Three years ago, the prospect of an autonomous floor cleaner was still very much a thing of science fiction.
Although robot vacuums were available at the time, they ‘sucked’ – and not in the good way. Luckily, thanks to advances in tracking tech, there are a number of models that are actually pretty good these days.
If you have the cash then you’d do far worse than picking up a self-cleaning helper that will at least tackle one chore from your to-do list each week.
But before you get all excited and rush to pick up one of these automaton helpers, make sure to read our guide, as not all vacuum cleaners have been created equal.
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Different models don’t always handle the same types of floors. Some of the vacuums in this roundup will roll right over rugs and plush carpets with ease, while others will struggle to mount a thick rug but will clean hard floors without complaint.
Some robovacs handle obstacles differently, too. Certain machines come with separate magnetic strips that you can lay down around the house as boundary markers, while others rely on room-mapping with a camera or built-in sensors to avoid collisions with furniture, walls and sleeping pets. Depending on the layout of your house, some avoidance methods will work better than others.
With our warnings out of the way, scroll down to see the four best robot vacuums currently available.
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