Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners

Few people love spending their well-earned weekends lugging around a vacuum cleaner. A reliable robot vacuum frees up time to spend with loved ones or enjoy your favourite hobbies. We'll help you understand which features to look for in a robot vacuum cleaner, and how to find a compatible match with your home and lifestyle. Continue reading...

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$199 to $2,799
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Based on 1,703 reviews
Hobot Legee

Hobot Legee 🏆 2024

4.3  (100)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $845 to $1,150
  • Bin Capacity0.5 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 120 to 240 min
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Shannon
Shannon2 posts
  D8
What a vacuum robotAwesome product and house has never been cleaner saves so much time Show details
Roborock Q7 Max

Roborock Q7 Max 🏆 2024

4.2  (85)
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  • Price (RRP) $999
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Lauren K.
Lauren K.
 
iRobot Roomba 600 Series

iRobot Roomba 600 Series

3.9  (234)
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  • Price (RRP) $149 to $499
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
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Eliza
Eliza4 posts
  692
Eufy RoboVac 11S T2108

Eufy RoboVac 11S T2108

4.5  (24)
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  • Price (RRP) $399.95
  • Bin Capacity0.6 L
  • Running Time 100 min
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Mary
Mary
 
Ecovacs Deebot Neo

Ecovacs Deebot Neo

3.8  (44)
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  • Price (RRP) $799
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Vivien Kells
Vivien KellsQLD6 posts
 
Mummies little helperLove the little critter - I was hesitant to purchase one as I could not see how they could work . Would love one I could program to do different areas on different days. But in now way am I disappointed in the result. Show details
Samsung POWERbot 9000 Series

Samsung POWERbot 9000 Series

3.4  (90)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $729 to $1,999
  • Bin Capacity0.7 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 90 to 100 min
Caroline
CarolineSA4 posts
  VR9300
Biggest waste of money, now going in the binI have had this unit for years now, constantly getting repaired, now out of warranty and needs repairing AGAIN. Unit does not smart map, so cannot schedule rooms as advertised.
Ultenic T10 Self-Empty Robot Vacuum

Ultenic T10 Self-Empty Robot Vacuum

4.0  (28)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $529
  • Bin Capacity4.3 L
Gaz P.
Gaz P.NSW2 posts
 
Roborock S8 Pro Ultra

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra

3.8  (35)
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  • Price (RRP) $2,699
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 180 min
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Anita F.
Anita F.4 posts
 
No customer careMy Roborock just lasted past the warranty. Tough luck said Roborock, I now have a useless vacuum cleaner! Very unhappy with this company. Show details
Dreame L10s Ultra

Dreame L10s Ultra

4.1  (21)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.35 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
nick
nickNSW5 posts
 
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Ecovacs Deebot N8

Ecovacs Deebot N8

3.4  (43)
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  • Bin Capacity0.42 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 110 min
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Bethany
BethanyWA2 posts
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Dreame L20 Ultra

Dreame L20 Ultra

3.9  (15)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.35 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 260 min
sam
samNSW12 posts
 
Love it so far. ButHi we love the L10ultra it's very efficient, we have only had it for 1month the only negative I can see is that it doesn't tell u when the detergent has run out and the detergent is very pricey but saying that it should last atleast 2 months with regular use.
Still haven't worked out how to vacuum only instead of both. Show details ·  3
Roborock Q Revo Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner

Roborock Q Revo Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner

4.2  (13)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,999
  • Bin Capacity2.7 L
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Jules
JulesWA13 posts
 
MyGenie ZX1000

MyGenie ZX1000

2.6  (140)
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  • Price (RRP) $599
  • Bin Capacity0.9 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 90 min
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Yvonne
YvonneWA
  Verified
A Must-Try ProductI've had my ZX1000 for a year, and it's still going strong. It's a reliable workhorse that consistently keeps my home spotless. Show details
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950

2.8  (62)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999
  • Bin Capacity0.43 L
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 200 min
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Lwyk
Lwyk6 posts
 
Game changerA great addition to a busy house!! I use this to help me get through a busy week working and kids etc
I'm surprised everyone by the amount of dust and dirt it collects Show details
Ecovacs Deebot T9+

Ecovacs Deebot T9+

2.6  (111)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,299
  • Bin Capacity0.42 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 175 min
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Rick
RickACT2 posts
  Verified
Ecovacs Deebot N10 Plus

Ecovacs Deebot N10 Plus

3.7  (15)
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  • Bin Capacity2.5 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 200 min
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Brad H.
Brad H.
 
Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro

Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro

3.3  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $799
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 110 min
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Milayne U.
Milayne U.SA3 posts
 
Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni

2.7  (41)
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Sharon T
Sharon TQLD3 posts
 
Robotika Provac

Robotika Provac

3.3  (18)
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  • Price (RRP) $199
  • HEPA FilterYes
  • Running Time 90 min
Muz
MuzNSW
  5
Dreame D10 Plus

Dreame D10 Plus

3.6  (14)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.4 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
JDQ
JDQQLD3 posts
 
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 Aivi

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 Aivi

2.7  (40)
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ChadW
ChadWWA5 posts
 
iRobot Braava Jet M6 Robot Mop

iRobot Braava Jet M6 Robot Mop

2.7  (31)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,149
  • HEPA FilterNo
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GDSA
GDSAVIC21 posts
  Verified
Roborock S8

Roborock S8

3.1  (17)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,299
  • Bin Capacity2.5 L
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John Chidgey
John Chidgey
  Verified
Great so far. Very clean house already!Excellent cleaning - far better than the S6 it's replacing after 5 years of faithful service. Mapped well out of the box too. Show details
iRobot Roomba i7

iRobot Roomba i7

2.8  (25)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,499
  • Bin Capacity0.4 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 75 min
Jane A.
Jane A.2 posts
 
iRobot
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Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo

3.5  (11)
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blake
blake
 
Dreame D9 Max

Dreame D9 Max

4.7  (6)
 Summary
  • Bin Capacity0.57 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 150 min
ChrissyW
ChrissyWQLD3 posts
 
iRobot Roomba i7+

iRobot Roomba i7+

2.2  (58)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,899
  • Bin Capacity0.4 L
  • Running Time 75 min
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Christian Santos
Christian SantosNSW4 posts
 
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920

2.6  (24)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • Bin Capacity0.43 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 110 min
Hubert
HubertVIC3 posts
 
When works, does the job but fails after a year with no repair optionStopped spraying water while mopping and later stopped charging. Unhelpful support team. Show details
Ecovacs Deebot X1 Plus

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Plus

3.7  (9)
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  • HEPA FilterNo
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Kchogan
KchoganWA2 posts
  Verified
Not good not badGreat vac for hard floors and carpets (not dog fur) but the mopping is atrocious… I even took it back for repair which they say nothing is wrong. Very streaky doesn’t let out nearly enough water and will not take off any marks Show details
Ecovacs Deebot U2 Pro

Ecovacs Deebot U2 Pro

3.4  (10)
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  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Bin Capacity0.8 L
  • HEPA FilterNo
  • Running Time 150 min
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Liam
Liam
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A black robot vacuum cleaning a hardwood floor

Are robot vacuums really worth it?

While robot vacuums can be expensive, the benefits can far outweigh the initial cost.

On hardwood and tile floors, as well as regular carpets, robot vacuums can work as well as a standard stick or barrel vacuum. They have powerful suction and clean open areas effectively. The biggest benefit? You won't have to lift a finger.

Reviews showed that the #1 reason Australians bought a robot vacuum cleaner was convenience. A good robot vacuum rewarded reviewers with clean floors, which made their lives easier by eliminating a daily chore. Pet owners in particular liked that they saved a considerable amount of time they would normally spend picking up dog and cat hair.

