Best Robotic Vacuums for Hassle-free and Quick Cleaning in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 4, 2019
Everyone knows that keeping home clean can be a difficult task, as vacuuming and sweeping take a lot of time and effort. The best solution to this problem is to use a robotic vacuum that can perform cleanups automatically without a human control. Below, we've reviewed the best 5 robotic vacuums available on the market so that you can choose the best one for you. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Сleaning efficiency
Sensors
Programming cleanups
Automatic cleaning patterns
Cleaning area per charge
Runtime
Health benefits
Dust bin capacity
Package
Warranty
 
PROS

The Zone Cleaning feature is able to effectively target trouble areas in the house on a much more frequent basis. The multi-floor plan feature lets the model remember up to 3 different floor plans. You can set up No-Go Lines on every floor. You'll be able to command the robot where not to go, all whilst preventing the cleaner from getting stuck.

CONS

The robot sometimes loses its Wi-Fi connection when parked and charging.

OUR VERDICT

Neato Robotics D701 is easily up there with the best robotic vacuums on the market these days. The model is highly effective. It is well-designed in just about every regard. Its industry-leading intelligence is pretty scary though. We definitely wouldn't recommend displaying hostility towards our future overlord(s).

detailed parameters
Сleaning efficiency

Spiral combo brush and side brush

Sensors

Wi-Fi connected, compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home, LaserSmart™ technology, No-Go lines, drop sensors, auto-return to the charging station

Programming cleanups

Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the Neato App

Automatic cleaning patterns

House cleaning, Zone cleaning, Spot cleaning

Cleaning area per charge

Multi-room coverage

Runtime

120 minutes

Health benefits

Ultra Performance filter

Dust bin capacity

0.7 L

Package

Charge base, Power cord, Cleaning tool, Boundary marker

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to its low profile (72 mm), the robot will easily go under the furniture. And thanks to the great number of sensors, obstacles won't be an issue for it.

CONS

The runtime can be slightly decreased depending on the cleaning conditions.

OUR VERDICT

The Eufy RoboVac 30C is a quiet and robust robotic vac that produces a great suction power of 1500Pa. This vacuum cleaner can be turned on with a remote unit or Alexa or Google Assistant (it has a built-in Wi-Fi module). The free EufyHome app will help you schedule the unit and program the cleaning cycles.

detailed parameters
Сleaning efficiency

3-point cleaning system, BoostIQ technology

Sensors

Wi-Fi connected, 9 anti-collision infrared sensors, Drop-sensing technology, Specialised dual-hall sensors, Recharges automatically

Programming cleanups

Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the EufyHome App

Automatic cleaning patterns

N/A

Cleaning area per charge

Around 280 square metres

Runtime

Up to 100 minutes

Health benefits

AeroVac™ filter

Dust bin capacity

0.6 L

Package

4m boundary strips, Remote control (2 AAA batteries included), Charging base, AC power adapter, Cleaning tool, Extra set of high-performance filters, 4 side brushes, 5 cable tie

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The edge-sweeping brush is positioned at a 27-degree angle. It helps the brush sweep debris away from edges and corners. The auto-adjust cleaning head automatically adapts the height of the head. The Dirt Detect technology won't miss a single piece of debris.

CONS

Doesn't cope well with wires and cables. 

OUR VERDICT

The Robot Roomba 671 is almost too precise for a robot vacuum cleaner. It does a really thorough cleaning job. On top of everything else, we liked the iRobot HOME app, mostly for the reports and its ability to visualise the cleaning process.

detailed parameters
Сleaning efficiency

Patented 3-stage cleaning system uses dual multi-surface brushes, a specially designed edge-sweeping brush, and strong vacuum suction

Sensors

Wi-Fi connected, Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, iAdapt Navigation, Cliff Detect sensors, Auto-adjust cleaning head, Auto return to the Home Base® charging station

Programming cleanups

Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App

Automatic cleaning patterns

The Dirt Detect technology cleverly detects dirt and grime for more thorough cleaning

Cleaning area per charge

Multi-room coverage

Runtime

Up to 60 minutes

Health benefits

Extra filter

Dust bin capacity

0.6 L

Package

Home Base® charging station, Line cord, Owner's guide and documentation package

Warranty

1 year

PROS

It's made of scratch-resistant tempered glass. And thanks to the BoostIQ™technology, this vacuum automatically increases the suction power when that extra strength is required.

