The Best Robot Vacuums for Floors, Carpets, and Pet Hair
Because doing it yourself just sucks.
Unless you have an inexplicable affinity for vacuuming your home daily, you need a robot vacuum cleaner. Why? Because pets shed, kids drop crumbs everywhere, and there are not enough hours in the day to sweep up after them. Which is where the best robot vacuum comes into play. You program it to do the dirty work for you. Quite literally.
When choosing the right robot vacuum, pay attention to its run time on a single charge. Some range from 30 minutes, to 90 minutes. Some are better for rugs. Others are pros at washing your floors. Before you invest in one (and yes, it’s an investment), evaluate whether you’re using it on carpeted or hardwood/tile floors, whether you have pets and need one with extra suction power, and how often you plan to use it. If you want one for hard-core daily use, prepare to spend more. You do get what you pay for. Most of the newer models let you program them remotely, so you can start them while you’re out of the house and come home to sparkling floors.
It’s worth noting that most of them, at some point or other, will get stuck under furniture. It’s just the way it is. But that inconvenience outweighs the many ways they make your life that much easier (and cleaner). And that’s what we call a clean sweep.
This voice-controlled robot vacuum is great if you have areas of your home that get dirtier than others (say, spots near the litter box). It lets you determine which rooms to cleans, which zones to tackle, and virtual no-go zones and barriers, all of which you set from the app. Its suction power is strong enough to lift batteries, which is strong. It also doubles as a mop: You attach the mop unit and adjust the water level. But the standout feature here is run time: This beast goes 180 minutes on a single charge.
Yes, Roomba has a newer model, but this one is our favorite from the brand because it delivers and then some. Its standout feature is the dirt disposal bin, which holds 60 days of dirt, dust and hair. This means that when your vacuum is done cleaning, it returns to its docking station and empties itself out. Trust us. The crud that comes out is nasty, so this is a big thing. It works with Alexa or Google Assistant. It has a 75 minute run time. You can control it remotely and set both cleaning zones and keep-out zones.
Another voice-controlled option, this one vacuums and mops (albeit hardwoods only). It's one of the quietest robot vacuums we've ever used. If you're using standard suction mode, you get 80 minutes of cleaning; you get 40 minutes if you go hard-core with the suction. This vacuum is best-suited for non-carpeted floors, including as hardwood, tile, or laminate.
If your living room resembles a dog kennel, invest in this vacuum. It is the nemesis of pet hair. It works equally well on carpets, tiles, or hardwoods. Unlike other vacuums, this one also cleans in straight lines, so you have fewer missed spots. This vac is also great for multi-story homes, because you can store up to three cleaning floor plans. It has a run time of 120 minutes.
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