12 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners of 2020 For Different Cleaning Needs

By Natalie Red·Updated: Mar 10, 2020· 9 min read

There are plenty of decent robot vacuums for different needs. We tried to pick the best from the budget and top-level models, the best for pet hair, mopping, carpet, etc. Note, most of them are suitable for a few categories, the idea behind this list is to make it less challenging for you to choose the best. How to find the best robot vacuum for your needs? What is the best robot vacuum cleaner for pet hair, carpet? Which one to get that would be budget and where to not overpay for features that might be in the cheaper models? We have chosen the 12 best robot vacuum cleaners of 2019 that are suitable for different cleaning needs.


Best Robot Vacuum For Medium-Pile Carpets

What a good robot vacuum for carpet should have to provide the best cleaning performance? 

  1. Strong suction power. The more pascals a robot delivers, the better cleaning on carpet would be. For example, the best Roomba i7+ has a 1,700 Pa suction while the Roborock Xiaowa E2 that we picked as the best robot vacuum for thicker carpets have 1,800 Pa.
  2. Carpet identification. Some of the robot cleaners can recognize carpets thanks to the sensors they are equipped with. Once the cleaner steps on a carpet, it boosts suction power to a max level providing better cleaning. Some of the flagship models support carpet boost, and a few budget devices have it.
  3. Climbing ability. Most of the robot cleaners can cross an obstacle up to 15 mm height which means they can't clean thicker carpets. The climbing ability of 19-20 mm means the robot vacuum is suitable for thicker carpets.
  4. Stiff cleaning brush. Some vacuums comes equipped with a brushless roller and do a great job on carpet, but most of the time, the cleaning brush with bristles works better on carpet flooring agitating debris hidden away. 

Budget: the Roborock Xiaowa E2

Best Budget For Carpet

Roborock Xiaowa E2

Strong suction, carpet identification

For the price, the robot has strong suction, able to identify carpets and does not miss a spot when cleaning. Also can do mopping and sweeping at the same time.

The Xiaowa E2 can identify carpets. A few high-end models have this feature only. With an excellent climbing ability and strong suction, the robot vacuum performs great on thin and thicker carpets

The Roborock Xiaowa E2 mops and sweeps and can be used on both: bare floor and carpet. It is the only budget robot that has with smart carpet identification, has a climbing ability of 20 mm and strong suction which makes the Roborock Xiaowa E2 is the best for carpet with a price of around $300.

Note: a few flagship models have a climbing ability of 20 mm. Most of the robot vacuums can only clean a carpet up to 15 mm thick.

Flagship: the Roomba S9+

Easiest to maintain

Roomba S9+

Empties itself, has strong suction

Equipped with tangle-free rollers that are perfect for pet hair, automatically empties itself when the dustbin gets full

The Roomba S9+ has one of the strongest suction power in the industry

The Roomba S9+ is equipped with a camera to create a map of your home. It stores up to 10 maps and is ideal for multi-floor houses. The S9+ has a self-emptying bin that holds up to 30 bins contents which in pair with tangle-free rollers makes the Roomba S9+ one of the easiest-to-maintain robots in the industry.

The S9+ has dirt detect which is capable of recognizing high-traffic areas to provide better cleaning on those spots, which in tandem with strong suction and brushless rollers makes the Roomba s9+ the best for medium-pile carpets. 


Best Robot Vacuum For Low-Pile Carpet

High-end: the Roborock S4

Best For Low-Pile Carpet

Roborock S4

Strong suction

The best cleaning performance and advanced features for the price

The Roborock S4 has strong suction and long battery life so it is ideal for big homes covered with low-pile carpets and hard flooring. It has one of the best hair-resisted systems and handles pet hair well.

The Roborock S4 can be directed or scheduling to clean a particular room

The Roborock S4 has smart features of some high-end robots with a budget price tag. 

Budget: the Eufy 30C MAX

For Low-Pile Carpet

Eufy 30C MAX

Strong suction

One of the quietest in the market

The Eufy 30C MAX is a budget model that supports Alexa-enabled devices and Google Home. It does not have mapping which means the Eufy is not able to remember your home layout. It could go over the same spots a few times and not as efficient as smarter machines, yet it performs great on low and medium-pile carpets.