CONS

The dustbin isn't very easy to empty. 

OUR VERDICT

The Eufy RoboVac 11S is a super-powerful cleaner for removing the most stubborn dirt. It's super slim, thus it can vacuum under low-hanging furniture and other hard-to-reach spots where pet hair is likely to lurk. 

detailed parameters
Сleaning efficiency

3-point cleaning system: side brushes, a rolling brush, and powerful suction with BoostIQ™ technology

Sensors

Infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, Drop-sensing tech to avoid falls, Recharges automatically

Programming cleanups

Clean and schedule anytime from anywhere with the EufyHome App

Automatic cleaning patterns

Auto mode, Edge mode, Spot mode, Random mode

Cleaning area per charge

~ 130 square metres

Runtime

Up to 90 minutes

Health benefits

Triple-filter system

Dust bin capacity

0.6 L

Package

Remote control (2 AAA batteries included), Charging base, AC power adapter, Cleaning tool, Extra set of high-performance filters, 4 side brushes, 5 cable ties

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The auto-adjust cleaning head and the model's two wheels let the robot easily pass through 15-mm tall barriers. The dual-hall sensors are able to detect/interact with boundary strips, making sure that the robot finishes cleaning a certain area and preventing the eager vacuum cleaner access to specific areas.

CONS

The robot occasionally sweeps the same spots, ignoring other spots. 

OUR VERDICT

Coredy R500+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner offers mid-range effectiveness and functionality at a budget price point. As far as the price-performance ratio is concerned, this is easily the most attractive deal on the list. Plus, the robot is surprisingly quiet, never going above 60 decibels.

detailed parameters
Сleaning efficiency

Strong 1400Pa suction, main brush, 2 side brushes, mopping function

Sensors

Sensitive Obstacle, Anti-Drop Sensor technology, auto-return to the charging station

Programming cleanups

Pre-set daily cleaning schedule

Automatic cleaning patterns

Auto, Edge, Spot cleaning, Single room cleaning

Cleaning area per charge

Multi-room coverage

Runtime

120 minutes

Health benefits

Dual-layer filter, net filter

Dust bin capacity

0.5 L

Package

Extra set of filters, Remote control (2 x AAA batteries included), Cleaning brush, Charging dock, Power adapter

Warranty

1 year

Neato Robotics D701

Let the Lasers do the Job

The Neato Robotics D701 is pretty much devoid of the usual robotic vacuums downsides. Sure, the model is not cheap. But it is able to do much more than any mid-range robot vacuum.

First and foremost, you can use the Neato application to start, stop, find, schedule, and receive notifications from the robot even when you're not home. The app delegates complete and total control to your fingertips. It is accessible to beginners. The interface is as streamlined and straightforward as they come.

Of course, we've seen Wi-Fi connected robot vacuum cleaners before. That's not exactly where the model is different from your average robot cleaner like that. Where the cleaner is different is its features.

The biggest standout feature is probably the company's very own LaserSmart™ tech. The technology is able to scan and map the entire house, creating a floor plan for the cleaner to follow. Moving in straight lines rather than the usual random pattern, the robot is able to run proverbial circles around its competition on the precision front. These lasers even let the model effectively clean in the dark.

Review of Neato Robotics D701 robot vacuum cleaner with charging station

Zone Cleaning and No-Go Lines

The Zone Cleaning feature is pretty ridiculous too. It is able to effectively target trouble areas in the house on a much more frequent basis. It doesn't necessarily sound that ridiculous but there are many ways the feature is able to actually improve your overall quality of life. For instance, you can send the robot to take care of all the crumbs that always fall to the floor.

