The best robot vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed

These robot vacuum cleaners leave little roomba for improvement.
  • Best overall

    Ecovacs

    Deebot T9+

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    4.25 out of 5 overall
    Powerful suction and effective mopping
    2.5 litre auto-empty bin
  • Best midrange

    Roborock

    S6 Pure

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    4.25 out of 5 overall
    Smart navigation and quiet operation
    Fantastic price
  • Best mopping

    Roborock

    S7

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    4 out of 5 overall
    Carpet detection and vibrating mop
    Smart navigation
  • Runner-up Deebot

    Ecovacs

    Deebot T8+

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    4 out of 5 overall
    Impressive battery life and mapping
    Auto-empty bin
  • Best below $500

    Xiaomi

    Viomi V3

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    3.25 out of 5 overall
    Versatile dustbin/water tank options
    Outstanding price

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
ModelPriceSuctionMopping featuresDustbin
Ecovacs Deebot T9+ - Best robot vacuums
Ecovacs Deebot T9+
From $1,2993,000paYes, with electric water flow and 180ml water tank420ml (2.5L in auto-empty bin)
Roborock S6 Pure - Best robot vacuums
Roborock S6 Pure
From $6992,000paYes, 180ml water tank460ml
Roborock S7 - Best robot vacuums
Roborock S7
From $1,1992,500paYes, with vibrating mopping pad, carpet auto-lift and 300ml water tank470ml
Ecovacs Deebot T8+ - Best robot vacuums
Ecovacs Deebot T8+
From $9991,500paYes, with electric water flow and vibrating mopping pad420ml
Xiaomi Viomi V3 - Best robot vacuums
Xiaomi Viomi V3
From $4642,600paYes, with electric water flow and 550ml water tank or 225ml/225ml water/dust tank500ml or 225ml/225ml water/dust tank
Ecovacs Deebot U2 - Best robot vacuums
Ecovacs Deebot U2
From $3991,600paYes, with 300ml water tank400ml

Buying guide: 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:

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Basic features to look compare

  • 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?

Then there are more advanced features to consider if you’re splashing out in a higher price bracket:

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Advanced features to compare

  • 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.

Reviews.org's Editors Picks

Best robot vacuum overall

Ecovacs Deebot T9+

Deebot T9
Suction: 3,000pa
Mopping: Yes
Dust bin: 420ml
Auto-empty bin: 2.5L bin
Ecovacs Deebot T9+

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.

Reviewed by Georgia Dixon.

Pros

  • Powerful suction
  • Quiet, effective mop
  • Fantastic mapping and battery
  • Auto-empty works well most of the time

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Dustbin still on the small side
  • Wasteful mopping pads
  • Air freshener doesn’t do much
Ecovacs Deebot T9+ quick specs
ModelDeebot Ecovacs T9+
PriceFrom $1,299
Release2021
AvailabilityThe Good Guys, JB HI-FI, Godfreys, Bunnings, Bing Lee, Appliances Online, eBay
Suction power3,000Pa
Carpet detectionYes
Cleaning time175 minutes
Battery and charging5,200mAh battery, 6.5 hours charging time
MoppingYes, with electric water flow
Dustbin420ml
Water tank180ml
Auto-empty dock2.5 litre Auto-empty bin
Noise levels~67dB
NavigationLDS and dToF sensor with object recognition
Warranty1 year

Next best robot vacuum

Roborock S6 Pure

Roborock S6 Pure - Best robot vacuums
Suction: 2,000pa
Mopping: Yes
Dust bin: 460ml
Roborock S6 Pure robot vacuum review

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.

Reviewed by Brodie Fogg.

Pros

  • Below average pricing
  • Advanced mapping, navigation and app
  • Thorough routine
  • Quiet operation

Cons

  • Small dust and water tank
  • Basic mopping features
  • No dirt detection, full bin indicator or auto lift
  • Occasional cleaning inconsistencies
Roborock S6 Pure quick specs
ModelRoborock S6 Pure
PriceFrom $699
Release2020
AvailabilityRoborock Store, Dick Smith, Amazon, Catch.com.au
Suction power2,000Pa
Carpet detectionYes
Cleaning time180 minutes
Battery and charging5,200mAh battery, 5 hours charging time
MoppingYes, with manual water flow
Dustbin460ml
Water tank180ml
Auto-empty dockNot compatible
Noise levels~60dB
NavigationLDS (LiDAR)
Warranty1 year

Best robot vacuum mop

Roborock S7

Roborock S7 - Best robot vacuums
Suction: 2,500pa
Mopping: Yes
Dust bin: 470ml
Roborock S7 Pure Review

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.