The 30C MAX comes with magnetic tapes that help it to avoid some areas.


The Best Mopping Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Best 2-in-1: the Roborock S5 Max

Best robot vacuum and mop

Roborock S5 Max

Best for big homes that can sweep and mop

Equipped with a large water tank, can do mopping and sweeping at the same time. Has smart features only some high-end models do.

What makes the Roborock S5 Max good at mopping? It has no-mop zones that are only active when the mopping attachments are on and can be scheduled to mop in a particular room or two. Because of the new mopping system, the Roborock S5 Max provides pressure to the floor making mopping more efficient.

The Roborock S5 Max is suitable for carpets and hard floors

In the app, you can adjust the dripping water level and track the robot movements in real-time. You can play with settings to customize the different water levels for each room depending on how trafficked it is.

Aside from mopping, the Roborock S5 Max is a smart robot that is equipped with LIDAR for mapping and carpet identification. It is the only 2-in-1 robot in the market that has the most mopping features to customize based on your needs.

Best Mop: Braava M6

For Mopping

Braava jet m6

Sprays water to soften dirt

A robot mop that is able to build a map and resume cleaning if the house is too big

The Braava jet m6 has different mopping pads for light and heavy jobs. It sprays water in front of the body to soften dirt and thus performing well on hard floors.

The Braava jet m6 is the best for mopping

The robot creates a map of your home and based on it starts mopping without missing a spot.

In tandem with a Roomba i7+ or S9+, thanks to the Imprint Link technology, the Braava m6 works just fine. After your floors are vacuumed, the Braava starts mopping.

Budget: ILIFE W400

Budget Robot Mop

ILIFE W400

Has two big containers

Equipped with a scrubber that is efficient on hard floors

The ILIFE W400 is the first robot on the market that only mops and mops efficiently. It is the first automatic cleaner that is able to get rid of stubborn stains and polishes hard floors.

It is equipped with two containers: one for clean water, the second for dirty water. It lacks smart features such as mapping and resuming cleaning, but it is one of the best for the price.


The Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner For Pet Hair

What is the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair? Please note, on bare flooring most of the robot vacuums perform great. When it comes to carpets, some of them are better than others. What is important to know when choosing the cleaner for pet hair:

  1. Strong suction. The stronger suction a robot has, the deeper in carpets it can get agitating more pet hair.
  2. Cleaning brush. Some bristled brushes get hair clogged which becomes a pain when you have to remove the hair. The best brushes for pet hair - brushless silicone rollers that are tangle-free. Also, suction inlets are great for pet hair, the only thing that might be questionable is its ability of cleaning carpets, because of no bristles, the suction inlet can not agitate dirt and debris on thicker carpets.
  3. Dustbin size. We know that pets shed a lot, for this purpose the size of dustbin matters. For sure, there is no chance to fit a large container into a small robot vacuum, but some of them have a bigger capacity than others. If you don't want to empty the dustbox in the middle of the cleaning cycle, get the robot vacuum with a bigger dustbin.

Best Budget: the Roomba e5

Mid-Range for Pet Hair

Roomba e5

Brushless rollers handle pet hair

Strong suction and rollers that do not get tangled

The Roomba e5 is not a budget robot vacuum yet it is one of the best for pet hair. It is equipped with brushless rollers that are tangle-free and are ideal for pet and long human hair. The Roomba e5 does not have a built-in camera sensor and is not able to remember your floor layout yet shows great cleaning performance especially on carpet. It is built on the same platform as the high-end Roomba i7 with lack of features such as carpet boost, camera, etc.

Because of the brushless rollers, the Roomba e5 is perfect for pet owners

The Roomba e5 is ideal for pet owners, small and medium-size houses with carpets.

High-end: the Roomba i7+

For Pet Hair: Our Pick

Roomba i7+

Self-empty base holds lots of pet hair

Has a full bin indicator so when the robot catches a lot of pet hair, it returns to the dock to empty the dustbin. Also is equipped with brushless rollers that handle pet hair with ease

The Roomba i7+ is the latest robot vacuum in the iRobot robot line. It is an advanced version of the Roomba 980. With the i7/i7+ you can divide a created map into zones to schedule the cleaner to work within a particular area further.

