“bite the dust” is one of those rare phrases you can use on your archnemesis and your robot vacuum cleaner. We can’t make up for the chaos your enemies have caused, but we can help you find a robot vacuum that will reduce the chaos in your home. For Prime Day, some of our favorites are on sale. They not only vacuum the dust, but can also throw it out, map their path, and even wipe it.
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Offers of Roboc with self-emptying bins
Manually emptying the vacuum cleaner can cause new messes, which kind of spoils the deal. The Roborock Q5+ empties itself when plugged in, so you only have to worry about emptying the bin every now and then – a real game changer. The settings are highly customizable, allowing you to set the emptying frequency and customize up to four maps, all while moving around and cleaning your home well.
We’re kind of obsessed with how good the Roomba i7+ is, to be honest. It has amazing navigation and powerful suction, and the bin has sensors so it empties when it’s full. We’re most impressed with the Genius feature, which tweaks customization to the max by learning your layouts and preferences, so you don’t have to manually program.
“I believe our children are the future,” your parents’ old Samsung Jet Bot AI+ vacuum cleaner would probably say if it could. Indeed, aside from looking like a miniature spaceship, the AI+ has some of the best navigation we’ve seen. It’s also relatively quiet and does its job fairly quickly. If you can get over the size of both the vacuum (5 inches high) and the dock (21 inches high), it’s a great vacuum at this price. For a slimmer profile, check out the Samsung Jet Bot+, which is also on sale for $399 ($400 off).
You know when you want to tell your kids/partner/roommate to do something around the house? You can channel all that energy by telling Google Assistant or Alexa to turn on your Roomba i4+ vacuum cleaner. This model doesn’t perform as well as our other top favorites, but it does a pretty good job of navigating, cleaning, and emptying the bin.
Affordable robotic vacuum cleaners
The Yeedi K650 was already pretty good bang for your buck, but at $100, it’s an absolute steal. You’ll get more than 100 minutes of battery life as it bounces around your home. If you’ve never had a robot vacuum before, this is a great place to start. Plus, you can use that extra money you’ve saved to invest in a compatible charging station (unfortunately not for sale).
We love the iRobot Roomba 600 series, especially when they’re on sale. The Roomba 692 has a self-charging battery that lasts 90 minutes, works with Google Assistant and Alexa, and has an intuitive app that lets you program the vacuum’s actions. Like most iRobot vacuums, it’s powerful.
These vacuum cleaners can even sweep
The Deebot X1 Omni is lovely with its chunky base and thick vacuum, but it cleans surprisingly well. WIRED editor Adrienne So is usually skeptical of robot vacuum/mop combos, but this was a game changer for her. It not only mops well, removing sticky stains from floors, but also dries the cloth on the substrate, preventing the formation of mold and mildew – a thoughtful feature that makes this function even better.
The Roborock S7 is too expensive to buy if it’s not on sale, given that it doesn’t have a self-emptying bucket. Lucky for you, it’s on sale, and it also has a cloth. The S7 works with the Roborock interface we already loved on the Q5+, so you can take advantage of the customization options and use voice assistants (Alexa, Google, Siri) to control the vacuum cleaner. The neatest part is carpet recognition, which means the S7 identifies the type of surface it’s on so it can mop hardwood and vacuum carpets – instead of the other way around – all in one cleaning session.