The best robot vacuum cleaner for every budget

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Best Vacuum Cleaner Robots 2022
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Choosing a robot vacuum cleaner is not easy, after all, there are so many brands and specifics that it is difficult to even understand where to start. NextPit has now done many reviews on robot vacuums, and reveal the best models that will hit the market in early 2023 Therefore, we decided to create a list at NextPit with the best models in the market and tips and information on how to choose the best robot vacuum cleaner for your home or office.

We have based our list of suggestions based on both NextPit's in-depth reviews and on the popularity of the models in e-tailers and recommendations in this article. So if you are interested in any of the models listed in the comparison table below, check the full review of the chosen device here or on specialized websites before buying the corresponding robot vacuum cleaner.

Our list of suggestions is largely based on the detailed reviews and hands-on from the NextPit editorial team, as well as the tips in this article. So if you're interested in any of the models in the comparison table below, be sure to read the corresponding full review with us before buying the robot vacuum cleaner.

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Product
Picture
Dreame L10s Ultra
Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo
Roborock S8+
Yeedi Vac Max
Neabot NoMo Q11
Max. Suction power
  • 5,300 Pa
  • 5,000 Pa
  • 6,000 Pa
  • 3,000 Pa
  • 4,000 Pa
Dust container capacity
  • 350 ml
  • 3L (station)
  • 400 ml
  • 4 liters (station)
  • 350 ml
  • 2.5 liters (station)
  • 450 ml
  • 300 ml
  • 2.5 liters (station)
Brush
  • One rubber
  • Two
  • Two
  • Two
  • One main brush and one side brush
Loudness (manufacturer's specification)
  • 59 dB
  • 66dB
  • 68.5 dB
  • 67 dB
  • 65 dB
Overall height (aka "Space under the sofa")
  • ~10 cm
  • ~10.3 cm
  • ~9.65 cm
  • ~7.7 cm
  • ~8.7 cm
Cleaning levels
  • -
  • 4
  • Suction: 4
  • Mopping: 3
  • Suction: 3
  • Mopping: 4
  • Suction: 4
  • Wiping: 3
Mapping
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Battery runtime
  • 210 min (vacuum)
  • 160 min (vacuuming and mopping)
  • 140 minutes
  • 180 minutes
  • 200 minutes
  • 120 minutes
Smart Integration
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple Siri
  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple Siri
  • Google Home
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Home
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
Self-emptying feature
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
Good
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Excellent wiping performance
  • Decent suction power
  • Very good self-cleaning
  • Great at navigation and mapping
  • Good design and great workmanship
  • Excellent suction power
  • Wipes thoroughly
  • Fast, uncomplicated setup
  • Sleek base station design
  • Excellent navigation and mapping
  • Detailed, user-friendly app
  • Off-peak charging available
  • Excellent suction performance
  • Automatic power increase on carpets
  • Small footprint
  • Quick installation and setup
  • Features 2-1 cleaning function
  • Super affordable price
  • Application with advanced options
  • Good suction and wiping performance
  • Decent set of accessories
  • Adequate battery life
  • Pleasantly quiet
Bad
  • Leaves carpet edges slightly damp
  • App does not always show position in real-time
  • Software and app is quirky
  • Station does not vacuum dust
  • Very slow charging rate
  • Expensive for a vacuuming and mopping robot without a fully automated station
  • No surveillance camera function
  • Incompetent mapping system
  • Cannot dodge cables and objects on the ground
  • Constant random bumping
  • Average mopping capability
  • Has a camera
  • Does not do well in a cluttered environment
  • App could be more polished
Rating

Read the Dreame L10s review

Read the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo review

Read the Roborock S8+ review

Read the Yeedi Vac Max review

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Read the Neabot NoMo Q11 hands-on

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What to look for in a robot vacuum cleaner

Buying a vacuum cleaner with automation functions should be well thought out. The reason for this is that you can end up bringing home a device that may demand much more attention than desired. Worse than that, you may find yourself with a device that does not connect to Wi-Fi or does not effectively clean carpets, for example. That is why I have separated here the main features to look for in a robot vacuum cleaner when buying one.

1. Compatibility

Most smart vacuum cleaners today offer support for both Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems through a dedicated app. In addition, they work via voice commands in conjunction with smart assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa on Google Nest Home and Amazon Echo devices respectively.

