“Bite the Dust” is one of those rare phrases you can tell your main nemesis and your robot vacuum. We can’t make up for the mess your enemies are causing, but we can help you find a robot vacuum to keep your house out of the mess. On Prime Day, some of our favorites are on sale. Not only can they vacuum, but they can also dump it, draw paths, and even mop the floor.
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Robot vacuum cleaners that automatically empty the trash
All things considered, the number of times I tried to empty the vacuum backfired. The Roborock Q5+ empties itself when docked, so you only have to worry about cleaning out the actual bin every now and then – a real game changer. The settings are very customizable, allowing you to set the frequency of emptying and customize up to four maps while navigating and cleaning your home nicely.
Honestly, we’re a bit obsessed with the Roomba i7+’s performance. It has incredible navigation, powerful suction, and the bin has sensors so it empties when it’s full. We were most impressed with the Genius feature, which maximizes customization by programming your schedule and preferences, so you don’t have to worry about choosing when and where to manually clean the vacuum.
“I believe our kids are the future,” if you can, that’s probably what your parents’ old vacuum cleaner said to the Samsung Jet Bot AI+. Really, aside from looking like a miniature spaceship, the AI+ has some of the best navigation we’ve ever seen. It’s also relatively quiet and gets the job done quickly. If you can exceed the size of the vacuum cleaner (5 inches tall) and docking box (21 inches tall), then a vacuum cleaner at this price is great. For a slimmer form factor, you can check out the Samsung Jet Bot+, which is also $399 ($400 off).
Do you know when you want to tell your kids/partners/roommates what to do at home? You can put all your energy into telling Google Assistant or Alexa to turn on your Roomba i4+ vac. This model doesn’t work as well as our other high-end products, but it does a great job of navigating, cleaning, and emptying the bin.
Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner Deals
The Yeedi K650 is already great value for money, but at $100, it’s definitely worth it. You’ll get over 100 minutes of battery power as it bounces around your home to navigate. If you’ve never used a robot vacuum before, this is a great place to start. Plus, you can use the extra cash you save to invest in a compatible emptying station (unfortunately not for sale).
We love the iRobot Roomba 600 series, especially when they’re on sale. The Roomba 692 has a self-charging battery that lasts 90 minutes, works with Google Assistant and Alexa, and has an intuitive app that lets you program the vacuum’s actions. Like most iRobot vacs, it’s powerful.
These vacuums can even mop floors
The Deebot X1 Omni is a behemoth with a chunky base and chunky vacuum, but it mops surprisingly well. WIRED editor Adrienne So doesn’t really believe in the robot vacuum/mop combo, but it’s a game-changer for her. Not only does it do a good job of mopping and scrubbing sticky stains off the floor, but it also dries the mop on the base, reducing mold and mildew growth—a thoughtful feature that makes this even better.
Considering it doesn’t automatically empty the trash, the Roborock S7 is too expensive if it’s not discounted.Fortunately, it’s on sale and It also has a mop. The S7 uses the Roborock interface we already love on the Q5+, so you can take advantage of custom features and use your voice assistant (Alexa, Google, Siri) to control the vacuum. The coolest part is carpet recognition, which means the S7 can recognize the type of surface it’s on, so it can wipe down hardwood and vacuum carpets in a single cleaning.