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The Eureka Groove climbing over a threshold Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

The Best Budget Robot Vacuums of 2022

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The Eureka Groove climbing over a threshold Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

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Best Overall

Eufy RoboVac 11s

The combination of good dirt pickup and quiet operation make the 11s one of our favorite robot vacuums. Read More

Pros

  • Slim design allows it to clean more areas
  • Excellent dirt pickup

Cons

  • Can get caught on throw rugs
  • Clean cycles can last up to two hours
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Eureka Groove

The Eureka Groove NER300 is a powerful robot vacuum. It easily climbs over thresholds to transition from hardwood floors to carpet. Read More

Pros

  • Powerful suction
  • Climbs thresholds
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Bumps into furniture
  • Lacks barriers
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Neato Botvac D3 Connected

An affordable robot vacuum that excels at dirt pickup, cleaning as well as robot vacuums that cost twice the price, doing especially well on pet hair. Read More

Pros

  • Good at dealing with pet hair
  • Able to direct towards or away from specific rooms

Cons

  • Bulky shape prevents it from cleaning tight spaces
  • Can get caught in corners
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iRobot Roomba 694

The Roomba 694 boasts incredible pickup performance as well as simple controls. But it can get pretty rammy. Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good Cleaning

Cons

  • Loud
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EcoVacs Deebot Ozmo 601

In tests, it picked up a respectable 10.6 grams of dirt per run. While that’s not the best we’ve seen, it’s the only model we’ve tested that also acts as an automated Swiffer. Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Can also dry mop

Cons

  • Moderate dirt pickup for the price

Over the years, automated floor cleaners, or robot vacuums, have become affordable for the average person. We’ve tested the best robot vacuums at every price point, and we’ve found some exceptional low-cost models.

These budget robot vacuums may not have cutting-edge cleaning technology, but not everyone needs the latest and greatest—especially if you’re just looking for one to give you a helping hand between your regular cleaning sessions.

Every robot vacuum on this list has undergone testing in our custom-built obstacle course, which simulates everything from table legs to throw rugs. We also ensure that every robot vacuum that gets our approval can handle dirt, crumbs, and pet hair.

After evaluating dozens of entry-level models, our tests show the Eufy Robovac 11S (available at Amazon) tops the charts, both in terms of performance and value.

These are the best budget robot vacuums we tested ranked, in order.

  1. Eufy Robovac 11S
  2. Eureka Groove NER300
  3. Neato Botvac D3 Connected
  4. iRobot Roomba 694
  5. EcoVacs Deebot Ozmo 601
  6. Bobsweep Bobi Pet
  7. Yeedi K600
  8. Yeedi K650
Eufy 11S on table
Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan
Best Overall
Eufy Robovac 11S

The Eufy Robovac 11S tops our budget rankings because it combines power and good navigation. On our robot vacuum obstacle course, the 11S did well on both low-pile carpets and on bare floors.

The test results show that this robot vacuum picked up around 11.6 grams of dirt per cleaning session. That puts the Eufy on the same level as most Roombas.

The 11S also does a good job of navigating under furniture. In fact, the S in 11S stands for slim. Standing just three inches tall, we found this Eufy lives up to its name. Being shorter than its competitors allows the 11S to slip under furniture with ease and get at dust that is normally beyond reach.

Overall, if you’re looking to get the best value for your budget the Eufy 11S will deliver. It does lack a smartphone app, but there are a lot of consumers out there that will be fine with a completely disconnected appliance.

Pros

  • Slim design allows it to clean more areas

  • Excellent dirt pickup

Cons

  • Can get caught on throw rugs

  • Clean cycles can last up to two hours


Other Robot Vacuums We Tested

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Eureka Groove

The Eureka Groove NER300 impressed us with its powerful suction and ability to climb high thresholds. During testing, the Groove suctioned up enough dirt and debris to stand toe-to-toe with robot vacuums that cost twice as much.

The NER300 did a bang-up job transitioning from hardwood floor to thick carpet and back again. It also works with an app, allowing you to start, stop, and schedule cleanings from anywhere.

We did find that the Groove was a bit rough on furniture. Not dangerously so, but since there’s no way to keep this robot vacuum from entering sensitive areas (aside from shutting the door), it was a cause for concern.

Pros

  • Powerful suction

  • Climbs thresholds

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Bumps into furniture

  • Lacks barriers

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Neato Botvac D3 Connected

We're big fans of the Neato D3 Connected. It's an affordable robot vacuum that excels at dirt pickup, cleaning floors just as well as robot vacuums that cost twice the price. It did especially well on pet hair.

While it's the most expensive vacuum on our list, it also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity. That means you can tell Amazon Alexa or Google Home to start vacuuming—or you can start your D3 from your smartphone, anywhere in the world.

Pros

  • Good at dealing with pet hair

  • Able to direct towards or away from specific rooms

Cons

  • Bulky shape prevents it from cleaning tight spaces

  • Can get caught in corners

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iRobot Roomba 694

The iRobot 694 is one of the most affordable Roombas on the market. If you’ve owned a 692 or a Roomba 675, this is the upgrade that won’t cost a fortune. During testing, the 694 picked up an average of 11 grams of dirt per run before returning to its charging dock. Any amount above 10 grams, means a robot vacuum is going to significantly help maintain your floors.

