The best robot vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed

These robot vacuum cleaners leave little roomba for improvement.

Best overall
deebot x1 plus
Ecovacs DEEBOT X1 Plus
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Was $1,299
$1,149
Suction power
5,000pa
Mopping
Yes
Auto-empty bin
Yes
Best below $500
Viomi V3 - Robot Vaccum Cleaner
Xiaomi Viomi V3
3.3 out of 5 stars
3.25
Starts at
$399
Suction power
2,600pa
Mopping
Yes
Auto-empty bin
No
Best premium pick
Roborock S8 Pro Ultra
Roborock S8 Pro Ultra
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Was $2,699
$2,499
Suction power
6,000pa
Mopping
Yes
Auto-empty bin
Yes
Best midrange performer
Roborock S6 Pure - Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Roborock S6 Pure
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starts at
$931
Suction power
2,000pa
Mopping
Yes
Auto-empty bin
No
Best mopping
Roborock S7 - Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Roborock S7
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$949
Suction power
2,500pa
Mopping
Yes
Auto-empty bin
Optional
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Brodie Fogg
Jan 20, 2023
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Before answering which robot vacuum is best, it's worth returning to the question of whether or not you really need a robot vacuum in the first place. That might not be the question that led you to this page but it's worth asking for such a big-ticket item. None of the robot vacuum cleaners we've reviewed has replaced the need for a handheld vacuum (and definitely haven't replaced our mops). Don't get us wrong, the extra support a robot vacuum offers is welcome, particularly if you live in a house or apartment that needs to be vacuumed more regularly (especially if you regularly tangle with pet hair) than most but a robot vacuum is a luxury item that typically comes with a luxury price tag.

Okay, still with us? Now that you're certain you want or need a robot vacuum in your life, let's take a look at some of the very best models we've reviewed.

 

Our top pick

What is the best robot vacuum you can buy?

Notice how we tried to prepare you for the price you’ll be spending in the intro above? That wasn’t for nothing. Because while we typically place price and value as the number one metric we score on most tech and services, there are distinct benefits to buying premium in the realm of robot vacuums. This is evidenced best by our top pick, the Ecovacs DEEBOT X1 Plus. At the end of the day, a robot vacuum cleaner should make life easier, not create more chores and there are a few reasons we think the DEEBOT X1 Plus earns its $1,899 price tag. If that price made your heart skip a beat, don’t worry, it did for us too. Thankfully, there are incredibly capable robots at a much lower price— they just won’t get you all the bells and whistles or convenience. 

Best robot vacuums in Australia comparison

Model
Price
Suction
Mopping features
Dustbin
Deebot X1 PlusEcovacs DEEBOT X1 Plus

5,000pa

Yes, with electric water flow and 240ml water tank

3.5L auto-empty bin
Roborock S8 Pro UltraRoborock S8 Ultra Pro

6,000pa

Yes, with electric water flow and 200ml water tank

350ml w/ 2.5L auto-empty bin
Deebot X1 TurboEcovacs Deebot X1 Turbo

5,000pa

Yes, 80ml tank with self-cleaning mop station

500ml (2.5L in auto-empty bin)

Viomi V3 - Robot Vaccum CleanerXiaomi Viomi V3

2,600pa

Yes, with electric water flow and 550ml water tank or 225ml/225ml water/dust tank

500ml or 225ml/225ml water/dust tank

Roborock S6 Pure - Robot Vacuum CleanerRoborock S6 Pure

2,000pa

Yes, 180ml water tank

460ml

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Best robot vacuum overall

Ecovacs DEEBOT X1 PLUS

Deebot X1 Plus
Ecovacs' DEEBOT X1 PLUS
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Was $1,299
Now $1,149
Suction power
5,000pa
Mopping
Yes, with electric water flow and 240ml water tank
Dustbin
3.2-litre auto-empty bin
ecovacsx1plus
pro
Pros
pro Detailed mapping
pro Advanced obstacle detection makes cleaning up BEFORE sending your robot vacuum out an exercise of the past
pro Strong suction on the machine, and auto-empty station
con
Cons
con Voice assistant and home monitoring tech aren't useful
con Tank size may not be suitable for large, or especially soiled areas

With powerful suction, handy maintenance features, excellent mapping, and advanced obstacle detection, the DEEBOT X1 PLUS is a robot vacuum cleaner that lives up to the promise of saving you time on your chores.

