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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Dirt removal from carpet score
For carpet we sprinkle sand evenly into a section of carpet and let the robot run for a set period of time on the carpeted area. The sand collected is weighed and recorded. With normal vacuums we pre-load the dust collector with dust, but robot vacs have a very small dirt receptacle which is normally emptied after a cleaning session, so we don't pre-load them.
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Cleaning corners and edges score
Sand is spread into a right-angled corner, and the robot vacuum cleaners are assessed to see how close to the corner each one is able to pick up dirt.
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Hard floor dirt pick-up performance
We scatter a measured amount of sand evenly over a vinyl floor area and let the robot run for a set period of time, measuring the dirt pick-up at intervals throughout.
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Whether it comes with a physical remote control in addition to the app.
Used to create an invisible barrier, for blocking off open doorways or other areas you don't want the robot to enter. Some come in the form of infrared towers, but increasingly the barriers are defined using apps on your smart device.
Programmable times allow you to set times of the day or week to run the robot - for instance, you could set it to run only while you're away at work.
Vacuum comes with an app you can download to your phone to operate the machine.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Battery operation time, measured (min)
We measure how long the battery will last for without a charge. Measured in minutes.
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Included in this review
- Overall score
- Reliability score (%)
- Owner satisfaction score (%)
- Hard floor dirt pick up performance (%)
- Dirt removal from carpet (%)
- Cleaning corners and edges score (%)
- Pet hair removal score (%)
- Noise measured on carpet/hard floor (dBA)
- Does it hit objects?
- Battery operation time, measured (min)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Buy now
- Wifi connectivity
- Side brush
- Remote control
- Virtual wall
- Stairs detection
- Low battery indicator
- Automatic return to charger
- Programmable time
- Day of the week
- Battery type
- Charge time (mins)
- Weight (kg)
- Warranty (yr)
- Items supplied with vac