Household chores like ironing, washing and vacuuming are never particularly enjoyable. In fact, most people hate them and the few that might enjoy them are probably getting paid to do so.
Don't worry though, there is something that could make your life a little easier and make one of these three chores a little more fun – a robotic vacuum cleaner.
These little smart bots are designed to ease the misery of household cleaning. They cannot replace the traditional vacuum cleaner in terms of cleaning power, but regular scheduled cleaning with these bots often results in a satisfactory clean and keeps your house looking far more presentable.
We're running down the very best robot vacuums we've seen to help you with your purchasing decision.
The best robot vacuum under £500
Roborock S5 Robot Vacuum cleaner
- Intelligent mapping system via 13 sensors, LDS scan tech and accompanying app
- 480ml dustbin/140ml capacity water tank
- Scheduled, zone cleaning and mopping system with multiple suction levels
- Up to 150-minutes cleaning time
- 5200mAh lithium-ion battery
- Automatic carpet detection and 2000Pa suction power
The Roborock S5 robot vacuum cleaner is a real hidden gem. Roborock might be a brand you've never heard of, but don't let that put you off. The company is backed by Chinese technology giant Xiaomi, which speaks volumes. The product itself though, speaks for itself.
We were incredibly surprised by just how clever and feature packed this robot cleaner is. It's an affordable, capable and intelligent robot vacuum cleaner that does as good a job as bots that cost twice as much and it does it with more style too.
A gleaming white finish hides plenty of tricks underneath. This robot, features an intelligent mapping system that tracks the layout of the home every time it goes out. It's smartphone app controlled, has multiple cleaning settings and is supported by numerous sensors which we found made it one of the least likely to get unexpectedly stuck during use.
If that's not enough to get your attention, this bot also includes a wet mopping system for hard floors and numerous clever design features that make it surprisingly appealing. Simple things like a brush guard that prevents clogging, a cleaning tool that includes a blade for cutting hair off the brush and flexible remote control system built right into the app make it surprisingly powerful.
Another simple highlight is the washable filters with included spares. There's no need to buy and replace filters as regularly as with other robot vacuums which feature filters that cannot be washed or cleaned. A really great option at a low price.
Read the full review: Roborock S5 robot vacuum cleaner review: Smart, stylish and surprisingly capable
The best robot vacuum for suction performance
Samsung VR7000 Powerbot
- 'Self-cleaning' brush system and washable filters
- Auto, spot, manual, repeat and point cleaning modes
- FullView Sensor 2.0 for scanning and in-app mapping
- 30/60/90 minute cleaning times
- Edge cleaning system thanks to flat-fronted design
- Compatible with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Bixby voice assistants
When it comes to cleaning performance, the Samsung VR7000 Powerbot is one of the very best robot vacuums we've seen. This robot cleaner has incredible suction thanks to it's "CycloneForce" design that meant we were constantly emptying the dust tray with far more regularity than with other bots we've tested.
Samsung's robot vacuum cleaner is no slouch in any area. It boasts a number of great features that make it worth looking at including Google Home, Amazon Echo and Bixby compatibility as well as integration with SmartThings. It also features a clever "self-cleaning" brush system which means it rarely gets clogged up with hair or fur as other vacuums might.
Another highlight to this robot is the unique point cleaning mode which allows you to use the remote control to physically point to any area that needs special attention. It has a high price tag, but there's no denying that this robot vacuum is one of the very best around.
Read the full review: Samsung VR7000 Powerbot review: This robot vacuum really sucks
Best high-end robot vacuum cleaners
Neato Robotics Botvac D7
- LaserSmart scanning technology for home mapping
- Ultra Performance Filters
- Multi-floor mapping capabilities
- Up to 120 minutes of cleaning time
- No-Go Lines for area blocking
Although we had some setup troubles (app-based setup is all well and good, but when they won't connect it is frustrating), there's no denying that the super D7 is a class act. And, although we've already moaned about the app in these sentences it's so simple to use once you're set up. Setting regular cleaning times - or just telling the cleaner to
The virtual no-go lines work well and the cleaner is at home on all floor types. It's also very flat so it can go under most furniture. Although it hasn't got the screen of the older Neato Connected model which is significantly cheaper (it doesn't have the no-go lines), it's easy to set off the cleaner without the app, too. It'll also send you a cleaning map after it's finished, too, while there's an eco mode as well.
The Neato Robotics Botvac D7 Connected has also had a recent update to allow mapping of multiple floors in your home. With the possibility of purchasing extra charging base stations, owners now have the option of moving this robot vacuum between levels to clean the entire house.
This intelligent mapping system not only includes the ability to add no-go lines to each floor but also supports "Quick Boost" charging mode to help to robot dock for extra juice mid-clean.
Dyson 360 Eye
- Unique 360-degree vision system
- Continuous tank tracks for easy-threshold clearance
- Advanced filtration system with Dyson's Radial Root Cyclone technology
- 22 Watts suction power with up to 40 mins run time
The Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner is a Dyson device through and through. It's robust, powerful and intelligent. This robots cameras and sensors allow it to easily navigate around the home while it cleans and its supported by a powerful and detailed app which includes plenty of functionality.
The Dyson 360 Eye is tall, meaning it can't neatly slip under furniture like other robot vacuums and it's limited to a cleaning cycle of around 40 minutes. Despite that it's still one of the best robot cleaners we've seen. It does, however, come with quite a hefty price tag - as you'd expect from a Dyson product.
Read the full review: Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works
Best value for money cleaner
Ecovacs Deebot M81 Pro
- Automated cleaning schedules
- Auto, intensive, edge and spot cleaning modes
- Android/iOS companion app and separate remote control
- 500ml dustbin capacity
- 4-hour charging time/100 minutes cleaning time
- Advanced wet/dry mopping system
- Amazon Alexa compatible
Robot vacuum cleaners are inherently expensive. They're a luxury item and although they're a great addition to your cleaning arsenal, they might well be priced well out of your budget. That doesn't mean there aren't capable cleaning robots available for less money though.
The Ecovacs Deebot M81 Pro is one such robot. This cleaning robot might not have the compatibility with voice assistants or other smarts of its more expensive brethren, but that doesn't mean it's not good at its job.
The affordable robot cleaner offers auto, intensive, edge and spot cleaning modes with a 100 minute cleaning time. It's also capable of moving from room to room under its own steam with relative ease. Its cleaning patterns are a little erratic, but we were impressed with the cleaning results it delivered.
This robot vacuum also offers a similar mopping system to the Ecovacs Deebot R95 MKII and at this price it's well worth considering.
Read the full review: Ecovacs Deebot M81 Pro robot vacuum cleaner review: It's not smart, but it is clever
Best robot vacuum for offices and small businesses
Makita DRC200Z robot vacuum
- 2.5-litre large capacity dustbin
- Time delay cleaning options - one, three or five hours
- 500m squared max cleaning area
- Powered by two 18V 4,000mAh Lithium-ion batteries
- 0.3 m/sec running speed
- 30 mins charging time per battery/three hours cleaning time
When you realise this robot vacuum cleaner is made by a power tool company, you get an idea of how powerful and effective this one is likely to be. It's big, heavy and capable in the right environment too.
This Makita robot vacuum cleaner boasts a 2.5-litre capacity dustbin, two 18V 4,000mAh Lithium-ion batteries and a cleaning time of roughly three hours. It's not as intelligent as other robot vacuum cleaners we've seen, but if you have a large wide open space to deal with then this is the perfect tool for the job.
We found the Makita DRC200Z struggled with thick carpet, but works incredibly well on hard floors, tiles and thinner hardwearing carpets - making it perfectly suited to use in an office, warehouse or workspace.
Read the full review: Makita DRC200Z robot vacuum review: A cleaning powerhouse that goes and goes