The broad range of robot cleaners is often disparaging, reviews vary and in lots of cases the robot vacuums showing a cheap price-tag aren’t vacuums at all. Lot of unscrupulous companies advertise their products as being exactly the same as the others, but unless you read the fine print you’ll quickly discover that the cheap ones are sweepers with no suction capabilities.
Now that this technology has been around for a while, prices are starting to drop on leading brands as the machines get smarter and become more comparable with the hand-held versions. Where once, a price tag of around $1,000 was normal, these days, you can pick up a decent model for a few hundred bucks.
The biggest difference I saw between brands was the virtual wall technology patented by iRobot. The only difference this made in some comparisons was that other brands robot vacuum had escaped outside when the door was open. Suggestions for this were to call out to it and failing that placing flyers outside detailing its escape and offering a reward for its capture.
So what are the leading brands? Taken purely from the reviews and range on Amazon.com this is what I came up with.
The most popular model is the 650, rated at 4.5 stars. For around the same price, though, the 690 has Wi-Fi connectivity, better suction, and better sensors and voice control capabilities. Both easily found for under $300.
If you want to spend some money the 980 carries a 4 star rating on over 1000 reviews. It comes with a cleaning map and power boost for deeper cleaning. It has the best suction of the range.
The most popular machine is the A4. Based on over 1600 reviews, this model holds a 4.5 star rating. This brand has scheduling features, automatic docking, and the ability to clean under low furniture, 140 minutes of battery life, a remote control and tangle free brushes. You can pick these up for just under $200.
Ecovacs Deebots have a massive range. The most popular Deebot on Amazon is the N79. Its Wi-Fi connected and compatible with smart phones. It can’t be used with smart systems like Alexa and Google but it boasts the most similarities to the Roomba range. It has multiple cleaning modes, good battery life and just under 3000 reviews giving it a 4.5 stars. At just over $200 it seems to be a really good choice for those wanting to try these systems out.
There are plenty of other types on the market of course, but buying any of these gives you the highest chance of being pleased with your purchase.