Floor cleaner robot reviews: The 4 Best Robot Vacuums of 2023

The 3 Best Budget Robot Vacuums – Spring 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Best Vacuum

    1. Best Under $150

      1. Best Under $300

        1. Notable Mentions
        2. Recent Updates
        3. All Reviews
        4. Discussions

        Updated May 31, 2023 at 02:35 pm

        By Evan Jakab

        Until recently, robot vacuums were out of reach for the average consumer, especially compared to more affordable traditional models. However, the selection of budget-friendly options has grown substantially in the past few years, so there’s no shortage of relatively affordable robot vacuums with differing feature sets and designs to better suit your cleaning needs. While many cheaper robot vacuums struggle with some cleaning tasks, especially when clearing bulky material or dealing with messes on carpets, some do at least an overall fair job.

        We’ve tested over 50 robot vacuums, and below are our recommendations for what you can buy as the best cheap robot vacuums.  These picks are selected based on their price, performance, and feature set. For more buying recommendations, look at our list of the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors, the best robot vacuums, and the best cheap vacuum cleaners.

        1. Best Budget Robot Vacuum

          Neato D8

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          7.5

          Low-Pile Carpet

          6.9

          High-Pile Carpet

          6.7

          Pets

          5.4

          Stairs

          5.8

          Cars

          4. 7

          Workshop

          4.4

          Vacuum Type

          Robot

          Bagless

          Yes

          Cordless

          Yes

          Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)

          Yes

          Wet Compatible

          No

          See all our test results

          The Neato D8 is the best budget robot vacuum that we’ve tested. It’s usually on sale for just a smidge under $200 and packs a substantial punch for the price, with a wide array of features that are often only found on much more expensive models. Unlike most other robot vacuums in its price range, it has a LIDAR sensor that generates a permanent map of your home. You can then use its companion app to schedule cleaning sessions in advance or set up virtual boundary makers so that the vacuum won’t enter any tricky-to-clean areas. It also does a good job of maneuvering itself, though its squared-off front end can cause it to get stuck in some tight spots.

          Performance on bare floors is excellent, though it does have a slightly harder time clearing away debris embedded deeply within carpet fibers. Unfortunately, battery performance is unimpressive for a robot vacuum, as it has a max runtime of only 70 minutes when used in its most energy-efficient setting.

          See our review

        2. Best Robot Vacuum Under $150

          Shark ION Robot AV753 Series

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          6.9

          Low-Pile Carpet

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          High-Pile Carpet

          6.3

          Pets

          4. 1

          Stairs

          5.8

          Cars

          4.7

          Workshop

          4.2

          Vacuum Type

          Robot

          Bagless

          Yes

          Cordless

          Yes

          Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)

          No

          Wet Compatible

          No

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          If you’re looking for a hassle-free way of keeping your floors clean but want to spend even less on a robot vacuum, the Shark ION Robot AV753 Series is the best robot vacuum under $150 we’ve tested. Its navigation system is much less advanced than the LIDAR mapping system on the slightly pricier Neato D8. The Shark relies on random-pathing to move around a room, leading it to miss some areas while going over others more than once. While it has a companion app that allows you to check various parameters, which isn’t always guaranteed for robot vacuums at the bottom of the market, the SharkClean companion app has an unintuitive interface and is rather buggy. That said, despite its budget-friendly price point, it feels surprisingly well-built.

          Unfortunately, there are better choices for pet owners, as its brushroll and side brushes are very tangle-prone, and it does a terrible job of sealing in fine allergens like pet dander. When dealing with solid debris, it does alright for the most part, though it’s best suited for homes with mainly bare floors; performance on carpeted floors can be inconsistent.

          See our review

        3. Best Robot Vacuum Under $300

          Wyze Robot Vacuum

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          Low-Pile Carpet

          6.8

          High-Pile Carpet

          6.5

          Pets

          5.2

          Stairs

          5.9

          Cars

          4.7

          Workshop

          4.3

          Vacuum Type

          Robot

          Bagless

          Yes

          Cordless

          Yes

          Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)

          Yes

          Wet Compatible

          No

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          The Wyze Robot Vacuum is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a robot vacuum for just under $300. It’s pricier than most other robot vacuums on this list, but that mostly reflects its added advantages. Like the Neato D8, it has a LIDAR mapping sensor, allowing for quick and precise room mapping, even in the dark. It pulls ahead of the Neato for maneuverability, as it does a better job of making its way around obstacles like tables or chairs. It also has a much longer max battery life of over two hours, though it takes longer to recharge. You can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines and schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms using the coverage map.