We also liked the 694 because it can start, stop, and be programmed via a free app or controlled with voice commands. Anyone looking to create a low-cost smart home should check this robot vacuum out.

The only major fault we found with this Roomba is that its obstacle avoidance leaves a lot to be desired.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Good Cleaning

Cons

  • Loud

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EcoVacs Deebot Ozmo 601

Jacks of all trades may be masters of none, but they do tend to be cost-effective. The Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 601 stands as a shining example. It’s a combination robot mop and vacuum that handles both in stride.

On average, the 601 picked up a respectable 10.6 grams of dirt per run. There may be robot vacuums that can outdo the 601 in debris pickup on this list, but none of them also double as a dusting mop at this price range. The included mopping pads get slightly damp using a water tank, so you’ll be able to get a handle on dust that adheres to hardwood floors.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Can also dry mop

Cons

  • Moderate dirt pickup for the price

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Bobsweep Bobi Pet

The oddly named Bobsweep Bobi Pet (stylized as bObi Pet) comes with a ton of extras, including a virtual wall, a dry mop attachment, and a UV light on its underside that Bobsweep says can kill germs.

All these goodies will cost you: The Bobi Pet was one of the most expensive robot vacuums in our roundup, retailing for around $300.

For that price, it gave a mixed performance. While it cleaned 75% of the pet hair we laid out for it, it also got stuck on the edges of a doormat multiple times, requiring human intervention to get moving again. We think that defeats the purpose of an automated cleaner, which is why we're on the fence about recommending it.

Pros

  • Very affordable

  • Stylish, comes in many colors

Cons

  • Gets scratched easily

  • Weak dirt pickup at this price point

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Yeedi K600

If you’re curious about robot vacuums, but don’t want to commit hundreds of dollars to purchase one, the Yeedi K600 robot vacuum is a good introduction to the concept. This no-frills robot vacuum is controlled by a remote control, and does a great job picking up debris from hard floors and low-pile carpet.

If you have high-pile carpet in your home, though, it may not be a good fit for you. Furthermore, there’s no way for you to tell the Yeedi where not to go, so if any of your floor surfaces have steps or objects that you don’t want the robot vacuum to hit (pet bowls, puzzles, etc.), we recommend looking for a robot vacuum that comes with virtual or physical barriers. For a basic, effective, and affordable robot vacuum, though, the Yeedi is a great pick.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Avoids furniture well

Cons

  • No barriers

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Yeedi K650

The Yeedi K650 is one of the most affordable robot vacuums on the market. During testing, it put up some competitive numbers, including picking an average of 9.3 grams of dirt per cycle.

That’s as good as the Eufy G30, but at half the price. The K650 also boasts an anti-scratch top, so it’ll keep looking good long into the future.

The major downside that we saw with this Yeedi is that in order to cut costs, the box is pretty empty. It’s compatible with a magnetic boundary strip, which keeps it out of sensitive rooms, but that’s sold separately. Overall, if you’re looking to see if a robot vacuum is right for you, the Yeedi K650 is a solid pick.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Good cleaning performance

Cons

  • Slow cleaning cycles

  • Poorly designed app

How We Tested Budget Robot Vacuums

The Tester

Hey, I'm Jon Chan, the senior lab manager at Reviewed and our resident vacuum expert. Since starting at Reviewed, I spearheaded our efforts in testing robot vacuums. When I test an automated floor cleaner, I’m interested in whether it's a good smart device, suitable for pet owners, or just a good cleaner.

The Tests

Most of the tests involve our in-house robot obstacle course. The area contains analogs for furniture legs, shelves, and thresholds. Each robot vacuum has exactly three chances to prove itself.

For the first two runs, we place cork pellets under the shelves and between the furniture legs. When we let the robot vacuum loose, we look at how long a cleaning cycle takes, what obstacles it was able to clean thoroughly, whether its HEPA filters (if it has them) grab onto dust and other allergens, and the overall debris pickup performance.

For the final test run, we replace the cork with pet hair and run another test. We also consider each robot vac's battery life and build quality.

How to Choose the Best Budget Robot Vacuum

When it comes to saving money on robot vacuums, it’s about what you’re willing to sacrifice. For example, if you want a robot vacuum cleaner with excellent object avoidance, you’re probably going to get one that doesn’t clean as well because it avoids places where dirt hides. Get one with powerful suction? You’re probably getting one with lower battery life.

However, we do have some tips on how to shop for a quality robot vacuum. First, stay away from gimmick features. Things like UV sanitation are just add-ons to grab your attention. Entry-level robot vacuum manufacturers often advertise the suction power of their products. However, that’s not as good as it may seem. A powerful motor doesn’t mean much if the vacuum has poor navigation. A robot vacuum can only clean where its brushes can get to.

Overall, our biggest recommendation is to look for good navigation over power, and make sure the features you’re paying for those you actually want to use.

Should You Even Buy A Robot Vacuum?

At first glance, you might think a robot vacuum is something that someone on a budget or fixed income shouldn’t get. However, you can get a lot of value out of a robot vacuum if you purchase the right one. First off, it frees up more of your time from regular vacuuming. A good robot vacuum helps maintain your floors between manual cleanings. If you, or a loved one, are less mobile a robot vacuum can be a cost-effective aid to aging in place.

Meet the tester

Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Manager of Lab Operations

@Jonfromthelab1

Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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