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Based on: 36,100 user reviews 33 expert reviews
|Rank||Image||Robot vacuum cleaner||Score||Verdict||Price|
|1||Roborock S6 MaxV||95||Very good||£465|
|2||iRobot Roomba 966||92||Good||£800|
|3||Xiaomi Mi Mop Pro 2+||90||Good||£347|
|4||iRobot Roomba i7+||89||Good||£800|
|5||iRobot Roomba i7||89||Good||£600|
|6||iRobot Roomba j7||88||Good||£700|
|7||iRobot Roomba 960||87||Good||£463|
|8||iRobot Roomba 981||87||Good||£699|
|9||Ecovacs Ozmo T8 AIVI||87||Good||£399|
|10||iRobot Roomba 980||87||Good||£795|
Have you ever wondered how robot vacuum cleaners can move from one place to another without crashing into furniture, running over pets’ tails and generally destroying everything in their path? What keeps it from getting confused between what it has already cleaned, and what it still needs to clean?
When robot vacuums first hit the market, they only had the most basic technology. They were not that good with moving around and cleaning. They would often bump into items, and while they could clean large areas, they would keep cleaning the same places.
These days, however, robot vacuums are equipped with more advanced technology, including its navigation system, which is often enabled by algorithms and sensors. This navigation system allows the robot vacuum to cover all areas when cleaning your floor space, making it an efficient tool to keep your home neat and tidy.
Robot vacuum mapping is what allows your robot vacuum cleaner to navigate around your house, and efficiently sweep and suction up dust, dirt, and debris. It’s the process where robot vacuums map the whole house when they do the initial cleaning. This process helps them understand what the floor plan of your house looks like.
When your robot vacuum cleaner maps your house, it becomes easier for them to clean all areas. High-end robot vacuum models can easily switch between cleaning hard floors and carpets without cleaning spots that have already been vacuumed.
After your robot vacuum cleaner has mapped your house, you can save the map in its smartphone app. This is helpful for larger homes, especially if you want to assign your robot to clean specific rooms at a time. You can also pick particular zones for your robot to clean if you want it to clean only one area.
When a robot makes its way around your home to clean the floors and carpets, you might observe that it is able to avoid hitting furniture. When a robot’s battery runs low, it must return to the base to charge, but some robots can continue cleaning where they left off once they are done recharging. How does a robot do that?
A robot’s ability to make its way from one place to another, without hitting furniture, to travel to the charging base and to avoid cleaning the same spot over and over again, is largely due to the navigation technology installed in the robot.
Different robot vacuum cleaners have various kinds of technologies to help them map a house, and navigate around the area. Here are four of these different types of mapping technologies:
The following diagram shows how the navigation system is distributed among the robot vacuum cleaners:
Robot vacuum cleaners with camera-based mapping make use of a digital camera that creates the maps by taking photos of landmarks around the house. While this does work pretty well, it tends to fail in the dark.
These are the 3 best robot vacuum cleaners with camera mapping technology:
Gyroscopic mapping technologies use sensors to calculate the distance between themselves, and the objects around the house. While this technology is affordable, thus lowering the overall cost of the robot vacuum cleaner, it doesn’t create the most precise map. Nor does it navigate the floor area as well as robot vacuum cleaners that are equipped with camera-based, or LiDAR-based technology.
These are the 3 best robot vacuum cleaners with gyroscopic technology:
LiDAR stands for “light detection and ranging”. It’s a technology that uses an invisible spinning laser that collects information about the size of obstacles in a room (such as furniture). Aside from mapping the house, it also has a methodical cleaning system that causes it to clean in straight lines instead of randomly. If you’re looking for a robot vacuum cleaner with precise mapping, look for one with LiDAR technology, as it has the most accurate navigation in comparison to other technologies.
These are the 3 best robot vacuum cleaners with LiDAR mapping technology:
Some robot vacuum cleaners come equipped with two, or even three, mapping and navigating technologies. When combined with sensors, these technologies help the robot vacuum cleaner to navigate more efficiently.
|Name||Roborock S6 MaxV||iRobot Roomba 966||Xiaomi Mi Mop Pro 2+|
|Rank||Rank 2 of 65||Rank 5 of 65||Rank 13 of 65|
|Price||465 £||800 £||347 £|
|Max runtime||180 min||75 min||180 min|
|Charge time||300 min||120 min||300 min|
|Battery capacity||5200 mAh||1800 mAh||5200 mAh|
|Cleaning area||240 m²||185 m²||160 m²|
|Sound level||67 dB||58 dB||65 dB|
|Suction power||2500 Pa||3000 Pa|
|Maximum climbing height||2.0 cm||2.0 cm||2.0 cm|
|Power||66.0 w||33.0 w|
|Number of cleaning modes|
|Water tank capacity||0.3 l||0.25 l|
|Dustbin capacity||0.46 l||0.5 l||0.55 l|
|Type of filter||EPA 11||HEPA|
|Automatic dirt disposal|
|Automatically docks and recharges|
|Recharge and resume function|
|Alexa voice control|
|Google Home voice control|
|Stair sensor and object sensor|
|Number of side brushes||1||1||2|
|Real Time Tracking|
|Digital Blocked Area|
|Multi Floor Maps|
|Selected Room Cleaning|
|Height||9.6 cm||9.1 cm||8.2 cm|
|Width||35.0 cm||35.0 cm||35.0 cm|
|Depth||35.0 cm||35.0 cm||35.0 cm|
|Weight||3.7 kg||3.9 kg||4.7 kg|
Smart navigation and obstacle-avoidance with the use of Reactive AI
wide mopping plate, large water tank and large dust bin
Supports virtual boundaries, such as no-go zones and no-mop zones
Can vacuum and mop efficiently
Impressive suction power of up to 2500 Pa
Can save up to 4 maps
App is easy to use, and provides a lot of options to customise almost every setting in the robot vacuum
Low profile that can reach under furniture
Thorough cleaning, and efficient navigation
Provides virtual wall
Can vacuum and mop at the same time
Mopping function follows a Y-shaped trajectory
Smart navigation system
High suction power of up to 3000 Pa
App offers various features
A bit expensive
AI has a limited number of objects that it will recognise
Comes with only 1 reusable mop cloth
Noisy when cleaning
Can get stuck with a thick carpet
Sometimes can’t find the docking station
Doesn’t automatically avoid carpets when mopping
Small water tank
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