5 Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaners With Mapping

We used to think that a robot vacuum cleaner with mapping had a price tag of around $1000. What if we say that you can get a decent one for a price of less than $500? Sounds cool? Let's find out what a budget robot vacuum cleaner with mapping can offer for its value.

Features360 S6Xiaomi RoborockECOVACS Deebot 900/901Neato Botvac D5 ConnectediClebo Omega
Operation time120 minutes150 minutes100 minutes90 minutes80 minutes
Battery capacity3,200 mAh5,200 mAh3,000 mAh4,200 mAh4,400 mAh
Dustbin capacity400 ml500 ml350 ml700 ml700 ml
Water tank capacity150 ml140 ml---
Mappingyesyesyesyesyes
Mapping technologylaserlaserlaserlasercamera
Recharge & resumeyesyesyesyesyes
Moppingyesyesnonoyes
Wi-Fiyesyesyesyesno
App360SmartMi HomeECOVACSNeato Roborics-
Virtual wallsyesyesyesyesmagnetic strip
Specified areayesyesnonono
Spot cleaningnoyesyesyesyes
Suction power1,800 Pa2,000 PaN/A2,000 PaN/A
Amazon Alexa / Google Homenoyesyesyesno
Schedulingyesyesyesyesyes
Noise level55 dB60 dB67 dB64 dB68 dB
Cleaning area2,153 ft2 / 200 m22,691 ft2 / 250 m2N/A1,291 ft2 / 120 m2N/A
Barrier-cross height0.67 in / 17 mm0.59 in / 15 mm0.71 in / 18 mm0.75 in / 19 mm0.59 in / 15 mm
HEPAyesyesyesnoyes
Carpet boostyesyesnonoyes
Voice alertyesyesyesnono
Warranty12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months

360 S6 Robot Vacuum

360 s6 robotic vacuum the cheapest flagship cleaner with mapping

The 360 S6 is a brand-new robot vacuum on the market that comes 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 mop and sweep 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. Unfortunately, the 360 S6 is not integrated with smart voice assistants yet we hope it will in the near future.

Pros

  • Quiet operation even though the robot has strong suction
  • One of the most powerful motor on the market
  • Decent battery life suitable for biggest homes
  • 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
  • Voice prompt informs what's going on in real-time. Aside from that, you get notifications in the 360Smart app
  • Affordable price.

Cons

  • The robot is not integrated with Amazon Alexa nor with Google Home

Xiaomi Roborock

Xiaomi Roborock the longest lasting battery life

Xiaomi Roborock is one of the high-end robot cleaners with the strongest suction power that delivers 2000 Pa. It can sweep and mop at the same time. Its water container is super easy to install, just slide it underneath and it's ready to go. It uses the LIDAR system to map out the interior and build the way of cleaning. In the Mi Home app, you can set virtual walls, and tap on the map to send the robo manually to the point you want Roborock to clean. It is the beast when it comes to battery life. It lasts 150 minutes which is impressive the longest any robot does so far.

Pros

  • The longest 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 is able to collect dust, dirt, pet hair from the carpeted surface
  • Carpet boost provides deep cleaning

Cons

  • Lack of accessories in the box

You can read more about the Xiaomi Roborock robot vacuum in our recent review.


ECOVACS Deebot 900/901

ECOVACS Deebot 900/901 one of the cheapest ECOVACS robots with mapping

ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 900/901 is equipped with a laser inside its "head" that scans the interior of your room and plans the cleaning path. The map is visible on the app, you can target a cleaning zone, block certain areas, and prioritize where you want the Deebot to clean first. The robot is able to recognize the bare floors and a carpeted surface which you can see on the map is created. It comes with a suction inlet and the main brush. The inlet works better on laminate, hardwood, tile etc., while the main brush is better at working on thin carpets.

Pros

  • A bunch of accessories in the box
  • Quiet operation
  • The ability to set cleaning zones, virtual walls, and prioritized areas
  • Suction inlet is tangle-free meaning you will not fight with wrapped hair all the time
  • Recognizes bare floors and carpeted surface
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa/Google Home

Cons

  • Is not suitable for medium and high-pile carpets

Neato Botvac D5 Connected

Neato Botvac D5 Connected

Neato is a well-known brand that produces great robot cleaners including Botvac D5 Connected. It is equipped with a wide cleaning brush which reduces the time the robot spend on cleaning. The device is D-shaped which allows it to clean corners and edges better. The Neato Robotic app allows creating virtual walls as much as possible. It uses the same LIDAR system for mapping the layout and creating a cleaning path. It has three circles until its battery runs out of energy covering about 400 square meters on a raw. It means the Neato cleans, then docks itself to recharge and resumes from the place it stopped. The robot does it three times before it needs to charge its battery to 100%.

