10 amazing robot vacuums you can get under $400
You don't need to break the bank for a high-quality robot vacuum.
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We all deserve a robot vacuum to help us with the upkeep of our homes. Let's face it, the added stress of housework can be too much at times. But are robot vacuums worth it? Of course! Vacuuming takes time, it can be noisy, and it can disturb your household members. Have you ever tried to vacuum the house with pets and small kids? It can be a nightmare. Between the barking and howling and fussiness, it can really leave you frustrated. That frustration can result in a half-done job which could leave you feeling down and defeated, but investing in a robot vacuum can make your life much easier.
We've tested just about every major robot vacuum on the market today. We can tell you exactly which robot vacuum is best and which affordable robot vacuum is the best for your budget. Here are our favorite choices for those looking for an inexpensive new cleaning tool.
1. This alternative to our favorite robot vacuum
Packed with powerful performance and smart navigation, the iRobot Roomba i3 allows you to kick your feet up while your machine does the hard work. You can activate your machine through the app designated for it or with Google Assistant or Alexa. With visual navigation and smart mapping, you won’t have to think twice about whether your vacuum is cleaning everything you need it to do. This vacuum is ideal for homes with carpets and hardwood floors as well as pets.
The iRobot Roomba i3 has the same powerful technology as the iRobot Roomba i7+, our favorite robot vacuum that comes with a charging base and costs $799. The i3 doesn't have the same number of smart features and it lacks that self-cleaning base that won our hearts in testing, but it's still an incredibly powerful robot vacuum, and for less than $400, it doesn't get much better.
2. This vacuum-mop combo from Bissell
If you need a robot vacuum that can actively mop floors and vacuum, you'll be pleased with the Bissell SpinWave. The wet mopping effectivly cleans dirt on multiple surfaces that other robot vacuums might have trouble reaching. Packed with its own cleaning solution, you don’t have to worry about cleaning your kitchen floors that have tough greases and stains. With its smart tech, it can avoid obstacles on the floor, like toys and keys. According to Amazon reviewers, the Bissell SpinWave is "the future" and a must-have for families who need to cut their cleaning time.
3. This reviewer-favorite from iRobot
If space is an issue and you don’t have a designated spot for storing your robot vacuum, choose a vacuum that compliments your home aesthetically. The iRobot Roomba 692 not only cleans dirt and dust, but it can also sense it. It will be hard to think you don’t have a maid because this model can clean every day, while its smart sensors keep track of high-traffic areas in your home that are prone to get dirty. If you are looking for something that will closely mimic your cleaning habits, this vacuum is made just for you. Reviewers say they love they can program a cleaning schedule through the app on their phone.
4. This colorful model perfect for pet owners
If you're hunting for the best robot vacuum for pet hair, you'll want the Neato Botvac D7, but that model will cost you more than $500. For less than half that, you can snag the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum. It comes with a digital display where you can adjust its settings, along with a cleaning brush built for pet hair. It holds a solid 4-star rating from close to 100 reviews on Bed, Bath & Beyond.
5. A classic Roomba for a great price
Out of all the iRobot Roombas on the market, the 675 remains the most cost-effective while still giving you and the ultimate cleaning treatment. With the ability to detect stairs and its tangle-resistant rubber brushes, you can rest assure your personalized cleaning recommendations will be met and satisfied. This iRobot gets the job done for a practical price.
6. This highly-rated model from Shark
Whether you have a bigger home, more kids, pets or just more cleaning to do, you might need a device that cleans for more than the typical 90 minutes. The Shark ION comes from one of the toughest cleaning brands on the market and gets the seal of approval from more than 3,000 reviewers on Amazon. It comes with three brush types, avoids obstacles while cleaning, and runs for a full 120 minutes before charging.
7. An editor-favorite model for an incredible price
Nothing can stop the Eureka Groove Robot, not even door thresholds. This robot has superior climbing ability as well as an edge mode for cleaning corners and those tight spaces in your kitchen and living room. You have the option to use either your phone, Google Assistant, Alexa, or a remote control, meaning you can control your robot from virtually anywhere. Made for essential day-to-day cleaning, this robot comes packed with an anti-scratch brush that will protect your floors while cleaning effectively. If you need a robot vacuum for more concentrated cleans and entryways, this would be ideal for you.
8. A versatile vacuum that can attack all floors
When you have pets, kids, and an overall active household, you need a robot vacuum that is tough on cleaning as well as non-distracting to your household members. Dirt, food, and debris don't stand a chance with the Ecovacs Deebot as it navigates your home. With a three-stage cleaning process, this robot vacuum can sweep, lift, and vacuum simultaneously. It's ideal for homes with areas that have to reach places because it stands less than four inches high.
9. Our favorite affordable vacuum
Praised as the best affordable robot vacuum, the eufy by Anker is made for people who need aggressive cleaning in hard to reach spaces. This vacuum has the ability to clean quietly for up to 100 minutes! For those that might be rougher with their appliances, you will be pleased to know that this vacuum anti-scratch tempered glass and a smart drop-sensing tech that helps prevent your robot vacuum from falling. But the best feature is you never have to remember to charge it because it charges automatically when it's not in use.
10. A powerful model that's super bargain-friendly
If you're a pet parent, you know you need to deep clean your carpets more often than most. The Yeedi K600 has a high-packed filter as well as an anti-scratch cover so your pets won’t destroy the cover no matter how much they try to. The most impressive detail of the Yeedi K600 is the drop sensor detection which alerts your robot vacuum not to go downstairs. Quiet, powerful, and long-lasting, the Yeedi K600 is perfect for all families.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.