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7 of the Best Robot Vacuums for Spotless Floors With Minimal Effort

Robot Vacuum on carpet
Design: theSkimm | Image: Roomba
Mar 16, 2022

After a long day at work, the last thing you probably want to do is spend time cleaning crumbs, pet hair, and other dirt and debris off your floor. And thanks to robot vacuums that can be programmed to do all the dirty work for you, you don't have to. 

We rounded up the best robot vacuums for homes with pets, multi surface floors, and more — so no matter what your home looks like, you can make sure it's spotless before you even walk through the door. Less time cleaning, more time unwinding? Music to our ears. 

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A robot vacuum perfect for homes with pets… 

Got pups or cats in the house? This Shark robot vacuum is perfect for tackling pet dander and loose hair. It’s got deep-cleaning power to get carpets, tile, and wood floors squeaky-clean. Thanks to its bagless, self-emptying base, you can let your robot vacuum roam for up to 45 days without changing or emptying the bag. And since it cleans row by row, no dust or debris will be left behind. Cue sparkling floors in 3, 2, 1… ($420+, Amazon)

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A robot vacuum that also mops as it roams around your home… 

This two-in-one robot vacuum mops while it picks up debris, thanks to its electronically controlled water tank. If you’ve got lots of different floor surfaces in the home, you can choose between three modes of clean. Carpets? No problem. Piles of dust in hard-to-reach corners? Gone. And pro tip: Download the free app to schedule cleanings and view your floor plan. It’s time to embrace the hands-free lifestyle. ($169.99, Amazon)

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A WiFi-connected robot vacuum that you can set and forget… 

Introducing your brand-new, super-clean invisible roommate. Set your iRobot Roomba i3 EVO to clean when you leave the house and map out its pickup course with a free app. Thanks to its 10x power lifting suction feature, even the most stubborn dirt and debris will be thoroughly cleaned away. This Roomba can also detect where the dirtiest parts of your house are and target those first. Also, instead of a single bristle brush, this Roomba uses dual brushes to adjust to different floor types and avoid getting tangled with pet hair. As soon as its battery starts to get low, the device will head back to its charging station all by itself. It’s that easy. ($299.99, Amazon)

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A Roomba that gives you a ton of bang for your buck… 

The Roomba 694 vacuum is one of the brand's most affordable models. It’s got an edge-sweeping brush, dual multisurface brushes, and a rubber brush to pick up any dirt and debris that gets in its way. Navigating carpets and hardwood floors is a breeze thanks to its auto-adjust height technology. Customers who’ve used it say they love the robot vac’s capabilities given its price. ($249.99, Amazon)

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A robot vacuum that lets you customize your boundaries… 

Because sometimes things are supposed to stay on the floor. Like your kids' toys, crayons, and puzzle pieces. If you’ve got a specific area of the house where deep cleaning isn't needed, try setting ‘no-vacuum zones’ with its included boundary strips. You’ll get a quiet clean for up to 100 minutes. Um, yes, please. ($149.99, Amazon

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A robot vacuum that comes with its own hand vac… 

Serious cleaners, assemble: This bad boy isn't just a robot vacuum. It comes with a powerful hand vacuum as well, plus it’s got a two-way tank system so you can set it to mop or vacuum. In wet mode, rotating pads scrub and clean with the included  cleaning solution. Oh, and the pads are machine washable so you don’t have to keep buying new ones. Got carpets? When it’s in mopping mode, the vacuum will keep off soft surfaces. ($299.99, Bissell)

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A robot vacuum that self-empties for 60 days… 

Yep, 60 days. This model costs a pretty penny, but it’s got tons of smart features that make it a worthy investment if you’re ready to upgrade your hands-free vac sitch. The device self-empties into an automatic dirt disposal that can hold months’ worth of debris. It’s got smart mapping so it can differentiate between your kitchen and your living room, and you can program ‘keep-out zones,’ which makes it simple to set, schedule, and leave it roam. Its ​​dual multisurface rubber brushes wont get tangled in hair — yours or your pets’ — and its filter traps 99% of dog and cat danger allergens. Oh yeah, and it has a mopping functionality as well. BRB, adding to cart. ($799+, Amazon)

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