Robot Vacuum Cleaner Recommendations

#1
I'm in the market for a Roomba or something similar and a brief bit of browsing turns up a wealth of samey options. Does anyone have a recommendation? My floors are mostly hardwood with a couple carpeted bedrooms and rugs here and there (no fringe). I'd also like it to clean the base boards. Stairs are not an issue.

I see a lot of these things are controlled via apps but if you need a smart phone to run it, that's a no go.

Finally, I'm looking for something under $200 (or not much above).

A lot of these things look pretty similar which just makes picking harder.
 
#2
Ive never had one, but from what ive seen online they are very basic and not that good
I say hire a human cleaner.

Wait until the robot vacuum manufacturers stop taking the piss and make something actually decent

Like this
 
#3
Me and my wife recently bought the Eufy Robovac 11 (not the c version) and really love it.

We have mostly hard floors and are amazed how much dust it manages to find after a few days. (Considering we vacuum almost daily also)

Bought in Amazon lightning deals for £170.
 
#4
Given your budget it's a bit hardish.

I can share my anecdotal experience with you:

1) Samsung 8xxx series, kinda tries to be smart (not running around randomly but trying to do it systematically). Didn't work that well, often missed corners and overall result wasn't that impressive
2) Roombas walk around randomly (not sure if it has changed in the new versions), take longer to vacuum and are MUCH louder than Samsung, but deliver better results.

Both robots had issues with our chairs, so, in the end we ended up using Dyson's battery V.C. You need to move your hands, and it's damn loud, but nothing can beat human (yet) and it fits my use case of "kids ate here" perfectly..


Notable mention (as I've ignored your budget constraint anyhow) LG, it is a much smarter version of what Samsung was doing with active community customizing it, but it's also quite costly.
 
#5
Hmm, thanks. I was wondering about the Samsungs. I could go higher than my stated budget if it was worth it. I'll look into the ones mentioned so far. The Eufy looks promising. I'm not looking for perfection, just something to keep the dust bunnies under control.
 
#9
I just bought a roomba for the downstairs that cleans the hardwood flooring, tile in the kitchen, and 1 bedroom of carpet. I got the 690 model from Lowe's for $255 out the door, originally priced at $324. Slickdeals had a coupon for $40 bucks off and Lowe's had it marked down to $279 for the BF shopping week.

It's been great to have as it pretty much acts like a duster to keep the dark wood floors looking and feeling clean, takes care of any small items that fall on the floor from the kids or the birds in the house that knock food/feathers on the floor, and has changed behaviors to not keep things on the floor that the roomba will suck up or just jammed on.

Keep in mind, they don't eliminate cleaning, but it does eliminate me having to sweep/vac/mop the floors during the busy week, shifting this time till the weekend for deep cleanings.
 
#11
I agree on the Eufy robovac. It's a lot cheaper than Roomba but runs longer! I find it difficult without the mobile app though, unlike the Roomba. Just wondering, why was the mobile app such a no? hehe.
 
#12
Ive never had one, but from what ive seen online they are very basic and not that good
I say hire a human cleaner.

Wait until the robot vacuum manufacturers stop taking the piss and make something actually decent

Like this

Thats because some people think they are supposed to actually replace vacuuming yourself.

They dont

They just do a basic job of keeping the floors cleaner between vacuuming yourself.
 
#13
Thats because some people think they are supposed to actually replace vacuuming yourself.

They dont

They just do a basic job of keeping the floors cleaner between vacuuming yourself.
Yes, until a company comes out with a leapfrog product.

Robot cleaners now are like smartphones b4 the iphone or electric cars b4 tesla.
 
#18
I'm in the market for a Roomba or something similar and a brief bit of browsing turns up a wealth of samey options. Does anyone have a recommendation?
I bought the cheapest basic Roomba five years ago and am still quite happy with it. Don't know how much they go for today. The battery gives up after 2 or 3 years, but there is a wealth of replacement battery packs that outperform the iRobot ones, and there's plenty of replacement brushes, rolls, filters etc. that are cheap. I've been replacing the brushes a few times and replaced the battery once so far, and now it's working better than it did new.

I heard they leave marks on the walls, is that true?
Never happened to me. I can imagine it might happen if you never wipe the top of the robot clean? It runs under beds, sofas, cupboards etc. and can get some dirt on top as a result.
 
#19
I have an iRobot which is going about 7 years strong. Still works great but they aren’t cheap.

The only real negative is 7 years ago I didn’t have kids so was easier to handle, now I have to keep picking things up off the floor all the time before turning it on.
 

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#20
My wife got us a Roomba 650 back around Christmas and it’s worth every penny. I think you can find them under $300 on Amazon.

It does a great job on our carpets and hardwood floors. We also have a dog that sheds so running it once a day for about 30-40 min helps a ton.

We haven’t had any issues with it banging up walls or molding. No problems with anything but it occasionally picking up one of my sons socks, but it immediately cuts itself off and alerts you that there’s an error.

I was always skeptical of these things but I love my Roomba. Just need to add an iPod onto it 🤣
 
#21
I just purchased a Xiaomi Roborock vacuum. Supposedly this thing out performs the top-of-the-line Roomba (980) and is a few hundred dollars cheaper, sometimes more if you can find the deals that float around now and then. I don't have it yet. I bought it through Aliexpress and it's being shipped from HongKong. My first robot vaccum so I'm looking forward to it.
 
#22
I agree on the Eufy robovac. It's a lot cheaper than Roomba but runs longer! I find it difficult without the mobile app though, unlike the Roomba. Just wondering, why was the mobile app such a no? hehe.
Wow, was not expecting this thread to spring back to life. No app because I don't do the smart phone thing. Flip Phones forever. Anyway, I got the Eufy and it works great. It's fascinating to watch it go.
 
#25
Thats because some people think they are supposed to actually replace vacuuming yourself.

They dont

They just do a basic job of keeping the floors cleaner between vacuuming yourself.
lol really? what a waste of money. That's like buying a dishwasher that you still have to unload and re-wash everything by hand and the end of each cycle.
 
#26
lol really? what a waste of money. That's like buying a dishwasher that you still have to unload and re-wash everything by hand and the end of each cycle.
Not really, like i said, they do keep the floors cleaner between vacuuming, or I suppose it means you can go a lot longer before needing to do a more thorough job yourself.