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Robot vacuums with a self-emptying base

Reviewing the top 4 robot vacuums with self-emptying base (2022)

Ilia

Last updated: 23.02.2022 9 Min.

A robot vacuum takes off a huge burden from your shoulders when it comes to household cleaning. However, you still have to empty the mobile dust bin almost every day.

With a robot vacuum with a self-emptying base, you won’t have to worry about that "strenuous" and, above all, repetitive task anymore.

But which model works best?

We want to make that choice easier for you and tested numerous robot vacuums with auto-empty dust bin.

This article will review the best models, and we also give some great tips on how to save money on your robot vacuum with a self-emptying base.

Let’s dive into it?.

Two vacuum robots with self-emptying bases stand on the floor.

Advantages:

  • It saves a lot of time and effort
  • The emptying process runs entirely automatically - You won’t have to raise a finger
  • Perfectly suitable for allergy sufferers
  • Perfect for large and heavily soiled households (with children and pets)

Disadvantages:

  • Follow-up costs due to additional purchase of dust bags (Our tip helps to save money here)
  • The emptying process is quite loud
  • Disposable dust bags aren’t eco-friendly

What you’ll see in this review:

  • Best robot vacuums with a self-emptying dustbin in comparison: Our top 4 models
  • Advantages of a robot vacuum with self-emptying function
  • Where do the self-emptying robot vacuums still have room for improvement?
  • How a robot vacuum with an auto-empty dock works
  • Tips on saving follow-up costs
  • Our conclusion

The best robot vacuums with self-empty base in the UK in 2021:

    Deebot N8 stands on the floor besides the self-empty base

    Ecovacs Deebot N8+

    Ecovacs Deebot N8+

    Robot vacuum cleaner with mopping feature, obstacle avoidance and self-emptying dustbin.

    Mid-range series from Ecovacs. Some top features (self-empty dust bin and obstacle avoidance) are included.

    All about the Ecovacs Deebot N8+ (incl. Self-Empty Base) main

    Ecovacs Deebot N8+ has a few features that makes it stand out from the other options on the market.

    Thanks to the auto-empty dock, you will no longer spend time emptying the dust container. This is done automatically.

    In addition to laser navigation, the N8 Pro also uses TrueDetect 3D technology. This enables the vacuum cleaner to avoid even the flattest obstacles. So the robotic cleaner doesn’t bump into anything, even in "messy" households.

    iRobot Roomba i7+ standing at a clean base

    iRobot Roomba i7+

    iRobot Roomba i7+

    "The pioneer of "vacuum robots with a self-emptying base".

    A great robot vacuum with a clean base. Especially the app and the high-quality workmanship of the robot vacuum were outstanding.

    All about the iRobot Roomba i7+ main

    The iRobot Roomba i7+ was the first - and for a long time the only - actually GOOD robot vacuum with a self-emptying dust bin ("Cleani Base") in the UK.

    This self-emptying robot vacuum came out with flying colours in almost every test category. Whether suction power, voice commands with Amazon Alexa / Google Assistant or app control (wi-fi connectivity needed) - it excelled in everything.

    If you want to learn more about this topic, check out our detailed iRobot Roomba i7 Plus review.

    But we were also impressed by the auto-empty station. (By the way, the manufacturer’s official name for the emptying station is: "Clean Base").

    The Clean Base has the following dimensions: height: 48 cm (18.9 inches) x depth: 15 cm (5.9 inches) x width: 18 cm (7 inches).

    Measuring Roomba i7+'s clean base with a ruler.

    The auto-emptying dock is quite large, but that didn't bother us at all.

    The "Clean Base" is a real eye-catcher and is of extremely high-quality. 

    iRobot includes a total of two vacuum bags for the self-emptying base in the delivery scope. 

    Delivery scope of the iRobot Roomba i7+, including accessories for the clean base.

    That means you don't have to worry about buying new bags for the next few months. 

    If you run out of disposable dust bags, you can order replacements online* on Amazon UK at any time.

    The emptying process is quite noisy. However, it’s not a big deal since the process doesn’t last longer than 10 seconds.

    You shouldn't use the Roomba i7+'s emptying station at night. That could annoy your neighbours ?.

    By the way, you can even wind up the excess power cable at the back - very practical!

