The Best Robot Vacuums

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Based on 7,882 analyzed user reviews

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We recognize that consumers look for different qualities when selecting appliances, which is why we ranked top vacuums according to the features that matter most to shoppers.

Picking a vacuum is no easy choice, so we analyzed some of the most popular models on the market to help make your purchase decision a little less confusing. To narrow down the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites, such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. Next, we analyzed user reviews to see what shoppers were saying about the various attributes of each vacuum.

Here are our top robot vacuums.

The robot vacuums

1. Roomba 650

The Roomba 650 earns high marks from buyers in nearly every category we studied, including performance, durability, ease of use and cleaning.


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Roomba 650

  • Overall score: 8.8.
  • How well it cleans: 9.3.
  • Ease of use: 8.3.

Buyers Like

  • Easy to use.
  • Performs well on bare floors and carpet.
  • Picks up pet hair.
  • Easy to empty and clean.
  • Long battery life.

Buyers Dislike

  • Poor navigation.
  • Gets stuck easily.
  • Can be noisy during operation.

2. Roomba 880


The Roomba 880 robot vacuum appeals to convenience- and performance-minded users. Its included remote control and simple-to-clean design make operation easy.


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Roomba 880

  • Overall score: 8.7.
  • How well it cleans: 8.9.
  • Ease of use: 8.7.

Buyers Like

  • Performs well on bare floors and carpet.
  • Picks up pet hair.
  • Cleans under furniture.
  • Easy to empty and clean.
  • Remote control included.

Buyers Dislike

  • Doesn’t perform well on rugs.
  • Misses sections of rooms during cleaning.
  • Can be noisy during operation.

3. Neato Botvac BV85


Buyers praise the Neato Botvac BV85 for its easy-to-use platform as well as its low noise level during operation.


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Neato Botvac BV85

  • Overall score: 8.7.
  • How well it cleans: 9.6.
  • Ease of use: 8.0.

Buyers Like

  • Easy to use.
  • Performs well on bare floors and carpet.
  • Picks up pet hair.
  • Fairly quiet during operation.

Buyers Dislike

  • Gets stuck under furniture.
  • Can get stuck on thick rugs.

4. iClebo YCR-M05-10 Arte


The iClebo YCR-M05-10 Arte robot vacuum earns points for its quiet operation and long battery life. Consumers appreciate its included remote control, easy setup and optimal performance on bare floors.


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iClebo YCR-M05-10 Arte

  • Overall score: 8.3.
  • How well it cleans: 8.3.
  • Ease of use: 7.4.

Buyers Like

  • Easy to use.
  • Performs well on tile and hardwood floors.
  • Picks up pet hair.
  • Remote control included.

Buyers Dislike

  • Gets stuck under furniture.
  • Doesn’t perform well on rugs or high carpet.

5. Roomba 770


The Roomba 770 is easy to use, and its convenient dirt bin makes cleaning quick and easy.


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Roomba 770

  • Overall score: 8.1.
  • How well it cleans: 8.4.
  • Ease of use: 7.6.

Buyers Like

  • Easy to set up and program.
  • Performs well on tile and hardwood floors.
  • Picks up pet hair.

Buyers Dislike

  • Gets stuck often.
  • Can be noisy during operation.
  • Short battery life.
  • Brushes need to be replaced over time.

6. Neato XV-21


The Neato XV-21 earns high marks for performing well on multiple surface types.


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Neato XV-21

  • Overall score: 6.7.
  • How well it cleans: 8.9.
  • Ease of use: 6.5.

Buyers Like

  • Easy to set up and program.
  • Performs well on bare floors and carpet.
  • Picks up pet hair.
  • Easy to clean.

Buyers Dislike

  • Misses dirt along edges/corners of rooms.
  • Short battery life.
  • Software error messages become common over time.
  • Customer service complaints.

Our analysis

We judged our best robot vacuums based on the following methodology:

Overall: The overall score considers how satisfied buyers are with the vacuum across 10 different dimensions, including factors such as how well it cleans across various surfaces, ease of use, durability and noise.

How well it cleans: This score reflects how satisfied buyers are with the vacuum’s performance on carpet and hard floors, including hardwood, bare, tile and vinyl. This score also reflects how satisfied buyers are with its ability to clean up pet hair and debris.

Ease of use: This score reflects how satisfied buyers are with the vacuum’s ability to maneuver through areas without getting caught, the process of emptying or cleaning out the robot vacuum and whether the vacuum was easy to set up and regularly program.

The Best Robot Vacuums

ProductOverall Score
(1-10)
Buyers Like
Roomba 650
See review above
8.8-Easy to use
-Performs well on bare floors and carpet
-Picks up pet hair
-Easy to empty and clean
-Long battery life
Roomba 880
See review above
8.7-Performs well on bare floors and carpet
-Picks up pet hair
-Cleans under furniture
-Easy to empty and clean
-Remote control included
Neato Botvac BV85
See review above
8.7-Easy to use
-Performs well on bare floors and carpet
-Picks up pet hair
-Fairly quiet during operation
iClebo YCR-M05-10 Arte
See review above
8.3-Easy to use
-Performs well on tile and hardwood floors
-Picks up pet hair
-Remote control included
Roomba 770
See review above
8.1-Easy to set up and program
-Performs well on tile and hardwood floors
-Picks up pet hair
Neato XV-21
See review above
6.7-Easy to set up and program
-Performs well on bare floors and carpet
-Picks up pet hair
-Easy to clean

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