The multi-floor plan feature is no joke as well. It lets the model remember up to 3 different floor plans. That's where the No-Go Lines come in. You can set them up on every floor. You'll be able to command the robot where not to go, all whilst preventing the cleaner from getting stuck.

The robot will be able to access every crevice. Its Turbo mode will be able to pick up the deep-down dirt that you can’t see by increasing the brush's speed and suction power. The model’s unique and highly beneficial D-shape design and large core brush let the robot find and pick up dirt hidden in, around, and under every corner.

Last but not least, the model's ultra-performance filter does an excellent job trapping the elements that make us sneeze and itch, capturing more than 99% of the tiniest dust mites and allergens (we're talking about particles as small as 10 microns here).

To sum it all up, the Neato Robotics D701 is easily up there with the best robotic vacuums on the market these days. The model is highly effective. It is well-designed in just about every regard. Its industry-leading intelligence is pretty scary though. We definitely wouldn't recommend displaying hostility towards our future overlord(s).

Neato Robotics D701 robot vacuum cleaner with charging station in the use

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Eufy RoboVac 30C

Hassle-Free Cleaning

If you are looking for a smart cleaning assistant, the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac is your best option.

First things first, the device is fitted with a number of cutting-edge technologies that make the cleaning process way easier. This vac easily connects to the Wi-Fi network, thus giving you the option to control it remotely. You will only need to download the Eufy app, which is compatible with both iOS and Android mobile platforms, and set up the run time and cleaning program you need. With this app, you can control the vac from anywhere and give it voice commands using the Google or Alexa assistant - handy when the vac is out of your sight or when you want to send it to the charging station.

The good thing is, the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac has a long working time of about 100 minutes, which means you won't need to worry about recharging it that often. 100 minutes is long enough to clean most any average-sized house.

For the convenience of users, the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac includes a remote with two AAA batteries in the set.

Another standout feature of the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVaс is that it is really quiet. Fitted with a brushless motor it doesn't produce any noise; if you wanted, you could easily run it at night without worries of waking up your family.

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Slim and Sleek

Now, let's get to details.

The thing hard not to notice is that the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac is very sleek and slim. It looks sophisticated and can provide the best cleaning results thanks to the combo of technologies and amazing suction power of 1500Pa. The vac has large wheels and can roll over elevated objects with ease, making it equally effective at cleaning carpets as well as hardwood floors. The 3-Point cleaning technology consisting of three brushes allows the vac to loosen, extract, and suck in the dirt, and the specialized dual hall-sensors make sure that the vac stays and cleans within the areas you want.

To avoid collisions with door ledges and furniture, the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac is designed with 9 infrared sensors which, upon registering an object, make it change its route without your control or help. All this ensures that this vac provides a superior cleaning and gets the job done really well.

So, if you're looking for an effective and affordable robot vacuum that will give you excellent cleaning and work effectively on all types of floors including carpets, get the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac. For its low price, it will do its job perfectly with no attention required.

Eufy RoboVac 30C Robotic Vacuum Cleaner in the use

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iRobot Roomba 671

Precise and Thorough

The iRobot Roomba 671 is a pretty well-rounded product. But we people that the model owes most of its success to its precision. After all, robot vacuums are still considered to be more of a complementary piece to your regular vacuum as they simply aren't as good at cleaning. The technology has come a long way but a human being with a vacuum cleaner still beats a robot vacuum any day of the week. And while we can't say that the model in question will be able to change this paradigm, it comes pretty darn close.

First, there's the Dirt Detect technology, a technology that, as you would infer from the name, excels at detecting dirt and grime, so you get a much more thorough cleaning job.