    Cable management system on the iRobot Roomba i7 Plus clean base.

    The iRobot Roomba i7+ plays in the Champions League regarding the price. But you get a lot of luxury and quality for your money.

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    Proscenic M8 Pro with self-emptying base stands on the floor

    Proscenic M8 Pro

    Proscenic M8 Pro

    The price-performance winner.

    A good robot vacuum/mop hybrid with an self-emptying base. Especially the excellent price-performance ratio makes this model a good choice.

    All about the Proscenic M8 Pro main

    So far, there are hardly any affordable robot vacuums with an emptying station. The Proscenic M8 Pro is a game-changer. It’s twice as cheap as most competitors!

    The Proscenic M8 Pro is a solid robot vacuum with a mopping function, but it can’t keep up with the top models’ performance.

    The highlight of the Proscenic M8 Pro is - once again - the automatic emptying station.

    The self-emptying base worked excellently in the test. The auto-empty dock has the following dimensions: height: 35 cm (13.8 inches) x width: 25 cm (9.8 inches) x depth: 22 cm (8.7 inches).

    However, the emptying process is very loud (approx. 85 dB). But since the process doesn’t take long, it’s not the end of the world.

    Furthermore, you can’t wind up the excess power cable at the back of the emptying station. That’s not a significant problem, but it is a minor drawback.

    You have to insert disposable dust bags into the auto-empty dustbin.

    Inserting the dust bag into the auto-empty base of the Proscenic M8 Pro.

    A dust bag usually lasts 2 - 3 months (depending on the degree of soiling). They included two dust bags in the delivery scope.

    If you run out of disposable dust bags, you can easily buy them online* on Amazon UK.

    The Proscenic M8 Pro is significantly cheaper than most other self-emptying robot vacuums.

    Attention: You have to buy the robot vacuum and self-emptying base separately.

    Although the Proscenic M8 Pro had a few minor drawbacks in the test, it still scored very well overall.

    The price-performance ratio of the Proscenic M8 Pro is unbeatable.

    So if you want to buy a self-emptying robot vacuum at an acceptable price, the Proscenic M8 Pro is the way to go.

    Proscenic M8 PRO*

    Advantages

    Moppiong feature

    Powerful suction - decent cleaning results on hard floors

    Good laser navigation (lidar)

    Smart Mapping: Can save multiple maps

    Long battery life

    You can define no-go zones for specific areas / specific rooms

    With carpet detection function

    Good price-performance ratio for a self emptying robot vacuum

    Disadvantages

    Quite noisy

    You can’t control the water flow rate

    App with many functions (but has a few bugs)

    Is there a Roborock robot vacuum cleaner with a self-empty base?

    The secret is out: Roborock gave a lot of information about their new robot vacuum at CES 2021.

    They will launch the new Roborock S7 in the UK in mid-2021.

    It will have numerous highlights such as a liftable water tank (for carpets) and a vibrating mop plate...

    ...and also an auto-empty dust bin!

    Roborock S7 standing at an auto-empty dust bin

    All Roborock fans have something to celebrate here.

    But there’s a minor drawback: The self-emptying base won’t be available in the UK until the end of 2021.

    Big advantage: The self-empty base can be used with disposable bags or with a reusable container.

    Advantages of a robot vacuum with an emptying station

    Saves a lot of time and effort

    A conventional robot vacuum cleaner (without self-emptying function) already takes a lot of work off your hands.

    Nevertheless, you still have to empty the mobile dust container almost every day (depending on the degree of soiling).

    The mobile dust bin is usually relatively small and quickly fill up with dirt.

    And that’s where a robot vacuum with an auto-empty station comes in. It empties the mobile dust bin automatically. You won’t have to raise a finger anymore.

    It takes care of the last remaining task at floor cleaning (emptying the mobile dust container).

    Cleaning is almost entirely automated

    A conventional robotic vacuum WITHOUT a self-emptying function stops cleaning as soon as the dust container is full.

    You have to empty the mobile dust bin, so it can resume its cleaning trip.

    Thus, you have to empty it at regular intervals.

    We can think of better ways to spend our time.

    A robovac with an auto-empty dock does all the work for you.

