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Our Robot Vacuum Cleaner reviews UK (2022)

What we do: We conduct comprehensive robot vacuum cleaner tests!

Professionally, unbiased and with a clear goal: We want to find the best robot vacuum for you.

More and more vendors are releasing new models with more functions onto the market all the time. And all of them promise you heaven on earth: the automated, full-fledged cleaning of your home.

It's not easy to keep track of them. And it would be more than annoying to choose an unsuitable robot vacuum cleaner.

The good news: it doesn't have to be that way. We want to support you with our detailed reviews!

So if you are currently looking for a robot vacuum, you've come to the right place!

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What to expect on this page:

  • Our best robot vacuum cleaners in the UK - review & comparison
  • Advantages of a robot vacuum cleaner
  • Where do robotic vacuum cleaners still have room for improvement?
  • What do I have to consider when buying a robot vacuum cleaner?
  • All our current robot vacuum tests and comparisons at a glance

Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners in the UK (2022)

You don't want just any robot vacuum cleaner. It has to be the best of the best. A perfect all-rounder.

And if possible, for little money.

We totally get this desire and we want to help you find a premium model that fits your budget.

Finding the best robot vacuum cleaner in 2022 is not easy.

Countless models are currently available in the UK. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. You can literally hardly see the forest for the trees.

But don't worry, we want to bring light into this darkness.

In our tests we have examined the robotic vacuum cleaners down to the core for quality and strictly followed to our criteria.

And of course we don't want to withhold the results from you. We proudly present: Our top 3 robot vacuum cleaners of 2022 in comparison.

Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner (2022) #1: Roborock S5 Max

The Roborock S5 Max is one of the most popular robot vacuum in UK. And quite rightly so, because the robot vacuum cleaner has proved it more than once in our tests: This little household helper is a true all-rounder.

The Roborock S5 Max viewed from above

With the help of the laser navigation technology, it’ll clean your home in a very structured and seamless way. The 4 different suction levels (maximum suction power of 2000 pa.) ensure an almost perfect suction result on hard floors.

Especially on carpets, the reliable carpet detection function in combination with strong suction power ensures a stunning test result.

The user-friendly mobile app with a lot of functions makes Roborock S5 Max really smart.

Furthermore, the robot vacuum cleaner was very convincing in our tests regarding its long battery life (up to 2 hours at a time), very low noise level (approx. 55 dB) and very high-quality workmanship.

Oh yes, and on top of that, the Roborock S5 Max is a combo device: a vacuum robot with integrated mopping function.

This means that your flat is not only vacuumed, but also mopped at the same time!

This abundance of quality is currently available for a fair price.

You can find more information on this topic here: Roborock S5 Max review.

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Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner #2 (2022): Deebot Ozmo 950

The Deebot OZMO 950 is a real insider tip. Not many people are familiar with this robot vacuum, but the small household helper definitely doesn't have to hide behind the premium models.

The Deebot OZMO 950 Robot Vacuum Cleaner viewed from above

Quite the opposite. The Deebot OZMO 950 is one of the best vacuum robots on the market! The extremely high quality gives you a hint: This is a premium product.

Equipped with an integrated mopping function, the Deebot OZMO 950 can vacuum and mop your home at the same time.

Oh yes, the household helper even thinks for itself. When the mopping function is activated, carpets will be avoided automatically. Almost no vacuum robot on the market currently offers this function. That's what we call smart!

In comparison with numerous competitors, the Deebot OZMO 950 robot vacuum cleaner also achieved some extra points due to its ability to save up to 2 maps at once. This makes the robot vacuum cleaner suitable for flats and houses with several floors.

Furthermore, the robot vacuum scores with a very good mobile app, seamless and efficient navigation, long operating times (up to 200 minutes) and low noise (~55 Db in standard mode).

However, thanks to the excellent equipment and functionality, the robot vacuum combines high quality with reasonable price.

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Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner #3 (2022): iRobot Roomba i7 (+)

The vacuum robots from iRobot are among the pioneers in the market.

iRobot Roomba with the automatic suction station

In addition to the good suction performance and the excellent app, the Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner offers some unique high-end features.

Especially the self-emptying dustbin (cleaning base) of the robot vacuum convinced us in the test. Each time the battery is charged, the mobile dust bin of the vacuum cleaner will be emptied automatically.

