A decision for or against a certain robot vacuum cleaner depends on many different factors.
Essentially, you should think about the following points:
- How good is the cleaning performance?
- Do you need a robot vacuum mop combo?
- How good is the navigation and driving?
- How well does it overcome obstacles?
- How many maps can the robot vacuum cleaner store?
- How good is the battery? How long can / should the vacuum cleaner be able to clean your home "at a stretch"?
- How can the robot vacuum cleaner be controlled (app, remote control, etc.)? How extensive is the range of functions?
- Is the robot vacuum cleaner of high quality?
- What are the dimensions of the device?
- Is the price-performance-ratio reasonable?
In the following sections we will go into the individual points in more detail.
Suction and cleaning performance
The suction power is one of the most important points when considering a robot vacuum cleaner.
After all, if the robot doesn’t reliably pick up the dirt, then it’s nothing more than a fun toy.
But how do you know whether the cleaning performance of the robot vacuum cleaner is good or bad?
The brands state the suction power of a robot vacuum cleaner in Pascal (Pa.).
In our experience, this figure is not very meaningful. ?
We recommend that you look at independent reviews on the suction power - such as ours!
We at Smart Home Fox also carry out reviews to test the suction power of the devices.
We let the Robot Vacuum Cleaner suck up different types of dirt in our specially built "suction arena".
We carry out these tests on different surfaces (laminate, short pile carpet, long pile carpet). ?
Additionally, we look at how the robot vacuum cleaner cleans our home over a longer period of time.
You get a good picture of whether the suction and cleaning performance of the robot vacuum cleaner is good or bad. ?
Robot vacuum mop combos
There are robot vacuums (e.g. iRobot Roomba i7 review) and robot vacuum mop combos.
These so-called "combos" or "2-in-1 devices" can vacuum and mop the floor at the same time! ?
So if an integrated mop system is important to you, then take a look at our detailed review "best robot vacuum mop combos".
We have selected the best devices for you and compared them - to make your life easier! ?
Navigation and driving
The navigation of the robot is a very important feature of a solid robot vacuum cleaner.
A robot vacuum cleaner that has a strong suction power but wanders headless through the flat is not really useful. ?
Navigation should be seamless, fast and structured.
No areas of your home should be left out.
We recommend choosing only robot vacuums with laser- or camera-based navigation technology.
Ordinary doorsteps are not a challenge for a robot vacuum cleaner.
It only gets interesting if you live in an old flat with high doorsteps.?
In our "Robot vacuum cleaners for high thresholds" we present the robot vacuum cleaners with the best climbing performance.
We also give you tips and tricks on how your robot vacuum cleaner can master even a seemingly insurmountable doorstep. ?
How many maps should the robot vacuum cleaner be able to store?
This question is especially interesting for those who live in a house/apartment with several floors.
So if you have two floors at home, the robot vacuum cleaner should be able to store 2 maps.
You can find a selection of the best robotic vacuum cleaners for multiple floors in our detailed review.
The battery life is especially important if you live in a larger flat. ?
The battery power of the robot vacuum cleaner should be sufficient to clean the entire flat once at a time.
Modern vacuum robots usually have a powerful lithium-ion battery installed.
This makes cleaning times of 2 to 3 hours at a stretch possible. That way, living areas of up to 200 m² can be cleaned in one cleaning session.
The volume is relevant if you intend to have the robot vacuum clean the flat in your presence.
With modern robotic vacuum cleaners you can select different suction levels.
The higher the selected suction level, the louder the robot vacuum's operation. ?
The volume of the robot vacuum cleaner can be found on the decibel scale in the range of 50-70 dB. In our experience, this represents a reasonable level of noise.
Robot vacuums are usually much quieter than conventional hoovers.
Control and functionality of the mobile phone app
Modern robot vacuums can be controlled with the help of an app.
The mobile application should have the following features: Simple operation and a wide range of functions. ?
The most important functions of a good mobile phone app are:
- Regulation of suction levels and water output (for suction-wipe robots)
- Definition of exclusion zones (no-go zones and no-mop zones)
- Definition of a cleaning schedule
- Cleaning of a specific area (single-room cleaning)
Build quality and dimensions
The robot vacuum of your choice should be a quality product. ?
The materials used must be durable. This ensures that the little household helper can reliably clean your home over a longer period of time.
But the dimensions also play a not insignificant role. We recommend that you take measurements at home to make sure that the robot vacuum can really reach all the places that are important to you.
If your budget is limited, we recommend that you always consider the price-performance ratio.
Because even with vacuum robots, expensive does not necessarily mean good.
Our tip: Watch out for current robot vacuum offers. Especially during special offer periods in the UK (Christmas, Boxing Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday) brands outbid each other with great offers.
If you find the right deal, you have to be quick: don't hesitate and grab it! ?