          It delivers exceptional performance on bare floors and easily clears away pet hair on most surfaces. Unfortunately, its dirt compartment is also tiny and needs regular emptying, and it isn’t compatible with a self-emptying dock. One feature it’s missing compared to the cheaper Neato D8 is the latter’s automatic suction power adjustment feature, so you’ll need to adjust this setting manually on some surfaces. It won’t be too big a concern if you live in a home with mostly bare floors.

          See our review

        Notable Mentions

        • iRobot Roomba 694 [690, 692]:
          The iRobot Roomba 694 is a robot vacuum with a longer runtime than the Neato D8, but it performs worse on all surface types, has fewer automation features, and has a smaller dustbin.
          See our review
        • eufy RoboVac G30:
          The eufy RoboVac G30 is a fairly basic robot vacuum you can use without an internet connection. Compared to the Neato D8, it offers inferior cleaning performance and tends to get stuck more frequently.
          See our review
        • yeedi K650:
          The yeedi K650 is a budget-friendly robot vacuum that outperforms the Shark ION Robot AV753 Series on most surface types, but it can be rather hard to find and incurs higher ownership costs.
          See our review
        • Roborock E4:
          The Roborock E4 is an entry-level model in Roborock’s product range and has plenty of things going in its favor, with strong performance, good maneuverability, and impressive build quality. However, unlike the Wyze Robot Vacuum, it doesn’t have a LIDAR mapping sensor, so you can’t set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms.
          See our review

        Recent Updates

        1. May 31, 2023:
          Replaced eufy RoboVac 25C with Shark ION Robot AV753 Series as ‘Best Robot Vacuum Under $150’ due to current availability. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks.

        2. Apr 03, 2023:
          Swapped eufy RoboVac 25C with Neato D8 as ‘Best Budget Robot Vacuum’, recategorized eufy RoboVac 25C as ‘Best Robot Vacuum Under $150’. Moved Roborock E4 to Notable Mentions due to current pricing.

        3. Jan 30, 2023:
          Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for users. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks and added iRobot Roomba 694 to Notable Mentions.

        4. Dec 01, 2022:
          Replaced yeedi K650 with Roborock E4 as ‘Best Robot Vacuum Under $200’ pick due to current availability. Replaced Roborock E4 with Neato D8 as ‘Best Robot Vacuum Under $250’ pick due to current pricing. Added eufy RoboVac G30 and yeedi K650 to Notable Mentions.

        5. Oct 04, 2022:
          Major article restructuring to better align with user requirements. Removed less relevant Notable Mentions picks.

        All Reviews

        Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cheap robot vacuums for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

        If you’d like to do the work of choosing yourself, here’s the list of all our robot vacuum reviews priced under $300. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

        Best robot vacuums 2023: Reviews and buying advice

        Best Picks

        Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

        By Michael Ansaldo

        Freelance contributor, TechHive May 22, 2023 3:00 am PDT

        Image: Rob Schultz

        Who wants to vacuum? No one! That’s what robot vacuums are for. Vacuuming is one of the most loathed household chores. Sure, it doesn’t carry the ick factor of cleaning the toilet or the tedium of dusting, but pushing and dragging a noisy, cumbersome vacuum is its own kind of torture.

        Robot vacuums don’t have unwieldy cords or hoses to contend with, and they require little effort from you: You can run one from your couch using a physical remote or smartphone app, and the higher-end models can be programmed to wake up and start cleaning without any intervention at all. Robot vacs easily dispose of the most common household detritus—food crumbs, pet hair, dust—making them ideal for both routine maintenance and quick cleanings when you’re expecting company.

        Our top pick isn’t the most expensive model on the market, though it’s price tag is up there. If you’re working with a more modest budget, we have a strong recommendation in that category as well.