The dirt is safely stored in a large dust bag at the cleaning base. It only needs to be emptied once every 3 months. This way, you don't even have to worry about emptying the mobile dust bag. A great function and another step towards fully automated cleaning!

Especially for people with allergies, the iRobot Roomba i7+ is quite interesting, since you can avoid contact with dirt completely.

iRobot Roomba i7+ from above

Also the possibility to save up to 10 maps (!) and the sophisticated voice control via Alexa and Google assistant are one of the best of its kind. No other robotic vacuum cleaner could hold a candle to the Roomba i7+ in our tests.

However, it is also a fact that only luxury lovers can consider buying the Roomba i7 +. The Roomba i7+ is a relatively high-priced product compared to the competition.

If you are ok without the automatic suction station, the price is reduced.

More details about the Roomba i7+ can be found here: iRobot Roomba i7+ review.

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Advantages of Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

Robot vacuum cleaner become more and more popular, and with good reason. The abundance of advantages can’t be dismissed any longer.

Time saving and convenient

Who doesn't dream of having a diligent robot that does all the household cleaning for you. Thorough, reliable and completely without your help.

The vacuum robots can't do everything yet, but they can do a lot these days :)

You come home from work, e voilà, the entire flat is vacuumed.

You basically no longer have to worry about all that. You can devote your valuable time to the beautiful things in life.

And let's be honest. Vacuuming floors is not one of them in most cases ;)

That’s what makes household chores fun.

Go easy on your back

Vacuuming is not exactly good for your back and joints. Dragging the heavy vacuum across the flat or crawling on your knees under the bed... This puts extreme strain on your back and joints.

You can save yourself from all that effort as a proud owner of a robot vacuum cleaner. The little household helper does its work reliably and you won’t have to lift a finger.

Especially for elderly people or people with limited mobility, the hard-working household helpers are an enormous relief.

Very good cleaning results on different floor types

The robot vacuum cleaner market has developed rapidly in recent years. Most of today's good models have one thing in common: all in all, they do their job excellently.

The days are over when the small household helpers wandered disoriented through the flat and bumped into every piece of furniture at full throttle.

In order to achieve a good cleaning result, a smart robot vacuum cleaner must master two disciplines perfectly:

  • Seamless, precise and structured navigation
  • Good suction power

Whether on hard floor or carpet, vacuuming coarse or fine dirt.

A good robot vacuum should be a true all-rounder. You will be surprised how powerful the current top models are.

And you can take our word for one thing: your home will be vacuumed much more often than if you had to do it yourself.

Also in our home the little robot vacuum cleaner is in constant use at least every second day.

Reasonable prices: something for every budget

You don't need to spend £1000 on a decent robot vacuum anymore.

Nowadays very good models are available for an acceptable price. (e.g. Roboock S5 Max, Ecovacs Deebot 950).

All of these robot vacuums are great investments and we recommend them without a doubt.

You will love these devices and won't want to give them up anymore. We’ll give you our word for that :)

These little household helpers will save you a lot of work and, most importantly, time. Therefore, the devices are a worthwhile investment.

Where do the robotic vacuum cleaners still have room for improvement?

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the perfect robot vacuum cleaner. The robotic vacuum cleaners also have small weaknesses.

Pets

If you have pets, they should be accustomed to the new household helper very carefully and slowly. Otherwise, the clunky robot vacuum cleaner may well be perceived as a funny playmate by your four-legged friend. And there’s no need to tell you how that might end... ;)

Hair / Pet hair

Furthermore, most robot vacuum cleaners have their difficulties with hair. They wrap themselves around the main brush and have to be removed manually. That’s why many manufacturers include a small cleaning tool in the scope of delivery. You can remove the stuck hairs in no time with this tool.

Removal of hair from the brush with the included cleaning tool

Other models have a special suction attachment for hairs. This one doesn’t use a main brush. This means that the hair cannot wrap itself around the brush. The hair is transported directly towards the suction opening.

This is a good news for pet owners.

Low capacity of the dustbin

The capacity of the mobile dust container is usually quite small. So it’s got to be emptied at regular intervals. Therefore, the newer models try to install a larger dust container.

