iRobot Roomba 965 Bagless Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Thanks to bagless cleaning and 75 minutes of run time from a single charge, cleaning your floors has never been quite so simple.
An iAdapt® 2.0 navigation system remembers where it’s been in your rooms, so it won’t waste the battery life going over the same spot in your room over and over again. Every inch of dirt will be collected. When it needs a boost or a rest, it can take itself to the charging point, do the job, and then pick up where it left off again.
If you do want to give it some instructions, then the iRobot Home app allows you to control it from anywhere. Whether it be your sofa, while your in the bath or the same time every single day when you’re at work, just tell it to get going or set a schedule.
Cliff detection sensors should keep it safe if you have split-level rooms or are doing the landing. It is also pretty quiet when in use; you certainly won’t notice it over the TV or talking.
The dust compartment isn’t huge, and it can fill rather quickly, so while it can indeed be left to its own devices, this needs frequently emptying which can stop it in its tracks. It is quite shallow in height so can get under the sofas, chairs and tables which may otherwise be neglected, so naturally can fill up a lot.
Having said that, it is a minor issue and does not change our minds about the fact it is one of the most efficient robot cleaners on the market.
- Seems reliable
- Small dust collection tub
Robot vacuums still have a while to go in terms of efficiency, but this is one of the most advanced to date.
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 35 x 35 cm Capacity: 0.6L
DYSON Robot 360eye Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson has recently revealed they are only going to be working on cordless vacuum cleaners in the future after their success, but this 360eye is their first exploration into the robotic vacuum world – and it seems to also be a success. It is super powerful for a product in its category, which is great if you want a device which can tackle the majority of your day-to-day mess. In fact, suction levels are twice that of the majority of others.
The 360-degree vision system ensures no spot is missed, creating a calculated cleaning pattern and remembering where it’s already seen to. The V2 spin motor will pick up dirt from any floor type, automatically adjusting all of the necessary settings. It is built for carpets and hard floors and can flow seamlessly between the two.
You can set a timer to get it working while you are at work, still in bed or simply got other things to be doing. There are still a few problems as with all robot vacuums, such as having to accident-proof your home and it occasionally getting stuck or lost, but it is the start of a great advancement we feel. Yes, it is expensive. But as seeing 17 years of work and engineering went into making it the best it can be, it could be worth paying that.
- Can only work during daylight hours
If a robot vacuum is a must, then this one will be the best at tackling the dirt despite its few downsides
- Power: 160W
- Capacity: 0.3L
- Weight: 3.7kg
- Noise level: 70dB
Dyson 360eye robot vacuum user manual
NEATO Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner
If you want a smart robot vacuum cleaner, then this WiFi-enabled option is a great choice.
Firstly, its unique D-shape design makes it easier to get into all those hard to reach edges and corners, rather than the traditional round design. Using LaserSmart navigation, it scans the room and detects the areas most in need of attention, as well as avoiding furniture and other obstacles.
The Botvac Connected app lets you control it from anywhere. So if you are at work and fancy the floor being clean for when you return home, simply power it on. You can also set schedules, and it will give you notifications. Or, you can ask it to clean one area twice for an extra boost. Just look at the coverage map to see where has been attended to already, from the past 21 cleans.
It is great at picking up pet hairs and has two different modes depending on the level of clean needed. Eco mode saves energy and is quieter, whereas Turbo mode is a lot more powerful and will tackle trickier tasks.
The lithium-ion battery lasts longer than a lot of other models we reviewed, and it will return itself to the charging dock when needed. The dust collection bin is also on the more generous side.
- WiFi and iOS/Android compatible
- Automatic multi-room cleaning
- Expensive (but understandable why)
- Notifications to phone can be delayed
An innovative vacuum which has resolved the problems of a lot of traditional robot vacuums, with a technological boost - the future of vacuuming
- Power: 36W
- Capacity: 0.7L
- Weight: 3.7kg
- Noise level: 70dB
NEATO Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner User Manual
Deik Robot Vacuum Cleaner
With a wide brush to minimise trapping rugs and two side brushes, this Deik robotic vacuum will collect most things in its path thanks to the powerful suction.