The Roomba i7 holds in memory up to 10 different floor plans which makes it ideal for multiple-level houses

Inside the Roomba i7, the silicone rollers that are perfect for pet hair and don't need any maintenance. The self-empty base is essential for pet owners since you don’t have to babysit the robot emptying the dustbin in the middle of cleaning to remove pet hair.

The Roomba i7+ comes with a self-emptying charging base, so you don't need to clean the dustbin as often. Ideal for people who have more than one or long-haired pets

You can buy the Roomba i7 which is the same Roomba i7+ only with a standard base and get the docking station later, it is sold separately. There is also the newest Roomba s9+ released recently, to find out the differences between the S9+ and i7+ models, check our latest Roomba comparison.


The best robot vacuum for pet hair for under $200: Eufy 11S MAX

Budget with Strong Suction

Eufy 11S MAX

Under $200

Has strong suction and costs less than $200

The Eufy 11S MAX has a strong suction power of 2,000 Pa and is able to catch pet hair hidden away in carpet. 

For the price of less than $200, the Eufy 11S MAX has the strongest suction in the industry 

No chance any other robot vacuum that costs around $200 would be better than the Eufy 11S MAX. It is suitable for hard floor, thin and medium-pile carpets. Ideal for smaller homes.


For a small house: Xiaomi MiJia 1C

Best for Small Homes

Xiaomi MiJia 1C

Has a visual sensor for mapping

One of the strongest suction power for the price in pair with a gyroscope to not miss a spot when cleaning

The Xiaomi MiJia 1C is equipped with a visual sensor (it is not a camera, the sensor does not take pictures or videos) and a gyroscope to build a map of the house. It has a strong suction of 2,500 Pa but does not last long so the 1C is better for smaller homes. It does have resumption so the robot is suitable for average homes too, only will spend more time to finish cleaning.

For a multiple level house:

Neato Botvac D6 Connected / Neato Botvac D7 Connected

For Multi-Floor Houses

Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Stores up to three different floor plans

Has a large 700 ml dustbin and can work on dark carpets

The Neato Botvac D6 and D7 Connected are decent machines that perform great on carpets and are equipped with the LIDAR mapping technology.

The Neato Botvac D6 and D7 Connected hold in memory 3 different floor plans and are ideal for one and more floor houses

Both robots are suitable for bigger homes with carpets, can also work on black carpets. With a big dustbin, the robot is ideal for pet owners.

The Roomba i7 and s9+ are great for multiple-level houses as well.


The best robot vacuum cleaners with mapping

We were searching around to know more about the advantages of each of the mapping sensor and here what we had found:

LIDAR (LDS laser sensor) advantages:

  • The result is a 3-D map of the world around you. It is trivial to isolate something from the things behind it (or in front of it.)
  • LIDAR uses emitted light, so it works independently of the ambient light. Night or day, clouds or sun, shadows or sunlight, it pretty much sees the same in all conditions.
  • It is robust against interference and much higher resolution than radar.

Disadvantages:

  • Today it's costly. Because of it most of the robots that are equipped with the LIDAR cost more
  • Range is limited. Typical LIDARs see well to about 70 meters and get more limited returns from larger objects like cars to around 100m.

The best LIDAR-based robot vacuum cleaner is the Roborock S6.


Cameras advantages:

  • Cameras are really inexpensive
  • They see color. LIDARs just see a grayscale in the infrared spectrum
  • Even in the wide field, cheap cameras with very high resolution are available -- where a LIDAR might see 64 lines, a camera could see 3,000.

Disadvantages:

  • They need illumination at night.

The best camera-based robot vacuum cleaner is the Roomba i7 (and i7+).


Gyroscope advantages:

  • They are very cheap

Disadvantages:

  • Not as accurate as the LIDAR or cameras.

The most efficient and budget robot vacuum that is equipped with a gyroscope would be the Roborock Xiaowa E2 and Xiaomi MiJia 1C.


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