Premium suppliers such as iRobot are equipped with an automatic suction station, which will empty the mobile dust container automatically.

Small objects lying around

Cables and objects lying around (socks, Lego, shoelaces) can cause a blockage of the brush of the robot vacuum cleaner. Then you have to rush to help and free the little household helper. We therefore advise you to remove all these small objects before cleaning.

BUT there are also robot vacuum cleaners that slowly but steadily conquer the market with new camera-based technologies (AI), which can independently recognise and avoid flat obstacles.

Very High-Pile Carpets

All robot vacuum cleaners, without exception, have problems with cleaning very high-pile carpets. The main brush gets caught in the high carpet fibres. This usually causes the cleaning brush to block and the robot vacuum can no longer continue its work. Therefore, we advise you to create a "no-go zone" around such carpets. Then the carpets will be left out during the cleaning cycle.

On the other hand, modern robot vacuum cleaners have no problems at all with low and medium high carpets.

Quite the opposite. The cleaning results achieved in our tests are more than convincing.

What do you have to consider when buying a robot vacuum cleaner?

Are you looking for the right robot vacuum cleaner for you? We’ll tell you what you should pay attention to.

Nothing can go wrong with our checklist :)

The following criteria are important:

  • The most important point of any robot vacuum cleaner is its suction and cleaning performance. It’s got to be good.
  • Structured and faultless navigation.
  • The battery life.
  • The sound volume of the robot vacuum.
  • The smartphone-app and the possibility to control it via voice commands.
  • The quality of the workmanship, the design and the dimensions of the robot vacuum cleaner.
  • The price-performance ratio.

Cleaning Performance (powerful suction)

Robot vacuum cleaners with high suction power are always better than robot vacuum cleaners with poor suction power ...

... Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Robot vacuums with strong suction power (or high Pa. metric) do not necessarily have to achieve the best cleaning results.

Muscles alone are not enough ;)

The suction result depends on - apart from the pure suction power - many other factors.

No matter what, we are essentially only interested in one thing: the cleaning result must be good:
  • What is the suction result?
    • How does the Robot Vacuum Cleaner perform on Hardwood floors (laminate, parquet, tiles)?
    • How is the Robot Vacuum Cleaner's suction performance on low / higher carpets?
    • How is the Robot Vacuum Cleaner's suction performance with light, heavy, coarse, soft and edgy dirt - on hard floors as well as on carpets?
    • How well does the vacuum clean in corners and along edges?
  • What is the capacity of the mobile dust container?
  • Does the robot vacuum cleaner have a HEPA filter (highly recommended, especially for people with allergies)?

Robot vacuum cleaner with intelligent navigation

Your robot vacuum cleaner should be equipped with intelligent navigation.

Some robot vacuums have a type of navigation which involves randomly bumping into things („chaos navigation“).

It’s pretty obvious, the name says it all.

This type of navigation may be sufficient for a small flat ...

... But we recommend that you only consider robotic vacuum cleaners with intelligent navigation.

You really shouldn't save money here. The differences in the result are gigantic!

Firstly, a robot vacuum cleaner with systematic navigation usually doesn’t miss any rooms.

Secondly, a robot vacuum with structured navigation needs significantly less time for cleaning.

Basically, there are two types of vacuum robots with intelligent navigation:

  • Robot vacuum cleaners with laser navigation
  • Robot vacuum cleaner with camera-based navigation

Both methods ensure a good cleaning result. From our point of view, laser navigation has a decisive advantage:

Robot vacuum cleaners with laser navigation can also be used in poor lighting conditions.

Whether it’s light or dark, you have full flexibility when you send your little household helper on its journey :) The result is always equally good. It’s really great!

Battery life - The Runtime is Important

Here, too, we’ve spotted some major differences.

The battery life - and thus also the cleaning time at a stretch - varies depending on the model and the selected suction mode.

Our Robot Vacuum Test Winner models can sometimes vacuum your home for several hours at a time. In this time, it covers a cleaning area of 100 - 150 m². Please also note that the cleaning area is usually much smaller than the living area. Living room furniture reduces the suction area enormously (about 50%).

The charging time of the battery should also be taken into account. Here it’s also very important (especially for larger living areas) that the robot vacuum cleaner has a "recharge and resume" function.

