With the help of the Neato app, you will be able to start, pause, stop, and view the progress of the cleaning sessions through the comfortable lens of your smartphone or tablet. The LaserSmart floor mapping and navigation system will be able to deliver deep, thorough, methodical cleaning, all with an exceptional digital precision and in a shortened timeframe.
The replacement parts aren't particularly cheap.
Neato Robotics Botvac D5 Connected is a pretty good candidate for the best robot vacuum title if not for the fact that there's simply no other model out there that does such a great job combining exceptional performance and convenient operation.
D-Shape with CornerClever, Combo Brush, Side Brush
LaserSmart mapping & navigation, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Connected, Neato app with Coverage Maps, Smart device connectivity (Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Google Home, Neato Chatbot for Facebook), Self-Recharging and Resume
Scheduled clean-ups up to 7 days a week
Automatic multi-room cleaning, Spot Cleaning (cleaning 2x2 m area with 2-pass cleaning selection)
Up to 420 sq metres
Up to 90 min
Ultra Performance Filter
Charge base, Power cord, Boundary markers (2M)
1 year for the battery, 6 months for the vacuum
This model is designed with removable brush bearings for easy maintenance. You can easily take them off and remove the hair clogs fast and hassle-free.
The robot might detect some dark elements on the floor as holes and bypass them.
A high battery capacity ensures extremely long runtime that makes the iRobot 650 perfect for cleaning very large areas. Adapting to any type of surface, be it tile, flat rugs, or fluffy carpets, it will be an ideal option for those who want the cleaning core to be done in a fast and efficient way.
For carpets, tile and hard-surface floors, 3-stage cleaning system, Side brush
Self-adjusting cleaning head adapts to any type of surface, Level difference sensor detects heights and holes to prevent the unit from flipping over
Pre-programmed clean-ups 7 times a week
"Spot" function ensures the cleaning within the radius of 1m around the vacuum, the Dirt Detect technology cleverly detects dirt and grime for more thorough cleaning
Up to 70 sq metres
AeroVac suction system with a filter
Virtual wall, Automatic charging base, Remote controller, 2 Brush cleaning accessories, Power adaptor, Replacement AeroVac air filter
2 years for the vacuum, 6 months for the battery
A handy remote control with a screen allows you to see the settings and activate different modes and functions remotely without the need to approach the hoover.
Battery recharge will take pretty long.
This model stands out for a great combo of functionality, high performance, and reasonable price. Featuring low-profile design, the Eufy Robo Vac can slide under the furniture, where many other models can't. The Max cleaning mode is perfect for removing stubborn and ingrained dirt from thick carpets.
For carpets and hard-surface floors, Tackles pet fur and allergens, 3-point cleaning system
Anti-scratch tempered glass cover for protection, Infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, Drop-sensing tech to avoid falls
Pre-programmed clean-ups 7 times a week
6 different cleaning modes: Auto cleaning, Spot cleaning, Edge cleaning, Max cleaning, Single room cleaning, Manual cleaning
HEPA style filter
Eufy RoboVac 11, Remote control (requires 2 AAA batteries, not included), Charging base (about 360 min), AC power adapter, Cleaning tool, HEPA-style filter, 4 side brushes
An extra large 0.9-litre dustbin will allow the cleaner to hold a day's worth of dust, so you won't have to worry about emptying the bin on a regular basis. The model comes equipped with a water tank, meaning that it won't just be able to vacuum the floor the same way other robot vacuum cleaners operate but will also present you with a mopping feature.
The instruction manual could use some improvement.
Deik MT-820 will prove to be a pretty good fit for people who live in a small flat. It is one of the most silent models, all of the necessary modes are there, and operating it via a remote controller will be as easy as a breeze.
For carpets and hard-surface floors. Upgraded 3-Point Cleaning System, 4 side brushes
Anti-collision infrared sensors, Self-charging & Drop-sensing Technology
Scheduled clean-ups up to 7 days a week
5-cleaning modes: Auto cleaning mode, Spot cleaning, Wall following, Turbo boost cleaning, Scheduling
Up to 50 sq metres
Remote control, Charging dock (Charging Time 4.5 hours), AC Adapter, 4 x Side brush, Hepa Filter, 2 x Mop
The standard HEPA filter will trap 99.97% of dust particles, thus preventing air pollution. In addition to the device itself, you will receive an AC power adapter, a cleaning tool, 2 filters, 4 side brushes, 1 screwer, 4 screws and, of course, the Li-ion battery and an instruction manual.
