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The Best Robot Vacuums on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written before about a certain age-defying German vacuum, the best vacuums on Amazon, the best handheld vacuums, and even reviewed the new Dyson, here we’re breaking down the best robot vacuums on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best robot vacuum for extra-thick carpets

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity

“I have had this for three months, and now I couldn’t ever live without one. I have three kids, a dog, and recently acquired two kittens. I have relatively thick-pile carpet and this little guy is phenomenal. We ended up getting a second one as well as the accessory kit. What you may not realize is that because it does all the work, you end up vacuuming every day rather than weekly. I am confident the allergens and dust have improved dramatically. Wish I had two more — I won’t ever go without one!”

Best robot vacuum for medium-pile carpets

Eufy Boost IQ RoboVac 11S

“I love everything about this product! Works exactly as described. We have kids, a dog and cat, and this vacuum helps me keep up. Operating time is great, it accomplishes quite a lot and returns to its base for charging. The collection reservoir capacity is fairly substantial given the size of the vacuum. It transitions from tile to carpet to rugs with ease and doesn’t fall down the stairs. I no longer have to move furniture to vacuum because this one can go under it. The price is unbeatable, plus I love the color and remote.”

Best budget robot vacuum

Housmile Robot Vacuum Cleaner

“This is my first experience with a robotic vacuum. This vacuum has a slim design and gets under the dressers, beds, other furniture, and all the tight spaces that I couldn’t get to manually. He saves me a lot of time, functions smoothly, and picks up hair and other dust from hardwood floors.”

Best Roomba robot vacuums

iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum

“I find myself more impressed with Roomba the more I watch it navigate. I’m still not impressed with the path-planning algorithm, and I stand by my original statements, but after figuring out how the algorithm works for the most part, its simplicity is rather elegant. I only use it on hard surface floors, so I don’t know about carpet, but it works incredibly well for the hard surfaces. I am shocked by how much it finds every day, with three cats and two kids, there are always messes, but this thing can keep up with it and more. Where I’m extremely impressed, given I’ve designed a control system for a four-wheel, independently actuated, autonomous rover, is the navigation system they designed. The mobility of this little rob is incredible, working its way around obstacles (furniture, shoes, random objects). It can get into tiny areas where it barely fits, then it can find its way out, which is not an easy feat.”

iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity

“This is well worth its price. I hate housework, and particularly vacuuming and sweeping, but I have pets who shed, and this is the best purchase I’ve ever made in terms of helping me with housework. I turn Roomba on when I leave the house, and when I come back, she’s either finished vacuuming or is still working. At first, she would get caught on things, but now that she knows her way around, I can turn her on and go out and not have to worry about her getting stuck. It’s also really easy to clean out the dust receptacle.”

Best robot vacuums for cleaning up pet hair

Shark Ion Robot Vacuum R75

“I have an Australian shepherd who blows his coat twice a year (a.k.a. sheds all day, every day). If you don’t keep up with the hair … it’s like the Wild Wild West. I came across this Shark Ion robot vacuum by chance. It has been well worth the $350 I paid. It does a wonderful job of picking up the dog hair; I was actually surprised of how much it actually picks up. It also does a really good job of picking up the fine debris such as dust, dirt, and sand. Also on larger debris such as dog food, leaves, grass, bark, and other things that get tracked in from the bottom of shoes. I have used my upright directly after a robot cleaning just to see how much more I would get up, and honestly, I was surprised that it was minimal hair and debris.”

bObsweep Pet Hair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop

“We recently received our bObsweep Pet Hair Plus and are extremely pleased. Owning a golden retriever who practically sheds a new dog everyday makes vacuuming each day a necessity. Throughout our home we have laminate floors, ceramic tile, and rugs. This robot does a superior job on all of our surfaces. The suctioning power is incredible and the side brush gets items at the edges of the floor and corners. We are especially impressed with how well it does on the rugs. Previous vacuuming robots we’ve owned (a different brand) did not do a good job on rugs and we had to resort to using a regular vacuum. This bObsweep does as good a job or better on the rugs as our upright vacuum! The dustbin is relatively large and easy to empty and clean.”

Best mopping robot vacuums

iLife V5s Pro Robot Vacuum Mop Cleaner With Water Tank

“I waited ‘til I’d used this robot for a few weeks before reviewing it, thinking it might crap out on me somehow. After running it at least a dozen times, and also trying out the mop functionality, I gotta say this is the best robot slave I’ve ever used. Kicks the crap out of our old Roomba and costs half as much. This sucker comes with a separate water tank (which I absolutely loaded with Orange Glo hardwood-floor cleaner) and automatically goes in a slower, steadier pattern when mopping. It very slowly drips out the solution to be absorbed and mopped around by the microfiber cloth attachment covering the rear underside of the robot. Works really great.”

Roborock E25 Sweeping and Mopping Robotic Vacuum

“I have all hardwood floors in my one-story house and the mopping feature is great! The vacuum has a large deposit tray, so I don’t have to empty it out every day. I like that the filter is washable, so I can really get rid of all the past dust mites. I was worried that the Roborock would be a difficult install, but the app made it simple.”

Best robot vacuum with an air filter

Ecovacs N79S Deebot

“When I bought this little wonder, I didn’t really consider the impact it might have on my quality of life. I have a quite severe reaction to household dust. Even wearing a basic filter while vacuuming with a high-quality HEPA vacuum, I have breathing issues due to the dust that is stirred up as a result of the process of vacuuming. Since I can schedule the Deebot to vacuum at the beginning of my workday, by the time I return, there’s no perceptible dust lingering in the air at all. The filter in the vacuum is adequate to trap very fine particulate matter, and by the time I get home, returning to a nicely vacuumed apartment, the air is dust-free. I cannot overstate the improvement to my quality of life thanks to this little vac.”

Best laser-sensing robot vacuum

Roborock S5 Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner

“Words cannot describe how I feel about this vacuum cleaner. It is legitimately the most advanced and impressive piece of technology I have ever owned. Every day I wake up feeling absolute bliss that the annoying chore of vacuuming and mopping is something I will never have to deal with again. The most impressive part of the S5, and what separates it from all the competitors, is its mapping system. If you open the app when the vacuum starts, you will be amazed. The laser begins to map the room in extremely fine detail. You can see every couch, every chair, every little toy left on the ground. And this vacuum is fast. It navigates around obstacles and cleans in an extremely organized fashion. Sometimes I waste hours of my time just staring at it because I am so amazed by the technology.”

Best robot vacuum with a long battery life

iLife V3s Pro Robotic Vacuum

“Look no further — and it’s a steal. It’s been six months since I got it and I don’t know how I ever lived without it. I have two large dogs with medium and short hair. This vacuum has changed the way my entire house feels and I can’t believe how good of an actual cleaner this thing is. It has really good suction, and the dual bristles cover a lot of area at once. The battery life is unbelievably long. Not to mention that it picks up all types of dirt no matter what size. If you’re hesitating, don’t.”

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The Best Robot Vacuums, According to Amazon Reviews