Best Roomba Alternatives 2018 You Never Knew Existed

Roomba is the most popular brand on the market, everyone knows about their robots. When you consider about buying Roomba you migh need to know about the alternatives that could satisfy your needs better than Roomba. Since iRobot produces a lot of different models from the oldest cheap ones to the top-level expensive Roomba 960 and Roomba 980, we decided to pick other brands that can competite with the robots on every price level.


Roomba 960 & Roomba 980 Alternatives

Alternatives to buy instead of Roomba 960 and Roomba 980

Based on consumer reviews we concluded that the following models can compete with the top-level Roombas 960 and 980 - Xiaomi Roborock, Neato D7 Connected, Neato Botvac Connected, Samsung Powerbot R9350 Turbo, Samsung POWERbot R9250. Basically, they all have the same main performance. They all perform well on carpets and rugs as well as on a bare floor. Pet hair is no problem for them either. Along with a stong 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 of them come with a technology based on a camera sensor, some use a laser. As we talked before the ones with a laser can clean in the dark and build a more accurate map, at least that's what consumers say.

FeaturesRoomba 960Roomba 980Xiaomi Roborock S50Neato D7 ConnectedNeato Botvac ConnectedSamsung POWERbot R9350 TurboSamsung POWERbot R9250
Runtime751201501201209090
Mappingyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Mapping Technologycameracameralaserlaserlasercameracamera
Alexayesyeslimited supportyesyesyesyes
App/Wi-Fiyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Carpet Identificationnoyesyesnononono
Dirt sensoryesyesnononoyesyes
Full Bin Indicatoryesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Virtual Wallyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
FiltrationHEPAHEPAWashable HEPAUltra PerformanceUltra Performancewashable filterwashable filter
Recharge & Resumeyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Schedulingyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Wet Moppingnonoyesnononono
Dustbin CapacityN/A600ml500ml700ml700ml700ml700ml
Warranty12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months

Control

All the robots come with the app so can be controlled by your smartphone or voice commands (all the machines, except Xiaomi Roborock that comes with limited support) and you also can run your assistant while you are not home thanks to 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 from the list. Both 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 a possibility of creating virtual walls by just using the app.

Roomba 980 and Xiaomi Roborock S50 have a carpet identification that provides a maximum suction power once the robot recognizes carpeting 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.

Full Bin Indicator help you to know when you need to empty the dustbin.

Runtime

Maybe it is one of the most important parameters you need to have a look at when choosing your perfect cleaner. Roomba 960 and Both Samsung POWERbot can run about 75-90 minutes while Roomba 980 and both Neato - 120 minutes. The absolute winner here is Xiaomi Roborock with its 5200mAh battery that lasts up to 150 minutes in one charge.

Recharge & Resume option makes the machine to recharge when its battery is out of energy and then resume its job from the place it left off.

Bare Floor Performance

All the robots from the list perform great on a bare floor, catching pet hair, dust, and dirt and transform it to the dustbin. If you want a wet mopping ability - go with Xiaomi Roborock that has a water container and a mop cloth and can work in the mopping mode for about 60 minutes.

Neato and Samsung better clean edges and corners because of the D-shape. But the design makes the robots stuck in tight places.

Filtration

Now the industry is full of robots equipped with anti-allergy filters so they are ideal for people who suffer from asthma or any kind of allergy.

Pet Hair

With the strong suction power, any of these machines handle pet hair with ease making them perfect for pet owners.

Dirt Detection

Dirt detection recognizes the dirtiest areas and provides a more thoughtful cleaning turning on the suction power on 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 to answer the question: what is the difference between expensive and budget robot vacuum cleaners.


Roomba 860 & Roomba 890 Alternatives

What robot vacuum cleaner you can buy instead of Roomba 860 and Roomba 890

FeaturesRoomba 860Roomba 890Xiaomi Mi RobotNeato D5 ConnectedSamsung R7070iLIFE A8
Running Time60601509090120
Dustbin CapacityN/AN/A420ml700ml300mlN/A
Wi-Finoyesyesyesyesno
Alexa Compatiblenoyesnoyesyesno
Mappingnonoyesyesyesyes
Virtual Wallsyesyesnoyesyesno
Dirt Detectionyesyesnononono
Recharge & Resumenonoyesyesyesyes
FilterHEPAHEPAHEPAUltra PerformanceWashable FilterHEPA
Schedulingyesyesyesyesyesyes
Warranty12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months

The difference between Roomba 860 and Roomba 890 is the fact, that 860 model is older and 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, both run the same 60 minutes, have dirt detection sensor, and come with HEPA filtration. The models still perform well on both carpeting surface and a bare floor catching pet hair with the cleaning brush and strong suction.

Neato D5 Connected vs Samsung POWERbot R7070

For about the same price you can get Neato D5 Connected ($500) and Samsung POWERbot R7070 ($600). Both have mapping and smart navigation, recharge&resume option, virtual walls, and work the same 90 minutes each. Both of them compatible with smart devices so can be managed by voice commands, and have Wi-Fi enabled. Neato D5 Connected has twice larger dustbin though.

