5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners – Buying Guide

Do you no longer want to spend your time vacuuming, or maybe you have limited mobility that makes the chore difficult? Are you considering purchasing a robotic vacuum cleaner? No matter your reason, you will want to consider the features available and the right vacuum for you and your lifestyle. In 5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners – Buying Guide, I compare and review 5 of the best robotic vacuum cleaners available to help you in your purchasing decision. 

These 5 robotic vacuums include the Eufy Robovac, Roborock E35, iRobot Roomba 960, Shark IQ, and the iRobot Roomba i7+.   However, if you’re not quite sure what features are available or what to look for in a robotic vacuum, take a look at a previous post, Robotic Vacuum Cleaner ( Buying Guide), that explores various options and features of robotic vacuum cleaners.

At the bottom of this post, there is a side-by-side comparison table that makes it easy to see the commonalities and differences between the vacuums.

Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11s (Slim)

5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners - Eufy


  • Automatically Recharges
  • Boost IQ Technology
  • Climbing Threshold – 0.63 inches
  • Color – Black or White
  • Infrared-Sensor For Evading Obstacles
  • Run Time – 100 minutes bare floor/ 50 minutes low pile carpet
  • Slim Design
  • Suction – 1300 Pa
  • Asin: – B079QYYGF1

The Eufy BoostIQ Robo Vac 11s (Slim) is an entry-level robotic vacuum but does come with some good features. Being slim at only 2.85,” it can go under some furniture where larger vacuums are not. But do be aware that sometimes it gets stuck under furniture and can’t find its way out. With Boost Technology, when it comes to an area that needs more vacuuming strength within 1.5 seconds, it will automatically increase the suction power.

Ideal for low- to medium-pile carpets, tile, laminated, and hardwood floors. However, if you have high-pile carpet or dark-colored floors, this vacuum is probably not the one for you.

Running Time

The estimated running time on laminate and hardwood floors is up to 100 minutes. For carpet, the run time decreases to about 50 minutes. This decrease in run time, depending on the surface, is expected and common in robotic vacuums.

The Eufy Robo Vac 11s has multiple cleaning modes; however, the path it will follow is random as it does not have mapping capability.


It comes with a 1-year warranty that covers quality issues. There is also an extended protection plan available for an added cost.


If the color is important to you, this is available in two colors – black or white.

Climbing Threshold 0.63 inches

Customer service has been reported as being excellent.


  • Price Point
  • Customer Service
  • Slim Design


  • No WiFi or mapping
  • Not Suitable for Medium or High Pile Carpet
  • 1300 Pa Suction

The Eufy is an entry-level vacuum with a great price point. The customer service is reported to be excellent. However, be aware that it does not have some features, like mapping or learning the layout of your home/office, and will randomly vacuum a room without knowing where it has already been. If you are looking for something with “smart” capabilities, you will most likely be disappointed in the performance.

The suction power of 1300 Pa is on the low side, so it isn’t as powerful as some vacuums. The Eufy works best on tile, laminate, and hardwood floors. However, saying that or the price, it’s a good little robotic vacuum. If you go in knowing that the Eufy is an entry-level vacuum and doesn’t have mapping capability or the many of the features the more expensive robotic vacuums have, then you won’t be disappointed.

What Comes In the Box

  • RoboVac 11S
  • Remote Control (2AAA batteries included)
  • Charging Base
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Cleaning Tool
  • Extra Set of High-Performance Filters
  • 4 Side Brushes
  • 5 Cable Ties
  • Welcome Guide
  • 12 Month Warranty


Roborock E35 Robot Vacuum and Mop

5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners - Roborock


  • 2-in-1 Vacuum and Mop
  • Climbing Threshold – 0.78 inches
  • Color – Black
  • Limited Mapping Capability
  • Multiple Cleaning Modes
  • Run Time – Up to 150 Minutes
  • Suction – 2000Pa
  • High-Efficiency E11 air filter 
  • Customer Service Support
  • Asin – B07PTP8GJ5
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The Roborock E35 is a 2 in 1 Robotic Vacuum/Mop that does the job simultaneously. If you’re looking for one machine to do both jobs, then consider the Roborock. Though with what seems the norm with dual machines (mop and vac), it doesn’t seem to do as well with the moping feature – it’s been described as dragging a wet towel across the floor.  On the other hand, it can be useful for a light clean or if your floors don’t need heavy mopping on a regular basis. 