        Updated May 22, 2023 to add a link to our Dreamebot D10s Plus review.

        Best robot vacuums for every budget

        iRobot Roomba j7+ — Best robot vacuum overall

        Pros

        • Category-leading obstacle detection/avoidance
        • Excellent mapping capabilities, with definable rooms and no-go zones
        • Top-notch cleaning performance

        Cons

        • Precision Navigation feature depends on ambient light
        • Self-emptying dock adds $200 to the Roomba j7 model (which comes with a conventional charging dock)

        The Roomba j7+’s excellent cleaning performance and sophisticated obstacle recognition makes it an excellent option for most households, particularly if your pet is prone to accidents. Yes, this robot vacuum is smart enough to recognize pet poop on the floor. It won’t pick it up for you, but it will navigate around it instead of making a regrettable mess an unmitigated disaster.

        Read our full

        iRobot Roomba j7+ review

        Roborock S6 Max V — Best robot vacuum overall, runner-up

        Pros

        • Can recognize, identify, and avoid common obstacles
        • Vacuums as well as mops
        • Can create multi-floor maps

        Cons

        • Its onboard camera can’t detect very small objects
        • Can struggle to “see” objects in low light
        • Pricey

        When a manufacturer builds one device that’s designed to perform more than one function, you all too often end up with a product that’s a jack of all trades, but a master of none. That wasn’t the case with Roborock’s vacuum/mop hybrid, and this update version features stereo cameras that enable the device to avoid obstacles like shoes and power strips that will trip up robots with simpler navigation systems.

        Read our full

        Roborock S6 MaxV review

        iLife A4s Pro — Best budget-priced robot vacuum

        Pros

        • Simple controls
        • Multiple cleaning modes
        • Powerful suction
        • Budget price

        Cons

        • No advanced navigation features
        • Doesn’t create maps of your home’s interior

        This robot vacuum blends powerful suction with straightforward controls, an approach that kept its price tag less than $200 when we first reviewed it. It’s current street price is now less than $150. This vac doesn’t create sophisticated maps of your home’s floorplan, so you’ll need to deploy its battery-powered ElectroWall to prevent it from going into rooms where it could get in trouble. But one person’s perks are another person’s pain points, and if you prize simplicity and competence in your technology, the iLife A4s Pro will make you very happy.

        Wyze Robot Vacuum — Best budget robot vacuum, runner-up

        Pros

        • Includes laser mapping and room customization
        • Three suction levels
        • Advanced features at a budget price

        Cons

        • Easily gets stuck under low-slung furniture
        • Can’t be controlled with voice commands (Alexa or Hey Google)
        • No specialty cleaning modes

        Wyze delivers a raft of top-shelf features not typically available in budget robot vacuums. Its LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor, for example, enables it to build an editable floor map of your space. That’s typically a perk of robot vacuums in the $400 to $800 range. Same goes for its ability to section that map into multiple rooms and dispatch the vacuum to any one of them. Yes, it costs more than the iLife A4s Pro, but you get a whole lot more vacuum for the money.

        Read our full

        Wyze Robot Vacuum review

        DreameBot L10s Ultra — Most sophisticated robot vacuum

        Pros

        • Mops as effectively as it vacuums
        • Cleans itself
        • Excellent navigation and obstacle avoidance
        • Lots of cleaning customization options

        Cons

        • Requires extensive periodic maintenance
        • Expensive

        Dreametech now surpasses all other competitors with the most sophisticated robot vacuum on the market. The Dreamebot L10S Ultra not only vacuums with 5,300Pa of suction, its twin mopping pads forcefully scrub hard-surface flooring as effectively as a manual stick mop. It also eliminates the daily maintenance chores of empty a dustbin (its onboard dustbin empties into a large bag in its base station), and it scrubs clean–and then blow-dries with heated air–it own mop pads. While not maintenance free–you’ll eventually need to replace that dust bag, empty its dirty water bin, and refill its clean water bin–this vacuum frees you from two chores that must be performed much more frequently: Vacuuming and mopping.

