The best Roombas are often at the top, or are at least in the running as some of the best robot vacuums, and with good reason. The company’s devices are generally good cleaners, are easy to use, and have often led the way with new innovations.
But, with about half a dozen robot vacuums and mops which range from less than $200 to more than $1,000, some Roombas are better than others when it comes to features and price. So take a look at our guide to the best Roombas to see which best fits your needs and budget.
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What are the best Roombas?
If price isn’t a consideration, the best Roomba overall is the iRobot Roomba s9+. This flagship robot vacuum is one of the best robot vacuums we’ve tested. It’s especially good with pet hair and even cleans up after itself thanks to its self-emptying base. The D-shaped s9 is upscale and attractive—words rarely written about a household cleaning appliance. iRobot put a lot of thought into both the design and effectiveness of this Roomba and it shows. And, it can also work in tandem with Roomba’s Braava m6 mopping robot ($499, sold separately), so that when the S9 is finished vacuuming, it can tell the m6 to start mopping your floors.
How to choose the best Roomba for you
Choosing the best Roomba for your home and lifestyle is as easy as considering what features are important to you.
Want to be able to tell your bot exactly which rooms to clean? Consider the Roomba s9+, the Roomba i7+, or the Braava jet m6. All of them use advanced camera navigation, allowing them to create and save accurate maps of your home. From there, you can customize a map by naming specific rooms and creating no-go zones to keep the robot from pushing Fido’s food bowl across the floor. The Roomba 960 will also create a map of areas it cleaned, but it won’t save the map for future use.
If the last thing you want to deal with is a dustbin full of everything that was just cleaned up, the automatic, self-emptying Clean Base that’s available with the Roomba s9+ and the Roomba i7+ will be right up your alley. The base uses bags that seal shut when removed, keeping the dust and allergens at bay.
Sharing your home with a few furry friends, but want to save a few bucks? Check out the Roomba 960 or the Roomba e5. While we can’t guarantee that your cat will enjoy riding a Roomba, both vacuums, which cost less than $500, have filters designed to trap pet dander and use rubber roller brushes that are meant to pick up pet hair more efficiently.
Want to control your Roomba or Braava from your phone? You’re in luck. All of these models, from the Roomba 675 up to the Roomba s9+ can be controlled via the iRobot app. Every model (except the Braava jet 240) is Wi-Fi connected, meaning you’ll be able to start or schedule a cleaning when you’re not home. Afterall, there’s nothing better than coming home to a clean house. The one exception is the Braava jet 240. This mopping bot connects to the iRobot app via Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi. The removable battery and nature of this mop make it an unlikely candidate for a completely unsupervised cleaning session.