features Amazon Alexa and Google support via dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. You can also control the device via a smartphone app and even a Facebook Messenger bot.
The robot vacuum features a main brush, as well as a side brush that can reach difficult spots (its shape also helps it clean corners easily). The device is also good at picking up pet hair. Its rechargeable battery can deliver up to 2 hours of cleaning time between charges.
Samsung POWERbot R7070 Robot Vacuum
Best for Consistently Powerful Suction
The Samsung POWERbot R7070 delivers consistently powerful suction on all surfaces, courtesy of proprietary technology that helps it separate dirt and debris into a separate chamber. The vacuum can automatically adjust the suction power depending on the floor surface.
Other key features of the POWERbot R7070 include Samsung’s latest mapping technology, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and large wheels for seamlessly moving over obstacles. We like that the robot vacuum has a self-cleaning brush that automatically removes tangled pet hair.
The vacuum is compatible with Amazon Alexa (the feature requires a Wi-Fi connection). You can also control the vacuum remotely with your smartphone.
iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum
Best Roomba Vacuum
The splurge-worthy Roomba 980 is the most capable vacuum iRobot currently offers. It features clever visual localization-based navigation that allows it to clean entire house floors, and it has more powerful suction than any other Roomba robot vacuum.
Controlling the Roomba 980 requires a smartphone app where you can schedule cleaning sessions and control its settings. The vacuum has Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to control it remotely. It can clean continuously for up to 2 hours on a battery charge.
Like all Roomba vacuums, the Roomba 980 features a three-stage cleaning system that can deal with just about anything you throw at it. However, what makes the 980 really stand out is that it’s the only Roomba with built-in tech that increases boost while cleaning carpets.
LG Hom-Bot Turbo+ CR3465BB Robot Vacuum
Best for Quiet Operation
The LG Hom-Bot Square CR3465BB is a capable robot vacuum with up to 100 minutes of battery life and a clever mapping system that helps it learn the layout of your home and avoid obstacles. LG’s offering is also one of the quietest options around, with 60dB of noise in normal mode.
The Hom-Bot Square won’t just vacuum — it’ll also mop your floors. It can automatically resume cleaning where it left off if interrupted. The vacuum comes with a remote control, which allows you to schedule cleaning sessions and modify its settings.
You can control the Wi-Fi-connected vacuum with your smartphone (a mobile app is required), or via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands.
iRobot Braava jet 240
Best for Hands-Free Mopping
The iRobot Braava jet 240 mopping robot is the perfect sidekick to your robot vacuum. It can mop and sweep all types of floors in every room of your home, and it can even reach difficult spots thanks to its compact and cleverly designed body.
The hands-free mopping magic happens with the help of a precision jet spray and a vibrating cleaning head. Combined, they help the Braava jet 240 tackle even the toughest floor stains. A single button press begins the cleaning process, while a smartphone app allows you to keep the device up-to-date.
Three types of removable mopping pads are available for the Braava, and the device will automatically select the cleaning mode based on the pad you install.
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