Vacuum cleaning has to be the most hated of all household chores. It’s noisy, backbreaking, and takes forever. It’s not surprising then that the robot vacuum cleaner industry is making huge inroads in the appliance market.
Robot vacuums are small and unobtrusive, they’re easy to store, they’re relatively quiet, and they need hardly any human interference at all. They’re a tad expensive, but if you wait until Black Friday, you’re bound to get some excellent deals.
There are an overwhelming number of brands and makes available, so we’re going to take a look at seven of the best robot vacuums you should look out for on Black Friday.
In no particular order:
1) Eufy RoboVac-11S
The small Eufy RoboVac-11S is consistently considered the best robot vacuum for those on a budget. It has several features that make it big in capacity, if not in size. The dustbin is larger than other Eufy RoboVac models, and its stronger suction makes the 11S far more efficient. Because it’s smaller than other models, it fits under tighter gaps, which means it has a greate reach; so no dust bunnies under the bed. The 11S is just as good on hardwood floors as on carpeted floors and tiles.
One of its best features is its ability to navigate door ledges and even stairs successfully. It also takes itself home to its charging base when the batteries run low.
A quick look at some of its other features: Different modes to suit different cleaning requirements, programmable schedule, so you don’t have to get it started manually, and excellent battery life.
2) Neato Botvac-Connected
As one would expect, one of the best features of the Neato Botvac-Connected range is the ability to control them via an app. You can set trouble spots as they arise, and you can programme a daily cycle. The app provides data like the cleaning history and map of the route taken. The app can be voice-controlled through Amazon Alexa and Google Home-Assistant. It’s pretty good at maneuvering on hard floors but seems to struggle a bit on carpets.
Testers are in general agreement that while its suction power is good, it is best at picking up pet hair. So if you have a house full of furkids, you might want to pay special attention to this brand. It has a very respectable battery life, but if it starts to run down and it’s not finished its cycle, it will take itself home and top up the charge so that it can complete the job.
iRobot® Roomba® pioneered the robot vacuum cleaner industry. It has remained a formidable name, and its vast range of cordless vacuums regularly appears around the top of “Best of…” lists. It’s only fair that we look at three different models in a quick Roomba model comparison.
3. Roomba 890
The Roomba 890 is a high-quality vacuum that lacks some of the bells and whistles of the 900 series. It has 5X more air power than most other robot vacuums. It has an automatic recharging function but doesn’t resume cleaning as the 960 and 980. It has iAdapt Navigation with full sensors, but it doesn’t have visual navigation. It functions with the iRobot HOME App with Amazon Alexa as well as Google Assistant but doesn’t come with Clean Map-Reports like the 960 and 980.
The Roomba 890 vacuum cleaner is brilliant at sucking up pet hair on hard floors, soft carpets, and tiles, and its filter system removes 99% of dust, mites, and allergens. The 890 has great reach, getting all debris from the edges and corners of walls. It also features voice-activated control.
4. Roomba 960
The Roomba 960 is a powerful force that takes everything to the extreme. For instance, it has the extreme suction power that is 5X greater than other cleaners. It has extreme dirt detection in its patented Dirt Detect™ Technology that picks out particularly dirty spots and then cleans with extra enthusiasm. It has extreme Cliff Detect sensors so that it doesn’t tumble down stairs. And it has a brilliant HOME App that lets you control everything via your smartphone, voice control included.
iRobot HOME App features include: Scheduling cleaning remotely with up to seven cycles per week, Clean Map™ follows the route taken and lets you know things like how long it took to finish a cycle, and you get Bin Full alerts.
What else? It uses an AeroForce® 3-Stage Cleaning-System with its Multi-Surface Brushes as well as Power-Lifting Suction. It’s designed to reach right into corners and get right to the edge of skirting boards. The 960 also has a filter capable of removing 99% of dust, mites, and allergens, so it’s perfect for people with allergies.
5. Roomba 980
If the Roomba 980 vacuum cleaner does anything, it outstrips the Roomba 960. For instance, instead of maxing out at 5X air power, the 980 ramps it up to 10X to deep clean carpets. Like the 960, it takes standard iAdept Navigation and takes it to iAdept 2.0 Navigation with visual localization. The 980 has a battery that runs to 120 minutes. It is the way more than the 75 minutes of the Roomba 960, and twice that of the 890 with only 60 minutes.
The Roomba 980 also wins in the HOME App comparison. It functions with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, it has Clean Map Reports, and it has advanced clean settings, which is missing from both the Roomba 960 and 890.
The final Roomba model comparison we’ll make is the price. The Roomba 980 can’t claim to be cheap, but with all its extra features, you wouldn’t expect it to compete at the budget end of the market. Even the 890 is quite pricey, but you have to consider that its standard features are more impressive than many other robot vacuum cleaners out there. If you’re looking on Amazon, the Roomba 960 is more expensive than the Roomba 980, but remember that you’ll get much better deals on Black Friday.
6. Electrolux Pure i9
Electrolux is a force to be reckoned with in the upright vacuum cleaner arena, and it’s certainly making its name in the robot cleaner industry, too. The Pure i9 model pushes the bounds with its 3D navigation technology that improves maneuverability and keeps it from running into stumbling blocks. It boasts an easy-to-read screen that displays standard settings, like time and battery life. The display also allows you to switch to eco-mode if you want a light clean.
Its triangular shape also sets it apart from other brands. It’s designed to fit into nooks and crannies and extend its reach in awkward spaces. Reach is further extended with an anti-tangle PowerBrush that scoops even further into corners and nooks.
Electrolux Pure i9 performs well on all floor surfaces. This is largely thanks to its AutoPower setting that senses the floor surface and adjusts its suction power to suit.
The Pure i9 has its app that is compatible with Android and iOS. You can use it through Wi-Fi to set cleaning schedules and to check the log that records up to eight previous cycles.
7. Samsung POWERbot R7065
Samsung has had mixed success with its robot vacuum cleaners. The POWERbot R7065 is, by all accounts, a resounding success with unparalleled cleaning ability. This is due to the 40X more powerful suction when compared to conventional bot, as well as a uniquely designed extendable shutter that is more proficient at cleaning corners than the brushes used on other cleaners.
The Samsung POWERbot-R7065 is extremely easy to operate, no matter which mode you choose. Your choices are Automatic, Manual, Repeat Clean, and Spot Clean. You can control it via a physical remote, an app, the control panel, and voice commands through Amazon Alexa & Google Home.
The POWERbot R7065 is particularly adept at finding its way around your home. This is thanks to an onboard wide-angle camera and nine sensors that easily detect and maneuver around different obstacles, including your feet.
It easily finds its way back to its charging station when the battery is low, and just as easily resumes cleaning when sufficiently recharged. With a mid-level price, the Samsung POWERbot R7065 delivers far more than is to be expected.
There you have it; our pick of the seven best robot vacuum cleaners that you should keep an eye out for when Black Friday 2018 rolls around. Happy shopping!