The Best Robotic Vacuum

Last updated on November 27, 2018

We looked at the top 10 Robotic Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 73 of the most popular review sites including Tech Radar, PC Magazine, CNET, Trusted Reviews, Consumer Reports, Tech Gear Lab, BestReviews, Digital Trends, Top Ten Reviews, Wired, New York Times Wirecutter, Tom's Guide, The Verge and more. The result is a ranking of the best Robotic Vacuums.

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We looked at the top 10 Robotic Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 73 of the most popular review sites including Tech Radar, PC Magazine, CNET, Trusted Reviews, Consumer Reports, Tech Gear Lab, BestReviews, Digital Trends, Top Ten Reviews, Wired, New York Times Wirecutter, Tom's Guide, The Verge and more. The result is a ranking of the best of the best Robotic Vacuums.

The Top Robotic Vacuums

Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall

iRobot

Roomba 980

Overall Take

Experts Included
New York Times Wirecutter, Consumer Reports, CNET, PC Magazine, Wired, Tom’s Guide, BestReviews, Top Ten Reviews and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Pros
"iRobot's Wi-Fi-enabled Roomba 980 is an exciting hunk of next-gen vacuum tech."
Cons
"However, this Roomba is ear drum-bustingly loud."
  The Best Value

EcoVacs

DEEBOT N79S Cleaner

Overall Take

Experts Included
PC Magazine, Tech Radar, The Verge, BestReviews and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Walmart.
Pros
"The Ecovacs Deebot N79S robot vacuum offers powerful cleaning, app control, and Alexa voice command support for an unbeatable price."
Cons
"The N79S is too loud to have running when I’m in the same room, so I have it scheduled to run nightly, starting at 3AM."

eufy

RoboVac 11 / 11s

Overall Take

Experts Included
PC Magazine, Tom’s Guide, Digital Trends, Wired, Consumer Reports, BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter and 2 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Walmart.
Pros
"The vacuum is quiet, low-profile and very nimble—a good, moderately-priced option for anyone who is sick of pushing a vacuum around."
Cons
"Not good at avoiding obstacles. Tends to get stuck frequently. Not ideal for thick or deep pile carpet."

Neato

Botvac Connected

Overall Take

Experts Included
CNET, Trusted Reviews, Wired, Tom’s Guide, PC Magazine, Consumer Reports, BestReviews, Top Ten Reviews, Tech Gear Lab and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon.
Pros
"It is great for hard floors."
Cons
"The Botvac's only major failing was picking up sawdust on the carpet."
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Expert Reviews & Ratings Included

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We also incorporate user reviews from the leading retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Home Depot.

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The Best Overall

iRobot Roomba 980

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
7,962 user reviews
The DWYM Consensus

What experts liked
The Roomba 980 is a lot like the Roomba 960 (our upgrade pick). Like other Roomba models, we really like that the Roomba 960 is repairable. You should be able to keep this thing running for quite a while, which might help ease the sting of the purchase price.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Excellent at cleaning bare floors, gets under low furniture, and it can be progammed.
- Consumer Reports
980 has the connectivity, battery life, and navigational skills to jet from room to room without getting lost. That makes it the first robot vacuum we'd recommend for multi-room cleaning980 excelled as an automaton, flitting around our robot vacuum obstacle course like a leaf on the wind.
- Reviewed
June 13, 2016 | Full review
iRobot's Wi-Fi-enabled Roomba 980 is an exciting hunk of next-gen vacuum tech.
- CNET
September 16, 2015 | Full review
The iRobot Roomba 980 adds app functionality and Wi-Fi for more convenience.
- PC Magazine
June 13, 2018 | Full review
The agitator is designed to make tangled carpet brushes a thing of the past.
- Wired
December 16, 2018 | Full review
The Roomba 980 is good at navigating around walls and furniture legs, and even around stray cables and lost shoes.
- Tom's Guide
October 19, 2017 | Full review
It sports some of the brand’s most advanced technology and boasts 120 minutes of run time before automatically recharging and resuming cleaning to finish the job.
- BestReviews
It never stopped cleaning during our at-home tests. It could conquer a dramatic drop-off between rooms or flooring types, the uncomfortably-close-together table and chair legs, and a couch with a heavy dust ruffle.
- Top Ten Reviews
What experts didn't like
Required manual cleaning of pet hair from brush. There is no on/off switch, and there is no remote control.
- Consumer Reports
That lack of added oomph also prevented the 980 from climbing atop high-pile carpets, a feat which only a handful of robot vacuums have achieved.
- Reviewed
June 13, 2016 | Full review
iRobot's $900 Roomba 980 didn't bomb in any performance categories.
- CNET
September 16, 2015 | Full review
The price for convenience is higher than ever.
- PC Magazine
June 13, 2018 | Full review
However, this Roomba is ear drum-bustingly loud.
- Wired
December 16, 2018 | Full review
One of the 980's biggest follies is how loud it is.
- Tom's Guide
October 19, 2017 | Full review
It's expensive.
- BestReviews
The Roomba 980 was not as impressive for suction as some others at the very top of our lineup, but it was still competitive.
- Top Ten Reviews

The Best Bang For Your Buck

EcoVACS DEEBOT N79S Cleaner

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,064 user reviews
The DWYM Consensus