Of course, it's one thing to detect the dirt and the grime, but dealing with it is a whole different animal. That is where the company's very own 3-stage cleaning system comes in. It incorporates a dual multi-surface cleaning brush, an edge-sweeping brush, and vacuum suction. The system essentially attacks everything in its way, from some of the smaller particles to large debris. It works equally well with carpets and hard floors.

In all, the iRobot Roomba 671 incorporates a full suite of intelligent sensors. These sensors guide the vacuum around and under your furniture. With their help, the Roomba 671 cleans your floors without getting stuck between the furniture.

Review of iRobot Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

All of the Sensors

The robot vacuum's sensors are its bread and butter. On top of everything we've mentioned above, there's also the auto-adjust cleaning head. The feature allows the said cleaning head to automatically adapt its height. It may not sound like much but the function makes the model much more effective at cleaning carpets.

The cliff sensors aren't too shabby either. They help the device avoid stairs and other potential drop-off areas, so you won't have to worry about your vacuum cleaner's safety.

The only issue we have with it, and we don't quite know whether it is the sensors or the construction, but the model isn't particularly great at dealing with wires and cables. It's not a huge issue but you might want to hide some of them to prevent the robot from getting stuck.

It isn't a game changer by any stretch of the imagination but we would still like to point out the convenient built-in handle of this device. It's a small thing but it really helps pick the robot vacuum up and carry it around the house.

Other than that, just like the majority of its peers, the model is Wi-Fi connected and can be operated via Alexa or Google Assistant.

In short, the iRobot Roomba 671 is almost too precise for a robot vacuum cleaner. It does a really thorough job. On top of everything else, we liked the iRobot HOME app, mostly for the reports and its ability to visualise the cleaning process.

iRobot Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum Cleaner in the use

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Eufy RoboVac 11S

A Slim One

The RoboVac 11S is one of the slimmest robotic vacuums on the market today. It’s only 2.85" tall and can vacuum under low-hanging furniture and other hard-to-reach spots where pet hair is likely to lurk. It easily squeezes under beds, wardrobes, armchairs, or floor-standing cabinets to remove all dirt, dust, crumbs, and hair that have been stuck there. And owing to upgraded wheels, this compact vac can easily climb thresholds up to 0.63-inch high. The vac is great for cleaning low- to medium-pile carpets, hardwood bare floors, laminate, and tile. However, it's not the best option for high-pile carpets.

Although the RoboVac 11S is super-slim, it’s still packed with numerous notable functions. It features a 3-point cleaning system (rolling brush, two side brushes, and super powerful suction) to deliver a thorough cleanup. Also, it boasts 100 minutes of continuous runtime per one charge. So, you can be sure that this mighty one will be able to clean your whole home after a single charge. By the way, the vacuum automatically returns to its charging base once the power is low. The vac has a large 0.6 L dustbox that holds a decent amount of dirt, thus reducing the frequency of emptying.

Another advantage of this model is its super-quiet operation. It produces just 55dB (the equivalent volume of conversational speech), so its operation won't drive your pets crazy. Other highlights of the RoboVac 11S cleaner includes a premium design with an anti-scratch tempered glass cover which ensures extra protection and the drop-sensing technology which prevents the vac from falling down the stairs. Also, it has an infrared sensor that helps it avoid obstacles. Overall, if you need a highly functional cleaner for pet hair removal, it’s a suitable choice. It can reach all those hard spots where other models usually fail.

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Smart BoostIQ™ Technology

The main highlight of this robot is its BoostIQ™ technology of the second generation. The vacuum can automatically increase the suction power up to enormous 1300 Pa within just 1.5 seconds when extra strength is needed. This function may be extremely useful when cleaning some especially dirty spots. 

The only slight downside is that when increasing the suction power, the operating time of the appliance will decrease a bit. So, take this into account and be sure to use the Power Boost mode rationally. We recommend switching to this mode only when you need to remove extremely stubborn dirt.

