iRobot doesn’t publish any suction or airflow data, and we imagine that both the 614 and 675 would be relatively weak if we measured them.

We’ve recommended a version in this series of robots dating all the way back to 2012 and still think this is a great choice. It’s particularly good at picking up pet hair, especially from softer rugs. They really work, and they really do make it even easier to own a robot vacuum. It’s an excellent cleaner, particularly for digging lots of hair out of thicker rugs, plus it can connect to Wi-Fi.

When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The main thing that makes the Roomba 600 series stand out from other affordable robot vacuums is that it’s more durable and easier to repair. You will have the ability to schedule the clean-up time, save the layout of the room in the form of a map that’s relayed to the robot vacuum, choose areas of the room that you don’t want to clean or only those you wish to have cleaned. If you think we’ve missed one worth covering, let us know—though we may already be testing it. And these aren’t even the kinds of obstacles that regular robots tend to struggle with anyway. But we’ve put the current AI bots to the test in the real world, and they just don’t work very well yet. And in our experience, because they’re supposed to be so smart, it feels extra-frustrating when they don’t work well. Roborock S5 Max. And if a robot runs across anything that can be smeared, get ready to do some nasty cleanup. We’re even holding onto our upgrade pick, the discontinued iRobot Roomba 960, while we wait to hear how its replacement, the Roomba i3, does out in the real world. A representative from iRobot told us that it has some ability to recover from a rescue (by looking for its charging dock and then for corners that it has already mapped out). The key is that bots don’t procrastinate or get bored, so they spend more time cleaning and clean more thoroughly than almost any human. This guide accounts for all of the robot vacuums available in the US as of September 2020. First, don’t get stuck. In most homes, they keep the floors tidy with barely any effort—pet hair and crumbs disappear before you even notice a mess. The Trifo Max was an adequate navigator and cleaner in our tests, and it has a video surveillance feature.

It generates an accurate map after a single cleaning session, whereas camera-based bots like the Shark IQ or Roomba i7 usually take three or more passes to create a map. Evan Ackerman, robot vacuum coverage, IEEE Spectrum. Spot cleaning (common) and manual steering (less common) can be handy sometimes. There’s no Wi-Fi or barrier system.