Best Roomba Alternatives in 2018 that you Never Knew Existed
May 3, 2018 7 min read
Roomba is the most popular brand on the market; everyone knows about their robots. When you consider buying a Roomba, you might need to know about the alternatives that could satisfy your needs better than this brand. Since iRobot produces a lot of different models from the older cheaper ones to the newer top-level and expensive Roomba 960 and the Roomba 980, we decided to pick other brands that can compete with the robots on every price level.
The Roomba 960 & the Roomba 980 Alternatives
Based on consumer reviews, we conclude that the following models can compete with the top-level Roombas 960 and 980 - the Roborock S5, the Neato D7 Connected, the Neato Botvac Connected, the Samsung Powerbot R9350 Turbo, and the Samsung POWERbot R9250. Basically, they all have the same main performance. They all perform well on carpets and rugs as well as bare floors. Pet hair is no problem for them either. With strong suction power and a cleaning brush, the machines catch even the smallest pieces from the floor. All the devices equipped with smart navigation and have a mapping option. Some come with a technology-based camera sensor, while some use a laser. As we talked about before, those with a laser can clean in the dark and build a more accurate map, at least that's what consumers say.
|Features||Roomba 960||Roomba 980||Roborock S5||Neato D7 Connected||Neato Botvac Connected||Samsung POWERbot R9350 Turbo||360 S6|
|Full Bin Indicator||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Filtration||HEPA||HEPA||washable HEPA||Ultra Performance||Ultra Performance||washable filter||washable HEPA|
|Recharge & Resume||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Warranty||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
All the robots come with an app so they can be controlled by your smartphone or voice commands (all the machines except for the 360 S6, and you also can run your assistant while not home thanks to being Wi-Fi enabled.
In case you don't want your robot to go in a specific area, there is a virtual wall included in every model on the list. Both the Roomba 960 and 980 come with a physical virtual wall barrier, so you can place it somewhere in the room to block the robot from crossing it. Other units have the possibility of creating virtual walls by using the app.
The Roomba 980, the Roborock S5, and the 360 S6 come with carpet identification that provides maximum suction power once the robot recognizes a carpeted surface. The option is cool since you don't have to worry about your carpet cleaning anymore. Your device will do it automatically on its own.
The Full Bin Indicator help you to know when you need to empty the dustbin.
Maybe this is one of the most important parameters you need to look at when choosing your perfect cleaner. The Roomba 960 and the Samsung POWERbot can run about 75-90 minutes while the Roomba 980, the Neato, and the 360 S6 for 120 minutes. The absolute winner here is the Roborock S5 with its 5200mAh battery that lasts up to 150 minutes on one charge.
The Recharge & Resume option makes the machine recharge when its battery is out of energy and then resume its job from where it left off.
Bare Floor Performance
All the robots on the list are great at catching pet hair, dust, transferring it to the dustbin on a bare floor. If you want wet mopping ability, go with the Roborock S5 or 360 S6 that have a water container and a mop cloth; the machines work in mopping mode for about 60 minutes.
The Neato and the Samsung are better at clean edges and corners because of the D-shape, but the design makes the robots get stuck in tight places.
The industry is full of robots equipped with anti-allergy filters, so they are ideal for people who have asthma or any kind of respiratory problem.
With strong suction power, any of these machines can handle pet hair with ease, making them perfect for pet owners.
Dirt detection recognizes the dirtiest areas and provides a more thoughtful cleaning by turning on the suction power to maximum.
Obstacle Detection & Falling from Stairs
All the robot vacuum cleaners on the market are equipped with anti-collision and anti-drop sensors that prevent the robot from falling down and scratching your furniture.
Before you decide to buy an expensive robot vacuum cleaner, ask yourself: do you really need all these extra features? We can help you answer the question: what is the difference between expensive and budget robot vacuum cleaners.
The Roomba 860 & the Roomba 890 Alternatives
|Features||Roomba 860||Roomba 890||Xiaomi Mi Robot||Neato D5 Connected||Samsung POWERbot R7070||ILIFE A8|
|Recharge & Resume||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Filter||HEPA||HEPA||HEPA||Ultra Performance||Washable Filter||HEPA|
|Warranty||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
The difference between the Roomba 860 and the Roomba 890 is that the 860 model doesn't support Wi-Fi, doesn't come with the app, and is not compatible with Amazon Alexa / Google Home. Both have virtual walls included, run the same 60 minutes, have dirt detection sensor, and come with HEPA filtration. The models perform well on both carpeting and a bare floor, catching pet hair with the cleaning brush and strong suction.
The Neato D5 Connected vs the Samsung POWERbot R7070
For about the same price, you can get the Neato D5 Connected ($500) and the Samsung POWERbot R7070 ($600). Both have mapping and smart navigation, the recharge & resume option, virtual walls, and work the same 90 minutes. Both are compatible with smart devices so they can be managed by voice commands and are Wi-Fi enabled. The Neato D5 Connected has a twice larger dustbin though.
