“Alexa, have Kendall Roy clean the kitchen!”
If you’ve thought about buying a robot vacuum lately, you might have found yourself a bit overwhelmed. First off, we’ve come a long way since the Roomba was released in 2002 — and that was 20 years ago, just in case you’d like to join me in feeling extremely old for a moment. Today, there are so many options with a wide range of price points and features, making it more difficult to navigate this purchase than a playroom floor covered in Legos. Secondly, I’ve never seen a type of product that generates so many strong opinions in customers (as manifested in countless lengthy and shockingly thorough reviews). People. Have. Feelings. Assuming you don’t get exhausted and give up on the whole thing, by the time you come out on the other end of your research, chances are you’ve read at least a novel’s worth of robot vacuum product features and reviews.
Here’s the good news: You really don’t have to go through all of that. We’ve done the research, read the reviews (you’ll get to read some hilarious and helpful ones below), and rounded up eight highly-rated robot vacuums — in fact, most of them have well over 10,000 5-star reviews on Amazon — that cover a wide variety of features and include prices from budget-friendly to high-end.
Finally, just a few important considerations before we dive in... While amazing and “life-changing” for many reviewers, most robot vacuums are not going to deliver the same cleaning results as a traditional vacuum. You’ll still have to use that one for periodic deep cleans. Plus, most of them are loud because they are actually vacuums. (This seems to surprise people.)
When picking one for your home, you’ll want to figure out which features are important to you; that will help to narrow down the options. For example, if you want smart mapping, a self-emptying dust bin, or maximum suction power, you’ll need to pay more. Also, make sure you pay attention to the floor types that each vacuum is best suited for. Some are designed for all kinds of flooring, while others aren’t going to perform on high-piles rugs and carpeting. While a robot vacuum that doesn’t mention it works on pet hair may still work on pet hair, if you have pets, it’s probably best to go with one that brags about how well it does on pet hair. Capiche? OK, let’s go!
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So, there you have it. Before you know it, you’ll be naming your robot vacuum “Kendall Roy” and using Alexa to put him to work!