Doesn't include the ability to schedule regular clean-ups.
We would recommend Housmile HO-811BR robot vacuum cleaner to customers who do not feel like spending a few hundred pounds on a luxury item but would still like to enjoy all of the benefits that one of these devices can offer.
For carpets, tile and hard-surface floors, 2 different suction modes, 3 in 1 Cleaning, Two Side Brushes
Anti-collision infrared sensors, Drop-sensing Technology
4 cleaning modes: Small Room Mode, Big Room Mode, Edge Cleaning, Spot Cleaning
Up to 150 sq metres
AC power adapter (Charging Time 3-5 hours), cleaning tool, HEPA-style filter, 4 side brushes, 1 screwdriver, 4 screws
Neato Robotics Botvac D5
Connect and Control
Neato is a company that is all about integrating the latest advancements in the world information technologies and communication in their products and the Neato robot vacuum is no exception to that rule. Though there are quite a few interesting things about this model, we would like to start things off by discussing the aforementioned communication technologies as they pertain to this case.
What makes Neato Robotics Botvac D5 Connected special is, as you could probably infer from the name alone, all of the connectivity options. Simply download the Neato app for iOS and Android and you will be able to start, pause, stop, and view the progress of the cleaning sessions through the comfortable lens of your smartphone or tablet. You will also have access to the cleaning summary that contains a boatload of information about the last 20 sessions. Finally, the application will be able to display a coverage map that shows exactly where this intelligent robot vacuum cleaner has already cleaned and where he plans to move next. Of course, not dissimilar to some of the more basic automatic vacuum cleaners, the app will allow you to schedule clean-ups whenever you want. And, aside from the aforementioned dashboard filled with all kinds of cleaning stats, the program includes a so-called "Find Me!" feature that will prove to be useful in terms of identifying the location of the robot around the house.
That said, as much fun and convenience as the app offers, the ability to control this model via an application is not the only thing that makes it one of the more intelligent options on the market. After all, the main purpose of a robot vacuum cleaner is a cleaning one, which is why the advanced LaserSmart floor mapping and navigation system is as big of a reason behind the commercial success of this product as the connectivity options. With the help of the said system, the model in question will be able to deliver deep, thorough, methodical cleaning, all with an exceptional digital precision that puts most other robot cleaners to shame, and that's not to mention the shortened timeframe of its operation.
And while we're on the subject of technologies, there's still a couple of those we feel the need to bring up before concluding this review. The first one is the SpinFlow technology that incorporates effective suction and precision brushes, both of which do an outstanding job scrubbing the floors clean. The other one is the CornerClever technology that works in conjunction with the exclusive D-shape of the model to remove dirt along the walls and in the corners, the places that your typical round robot vacuum will never be able to reach. Of course, we could also bring your attention to the Ultra Performance filter or the fact that this model automatically returns to the charging base when it runs out of juice and departs the moment the battery is full. But we're running out of time here and what we already mentioned should be enough to convince anyone that Neato Robotics Botvac D5 Connected is a pretty good candidate for the best robot vacuum title if not for the fact that there's simply no other model out there that does such a great job combining exceptional performance and convenient operation.
iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum
Clean in a Different Way
The Roomba 650 is a vac manufactured by iRobot brand which is renowned for its innovative iAdapt Responsive Navigation technology (or the artificial intelligence) worldwide. The technology relies on a number of sensors that scan the space in front of the robot and navigate it through a room, avoiding obstacles and stairs.
A user can choose among 4 automatic cleaning patterns depending on cleaning needs. They include spiralling, wall following, room crossing, and dirt detection. In case you need to limit the robot's access to certain rooms you can use the included virtual wall, which will signal the vac to keep away off those places. If needed, you can use more virtual walls. However, they are optional and should be purchased separately.
