The 13 best places to buy robot vacuums
Because who wants to waste time cleaning their floors?
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After spending months indoors because of the pandemic, chances are, you’ve taken special notice of different aspects of your home. And, along with gaining a new appreciation for your space, you may have found that there are a few things you’d like to update. While buying new appliances and furniture can cost thousands of dollars, actually keeping your space clean can make just as big of a difference in your home. And a robot vacuum can help you maintain your floors without lifting a finger.
These bad boys have been around since the late 90s (shocking, we know). They are equipped to maneuver across a variety of different floors, sucking up all dirt and debris in their path and keeping things nice and tidy in between deeper cleans. The more recent models can be programmed to vacuum at specific times and some are even self-emptying—meaning even less work for you.
Our experts have tested the best robot vacuums and put them through the wringer (a.k.a. our very own robot vacuum maze) to determine suction, mobility, and how noisy these things actually are. The iRobot Roomba i7+ takes the prize of our favorite robot vacuum of all time, but there are other more affordable models we recommend as well. Aside from a plethora of robot vacuums to choose from, there are endless places to buy them. Using our expert recommendations, we narrowed down the 13 best places to buy robot vacuums and included our experts’ picks as well as specialty models, like robot vacuum mops and those designed for picking up pet hair.
iRobot robot vacuums are the best of the best. Seriously, we tested them. And while some are better than others, like the iRobot Roomba i7+, which we named the best robot vacuum of 2021, Roombas, in general, are great picks. While that particular vacuum is incredible thanks to its self-emptying design, ability to pick up even the most ground-in dirt, and app that allows you choose what rooms it should clean.
You can find iRobot vacuums at a variety of retailers, but it’s still a good idea to purchase directly from the site. There, you can peruse the various robot vacuum models, compare prices and features, and shop happily knowing that you have a 60-day return window to determine if you’re fully satisfied with your purchase.
Amazon sells just about everything under the sun, including top-notch robot vacuums. While you can find expensive Roomba and Shark vacuums on the site, you can also find more affordable machines. Take the Eufy Robovac 11S, which is the best affordable robot vacuum we’ve ever tested. This robot vacuum is an editor favorite thanks to its ability to its slim profile to sneak under furniture, excellent suction, and reasonable price. Plus, you can operate it with the app or Alexa or Google Assistant.
Note that Amazon has a ton of robot vacuuming offerings, meaning you’re going to want to do a bit of research before selecting your model. There’s also a plethora of third-party sellers on the site that aren’t as reliable and could have fraudulent products, so double-check who the seller is before buying. As with everything, read reviews diligently, and if you’re a Prime member know that you can get your bot in as little as two days.
Shark is one of the most popular retailers for vacuums on the market. We broke down all of Shark’s best vacuums and found that the Shark IQ RV101AE is a great pick for a robot vacuum. It works wonders at picking up debris and, once full, empties itself into its charging port. Shark has a modest selection of other robot vacuums, so it’s worthwhile to check out their site to compare all the models and prices. Whichever model you choose, you know you have up to 90 days to determine if you’re fully sold or if you’d rather return or exchange it for a different machine.
Hoping to find a slightly more affordable robot vacuum? While Walmart does offer a variety of higher-end machines—like the iRobot Roomba i7+—it's one of the best places to shop for quality robot vacuums at a fraction of the cost. And, if you’re worried about buying a budget robot vacuum, know that you have 90 days to return or exchange the product, so it’s not a stalemate commitment.
Similar to Amazon, there are third-party sellers on the site that might not be as reliable compared to ordering directly from Walmart itself. So be sure the product says “Sold & shipped by Walmart” or aggressively read reviews for anything suspect.
Our favorite: iRobot Roomba e5 (5150) Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum—$299.99
Return/Exchange Policy: 90 days
Target is another big-box retailer that sells a variety of robot vacuums at myriad price points. Whether you’re in the market for a high-end iRobot or a more affordable bObsweep robot vacuum, Target has you covered. The landing page for robot vacuums also makes it easy to shop by popular brands, the best value, models, and even specific features, such as multi-surface or mapping ones.