The Xiaomi Mi Robot
On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi Robot costs about $400 and has all the features that come with the Neato and the Samsung. It uses laser technology to create a map and build the most efficient way of cleaning while allowing the robot to work in the dark. It cleans for the whole 150 minutes, making it the most long-lasting robot vacuum cleaner on the market (both the Xiaomi Mi Robot and the Roborock S5). It is ideal for thin and some medium carpets and performs great on a bare floor. It also handles pet hair which makes it perfect for pet owners. With a HEPA filter, the Xiaomi Mi Robot is suitable for people who suffer from asthma or any kind of allergy. When its battery energy reaches 20%, the Mi Robot gets back to its station, recharges up to 80% and continues its working process from the point where it stopped. Unfortunately, you cannot control the Mi Robot with your voice since it is not compatible with Alexa or Google Home.
The ILIFE A8
The cheapest robot here is the ILIFE A8 ($300); and even though it is a budget model, it can compete with both Roombas - the 860 and the 890. It comes with a mapping option and double rotating brushes, one of which is suitable for pet hair and a bare floor, while the other is designed for carpeted surfaces (thin and some medium carpets, but not thick). The 2600mAh battery lasts up to 120 minutes which is as long as the latest Roomba 980 runs. It has the recharge & resume feature as well. The main advantage of the ILIFE A8 it is the price tag of about $300. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Wi-Fi and Amazon Alexa/Google Home, so if you want to manage your robot with your voice, you probably need to look at other devices.
The Roomba 650 & the Roomba 690 Alternatives
|Features||Roomba 650||Roomba 690||Neato D3 Connected||ILIFE V8S||ILIFE A4S||Ecovacs Deebot N79S||Shark Ion 750||Eufy RoboVac 11+|
|Recharge & Resume||no||no||yes||no||no||no||no||no|
|Filter||AeroVac||AeroVac||High Performance||HEPA||HEPA||HEPA||HEPA||High-performance filter|
|Warranty||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
We decided not to include the Roomba 614 on this list because it is a very old model and not relevant in 2018.
With a price tag of about $300 at this time, there are a lot of other robot cleaners we can recommend as competitors to the Roomba 650/690. With about the same dustbin capacity and same 60-minute running time, both robots come with equal cleaning performance. The difference between the two is the same as between the 860 and 890 models, but the Roomba 650 doesn't support Wi-Fi and the app and is not compatible with Alexa.
For the same price of $300, you can get the Neato D3 Connected and the Shark Ion 750. The Neato comes with mapping and smart navigation and runs for about the same 60 minutes as the Roomba. It is compatible with smart devices, supports Wi-Fi, and has an app. Since the Neato D3 Connected comes with mapping, it also has a "recharge & resume" feature. Strong suction power keeps the robot working on carpeted surfaces and a bare floor. The D-shape makes the Neato perfect for cleaning corners and edges, but it also gets the robot stuck in tight places.
The Shark Ion 750
On the other hand, the Shark Ion runs the same 60 minutes without getting stuck between chair legs, etc. In the box, you get a magnetic tape that works as a physical block to zone off unwanted areas. Based on consumer reviews, the Shark Ion 750 does a wonderful job of picking up pet hair. The app works smoothly and is very easy to use. Basically, it is a powerful budget robovac that performs well on thin carpets and bare floors, picking up pet hair, dust, and dirt.
For the price of about $250, you can get the Ecovacs Deebot N79S and the ILIFE V8S. The Eufy RoboVac 11+ comes a little cheaper with a $230 price tag. So what you get for this money?
The Ecovacs Deebot N79S is the one machine for less than $300 compatible with Alexa. With a running time of 100 minutes in one charge, it works great on thin carpets. Having strong suction power, the robot catches pet hair leaving the floor clean. It doesn't have smart navigation, however. Thousands of reviews on Amazon make the Ecovacs Deebot N79S one of the best in its price category.
The ILIFE V8S
The ILIFE V8S is one of the latest from the iLIFE family. It is a powerful machine with a mopping feature so it can wet mop a bare floor and catch even the smallest particles from carpeted surfaces. It has an anti-tangle design making it perfect for pet and long human hair so you don't have to unwrap it from the cleaning brush after every session. The V8S runs for 1 hour and 20 minutes and has one of the largest dustbins in the industry.
The Eufy RoboVac 11+
With a price of $230, the Eufy RoboVac 11+ is a basic device that does its job. With a powerful motor and a bristle brush, it can clean thin carpets and hardwood floors, while handling pet hair. It doesn't have an app so you can operate it only by remote control.
The ILIFE A4S
The ILIFE A4S is an absolute winner when it comes to price. It costs a little under $200 and has a 2600mAh Li-Ion battery that lasts up to 140 (!) minutes in one charge, covering about 200 square meters (2153 square feet). The 1000Pa suction is strong enough to clean thin carpets; the bristle cleaning brush scratches the floor picking up pet hair and dust to transfer to the dustbin. As with the Ecovacs Deebot N79S, the ILIFE A4S has thousands of good reviews on Amazon. Unfortunately, since it doesn't have an app and is not Wi-Fi enabled, the robot can only be managed by a remote controller that comes in the box.
So what do you think about all the Roomba alternatives the other market offerings? Write in the comments below which robot vacuum cleaner you would get instead of the Roomba.