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10 best robot vacuums in 2022 for pet-owners

Robot vacuums are capable of cleaning your home without supervision and removing dirt almost as quickly as a corded vacuum. There are many robot vacuums on the market today. The best robot vacuums will deliver in all aspects. It will sweep away all types of debris, including pet hair and crumbs, in one sweep. This also means that its navigation skills are second to none. It will effectively cover all floors and avoid any no-go zones.

It should also be easy to use an app that breaks down all settings. You will have seen some of the most recent features, including self-emptying bases, object recognition, and other useful functions, if you are looking to buy a robot vacuum. These features are not cheap and will not guarantee performance. We’ve tested a variety of robot vacuums to help you choose the right model for you. These are the winners.

Which robot vacuums are the best?

We spent hundreds of hours testing many robot vacuums in controlled environments and at home. The Roborock S4 Max is our favorite robot vacuum. It was a top performer for cleaning up pet hair, cat litter and Cheerios.

The editorial independence of our robot vacuum testing process makes it unique. Each model is tested on hardwood and carpet floors. We then assess how well it cleans up pet hair, cat litter, and Cheerios. Another important aspect is design. We consider the ease of use and effectiveness. See below for more information about how we test.

The robot vacuum is also affordable at $429, and includes premium features like the ability to map your home. You can control the robot vacuum with Alexa or Google Assistant.

Shopping on a tight budget? We recommend the iLife V3s Pro for those who are on a budget. This model, which costs just $159 is our top pick for cheap robot vacuums. It actually performed better than other models that cost much more. Although it is less sophisticated in design and lacks smart home connectivity, it cleans well and represents a great value for money.

These are the best robot vacuums available today

1. Roborock S4 Maxi
Overall, the best robot vacuum

We love the Roborock S4 Max robot vacuum for its affordability, great feature set and, above all, its excellent cleaning performance. The robot vacuum picked up an average of 94% of cat litter on hardwood floors and carpets, and it did even better with Cheerios or dog hair. It finished in a tie with the Roomba S9+ which is more expensive than the S4 Max.

The S4 Max was quick to map our house and to then instruct the robot vacuum to clean each area. You can also set times for cleaning rooms. The Roborock S4 Max is an Amazon exclusive. However, it can sometimes run out of stock, so it’s worth waiting until it becomes available.

2. iLife Pro V3s
The best robot vacuum for people on a tight budget

The iLife V3s Pro robot vacuum is less than $200. The V3s Pro outperformed robot vacuums three times its price, despite being a low-priced option. The V3s Pro was able to pick up almost all of Fido’s fur in our lab tests. It also performed well in our at-home testing. It produced 64.1dB, which was pretty average compared to other robot vacuums.

However, there are some caveats to consider when buying a robot vacuum at this low price. The iLife V3s Pro takes more than 90 minutes to clean our test area. Others took only 30 minutes. It can’t be controlled via your smartphone so you must use the remote control. You can also not connect it to Alexa and Google Assistant to schedule cleanings or turn it on. It does a great job at picking up any debris. We’re willing make tradeoffs for this price. It’s one of the most affordable robot vacuums.

3. Roborock S7
Best robot vacuum/mop hybrid

The majority of hybrid robot vacuums/robot mops we tested were good at their respective tasks, except for the Roborock S7. We trust the S7 to mop and vacuum without supervision. The S7 can sense when your rug is on and lift the mopping pad to ensure that your carpet does not get wet.

The S7 was good as a vacuum. It doesn’t pick up pet hair well, but it was quick and efficient, scoring an average pick-up of 93. Although it works better on hardwood floors than carpets, the S7 was still able to perform well on carpets. The average performance on carpets was just over 90. You also get niceties like multi-floor mapping and no-go zones. Roborock S7, a robot vacuum that can also mop is worth looking at.

4. iRobot Roomba j7+
The best for pet poop

The newest Roomba j7+ from iRobot is a Roomba that uses obstacle avoidance technology. This allows it to detect everyday objects like socks and cables, and avoid them. This feature has the main advantage of avoiding pet poop. iRobot is so confident with the Roomba j7+’s intelligence, it has introduced the Pet Owner Official Promise (P.O.O.P), which means that iRobot will replace any j7+ that fails solid pet waste. It is one of the most intelligent robot vacuums we have ever seen. It was awarded the Tom’s Guide 2022 Award as Best Robot Vacuum.