        Read our full

        DreameBot L10s Ultra review

        Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra — Most sophisticated robot vacuum, runner-up

        Pros

        • Vacuums and mops, switching between the two modes without much human intervention
        • Empties its own dustbin and dirty water tank, refills its own water tank
        • Creates detailed 2D and 3D maps of your home’s interior
        • Its onboard camera can be used like a roaming security cam

        Cons

        • Oversized base station consumes a lot of floor space
        • Some of the app’s advanced mapping options are available only on late-model iPhones
        • Pricey

        Roborock’s S7 MaxV Ultra delivers a lot of features: It not only empties its own dustbin–an increasingly common feature on high-end robot vacs, but it also cleans itself and its mopping cloth, refills its water tank when needed, and creates 2D and 3D maps of your home’s interior. You can even use its onboard camera as roaming security camera to see and hear what’s going on inside your home while you’re away.

        Read our full

        Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra review

        Yeedi Vac Station — Best robot vacuum for pet hair

        Pros

        • Mops and vacuums
        • Self-emptying dustbin
        • Creates customizable maps

        Cons

        • Navigation can be clunky
        • Maps are primitive

        The Yeedi Vac Station automates vacuuming and mopping for easier maintenance of carpeted and hard-surface floors.

        Read our full

        Yeedi Vac Station review

        Frequently asked questions about robot vacuums


        1.

        How much does a robot vacuum cleaner cost?

        The convenience robot vacuums provide come at a cost: As much as $1,400 at the high end, with many of the best models running no less than half that. To help you determine which ones are worth the expense, we tested models from some of the most popular brands in a real-world lab: my home, where the floors are punished daily by two kids, three cats, and a dog.

        I tasked each one with vacuuming a 400-plus square-foot space that includes low-pile carpet, hardwood flooring, and linoleum that was regularly littered with food crumbs, pet hair, tracked-in dirt, stray cat litter, and other debris. To maintain the real-world environment, each model also had to contend with random floor clutter during several cleanings.

        Be aware even the most premium robot vacuums are a supplement, not a substitute, for your stand-up vacuum. Despite manufacturer claims, most just don’t have the same suction power of an upright. Think of them as an easy way to maintain your floors in between deeper cleanings with your current vacuum.

        2.

        How do robot vacuums operate?

        Fundamentally, the robot vacuums in our guide all operate the same way: They autonomously maneuver around your home on a couple of wheels suctioning debris from your floors. Two to four brushes on the bottom—both rolling-style agitators and spinning side brushes—grab dirt from the floor and wall edges respectively, and guide it into the suction area or direct it straight to a small, filtered dustbin. When cleaning is complete, or their battery is running low, they return themselves to their charging dock. But just how they get the job done can differ across manufacturers and models.

        3.

        How do you control a robot vacuum?

        Autonomy puts the “robot” in “robot vacuum.” Virtually all models include an “automatic” mode that requires you to do nothing more than press a button on a remote, in an app, or on the vacuum itself to clean a room. This is great for ad-hoc cleaning, but most models can also be programmed to clean on a schedule. The latter scenario is great if you want them to work when you’re not home, or to create a regular cleaning routine. Some higher-end models also integrate with smart speakers, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home, which allows you to control them using voice commands.

        4.

        Do robot vacuums have different cleaning modes?

        Just as your stand-up vacuum can be adjusted to clean either carpet or hard flooring, so to can a robot vac. Most feature the ability to change suction and other cleaning functions to adapt to different floor surfaces, either automatically or with input from you. They may also have a spot mode for more concentrated cleaning on a small area (cleaning up a spill, for example), include options for single- and double-passes of a room, or offer an option to focus just on cleaning along wall edges and baseboards.

        5.

        How do robot vacuums navigate rooms and avoid obstacles?

        The allure of robot vacuums is their promise to complete their task with minimal management from you. In order to do that, they must be able to navigate a room’s unique layout, maneuver around furniture and other obstacles, and avoid hazards such as falling down stairs and getting tangled in electrical cords.

        Robot vacuums “see” the world through a combination of sensors. Cliff sensors let it know when there is an increase in distance to the floor—e.g., stairs or a sunken living room—so it doesn’t tip over the edge. Other sensors tell it when it has bumped into an object, so it can change direction, or is near a wall, so it can follow it. Still other sensors help the robot vacuum track how far it has travelled. Depending on the manufacturer and model, a robot vac might also include sensors that determine the amount of dirt present so it can adjust its cleaning mode accordingly.