    As soon as the robotic vacuum cleaner comes to the docking station for charging, the automatic self-emptying function simultaneously empties the mobile dust container.

    A self-emptying dust bin, emptying the mobile dust container while charging the battery.

    It keeps the entire contents of the mobile dust container in a separate dust bag in the auto-empty station.

    That fully automates the cleaning process without interruption.

    Now you only have to change the dust bag in the self-empty dust bin every few months.

    Replacing the dust bag in the self-empty dust bin.

    Allergens don’t stand a chance!

    Fine house dust is a massive burden for allergy sufferers.

    A robot vacuum already provides a massive relieve. You won’t have to clean the flat by yourself anymore - just let your robot vac vacuum your home several times a day if necessary.

    It will remove dust and dirt more thoroughly from your flat.

    But one problem remains: emptying the mobile dust bin.

    Emptying the mobile dust container over the dustbin.

    It’s almost impossible to avoid contact with aggressive house dust (and allergens).

    But there’s a solution to this problem: a self-empty base.

    It vacuums the mobile dust container automatically with every battery charge.

    This way, you can avoid contact with the contents of the dust bag altogether.

    That’s a huge advantage, especially for people with severe allergies!

    Read more about the best robot vacuums for allergies in our detailed review.

    Suitable for pet owners

    As much as we love our four-legged friends - it’s a fact that pets make a lot of mess?.

    You can find pet hair and other dirt from outside all around the flat.

    The mobile dust canister quickly fills up with all that dirt (e.g. with pet hair). Your robot vacuum can only continue its work once you have emptied the dust bin by hand.

    Mobile dust bin of a robotic vacuum cleaner filled to the brim with pet hair.

    A robot vacuum with an emptying station will take care of that, too. It empties the mobile dust container whenever it docks at the station for charging.

    That makes the floor cleaning fully automated, and you won’t have to do anything manually for months.

    We have compared the robot vacuum models that work best for households with pets here: Robot vacuums for pet hair.

    Where do the robovacs with self-emptying base still have room for improvement?

    Follow-up costs

    You have to use disposable dust bags for the auto-empty base.

    Inserting a disposable dust bag into the auto-empty dustbin.

    They do have quite a large capacity. But you still have to replace the bags after 2 - 3 months, depending on the degree of soiling.

    That results in follow-up costs due to the additional purchase of dust bags.

    A reusable dust bag would have been much more practical at this point.

    But as we all know, what’s not there can still come true ?. We’re optimistic that there will be a “bagless” self-empty base soon.

    Environmental impact of the disposable dust bags

    Unfortunately, the dust bag in the emptying station is disposable.

    You have to insert a disposable dust bag into the self-emptying base.

    You have to throw it into the trash can as soon as it’s filled with dirt.

    That’s not what we’d call environmental friendliness.

    A better and environmentally friendly solution would be to use a recyclable plastic dirt container in the clean base.

    The clean base is very loud

    It takes a lot of power (strong suction) to put the dirt from the robot vacuum’s mobile dust container into the clean base dust bag.

    Therefore, the emptying process is quite loud (80-90 dB).

    Volume scale Illustration of the emptying process of a self-emptying robot vacuum.

    Since the suction process takes a maximum of 10 seconds, it’s not a big deal.

    Nevertheless, it’s not exactly pleasant to be in the direct vicinity during the pick-up.

    You shouldn’t use the auto-empty base at night either unless you want to start a fight with your neighbours ?‍♂️.

    Size of the self-empty doch vs charging station

    We don't want to beat about the bush.

    The emptying station is much larger than a conventional charging station.

    A conventional charging station and an emptying station stand side by side

    That’s not a big surprise, though.

    After all, it has to clean up the dirt from the mobile dust container and store it in a large bag in the emptying station.

    We don't think that size is a disadvantage.

    In contrast to an ordinary charging station, the clean base is a real eye-catcher in your home ?. Curious looks and questions are guaranteed.

    Automatic dirt disposal Process

    The automatic dirt disposal process is simple and, at the same time, super ingenious.

    A common robot vacuum has a relatively small (~ 400 ml) mobile dirt container.

    It fills up with dirt quickly, depending on the housing situation and the degree of soiling.

    The robot vacuum has to stop its cleaning cycle as soon as the dust container is full. That interrupts the cleaning process.

