Best Robot Vacuums with Mapping Technology of 2019

By Natalie Red·Updated: Aug 8, 2019· 11 min read

Earlier we've reviewed 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 2019.

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+ or s9+. If you want the robot to do sweeping and mopping, go with the new 360 S7 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 360 S7
360 S7
Roborock S6
Roborock S6
iRobot Roomba i7+
Roomba i7+
Neato Botvac D7
Neato Botvac D7
iRobot Roomba s9+
Roomba s9+
Mapping technology LDS laser LDS laser camera LDS laser camera
Map storage up to 10 up to 3 up to 10 up to 3 up to 10
Operation time (min) 120 150 75 120 120
Battery capacity (mAh) 3,200 5,200 1,800 4,200 3,300
Suction power (Pa) 2,000 2,000 1,700 2,000 2,600
Dustbin capacity (ml) 550 500 400 700 400
Self-emptying charging base no no yes no yes
HEPA filter yes yes yes no yes
Washable filter yes yes no no no
Mopping yes yes no no no
App 360Smart Mi Home iRobot Home Neato Robotics iRobot Home
Amazon Alexa / Google Home support yes yes yes yes yes
Auto-recharge and resume yes yes yes yes yes
Virtual boundaries yes yes yes yes yes
Selected room cleaning yes yes yes no yes
Dirt detection no no yes no yes
Carpet identification yes yes yes no yes
Full bin indicator no no yes no yes
Scheduling yes yes yes yes yes
Water tank capacity (ml) 150 140 - - -
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
Price ~$460 ~$600 ~$1,099 ~$650 ~$1,299

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 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+ and s9+ have 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

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 the Neato are equipped with a HEPA filter. However, Neato claims its filters are safe for allergy and asthma sufferers. 

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+ and s9+ come with 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. 

App

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

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

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, 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+ and s9+, 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. 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). 

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 Roombas only). You can also schedule the robot to work in the kitchen at a specific time. 

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 S7 and Roborock S6.

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.

Map saving

The 360 S7, Roomba i7+, and S9+ 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 and Neato Botvac Connected D7 store three created floor plans.

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

Maintenance

Quick Guide Through Every Robot Cleaner

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. 

Roomba s9+ on Amazon — $1,300

The Roomba s9+ might be the best robot vacuum on the market. It has a self-emptying dustbin, easy-to-maintain brushless rollers and a D-shape that gets it closer to corners and edges. It is the most powerful robot vacuum in the industry, performs great on carpets and bare floors. If you own Alexa-enabled device or Google Home, the robot will understand which exactly room you want it to clean. Hands down, the Roomba s9+ worth every penny of the price so if you are ready to spend about $1,300, have a look at this high-end machine. 


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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