        6.

        How do robot vacuums avoid cleaning the same area twice or more?

        Manufacturers are increasingly including mapping capabilities in some of their robot vacuums. These models use an onboard camera or laser reflections to produce a 360-degree view of the room. This allows the robot vac to create a map of the space and locate itself within that map.

        The advantage of mapping is the vacuum will know which areas it has already cleaned and which it hasn’t, to avoid going over the same spot unnecessarily. It also lets it know where to resume cleaning if it must stop and recharge midway through the task. This makes it ideal for larger rooms and—because it’s still something of a premium feature—larger budgets.

        7.

        Can I prevent a robot vacuum from going into a particular room?

        In an ideal world, you’d clear all your floors of clutter before using your robot vacuum. But we live in the real one and that’s not always possible or desirable. Knowing this, many robot vacuums include some way to block off areas you don’t want it venturing into, whether it’s a pet’s area, your kids’ room, or a cluster of device cords in the corner. Often it’s just a length of magnetic tape you stretch in front of or on a forbidden area that the vacuum’s sensors will detect and tell it to avoid. But some models employ virtual barriers, such as the ability to designate boundaries on a floor plan that signal the robot to steer clear.

        8.

        Are all robot vacuums the same size?

        The dimensions of a robot vacuum matter for a couple of reasons. First, they will determine how well it can get into tight spots, such as under your kitchen cabinets and low-clearance furniture (couches and recliners). If it’s too tall, it won’t be able reach into these spots, or worse, it will get in and get stuck until you physically free it. Second, the bigger the robot vacuum, the larger the dustbin.

        Robot vacuums don’t use expandable bags like many of their stand-up brethren do, so when it comes to debris capacity, what you see is what you get. There is no sweet spot for robot vacuum dimensions that we could determine—it really depends on your particular room layout—but a diameter of 13 to 14 inches and a height of 3.5 to 4 inches are the most common measurements we encountered.

        9.

        Are Wi-Fi-enabled robot vacuums inherently better than other types?

        Wi-Fi-enabled robot vacuums allow you to control them with a smartphone app instead of, or in addition to, a physical remote. That convenience alone doesn’t really warrant the extra cost these models command, but some model’s apps also provide other perks, such as detailed cleaning histories and the ability to save and edit floor maps for better navigation. Those models are worth considering if you’re cleaning large, intricate spaces.

        10.

        How can I avoid the chore of emptying a robot vacuum’s dustbin?

        While robot vacuums take over most of the cleaning, they have historically required the user to step in and manually empty the dustbin. Given that most robot vacuums’ have a very small dustbin capacity, they might need to be emptied multiple times per cleaning job, particularly if you have children or pets or live in a large home. That’s not just annoying, it can be downright uncomfortable if you have allergies or dust sensitivity.

        Auto-emptying robot vacuums bridge the last mile of the vacuuming process with a charging dock that includes a canister vacuum and a dust bag that can hold one to two months of debris. When the robot docks after a cleaning job, its bin’s contents are automatically sucked into the dust bag. Typically, the robot’s companion app alerts you when the dust bag is full, at which point you will have to manually dispose of it. Many bags, however, seal themselves when you remove them, so no dust escapes.

        11.

        Are there robot vacuums that can mop hard-surface floors, too?

        Some robot vacuums include a mopping capability to meet all your floor’s cleaning needs with one device. While this sounds like a great idea, in practice it often yields subpar results. The problem is the method these hybrid devices use for wet cleaning. Mopping robot vacuums include a flat, small-capacity water tank that you fill from your tap. A microfiber cloth is then attached to the bottom of the tank, and the tank is installed under the robot. As the robot rolls across the floor, it drags the dampened cloth over it. This usually removes surface grime and spills but leaves deeper dirt and stains behind.

        If you have a lot of hard flooring in your home, it’s worth considering a dedicated robot mop. These appliances are better suited to wet cleaning, spraying water directly on the floor to soften gunk and stains, and applying some agitation via a scrubbing pad or brush.

