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Last updated: 16 April 2020
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Staying home more frequently means a lot more cleaning, so you need a robot vacuum that's up to the job. Our industry experts comprehensively lab test and review leading robot vacuum brands to help you find the best performers on the market.

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Our robot vacuum review will tell you;

  • Which robot vacuums are the quietest to use
  • Are best at picking up dirt from hard floors, corners and edges
  • Remove the most dirt and pet hair from carpets
  • Have the longest battery life
  • Good and bad points for each robot vacuum
  • List of recommended models for quick reference to the best performers

Our interactive table helps you narrow down your search according to the features and specifications you're looking for, such as price, charge time, remote control and stairs detection.

Our reviews find a large variation of performance across the robot vacuums we test. Generally none of the machines clean carpet to a really high standard. There is also a large variance in pet hair cleaning performance and the ability to get into corner spaces efficiently - if considering investing in a robot vacuum it's highly recommended to compare all of the review information closely. 

If you’re unsure what to think about, our robot vacuum buying guide may be a good place to start.

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    Dirt removal from carpet score

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    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

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    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

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    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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    • 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)
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    • Day of the week
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