UPDATE: Dec. 9, 2022, 4:15 p.m. EST This story has been updated to include the best deals on robot vacuums from iRobot, eufy, and more, organized into price categories below.
We’ve compiled the best deals on robot vacuums from brands like iRobot, Eufy, and Roborock. Here are the ones to grab as of Dec. 9:
BEST BUDGET DEAL: The Eufy 25C(opens in a new tab) is the cheapest vac on this list, beating a different Eufy model’s Black Friday price by $2 — $96
BEST SELF-EMPTYING DEAL: The iRobot Roomba i1+(opens in a new tab) is your cheapest path to a self-emptying Roomba — $288
BEST ROBOT VACUUM/MOP DEAL: The Roborock S7+(opens in a new tab) is modestly priced for a vac that checks off the big three robot vac features: smart room mapping, self-emptying, and mopping — $679.99
Only three things are certain in life: Death, taxes, and a few days each month when you need to vacuum but just don’t have time. Whether you detest the chore or get a little bummed when you can’t have that satisfying dance with your Dyson, a robot vacuum is a lifesaver. Shop models on sale below.
Robot vacuums under $200
Why we like it
A $96 robot vacuum? With actually-good reviews? We’re sold. This compact Eufy vac is an easy choice for small spaces and low-profile furniture. You won’t get smart mapping at this price point, of course, but current 25C owners are impressed with its navigation when it comes to furniture and walls.
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Robot vacuums under $500
Why we like it
Stripped of the plus sign, the regular j7 doesn’t self-empty like the j7+ or mop like the Combo j7+. But it’s still one of the best robot vacuums you could have under your roof — especially when it’s under $350. Equipped with iRobot’s PrecisionVision Navigation, you can trust the j7 to not eat phone chargers or splatter pet waste (iRobot’s Pet Owner Official Promise, P.O.O.P., guarantees that your j7 will avoid pet waste or they’ll replace it for free.)
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Robot vacuums under $800
Why we like it
iRobot guarantees that the j7+, now $10 away from its all-time low price, will properly recognize and avoid pet waste on the floor — or they’ll send you a new one for free. The smartest Roomba will also empty its own dustbin for two months before it’s your problem.
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Robot vacuum and mop hybrids and dedicated robot mops
Why we like it:
Don’t sleep on this rare discount on one of our favorite robot vacuum and mop hybrids. The Roborock S7 has reliable suction that performs well on both hardwood and carpet. Attaching the mopping pad gives your floor a scrub, too, but won’t soak your rugs. The S7+ also self-empties and can be sent to specific rooms on your command.
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Are robot vacuums worth it?
The control of an upright vacuum comes with its own type of satisfaction. But if you’re not one to classify cleaning as cathartic, a robot vacuum could erase that huge, agonizing task from your chore list. (And did we mention the joy of having “first day clean” floors all the time?)
But whether robot vacuums are worth it or not comes with a caveat: It can’t be just any robot vacuum. A cheap robot vac that doesn’t do the job right — scattering dust, bumping into walls, getting stuck on area rugs — might actually create more work for you.
What to consider when buying a robot vacuum
Suction power: A vacuum is the one purchase that you hope sucks a lot. Suction power is typically measured in Pascals (Pa), with most current vacs ranging between 1,500 Pa and 3,000 Pa. Stronger sucking will be needed to pick up heavier pieces of debris (be sure to set a no-go zone around Legos) and to pull matted-down pet hair from rugs.
Floor type: Carpeting and high pile rugs will probably require stronger suction than hard floors, as well as special features like an extra-wide or self-cleaning brush roll to prevent hair from wrapping and clogging. Folks in homes with multiple floor types might consider a bigger, sturdier robot vacuum that can hurl itself and its wheels over mats, rugs, and transitions from carpet to hard floors.
Automatic emptying: Because robot vacuums are typically under four inches tall, their onboard dust bins are also small — which means they frequently require emptying. (Dustbins fill up particularly quickly in homes with pets.) A self-emptying vacuum takes that job out of your hands, emptying itself into a larger dustbin in its charging dock. These larger bins can typically hold weeks of dirt without needing to be cleaned or dumped out.
Home layout: Every robot vacuum is equipped with sensors and drop detection. But if your home has lots of rooms, lots of turns, or lots of close-together furniture, you’ll have fewer navigation issues with an advanced model that uses intelligent mapping to remember exactly how your home is laid out, including labeling of specific rooms, mental notes of staircases, and ability to deploy zone cleaning.
Low-profile furniture: No one should have to be scared about what’s accumulated under their couch over the past year. A robot vacuum measuring three inches or less in height should be able to scoot under most low-hanging couches and beds.
Battery life and square footage: One of the main complaints people have about their robot vacuum is that it craps out in the middle of the floor. Larger spaces require more time to clean, and it all depends on how annoyed you’ll be if it only finishes a few rooms at a time. Average run times for the list below range between 90 and 200 minutes, which translates to about 500 and 2,800 square feet covered on one charge.
App control: WiFi-enabled robot vacuums can be synced with a smartphone app to control scheduling, manual start, and cleaning settings, as well as telling your vac to make its rounds when you’re not home. Low-end models that don’t connect to WiFi will usually come with a separate remote. If you’re used to asking Alexa or Google to turn off the lights or tell you the weather, a model with voice integration will blend in nicely.