Xiaomi Mi Robot

On the other hand, Xiaomi Mi Robot cost about $400 has all the features Neato and Samsung come with. It uses a laser technology to create a map and build the most efficient way of cleaning which allows 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 - Xiaomi Mi Robot and Xiaomi Roborock S50). 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 HEPA filter, Xiaomi Mi Robot suitable for people who suffer from asthma or any kind of allergy. When its battery energy reaches 20% Mi Robot gets back to its station, recharge up to 80% and continue its working process from the point it stopped. Unfortunately, you cannot control the Mi Robot with your voice, since it is not compatible with Alexa or Google Home.

iLIFE A8

The cheapest robot here is iLIFE A8 ($300) and even though it is budget, it still can compete with both Roombas - 860 and 890. It is coming with a mapping option and double rotating brushes, one of which is suitable for pet hair and working on a bare floor, while the other one was designed for cleaning carpeting surface. (thin and some medium carpets, not thick though). 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 iLIFE A8 it is the price tag of about $300. Unfortunately, iLIFE A8 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 have a look at other devices.

Roomba 650 & Roomba 690 Alternatives

Alternatives to consider to buy instead of Roomba 650 and Roomba 690

FeaturesRoomba 650690Neato D3 ConnectediLIFE V8SiLIFE A4SEcovacs Deebot N79SShark Ion 750Eufy RoboVac 11+
Running Time6060608014010060100
Dustbin Capacity400ml300ml700ml750ml450mlN/A378550ml
Wi-Finoyesyesnonoyesyesno
Alexanoyesyesnonoyesyesno
Mappingnonoyesnonononono
Recharge & Resumenonoyesnonononono
Dirt Detectionyesyesnononononono
Virtual Wallyesyesyesnononoyesno
Mopping Optionnononoyesnononono
FilterAeroVacAeroVacHigh PerformanceHEPAHEPAHEPAHEPAHigh-performance filter
Schedulingyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Warranty12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months

We decided to not include Roomba 614 in this list because it is a very old model that is 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 Roomba 650/690. With about the same dustbin capacity and same 60 minutes running time, both robots come with about the same cleaning performance. The difference between the two is the same as between 860 and 890 models - Roomba 650 doesn't support Wi-Fi and the app and is not compatible with Alexa.

Neato D3 Connected

For the same price of $300, you can get Neato D3 Connected and Shark Ion 750. Neato comes with mapping and smart navigation. Runs for about the same 60 minutes as Roomba. Compatible with smart devices supports Wi-Fi and have an app. Since Neato D3 Connected comes with mapping it also has a "recharge & resume" feature. Strong suction power keeps the robot working on carpeting surface and a bare floor. The D-shape makes Neato perfect at cleaning corners and edges but it also gets the robot stuck in tight places.

Shark Ion 750

On the other hand, 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, Shark Ion 750 does a wonderful job of picking up the pet hair. The app works smooth, very easy to use. Basically, it is a budget powerful robovac that performs well on thin carpets and bare floors, picking pet hair, dust, and dirt.

For the price of about $250, you can get Ecovacs Deebot N79S and ILIFE V8S. Eufy RoboVac 11+ comes a little bit cheaper - with a $230 price tag. So what you get for this money?

Ecovacs Deebot N79S

Ecovacs Deebot N79S is the one machine for the price of less than $300 compatible with Alexa. With a running time of 100 minutes (!) in one charge, it works great on thin carpets. Having a strong suction power, the robot catch pet hair leaving the floor clean. It doesn't have smart navigation though. Thousands of reviews on Amazon make Ecovacs Deebot N79S one of the best in its price category.

iLIFE V8S

iLIFE V8S is one of the latest from iLIFE family. It is a powerful machine that has a mopping feature so it can wet mop a bare floor and catch even the smallest particles from carpeting surface. Also, it has an anti-tangle design making it perfect for pet hair 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 have one of the largest dustbins in the industry.

Eufy RoboVac 11+

With a price of $230, Eufy RoboVac 11+ is a basic device that does its job good. With a powerful motor and a bristle brush, it can clean thin carpets and hardwood floor, handle pet hair. It doesn't have an app so you can control it only by a remote controller.

iLIFE A4S

iLIFE A4S is an absolute winner when it comes to price. It costs a little bit 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). A 1000Pa suction is strong enough to clean thin carpets, the bristle cleaning brush scratch the floor picking up pet hair and dust to transfer to the dustbin. As Ecovacs Deebot N79S, ILIFE A4S has thousands of good reviews on Amazon. Unfortunately, since it doesn't have an app and Wi-Fi enabled, the robot can be managed by a remote controller that comes in the box.


So what do you think about all the Roomba alternatives the market offers? Write in the comments down below which robot vacuum cleaner would get instead of Roomba.

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