Depending on which machine you choose, you’ll have the option to pick it up in-store, enjoy same-day delivery, or have it shipped standardly. Target offers shoppers 90 days to return or exchange items, so even if you opt for a high-ticket vacuum, it’s not something to stress over, as you’ll have plenty of time to determine if it’s right for you.
6. Best Buy
Our favorite: iRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum—$549.99*
Return/Exchange Policy: 15-45 days
In addition to electronics, Best Buy is a fantastic place to shop for appliances and, yes, even robot vacuums. The store is stocked with all the latest and greatest models from a variety of brands, including iRobot, Shark, and Ecovacs. You’ll likely want to do a bit of research before deciding, as Best Buy only lists its stock and doesn’t offer options to narrow down robot vacuums by features. Shoppers can also opt to have an item shipped or pick it up at their local Best Buy. It’s worth noting, though, that its return policy is notably shorter than other retailers.
7. Bed Bath & Beyond
Our favorite: iRobot Braava Jet m6 (6110) Wi-Fi Connected Robot Mop—$399.99
Return/Exchange Policy: 90 days
Shoppers love Bed Bath & Beyond for its 20% off coupon, which they can use towards a number of robot vacuums. While the store might not carry as many brands as some of the other retailers on the list, Bed Bath & Beyond still offers the top models from iRobot, Neato, and Shark that shoppers are looking for anyway. You can also narrow your search down to vacuum features, such as mopping or good for pet households.
8. The Home Depot
The Home Depot might be best known for its lumber, tool, and appliance selection, but it also sells a number of robot vacuums. The site makes it easy to find your ideal model by allowing you to search by brand, price, floor care features, and more. You can find top robot vacuums from brands like iRobot, Shark, and bObSweep, and many features a ton of reviews you can sift through for recommendations. Depending on the machine, you can even pick it up day-of at your local The Home Depot if you can’t wait for standard shipping.
Our favorite: Neato Robotics Botvac D6 Connected Robotic Vacuum—$349.99
Return/Exchange Policy: 90 days, or 365 days if purchase was made with a Lowe’s Advantage Card
Lowe’s is another home improvement store that carries a number of robot vacuums, so go ahead and order a cleaning assistant alongside the lumber you need. When shopping on its site, you can streamline your experience and find exactly what you’re looking for by using filters for price, rating, finish, in-store availability, and brands, like iRobot, Ecovacs, and Kobot. Bonus: You can also opt to pick up your new ‘bot in-store if you live near a Lowe’s.
While QVC has a smaller selection of robot vacuums, it’s still a good place to look specifically for Roombas and Shark—as the retailer carries a lot of top-rated ‘bots from the brands. The online store typically sells products at a slightly discounted rate or offers sales throughout the year, so you’ll likely feel like you’re getting a deal. Plus, it’s a great place to shop for big-ticket items, like the pricier robot vacuums, as you can pay in installments using QVC Easy Pay.
Eufy makes a variety of tech products—including the best affordable robot vacuum we’ve ever tested, the Eufy Robovac 11S. It’s a standout for not only the reasonable price but also its suction power and sleek design that allows it to sneak under crevices. The brand makes a variety of other Robovac, and you can use its site to compare models to find your perfect cleaning companion.
We’ve praised several of Neato’s robot vacuums for making our list of the best robot vacuums of 2021, specifically the Neato Botvac D3 Connected and Neato Botvac Connected D7. While you can’t find old models on its site, like one of our favorites, the Neato Botvac Connected Vacuum—you’ll have to go to retailers like Amazon for that. But, when you shop on its site, you’ll be able to easily compare the models to uncover the features that match your cleaning needs best.
EcoVacs has our seal of approval with the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI earning a spot as one of the best robot vacuums of 2021, and the EcoVacs Deebot Ozmo 601 is one of our favorite affordable vacuums. We like the T8 model specifically because of its smart features, like the ability to virtual barriers and stream video of what the robot vacuum sees through its cameras. While you can shop the brand’s devices at a variety of retailers, heading directly to the source will allow you to check out the various models, features, and price points to narrow down the best robot vacuum for your home.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.