Eufy RoboVac 11S Robotic Vacuum Cleaner in the use

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Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Accessing Every Crack and Crevice

The Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner is the most affordable model on the list. Considering the robot's price tag, it is pretty remarkable. Let's start with the size.

With its ridiculously thin 7.2-centimetre build, the Coredy R500+ robotic vacuum works wonders accessing every area where dirt and dust hide. It is able to navigate around furniture and under beds, sofas, and other hard-to-reach places.

The sleek, anti-scratch tempered-glass cover allows the robot to mesh really well with just about any modern/contemporary setting.

Incorporating the usual 3-point cleaning system that we've seen in much more expensive robot cleaners many times before, as well as dual edge-brushes, the model is able to work on hard floors and carpets. It will have no issues picking up dust and pet hair.

The model doesn't necessarily trail behind its more expensive competition in the Smart Protection department either. Equipped with anti-collision and anti-drop intelligent sensors, the robot does an excellent job preventing unnecessary crashes and protecting your furniture. The pressure-sensitive soft bumper, with its smart-motion navigation, is able to avoid bumping into obstacles and getting trapped.

Of course, it is not as smart as its high-end counterparts. The robot will occasionally sweep the same spots and ignore some spots. But that's just the way the budget robot vacuum cookie crumbles.

Review of Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner Super Quiet, Auto Charge Robotic Vacuum

Just Passing Through

Going back to the robot's design/construction, we definitely shouldn't have overlooked the auto-adjust cleaning head and the model's two wheels that let the robot easily pass through 15-mm tall barriers.

Featuring multiple cleaning modes, including auto cleaning, spot cleaning, edge cleaning, wet/dry floor cleaning, and max vacuuming cleaning, the robot essentially offers a complete cleaning solution for the entire house/flat.

The relatively impressive 1400Pa suction power and its 2 side brushes enable the model to easily pick up tiny particles, dirt, debris, and pet hair.

The dual-hall sensors are able to detect/interact with boundary strips, making sure that the robot finishes cleaning a certain area and preventing the eager vacuum cleaner access to specific areas.

Long story short, the Coredy R500+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner offers mid-range effectiveness and functionality at a budget price point. As far as the price-performance ratio is concerned, this is easily the most attractive deal on the list. Plus, the robot is surprisingly quiet, never going above 60 decibels.

Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner Super Quiet, Auto Charge Robotic Vacuum in the use

 

What Is a Robotic Vacuum?

Today we can find a lot of smart devices designed to facilitate household chores that we don't like to do. A robotic vacuum cleaner is one of them. It was first introduced to the market back in 2002. At the time it was quite expensive and very few people could afford to buy one. Today, however, robotic vacuum cleaners are quite widespread and can be found in all price ranges. Thus, if you've been contemplating an idea of automatizing home clean-ups, you're welcome to choose one of the vacs we've picked for your review.

Unlike conventional hoovers, the operating principle of robotic vacuums is based on intelligent programming. You will only need to set the mode and schedule the cleaning and the vac will clean for you. One more distinct difference between a traditional cleaner and a robotic cleaner is that the latter usually comes with a remote control and can connect to Wi-Fi, which allows you to run a quick clean-up even when you're away from home.

Even though the average price for robotic vacuums has significantly dropped in the recent years, they are still higher in price than most traditional vacuums. Hence, if you don't manage to find a suitable model among this selection, we offer you to take a look at wet-dry vacs. Being much more affordable, these vacuum cleaners are pretty good for a variety of tasks.

