4 Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaners With Mapping

By Natalie Red·Updated: Nov 10, 2019· 6 min read

We used to think that a robot vacuum cleaner with mapping had a price tag of around $1,000. What if we say that you can get a decent one for a price of less than $300? Sounds cool? Let's find out what a budget robot vacuum cleaner with mapping can offer for its value.

Features 360 S6
360 S6
Roborock Xiaowa E2
Roborock Xiaowa E2
Proscenic 880L
Proscenic 880L
Ironpie M6
Ironpie M6
Operation time (min) 90 100 120 100
Battery capacity (mAh) 3,200 5,200 2,600 2,500
Dustbin capacity (ml) 400 500 420 600
Water tank capacity (ml) 150 140 130 -
Mapping yes yes yes no
Mapping technology laser gyroscope gyroscope camera
Recharge & resume yes yes no no
Mopping yes yes yes no
Wi-Fi yes yes yes yes
App 360Smart Mi Home Proscenic Robotic Trifo Home
Virtual walls yes no no no
Specified area yes no no no
Spot cleaning yes yes yes yes
Suction power (Pa) 1,800 1,800 1,500 1,800
Amazon Alexa / Google Home support yes yes yes yes
Scheduling yes yes yes yes
Noise level (dB) 55 60 N/A 65
Cleaning area (ft2 / m2) 2,153 / 200 2,691 / 250 1292 / 120 1,292 / 150
Barrier-cross height (in / mm) 0.67 / 17 0.79 / 20 0.59 / 15 N/A
HEPA yes yes yes yes
Carpet identification yes yes no yes
Voice alert yes yes yes yes
Warranty 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months
Price ~$330 ~$260 ~$240 ~$300

360 S6 Robot Vacuum

The best around $300

360 S6

Affordable 2-in-1 robot vacuum with Lidar

Equipped with the LDS sensor that maps your home layout and remembers your floor plan. It supports zoned cleaning and restricted areas. The robot stores up to 10 different floor plans and is ideal for multi-level houses. Resumes cleaning after recharging.

The 360 S6 is a brand-new robot vacuum on the market that has with strong suction, voice prompt, two side brushes, and a multi-surface cleaning brush. It uses LIDAR technology to remember your home layout and builds the most efficient way of cleaning on its own. One of the best parts of S6 is its dustbin. To pull it out just click on the "open" button and the dust box jumps up automatically. Its HEPA filter is washable. The app allows to customize areas and set up forbidden zones. The 360 S6 is equipped with a water tank container and can do mopping and sweeping at the same time. Carpet boost makes it easy for you to clean carpeted surface, you don't need to switch cleaning mode to MAX manually. 

The 360 S6 is suitable for multilevel houses since it can store up to 10 different plans

Pros

  • Quiet operation even though the robot has strong suction.
  • One of the most powerful motor on the market.
  • Easy to pull out the dustbin.
  • Ability to set forbidden zones and customized areas.
  • Carpet boost provides deep cleaning.
  • Can sweep and mop at the same time.
  • Washable HEPA filter.
  • Real-time tracking in the app.
  • Voice prompt informs what's going on in real-time. Aside from that, you get notifications in the 360Smart app.
  • Affordable price.
  • Saves 10 different created maps.
  • The app allows watching the 360 to create a map in real-time.

Cons

  • Is not integrated with Google Home.


Roborock Xiaowa E2

Best robot based on a gyroscope

Roborock Xiaowa E2

Strong suction and carpet identification

Strong suction power, the Xiaowa E2 is equipped with a gyroscope. It is the only robot vacuum based on s gyroscope that resumes cleaning after recharging.  

The Roborock Xiaowa E2 is one of the best budget cleaners on the market equipped with a gyroscope that can do mopping and sweeping, identifies carpeted surface and has strong suction. 

The robot is equipped with a water container that is easy to install, just slide it underneath, and it's ready to go.

The Roborock Xiaowa E2 works on thicker carpets

The Xiaowa E2 mapping system is based on a gyroscope. The HEPA filter can be washed with water, the Xiaowa is safe for those who suffer from allergy and asthma. It is the only robot (except the Xiaowa E3) that resumes cleaning after recharging. 

Pros

  • Decent battery life.
  • It can sweep and mop at the same time.
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa/Google Home.
  • Voice prompt alerts what's going on in real-time. The robot sends notifications in the Mi Home app.
  • Slide drawer detachable water container.
  • Washable HEPA filter.
  • Strong suction power can collect dust, dirt, pet hair from the carpeted surface.
  • Carpet boost provides deep cleaning.
  • In the Mi Home you can watch the Xiaowa in real-time.

