Australia’s best robot vacuum cleaners: reviewed and ranked

A quick guide to finding the best robot vacuum cleaner in Australia (and what makes them the best).


roborock s8 mxv ultra
Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner: Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra
Our Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
5
Design
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Expert testing
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Man's best friend

Roborock's premium S8 MaxV Ultra robot vacuum is the most independent robot vacuum we have tested. It rarely requires any intervention, and its extending mop and vacuum arms get in to every nook and cranny. The price might be hard to get on board with though.

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Anula Wiwatowska
Jul 01, 2024
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Robot vacuum cleaners have been around for over 20 years now, which is quite frankly crazy to think about. In that time the little robots have made huge advancements; lidar navigation and mapping, auto-empty stations, self-cleaning mops, even humidity linked settings. 

In a mature market it is harder to pick out the best robot vacuum cleaner, unless you've tested a bunch of them. Thats where we step in. Over the past couple of years we have reviewed and rated over 20 robot vacuum cleaners looking at aspects like particle efficiency, battery life, smart navigation, and reliability.

Weighing these against the price, we score and rank every robot vacuum cleaner to help find the best robot butler available in Australia. Our tip pick is admittedly pricey, but we have more affordable options that are well worth considering as well.

Latest page update:

  • Next Best All Rounder updated to Narwal Freo X Ultra
  • Under $500 robot vacuum cleaners section updated to most recent pricing

Other really good robot vacuum cleaners in Australia

Ecovacs DEEBOT X1 Plus
deebot x1 plus
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
RRP
$1,299
$499
  • pro
    Suction: 5,000pa
  • pro
    Base station Self emptying
Narwal Freo X Ultra
Narwal Freo X Ultra
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
RRP
$2,299
  • pro
    Suction:8,200pa
  • pro
    Base station Self washing & drying mop
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Best robot vacuum deals
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TP-Link Auto-empty Robot Vaccum and Mop RV10 Plus
$599
$361
dreame
Dreame L20 Ultra Fully Automated Robot Vacuum and Mop
$2,699
$1,790
roborock
Q7 Max+ Auto-empty Robot Vacuum and Mop
$1,399
$599
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Roborock S8 Pro Ultra Fully Automated Robot Vacuum and Mop
$2,599
$1,999

Deals and pricing displayed are subject to change. 

How we pick the best robot vacuum cleaners

Price Tag

Price

Robot vacuums are becoming high ticket items, so we look at the value proposition that higher price point gives you. If there is similar performance at something half the price, then we will be sure to let you know.

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Design

Design takes in to account the size and capacity of the dustbin and the base station plus its functionality. We also look at the roller design taking in to account how well features like "zero tangle" rollers live up to their claims.

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Performance

We compare the performance specs including battery life, whether the device resumes cleaning after a recharge, included functionality like mopping, and smart carpet detect.

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Expert testing

Every robot vacuum cleaner we rank is reviewed by our experts. In a controlled environment, we test things like; particle performance, mop and edge performance, the app accuracy and usefulness, and device reliability.

Best of the best robot vacuum cleaner

Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra
"The Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra didn't just renew my faith in robot vacuum cleaners, it may just be man’s new best friend."
- Anula Wiwatowska
Home and Lifestyle Tech Editor

Roborock has a reputation for excellent robot vacuum cleaners, so it is no surprise that its top of the range S8 MaxV Ultra tops our list. Equipped with all the fixins like self-emptying, a self-cleaning mop, extendable edge mopping arm, and truely smart obstacle avoidance, the S8 MaxV Ultra hardly ever needs your help.

In our testing the device reliably avoided problem areas like cords, and only got clogged once on larger debris. It's zero tangle rollers did the trick against stubbourn pet hair, even if it did cough up some furballs. Otherwise it simply did its thing, sending a push notification and lighting up a red LED when the mop water required changing.

Easily able to tackle different different floor types without wetting your carpet, the S8 MaxV Ultra can handle most environments but you will pay a pretty penny for it. If the near $3,000 pricetag is understandable off-putting, we have more affordable options below.