This means that the household assistant charges the battery at the charging dock independently without your intervention and then returns to the exact spot where it stopped vacuuming earlier.

In this way, even larger living areas can be cleaned "in one go".

Robot Vacuum Cleaner Volume

We don't have to fool ourselves, you can’t compare the vibrating hum of a vacuum to the chirping of birds in the morning ;)

But there are also big differences in the volumes of the robot vacuum cleaners.

You can select different suction levels with many models. You can choose everything between "Quiet mode" and "maximum suction power".

It’s pretty self-explanatory that the volume of the robot vacuum depends on the selected suction power settings.

Volume scale

If the volume of the robot vacuum cleaner is in the range of 50 - 60 db, it’s a good value. Then you can still have a conversation in the same room.

But let's be honest, the purpose of a robot vacuum cleaner is to keep the flat tidy in our absence. Right?

Therefore, the point "Robot Vacuum Cleaner Volume" is relevant, but didn’t play the biggest role in the overall evaluation of our tests.

Robot vacuum cleaner with mobile phone app (and voice control)

This has become standard these days. In fact, you’ll have a hard time finding a robot vacuum cleaner without a mobile phone app (connectivity with wi-fi needed) on the market.

But even here there are numerous differences. A good robot vacuum cleaner app must have the following features:

It must be clear and easy to use, and at the same time provide numerous useful functions.

"Easy to use" sounds trivial at first, but in practice it’s often difficult to find: Unclear menu navigation, poor translation and bugs are some of the negative side effects.

The wheat is quickly separated from the chaff when it comes to the range of functions.

Some robotic vacuum cleaners with app control offer an almost unmanageable range of features, while others have only a handful of rudimentary functions.

A good balance is crucial at this point.

But some functions are so important that they shouldn’t be missing from any robot vacuum cleaner app.

These are just a few examples:

  • Saving and editing of maps
  • Control of the robot vacuum cleaner via the app while on the move (e.g. start/stop cleaning)
  • Setup of no-go zones / virtual walls
  • Spot cleaning
  • Creating cleaning schedules
  • Access to cleaning logs and statistics

Another point that’s always at the top of our personal agenda is voice control.

Usually, Alexa or Google Home Assistant are supported.

A robot vacuum cleaner with voice control simply has a certain charm :)

"Alexa, start the vacuuming" or "Alexa, tell the robot vacuum to vacuum the kitchen".

We also regularly use our Roborock S5 Max with Alexa voice control. You quickly get used to this luxury :)

Robot Vacuum Cleaner: Dimensions and Quality of Workmanship

Does the robot really fit under the couch or bed?

The dimensions of the robot vacuum cleaner (height, length, width) are very important.

It would be more than annoying if the robot vacuum cleaner couldn't get under your bed because of a few centimetres, because that's where a lot of dirt usually hides.

We always recommend measuring the critical areas in your home before buying. Then you can be sure that you won't be in for any nasty surprises.

The workmanship of the robot vacuum cleaner should be of high quality. Nothing should rattle or break quickly. And of course, the little household helper must correspond to your taste visually (shape, design, colour).

Many of the current top models on the market are produced by Chinese manufacturers (e.g. Roborock or Ecovacs). But that shouldn’t be an obstacle for you...

...Quite the opposite. The Chinese models have an extremely high level of quality. With good reason, a couple of Chinese manufacturers made it on our list of top 3 models.

Price-Performance Ratio

Last but not least, the value for money is also important.

You should ask yourself the following questions: What do I actually get for the money? Is the purchase really worth it for me, or should I go for a cheaper / more expensive model?

Of course, most of us have to keep in mind what the "available budget" is when buying a new robot vacuum cleaner. Nonetheless, the decision is important and must be well thought through...

... Because buying a robot vacuum cleaner is an investment. The little household helper will accompany you for the next few years and will take a LOT of work off your hands.

Therefore, we recommend to take a very close look at the price-performance ratio and to consider the purchase as a worthwhile investment.

Current robot vacuum tests and comparisons at a glance (2022)

Our team has spent weeks and months doing nothing but planning and conducting robot vacuum tests.

But it was worth it.

Below you can find an overview of all robot vacuum reviews ?.

Overview of current reviews

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