The best robot vacuum cleaners

Cleaning doesn’t have to be such a chore with these high-tech robot vacuum cleaners that do the work for you and look pretty cool, too

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No one likes doing the vacuuming, but what if you could hand this mundane task over to your very own personal cleaner? Robot vacuum cleaners are the new cleaning gadget on the block thanks to the likes of Samsung, Dyson, Hoover and many more. Not only are they super cool but they can be really handy for those with mobility issues or those who simply really, really dislike doing the chores. 

Now, there are certainly some downsides to these gadgets, in that they run on batteries and cannot fully replace the suction power of an upright vacuum cleaner, but they have a whole host of perks, too. A robot vacuum cleaner is much smaller, meaning it can get into those nooks and crannies you just can’t reach with a standard vacuum, such as under the bed. They also come with handy accessories known as ‘virtual walls’ which allow your new little friend to know what areas are out of bounds, so it doesn’t end up trashing the place rather than cleaning like it’s supposed to. 

These little gadgets use unique sensor technology to move around the home, or you can choose to use a remote control to guide it to the exact spot that needs cleaning and some have different settings meaning they can adapt to different floor types, including carpet and hardwood floors, automatically when going from room to room. 

Robot vacuum cleaners can also be controlled by an app which means you can hoover your home from a remote location – cleaning the house has never been so easy! They are intelligent enough to remember a map of your home so that they can easily return to their charging station once the job is done. 

Although a little pricey, these smart vacuums will certainly make your life a whole lot easier, and whether you want to a budget option to see what all the fuss is about, or you’re looking to adopt a robot vacuum to become a vital member of your smart home, our top 5 list has it all. 

1. Dyson 360 Eye

A robot vacuum cleaner with powerful suction

Specifications
Best for: Best of the best
Battery life: 40-90 mins
Control: Smartphone
Virtual walls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Detects drops+ Good suction 
Reasons to avoid
- A little noisy 

This little fella is a super-smart, speedy robot vacuum that will have your home spotless in no time. Users have said that it lives up to Dyson’s suction standards and is particularly good at removing pet hair from carpets. It’s a little slimmer than some meaning it can get into tricky areas such as between chair legs and a lot of people have said that this vacuum has not had any problems with manoeuvrability (although if he gets stuck he will call for help!). The Dyson 360 Eye maps the space around it to ensure it knows where it is heading and rarely bumps into obstacles as a result. It also boasts excellent suction which, while it won't replace your upright vacuum, certainly means you'll have to do a major vacuum much less frequently. The Dyson has to take our number one spot, not only because of its excellent functionality, but because reviewers really struggle to find fault with this device.

2. Neato Botvac Connected D5

Have ultimate control with this smartphone connected device

Specifications
Best for: App control
Battery life: 120 mins
Control: Smartphone
Virtual walls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Schedule cleaning times + Great for pet hair 
Reasons to avoid
- Gets stuck sometimes 

You can have total control of this Neato Botvac with just a simple app on your phone. You can schedule cleaning anytime, from anywhere so you don’t even need to be at home to get the chores done. This robot vacuum cleaner is very intelligent, however you must make sure your Wi-Fi connectivity is strong enough, because if it cuts out the Botvac will forget what you’ve told it. It can get stuck sometimes, but compared to other robot vacuums it is a lot quieter and is particularly good for those with allergies as it picks up pet hair very well.  

3. iRobot Roomba 980

One of the first robot vacs that is still a strong contender

Specifications
Best for: Cleaning the whole house
Battery life: 90-120 mins
Control: Smartphone & Remote
Virtual walls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ High-efficiency filter + Multi-surface detection 
Reasons to avoid
- Loud  

The iRobot Roomba 980 is one of the more efficient robot vacuum cleaners on the market with its intelligent sensor that can detect different surfaces so that it changes its cleaning method as it moves from carpet to hardwood flooring, for example. Similarly to the others on the list, the Roomba 980 can also be scheduled to clean from your smartphone and it is also Alexa and Google compatible for total voice control. Battery life is reported as pretty good, but if you’ve given it a big job and it doesn’t have enough power to complete it, it will automatically return to the charging station for more power before resuming the task. A pricey choice.

4. AirCraft Vacuums Pilot Max Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

A filtered robot vacuum that is great value for money

Specifications
Best for: Budget buy
Battery life: 120 mins
Control: Smartphone & Remo e
Virtual walls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ HEPA Filter + Quieter than most 
Reasons to avoid
- Goes rogue from time to time 

If you think the Dyson or the iRobot sounds impressive but you can’t justify spending that much money on a piece of tech to clean your home, then why not try out the Pilot Max Robotic Vacuum Cleaner? It’s a fraction of the cost and if you’ve got allergies, this little guy can do all the hard work for you so you don’t end up coughing and spluttering everywhere every time you vacuum your home. It has a HEPA filter, which means you should definitely notice less dust in the air, ultimately making your home feel much fresher from top to bottom. This model doesn’t come with virtual walls, so he can end up going slightly rogue, making you question the method behind the cleaning. Just don’t trip over him while he’s in action! 

5. Miele Scout RX1

A great navigator for full coverage when cleaning

Specifications
Best for: Navigation
Battery life: 120 mins
Control: Remote
Virtual walls: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Gentle around obstacles + Smart navigation 
Reasons to avoid
- A bit slow 

The Miele Scout may not be as high tech as the others on the list, but is a loyal contender nonetheless. This is one of the best robot vacuum cleaners for hardwood floors as the smart navigation system means it rarely goes charging into things. The sensors are able to detect corners and obstacles well so that it aims to gently glide past them without causing any damage to your furniture. This can sometimes mean cleaning is a little slower than other models, but if you’ve got a small home then you shouldn't notice an inefficiency. You don’t have smartphone controls with this one but you can still schedule it to clean while you’re out so you can come home to one less chore to do.