The Best Robot Vacuums for any Budget in 2022
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Thebest robot vacuum for deep cleaning is Dyson's 360 Heurist (£899). It's a big improvement on the original Dyson robo vac with increased suction power, the ability to see in the dark and it's a great performer, especially on carpets that need a deep clean.
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iRobot Roomba i7+
WIRED Recommends: The best robot vacuum cleaner
Run time: 75 mins |Power levels: 1 |Bagged or bagless? Bagless robot, bagged base |Accs charging dock
This is the best robotic vacuum money can buy right now for one simple reason: it empties its own dirt container.
The iRobot Roomba i7+ (£600) has a standard 0.4 litre dirt canister but the contents are transferred to a big dirt bag in the charging base when it docks. The bag can hold 30 robot bins, so you won’t need to replace it for weeks on end. Your easy floor cleaning sessions just got easier.
Roomba initially does training runs to create sophisticated maps of rooms. You then name them, set cleaning schedules and tell it which rooms to clean via app or even voice (Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant). So you can say: “Alexa, tell Roomba to clean the dining room.”
Its suction and rubber brushes lift dirt well for a robotic cleaner. There’s just one power level, but Roomba can be set to automatically detect dirt and make extra passes to clean more thoroughly. This works impressively well. As does its object detection: it calmly rejigs its floor plans if there’s a piece of furniture in the way.
Little and often is key with robotic cleaners. The Roomba’s run time is 75 minutes, but charge time is only 90 minutes, so you can schedule it to clean up twice a day or more. Alternatively, command it ad hoc to pick up crumbs after mealtimes.
The self-emptying bin is our favourite feature for sheer convenience, but its smart maps come a close second. You know which rooms need cleaning and which are too cluttered. Simply tell it where to clean as you go out, then leave it to do the housework.