Earlier we've talked the 4 of the most powerful mid-range 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 2020.
Why does mapping matter?
Mapping helps the robot to know where exactly it should clean and where it has already cleaned. Instead of randomly moving around until a battery dies, mapping robot cleaners methodically cover a cleaning area following the map they have created. Also, these kinds of machines do not go over the same spots twice making navigation more efficient.
Thanks to mapping, the robot knows where it should resume from when the battery runs out of energy. Resumption helps the robot to cover a bigger area making those models suitable for bigger houses.
Those are top 5 the most-featured robot vacuum cleaners ever existed on the market. If you are looking for a robot that allows you not to spend time on maintenance, have a look at the Roomba i7+. If you want the robot to do sweeping and mopping, go with the new 360 S7, OZMO 950, or Roborock S6. For a D-shaped cleaner choose the Neato Botvac Connected D7.
Each of these models would perform well on bare flooring and carpeted surface. Choose the one that would suit you the most depending on your budget, needs, and preferences.
|Specs & Features||
Neato Botvac D7
ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950
|Mapping technology||LDS laser||LDS laser||camera||LDS laser||LDS sensor|
|Map storage||up to 10||up to 2||up to 10||up to 3||up to 3|
|Operation time (min)||120||150||75||120||200|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3,200||5,200||1,800||4,200||5,200|
|Suction power (Pa)||2,000||2,000||1,700||2,000||1,500|
|Dustbin capacity (ml)||550||500||400||700||400|
|Self-emptying charging base||no||no||yes||no||no|
|App||360Smart||Mi Home||iRobot Home||Neato Robotics||ECOVACS|
|Amazon Alexa / Google Home support||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Auto-recharge and resume||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Selected room cleaning||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Full bin indicator||no||yes||yes||no||yes|
|Water tank capacity (ml)||150||140||-||-||290|
|Noise level (dB)||55||60||68||64||N/A|
|Climbing ability (in / mm)||0.79 / 20||0.79 / 20||0.79 / 20||0.75 / 19||0.79 / 20|
|Warranty||12 months||24 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
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 resumes finishing the 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? So far the Roborock S6 is a winner with 150 minutes of cleaning time.
Performance on Carpet
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. Every model from our list performs excellently on low and medium-pile carpets providing deep cleaning.
Please note none robot vacuum cleaner can clean deep clean thick shaggy carpets.
Performance on Bare Flooring
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 can do wet mopping. The Roborock S6 and 360 S7 are equipped with a water container and mop attachment. Those two models are ideal for those who want the robot not only do sweeping but also mopping.
Please note, the mopping feature is not able to remove stubborn stains.
Pet Hair Picking Ability
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 360 S7 has a similar cleaning brush as the Roborock does. It has detachable parts and is easy to remove hair, especially on the edges where hair usually get stuck.
On the other hand, the Roomba i7+ has 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 latest Roomba models are ideal for pet owners
The DEEBOT comes with a suction inlet that can be used on hard floors.
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.
HEPA Filtration vs. Washable Filter
HEPA filtration captures up to 99.99% of pollens and allergens in the air. All the models except for the Neato and ECOVACS are equipped with a HEPA filter. However, Neato claims its filters are safe for allergy and asthma sufferers. The ECOVACS filter is not true HEPA.
Washable filters are meant to last longer and easier to clean from dust and dirt stuck inside. Only the 360 S7 and Roborock S6 filters can be washed. Please note, suction is stronger, and the robot performs better when the filter is clean.
Laser vs. Camera: What Is The Difference
Only the Roomba i7+ has a camera sensor, other robots in our list use the LIDAR.
The laser does not require light to build a map. The Roomba also can work in the dark, but when sweeping with no lights, the robot does not use smart features like mapping and efficient navigation, it moves randomly.
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.
Self-Emptying Charging Base
iRobot has launched the innovative charging base that empties the robot’s dustbin automatically, and you don’t need to clean the bin up to 30 days. The Roomba i7+ is the first cleaner on the market that has the base that empties the dustbin on its own.
Smart Home Ecosystem vs. Robot Vacuum
If you own an Amazon Echo or Google Home, you might want your robot to be integrated with it to be able to control it with your voice.
All the models in our list support Alexa and Google Home; however, the Roomba has the most extended voice control options.
