The Best Powerful Robot Vacuum Cleaners of 2019 with a Mapping Feature

By Michael Fisher·Apr 22, 2018· 9 min read

If you love tech, gadgets, have a modern house and want to automate your cleaning routine, you definitely should pay attention to automatic robot vacuums. These small and smart robotic devices can help you save time and clean your house even when you are not at home. They can be scheduled to start cleaning the entire house at a particular time, and when the work is finished, they automatically return to the charging base so you don't have to worry about cleaning when getting back from the long day at the office. Robot vacuums look impressive; you can use them in your smart home and control them by voice commands through Amazon Alexa or Google Home (not all robot vacuums support this feature). It is fun when you are just lying on the couch, watching this machine work hard to make your floors clean. You can even control it with a remote controller, smartphone or Alexa.

Today, we want to talk about mid-priced powerful robot vacuums with a mapping and path planning feature: the Roborock S6, 360 S5, Neato D6 Connected, Viomi V2 and iRobot Roomba i7+. Are you ready to know more about each model and choose the best one for your home flooring?

Robot vacuums mentioned in the article:

If you are not ready to spend more but still interested in a cleaner with mapping, have a look at the best smart budget robot vacuums to buy in 2019.

Best robot vacuums with mapping: comparison chart

FeaturesRoborock S6360 S5Neato Botvac D6Viomi V2iRobot Roomba i7+
**Path planning / Mapping **yesyesyesyesyes
**Type of mapping sensor **LaserLaserLaserLaserCamera
Runtime (min)15012012012075
Suction power (Pa)2,0002,0002,0002,1501,700
Noise level (dB)5555646968
Battery capacity (mAh)5,2002,600N/A3,2003,300
Auto charge and resumeyesyesyesyesyes
Dust bin capacity (ml)500550700600500
Climbing ability (in/mm)0.79 / 200.79 / 200.75 / 190.79 / 200.79 / 20
Height (in/cm)3.78 / 9.63.94 / 103.9 / 9.93.74 / 9.53.62 / 9.2
Full bin indicatornonononoyes
Amazon Alexa & Google Home supportyesyesyesN/Ayes
Virtual Wallsyesyesyesyesyes (physical barrier)
Zone Cleaningyesyesnoyesyes
Room recognizingyesyesnonoyes
Scheduling by roomyesyesnonoyes
Self-emptying basenonononoyes
Dirt Detect Sensornonononoyes
Auto boost on carpetyesyesnonoyes
Wet mopping functionyesnonoyesno
Warranty2 years1 year1 year1 year1 year
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Roborock S6

Roborock S6 the best robot vacuum to buy in 2019

The Roborock S6 is the newest flagship robot vacuum in the Roborock model line. It is a 2-in-1 device that can mop and sweep.

With 150 minutes of runtime, the Roborock is a winner, since no one robovac works this long (update, the newest Roborock Xiaowa E3, and Xiaomi 1S last 150 minutes in one charge). The Roborock S5 covers about 250 square meters in one charge.

The Roborock S6 is ideal for big homes with more than one level

2,000 Pa strong suction sucks up everything from bare floors and carpeted surfaces. It uses the SLAM algorithm that along with a laser located on top scans the interior creating a map of the area and builds the most efficient cleaning path. When the robot finishes cleaning, it divides the map into separate rooms which you can use to schedule the vacuum to work in a particular room or two further.

The Roborock S6 saves up to 3 different floor plans and is suitable for homes with more than one level

The Roborock S5 is equipped with 14 sensors that help the robot navigate around. Although it has one of the strongest suction, the device is equipped with a soft rubber sieve that decreases the noise the Roborock produces when cleaning.

The robot vacuum can be scheduled to work directly in the kitchen or living room

It supports Amazon Alexa and Google Home, have Wi-Fi and can be operated by the Mi Home app. There is no virtual wall included in the box, but the app has the possibility of creating virtual boundaries. Also, you can see how the Roborock creates a map and view its movements in real time. Intelligent carpet identification maximizes the suction power when the robot knows it is on a carpet/rug.

Talking about its cleaning brush, it has detachable parts, and I noticed that it has one of the best hair-free solutions which is suitable for carpets and bare floors at the same time. It performs well on carpets as much as on bare floors without hair getting tangled around the brush.

The Roborock S6 comes with a 2-year warranty

In the app, you can create block offs to prevent the robot from crossing particular rooms and set zone cleaning if you want it to clean within one or two places.

Cleaning Performance

The Roborock S5 works well on carpets and bare floors. With strong suction, detachable cleaning brush, and carpet boost, the Roborock is one of the best solutions for pet hair. It operates quietly and doesn't have an issue with climbing obstacles up to 20mm high thanks to its large wheels. It seems to bump into things less often than other robots and even can do some of the carpets up to 20 mm height.

Thanks to one of the strongest suction power, carpet identification that boosts cleaning mode to powerful and large wheels, the Roborock S5 shows excellent performance on carpets and rugs as well as on bare flooring.

Price & Where To Buy

Get the Roborock S5 for $600 on Gearbest.

The robot has three color options: white, black and rose gold. Since it is a new model, so far it is only available to buy in white color.

*please note that the price may change

360 S5

360 s5 smart and budget robot vacuum

We are going to talk about the newest robot vacuum cleaner - 360 S5.