To keep your dwelling clean and tidy, the Roomba 650 can be scheduled to perform cleaning up to 7 times per week at a designated time, providing you with more time for yourself or other tasks to do. The appliance can also work in two additional modes- Clean and Spot - for enhanced cleaning. In the Clean mode, the vac automatically measures the room area, identifies the level of dirtiness, and adjusts the time required for cleaning. Meanwhile, in the Spot mode, the vac starts to spin intensely in one localized area.
Easy Maintenance and High Performance
A lot of people face a problem of picking up hair stuck on brush bearings and know first hand how tiresome and annoying this process can be. In this regard, the iRobot Roomba 650 greatly differs from many rivals. Owing to the sophisticated protection system, each brush has a removable bearing. So, you can easily take it off and clean from the clogs.
For your convenience, the vac can be controlled with a remote, and if you find this option more convenient, make sure to purchase a remote unit separately. The other advantage of the iRobot Roomba 650 is that it comes based on a high-performance AeroVac™ filter capable of catching the tiniest particles of dust from the air. The maximum cleaning area of this model makes around 70 sq.m on a single charge, which is a good rate and sufficient for most private houses. The unit itself is pretty compact and only 9 cm tall; such a tiny thing can easily reach for most confined places and clean effectively in the corners.
With that said, if you're looking for a robotic vacuum that would cope with all types of flooring and perform cleaning within the shortest time, the iRobot Roomba 650 will suit you well!
Devoted to Innovations
iRobot is a leading global manufacturer, designing and building robots offering a helping hand with daily household chores. The company is a real expert in technologies and innovations, which has been successfully implementing them in robotic vacuums, mops, and pool cleaners for all these years.
The Roomba® vacuum cleaners are an award-winning series renowned for high performance, powerful cleaning systems, and intelligent technologies. One of such breakthrough in technologies that was realized in Roomba® vac is the iRobot AeroVac™ Bin. It maximises the airflow to not only make it possible to pull more hair and debris from brushes, but also in order to throw it back in the bin. This way, the bin doesn't require too often emptying.
Eufy RoboVac 11
Affordable and Diligent Smart Helper
The Eufy RoboVac offers you the functionality and versatility of premium-class models but at a fraction of the cost. See for yourself.
The model belongs to the dry vacuum cleaner type and features 6 pre-programmed cleaning modes: auto cleaning, spot cleaning, edge cleaning, max cleaning, single room cleaning, and manual cleaning. Among these cleaning modes, the max clean mode is obviously the most powerful. It is best suited for deep cleaning and removing stubborn dirt. Thanks to the triple-brush combination, the vac effectively removes ingrained dirt from carpets without missing a spot. The main rolling brush in the centre is designed to grasp more dust, while the side brushes help collect it.
The drop technology along with the advanced navigation system using infrared sensors allows the cleaner to bypass obstacles accurately without a human control. The vac will step over rugs and carpet edges, won’t stuck on uneven floors, and will easily go around table legs and clean in between them. It is clever enough to return to its charging station when the battery is low as well as to stop and beep when the dust bail is full.
Like other robotic cleaners, the Eufy vac features a compact low-profile design. Yet, this model is still thinner than the average size. With the height of only 7.8 sm, it can easily slide under low couches, chairs, and tables to remove hidden dust. It is so small it can get to places where not only you but many other robotic vacuums can't.
With the Ultimate Control in Your Hands
Designed with a user's convenience in mind, the Eufy RoboVac comes complete with a user-friendly remote control. Displaying all current settings on a small screen, it will give you an opportunity to activate and program the unit as well as switching between cleaning modes remotely.
Triple Health Protection
The Eufy will take your cleaning to the next level. The unit is fitted with a triple-filter system for better air filtration in your home. The system comprises a primary screen for catching hair, crumbs and other objects, a foam filter for screening dust particles, and a HEPA filter for trapping mites, spores, germs, pet dander, and other allergens.