A smartphone app allows switching 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 keep a robot vacuum from crossing some particular zones. The Roomba i7+ 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 including the Roomba that got «keep-out zones» update this summer 2019 (still in beta).
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 S7, Roborock S6, OZMO 950, and Neato Botvac Connected D7.
Selected room cleaning
Once the robot creates a map, it divides the map into separate rooms. With some models like the Roomba i7+, you can rename each zone, which helps when you want the robot to start working using voice commands like «Roomba, clean the kitchen.» The Roborock S6 allows merging and changing the size of the divided areas, in the Mi Home you can rename rooms. The 360 S7 automatically divides the map, and there is no chance to change anything, you only are able to rotate the map (which is, by the way, the only model that supports this feature). The ECOVACS does not allow merging/dividing zones and with the Neato, you can choose one room only.
When the map is created, and the rooms are set, you can choose one or more rooms to clean by using the app or your voice (supported by the Roomba only). You can also schedule the robot to work in the kitchen at a specific time.
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 S7, Roborock S6, and ECOVACS.
Manual movement control
To control your robot vacuum like a radio car, you can use your smartphone. Supported by all the models.
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.
The 360 S7, Roomba i7+ save 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 S6, OZMO 950, and Neato Botvac Connected D7 store three created floor plans.
Maps saving makes a robot vacuum ideal for multiple-level houses
Let's get to basics maintenance and what you have to do to keep your device clean.
- Sensors: look after all the sensors. Clean it from dust once in a while.
- Side brush: unwrap all the hair that might be collected around.
- Dustbin: empty the dustbin after every cleaning. The Roomba has a full bin indicator, and when the container needs to be emptied, it returns to the self-emptying charging base and gets emptied automatically.
- Wheels: the hair could be tangled around the wheels so check it out.
- Main brush. One of the main reasons why the robot could stop working - when something gets stuck in its cleaning brush. Clean it from hair, dirt, and small particulars after each session. The Roomba robots are equipped with silicone rollers that are designed as tangle-free, which means it takes minimum time to take care of it.
- App: update the app regularly.
Quick Guide Through Every Robot Cleaner
The 360 S7. It is an intelligent robot vacuum, the cheapest machine from the list that provides excellent cleaning performance. It can sweep and mop, its app is featured with a list of options that help to manage the whole working process. For the price of $460, 360 S7 is a decent robot vacuum worth spending money on. Also, it stores up to 10 different floor plans in memory and is able to recognize its location in the restored map. A few robots can do that. The 360 S7 has strong suction and is suitable for homes covered with carpets.
Not a really good mopper but is a helper when need to keep floors clean in between big mopping days. Overall the 360 S7 is a great value.
Get the 360 S7 if you:
- Live in a multiple-floor house
- Need mopping
- Want to get a robot vacuum with high-end features at a reasonable price
- Have medium-pile carpets
- Have a pet
- Want a robot cleaner with efficient navigation
- Want an app with many useful features
- Live in a medium or big home
- Or anyone from your family suffers from asthma and/or allergy
The Roborock S6 is one of the best smart vacuums on the market for the price tag. It comes with the strongest suction power and the longest-lasting battery. It has a rubber bumper that decreases its noise level, making it the 2nd quiet cleaner on our list after the 360 S7. The cleaning brush has detachable parts and is easy to clean. It also has a rubber side brush. If you are looking for a robot that allows integrating with a map, the Roborock S6 has is all: zoned cleaning, restricted areas, and selected room cleaning. Also, it does mopping.
The Roborock S6 saves up to 2 maps but it is in beta and you need to play with the maps to set it in a two-level house.
Get the Roborock S6 if you:
- Live in a big household
- Have a pet
- Want a quiet yet powerful robot vacuum
- Need extra power
- Have thick carpets mostly
- Need mopping
- Want a flagship model for a reasonable price
- Or anyone from your family suffers from asthma and/or allergy
The Roomba i7+ is one of the most expensive models on the market. The best feature of the robot — the self-emptying charging base. It holds up to 30 robot’s bins, setting you free from emptying the dustbox for about a month. When the bin inside the robot gets full, the Roomba i7+ returns to the dock to empty itself. Also, it is equipped with two silicone rollers that are champs at picking up pet hair and maintenance. Also, the Roomba i7+ is the first robot in the industry based on a camera-sensor that got a keep-out zones feature. And it understands which room to clean when you use voice commands (if you own an Alexa-enabled device or Google Home). Aside from the carpet boost, it also has dirt-detect that work together to provide the best cleaning performance.