Consider buying a robot vacuum cleaner if you:

  • Love having clean floors, without having to do the physical labour.
  • Work throughout the week and don't want to vacuum when you get home at night.
  • Have pets and have to vacuum more often to pick up animal fur.
  • Your house or apartment has even floors, as a robot vacuum can cover your entire home without supervision.
  • Your family brings dirt and dust into the house, and you want an easy way to clean it up.

Can a robot vacuum cleaner replace my normal vacuum cleaner?

Unfortunately, you won't be able to throw away your existing vacuum after buying a robot vacuum cleaner. Robot vacuum cleaners are handy, but some tasks are better left to a traditional vacuum cleaner. So, in short, you'll still have to vacuum - but much less frequently than you usually do.

Best uses for a robot vacuum cleaner:

  • Open-plan rooms with a lot of floor space.
  • Rooms with heavy foot traffic that accumulate dirt, dust, or crumbs.
  • Carpets that need regular cleaning because they're common living areas.
  • Sucking up pet hair, especially in hard-to-reach places.
  • Cleaning while you're at work or otherwise out of the house.

Best uses for a traditional vacuum cleaner (stick, barrel, or handheld):

  • Cluttered areas that require precision vacuuming, especially if you have cables or cords lying around. Robot vacuum cleaners like to eat cords, and they can easily damage them.
  • Thin, narrow areas, and corners where a robot vacuum cannot fit.
  • Any vacuuming that is off the floor (couch cushions, stairs, skirtings, ledges, etc.).
  • Dark carpets that robot vacuums often mistake as stairs or drop-offs and won't vacuum.
  • Areas that need a lot of visual inspection and heavy-handed vacuuming to ensure they are clean.
  • Recreation vehicles, campers, boats, etc. that don't have enough flat space to use a robot vacuum cleaner.

According to reviewers, the best vacuuming strategy was to let their robot vacuum handle daily vacuuming across a wide area. Users would then touch up weekly with a stick or barrel vacuum in the areas the robot vacuum couldn't reach.

Factors to consider when buying a robot vacuum cleaner

It's helpful to think about the purposes you're buying a robot vacuum cleaner for. Having a basic understanding of these purposes, as well as the following buying considerations, will help you know what to look for when you’re reading product info or scrolling through reviews.

Floor type

Most robot vacuum products will specify whether the model is suitable for carpet, hardwood and/or tiles.

Hard floors

While many robovac brands state that their models are safe for hard floors, we noticed after reading reviews that reviewers thought otherwise. And while some robot vacuum cleaners were advertised as friendly for hardwood floors, some users reported that their new robot vacuums scratched their floors. That's why you should make sure you read reviews to see how a vacuum works on your floor type before buying.

Tiles and carpet

Most robot vacuums will work on tiles and carpet. Rugs may be difficult to manoeuvre around for cheap robot vacuums, especially if they're thick, shaggy, or have tassels.

When reading reviews, also take note of comments about the robot vacuum's transition from carpet to tiles, vinyl or hardwood floors. While many robot vacuums transition smoothly, others may get stuck or even spit out an error message.

Room mapping with a robot vacuum

Robot vacuums are designed with a self-navigation system that allows them to map a cleaning route – ideally without intervention. Your robot vacuum cleaner will work the most effectively when it maps your house correctly, which might take a few attempts in the beginning, but operate more smoothly as it gets ‘used to’ its surroundings.

Map navigation works by using navigation sensors. These usually include optical sensors, which judge the distance to a wall, along with features like anti-drop or cliff sensors and obstacle detection. The quality of navigation sensors may be particularly important if you live in a multi-storey house or have plenty of furniture for your robot vacuum to navigate around.

Suction power

This is determined by how powerful and reliable a robot vacuum’s motor is. While barrel and stick vacuums generally have stronger suction power, a good robot vacuum is sufficient for quickly cleaning up dirt, dust, crumbs and short pet hair. Many reviewers were happy with the suction power of their robot vacuums for these purposes.

It's common for robot vacuums to change the level of suction depending on the surface (e.g. carpet or tiles), which can be done automatically or after you adjust the settings. A robovac with a variety of cleaning modes can also offer more suction for specific purposes, for example the Samsung Powerbot X70’s power pet cleaning mode for pet hair.

