Robot vacuums are increasingly popular in 2020, faster and smarter than ever. To avoid the most thankless chores, many users fall in love with these small connected vacuum cleaners which will effectively clean your interior automatically whether you are present at home or not, all while allowing you to remain as zen as possible..
Our selection of the best robot vacuum cleaners
Tired of having to vacuum your living room or bedroom every week? Would you rather spend your evening watching Netflix? Buying a robot vacuum, whether entry-level or high-end, will allow you to maintain your home without lifting a finger. Depending on your budget and your expectations, here is our selection of the best robot vacuum cleaners available in 2020. Follow the guide.
Dirt Devil M607
We start with the most accessible and within everyone’s reach. Intuitive, efficient and easy to use, the Dirt Devil M607 is the ideal robot vacuum if your budget is rather tight. For less than 100 €, this model does not do much… but it does it well! The Dirt Devil M607 indeed focuses on cleaning your floor but sins by the lack of several features popular with users: the WiFi connection, to control or program it via your smartphone, or a charging station, which automatically accommodates most of the connected vacuum cleaners. If you are looking for a solution to maintain your fireplace for you, the Dirt Devil has what you need!
Xiaomi Mi Robot 1S
More complete than the Dirt Devil, the Xiaomi Mi Robot 1S is the successor to the first generation of the Chinese manufacturer’s bestseller. He inherits the strengths of his predecessor, notably his Excellent value. For less than 400 euros, you get a powerful robot vacuum cleaner, of good manufacturing quality and which offers a very comfortable autonomy of 2 and a half hours thanks to its 5200 mAh battery.
The Mi Robot 1S vacuum robot has a sensor on board to better orient itself around the house and to separate the rooms. The cleaning time is programmable for one or more parts at a time. We will also appreciate the very clean interface of its mobile application, voice control thanks to the personal assistant Xiaomi AI speaker, an alternative to Google Assistant and Alexa. The precise mapping that allows you to scan your interior to define the areas to be cleaned!
iRobot Roomba 960
The iRobot Roomba 960 offers one of the best value for money in the iRobot range in 2020. It shines with the simplicity of its iHome app that is packed with control features. The robot embeds 6 optical sensors that allow efficient mapping of the interior space and precise coverage of the areas to go or avoid depending on your needs. Its AeroForce system provides powerful 3-step cleaning to completely vacuum dirt, animal hair and other encrusted debris.
Thanks to Dirt Detect dust sensors, the dirtiest areas are detected automatically for a deep cleaning with its 2 multi-surface brushes that adapt to different types of surfaces, whether carpets, hard floors, etc. When it runs out of battery life, the iRobot Roomba 960 robot vacuum automatically returns to its station and then resumes the cleaning cycle after recharging. It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa for voice control.
This robot vacuum cleaner is a real master key that allows you to clean all your rooms in depth and intelligently avoiding all types of obstacles and accessing the least improbable corners after a 3D mapping of space, thanks to its 12 sensors including an LDS, an ultrasonic radar, not to mention its gyroscope and its accelerometer. The capacity of the dust box is 0.48L.
Its suction power is 2000 pa and it offers an autonomy of 2.5 hours thanks to its battery with a comfortable capacity of 5200 mAh. Do not hesitate to consult our review of the Roborock S50 which pleasantly surprised us with its ease of handling, its design and its efficiency.
Neato Botvac D701
Are you looking for a complete and versatile robot vacuum cleaner? There’s nothing like the Neato Botvac D701 with all of the latest manufacturer’s features to ensure you get a great clean. Its LaserSmart navigation system scans all your parts at 360 degrees and creates precise maps for flawless efficiency, whatever their size. Its flattened shape on the side extracts debris and dirt from all angles, especially along walls, better than fully round robots.
A turbo mode allows you to shift to higher gear to vacuum more powerfully the dirtiest areas or with heavily encrusted debris. The Neato Botvac D701 robot vacuum offers up to two hours of battery life, a comfortable margin for a thorough cleaning.