    It can only resume cleaning sessions when you empty the dust bag by hand.

    Emptying the mobile dust bag by hand over the dustbin.

    The self-emptying base takes care of that annoying - and above all, repetitive - work.

    Every time the robot vacuum moves to the charging station, it empties the mobile dust container, too.

    It collects the dirt in a large container in the emptying station.

    Illustration of how the automatic emptying station works.

    The dust bag in the clean base is quite large and can hold up to 30 loads of the mobile dust container.

    A robot vacuum with a self-emptying function makes household cleaning much more straightforward and is a significant step towards fully automated floor cleaning.

    All that’s left to do is change the dust bag in the auto-empty dock every 2 - 3 months.

    But be warned: once you get used to a robot hoover with an auto-empty station, you won’t want to do without it anymore. We speak from our own experience, as we have an iRobot Roomba i7+ and an iRobot Roomba i3+ ourselves ?.

    Tips on saving money

    Empty the dust bag in the clean base with a conventional floor vacuum

    If you want to save some money, we have a trick at hand.

    You can suck out the dust bag in the emptying station with a conventional vacuum cleaner.

    Clean up the dust bag in the emptying station with a floor vacuum.

    The solution may seem a little cumbersome at first (which it is).

    But this way, you won’t have to buy new disposable dust bags for the auto-empty base and thus, save follow-up costs.

    It’s also much better for the environment. It’s not eco-friendly if you buy disposable dust bags all the time.

    Use a recyclable dust bag

    Another way to save some money: Use a "reusable bag" (available* on Amazon UK).

    You can empty it manually (and reuse it afterwards).

    That’s a bit cumbersome, too, but it works.

    Just give it a try ?.

    Our review of the best self-emptying robot vacuums

    Of course, we also put the best self-emptying robot vacuum cleaners through the wringer.

    They scored ratings from 5 stars (excellent) to 0.5 stars (very disappointing).

    You can find an overview of the ratings in the table below.

    Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+ iRobot Roomba i7+ Proscenic M7 Pro
    Suction and cleaning performance
    Wiping performance -
    Volume
    Navigation and driving
    Battery runtime
    App and functions
    Design, dimensions and quality
    Delivery scope
    Price-performance ratio
    Our Review T8 AIVI Review T8+ review Roomba i7+ review Proscenic M7 Pro review
    Offer Check Price* Check Price* Check Price* Check Price*

    We linked the detailed reviews in the overview:

    Best Robot Vacuums with Self-Emptying Base in the UK: Our Review & Conclusion

    A robot vacuum with a self-emptying base takes care of the last remaining task (emptying the mobile dust container). This way, floor cleaning is almost entirely automated, so you won’t have to raise a finger.

    A lot of dirt accumulates over time, especially in larger households. The mobile dust container of a robot vacuum quickly reaches its limits.

    You’d have to intervene and empty the mobile dust bag almost every day. That’s not what we’d call automated household cleaning.

    A robot vacuum with a self-emptying base takes a massive burden off your shoulders in daily cleaning.

    Emptying the mobile dust container by hand is a thing of the past.

    All you have to do is change the dust bag in the auto-empty station every few months.

    That's all.

    The robot vacuum with an auto-empty dust bin is a further step towards fully automated household cleaning.

    P.S.: We love our robotic vacuum cleaners with the clean base (iRobot Roomba i7+ and iRobot Roomba i3+) and don't want to miss them anymore ?.

    Read more

    • Is there a Eufy robot vacuum with an auto-empty dust bin?


      There’s no Eufy vacuum cleaner with an emptying station on the market yet (as of 2021).

    • Is there a Neato robot vacuum with a self-empty base?


      There’s no Neto robovac (Neabot) cleaner with an emptying station on the market yet.

    • Can you buy robot vacuums with self-emptying base on Amazon in the UK?


      There is an enormous assortment of robot vacuums with self-emptying base that you can buy on Amazon in the UK.

    Ilia

    Robot vacuum cleaners are my passion. These little helpers make cleaning our homes so much easier. That's why it's my personal concern to recommend only the most outstanding products and the best tips and tricks to you. Then you can devote your valuable time to the finer things in life - and as a rule, floor cleaning is not one of them.

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