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The Best Robot Vacuums on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Homes have become offices, gyms, and even classrooms, so keeping the space within your four walls clean is of the utmost importance for your sanity and well-being. And if your goal is to clean the house from the ground up (literally), the first place to start is the floor. While we’ve written about lots of vacuums — including the best vacuums tested by Strategist editors, the best handheld vacuums, and even the best stick vacuums — here, we’ve rounded up the best robot vacuums, so you don’t have to raise a finger to clean, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

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Best-rated robot vacuum

Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac

“This thing sucks,” jokes one reviewer. “Its suction is much stronger than my Roombas have had.” Thirty percent of five-star reviewers claim to have gotten this robot vacuum to deal with pet hair. “With two dogs and two cats (one of whom sheds enough to knit a sweater each year), my house rarely meets my own unattainable standards,” one writes. “Eufy gets me close.” Many reviewers are surprised by how much dirt and hair this thing picks up even after a first pass. “The floors were vacuumed and steam-cleaned about four days before it arrived, which is an important fact — it’s just the two of us and our little dog, who doesn’t shed, so I honestly didn’t expect it to pick up much at all,” one user explains. “Was I SURPRISED! I ran it four times yesterday to play with all the features and also on auto just to see where it would go. All four times that I ran the machine, the storage bin was FULL of dust, lint, and particles of debris.” Reviewers also comment on the slim design (which gets this model “under the dressers, beds, other furniture, and all the tight spaces that I couldn’t get to with an upright vacuum cleaner,” according to one reviewer) and how quiet the machine is. It’s so quiet, one says, “I don’t even realize it’s operating.”

Best-rated (less expensive) robot vacuum

iLife Pro Robotic Vacuum

“I was super-apprehensive about buying from a brand I didn’t recognize, but let me tell you — I’m so glad I did,” says one reviewer, who bought it as a replacement for a vacuum from a well-known brand and found that this one works much better. One reviewer, who named their new “robot friend” Simon, says, “Simon has picked up so much fur, dirt, dust, it’s unbelievable.” Another reviewer, who has four pets, says they would’ve been satisfied “if this thing would kind of ‘surface clean’ to get the tumbleweed fur,” but that this vacuum does that and so much more. “It also goes from hardwood to our low-pile Berber and rugs without hanging up.” Because of this, more than a dozen describe it as a great value, including one who adds, “We have a large home with all hardwood and tile and this little guy can get the whole house done in a day! While I drink coffee.” And even though it isn’t from a name brand, this vacuum has converted at least one reviewer into a lifelong customer: “If this thing dies — I will replace it in a heartbeat.”

Best entry-level robot vacuum

iRobot Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum

“The baseline model is fabulous,” according to one reviewer. While it “does not connect to your phone, nor can it be set to an automatic timer,” it can “vacuum under the bed, under the dresser, over the air vents, over the door tracks, and on short-nap carpet, shag carpet, tile, vinyl, parquet, and throw rugs — anyplace you want cleaned,” writes one reviewer. According to another, it can even do a “WAY BETTER job” than a regular vacuum. And while it might not have as many features as other robot vacuums, it does have a “‘dock’ button, if you want to send it back to it’s charging station early, as well as a ‘spot clean’ button — which I find particularly useful to clean the more heavily trafficked areas of my apartment,” says one user. It also offers a bit of entertainment, according to one self-identified “lazy millennial”: “You haven’t quite lived until you’re drunk enough to follow the Roomba all over your small studio apartment feeding it Cocoa Krispies and getting giddy when it finally cycles around to catch it.”

Best robot vacuum with Wi-Fi connectivity

iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity
From $250

“I have been eyeing this little piece of wizardry for years and wondering if this could be the tool that could change my life,” one user writes, and for many, this Wi-Fi-enabled robot vacuum has at least made life a little easier. “The app you can use with it is really nice,” one writes. “I can set and change the cleaning schedule from it. It also tells you when it’s time to clean the various parts and includes a video showing you how.” Another plus, according to one reviewer, is that “it will connect to our Echo Dot and so all we have to do is say ‘Alexa, start the Roomba.’” Its Wi-Fi compatibility also means it docks itself, which reviewers also praise. One reviewer, who “let Rambo run until it ran out of power,” says, “It ran for 90 minutes the first time and then went to the dock without prompting.” For many this has proven itself superior to their ther vacuums. As one user says, “I can tell you I am a believer, and my Dyson is crying in the closet.”

Best self-emptying robot vacuum

iRobot Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal

“The Roomba i7+ was a godsend to a lazy bum like me: It empties itself,” one user writes, and others agree that the automatic dirt disposal is one of the best features. “Having the vacuum empty itself saves me from having interrupted cycles while it waits for me to empty it,” one writes, and while one compares the sound it makes when emptying to “the deck of an aircraft carrier” they still say it works like a charm. According to one “multi-generational Roomba owner,” another upgrade in this model is the mapping feature. “My older Roombas seem to ignore my invisible walls half the time,” they explain. “I would try to move them around to control what room is getting cleaned and my wife simply would not use the Roomba because if she wanted one room cleaned it was easier to just go grab the regular vacuum. Now with the new maps you can tell the Roomba to go clean the kitchen. And off it goes and it sticks right to the map.”

Best (less expensive) self-emptying robot vacuum

iRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot Vacuum

This is a slightly older model of the pick above, so it doesn’t come with some of the more advanced features like smart mapping, visual navigation, or custom cleaning options. But it’s still “surprisingly similar” to the upgraded model. “I’ve had this i3+ for about two months and it is superb,” they write. “[The] suction leaves nothing behind, its automatic dustbin is phenomenally convenient. I had the E5 and it was decent but this one runs circles around it and basically [compared to] the i7 it’s a tie … but cheaper.” And for the price, it’s still an excellent self-emptying robot vacuum. One reviewer says the self-cleaning feature is “so worth it,” adding, “This thing has changed my life. It gets into so many corners that I never pay attention to, gets under tables, under chairs. I have a dog and piles of dog hair is a thing of the past.”

Best robot vacuum with mapping

Roborock S6 Pure Robot Vacuum and Mop with Adaptive Routing

“The best thing about this unit is the mapping,” says one reviewer, and more than a quarter of reviewers agree. And though that feature isn’t unique to this robot vacuum, this one seems to map extraordinarily well. The technology is so good that even an engineer was impressed. “It cleans everything, the rotating LIDAR scanner maps out the entire house and every obstacle,” they write. “Some very sophisticated things going on under the hood. My wife showed me the house after letting the robot learn it … I actually asked her where she downloaded the blueprints for our house. It is that precise.” Precise and powerful according to one user who says it is “strong and it picks up everything from cereal, dog food, pennies, cat litter, fur, and every other nasty thing on the floor.”