It is the youngest brother of the 360 S6 which we reviewed earlier.

The robot has strong suction of 2,000 Pa, stores up to 10 different floor plans and has room recognizing. The robot also recognizes carpet flooring providing deeper cleaning on those that are not thicker than 20 mm.

The 360 S5 is perfect for homes with more than one level

In the app, you can set virtual bock offs, create zoned cleaning and the S5 divides the map into separate rooms.

This feature allows making the robot work at a specific time in the kitchen or bedroom anytime you want.

Carpet boost, strong suction, and big wheels make the 360 S6 suitable for thicker carpets

Cleaning performance

The 360 S5 performs well on bare floors thanks to the strong suction power. It also works well on thin carpets and those that are not thicker than 20 mm.

Price & Purchase Details

The Roomba 960 is available on GearBest for $300 which makes the 360 S5 one of the cheapest robot vacuum featured with high-end options.

*please note the price may change

Neato Botvac D6 Connected

Neato Botvac D6 Connected one of the most powerful robot vacuum cleaners on the market

The Botvac D6 Connected is one of the latest models from Neato.

It has D-shape that is better at corners cleaning.

The robot is equipped with the LDS laser to map out your house. It also stores up to 3 different floor plans.

The Neato D6 Connected is ideal for multiple-storage houses

With 120 minutes of battery life, the Neato covers a bigger area.

In the app, you can set No-Go lines to prevent the robot from crossing certain areas which is useful because we always have zones with cords or kids toys so this feature is essential.

Because of the Botvac shape, it has a wide brush that covers more area than round vacuums thanks to which the Neato spends less time on cleaning the same area than the round cleaners do.

Cleaning performance

Neato is known for its great performance on carpets and the D6 is no exception. It handles even the smallest particles on carpet flooring that is not thicker than 20 mm and works flawlessly on bare floor.

Price & Purchase Details

Be ready to spend about $600 on the Neato Botvac D6 Connected on GearBest. It is a great deal considering its performance and given features.

*please note the price may change

Click here to see customers reviews about the D6 Connected on Amazon

Viomi V2

Viomi V2 a budget the most powerful machine on the market

The Viomi V2 is the first model in the family that has the LDS laser to map out your house.

Its battery lasts up to 120 minutes covering about 150 square meters on one charge.

The Viomi V2 is ideal for big homes with bare flooring

The app gives you cleaning stats and ability to set No-Go Lines that work as virtual boundaries, create zoned cleaning to make the robot work within a certain area.

The large dustbin is easy to clean. The biggest advantages of the Viomi V2 - large 560 ml water tank. Most of the containers hold about 150-300 ml of water, the Viomi covers a big area when mopping. It has 2 types of microfiber mops for different cleaning needs.

The Viomi is perfect for multi-story houses

The Viomi has the strongest suction that delivers 2,150 Pa of power. It saves a few floor plans.

Cleaning Performance

The Viomi V2 handles pet hair with ease. With the strong suction power, the robot performs well on bare floors and thin/thicker carpets. It has a good picking ability since it is the most powerful machine in the business.

Thanks to the large water tank, the Viomi is perfect for big areas with no carpets.

Price & Purchase Details

Be ready to spend about $400 on the Viomi V2 on GearBest. It is a great deal considering its performance and given features.

*please note the price may change

iRobot Roomba i7+

Roomba i7+ self-emptying robot vacuum

iRobot presented its latest high-featured model Roomba i7+, one a few robot vacuums that can clean itself on the market so far.

The most significant feature everyone is talking about - the self-cleaning charging base. When the dustbin (inside the robot) gets full, the robot returns to the charging dock, the dust inside gets sucked up into the dock, and the robot is ready to continue cleaning. The base stores up to 30 robots bins so you don't have to worry about emptying it for about a month.

Thanks to the brushless rollers, the Roomba i7+ is ideal for pet hair

The robot is equipped with two silicone rollers that are tangle-free which makes the Roomba perfect for pet owners. The cleaner recognizes high-traffic spots making the machine go back-and-forth until the area is clean. It also identifies carpet flooring providing deeper cleaning on it by automatically boosting the air power to the max level.

Click here to see customers reviews about the Roomba i7+ on Amazon

The battery lasts for about 75 minutes. Thanks to compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the Roomba can be controlled via Alexa-enabled devices and Google Assistant or using its smartphone app. '

The Roomba i7+ saves up to 10 different floor plans

One of the things the Roomba i7+ is great - room cleaning. When the map is created, you can divide it into separate rooms to make the i7+ work there in the future.

If you are not ready to spend extra, you can get the Roomba i7 which is the same robot vacuum expect it comes with a regular charging dock. You can always buy the self-emptying base separately.

Cleaning performance

The Roomba i7+ works great on thin/thicker carpets and bare floor picking up even the smallest particles. Thanks to the great climbing ability, big dustbin, and silicone rollers, the Roomba i7+ is perfect for pet hair.

Price & Purchase Details

The Roomba i7+ will cost you about $900 on Amazon.

The Roomba i7 has a $700 price tag.

*please note the prices may change

Wrapping It Up

All the machines are good at cleaning carpets (not shaggy rugs though, unfortunately, there is no robot on the market so far that will do that), so it depends on your budget and personal preference as to which robot vacuum cleaner to get. Write in comments below about the robovac you would buy for yourself.

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