A robot vacuum won’t mean you never have to lift a finger, or a regular vac again, but it will take over your usual run around the high-traffic areas of a room. You can schedule it to clean while you’re out, so you can return home to a spotless floor and time to relax.
However, if you have to pick up half your belongings, move a heap of cables and chivvy your pets out of the room before you can use your robot cleaner, you’re going to lose a lot of its time-saving magic. Robot vacs work best in a reasonably clutter-free environment, where you won’t have to repeatedly rescue them if they get trapped in a nest of wires.
There are features that’ll help you to manage the interactions between your robot vac and your life. If clutter is an issue, some robot vacs create maps that allow you to zone no-go areas for your robot vac. You can also look out for a model that can identify and avoid obstacles, including wires and shoes.
There are many more considerations when buying, which is why our full reviews accompanying every robot vac in the following chart will give you all the details you need to find the right one for you.
If you’d like more information on features to look out for, skip past the chart and start off by reading our robot vacuum cleaner buying advice before checking out our top ten.
And if you’re in the market for a traditional cleaner, check out our round-up of the best regular vacuum cleaners.
Best robot vacuum cleaners
Roborock S6 Max V – Home security features
- Obstacle avoidance
- Powerful cleaning
- Smart navigation
- Average mopping capability
The S6 Max V is far from budget but it eclipses some of the more expensive robot cleaners in terms of features, as well as cleaning power.
It identifies and avoids obstacles (including pet poop), has an excellent mapping system that easily allows for the creation of exclusion zones and will even allow you to schedule the cleaning of your rooms in a specific order at specific times.
It’s also got something extra in the form of the camera, which you can view remotely from your phone, turning it into a secondary home security device. You can check up on its progress or see how your pets are getting on while you’re out.
Read our full Roborock S6 Max V review
Neato Botvac D7 – Best cleaning performance
- Excellent cleaning
- Sophisticated mapping
- Small bin
- Connection issues in our test
While a robot vacuum cleaner is still a luxurious purchase, the Neato Botvac D7 Connected is one of the best you can buy.
It was expensive when we first reviewed it, but it has now come down to a much more tempting price. Besides, we felt that the performance and convenience were enough to justify the RRP – despite the frustrations we found with the app.
Read our full Neato Botvac D7 Connected review
Eufy RoboVac 30C – Best budget buy
- Home assistant support
- Good suction
- Good value
- Uses physical boundary strips
As with any robot vacuum cleaner the RoboVac 30C will not eliminate the need for a traditional vacuum every so often, but it has sufficient suction power (1500Pa) to keep your floors and carpets tidy on the days you’d rather put your feet up and chill.
The ability to connect it to your home Wi-Fi network for remote operation is cool, although nothing new, but we love the voice assistant integration for proper lazy boy cleaning.
It’s not the newest robot in town any more but at its current low price, it’s one of the best value.
Read our full Eufy RoboVac 30C review
Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid – Most stylish
- Great across carpet and hard floors
- Well designed app
- High-end functionality
- Basic mop integration
- No self-emptying bin
Most robot vacs are interchangeable look-wise (Dyson models aside) but the X8 Hybrid has some stylish bronze flourishes that set it apart from its unadorned competitors.
This mid-range addition to the Eufy stable is worth a look if you want up-to-date features such as LIDAR, mapping and scheduled cleaning but you’re after an option that won’t break the bank.
It’s already available for considerably less than its RRP and if you can find it for a good price, you won’t be disappointed. It’s quiet, powerful, has a 180-minute runtime and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The mop is a little disappointing but we’ve yet to be blown away by the mopping prowess of a hybrid model.
Read our full Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid review
Proscenic M7 Pro – Best features for its price point
- Excellent value
- Laser mapping
- Powerful suction
For its price point, the Proscenic M7 Pro is one of the best robot vacuum cleaners you can buy. It has very powerful suction, it’s quiet and has good climbing ability.
It also has very efficient laser mapping, allowing you to easily create exclusion zones and deep cleaning areas. It comes with a remote and is also Alexa-compatible, although to access the more advanced features, you’ll need to use the app.
The M7 Pro also has a decent mop function but don’t buy it for this, as it’s its least impressive feature.
Read our full Proscenic M7 Pro review
Roborock S6 – Great value all-rounder
- 2000Pa suction
- Laser navigation
- Mapping with no-go zones
- Alexa control is basic
- Mop isn’t as good as mopping by hand
The S6 is a smart vacuum cleaner. It does a great job of cleaning hard floors and carpets, and has plenty of battery power and suction for the task.
It isn’t very good at mopping up ground-in or dried up dirt, so don’t buy it and think it will replace that job as well: it won’t.
Spares are readily available and inexpensive, which is good. The app lets you control the S6 and even choose specific rooms to clean, although we’d love the Alexa skill to be updated so it supports this feature too.
Given that it’s cheaper than a few key rivals and does a better job of vacuuming than most, it’s easy to recommend.