A Silent One
Deik MT-820 will prove to be a great choice for people who live in a relatively small flat. The ultimate bachelors assistant, this intelligent vacuum cleaner will relieve you of the cleaning responsibility, thus allowing you to spend that time enjoying some of the better things in life. Of course, you could still employ the services of this device if you happen to live in a fairly sizable flat or a medium-sized house, but keep in mind that the model covers only about 50 square metres of cleaning area per charge, and it takes the cleaner about 4 and a half hours to recharge, so it probably won't prove to be particularly effective in your case.
That said, not dissimilar to some of the more expensive options on the market, you will have the ability to schedule regular clean-ups up to 7 days a week, so there's a good chance that it will be able to keep any living area clean, with the only difference being the time it will take the vacuum to scrub the floors clean. Plus, though it might take more time than other models, the robot vacuum cleaner in question makes up for it with a 0.9-litre dustbin. The extra large size of the latter will allow the cleaner to hold a day's worth of dust, so you won't have to worry about emptying the bin on a regular basis. Furthermore, it doesn't produce a whole lot of noise, so you can just let the robot do its job while you sit back on the sofa and enjoy your favourite series on the telly.
Jumps Through the Obstacles
While Deik MT-820 may not be the most exceptional offer on the market, it does include a thing or two that you will be hard-pressed to find in any other model. For instance, the product comes equipped with a water tank, meaning that it won't just be able to vacuum the floor the same way other robot vacuum cleaners operate but will also present you with a mopping feature. And if that doesn't sound at all appealing to you or you would like to change things up every once in a while, the mopping attachment can be easily removed and added for your convenience.
Aside from the aforementioned ability to schedule cleaning sessions, the model comes equipped with 4 standard cleaning modes that will allow you to switch between different cleaning patterns in order to keep the entire living area as clean as possible. Combined with the double V-shaped brushes, the device will be able to handle any amount of dirt in all kinds of places. Finally, aside from the standard anti-collision infrared sensors, the manufacturers also made sure to equip their product with the ability to jump 15cm in the air in order to avoid smaller obstacles.
In conclusion, Deik MT-820 will prove to be a pretty good fit for people who live in a small flat. It is one of the most silent models, all of the necessary modes are there, and operating it via a remote controller will be as easy as a breeze.
Screw the Broom and the Dustpan
Generally speaking, a robot vacuum cleaner is more of a luxury than a necessity and, as most luxuries go, one of these devices could easily cost you an arm and a leg. That said, there are a few models out there that do not cost quite as much as some of the more expensive ones and the Housmile HO-811BR could serve as a pretty good example of that.
What we have here is a full-fledged robot vacuum that includes the absolute majority of the same features and solutions that are usually reserved for your mid-tier and even high-end products. With a couple of brushes on the side, the device will prove to be a great choice for those people who live with a fluffy companion, especially those of the feline family, since it will be able to pick all of their losing hair. Another couple of things that you will find on those sides, in addition to the one at the front of the model, is a set of sensors that will allow the robot vacuum cleaner to avoid obstacles and to turn away at the frightening sight of stairs. No falling off the stairs means no repairment fees and ruined floors, which is a pretty good thing in our book.
Choose the Mode
Sticking to the theme of features and options that are usually reserved for the more expensive models, we would like to mention all of the cleaning modes that the device comes equipped with. First things first, there are a couple of suction modes that are programmed to accommodate smaller and bigger rooms. Just press the power button once for the former or twice if the room in question isn't particularly small. Aside from those, there are your usual edge cleaning and spot cleaning modes. Hopefully, the names are self-explanatory enough and you'd be able to figure them out on your own.
In terms of performance, this robot vacuum cleaner will be able to offer 90 minutes of runtime, during which the device normally covers up to 150 square metres of cleaning area. The standard HEPA filter will trap 99.97% of dust particles, thus preventing air pollution. Taking into account the 1000 pa of suction power, you can rest assured knowing that the model will handle not just hard-surface floors and tiles but also carpets with relative ease. In addition to the device itself, you will receive an AC power adapter, a cleaning tool, 2 filters, 4 side brushes, 1 screwer, 4 screws and, of course, the Li-ion battery and an instruction manual.
All things considered, we would recommend Housmile HO-811BR robot vacuum cleaner to customers who do not feel like spending a few hundred pounds on a luxury item but would still like to enjoy all of the benefits that one of these devices can offer.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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