Household chores, the things we love to hate! Sitting near to the top of tasks we love to hate is Vacuuming! But what if we had a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner?
While there’s been much advancement within the vacuum space with companies releasing light-weight cordless options and super strenght suction, they still require you to do the work.
Hence why we love the idea of a robotic vacuum cleaner which can take care of vacuuming a property.
Simply unpack, plug in, then once charged push a few buttons and sit back while it wizzes around the house collecting dust and dirt. A Major task completed without too much effort!
However, letting you down gently, a robotic vacuum cleaner alone won’t give you completely spotless floors. Sorry!
That said, using one can take care of the majority of the task, leaving you to vacuum stairs, tight spots and cobwebs. Although for optimum performance, you’ll want to tidy beforehand.
Having looked at the market, we’ve selected a range of 10 robotic vacuum cleaners, which are priced from £80 to £850. While in principle they do the same thing, they are not all equal.
Sadly, you get what you pay for, and so expect to pay at least £200. The cheaper models often lack suction and some even struggle to navigate rooms effectively.
Luckily, in the upper price bracket, robotic vacuum cleaners perform well. So as you move up the price range, it becomes more about the extras and additional features.
Eufy RoboVac 11
Housmile Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
ILIFE V3s Pro
Neato Robotics Botvac D6 Connected
iRobot Roomba 671
Mamibot ProVac Plus2
Dyson 360 Eye
* Prices correct at time of publishing
Eufy RoboVac 11
The first of our robotic vacuum cleaners is from Eufy. There are an American company who offer a range of smart home devices and are an offshoot of well-known battery tech company Anker. Priced at £210, the Eufy RoboVac 11 offers a no-frills unit which is easy to use.
The simple design is functional and what you’d typically expect. Starting on top, the power button is a nice feature, but one you’ll rarely use as the remote is easy to use and covers more options.
On the hood, the RoboVac 11 offers 1000Pa of suction and uses a combination of counter-rotating side brushes and a 14.5 cm rolling brush to vacuum. There are 4 different vacuuming modes, which can be selected via the remote.
If you’re worried about the RoboVac falling down the stairs or bumping into furniture then you’ll be relieved to know that there’s a number of infrared sensors which the unit uses to navigate. There’s also a soft bumper on the front. As the Eufy will bump into a lot of items in your home, this bumper will save items from damage or scuff marks.
Standing at 9 cm high, the onboard technology distinguishes between solid objects and space under furniture. And thanks to its slim design, the RoboVac can navigate and clean under furniture. So, all those places you’d rather not vacuum, actually get cleaned. Pretty cool!
In terms of charging, it takes over 3 hours to fully recharge the battery. Once charged, the Eufy RoboVac 11 can clean for up to an hour and a half. Of course, when the battery is getting low the unit will glide back to its dock and start charging.
- Multiple cleaning heads for an deeper clean
- Works across many flooring types
- Quiet when in use
- Some users have had problems with the unit failing to return to the charging dock
- Brushes wear out quickly
- A number of units have broken within the first year
We’re a bit mixed with the Eufy RoboVac 11. For the price (£210 at Amazon), it’s an affordable unit which offers a pretty standard features list. We like that there are 4 different modes and that you can preset the unit to work at a set time.
With many reports of units breaking after a year or so of use, we have to question whether purchasing one is worth the hassle. Some of these users have reported terrible customer support and others have written blogs about DIY fixes – both of which leave much to be desired.
Another theme when talking with long term users is the RoboVac 11 seems to have problems finding its dock unless it’s really close. We also dislike that you can’t use a mobile app to track its progress or integrate it with a Z-Wave smart home system, for example. However, other units do charge a premium for this feature.
Overall the Eufy RoboVac 11 scores a respectable 6/10.
Housmile Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
At just under £100 the Housmile Robotic Vacuum Cleaner offers a real bang for the bucks. It’s simple to use, powerful and thanks to its slim profile, it also cleans under furniture.
If you’re looking for a unit with an extensive features list, then skip to the next product. However, if you’re just starting out and haven’t used a robotic vacuum cleaner before, then keep reading.
The onboard motor provides 1000 Pa of suction, and so it just as powerful as the Eufy RoboVac 11 (which is more than twice the price!). However, there are only 2 modes to select from: small and big room. The small room mode lasts for 30 minutes, whereas the big room mode lasts for 60 minutes.
