The best robot vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed

These robot vacuum cleaners leave little roomba for improvement.

Best overall
Ecovacs Deebot T9+ - Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Ecovacs Deebot T9+
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starts at
$1,299
Suction power
3,000pa
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
$429
Suction power
2,600pa
Mopping
Yes
Auto-empty bin
No
Best midrange performer
Roborock S6 Pure - Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Roborock S6 Pure
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starts at
$599
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
Discounted to
$850
Suction power
2,500pa
Mopping
Yes
Auto-empty bin
Optional
Runner-up robot
Ecovacs Deebot T8+
4 out of 5 stars
4
Discounted to
$999
Suction power
1,500pa
Mopping
Yes
Auto-empty bin
Optional
Brodie Fogg
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May 30, 2022
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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 T9+. 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 Ecovacs T9+ earns its $1,299 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.

Best robot vacuums in Australia comparison

Model
Price
Suction
Mopping features
Dustbin
Ecovacs Deebot T9+ - Robot Vacuum CleanerEcovacs Deebot T9+

3,000pa

Yes, with electric water flow and 180ml water tank

420ml (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

Roborock S7 - Robot Vacuum CleanerRoborock S7

2,500pa

Yes, with vibrating mopping pad, carpet auto-lift and 300ml water tank

470ml

Ecovacs Deebot T8+

1,500pa

Yes, with electric water flow and vibrating mopping pad

420ml

Ecovacs Deebot U2 - Robot Vaccum CleanerEcovacs Deebot U2

1,600pa

Yes, with 300ml water tank

400ml

Eufy X8 Hybrid - Robot Vaccum CleanerEufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid

4,000pa

Yes, with 250ml water tank

400ml

Best robot vacuum overall

Ecovacs Deebot T9+

Ecovacs Deebot T9+ - Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Ecovacs Deebot T9+
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starts at
$1,299
Suction power
3,000pa
Mopping
Yes, with electric water flow and 180ml water tank
Dustbin
420ml
Auto-empty
Yes, 2.5L auto-empty bin
Ecovacs Deebot T9 - Smart Home Deals
pro
Pros
pro Powerful suction
pro Quiet, effective mop
pro Fantastic mapping and battery
pro Auto-empty works well most of the time
con
Cons
con Expensive
con Dustbin still on the small side
con Wasteful mopping pads
con Air freshener doesn’t do much

If you’re willing to spend a decent chunk of change on a robot vacuum cleaner, I reckon you'd struggle to find something better than the Deebot T9+. It’s a testament to how far robot vacuum cleaners have come, proving to be powerful, efficient, long-lasting and almost as effective as my trusty upright vacuum (which is saying something). It also comes with an auto-empty bin at no extra cost (a feature you’d usually pay through the nose for) which ultimately saves you a few trips to the bin.

The sole purpose of a robot vacuum cleaner is to make life a little easier for you but some models end up being more trouble than they're worth and you end up questioning exactly how much time you’re really saving. There’s no second-guessing the Ecovacs T9+’s performance. I’d love it if the Ecovacs T9+ came with a larger internal dustbin and some reusable mopping pads, but overall, there aren't many downsides to dropping your dollars on this robo beast.

Ecovacs Deebot T9+ specs

Model
Deebot Ecovacs T9+

Release

2021

Availability

The Good Guys, JB HI-FI, Godfreys, Bunnings, Bing Lee, Appliances Online, eBay

Suction power

3,000Pa

Carpet detection

Yes

Cleaning time

175 minutes

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
$429
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.

Xiaomi Viomi V3 quick specs

Model
Xiaomi Viomi V3

Release

2020

Availability

Xiaomi Mi-Store, Amazon, Catch.com.au, Kogan

Suction power

2,600Pa

Carpet detection

No

Cleaning time

150 mins

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
$599
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.

Roborock S6 Pure quick specs

Model
Roborock S6 Pure

Release

2020

Availability

Roborock Store, Dick Smith, Amazon, Catch.com.au

Suction power

2,000Pa

Carpet detection

Yes

Cleaning time

180 minutes

Best robot vacuum mop

Roborock S7

Roborock S7 - Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Roborock S7
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$850
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.

Roborock S7 specs

Model
Roborock S7

Release

2021

Availability

Roborock Store, Harvey Norman, Amazon, Domayne

Suction power

2,500Pa

Carpet detection

Yes

Cleaning time

180 minutes

Runner-up robot

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$999
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.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+ specs

Model
Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+

Price

From $999

Release

2020

Availability

Amazon, The Good Guys, Kogan

Suction power

1,500pa

Carpet detection

Yes

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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