The Roborock E35 has a lot of suction power, coming in at 2000Pa, which is more than some more expensive units.


There is some mapping capability, as it learns the layout each time it is used and there is no save function of the map.  Also, there are no boundary strips or no-go zones, so if you want to keep it out of an area, you will need to block it off. Having said that, it does have 13 sensors that contribute to cliff sensing, collision avoidance, mid-clean charging and minimize the likelihood of entrapment.


The Mi Home controls the Roborock E35.  Some app features allow controlling it to start, stop, schedule, charge, control direction, and movement.  A 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network is required.


  • 2000Pa Suction
  • Mops and Vacuums Simultaneously
  • App-controlled


  • Mop Function is Okay at Best
  • Limited Mapping
  • No Boundary Sensors/Tape

What Comes In the Box:

  • Roborock E35 Robotic Vacuum
  • Dock Charger with US Plug
  • Beak-Like Cleaning Tool
  • Washable Filter
  • 2-Water Tank Filter Pairs
  • Water Tank
  • Waterproof Pad
  • 2-Mop Cloths
  • User Manual


iRobot Roomba 960

5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners -iRobot Roomba


  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Climbing Threshold – .25 inch
  • Color – Black
  • High-Efficiency Filter
  • Mapping
  • Run Time – 75 minutes
  • WiFi Connected
  • 1-year Limited Warranty
  • Asin – B01ID8H6NO
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iRobot Roomba is one of the oldest brands in robotic vacuums and a little more expensive than other brands. You may be able to get a vacuum that has the same features at a smaller price point than the iRobot Roomba, but you won’t get the brand name you might know and trust.


The iRobot Roomba 960 is a basic model but does have WiFi capability and will work with both Alexa and Google Assistant. With WiFi connectivity comes the ability to map your home/office. With the aid of your smartphone, it will tell you if it is stuck, finished, or needs the dust bin to be emptied; however, you cannot schedule, and it does not create no-go zones. Like other robotic vacuums, you do not need to have WiFi to vacuum; you just won’t have the ability to map.


As an entry-level iRobot, there is no remote control. To start a cleaning cycle without WiFi, you press the CLEAN button. It does have the ability to return to its charging station/base when the battery is low on charge.

iRobot Roomba 960 is ideal for hard floors and carpets.

It comes with a high-efficiency filter that captures 99% of all allergens, pollen, and small particles.


  • Name Brand
  • Mapping
  • High-Efficiency Filter


  • No Remote
  • No Scheduling
  • No Keep-Out Zones

What Comes In the Box

  • Dual Mode Virtual Wall® Barrier
  • Extra AeroForce® High-Efficiency Filter
  • Extra Side Brush
  • Home Base® Charging Station
  • Line Cord
  • Owner’s Guide
  • Documentation Package

The iRobot Roomba 960 is one of the more basic models from iRobot. It doesn’t come with many of the features a less well-known brand may have. However, it does get good reviews, and the features it does have, such as the high-efficiency filter, are great and is a reliable product.


