I hate to admit it, but I am one of those people who absolutely despises cleaning. It might be because my mum was a “we must deep clean everything, every weekend” kind of person growing up. Or just the fact I’m downright lazy. But a decade later, and I’m still finding any and every opportunity to get out of household chores. That’s why, when I finally got my hands on a robot vacuum earlier this year, my cleaning game changed forever.
Why get a robot vacuum?
Picture this: from the comfort of my bed alone, I can vacuum and mop the entire house — including the nitty-gritty under the couch that I haven’t touched in years. How? Most of the robot vacuums on the market today are connected to a smartphone app. This allows you to schedule household cleans anytime, as well as turn your device on and off remotely. Their sleek technology also gives them some nifty added features, such as room mapping capabilities, self-emptying bins and voice-activated controls.
While they’re getting into the swing of things though, you’ll have to be patient with the little guys because they tend to ‘feel’ their way around a room by bumping into walls and furniture. So, make sure you give it ample opportunity to properly learn the layout of your house before you write it off.
In full transparency, while the robot vacuum is a great way to pick up all the surface level dust and debris, you will still have to go in with a standard stick, barrel or upright vacuum for a deeper clean once in a while. This is because robot vacuums don’t offer the same suction power that a normal vac does. That being said, they are excellent for picking up a reasonable amount of surface fluff. This makes them a worthwhile investment if you’ve got a pet, kids, or a rug that sheds.
To kickstart your robot vacuum journey, we’ve rounded up a range of our favourite little house helpers from Amazon (some of which are currently on sale for Black Friday).
The best robot vacuum cleaners on sale for Black Friday 2021
DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI vacuums and mops with state-of-the-art upgraded AIVI technology. It uses TrueMapping to precisely detect even the smallest of obstacles in the room to avoid collisions, getting stuck or tangled. It offers a deep clean with superior cleaning efficiency, as well as the OZMO mopping technology that consists of a water tank, so you can enjoy a vacuum and mop in one go. The T8 also comes with a handy three hours of long-lasting battery life.
The Eufy Boost IQ RoboVac does everything but clean your kitchen sink. With strong suction, it’s super quiet, self-charging and can clean hard floors to medium-pile carpets. It also comes with a large dust box (within the sleek design) and a triple-filter system to achieve a sparkling clean home.
With multi-surface mopping and vacuuming capabilities, this Coredy Robot Vacuum has five selective cleaning modes. These include Spot Cleaning, Edge Cleaning, Max Vacuuming Cleaning, Single Room Cleaning and Manual Cleaning to cater for all your home’s individual needs. Its super slim design also lets it get down n’ dirty under beds, sofas and other furniture for a thorough clean. The best part? Your vac takes simple voice commands from Alexa and Google Assistant, which means they can take care of the cleaning while you sit back and relax. Alternatively, the app allows you to schedule a clean from wherever, whenever.
With a high-precision laser navigation system, the Uoni V980Plus Robot Vacuum will meticulously scan and map your home, planning the optimal route with Z-shape. It’s also equipped with multiple infrared sensors and drop sensors, allowing the device to change directions to avoid stairs and bumping into furniture. Both during and after cleaning, the Uoni V980Plus empties dust on its own, checks battery power, lets you know the cleaning status, as well as offers selective zone cleaning and scheduled cleaning.
DEEBOT U2 PRO comes with an innovative ‘Pet Care Kit’ plus ‘Max+’ mode, which enables increased suction power to handle troublesome pet hair. With OZMOTM Mopping Technology, you can also switch to the newly upgraded vacuum and mop combo function for an all-around cleaning session for the entire home. Once fully charged and filled with water, DEEBOT can vacuum and mop a floor area of up to 200 sqm.
The Ecovac Deebot N79T provides an efficient, versatile cleaning solution with an integrated 3-stage cleaning system and max power mode. Total wireless control. Your robot does the hard work for you, no matter where you are thanks to Amazon Echo connectivity. It’s quiet, employs smart protection cleaning and has multiple cleaning modes.
The Roborock S6 MaxV is top-tier in the robot vacuum market. Boasting twin cameras and infrared imaging, this little guy is equipped with ultimate night vision and advanced object avoidance. The best part is that it’s powered through an app, so you can turn your portable vacuum off and on from a different room, or somewhere else completely. Ever wondered what’s going on in your house when you’re not home? The Roborock S6’s twin cameras also allow you to not only view the progress of your clean, but check on your pets and scan your doors directly from your smartphone.
Editor’s note: Descriptions and features are as taken from manufacturer/seller claims on Amazon.
You can find our running list of the best Black Friday 2021 sales right here.
This article has been updated since publication.