Cons

  • Does not save a map after finishing cleaning

Proscenic 880L

Budget Pick

Proscenic 880L

The most affordable

The square shape helps to get closer to walls and corners. The robot is suitable for small to average homes with thin carpets or hardwood floors.

The Proscenic 880L has a square shape that gets the robot closer to walls and corners providing better cleaning. The robot is equipped with a gyroscope that helps to move around efficiently. At a $240 price tag, you get a robot that lasts for the whole 120 minutes, knows your home layout and can do mopping as well as sweeping. 

The Proscenic 880L provides better cleaning along walls and corners

It is the cheapest robot in our list that can do both: sweeping and mopping. If you are looking for a budget robot that will make your place clean and mops, have a look at the Proscenic 880L. 

Pros

  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa/Google Home.
  • Short body fits under most furniture.
  • Perfect shape for corner cleaning.
  • Can do mopping and sweeping.
  • Decent battery life. 
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Is not suitable for medium and high-pile carpets.

Trifo Ironpie m6

Runner-Up

Trifo Ironpie m6

Based on camera

Equipped with a camera, suitable for small and average homes without carpets.

The Trifo Ironpie M6 has a camera onboard. It is equipped with a 600 ml dustbin which is suitable for pet owners since it holds more dust. 

Short body allows getting under most furniture. In the app, you can switch between modes, start/stop the robot and control its movements. The Trifo is not suitable for deep carpet cleaning but if you want a robot that would run daily, it will clean your thin carpets and bare floors flawlessly. 

Pros

  • Decent battery life
  • Suitable for households with a mixed surface.
  • The camera helps to create a map.
  • Suitable for pet owners.

Cons

  • Doesn't work on medium and high-pile carpets

Recharge & Resume

This is a feature that makes a robot to get back to recharge when its battery runs out of energy and then resume the cleaning from the place the cleaner left off. This feature makes a cleaner suitable for small, medium and big houses. 

Supported by the 360 S6 and Xiaowa E2.

House size

The longest a robot can last per one charge, the largest area it can cover. Recharge & resume makes the robot suitable for medium and biggest houses. Each of the cleaners can clean a small home as well. The Roborock Xiaowa E2 and Proscenic 880L last the longest though.

Carpet & pet hair performance

Strong suction along with a cleaning brush ensures deep carpet cleaning.

The 360 S6 and Xiaowa E2 have the strongest suction and also are equipped with carpet identification. They are perfect for carpet cleaning and pet hair thanks to the Roborock tangle-free design and the cleaning brush of the 360 S6 that has detachable parts. 

The Proscenic and Trifo are more suitable for bare flooring and thin carpets. 

Bare floor performance

Each of the robots from the list works excellent on bare floors picking even the smallest particulars. However, those that come with mopping can reduce manual mopping by cleaning any type of bare floor every once in a while.

If you need mopping, stick with the Xiaowa E2 S5, Proscenic 880L, and 360 S6.

Smart home ecosystem vs. robot vacuum cleaner

Nowadays even a robot cleaner can be controlled by voice. In case you own Alexa-enabled devices or Google Home you might want to buy a robovac that would understand your commands. All the models are compatible with Alexa and Google Home. 

App

Every cleaner comes with an app. Though each vacuum has special features to talk about. Each app starts/stops a robot and allows scheduling it. 

360 S6 has the ability to set customized zones and forbidden areas yet don't have spot cleaning.

* customized zones - areas you want the robot to clean

* forbidden zones - places the robot should not cross when cleaning.

Roborock Xiaowa E2: the Mi Home app allows to watch the robot in real-time and manually manage the robot's movement. 

The Proscenic 880L and Trifo M6 apps have similar basic features. 

A budget robot vacuum cleaner with mapping: which one to buy?

Each of the robots from our list is a decent machine that can compete with expensive high-end models but costs less.

The 360 S6 and Roborock Xiaowa E2 are the best for medium-pile carpets. The Proscenic 880L and Trifo M6 are ideal for thin carpets and mixed surfaces.

All the robots are great for pet owners. However, if your home is covered with carpets, go with the Xiaowa E2 or 360 S6. Proscenic and Trifo would be suitable for homes with no carpets.

Thanks to the mopping feature, the 360 S6, Roborock Xiaowa E2, and Proscenic 880L are ideal for homes with no carpets. 

Budget: the robot vacuums price starts from $240 and ends up at $320. Depending on your needs, surface and home size, pick the one that would be the best for you. 


If you are struggling to choose yours, leave a comment down below, and I will try to help you decide which would be the best for you.


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