Reviewed by Brodie Fogg.

Pros

  • Below average pricing
  • Advanced mapping, navigation and app
  • Thorough routine
  • Quiet operation

Cons

  • Small dust and water tank
  • Basic mopping features
  • No dirt detection, full bin indicator or auto lift
  • Occasional cleaning inconsistencies
Roborock S7 quick specs
ModelRoborock S7
PriceFrom $1,199
Release2021
AvailabilityRoborock Store, Harvey Norman, Amazon, Domayne
Suction power2,500Pa
Carpet detectionYes
Cleaning time180 minutes
Battery and charging5,200mAh battery, 5 hours charging time
MoppingYes, with electric water flow and vibrating mopping pad
Dustbin470ml capacity
Water tank300ml
Auto-empty dockComing soon at an additional cost
Noise levels~67dB
NavigationLDS (LiDAR)
Warranty1 year

Runner-up robot

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+

Ecovacs Deebot T8+ - Best robot vacuums
Suction: 1,500pa
Mopping: Yes
Dust bin: 420ml
Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+ on a black lino floor

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.

Reviewed by Georgia Dixon.

Pros

  • Industry-leading mopping
  • Advanced mapping and impressive battery
  • Auto-emptying

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No carpet auto-lift for mop
  • Dustbin could be bigger
Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+
ModelEcovacs Deebot OZMO T8+
PriceFrom $999
Release2020
AvailabilityAmazon, The Good Guys, Kogan
Suction power1,500pa
Carpet detectionYes
Cleaning time175 mins
Battery and charging5,200mAh, 6.5 hours charging time
MoppingYes, with electric water flow and vibrating mopping pad but no carpet auto-lift
Dustbin420ml
Water tank240ml
Auto-empty dockAvailable in bundle
Noise levels67db
NavigationSmart Navi 2.0 (LiDAR + 3D mapping)
Warranty1 year

Best robot vacuum under $500

Xiaomi Viomi V3

Xiaomi Viomi V3 - Best robot vacuums
Suction: 2,600pa
Mopping: Yes
Dust bin: 550ml (or 225ml/225ml water/dust tank)
Xiaomi Viomi V3 review - Filters and capacity

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.

Reviewed by Brodie Fogg.

Pros

  • Dustbin and water tank options
  • Electric water flow control
  • Great price
  • Powerful suction

Cons

  • Glossy black finish attracts fingerprints
  • Not as smart as other robots
  • No carpet boost or no-mop zones
  • Louder than you’d like
Xiaomi Viomi V3 quick specs
ModelXiaomi Viomi V3
PriceFrom $464
Release2020
AvailabilityXiaomi Mi-Store, Amazon, Catch.com.au, Kogan
Suction power2,600Pa
Carpet detectionNo
Cleaning time150 mins
Battery and charging4,900mAh, 5 hour charging time
MoppingYes with electric water flow
Dustbin550ml (or 225ml with combined dust/water tank)
Water tank550ml (or 225ml with combined dust/water tank)
Auto-empty dockNo
Noise levels~72db
NavigationLDS (LiDAR)
Warranty12 months

Budget robot runner-up

Ecovacs Deebot U2

Ecovacs Deebot U2 - Best robot vacuums
Suction: 1,600pa
Mopping: Yes
Dust bin: 400ml
Ecovacs Deebot U2 on brown 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.

Reviewed by Georgia Dixon.

Pros

  • Quiet operation
  • Solid suction
  • Affordable robot mopping

Cons

  • Gets lost easily
  • Mop can’t differentiate between hard floors and carpet
Ecovacs Deebot U2 quick specs
ModelEcovacs Deebot U2
PriceFrom $399
Release2020
AvailabilityThe Good Guys, JB HI-FI, Godfreys, Bunnings
Suction power1,600pa
Carpet detectionNone
Cleaning time110 min
Battery and charging2,600mAh, 4.5-hour charging time
MoppingYes
Dustbin400ml
Water tank300ml
Auto-empty dockNot compatible
Noise levels66-77dbdb
NavigationIR sensors
Warranty12 months

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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