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Robot vacuum cleaner reviews

Last updated: 29 April 2016

Come home to clean floors with a robot vacuum cleaner that's up to the job. Our industry experts comprehensively lab test and review leading brands to help you find the best performers on the market. Not sure what you need? Try our buying guide. To see the testing process we put robot vacs through, read how we test.

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Our results will tell you which vacuums:

  • are the quietest and easy to use
  • pick up dirt best from hard floors, corners and edges
  • remove the most dirt and pet hair from carpets
  • are the most reliable over time
  • have the longest battery life.

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 Recommended list helps you see quickly which products we recommend. 

This test includes some discontinued models. To view them or hide them from view, select that feature under the 'related products' criteria. 

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Dirt removal from carpet score
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For carpet we embed 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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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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This is an accessory used to create an invisible barrier, for blocking off open doorways or other areas you don't want the robot to enter.

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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.

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  • Does it hit objects?
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