Are Robot Vacuums Really Worth the Hype? We Investigate

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If you’ve ever dreamt of Sundays spent kicking up your feet, watching sports, or spending quality time with your family and friends instead of running around your house doing your weekly clean, we’ve got some good news for you: that fantasy is not only here, but it’s within a reasonable price range.

For the same cost as a good (hand-operated) vacuum cleaner, you can instead invest in a robot vacuum that will suck up dirt, and even mop, your home for you. You can even time it to do a daily run around the house while you’re at work so you can come home to a clean home. 

While robot vacuums may have been around for a couple years, when they first hit the market, they weren’t cheap. They also had their faults, with a few technological bugs and malfunctions, leading users to often give up and just do the job themselves.

Now, however, as they’ve had a chance to be tried and tested and all the issues most people complained about have been hoovered up. They’re now upgraded and much more affordable. It’s time to say goodbye to the tedious task of vacuuming and to say hello to the future.

MyGenie ZX1000 Robotic Vacuum, $179.10, was $199

MyGenie is exactly what it sounds like, making your first wish come true, saying goodbye to hoovering. MyGenie also uses the two-in-two function and after hoovering can dry and wet mop your floors. Find a schedule that works for you and program your vacuum to do its daily hoover first thing in the morning. It lasts two hours when fully charged and is powered.

Roborock S5 Max Robotic Vacuum Cleaner & Mop, $699, was $999

With a 180 minute battery life and a powerful suction, it’s hard to go wrong with the Roborock S5 Max Robotic Vacuum Cleaner & Mop. Like most robot vacuums, the S5 Max has a mobile app that allows you to create two level mapping and even has algorithms to ensure your space is cleaned as efficiently as possible. One of the most notable features of this model is the customizable water release that can be adjusted to suit different surfaces when mopping.

Roborock S5 Max Robotic Vacuum Cleaner & Mop

iRobot Roomba i3 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum, $679, was $999

The famous Roomba is the machine to kickstart this trend. Although it’s perhaps one of the more robot vacuum cleaners on the market, it’s also one of the most technologically advanced and efficient. The Roomba 3 is built for pet hair and works well on carpeted areas. It features built-in sensors that direct it to work harder on concentrated areas, such as areas of high traffic. It’s even compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant

iRobot Roomba i3 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum


Kogan SmarterHome G50 Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Mop, $229, was $399

Kogan, too, has dipped its toes in the pond. Engineering its own smart robot vacuum cleaner and mop at an affordable price. Just like some of its competitors, Kogan’s SmarterHome cleaner can be controlled through your phone, with the ability to map out the rooms in your home. It’s engineered with powerful 1800KPA and mopping power, which is powerful enough for most modest-sized homes or apartments.

There are four cleaning modes and three suction modes your vacuum cleaner can dictate is most efficient depending on the surface it’s on. And once it’s finished its job, it will go straight back to its charging dock.

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