Despite some weird home monitoring features, the in-built camera in the X1 Plus significantly improves object detection and avoidance. Ecovacs calls it Strategic Cleaning, but I call it Not Having To Pick Up Cords. AIVI and TrueDetect 3D 2.0 allow the cleaner to recognise and maneuver around objects in the space in real time, as opposed to entirely relying on a precomposed LiDAR map. In practice this means I spend less time pre-cleaning for the vacuum, and releasing cords from its jaws.

It occasionally tries too hard to be something else but as a robot vacuum cleaner, the DEEBOT X1 Plus is hard to fault.

Best premium robot vacuum cleaner

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra
Roborock S8 Pro Ultra
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Discounted to
$2,499
Suction power
6,000pa
Mopping
Yes, with electric water flow and 200ml water tank
Dustbin
350ml w/ 2.5L auto-empty bin
Roborock S8 Pro Ultra header
pro
Pros
pro Impressive object avoidance
pro Seamless setup and maintenance
pro Works fast and battery lasts
con
Cons
con Struggles to deal with lips
con Not great at cleaning corners
con Mopping results are mixed

The only thing that's not easy to love about the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra is the price. If you can live with the cost involved however, the results and ease of use that come with this particular robovac are well worth it.

For those with larger flat spaces in their home, it'll absolutely do the trick. Those who live in a smaller residence will likely come away just as thrilled with the experience that the S8 Pro Ultra offers, though it may feel like overkill from time to time.

The Roborock S8 Pro Ultra isn't perfect, but its hard to argue that the kitchen sink approach here isn't the next best thing.

Next best premium vacuum

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo

Deebot X1 Turbo
Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo
4 out of 5 stars
4
Discounted to
1,499
Suction power
5,000pa
Mopping
Yes, with electric water flow and 80ml water tank
Dustbin
400ml
Auto-empty
No, self-cleaning mop dock included
Deebot X1 Turbo Dock Auto Empty review
pro
Pros
pro Drives like a 4WD
pro Quiet, effective mop
pro Far better mopping than in previous models
pro Great improvements to mapping and software
con
Cons
con Expensive
con No auto-empty bin
con Built-in video recording and voice activation are pricey gimmicks

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo is a great machine, and exceeded our expectations in a few instances, but the price tag will deflect some to cheaper models, and fair enough. Most of the extras and enhancements are great additions, but none of them are essential.

The extra suction makes for a better cleaner and the extra grunt means the X1 cleans in more places. In general, the improved mapping and software mean we haven't had to rescue it from under a coffee table or bed even once. That might seem like a low bar, but it's suprisingly uncommon for a robovac to flawlessly clean an area without needing a human to help it get home.

Its got sharp looks, is packed with features and does a great job of vacuuming the floor. But it's also a pricey proposition. With an asking price of $2,099 (often heavily discounted), there are few other competing models in this price range. The X1 is more like an Audi than a Toyota Corolla.

Best robot vacuum under $500

Xiaomi Viomi V3

Viomi V3 - Robot Vaccum Cleaner
Xiaomi Viomi V3
3.3 out of 5 stars
3.25
Starts at
$399
Suction power
2,600pa
Mopping
Yes, with electric water flow and 550ml water tank or 225ml/225ml water/dust tank
Dustbin
500ml or 225ml/225ml water/dust tank
Auto-empty
No
pro
Pros
pro Dustbin and water tank options
pro Electric water flow control
pro Great price
pro Powerful suction
con
Cons
con Glossy black finish attracts fingerprints
con Not as smart as other robots
con No carpet boost or no-mop zones
con Louder than we’d like

Xiaomi is easily one of the best brands for budget tech and the Viomi V3 is a powerhouse performer in its mid-range price bracket. It’s a powerful vacuum with versatile dust bin and water tank options and electric water flow for mopping. The hardware is solid but you might struggle with the day-to-day operation thanks to the lacklustre Mi Home app and navigation that needs improvement. The Viomi V3 is far from our top choice but the fact you can find it for less than $500 still makes it an incredibly appealing choice in such an expensive market.