What Features to Compare

Intelligence

The most important feature you should pay attention to is the intelligence of a robotic vacuum or, to be more precise, its navigation technology. In a nutshell, the more logical and smart the technology is, the more effective the cleaning pattern of the robotic vacuum will be. To accomplish this purpose, designers have provided these appliances with useful features and additional attachments. For example, some robots have a bumper with built-in sensors, infrared mostly, and these sensors prevent the appliance from falling down the stairs and help to avoid obstacles, it means that your furniture is protected from damages. Modern models also have sensors that can detect the dirtiest areas and clean them more intensively. Affordable and more simple units usually have two standard cleaning patterns - along the wall and chaotic movement. In the case of more expensive vacuums, they may comprise up to 10 pre-programmed patterns, for example, they can move following a spiral or zigzag paths. You can also buy a truly smart unit with RPS (Room Positioning System) technology which can make a map of your house; it will speed up the process of cleaning because such robotic vacuums know exactly where the obstacles are and will automatically avoid them. The last and the most useful feature is the scheduled cleanups, you may program the vac to clean your apartment for up to 7 times a week.

Cleaning Area

Every vac model has its own recommended cleaning area that depends on maximum run-time per single battery charge. Charging time and battery capacity are the main features to determine the operation time, so the higher the battery capacity is, the larger area will be cleaned. Some robotic vacuums have a charging base where the vac automatically returns when the battery is running low.

Cleaning Efficiency

Depending on clean-up modes, robotic vacuums fall into 2 major types: for wet and dry cleaning. You should probably choose models with wet cleaning feature for a kitchen and office, they will remove all kinds of dirt from tile, stone, and linoleum. Robotic vacuums with dry cleaning feature will be useful for pile carpet and carpet flooring. As to the cleaning modes, some models include up to 5 cleaning processes, though they are more expensive. Such robotic vacuums can sweep, vacuum, scrub in one sweep, and even focus on the dirtiest areas for efficient cleaning.

Health Benefits

Finally, pay attention to the health benefits every robotic vac offers. Engineers provide these appliances with UV light to disinfect the floor, kill bacteria, germs, and allergens. Some models will be useful for pet owners owing to a special brush that helps pick up all pet hair. And the last important feature to notice is a HEPA-filter which can easily trap even the smallest crumbs.

FAQ:

Q: Do I really need a robotic cleaner?

A: Of course, you can continue using your manual upright vacuum. However, if you hate household chores, have no time for regular cleaning, or are restricted in movements due to some health reasons, a robotic cleaner will come in handy. Doing all the dirty work automatically, it will give you more time for other tasks or leisure. The smart appliance will be of great help for old or disabled people who can’t clean their houses manually.

Q: What accessories usually come in the package with a vac?

A: Along with a cleaner itself, the set commonly includes a rechargeable battery, a charging base or station, virtual walls, filters, and cleaning brushes. Some models come equipped with a remote control and may have additional attachments like a mop, spare brushes, and a special tool for cleaning brushes.

Q: How should I maintain or clean my robotic vac?

A: For the robot’s extended service life and flawless operation, you should maintain and clean it on a regular basis. Each manufacturer provides recommendations on maintenance in a user guide. Standard maintenance procedures include timely emptying a dustbin or tub, washing or changing an air filter, and regularly removing debris stuck in between cleaning brushes. In addition, it is recommended to check a drive and caster wheels for clogs.

Q: How often do I need to clean and change the air filter in my robotic cleaner?

A: Everything depends on how much dirt and debris the unit picks up, how often you use your robot, and what manufacturer's recommendations say. In most cases, the filter should be cleaned after every three or four cleaning cycles and replaced every 3 to 6 months subject to the use under maximum suction power. If you're a pet owner, you will need to clean and replace it more often, though. If your robot is fitted with a HEPA filter, you will not need to change the filter for quite a while (HEPA filters are washable and reusable).

Q: How high obstacle can a robot vacuum overcome?

A: On average, the height a common robotic vac can overcome is up to 25 mm. The unit will easily cope with carpet edges, uneven floors, cables, and not too high doorsteps.

Q: What are the main problems I might face with robotic vacuums?

A: Basically, it’s a limited cleaning time due to a battery powered design requiring short breaks for recharge and inability to efficiently clean on corners and wall crevices. However, the benefits you’ll get with a robotic cleaner definitely outweigh these tiny drawbacks.

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