Manufacturers like Roborock and Ecovacs also offer support for Siri Shortcuts, allowing you to connect the robot vacuum cleaner with the Siri voice assistant on Apple's HomePod speakers.

And if you are a fan of routine-creating services such as IFTTT, you should know that most of the brands available on the market work in conjunction with this powerful app for Android and iOS.

One thing that might be worth keeping an eye on in the future is compatibility with the Matter smart home standard. Although the first release of the home connectivity standard doesn't support vacuum cleaners, the alliance responsible for its development already showed interest in adding the device category to a future Matter specification.

2. Internet connection

Depending on the model of the robot vacuum cleaner, its internet connection may contain prerequisites that, at the end of the day, will be important for the best experience with the product. Support for 2.4 or 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks is the most well-known, however, certain brands may also require a maximum number of characters in the network login data to perform Wi-Fi pairing.

This was the case with the Lefant F1 model we recently tested, where there is a limit regarding the number of characters in both the SSID and the Wi-Fi password to work. In this case, they must be less than ten characters.

3. Mapping

The system of mapping the area of the house is often one of the most relevant functions of this type of device, as it is through navigation that a robot vacuum cleaner automates the cleaning of each room. Some models use LiDAR sensors built into the device to perform Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (or SLAM).

Also identified as synchronized localization and mapping, SLAM is a mapping technology that also keeps track of the device's location within the mapped area. With this, the robot knows where it has to go. If you purchase extra charging bases, some models thus allow you to map multiple floors.

4. Suction

Robot vacuum cleaners often have up to three suction levels: light, medium, and maximum. However, premium models tend to offer up to four suction levels. The difference here is of course, in the dust suction power, but it can also be in the automatic change of suction level when encountering carpets, for example.

So, when it comes to suction power, some brands present it as Watts and others in Pascal (Pa). The two units are not directly comparable but if you look for suction power, most units today can be found between 2,000 and 2,500 Pa.

In addition, the suction power is directly linked to the price of a robot vacuum cleaner. Another point to consider is that the higher the suction level, the louder the noise of the robot vacuum cleaner.

5. Overcomes obstacles

Through the use of sensors, vacuums understand what objects appear in front of them. Depending on the settings, you will have devices that avoid tables, chair feet, and toys, up to the most advanced ones that understand what socks, cables, bugs, and other objects are in front of them. The more advanced devices understand socks, cables, pets, and even recognize possible feces from pets that have forgotten their area box.

Leaving aside the basic obstacles, given the nature of these automated appliances no robot vacuum cleaner was built to go up and down stairs. However, it must be said that some models do get around obstacles up to 1 cm high. However, over time this going up and down can cause damage to the sensors and decrease the robot vacuum cleaner's usability.

Finally, with regard to carpet recognition, more affordable and intermediate vacuum cleaners can often have difficulty cleaning these surfaces, as they have lower suction power. This can be clearly seen in the test of the $300 or so Yeedi 2 Hybrid conducted here on the channel. Therefore, for the specific use of robot vacuum cleaners on carpets, I recommend using traditional devices or really premium models.

6. Self-cleaning station

If you don't have the patience to empty the dust bag from time to time, it might be worth it to pay extra for a model with a self-cleaning station. The base basically includes a bigger dust bag, which receives the robot vacuum's dirt from time to time, reducing the frequency required to empty its contents.

Admittedly, the feature is only found in upper mid-range models and higher, but can already be found in many devices under $1,000, making them increasingly popular. The more expensive models with a mopping function include water tanks for dirty and clean water—and cleaning products—with future models promising to include a permanent water connection (like a dishwasher) to make refills and cleanups a thing of the past. 

NextPit recommendations: The best robot vacuum cleaners

After putting a dozen of models through their paces, we have compiled a list of the best robovacs available in the market. We have selected models in different categories, covering the most important price ranges. Depending on your budget, you can go straight to a specific model by selecting the category on the list above.

Dreame L10s Ultra: Everything but the kitchen sink

Dreame L10s Ultra
Dreame L10s Ultra / © NextPit

Although we haven't published its English review, my colleague Stefan Moellenhoff declared the Dreame L10s Ultra—or its twin model, the Xiaomi Robot Vacuum X10+— "the best vacuum robot with a mopping function". With powerful suction and two rotating mopping pads, floors not only get clean but also sparkle.