Since the Roomba has two suction settings and max power works on carpets only, it does not have strong suction on hard floors and might not be able to pick up heavy debris.
Get the Roomba i7+ if you:
- Need extra power
- Have pets or long hair
- Your home is about carpets
- Live in a multi-level home
- Want the robot that can recognize carpeted surface
- Own Alexa or Google Home
- Want the first robot with a camera that supports digital block-off areas
- Don’t want to empty the dustbin up to one month
- Don’t want to waste time to maintain the robot
- Want a flagship model
The Neato Botvac Connected D7 comes with a multi-surface cleaning brush for pet hair cleaning and bare floors. Its D-shape is ideal for corners and edges cleaning. It performs excellently on thin and medium carpets, and its brush is designed to pick up pet hair. The Neato Botvac D7 Connected lacks mopping; if your home has no carpets, this robot vacuum will only provide sweeping. With the Botvac D7 Connected, you can schedule a certain zone to be cleaned at a specific time. This is one of a few robots on the market that can clean black carpets.
Because of its shape, the Nearo struggles to maneuver in tight spaces and near corners. It is better for homes with less furniture.
Get the Neato Botvac D7 Connected if you:
- Live in a multiple-level house
- Need extra power
- Want great cleaning performance on carpet
- Want a robot vacuum with a shape that cleans corners better
- Have a pet. With a 700 ml dustbin, the robot holds more
- Have mostly thick carpets
- Want to schedule the robot to work within a certain room
- Do not need a mopping feature
The ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950 is one of the latest and longest-lasting robot vacuum in the industry. It comes with a tangle-free suction inlet which resists hair-tangling on hard floors. The robot can sense carpet and avoids it in mopping mode; in vacuuming mode, it boosts suction to provide better cleaning. Not suitable for thicker carpets but can be used on low and some medium-pile carpets. The app allows setting water dripping levels depending on mopping tasks, where the robot should and should not clean, etc. The OZMO 950 can be used in a multi-level house as it saves up to three maps.
Some users complain about the app (it loses map data, etc) and that the robot dumps into furniture harshly.
Get the ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950 if you:
- Have a pet. The suction inlet handles pet hair
- Live in a big home
- Live in a multiple-level house
- Have an Alexa or Google Home
- Need mopping
- Want a robot that supports digital virtual walls, zoned cleaning, etc
- Want the longest-lasting robot vacuum cleaner in the industry
- Want a robot that will avoid carpets in mopping mode
Price & Where to buy
360 S7 on Gearbest — $460
It is the cheapest cleaner here and comes with a $460 price tag, which is a great deal considering its performance and features. The robot is suitable for carpet, and bare flooring also supports selected room cleaning. It is the best model for its price and performance.
Roborock S6 on Gearbest — $600
It is the most efficient cleaner when it comes to navigation. You can track its movements in real-time which you cannot with the Neato and Roomba. Also, the Roborock S6 has the longest-lasting battery in the business.
Roomba i7+ on Amazon — $1,100
It has the self-emptying charging base and virtual-block-off areas. Also, the robot has dirt detect, which helps it to clean better. The Roomba i7+ has the most extended Alexa integration commands and brushless rollers, making the robot perfect for pet owners. Suitable for both: bare flooring and carpets. If you are ready to spend over $1,000 on a robot vacuum, have a look at the Roomba i7+, it is one of the best flagship models on the market.
Neato Botvac Connected D7 on Amazon — $650
It has the D-shape that gives you better corner cleaning. Also, with the D7 Connected, you can schedule the robot to clean a particular zone at a specific time. The robot is great at cleaning carpets and would be suitable for pet owners.
ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950 on Amazon — $699
The ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950 is one of a few robots in the industry that avoids carpets in mopping mode. It also has a long battery life and is ideal for big homes. Not recommended to buy if you have high-pile carpets or sensitive to allergens as it’s filtration system is not true HEPA.
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 best for you.