Samsung PowerBot VR1DM7020UH
If you are a fan of Samsung products, we cannot recommend PowerBot highly enough, a powerful 80W robot vacuum with a motor Digital Inverter with Cyclone Force for the most comfortable performance. Each brand goes there with its mapping technology. The Korean manufacturer for his part relies on its Visionary mapping Plus solution for a thorough cleaning of all your parts.
Added to this is Edge Clean Master technology which detects walls and systematically deploys an additional brush to suck up dust from baseboards and corners. The advertised autonomy of this robot vacuum cleaner is one hour. Thanks to the “cyclone” mode, the dust is perfectly compressed in the container to optimize the suction volume and the latter is emptied very easily.
Dyson 360 Eye
Priced at € 1,000, the Dyson 360 Eye, although it is no longer very young, has established itself as one of the very best vacuum cleaners in the ultra high-end category. Thanks to its versatile charging base, its very successful futuristic design, its most advanced navigation system and its excellent connectivity. Its comprehensive application offers many practical options. If you have the means and a big house, this is the model for you!
🤔 Why choose a robot vacuum cleaner?
The time has finally come to change your good old vacuum cleaner and you hesitate between choosing a classic sled model, a stick vacuum cleaner or the new generation of intelligent robot vacuums. The latter category is increasingly popular for several reasons. Robot vacuums are not only effective in cleaning all types of surfaces, but they are also and above all fully autonomous and that is what makes all the difference.
With robot vacuum cleaners, no more household chores. They do all the work for youwhether you are at home or at work, thanks to their programmable aspect. They move around the room on their own, avoid obstacles and clean all types of surfaces: hard floors, parquet floors, rugs or even carpets. Usually carrying a rotating brush and side brushes, most of them have enough power to rid surfaces of all dirt with smart sensors that automatically adapt the power as needed.
In addition, robot vacuums can be programmed to clean multiple rooms in your absence. Best of all, when they run out of range, they are able to return to the charging station on their own. These vacuum cleaners are not equipped with a bag but with a simple plastic tank which will have to be emptied regularly.
👍 The characteristics to take into account
Obviously, not all robot vacuums are created equal. Some models are more complete than others. To make the right choice, it’s important to pay attention to the criteria that matter most to you.
The dimensions : Being a go-anywhere vacuum par excellence, it is important to ensure that its dimensions allow it to access the important places for effective cleaning. Your robot vacuum cleaner must be able to go under furniture (the legs of a chair) for example. Its diameter and height must therefore be reasonable. The weight on him is not very important since he moves on his own.
The programming : Robot vacuum cleaners are programmable in various ways. You can schedule a complete or localized cleaning of a room, choose a frequency (daily or weekly), etc. Some models can be started and controlled remotely via the WiFi network.
Charging : the charging time may vary between 1 and 8 hours depending on the model. Some robots are able to reach their charging station on their own. For others, however, it is necessary to manually connect them to the charger.
Autonomy : this is also an important criterion. Depending on the size of your interior, watch this criterion closely. Although some models charge automatically when a certain reserve threshold is reached, good battery life allows you to launch faster and more efficient sessions and therefore reduce the robot’s uptime.
The brush types : robot vacuum cleaners can be equipped with one or more brushes. The central brush that takes care of flat and easily accessible surfaces. The side brushes are designed to clean the floor along walls and in corners.
Tank size : robot vacuum cleaners are bagless and therefore equipped with a tank to be emptied regularly. The capacity generally varies between 0.3 and 0.6 liters, or even more for the larger models. Depending on the size of your interior, choose a model that offers a comfortable size, especially for remote cleaning.
💲 Robot vacuum cleaners: what prices?
Robot vacuums cover a wide range of prices: around a hundred euros to € 1,000, or even more for ultra-high-end models like the Dyson 360 Eye which is offered at a price of € 1,000. Your budget will undoubtedly determine the choice of model. You will find a good compromise with quality robot vacuums sold between 400 and 500 €. Below, it’s hard to find a model of acceptable quality but the Dirt Devil M607 is doing pretty well at the entry level for a price of around € 130.