Shark IQ Robot

5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners - Shark


  • App or Voice – Controlled
  • Automatic Emptying
  • Color – Black
  • Mapping
  • Multiple Cleaning Modes
  • Can Take Up To 6 Hours To Fully Charge
  • Run Time – Up to 60 Minutes
  • Scheduled Cleanings
  • 1-year Limited Warranty 
  • Asin – B07S864GPW 


  • Mapping
  • Scheduling 
  • Self Emptying


  • Loud On Startup And Emptying
  • No – No Go Zone Ability
  • Some Reports Of Mapping Problems

What Comes In The Box 

  • Shark IQ Robot
  • Self-Empty Base
  • 2 Side Brushes
  • Filter
  • Boundary Strips


iRobot Roomba i7+

5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners - iRobot i7

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  • Automatic Dirt Disposal
  • Climbing Threshold – 5/8”
  • Color – Black
  • High-Efficiency Filter
  • Keep-Out Zones
  • Mapping
  • Run Time – Up to 75 Minutes
  • Scheduling
  • 1-year Limited Warranty
  • Asin – B07GNPDMRP


  • Automatic Emptying
  • Mapping
  • Supports both 2.4 and 5GHz networks


  • High Price Point
  • Bags Are Not Reusable
  • Hair Can Tangle in Wheels

What Comes In the Box

  • Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier
  • Extra High-Efficiency Filter,
  • Extra Side Brush
  • North American Line Cord
  • Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum
  • Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal
  • Dirt Disposal Bags

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is a top-of-line robotic vacuum. It has many features like mapping and scheduling, but the main feature that makes it more expensive than other models is the automatic disposal of the dirt it collects. Is the extra price worth that feature – it’s something you’ll need to decide.


Comparison Chart

FeaturesEufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11sRoborock E35iRobot Roomba 960Shark IQ RobotiRobot Roomba i7+
5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners - Eufy5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners - Roborock5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners -iRobot Roomba5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners -Shark5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners - iRobot Roomba i7
AllergenTriple-Layer High PerformanceHigh-Efficiency FilterHigh-Efficiency FilterHigh-Efficiency FilterHigh-Efficiency Filter
Auto EmptyNoNoNoNoYes
Auto Return To DockYesYesYesYesYes
Cleaning ModesMultipleMultiple -3Regular and SpotMultiple – 3Not Stated
Fall Avoid/Cliff WarningDrop Sensing TechnologyYesYesYesYes
ColorBlack Or WhiteBlackBlackBlackBlack
FlooringTile, Laminate, Hardwood, Low, and Medium Pile CarpetHard Floors and CarpetHard Floors and CarpetHardwood and Wooded Floors, Tile and Low-Pile CarpetsCarpet and Hardwood
MappingNoYes – LimitedYesYesYes
Keep-Out ZoneNoNoNoYesYes
Run TimeBare Floors – 200 Minutes
Low-Med Pile Carpet – 50 Minutes
Up to 150 MinutesType of Floor Not Reported – 75 MinutesUp To 60 Minutes
Carpet Not Reported
Bare Floors – 150 Minutes 
Carpet Not Reported
SchedulingYes – LimitedYesYesYesYes
Suction1300Pa2000PaDoesn’t ReportDoesn’t ReportDoesn’t Report
Remote ControlYesNoNoNoNo
WiFiNoYes – 2.4 GHz
Alexa Capability
Alexa Capability
Yes 2.4 GHz
Alexa or Google Voice Assistant Capability
Yes 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz 
Alexa or the Google Voice Assistant Capability
Climbing Threshold0.63″0.78″0.25″Not Stated0.63″
Dimensions12.8″ x 12.8″x 2.83″13.7″x 13.8″ x 3.6″13.8″ x 13.8″ x 3.6″12.90″ x 12.60″ x 3.50″13.34″ x 13.26″ x 3.63″
Weight 5.73 lbs7 lbs8.6 lbs13.20 lbs7.44 lbs
Warranty1-YearNot Mentioned1-Year Limited1-Year1-Year Limited

For a comparison of Shark and Roomba see: Shark IQ Robot XL v iRobot Roomba i7+ Vacuum Comparison

In Conclusion

I hope you found 5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners – Buying Guide helpful in your search for the robotic vacuum that is right for you and your lifestyle.  As with all reviews, the options and features may change in time, so if you are interested in purchasing a robotic vacuum cleaner, you should click the link and be sure all the features discussed are still the same as they were at the time of writing this article.

Do you have any stories or comments about robotic vacuums?  I would love to hear them – please comment below. 

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