Read our full Roborock S6 review
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 – Best mid-range option
- Laser mapping
- Doesn’t often get stuck
- Mediocre mop
- Hair and debris gets tangled inside
The Ecovacs Ozmo Deebot 920 is a recommended mid-range option. It’ll give you 110 minutes of cleaning time and it’s quiet, operating at a very reasonable 66dB. It has good climbing ability and a 10cm height, making it among the more manoeuvrable cleaners – both under furniture and over obstacles. During our testing period, we didn’t have to rescue it once.
Its Lidar system helps it to navigate an efficient course around your home and you can use its map function to create custom cleaning modes and exclusion zones.
It also has a mop function which works well enough but is sadly no substitute for mopping by hand.
Read our full Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 review
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo N8+ – High quality self-emptying tech
- Empty once a month
- Great mapping and cleaning options
- Automatic carpet detection
- The dock takes up a lot of space
- N8+’s climbing is poor
- Mop is average
If you want to be able to set and forget cleaning schedules, a self-emptying robot vac is a must. Otherwise, you’ll have to remember to empty it each time it runs, or every other time, at least.
If you go for the N8+, you’ll get impressive suction, acceptable mopping and a brilliant mapping system that’ll allow you to set up sophisticated cleaning schedules, with no-go areas marked up. Its carpet auto-detection means it’ll automatically ramp up the power when it encounters a rug or carpet, saving power for when it needs it.
On the minus side, the N8+ isn’t the best climber and got itself stuck more often than many of the robot vacs we test. You’ll also need a big, dedicated space for the oversized dock.
Read our full Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo N8+ review
Dyson 360 Heurist – Best luxury buy
- Compact footprint
- Excellent cleaning performance
- Useful app
- Tiny dustbin
- Taller than rivals
The 360 Heurist is a stylish and powerful robot vacuum that’s instantly recognisable as a Dyson. As is its price tag.
Via Dyson’s Link app, you can schedule vacuuming, as well as map and zone your home for different levels of cleaning.
It has a decent 75 minute running time before it needs to trundle back to its dock and recharge, but this is somewhat offset by its very small bin (0.33 litres).
It doesn’t take up much floor space, which is handy when it’s not in use. However, its height means that it won’t fit under as many piece of furniture as most other robot vacuums. Measure up if you’re considering buying.
Read our full Dyson 360 Heurist review
Yeedi Vac Station – Affordable self-emptying tech
- Self-emptying dustbin
- Good suction power
- Decent battery life
- Some navigation issues
- Not the best mop
- Can only store one map
The Yeedi Vac Station is currently the most affordable self-emptying robot vac we’ve tested.
A self-emptying system is good for scheduled cleaning and for saving you from having to pull bits of fluff and hair from the dustbin by hand. The trade-off is having to find space for a much larger dock.
Yeedi’s offering has very good suction and good battery life but there are some issues you’ll have to compromise on. The first is that when it’s set up to mop, it can’t charge – you’ll have to remove the mop attachment first. Second, it only has space for one stored map, so if your property is on more than one floor, it may not be for you.
Read our full Yeedi Vac Station review
iLife Shinebot – Dedicated robot mop
- Better than mopping by hand
- Only mops, doesn’t vacuum
A luxury item that takes us one step closer to the fully automated home, the Shinebot W400 iLife can support a robot vacuum with automated mopping of your hard floors.
Performance is very good, even without being able to add disinfectant or bleaching agents, and the W400 can comfortably clean around 50 square metres from a single charge. It leaves flat floors almost entirely dry, collecting the dirty water as it passes over an area.
Though it’s not an entirely set-and-forget solution, the iLife Shinebot W400 is certainly a handy gadget to have around – if you can afford it.
Read our full iLife Shinebot W400 review
Ecovacs Deebot N795 – Most affordable
- Lacks intelligent navigation
- Better suited to hard flooring
The N79S is your quintessential robot vacuum cleaner in both design and features.
It’s middle of the road in almost all areas so while it’s cheaper than many rivals, it just has a basic level of performance and perks. It can cope with both carpet and hard floor but bounces around rooms fairly aimlessly.
On the plus side it has a remote control and support for Alexa. If you just want a robot to do a bit of surface cleaning, the N79S is a good choice.
Read our full Ecovacs Deebot N79S review
Robot vacuum buying advice
Robot vacuum cleaners aren’t the cheapest appliance around but the tech is improving all the time, which means that as newer models gain fresh functionality, some really great models that are only a year old will have dropped significantly in price.
If you’re planning to buy, it’s a good idea to get an idea of what features are important to you and find the cleaner that best fits your profile.
Robot vacs will be controlled by a free to download and use app, a remote control or your home assistant. Most have at least two of these options.
But you should also bear in mind that the robot vac will also need to communicate with you. Some will have a display that brings up error messages, while others will speak to let you know that they’re starting to clean, returning to the dock, or have had to pause because they’ve ingested a sock.
If there’s a compatible app, you’ll also get messages and alerts via that, so if you’re away from home, you’ll know if your cleaner got tangled up with a cable or if it made it back to the dock to charge.
One of the most important features of a robot vacuum cleaner is the ability to map boundaries. Less expensive cleaners may come with magnetic strips or battery-operated towers you can use to keep your robot vac away from the top of the stairs or block off a room you don’t want cleaned (for example, if you don’t have time to pick up your floordrobe but…