        If you still want a vac/mop hybrid, look for one that has spinning brushes or pads as opposed to a cloth that attaches to the bottom of the appliance. A model with a docking station that can clean those brushes or pads and reservoirs for clean and dirty water are even better. Those models will, of course, cost quite a bit more.

        Author: Michael Ansaldo, Freelance contributor

        Michael Ansaldo is veteran consumer and small-business technology journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive and PCWorld.

        Dirt has no chance / Comfortable home and household appliances / iXBT Live

        Floor cleaning robots – a new direction in the development of devices for cleaning rooms. Today I will tell you about an interesting model – iLife W455, which is designed specifically for washing floors, and not for collecting dust and wiping with a damp cloth. The robot can be controlled through a proprietary application on a smartphone or using the control panel from the kit. Washing is carried out using a rotating roller and water, suitable for washing flat surfaces such as laminate, linoleum, tiles. If you have carpets or wooden floors, this device will not work. The washer has a large enough reservoir to collect dirt, so you do not have to clean it often. In the review I will talk about my impressions of the operation, the main advantages and disadvantages of the model.

        Contents
        • Specifications
        • Scope of delivery
        • Appearance
        • Operation
        • Summary
        • Model: iLife W455
        • Cleaning types: wet
        • Water tank: 850 ml
        • Waste tank: 900 ml
        • Autonomy of work: 1 h 40 min
        • Dimensions: 28*29*18 cm
        • Control: remote control or smartphone

        The iLife W455 came in a colorful cardboard box with a handle for easy portability. On the packaging there is an image of the device, as well as its main advantages. The manufacturer emphasizes the presence of a camera and control of the washer through an application on a smartphone.

        The box contains: instruction manual (Russian language is included), remote control (two AAA batteries included), charging unit with charging base, additional cleaning roller, cleaning brush, and a hook-shaped hair removal tool.

        The iLife W455 floor cleaning robot has a round design like most robotic vacuum cleaners. However, the size of the device is even more compact than theirs. The body is made of silver and black plastic. On the top are compartments for clean and dirty water, disconnected by pressing the button on top and slightly pulling the handle. Also on top are the Mode, Clean buttons and a camera for navigation.

        Cleaning roller visible on the bottom, technical data sticker, charging contacts. The wheels have no tread, just soft rubber. But the washer goes very quietly.

        The design is quickly disassembled, on the inside there is a tank for clean water: a filter and a valve. On the other side there is a rubber plug for draining dirty water. Pour out, wash all contaminated elements of the body and rinse the tank in case of something – it is not difficult.

        For the convenience of using the robot, I recommend immediately installing the application from the Play Market: ILIFEHOME. Works stably, quite easy to use. I have already used this application with other devices of the company, complaints can only be made about the translation into Russian. Adding a new device is intuitive, select the desired device model, the washer must be connected to a Wifi network and it is ready to follow your commands!

        Control is possible both with the buttons on the robot, and with the remote control or through the application on the smartphone. In the application, you can also see the cleaning progress, battery percentage and notifications about the end of the water in the tank. In total, there are three cleaning modes to choose from: along the path, zoned and spot. There is also a manual option for controlling the trajectory of the robot. As the room is recognized, the application builds a map with objects that need to be avoided.

        The selected cleaning mode is displayed on the washer display panel. And to the right of it are icons for connecting to Wifi and the status of the water tank. To get started, you need to check the battery level in the application and pour water into the compartment above the minimum mark (as an option, you can use shampoo for robotic vacuum cleaners with a little foam). Next, pick up the remote control or go to the application, select the desired cleaning mode – let’s go!

        The washer drove quite briskly “to explore the world” along the road, abundantly wetting and driving the surface under him with a roller. The main thing is that the cables do not hang anywhere, and ordinary obstacles like tables, chairs, cabinets and other standard interior items are not a problem for the robot. Poke a couple of times, but understand what’s what. There are buttons on the remote control to change the intensity of the roller rotation, the volume of water supply, etc.

        The process can be seen on video. Instead of smearing dirt on the surface, as washing robot vacuums do, the iLife W455 washes it away, leaving a slightly wet, clean floor after its passage. In the application, you can adjust the amount of water flow and the speed of rotation of the brush.