The device offered solid battery life during NextPit's test and includes both mapping and live camera functions, integrating with either the Dreamehome or Xiaomi apps. And as expected in the premium category, the Dreame L10s Ultra includes a cleaning station that also serves as clean and dirty water reservoirs for the mopping function.

Roborock S8+: The robovac flagship killer?

Roborock S8+
The Roborock S8 family replaces the popular S7 range. / © NextPit

Replacing the Q7 Max+ as NextPit's mid-range suggestion for robot vacuum cleaners, the Roborock S8+ performed well in NextPit's review, with good suction and mopping performance. NextPit reviewer Thomas Kern was bold enough to call it one "of the best vacuum robots we have tested so far".

LiDAR-navigating environments worked great despite not having a built-in camera, and the companion app and ease of use were also praised, with plenty of options not only to schedule vacuuming but even set object detection, child lock, and off-peak charging to save money.

Read our Roborock S8+ review on NextPit

Yeedi Vac Max: The affordable alternative

Yeedi Vac Max vacuum cleaner
The Yeedi Vac Max in its charging station. / © NextPit

The Yeedi Vac Max proves that you can expect decent suction power even from vacuum robots that hail from the lower price range. Wioth 3,000 Pa, the performance is lower on paper compared to most of the other devices in our selection, but the Yeedi Vac Max nevertheless goes about with its vacuuming tasks in an absolutely reliable manner.

Other advantages of this inexpensive vacuum robot: Measuring less than 8 centimeters, it is particularly flat and with 200 minutes of use, it lasts for an exceptionally long period of time. This model also lets you map out the apartment, and access various voice assistants as well as several suction and wiping modes. The smart helper is weaker in terms of mopping performance, but unfortunately, this is something it has in common with many cheaper robots of this kind.

The Yeedi Vac Max is definitely a worthwhile purchase if you want to get into the smart home game for little money (just under $350).

Read our Yeedi Vac Max review

Robot vacuum cleaner alternatives

Model Price on Amazon
Roborock Q7 Max+ (review) $869.99
Ecovacs Deebot T10 Plus (review) $699.99
iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO $349.00
Roborock S7 $649.99
Eufy RoboVac 11S $125.99
Ecovacs Deebot T8 AIVI Robot $299.99
Bissell SpinWave Robot $399.99
iRobot Roomba i7+ $656.00

Are robot vacuums worth it?

Robot vacuums are a fairly simple option for automating house cleaning. Extremely modular, it is possible to maintain these devices for a long time depending on the care and maintenance devoted to such devices. However, not all models offer the same level of cleanliness and efficiency.

Considering that the price of these robotic vacuum cleaners ranges from $200 to over $1000, one must be aware that the quality of the service is directly linked to the amount invested. In addition, specific models may be necessary if your home has a lot of carpets or you have pets.

Finally, a robot vacuum cleaner today can hardly suffice for the complete cleaning of the floor. Therefore, I recommend the purchase of a smaller model or canister to remove dust from the corners of the house, the baseboards, the ceiling, and, of course, the places where the vacuum cleaner cannot reach, such as behind large pieces of furniture.

Finally, with the busy day-to-day routine, many people will benefit from automating household chores. And one way to gain more time for other activities is to purchase products such as robot vacuum cleaners. But remember: these products do not replace 100% of the human touch in cleaning... yet!

So, do you already have a robot vacuum cleaner? Would you recommend buying the model with the mopping function? Which is your favorite brand? Share your opinion on the topic in the comments below.


This article was updated in March 2023 with a new mid-range pick. Comments posted prior to the update were kept and may refer to previous versions of this list.

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Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi
Head of Editorial

With over 10 years of reviewing smartphones and wearables, I recently became addicted to smart home gadgets. Even though I dove into the Apple ecosystem two years back, Android remains as one of my passions. Previously editor-in-chief of AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now write for the US market. I love my records and I believe that the best way to get to know a place is through its food. I’m (still) on Twitter (@apequenarinaldi)!

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  • storm 11 months ago Link to comment

    You really need to include privacy and security section for iot device content.


    • Camila Rinaldi
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      11 months ago Link to comment

      It will be a nice addition, thanks!