Battery life

A robot vacuum’s battery life will largely determine its running time. Most robot vacuums can last up to one and a half to two hours, during which they’re able to clean an entire home. Battery life matters more if you have a large home.

For two-storey houses or relatively large areas with plenty of ‘obstacles’ to navigate around such as furniture, a robot vacuum with a short running time might die in the middle of a cleaning session, and travel back to the docking station for charging before completing the cycle.

Some reviewers commented that their vacuums reset after returning to the docking station. This meant the robovac started at the beginning of its cleaning cycle instead of picking up where it left off, taking even more time.

This might not be a problem, but if your priority is getting a quick clean, you’re about to have guests over, or you prefer to supervise your robot vacuum (especially at the start), then insufficient battery life could quickly prove inconvenient.

Ability to handle obstacles, long pet hair and getting stuck

Eufy obstacle detection
Image credit: Eufy.

Reviews showed that robovac users with wide open rooms and minimal rugs or clutter experienced the best results. For families with more items on the floor, more management was required to use their robot vacuum cleaner. Items included cables, children's or pet's toys, throw rugs, stools and tables.

Robot vacuums are often effective at avoiding obstacles so they don't bump into them. However, the safe space a robovac keeps around obstacles means it cleans less surface area if a space is cluttered. Manual vacuuming is then needed in these areas.

Robot vacuums can also struggle with picking up excessive or long pet hair, which can clog the brushes and jam up the wheels. If you have a lot of pet hair, you could be rescuing your robot vacuum often. For some families simply clearing away potential obstacles will solve the problem. For others, the amount of clutter on the floor can prompt them to question whether a robot vacuum cleaner will actually save them time.

Sometimes robot vacuum cleaners get stuck because there’s not enough space for them to continue moving. You can keep your robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture like chairs or beds by blocking off the area.

Dustbin size

The size of the dustbin will determine how often you have to empty your vacuum. Robot vacuum cleaners are smaller than other types of vacuums, and so have smaller dustbins, but there are still noticeable differences in size between models on the market.

Look for a bin size of at least 0.6 L if you have an average-sized house and don't want to constantly be emptying your vacuum. If you foresee your robovac’s dustbin filling up quickly, look for models with larger dustbins.

Features

There are a variety of features to look out for that can help make a robot vacuum easier to use and more effective at cleaning. Just keep in mind that the more features, the more expensive a robovac will usually be.

  • Remote control: This lets you control your robot vacuum with a remote from the comfort of your couch.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: A features that lets you connect to your vacuum with Wi-Fi, so you can turn your robovac on remotely or adjust settings via your smart device. Read reviews to see how easy the mobile app that connects to the vacuum you want is.
  • Mopping function: For those with hard floors, a robot vacuum with a mopping function can make it easier to keep dirt and grime at bay.
  • HEPA filter: A HEPA filter can capture smaller particles that otherwise might not be trapped by your vacuum.
  • Self-emptying: This handy feature means that instead of your robovac switching off when its dust bin is full, it’ll head to the docking station and empty the contents into the container.
  • Voice assistant: Some robovacs (usually those with Wi-Fi connectivity) have an in-built voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, letting you issue voice commands to get your vacuum to work.

Final tips

If you're planning to buy your robot vacuum in store, research which specific brands stores carry before venturing to the shops. Many of the larger retailers carry robot vacuum cleaners, but only stock a few brands or models.

Also make sure to inspect the coverage of the warranty before buying. Some negative reviews commented that parts wore out quickly but were not covered under warranty, making them expensive or not practical to replace.

The bottom line

What the best vacuum cleaner for you is depends on your lifestyle, cleaning preferences and your home’s design. These include your floor type, the size of your home, and how many extra features you'd like. We hope this guide helps you select a robotic vacuum cleaner that’s designed with the functionality and features best suited to you. Click here to read all reviews of robot vacuum cleaners.

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