        Since light dirt like scattered dirt, dog tracks or ketchup drops is not a problem for the washer at all, I decided to give him a real test with somewhat unrealistic working conditions. I scattered sugar, quite a lot, with a slide and lumps. In general, I wanted iLife to not complete the task and turn out to be a little better than a washing robot vacuum cleaner. And when the washer drove the first time over the sugar mountain, it was like that. However, by slightly adding the amount of water consumption and the speed of rotation of the brush, he practically overcame the hated mountain of sugar. There was no sugar left on the floor from the third pass, the floor, of course, remained slightly sticky – but that’s another story, I chose such a specific product for the test.

        Then I decided to check what would happen to small items that suddenly ended up on the floor and were run over by a washer. I took toothpicks, as the smallest possible items, I thought that they would get inside under the roller. However, the toothpicks simply got stuck in the brush area and did not affect the operation of the robot.

        After the washer has completed the task of cleaning the room, it is necessary to clean the tank with dirty water, and it is also desirable to rinse the roller and wipe the bottom of the robot.

        After fruitful work iLife W455 goes to charge. Autonomy of work approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. By the way, the washer does not stop by for charging on its own, you have to do everything manually. In addition, the charging process is quite long, about 6 hours. Both features can be brought more likely to shortcomings.

        The iLife W455 floor cleaning robot unequivocally performs its task with high quality. It will be a great addition to a regular vacuum cleaner without a wet cleaning function. And even if your vacuum cleaner can perform wet cleaning of premises, its quality can hardly be compared with that of the iLife washer. One simply smears the dirt over the surface, and the other will wash the floor so that there is no trace of dirt left. If you manage to get the floor dirty, you can use the multiple cleaning mode – the dirt simply has no chance of survival.

        Operation is clear and understandable, both with the remote control and via the app. The dirty water tank is large enough, you can pour it out quickly and rinse the tank with clean water. Of the main shortcomings, I can only note the inability of the robot to independently enter the charging base, as well as the fact that the charging process takes a lot of time. Of course, I would also like to see lidar as navigation, but we have what we have. In fact, even without a lidar sensor, the device is well oriented in space.

        As for consumables for the iLife W455 washer, there are no problems with this. For example, cleaning rollers can be purchased HERE And the cleaning robot itself can be purchased at a discount HERE

        Wet Cleaning Robots (2023)

        2023

        Select robot with wet cleaning function. How it works

        In the world of automated cleaning, hybrid robotic vacuum cleaners are in great demand, which are designed to perform both dry and wet cleaning. Manufacturers offer various options for wet cleaning or washing systems that install vacuum cleaners on their robots. Let’s see in this article in detail how these systems differ and which robot vacuum cleaner is right for your needs.

        Contents:

        1. Working principle of the
        2. wet vacuum cleaner

        3. Varieties of water tanks
        4. Types of cleaning nozzles
        5. Water supply principle
        6. What to look for when choosing a washing robot vacuum cleaner
        7. Conclusion

        Introduction:

        House cleaning is an important part of our daily lives. No matter how often we vacuum, wet wiping floors is more effective in combating dirt and harmful bacteria. How to choose the right robotic vacuum cleaner for dry cleaning, we described in detail in this article. Now we will talk about robots for wet cleaning. Mopping floors is not exactly a pleasant experience, so some manufacturers of robotic home appliances have tried and created special robot vacuum cleaners for wet cleaning and floor polishing robots.

        Working principle of wet cleaning robot:

        To begin with, there are three types of wet cleaning robots.

        The first and most common is a robot that performs a light wet wipe. What does it look like? The vacuum cleaner comes with a water tank and a microfiber cloth. You fill the tank with water, put microfiber (preferably pre-moistened) and install this design on the robot. The robot, in turn, recognizes that a “mop” is installed on it and switches to wet cleaning mode. In this mode, the robot tries in every possible way to avoid driving on carpets, so as not to smear the dirt. Then the robot starts working, and your task is to pause it every 10-15 minutes, remove and rinse the cloth, add water to the tank if necessary and start cleaning further. There are models that can automatically fill their tank with water, rinse their rags, or raise their mop unit when driving on carpet, but we’ll talk about these systems below.