Best robot vacuum cleaner deal

Ecovacs DEEBOT X1 PLUS
"Ecovacs’ DEEBOT X1 PLUS is an outstanding robovac with advanced mapping, easy maintenance, and powerful suction - and for some reason it is also a home monitoring system, and a phone…? Kinda?"
- Anula Wiwatowska
Home and Lifestyle Tech Editor

The Deebot X1 Plus was number one in our books for a long time, but it is also a couple of years old at this point. It is still an excellent piece of tech with solid mapping and good particle performance, but it lacks a self-cleaning mop and crevice attachments. This considered, at full price we would find it harder to recommend these days, but at half price you'd be a fool not to seriously consider it.

Down to just $549.99, this Deebot is boasting Aldi Special Buys kind of value. Sure you don't get the latest bells and whistles, but you can save upwards of $2,000 compared to our top pick. If you're happy to wash your own mop head for that kind of dosh, then it is worth jumping on this deal.

Robot vacuums under $500

Here are a handful of robot vacuums retailing for less than $500 right now. Cards on the table, we may haven't reviewed all of these products, but we know the brands well so we'll give you what insight we can to help you make the best choice.
eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S
eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S
If you're looking for a basic robot vacuum then this Eufy will do the trick. With 100 minutes of run time it should be enough to clean up a three bedroom house. While it doesn't have app connectivity, this robovac comes with a remote control.
Sale price valid until withdrawn by Amazon
Dreame D10s Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Mop
Dreame D10s Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Mop
Dreame makes excellent robot vacuums, so we would assume this one does pretty well for the price. Equipped with a mop, an anti-tangle rubber brush, voice control, and 5,000Pa suction power, this budget option will pack a punch.
Sale price valid until withdrawn by Amazon
ECOVACS DEEBOT N8 Robot Vacuum Cleaner,dToF 2-in-1 Vacuum & Mopping,
ECOVACS Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Mop DEEBOT N8
Ecovacs is easily the most well known robot vacuum cleaner brand. The N8 is one of its less advanced models, but it does still have a mop. Rated to 120 minutes of battery life, and fitted out with auto-carpet detect, this cheap robovac should suit larger households just fine.
Sale price valid until withdrawn by Amazon
We do our best to find you the best robot vacuum cleaner deals, but some may expire before we get a chance to switch them out. Deal prices are valid as of the publish date on this article.

Next best all rounder

Narwal Freo X Ultra
"Narwal Freo X Ultra sticks the landing with a sleek design and a combination of thoughtful touches that make it feel just that little bit better than the average robot vacuum"
-Fergus Halliday
Technology Editor

Narwal is a relatively new brand to hit Australian shores, so chances are you haven't heard much about it. Like the aquatic name might suggest, this robovac is all about wet floor cleaning, with a slew of clever mopping features.

The Freo X Ultra has a lot of the same specs of the Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra, like a self-cleaning mop, edge mopping, zero-tangle rollers, and killer object detection. You'll pay around $700 less for this unit, but for the saving you miss out on an auto-emptying dustbin.

If you don't mind emptying the dustbin yourself, the Narwal will reward you with top-tier mopping with its unique triangular mop head design. Switching between 7N or 12N of downwards pressure, the Freo X can really scrub, and handles corners and edges well. It also detects the relative cleaniless of floors by assessing the colour of the dirty mop water, running subsequent mopping sequences until it is satisfied. The device also changes mop saturation based on the humidity.

For hard-floored houses the Narwal Freo X Ultra is a no brainer.

Robot vacuum cleaners compared

Australia has a bunch of robot vacuum cleaners available on the market, starting as low as $300 if you can get a good deal. We have reviewed and rated more than 20 units over the past few years. Here are how the most recent robovacs compare.
Anula Wiwatowska
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Anula is the Content and Social Media Editor within the Reviews.org extended universe. Working in the tech space since 2020, she covers phone and internet plans, gadgets, smart devices, and the intersection of technology and culture. Anula was a finalist for Best Feature Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards, and an eight time finalist across categories at the IT Journalism Awards. Her work contributed to WhistleOut's Best Consumer Coverage win in 2023.

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