The cleaning base that comes with the j7+ is very good. It can store up to 60 days worth of debris, and it is easier to use than other bases. Plus, it is smaller. The robot vacuum was able to collect large amounts of debris such as kitty litter and cereal, at a rate of 98.33 percent and 94.6%, respectively. Although we have seen better results with pet hair, the score was still respectable at 82.5%. This is a great investment, especially if your pets are more likely to have accidents than you would like and you want to prevent further damage.

5. Wyze Robot Vacuum
Ideal for floors that are not bare

Because of its outstanding performance on hard floors, Wyze’s new robot vacuum cleaner makes it to our top 10. It picked up 100% of pet hair and cereal when it was put to the test. However, it only got 97% of cat litter. It performed better on bare floors that the Roborock S4 Max, our overall winner.

The Wyze app is intuitive and easy to use. The app also has useful features such as a location-based trigger. The Wyze Robot Vacuum, in our opinion, is a better option than the Eufy G30 Edge at a comparable price. You get room division and no-go zones options.

6. Neato D9
Ideal for reaching

The Neato D9 has a solid cleaning performance. It scored a respectable score of 92.79 in our tests. The Neato D9 picked up 93% of kitty litter carpet. This is a significant improvement on the Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid and its predecessor, Neato D4. It is quiet and quick, making it easy to use even while you are at home. The robot’s dustbin is hidden in the middle of the robot. This makes it easy and convenient to reach.

The app’s performance is our only complaint. Although the unit is simple to set up, it can be difficult to identify zones and rooms on the floorplan. You might also end up sending it on separate trips to clean one room. This means that you have to choose whether you want to clean one area at a time or the entire house. This is the biggest drawback of this design. This robot vacuum is great if you don’t mind cleaning in specific rooms.

7. Roborock S7 Ultra MaxV
Best self-cleaning hybrid robot vacuum

Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is sure to make a statement in your home. The hybrid robot vacuum has a 19.4×16.5 inch charging base. It’s obvious that you will need space to house this robot vacuum. It’s not just a charging base. It also has the expected self-emptying abilities (it can hold up 7 weeks of dust), and two water tanks. One for clean water, and one for dirty water. This setup allows it to wash its mop cloth whenever necessary. After the robot docks, a small bristle brush scrubs the cloth. Fresh water is then applied to the dirty water while it is extracted. If you don’t like the chore of washing and removing the cloth after every cleaning session, this is a great function.

How does the robot vacuum perform? It’s well worth a look with a 91.26 overall cleaning score. It scored an excellent score for picking up Cheerios, and it did a great job collecting cat litter (95.73 average). It did not pick up 58% of the dog hairs from the carpet. This is the lowest score that we have seen in comparison to similar models. The Roomba J7+ comes closest with 72.5%, though that’s still a significant gap. We expected better considering the $1,399 price tag. The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is a great product and the technology is excellent. This would be a good choice for households that don’t have pets and who are willing to pay top dollar.

8. iRobot Roomba i3+
The most efficient, cost-effective self-emptying robot vacuum

The iRobot Roomba i3+ robot vacuum is the most affordable and has a self-cleaning function. The self-emptying base means that you don’t need to empty the contents after each run. Except for picking up cat litter on carpet, the Roomba i3+ did well in all tests.

Roomba i3+ is also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. You can set up a schedule, and it can connect to smart home devices. The i3+ cannot be used to map individual rooms like the s9+ or i7+. We were impressed with its overall performance.

9. iRobot Roomba i7+
Roomba’s original self emptying robot vacuum

The Roomba i7+ from iRobot is our top-rated robot vacuum. It has a dustbin built into the base, which allows you to do multiple cleanings at once. The Shark Ion R85 was slightly better than it in our pet hair test. It picked up almost 90% of the fur on carpet and hard floors. The 62.6dB reading was slightly lower than the average of our tests.

There are many other features available, including the ability to map multiple floors or create virtual walls. The Roomba’s i7+ cleans in a record time, finishing a clean-up in under 20 minutes. The Roomba s9+ is now available from iRobot. However, it is still as efficient at cleaning.

10. iLife Pro V5s$
Robot vacuum and mop

The V5s Pro from iLife is the second-best robot vacuum for under $200. It vacuums pet hair, Cheerios and kitty litter almost as well as the V3s Pro. The V5s Pro has an additional mopping function. This sounds like a great idea, a vacuum and mopper all in one. However, we found the V5s Pro to be very inefficient at mopping during our in-home tests.

The V5s Pro, like most budget robot vacuums, doesn’t have a smartphone app and is not compatible with smart home devices, virtual assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant. It is also slower than the iLife V3s Pro, and takes even longer to vacuum. It took it about 100 minutes for the robot vacuum to navigate our test area. It’s still a very efficient and affordable robot vacuum.

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