Best Robotic Vacuums of 2021

 Consumer Reports' tests reveal that today's top-performing robovacs are no longer just for gadget geeks

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Tired of sweeping up or vacuuming dust, crumbs, and other debris from your floors? A robotic vacuum cleaner can do the grunge work for you.

We’ve tested dozens in our labs to see which hardworking machines deserve a place in your home. CR’s vacuum testers evaluate how well each robotic vacuum removes surface debris on medium-pile carpet and bare floors, whether it can get into tight corners, and how well it navigates and cleans multiple types of rooms with common robotic vacuum pitfalls, including power cords and carpet fringe. And because many robotic vacuums connect to the internet, our experts evaluate the data privacy and security of each connected vacuum. (Data security assesses whether a robotic vacuum incorporates security measures such as encryption. Data privacy examines privacy setting options and publicly available documents, such as privacy policies and terms of service, to see how manufacturers collect and use your data.)

Our ratings also factor in predicted reliability and owner satisfaction scores based on members’ experiences with more than 9,000 robotic vacuums from our recent surveys.

Here, listed in alphabetical order, are eight standouts from CR’s rigorous robotic vacuum tests. For complete test results and even more options, see our robotic vacuum ratings; and check out our vacuum cleaner buying guide to find out how robotic vacuums compare with other types of vacuum cleaners.

Eufy 11S



CR’s take: You don’t need to shell out a grand for a good robotic vacuum. For a fraction of that amount, the Eufy 11S earns a Good rating in our carpet cleaning test and an Excellent rating on bare floors. While it’s not the most efficient cleaner (testers say it sometimes scatters debris), it gets the job done, operates quietly, and has a cliff sensor to keep it from tumbling down stairs. This model isn’t WiFi-enabled, so you can’t control it remotely from a smartphone app, but that also means it can’t be hacked. Eufy robotic vacuums as a group received an Excellent rating for reliability in our members survey, as well as a Very Good owner satisfaction score.

Eufy 30C




CR’s take: The Eufy 30C is an extremely quiet vacuum. Our testers says they couldn’t tell whether it was on or running, which makes it a great choice for those who might need to run a robotic vac while they’re at home. Although this is one of the cheaper models in our robotic vacuum ratings, it earns an Excellent score for cleaning bare floors. In addition, it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can program the robot through the manufacturer’s app. But because Eufy discloses very little information about its data privacy policies, its robotic vacuums earn only a Fair rating in our privacy tests. And in terms of security, its robotic vacuums earn just a Good rating because the company hasn’t told CR whether it has a security oversight panel, a vulnerability disclosure program, or security updates over time—three things other robotic vacuum companies do have.


Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge




CR’s take: The Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge isn’t great on carpet, but it boasts top marks for cleaning bare floors. Like its the brandmates the 30C and the 11S Max this model earns an Excellent rating in our navigation tests. It’s also WiFi-enabled, meaning you can control it from your smartphone. But if you’re concerned about locking down your data, know that all of Eufy’s robotic vacuums earn just a Fair rating in our data privacy tests and received only a Good rating in our data security tests.


iRobot Roomba 960





CR’s take: Though the iRobot Roomba 960 vacuum isn’t the newest entrant in this category, it has held strong in the top tier of our ratings for four years. The model earns an Excellent rating in our bare floors test and a Very Good rating in our carpet cleaning test, though you might have a little difficulty cleaning pet hair out of the brush roller. The manufacturer receives mixed results when it comes to protecting your data, earning a Good rating for data privacy while earning an Excellent rating for data security. To its credit, iRobot is one of the only companies that says it will provide updates to patch security vulnerabilities and establish a vulnerability program open to security researchers. Another selling point: iRobot’s robotic vacuums earned a Very Good rating for both predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.


iRobot Roomba e5





CR’s take: The iRobot Roomba e5 is one of our top models for good reason: It earns a Very Good rating for surface carpet cleaning and an Excellent rating for bare floor cleaning. This model doesn’t have a remote control, but you can schedule its cleaning times from a smartphone app and review its cleaning pattern after it’s finished. It falls in the middle of our top picks when it comes to price. And as noted above, iRobot is one of the better brands for data security.


iRobot Roomba j7+




CR’s take: The iRobot Roomba j7+ is a solid performer in CR’s tests, acing both our bare floors and pet hair tests with Excellent scores. The vacuum has smart-mapping technology that allows it to learn, map, and adapt to the areas to be cleaned. And iRobot says it will replace the vacuum within a year if it does not avoid pet waste. Navigation is top-notch and this vacuum easily slides under and around furniture. The Roomba j7 is the only iRobot to fall short of an Excellent score for data security. And like all its brandmates it earns a middling Good rating for data privacy.


iRobot Roomba S9+




CR’s take: One of the newer iRobot models to hit the market, the Roomba S9+ is pricey, but it delivers great performance across the board. The vacuum earns top scores down the line in our cleaning tests, and it’s the best of the best when it comes to cleaning bare floors and edges. It’s also stellar at navigation, earning an Excellent score on that test. This is a self-emptying model that empties its dustbin into a dirt bag, no hands required. Like its brandmates, the iRobot Roomba S9+ earns a Good rating for data privacy and an Excellent rating for data security.


Samsung POWERbot R7040




CR’s take: The Samsung Powerbot R7040 earns an Excellent rating for cleaning bare floors and carpet. Our testers also find that it’s easier to use than similar models from the manufacturer. Samsung’s SmartThings app allows you to check the status of the bot, as well as schedule it and view cleaning history. Users can delete or request data in the app, although the manufacturer’s robotic vacuums still earn a middling rating in our data privacy tests. Samsung robotic models are not as reliable as Eufy or iRobot, according to CR’s member survey; also, members gave the manufacturer’s robotic vacuums only a Fair rating for owner satisfaction.

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