A set of rotating brushes loosen dust and other debris from the floor and sweep these into the path of the mouth. This rubbish is then funnelled into a plastic container, which is easily removed for emptying. A spare set of brushes is included, which is a nice bonus.
In terms of protection of your valuables, the unit has infrared-sensor for evading obstacles. As well as drop-sensing tech to avoid falls.
Unlike others, the Housmile requires your assistance to charge. Rather than docking into a charging station, you have to plug the unit in for it to charge. While this could be annoying, the unit will flash red when the battery is low and needs a charge.
Designed to work best on tile, hardwood and low-pile carpet, so if you have thick rugs or carpet then it’s best to avoid and take a look at the other robotic vacuum cleaners on our list.
- Highly affordable entry unit
- Advanced HEPA filtration system
- Slim design, allowing it to clean under furniture
- No smart navigation
- Can’t be integrated into a smart home system
- Needs to be plugged in and operated
It’s easy to overlook the negatives with the Housmile Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. Why? because it doesn’t claim to offer you the world for next to nothing and falls short.
It does, in fact, deliver a lot for its price point. At under £100 on Amazon, it’s a steal.
It only has two modes and you can’t set it to work at a certain time or even control it via a remote. However, it does a high-end HEPA filtration system which will collect 99.9% of all allergens.
However, it’s fantastic as an introduction to the world of home automation and robotic vacuum cleaners. And for that reason, we give it a strong 7/10.
ILIFE V3s Pro
If you have pets then the ILIFE V3s Pro is likely to transform your life! Built for pet hair cleaning as well as normal dust and dirt, the ILIFE is a near silent robotic vacuum cleaner with a range of features.
Under the hood, there’s a Li-ion battery which provides up to 120 minutes of cleaning time. While the other two we’ve covered so far offered 1000 Pa of suction, the V3c Pro only offers 850 Pa.
The low profile design enables the unit to clean under furniture, while the smart sensors protect objects and ensure the unit doesn’t drop down stairs.
With a changing time of 5 hours, the ILIFE can automatically locate its base and charge itself. While it doesn’t offer mapping or path planning, you can schedule the ILIFE or use one of the 3 cleaning settings. And with a noise rating of 55 dB, it’s very quiet and so it can clean while you sleep!
Designed to work on a range of sufaces including low-pile carpet, laminate, marble tile, hardwood and more. The two side brushes clear dust and dirt into the 300ml dustbin. The ILIFE V3S Pro vacuum has a high-efficiency filtration system that is anti-allergen and removes up to 99.97% of particles with a size of 0.3 µm.
- Quiet operation
- Can be scheduled and has 3 other cleaning mode
- Auto charging and base locating
- Struggles with different height flooring
- No app/wi-fi support/home automation integration
- Small dustbin which you’ll spend quite a bit of time emptying
The ILIFE V3s Pro (available at Amazon) promises quite a bit and sadly it falls short on a few of these. Let’s start with the good points, the unit offers 4 cleaning mode and uses side bushes which are effective at moving dirt, dust and rubbish into the bin.
We like that the unit is very quiet and can be set to just get on with it. Also, the remote is easy to understand and use.
Now on to the not so good. Users have reported issues with the unit being unable to navigate whole floors and even changes in flooring materials. This is due in part to the battery life, low profile design and dustbin size. While it bills itself as great for pet hair, some have reported a less than perfect score on this and so you may need to either run it a few times or actually vacuum yourself (The horror!)
As with the other robotic vacuum cleaners we’ve covered up to this point, the ILIFE V3s Pro doesn’t integrate with Alexa, Google Home or Z-Wave. Nor is there an app you can use to control it.
So overall, we’re a little disappointed however affordable the £160 price tag is. Our score is 6/10.
At a little over £200 (buy via Amazon), the Proscenic 811GB offers an array of features including some bold ideas. Most of which can’t be found in other robotic vacuum cleaners!
Firstly, the unit puts out around 1000Pa and so is comparable with the first two vacuum cleaner on our list. However, unlike the units covered, the Proscenic 811GB has a mopping setting and onboard water tank.
The Lithium-Ion battery requires 5 hours to fully charge and offers 130 minutes of cleaning when charged. The unit is programmed to return to base when in need of a charge and will automatically start that process once it’s returned.
As you’d expect there are sensors which enable the unit to navigate rooms safely without damaging objects or falling down steps. And thanks to it slick design, it’s able to clean under furniture.