        The second type is a robot that does something like a real floor cleaning. As in the first case, you get a water tank and microfiber in the kit. Only here a vibration system is already installed on the tank, which makes the “mop” movable, thereby increasing the efficiency of wiping stains, and cleaning in general. Often, a separate mode of operation is added to such robots, in which the robot moves in a herringbone pattern or along the path of the English letter “S” and imitates our movement when we mop the floor.

        And finally, the third type is full-fledged washing robot vacuum cleaners. They already have two washing blocks and both of these blocks are movable. They already have up to 8 floor washing modes designed for different surface finishes. It is not uncommon for these robots to use washing liquids for maximum cleaning of the floor. But often such robots are not suitable for working on carpets.

        What are the water tanks

        Water tanks as well as cloths come in different volumes and sizes. Tank volumes vary from 150 to 500 ml, and accordingly, the larger the tank of the robot, the larger the area it is able to process. Tanks are separate and integrated into the body of the robot, they are separate or combined with a trash can, but this does not affect anything and is just a convenience of use. Tanks come with an electronic water supply control system or with a conventional system when the water runs by gravity. The second option is rarely found anywhere, due to its flaws and frequent problems. Some robots and tanks are equipped with vibration systems to improve the quality of washing, which we wrote about above.

        What are the cleaning nozzles

        The cleaning nozzles have direct contact with the floor, which are mostly made of microfiber and have different shapes and sizes. Robots, which are designed simply for wet wiping, are mainly equipped with cloths made of thin materials and small in size. They are not intended for serious washing and use with detergents.

        But for washing robots, washing nozzles often already have a round shape and the robot twists them during operation in order to wipe off dirt efficiently. They are made of high-quality and dense microfiber and are suitable for use with detergents.

        Principle of water supply to microfiber

        There are four options for how water will be applied to the microfiber so that it is constantly moist and cleans the floor.

        Method one – a little outdated, but still applicable to some robots. Water flows from the tank by gravity from below to microfiber, through cotton valves. The downside of this method is that the nozzles are regularly clogged and need to be changed and you cannot control the water supply, it flows constantly with one force.

        The second method – using an electronic pump, although the feed is carried out as in the first case from below onto the microfiber. This is the most common way. Here it is already possible to regulate the water supply, up to its complete shutdown. The pump is located either directly in the tank, or already directly in the robot itself. The disadvantage of this method is that if the pump fails, then you need to replace the entire tank or perform expensive repairs to replace the pump in the robot.

        Third method – using nozzles spraying liquid directly onto the floor surface. In this case, the use of detergents or disinfectants is already allowed, which can be poured directly into the tank of the robot. This method of water supply is the most efficient, with a large number of adjustments, and it is also considered less problematic.

        Fourth method – using the self-service base. The robot often does not have a built-in tank and runs to wash its rags at the base. To do this, you set the interval for washing it, for example, every 10 minutes, and it will run for washing throughout the cleaning. The base itself often, in addition to the rag washing system, has a garbage self-cleaning system, and this whole structure has impressive dimensions. This method makes cleaning completely autonomous.

        What to pay special attention to when buying a robot with a washing function

        The main selection criterion is the area of ​​the surface to be cleaned, flooring materials and the availability of washing modes. Most robot vacuum cleaners for wet cleaning are only able to process up to 30 square meters, without rinsing a cloth and do not have a separate washing mode. Next, you need to rinse the cloth, otherwise you will get a bunch of stains and cleaning will not be effective. There are robots capable of processing up to 80 squares and having washing modes, and there are also more than 100 square meters. In general, it all depends on your budget, because the larger the cultivated area, the higher the price tag of the robot, as a rule. Do not forget about the type of surface. If you have black glossy tiles on the floor, then in order to wash them with high quality, you need to add detergent to the robot, otherwise you will constantly struggle with stains. Accordingly, for such a case, a robot in which detergents can be added will be more effective. Pay attention to the complete set of the robot. The presence of detergent, measuring cup, blowing pear and others will come in handy during the operation of the vacuum cleaner. Our advice is to choose only certified equipment. This will provide you with a guarantee and service, as well as relieve you of the hassle of ordering spare parts and consumables.