Consumer Reports rates robotic vacuums
Robotic vacuums are fun to watch, but how well do they clean?
They're far from perfect, but they do perform well enough that they're growing in popularity.
“When compared to a typical upright vacuum, robotic vacuums aren't going to hold their weight, but it's great for surface cleaning and it's great for maintenance,” said Haniya Rae at Consumer Reports.
There are now dozens of models on the market; some sell for almost a thousand dollars. Consumer Reports put a bunch of them to the test.
"We evaluate each robotic vacuum on how well they remove surface debris on a low-pile carpet and bare floors, whether it can get into a tight corner created by walls or furniture, and the exact length of time it takes to clean an area,” Rae told me.
The results show that the quality of the cleaning varies greatly from one robotic vacuum to another.
The editors recommend two Samsung models that had the highest scores: the POWERbot SR20H9051 Series and the Powerbot R7065. The also recommend the iBot Roomba 890 and Roomba 960.
Three models were named a CR Best Buy: the Ecovacs Deebot M88, the Eufy RoboVac 11 and the iRobot Roomba 618.
Consumer Reports reminds shoppers that robot vacuums are best for "uncluttered rooms with bare floors or low-pile rugs."