There are 4 cleaning modes to select from. Auto Clean, which is perfect for a daily clean. Spot Clean, which enables you to thoroughly clean small places. The third mode is Edge Clean, which works along the wall and corners to provide a superb overall finish. And finally, Zigzag Cleaning, which makes light work of large spaces.
If you’re looking for a mopping function, then the Proscenic 811GB could be for you. The unit’s microelectronics-controlled water tank has three water seeping speeds (Low, Moderate, High). This function has been designed so that it doesn’t ooze when not in use. Also, as the robot vacuum can sweep and mop at the same time, there’s no need to remove the water tank when you’re not using this function.
While the unit does have a remote, you can control the 811GB using an app over wifi and also by Alexa voice control.
- Multiple ways to control (remote, app, Alexa)
- Can mop and vacuum at the same time
- Low noise level of 60dB meaning you can watch tv, sleep or work while it’s running
- Some users have reported issues connecting to Wifi
- Doesn’t work with Google Home or Z-Wave
- Some users have had issues with the unit not always returning to its dock
Is the Proscenic 811GB worth it? In a word yes.
While we can find a few negatives, it does seem that Proscenic offers fantastic customer support. And while this doesn’t forgive machines breaking after a short period or difficulties with the app, it does show that the brand is willing to try and help users.
We like the dual mopping and vacuuming functions. It’s quite impressive that Proscenic has managed to fit a 200ml water tank and a 0.5L dustbin. This trumps some of the other robotic vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed on dustbin size alone!
While you can control the 811GB in 4 ways (on the unit, remote, App, and Alexa), it’s missing Google Home and Z-Wave options. Hopefully, these will be included in future releases.
All in all, for just over £200, it’s claims a lot but thankfully, it delivers on most of these promises. As we’re tech nerds, the Proscenic 811GB scores 7/10.
Neato Robotics Botvac D6 Connected
If you’re looking for a unique design then you have to take a look at the Neato Robotics Botvac D6 Connected. This Alexa ready unit has a lot of great features including an app, large dustbin and CornerClever tech.
Starting with its design, it’s a D shape rather than a circle. This allows for much longer brush than the normal circular design. It also enables the unit to buff right up to the wall.
Looking under the hood, we not quite sure what the Pa suction power is nor is a figure included in the specifications (the company couldn’t provide any details either). However, we believe it’s up to 2000 Pa – which is at least twice of all the models we’ve covered so far.
The D6 connected uses a large traditional roller and a side brush, to provide a closer clean. These combined with the optimised ultra-performance filter mean the unit can handle a range of flooring, dust and even pet hairs.
Neato Robotics Botvac D6 Connected offers a unique take on navigation and cleaning routes. Using the app, you can set up floorplans and track where the D6 has been. Also, the app allows you to set up areas to avoid.
As you’d expect the Neato D6 works without needing much assiance. It’s programmed to locate its dock when it’s time to charge and takes around 5 hours to fully charge the Lithium-Ion battery.
Finally, control – there’s a long list of ways to control the D6 including apps, Amazon Echo and IFTTT (so can easily integrate with LightwaveRF and Z-Wave).
- Multiple control methods including Apps and IFTTT
- Intelligent navigation including no-go areas
- Two different brush types
- Large footprint which makes cleaning tight spaces tricky
- Some users report issues with getting the unit to follow maps
- Google Home integration doesn’t support no-go lines, so you need to use the app
Coming in at £650 (buy via Amazon), it’s not cheap. That said, we quite like the Neato Robotics Botvac D6 Connected.
Let’s start with the not so good. Yes, it’s expensive and you could buy 6 of the cheapest in our list for the same money.
It does seem that some users have had some issues with the software. But with that said, Neato is committed to releasing regular updates. So we hope they will listen to user feedback and roll this data into future updates.
Even with it’s 2000 Pa suction power, it does seem to perform best on laminate, hardwood and low pile carpet. Thick carpets and rugs seem to pose a real challenge and one it struggles to overcome.
Now on to the good points. We like the combination of brushes as this provides a deeper clean. Plus at £30 per set to replace, they won’t break the bank and only need changing once or twice a year.
The dustbin is fairly large and holds 0.7 L, which means you’ll be emptying less than other robotic vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed while covering more space.
As tech nerds, we love that you can control the Neato Robotics Botvac D6 Connected via Amazon Echo, