Why Are Robot Vacuums So Popular?

Ever since the Roomba was first introduced in 2002, robot vacuums have been one of the most popular options for cleaning floors. In the nearly two decades since then, robot vacuums have become much more advanced with features like automated cleaning cycles, real-time mapping, and remote control via wi-fi connected apps.

These advances in technology have made the robot vacuums more accessible and cheaper than ever.

Here are eight of the most popular robot vacuums you can buy right now.

An app-controlled robot vacuum

The Best Robot Vacuums Of 2019

1. iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum With Wi-Fi Connectivity

Roomba is one of the most trusted names in the robot vacuum industry, and it's been that way ever since iRobot first rolled out the line in 2002. That continues this year with the iRobot Roomba 690, which comes with all of the features from previous models and then some.

  • Can be controlled via Wi-Fi network
  • Compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
  • Up to 7 cleanings can be scheduled per week
  • Multi-stage cleaning system and multi-surface brushes provide deep clean
  • Dual-mode virtual wall barrier for control over cleaning paths

2. Eufy RoboVac 11 High Suction Self-Charging Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

While not as popular as the Roomba, the Eufy RoboVac 11 is just as dependable and comes with a number of great features that will make it a great robot vacuum if you live in a house with pets.

  • Cleans up to 90 minutes on full charge
  • Automatically recharges
  • 3-point cleaning system provides superior cleaning power
  • Infrared sensor helps unit avoid obstacles and falls
  • Low-profile design allows unit to get under couches, chairs, and tables

3. Shark Ion R75 Wifi-Connected Robotic Vacuum

The Shark Ion R75 is a more lightweight model (5.51 lbs) than its competition, but it's still quite powerful and shouldn't have any trouble picking up dirt, dust, and other debris in its path.

  • Can be controlled via Wi-Fi network
  • Compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
  • Battery life of over an hour of cleaning time between charges
  • Self-cleaning brush captures short and long hair, dust, dander, and other allergens
  • Comes with HEPA filter

4. ILife V5s Pro Robotic Vacuum Cleaner With Water Tank Mop

In addition to providing a nice vacuuming, the ILife V5s Pro also comes with mop option that will make for a full cleaning process that can be programmed ahead of time. The versatility of this model will give you the option of having your floors swept and mopped with no effort on your part.

  • Water tank allows automatic damp moping of hard-surfaced floors
  • Adjustable motor allows for multiple cleaning styles
  • Smart sensors prevent bumps and falls throughout the home
  • Automatically docks after cleaning floors
  • Slim design ensure unit goes under most furniture

5. bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Cleaner And Mop

The bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum was made specifically for people who have cats and/or dogs in the house. This unit comes equipped with a large dustbin (1,100 ml) to handle all of the pet hair and fur that your pets shed throughout the day.

  • Sweeps, vacuums, mops, and filtrates surfaces
  • Can be programmed for 7 days of cleaning
  • Works on all surfaces
  • Automatically recharges when battery is low

6. Tesvor Robot Vacuum Cleaner With Smart Mapping System

If you're looking for a robot vacuum that can be controlled by voice or through an app, then the Tesvor Robot Vacuum Cleaner is going to meet your needs. The smart app provides users with the ability to check cleaning on a real-time map, schedule cleanings, as well as other features that will make the cleaning process much easier.

  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Home
  • Creates map of home for future cleanings
  • High-power and low-noise cleaning system
  • Equipped with fall-prevention and anti-collision technology

7. Samsung PowerBot R7070 Pet Self-Cleaning Robot Vacuum

The Samsung PowerBot is on the higher-end of robot vacuums that is equipped with all of the bells and whistles you would expect from a Samsung product. With powerful suction power, self-cleaning brushes, wi-fi connectivity, and an onboard camera, you're getting quite a bit with this model.

  • 40x more suction power than conventional robot vacuum
  • Self-cleaning brush automatically detangles pet hair
  • Onboard camera creates map of cleaning surface that can be tracked via app
  • Wi-fi connectivity allows remote control
  • Auto-docks when battery is low

8. Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum

The Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum is the Cadillac of robot vacuums and comes at at ridiculously high price that is expected from a brand like Dyson. Saying this vacuum comes with all the bells and whistles would be doing it a disservice. This is a top of the top of the line robot vacuum with features like 360 eye vision system, access to the Dyson link app, and other options that only come with a vacuum of this caliber.

  • 360 eye vision system can map out entire rooms and calculate systematic cleaning patterns
  • Dyson link app provides user with data
  • Radial Root cyclone technology captures even microscopic pieces of dirt and dust
  • Twice the suction of other vacuums
A robot vacuum cleans under a person's feet

Should You Buy One?

After reading about all of those robot vacuums, you may be asking yourself: "Do I really need one of those fancy, automated vacuum cleaners?" The answer really depends on the individual, but we'll do our best to make that decision a little easier to make.

Why You Need One

The benefits of robot vacuums are innumerable at this point. Between wi-fi connectivity, automatic charging, real-time mapping, and the ability to program the unit to clean your house when you're at work or out running errands certainly make life a lot easier. Another advantage of these units is the ability to suck up pet hair, even when the glops of hair find their way under beds, couches, and other pieces of furniture.

If you have a large house that is hard to clean in one run with a traditional vacuum cleaner, programming a weekly cleaning cycle focusing on a couple of rooms each day would make these vacuum cleaners a viable option.

Why You Don't Need One

On the flip side, however, these units can get expensive — to purchase and to maintain — so you're going to have to keep that in mind before you purchase a robot vacuum. If you're strapped for cash or don't mind vacuuming the old fashioned way, then you're probably better off sticking with your current setup.

Also, even though these units make vacuuming large houses an easy, automated process, it's not easy if you have a multi-level home. Most of the vacuums are equipped with anti-collision and anti-fall technology, so they won't be able to handle stairs. You could buy multiple units for the different levels of your home or move the unit (dock and all) upstairs or downstairs where needed, but that's defeating the purpose.

How To Make The Decision

If you have a single-story home that you don't have time to clean, then this buying a robot vacuum is going to be the way to go. If that's not the case for you, then you're stuck with your old vacuum.

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