There are five in-built cleaning modes – the new S-shaped route enabled by a built-in gyro sensor, auto cleaning, spot cleaning, wall follow cleaning and Turbo boost cleaning. So whatever the cleaning needed or shape of your room, the vacuum can optimise its cleaning technique and adapt.
The sensors have also been improved compared to older models, so there is less chance of it bumping into any furniture and walls as it moves. It can also sense a change in floor materials, adjusting its height and power moving to laminate and hardwood from carpets or rugs.
If you want it to work at certain times in the week, such as 9pm every weeknight, simply programme the settings. It will return itself to the charging bay when needed, and the larger than usual 900ml dustbin means it can go for longer before being filled.
There is a HEPA filter included for anybody with allergies.
- Works well with pet hair
- Great price
- Strong suction power
- Still gets confused in small spaces - best with open plan living
No robotic vacuum is perfect, but this one comes very close for an absolute steal of a price
- Power: 30W
- Capacity: 0.9L
- Weight: 4.78kg
Deik Robot Vacuum Cleaner User Manual
IROBOT Roomba 865 Robot Vacuum Cleaner
To save you a job, the Roomba 865 can detect the areas of your floor which are most in need of cleaning and get to work immediately, automatically changing its route to cover where it is required.
Its slim line design means it will be able to easily fit under furniture and other hard to reach places you can easily forget to take care of manually, and the brushless design means there’s no risk of pet hairs tangling the appliance (or it getting caught up in loose cords).
The full bin indicator lets you know when it needs emptying to keep it in top condition, but this is about the only thing you need to do to take care of it. It automatically docks and recharges itself when required, so won’t suddenly stop mid-clean, and is always ready when you need it. It will last for 60 minutes on a 3-hour charge.
With an in-built cliff detection sensor, you also don’t have to worry about it dropping off any high surfaces. The low noise level means that you will barely notice when it is cleaning.
Suitable for use across all floor types, including laminate and tile, this Roomba model can tackle dirt in any room.
- Dirt detect feature
- Automatic recharging
- Multi-floor use
- Can get confused if the room is messy
Won’t quite replace your manual vacuum but is one of the most trustworthy and efficient robot models out there
- Type: Robot Cleaner
- Power: 14.4V Lithium-Ion Battery
- Capacity: 0.6L
- Floor Types: Carpet/Hard/Laminate/Tile
- Sound Power Level: 58dB
- Weight: 3.8kg
IROBOT Roomba 865 Robot Vacuum Cleaner user manual
Miele RX1 Scout Robot
Robot vacuum cleaners are both space and time saving, and the Smart navigation feature of this machine means it can get to work with little surveillance. With a huge 120-minute battery life, it can easily cover a lot of ground.
There are an integrated gyro sensor and a high-quality digital camera on board, which registers all movements and continually scans the ceiling to ensure all area of the room is covered. There are also seven infra-red sensors which persistently scan the 180° area in front so as not to cause any collisions and three sensors which safeguard it from tumbling down any steps. It is also able to handle any height differences of up to 2cm, so any rugs which are in its path won’t be overlooked.
Two long brushes around the outside of the device pick up any debris sitting on the edge of the room or furniture, which is then pushed towards the centre of the appliance. From here, it is picked up by a beater bar and fan and transported into an internal dust box. The inclusion of an AirClean filter makes sure even the smallest dust particles are taken care of. The Scout RX1 features a timer, so you can set the machine to start working and have the job done before you return home from work. It is very quiet, so will not disturb you even if you are in the same room.
Although it is not substantial enough to replace your powerful non-robotic cleaner, it is a good option for those in-between dust-busting cleans.
- Packed with safety features
- Will continue relentlessly – battery permitting
- Great on hard floors
- Timer feature
- Sometimes gets stuck if room is messy
- Less suction power than a manual hoover – to be expected from such a small device
- Wouldn’t replace an ordinary vacuum cleaner
A novelty item that takes the effort out of quick cleans and constant monitoring.
- Power: 200W
- Sound Power Level: 60dB
- Energy Efficiency: A
- Capacity: 0.6L
- Weight: 2.9kg
- Floor Types: Hard/Carpet