Before the year bids goodbye, we give you our pick for this year’s best robot vacuums. By doing this review, we will be able to develop a specific standard on what the succeeding models must be. Of course, we expect the next-gen of cleaning robots to be better in various categories – cleaning efficiency, navigation, and remote control, and so much more.
Criteria for Judging 2020’s Best Robot Vacuums
There are hundreds of robot vacuums that entered the market this year. Choosing just three out of hundreds coming from different manufacturers is never easy. We weigh in each model’s pros and cons and pit each one against the other to identify the best three robots.
When considering which model makes our cut, we rely on several factors, including online reviews, customer feedback, and sales. However, our primary consideration is the overall performance of each robovac based on the tests that were conducted.
To remind you of the features you need in a robot vacuum, they are the following:
Navigational system: A good robovac can move around the house without bumping into obstacles or falling off the cliff. It must create an accurate map and has sophisticated sensors to tell the robot where it’s going. Robots that go back and forth and wander aimlessly are not what we’re looking for.
Smart programming: You buy a robot vacuum because you want to rest while the cleaner is doing its job. A robot powered by smart technologies will enable you to set up its cleaning schedule, cleaning mode, restricted areas, and other functionalities through voice command, remote control, and online platform.
It’s also crucial that users track their robots’ cleaning remotely through mobile apps or online hubs. This way, they will be more in control of the machine. The hands-free operation helps users who are always on the go but still want a clean floor once they’re back.
Lightweight and compact: A robovac that weighs six pounds or less has a plus point for maneuverability and portability. This weight allows you to carry it anywhere without hassles. Unlike bulky vacuums, a compact robot can reach low spaces like those beneath the furniture. Storing it is easier if it can fit even in the tightest spaces.
Filtration system: The filtration system of the robot vacuum dictates how efficient the cleaning will be. HEPA filters remain to be the best filtration system for cleaning robots. This filter can detect the smallest particles up to 0.9 microns in size. A robovac that uses a HEPA filter together with other types of filtration systems provides better cleaning.
Dirt detection: It’s annoying when the robot you bought is not cleaning the floor properly. It might be because it doesn’t have a dirt sensor that can pick up the smallest particles of dust, pet hairs, and other mess.
The primary reason why you’re getting a robovac is to help you clean the room. Without a sophisticated dirt sensor, it cannot do its job well. This technology directs the robot to the spot that still needs to be cleaned.
Automatic charging: If you want a hands-free cleaning experience, make sure that your robot has an auto-charging feature. This functionality enables the machine to go to its charging station before its battery dies. Once charged, it will return to the same spot it left off.
Battery life: The device’s battery determines how long it can clean the floor in single charging. If you have a big house, you need a robot vacuum with a battery life of at least one hour. For smaller homes, a robot with a battery life of about 30 minutes may be good enough.
Best Vacuum Robots in 2020
Now that you know the features we’re looking for, it’s time to name this year’s best robot vacuums. Out of many models in the market today, we were able to identify the top three robovacs based on the series of tests that we conducted.
We let each one run in our multiroom lab to see how it performs in terms of removing dirt on bare floors and low-pile carpets, vacuuming hard to reach spots, and how well it navigates the room without bumping into obstacles or falling off the cliffs. We also consider its internet connectivity, online privacy, and performance tracking.
iRobot® Roomba® s9+
iRobot® Roomba® s9+ robot vacuum is not a cheap cleaner for sure, but it has all the goods to back up its retail price. Its most notable feature is the automatic dirt disposal system, which enables it to work independently 90% of the time. Other exciting features are the following:
Anti-allergy System: Removes even the smallest specks of dust, pollens, pet hairs, which are known triggers of allergy. These elements are trapped inside and can’t escape back into the air.
Ultra-performing cleaning modes: It uses a 3-stage cleaning process to eliminate deep-seated hair and debris on the floor effectively. It has 40x more suction power than other models to draw in as much dirt as possible. The robot automatically increases its suction power when it needs to clean deeper into carpets.
vSLAM® navigation: The robot intelligently layouts your home and creates a map that guides a robot where it needs to go. When it’s running low on battery, it goes back to its charging station all by itself. Once charged, it returns to the spot where it left off to finish the task.
Included in the Box:
- iRobot® Roomba® s9+ Robot Vacuum
- 1 Clean Base® Automatic Dirt Disposal
- 2 Dirt Disposal Bags
- 1 North American Line Cord
- 1 Extra High-Efficiency Filter
- 1 Extra Corner Brush
Retail box Dimensions 16.52 x 19.63 x 15.75
Box Weight: 26.5 lbs.
Robot Weight: 8.15 lbs.
Robot Dimensions: 12.25 inches width x 3.5 inches high
Battery Type: Lithium Ion
Clean Base® Automatic Dirt Disposal: 12.2” W x 15.1” D x 19” H
Roborock S6 provides a higher level of intelligence compared with other robot cleaners.
Two Eyes: It has a revolutionary twin camera adept at recognizing dirt and dodging obstacles automatically. It also has a stronger suction power for a deeper clean.
ReactiveAI Navigation System:The robot can identify thousands of real-world images. With this feature, the robot can easily maneuver without bumping into hazards to prevent work stops. It can recognize any unwanted obstacles lying around on the floor and prevents the robot from getting stuck into tight spaces.
Secured Data:Roborock S6 keeps your data safe and secure. You don’t have to worry about online security breaches because the robot is certified safe to use by TUV Rheinland, a recognized testing company. Your data will not be duplicated or sent to another vendor.
Included in the Box:
- 1 x Xiaomi Roborock S6 MaxV Black – Vacuum Robot
- 1 x Filter Replacement
- 1 x Sink accessory
- 1 x Mop
- 1 x Cleaning accessory
- 1 x Charging base with mat
- 1 x User Manual
Processor: Qualcomm APQ8053
Suction power: 2500 Pa
Navigation technology: Dual LiDAR camera
2.4GHZ WiFi connectivity
Noise: 67 dB
Battery Usage time: up to 3 hours
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
At first glance, Neato Botvac D7 looks so handsome. But there is more to this vacuum than what meets the eye.
Smart Mapping: One outstanding feature of this cleaning machine is its “no go line,” which is an invisible map that cordons off areas that the vacuum must not enter. These areas could be your working table or your kid’s room, where many toys are scattered on the floor.
Design: Botvac D7 follows Neato’s signature D-shape design and makes it more compact than other models. With this design, the robot can fit into the tightest spaces to clean hard to reach spots.
Cleaning Options: There are several cleaning options to choose from: House, Spot, and Manual cleaning modes. Under House mode, choose between Eco(for a quitter, long-lasting run), Turbo ( for powerful performance), or Extra Care (gentler than the first two). Spot mode allows you to designate a specific cleaning area.
Included in the Box:
- Boundary marker
- Charging cable
- Cleaning tool
- Self-charging base
Neato Botvac D7 Connected Specifications:
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT:
- Height : 3.9 in
- Weight: 7.5 lbs
SETTINGS, CONTROLS & INDICATORS
- Room Navigation: Yes
- Scheduling Presets: Yes
- Smartphone Compatible: Yes
Battery: Usage time: up to 2 hours
Dust Capacity: 0.2 gallon
INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) : Communications Technology – WiFi