Pros

  • D-shape works better on corners
  • Strong suction is able to pick up even the smallest particulars
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa/Google Home
  • Ultra performance brush is designed to pick up pet hair
  • Three circles run allows the robot to cover around 4499 ft2 / 418 m2

Cons

  • Because of its shape, the robot stuck more often than round ones
  • Loud

iClebo Omega

iClebo Omega

iClebo Omega is another robot vacuum that came with a shape that works better on corners. This is the only device from our list that is equipped with a rubber brush. The brush is ideal for hair, it is tangle-free. You can control the machine by using an IR remote control or manually pressing on the LCD display. In the box, you will find a mop cloth for wet mopping. Though the robot doesn't have a water container. Unfortunately, iClebo Omega doesn't have an app and is not integrated with Alexa or Google Home.

Pros

  • Carpet boost helps to deep clean your carpet
  • Spiral rubber brush is perfect for pet and long human hair
  • Its shape is better at cleaning corners and edges
  • Suitable for homes with a mixed surface

Cons

  • Doesn't work on medium and high-pile carpets
  • A camera-based technology is not as accurate as LIDAR
  • Doesn't have an app

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. Each robovac from our list comes with this option.

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 is able to clean a small home as well. Xiaomi Roborock lasts the longest though.

Carpet & pet hair performance

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

Xiaomi Roborock, 360 S6, and Neato Botvac D5 Connected are able to clean low and medium-pile carpets. Ecovacs Deebot 900/901 and iClebo Omega performs perfectly on thin carpets and mixed surfaces.

Xiaomi Roborock and 360 S6 is equipped with a multi-surface brush that prevents hair from tangling. It still wraps around the roller but less than around regular bristled brushes. Neato comes with a combo brush. It offers superior pick-up of pet hair on all floor types, reduced noise during operation, and is ideal for homes with multiple types of flooring. The brush is easy to maintain. ECOVACS Deebot 900/901 offers the main brush + suction inlet. Suction inlet works better on a bare floor picking pet hair and reducing tangling while the main brush is better at picking things on the carpeted surface. iCLebo Omega has a rubber brush that is one of the best solutions on the market. It is tangle-free and needs minimum efforts to maintain.

Bare floor performance

Each of the robots from the list works great 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. iClebo Omega is equipped with a mop cloth that becomes dry quicker than those that comes with a water tank such as Xiaomi Roborock and 360 S6.

Smart home ecosystem vs robot vacuum cleaner

Nowadays even a robot cleaner can be controlled by voice. In case you own Amazon Echo or Google Home you might want to buy a robovac that would understand your commands. Xiaomi Roborock, Ecovacs Deebot, and Neato are compatible with smart devices. iClebo Omega doesn't support Wi-Fi meaning that it will not be integrated with those gadgets. 360 S6 cannot be controlled by voice so far yet we hope it will in the near future.

App

Every cleaner comes with an app except iClebo Omega. Though each vacuum has special features to talk about.

360 S6 has an 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.

Xiaomi Roborock: Mi Home app allows to create virtual walls as many as you want and manually manage the robot's movement by tapping on the screen to make it go to the specific spot.

ECOVACS Deebot 900/901: thanks to ECOVACS app, you can customize the areas you want it to clean, set forbidden zones and make a priority where the robot have to clean first. Aside from that, the machine is able to recognize bare floors and carpets which you can see on the map it creates.

Neato Botvac D5 Connected: Neato Robotics allows to create virtual walls as many as you want. We hope D5 will get the new feature - "zone cleaning" in the future.


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.

360 S6, Xiaomi Roborock, Neato Botvac D5 Connected are the best for medium-pile carpets. Ecovacs Deebot 900/901 and iClebo Omega are ideal for thin carpets and mixed surfaces.

All the robots are great for pet owners.

Thanks to the mopping feature, 360 S6, and Xiaomi Roborock are ideal for homes with no carpets. iClebo Omega is good too but its mop cloth needs to be dumped manually every once in a while. If you own a big house go with Xiaomi Roborock, 360 S6, Neato Botvac D5 Connected, or Ecovacs Deebot 900/901.

Budget: 360 S6 ($350) and ECOVACS Deebot 900/901 ($360) are the cheapest, Xiaomi Roborock costs about $380 on Gearbest, though it has a $540 price on Amazon. Neato Botvac D5 Connected and iClebo Omega cost about the same ($480 and $480 each).

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