What experts liked
The Ecovacs Deebot N79S robot vacuum offers powerful cleaning, app control, and Alexa voice command support for an unbeatable price.
- PC Magazine
it’s good at picking up most dust and dirt on both shorter carpets and hardwood floors – it's not going to replace a solid afternoon of mopping a hard floor or a professional clean of your carpet, but it does fine at the basics.
- Tech Radar
March 15, 2018 | Full review
It does detect the edges of stairs to prevent toppling over, and methodically reroutes when it bumps into a narrow chair leg or gets trapped under the couch.
- The Verge
September 7, 2018 | Full review
Two spinning brushes attached to the bottom of this vacuum also help to sweep dirt / debris into the suction area, ensuring it is cleaned up upon passing.
- Modern Castle
August 6, 2018 | Full review
You can start and stop it, change cleaning patterns, schedule cleanings, and command it to clean your home when you're at work. That means the N79 is the most affordable smart robot vacuum you can buy.
- Reviewed
October 27, 2017 | Full review
Smart Navi 3.0 scans and maps your home so you can draw the exact area you want cleaned. Compatible with Alexa and Google Home or you can control with the app. Back-and-forth movement saves time and battery power. Comes with one-year warranty.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
Minor navigation issues.
- PC Magazine
It doesn't do a serious deep clean
- Tech Radar
March 15, 2018 | Full review
The N79S is too loud to have running when I’m in the same room, so I have it scheduled to run nightly, starting at 3AM.
- The Verge
September 7, 2018 | Full review
The suction power was simply not enough to reach the deeply ingrained particles of debris (sugar mainly).
- Modern Castle
August 6, 2018 | Full review
The Deebot N79 lacks fancy features like camera-based navigation or high-capacity batteries.
- Reviewed
October 27, 2017 | Full review
The app can be a little confusing to figure out at first.Not recommended for dark colored or thick carpets. Can have trouble finding it's charger base.
- BestReviews

Overall Product Rankings

1. iRobot Roomba 980
Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 14

2. EcoVACS DEEBOT N79S Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 10

3. eufy RoboVac 11 / 11s
Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 12

4. Neato Botvac Connected
Overall Score: 8.2
Reviews Included: 12

5. Roomba 690
Overall Score: 8.0
Reviews Included: 12

6. iLife A4s
Overall Score: 8.0
Reviews Included: 7

7. Samsung POWERbot R7065
Overall Score: 7.5
Reviews Included: 10

8. EcoVACS DEEBOT Ozmo
Overall Score: 7.4
Reviews Included: 9

9. Shark ION
Overall Score: 7.0
Reviews Included: 11

10. Dyson 360 Eye
Overall Score: 6.7
Reviews Included: 7

An Overview On Robotic Vacuums

There’s never been a better time to buy a robotic vacuum. Robovacs have come a long way since iRobot debuted its first Roomba. More brands and models have made their way to the market, which means cheaper prices and improved features.
People are drawn to robotic vacuums for their timesaving capabilities and ease of use. In theory, a robovac owner should be able to start the vacuum before leaving the house and come home to perfectly vacuumed floors — all without having to lift a finger.

Suction power, programming capabilities, boundary-setting, noise level and battery life are just some of the factors to consider when deciding which robotic vacuum to buy.

Our robotic vacuum buying guide takes a look at some of the top-reviewed robovacs to find the best robotic vacuum for every need. We’ve looked at all the brands, models and shapes of robovacs to help find the best vacuums you can buy today.

DWYM Fun Fact

While the iRobot Roomba is widely considered the first robotic vacuum to market,  Swedish vacuum giant Electrolux introduced a short-lived model in the mid-’90s called the Trilobite and Dyson developed one in the early 2000s that never made it to mass production.

The Robotic Vacuum Buying Guide

  • Basic parts maintenance and regular filter cleaning will keep your robovac working effectively. Allergy sufferers, in particular, will want to stay on top of cleaning filters.
  • You’ll need to empty the robovac dustbin more often than you would for a standup vacuum due to the robotic vacuum’s small size.
  • If you want your robovac to clean under beds, couches and furniture, take note of the height of the robotic vacuum you plan to purchase.
  • Robovacs used to cost upwards of $400, and some high-tech models still cost twice that amount. You can find a basic, dependable model for under $300 today.
  • If you plan to use your robotic vacuum near stairs, be sure to look for a model with a cliff sensor to avoid any tumbles.
  • Robovacs sometimes get stuck under low furniture and can get caught up in power cords, rugs and other loose items in their path. A model that has invisible walls or a programmable cleaning area can help corral the robovac to a certain area and avoid any pitfalls.
  • Pay attention to battery life. Most robotic vacuums can run continuously for at least 70 minutes.
  • Many robovacs will return to their charging base when the battery runs low. Be sure to position the charging dock in a flat, unobstructed location so the vacuum can successfully reconnect to the base.
  • High-tech models offer WiFi connectivity so you can start your vacuum via your phone. Other models allow you to schedule cleaning times so that the robovac will run while you’re away.
  • If you have an alarm system in your home that uses motion detection, make sure you do a test run with your robovac in motion before you set the alarm and leave for the day.