Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And whilst we’ve covered lots of technology before — including water flossers, smart TVs, and treadmills — here, we’ve rounded up the best robot vacuum cleaners for everyone, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
With 84 percent of its reviews at five stars, the Bagotte BG600 is almost unmatched in terms of quality. Seventy customers claim it’s easy to use, with one describing the setup process as “a breeze.” Another reviewer, who has two small children, two dogs, and a cat, says they were fighting a losing battle against the debris their floors had accumulated, and after using the Bagotte model, they are “incredibly impressed” with it. An added bonus is the included electronic strips, which, when stuck to the floor, stop the vacuum from crossing over into the indicated areas — for example, if you want to keep it out of the kids’ playroom to avoid a Lego disaster. Even without the strips, however, customers love how accurate the sensors on this device are; one says that as much as they were waiting for it to fall down the stairs, the sensors save it every time.
Best-rated (less expensive) overall
The eufy RoboVac 11S MAX is very popular amongst customers, with 81 percent of reviews at five stars. This version of the RoboVac has the brand’s strongest-ever suction power, and 21 reviewers spoke highly of it, with one claiming that its suction and ability to reach every corner in the house is “quite simply amazing.” The same reviewer, who says they’re “delighted” with their “little helper,” describes a recent oven explosion that resulted in lots of broken glass around the kitchen, and the RoboVac managed to pick up shards that couldn’t be seen by the eye. Another customer, who calls their RoboVac “Bob,” loves that it comes with a cutting tool to remove any tangled hair from its brushes, but they warn that you should tie up any electronic cables lying around the house before using the vacuum; fortunately, this model comes with five cable ties. Twenty-four reviewers were confident that the RoboVac is easy to use, and lots were happily surprised by the variety of mess the vacuum was able to pick up, including hay and guinea-pig hair, amongst other things. Along with the cable ties, it comes with a remote control with two batteries included, a charging base, a power adapter, a cleaning tool, extra filters, and four side brushes.
Best for pet hair
For pet owners, vacuum cleaners need to have enough suction to pick up all the hair and fluff that can accumulate from animals. The Neato Robotics D750 “Pet Edition” comes with an “ultimate pet brush” especially for reaching and sucking up pet hair. Though the price point is higher than some of the other robot vacuums on this list, 34 customers were confident that this model helped with the fur their cats and/or dogs were shedding, with one husky-owning reviewer claiming that this “honestly amazing” robot vacuum picked up so much dog hair, it was incredible. Another happy buyer says that, after skeptically deciding to purchase this for the hair shed by their two rough collies and ginger cat, their expectations have been exceeded, and now there isn’t a pet hair in sight. This vacuum has both an Eco mode and a Turbo mode; one reviewer who used the latter says they were delighted with how well it picked up pet hair and spilled cat biscuits, adding that they don’t know what they’d do without it now. A further 91 reviewers spoke highly of the vacuum’s app, which allows you to choose which zone of your house you want the machine to focus on and to create virtual “no-go lines” which it won’t cross. The Robotics D750 also pairs with Alexa devices.
Best for battery life
All the robot vacuums we’ve listed here share the same charging feature: After whizzing around the house (or wherever you’ve asked the device to hoover), it will return to its dock and charge itself back up for next time. The average battery life before recharging tends to be around one and a half to two hours, but for those with larger surfaces to clean, a longer time between charges may be preferable. This Coredy model holds a full charge for up to 120 minutes, and 31 reviewers spoke positively of the battery life, with one claiming the vacuum covers both the upstairs and downstairs of their home on a single charge. Another customer says they can clean their entire bungalow in one go — they also praise how well this device can find the charging dock from anywhere in the house. It’s worth noting that if you’re using one of the more intensive cleaning modes (the modes include spot cleaning, edge cleaning, max vacuuming, single-room cleaning and manual cleaning), the battery may drain more quickly, as it’ll be using more energy. However, 80 percent of reviewers gave this Coredy model five stars, with 60 buyers confident that it’s easy to use. The device comes with six brushes in total, an extra set of filters, a remote control with batteries included, the charging dock, and a power adapter.
Best quiet robot vacuum cleaner
Compared with a traditional Hoover, robot vacuums are generally much quieter, though some are louder than others. While we’ve featured an older Eufy model here, this 30C model includes extras such as an accompanying app, boundary strips, and Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. It’s also conveniently quiet, according to 76 reviewers. Several claim that, while they may have to turn the volume up a bit, they’re able to watch television over the sound, and one customer wrote that they can use the phone easily while this vacuum is running. Another reported that this “surprisingly quiet” machine doesn’t disturb anyone while it’s cleaning, including their cat. And several wrote that neighbours, little ones, and guests won’t be disturbed or interrupted by the sound it omits. One thing to note, however: If the Eufy 30C does get stuck on a carpet or other obstacle (though it should easily climb from hard floors to carpets or rugs with no trouble), it will start beeping to let you know, which may disturb the peace.
Best with remote control
While many of the more advanced (and expensive) robot-vacuum models can be controlled with an app, some users will find a simple remote control easier instead. Another Coredy model, this simple R650 includes a remote (plus two batteries) to ask the device to cover a different area or return to its port before it runs out of charge. Twenty-two percent of reviewers like the remote-control aspect for various reasons, and many agree that it’s convenient not to have to use both a Wi-Fi-connected phone and an app to control the device. One customer agrees that the remote works well if you want to spot clean or ask the R650 to finish its clean early, as it can sometimes pass over the same section of floor more than once. Another loves that batteries are supplied for the remote control, as nothing is worse than receiving a product and not being able to use it until you’ve purchased batteries. Though this model is simpler than some others we’ve featured here, it still comes with boundary strips, side brushes, and an extra filter. And like the later models of Coredy robo-vacuums, it has boost-intellect technology, which automatically increases the suction power when a carpet is detected.
Best for carpets
For those with carpeted floors in their home, a vacuum that successfully picks up all dirt and debris without any issues is essential. Seventy-seven reviewers of this Ecovacs Robotics N79S happily report that the device worked great on their carpets, with one saying that all the carpets, laminated floors, and tiled floors in their home were easily vacuumed. Another buyer, who owns a Labrador retriever that often sheds hair, says this vacuum has no problem sucking up the sand and fur he leaves behind on carpets. In fact, 32 reviews mention the suction power of the N79S, which is of high importance when it comes to effectively cleaning carpets and rugs. Another customer claims their vacuum managed to climb onto mats and rugs with no issues, as well as “negotiating” a wide variety of floors, including medium-pile carpets. The battery life on this model is also great, with one reviewer writing that they don’t even use half a charge on their entire three-bedroom house.
Best for hard floors
Another Eufy model, this RoboVac 15C is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, works with an app to control the device, and uses a three-point cleaning system. Thirty-two reviewers also claim it’s great on hard floors, though it’ll work well on carpets and rugs, too. One buyer writes that after finally fitting the new wood floor they’d been wanting for years, they hated the sound of their regular vacuum dragging across the surface, but their RoboVac 15C handles transitions between hard floors and rugs or mats with ease, giving them all an effective clean. Another reviewer reports that, while it works on carpets, too, their vacuum is “brilliant” and most effective with the hardwood flooring that covers the ground level of their house.
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