TOP 5 Best Robot Vacuums with Intelligent Mapping Technology

By Natalie Red·Aug 13, 2018· 8 min read

Earlier we've reviewed the 4 of the most powerful smart robot vacuum cleaners. Since it's been a while, some manufacturers released new models that worth to be mentioned, we decided to dive deep into the 5 best smart robot cleaners of 2019.

Robot vacuums mentioned in the article:

Specs & Features360 S6Roborock S5ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930Neato Botvac Connected D7Roomba 980
Mapping technologyLDS laserLDS laserLDS laserLDS lasercamera
Operation time (min)120150110120120
Battery capacity (mAh)3,2005,2003,2004,2003,000
Suction power (Pa)1,8002,0001,0002,0001,700
Dustbin capacity (ml)400500450700600
Moppingyesyesyesnono
App360SmartMi HomeECOVACSNeato RoboticsiRobot Home
Amazon Alexa/Google Home supportlimited supportyesyesyesyes
Auto-recharge and resumeyesyesyesyesyes
Virtual boundariesyesyesyesyesyes
Dirt detectionnonononoyes
Carpet identificationyesyesyesnoyes
Full bin indicatornonononoyes
Schedulingyesyesyesyesyes
Water tank capacity (ml)150140N/A--
Noise level (dB)5560656470
Climbing ability (in / mm)0.67 / 170.79 / 200.63 / 160.75 / 190.79 / 20
Warranty12months12months12months12months12months
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Home size

Home size matters when it comes to buying a robot vacuum cleaner. Even though every robot with mapping has a recharge & resume feature which means it covers more areas in one session, the battery life is important. It takes a few hours to recharge before your device gets to finish its job.

120 minutes of battery life is enough to cover medium to big-sized homes. If you live in a small household, you can go to any of these machines. It would take less time to finish the cleaning which is great, right?

Carpet performance

Carpet boost is the feature that increases suction power to its maximum level once the robot recognizes the carpeted surface. Every robot comes with it except the Neato.

Almost every model from our list performs excellently on low and medium-pile carpets providing deep cleaning. The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 only does the bare floor and thin carpet.

Please note that none robot vacuum cleaner can clean deep clean thick shaggy carpets.

Bare floor performance

Neato and Roomba perform great on the bare floor. Each of the robots has a strong suction that catches everything from the floor. However, none of these machines comes with wet mopping.

The DEEBOT Ozmo 930 avoids carpets when moping

The 360 S6, Roborock and ECOVACS are equipped with a water container and mop attachment. Each of them is one of the best robots that vacuum and mop.

Please note, that the mopping feature is not able to remove stubborn stains.

Pet hair

The Neato is equipped with two brushes that were designed to pick up pet hair.

The Roborock comes with a 3-stage tangle-free design that causes less hair wrapped around its main brush and the wheels.

The ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 has two options for cleaning: the main brush and tangle-free suction inlet. The inlet works best on bare floors preventing hair-wrapping.

On the other hand, the Roomba 980 gets silicone rollers that are very easy to maintain and don't have to be cleaned after every cleaning.

Roomba's silicone rollers are maintain-free. The Roomba 980 is ideal for pet owners

The 360 S6 handles pet hair with ease even though it doesn't have special tangle-free rollers. Its main brush look-a-like Roborock's roller which means the 360 S6 needs to be cleaned from hair after the robot has finished its job.

In general, all these devices are good at picking up pet hair. They come with different types of cleaning brushes yet every robot performs excellently.

The Roomba's brushless rollers need less time to maintain than other robot's brushes.

Laser vs. camera: what is the difference

Only the Roomba 980 comes with a camera sensor, other robots in our list use the LIDAR.

The laser is more accurate when it comes to building a room's layout.

LIDAR technology builds an accurate map. With LIDAR, a robot vacuum cleaner can work in the dark

The only laser downside could be the fact that it is located inside the robot's "head" making it hard to reach some places under furniture because of body height.

Robot vacuum cleaner as a part of your smart home ecosystem

If you own any Amazon Echo or Google Home you might want your robot to be integrated with it to be able to control it with your voice.

The 360 S6 is not compatible with any; however, we hope it will be soon. The Roborock, Roomba, Deebot, and Neato are integrated with the smart voice assistants.

App

A smartphone app allows to switch between cleaning modes, turn on/off a cleaner, manually manage its movements, schedule it, etc. Additional features include map tracking, creating virtual walls depends on each model.

Virtual boundaries

Virtual boundaries keep a robot vacuum from crossing some particular zones. The Roomba 980 comes with a physical dual virtual wall barrier.

Digital boundaries prevent the robot from crossing certain areas

Every other robot from our list supports an app that allows creating as many virtual walls as you want to; the Roomba is limited by two virtual wall barriers.

Zone cleaning

Zone cleaning is useful if you want to clean a specific room without having the robot clean the whole home.

Make the robot vacuum clean within a certain area using zoned cleaning

The apps allow creating as many zones cleaning as you wish. Supported by the 360 S6, Roborock S5, ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930, Neato Botvac Connected D7.

Real-time mapping

In the app, you can track the robot movements in real-time. Watching your cleaner create a map is magnificent. This option is available for the 360 S6, Roborock S5, and DEEBOT Ozmo 930.

Manual movement control

To control your robot vacuum like a radio car you can use your smartphone. Supported by all the models except the Roomba 980.

Interaction with a created map

Inside the app, you can set block offs, create zones to be cleaned, etc. With the Mi Home app, you can tap on the map making the Roborock S5 go to the given point. With some apps, you can schedule the vacuum to clean a specified zone. You can interact with maps created by every robot except the Roomba 980.

Map saving

The 360 S6 saves up to 10 different floor plans. It is able to recognize its location if being placed manually in the middle of the room it has mapped before.

The Roborock S5 stores one created a floor plan.

Maps saving makes a robot vacuum ideal for multiple-level houses

The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 saves one created map.

The Neato Botvac Connected D7 is able to store up to three floor-plans.

The Roomba 980 does not save a map. It disappears once the robot finishes cleaning. You can see where the cleaner vacuumed in cleaning history.

The ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 app is the most featured in our opinion. Along with customizing particular areas, selecting forbidden zones, it allows prioritizing the rooms you'd want the robot to clean first. The best option ECOVACS app comes with is recognizing surface; thus Deebot doesn't make your carpets wet when the mop mode is on. We haven't seen anything like that before which makes ECOVACS worth every penny of its cost.

Maintenance

Additional Accessories

Luckily you will not have any issues with finding additional accessories for each robot vacuum on Amazon.

Quick guide through every robot cleaner

Price & Where to buy

The 360 S6 is available to buy on Gearbest and Amazon. It is the cheapest cleaner here and comes with a $360 price tag which is a great deal considering its performance and featured. Buy yours on Amazon for $400

You can get the Roborock S5 on Amazon for around $540.

It is available to buy on Gearbest where the Roborock S5 in white color costs $460. The robot has a black color option that comes with a $560 price tag.

Find the ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 on Amazon where it costs $500.

The Neato Botvac Connected D7 comes with a price tag a little bit over $700.

The Roomba 980 is available to buy on Amazon where you can get it for $800.


Do you have any questions left? Still not sure which robot cleaner to get? Ask us in the comment section down below, and we will try to help you figure out what option would be the best for you.

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