Budget robot runner-up

Ecovacs Deebot U2

Ecovacs Deebot U2 - Robot Vaccum Cleaner
Ecovacs Deebot U2
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Starts at
$399
Suction power
1,600pa
Mopping
Yes, with 300ml water tank
Dustbin
400ml
Auto-empty
No
pro
Pros
pro Quiet operation
pro Solid suction
pro Affordable robot mopping
con
Cons
con Gets lost easily
con Mop can’t differentiate between hard floors and carpet

Like the Viomi V3, the Ecovacs Deebot U2 isn’t going to replace your upright vacuum. It suffers most of the same issues as Xiaomi’s affordable robot. It gets lost and confused easily and the lack of an auto-lift mop function left us with a wet rug or two. But for its entry-level price tag, it’s smart enough and capable enough to give your home a solid once-over and drastically reduce your workload around the house. It’s nowhere near as powerful as most of the other robot vacuums on this list (1600pa) but even so, it never struggled to devour any of the general dust and debris in the apartment we tested it in.

Ecovacs Deebot U2 specs

Model
Ecovacs Deebot U2

Price

From $399

Release

2020

Availability

The Good Guys, JB HI-FI, Godfreys, Bunnings

Suction power

1,600pa

Carpet detection

None

Best midrange robot vacuum

Roborock S6 Pure

Roborock S6 Pure - Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Roborock S6 Pure
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starts at
$931
Suction power
2,000pa
Mopping
Yes, 180ml water tank
Dustbin
460ml
Auto-empty
No
pro
Pros
pro Below average pricing
pro Advanced mapping, navigation and app
pro Thorough routine
pro Quiet operation
con
Cons
con Small dust and water tank
con Basic mopping features
con No dirt detection, full bin indicator or auto lift
con Occasional cleaning inconsistencies

The Roborock S6 Pure is a mid-range robot vacuum cleaner with the work ethic of something twice its price. There might be a few sacrifices to be made (like dirt/dust detection and a full bin indicator) and the mopping feature is just nice to have, not a game-changer. Still, what you don’t get is outweighed by the fact that the Roborock S6 Pure is more discrete, more powerful (and thorough) and longer-lasting than a lot of the competition in the same price bracket. Roborock’s superior navigation technology alone makes the $699 price tag all the more appealing.

Best robot vacuum mop

Roborock S7

Roborock S7 - Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Roborock S7
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$949
Suction power
2,500pa
Mopping
Yes, with vibrating mopping pad, carpet auto-lift and 300ml water tank
Dustbin
470ml
Auto-empty
Optional
pro
Pros
pro Powerful suction (2,500 Pa)
pro Super smart mapping and navigation
pro Advanced mopping functions
pro Options auto-empty bin
con
Cons
con Auto-empty dock not included
con Big price jump
con A little louder than you'd like

The S7’s price tag puts it between a (robo)rock and a hard place. If you’re open to spending over $1,000 on a robot vacuum cleaner, Roborock is one of the most reliable brands on the market and your money will be well spent. It’s got just about all the bells and whistles you’d hope for, including advanced mopping features (like a vibrating mop pad), auto mop-lifting over carpets, electric water flow and a big 300ml water tank that’s easily replaced. You’ll also save money in the long run thanks to the S7’s washable and reusable pads. But that doesn’t change the fact that spending an extra $100 will get you the equally adept Ecovacs Deebot T9+ (which is sold with an auto-empty dock) and spending almost half that price will get you the trusty S6 Pure.

Also considered

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+
4 out of 5 stars
4
Discounted to
$1299
Suction power
1,500pa
Mopping
Yes, with electric water flow and vibrating mopping pad
Dustbin
420ml
Auto-empty
Optional
pro
Pros
pro Fantastic mopping function
pro Advanced mapping abilities
pro Auto-emptying
pro Impressive battery life
con
Cons
con Expensive
con Mopping plate does not lift on carpet
con Dustbin could be bigger

If you had asked us last year what the best robot vacuum cleaner was, the Deebot Ecovacs T8+ would have been a front-runner. Though it’s just been replaced by our top pick (the newer T9+), the Deebot OZMO T8+ is still one of the best robot vacuum cleaners available in Australia and now at a more affordable price. It vacuums, mops, empties itself and can map your entire home for easy navigation and stress-free cleaning. It’s not the cheapest model on the market, and we’d like to see the mop play better near carpet, but otherwise, it’s a solid choice for any household.

Also considered

Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid

Eufy X8 Hybrid - Robot Vaccum Cleaner
Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$1,299
Suction power
4,000pa
Mopping
Yes, with electric water flow and 250ml water tank
Dustbin
420ml
Auto-empty
No
Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid
pro
Pros
pro Cleans real good
pro Excellent battery life
pro Smart mapping features and spot cleaning options
con
Cons
con On the pricier side
con So-so mopping
con No smart object detection

At $1,299, the Eufy RoboVac Hybrid X8 is on the more premium side for a robot vacuum cleaner. Your money gets you great cleaning performance, an excellent battery, and some pretty reasonable smarts with features like zoning and spot cleaning.

It's just a shame the lack of proper object detection means the mopping functionality becomes a bit tricky if you have a mix of floorboards or tiles and carpets. If that's you, I'd step down to the standard Eufy Robovac X8 over the hybrid model, save yourself $200, and get a larger bin.

More robot vacuum cleaners to consider

The list of robot vacuum cleaners above only covers the products we’ve had the opportunity to review ourselves. We’ll continue to update our list of recommendations as we review more products. With that said, our team has had some first-hand experience with Eufy’s range of more affordable robot vacuum cleaners (like the Eufy G10 Hybrid Robovac and Eufy RoboVac35c) and have had nothing but positive experiences to report. We can’t fully recommend these products without putting them through the wringer but they are definitely a brand worth considering in your travels.

Then there’s iRobot Roomba, the most recognisable name in the robot vacuum cleaning market. Roombas have made a name as a reliable robot vacuum option but in our initial analysis and spec comparison, iRobot’s range was typically priced a lot higher than the competition while offering the same or fewer features. When it comes to Roomba, a big part of what you’re paying for is the brand name and not so much the features packed inside. Still, iRobot Roomba didn’t build such a reputation from nothing so it’s also a worthy alternative to consider if you’ve got the funds.

Final thoughts

Whether you opt for the more affordable Roborock S6 Pure or the premium Ecovacs Deebot T9+, buying a robot vacuum won't completely replace your upright or handheld vacuum but we can guarantee you'll appreciate the extra support. It's the same story with robot mops, none on this list will completely replace a handheld mop but some like the Roborock S7 come close. If mopping is an important feature for you and you can afford to splash out, we recommend spending the extra dough on advanced mopping features like carpet detection, auto-lift and electric water flow control.

Every robot vacuum on our list has a companion app for scheduling and remote control as well as Google Home and Amazon Alexa support for smart home integration and if you set up everything to fit around your own routine, you'll barely even notice the robot vacuum's presence in your home. If you're anything like us, you might even grow attached to your new robot buddy.

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What to look for in a robot vacuum cleaner

For the longest time, suction power was the key feature that brands marketed for their latest vacuum cleaners. Remember the old bowling ball tests? Remember this guy? Suction power is still an important metric to consider but you’ll be stretched to find a model that doesn’t offer enough suction to handle most household detritus. In the realm of smart vacuum cleaners, there’s a whole range of more important factors to consider. Do you need a mopping function? What technology does it use for navigation? What’s the battery life like? And how much space will it cover in a single clean?

Here’s a quick list of some of the most basic features to compare when shopping for a standard robot vacuum cleaner:

  • Price: Expect to pay anywhere between $300 and $3000
  • Mapping sensor: LDS radar, camera-based or gyroscope/accelerometer mapping
  • Noise level: Will it wake the baby?
  • Suction power: How much does it suck?
  • Warranty: How long are you covered for if it kicks the bucket?
  • Weight and dimensions: How heavy is it? And will it fit under your coffee table?
  • Cleaning area: Will it cover your entire home?
  • Battery and charging: How long will it run for? How long does it need to charge between cleans?
  • Auto dock and recharge: Does the robot return to the dock before running out of battery?
  • Dustbin capacity: How much mess can it hold before needing to be emptied?
  • HEPA filter: Does it use HEPA-grade filters for catching microscopic particles and allergens?
  • Replacement parts: How easy is it to replace and how much do parts cost?
  • App control and scheduling: Does it offer an app with smart home support and scheduling features?
  • Mapping features: Does it offer multi-floor support, zoned cleaning and blocked areas?
  • Sensors: Does it offer carpet boost for thorough cleaning and anti-drop technology?
  • Mopping: Does it offer mopping?
  • Mopping features: Does it offer auto-lift carpet detection, electric water flow or vibrating mop pads?
  • Water tank: How big is the water tank?
  • Auto-empty: Does it include or is it compatible with an auto-empty bin?
  • Full bin sensor: Does it let you know when it's time to empty the tank?
  • Additional sensors: Does it offer dirt detection and object recognition?

We consider all of these features and more when reviewing and scoring robot vacuum cleaners.

Brodie Fogg
Written by
Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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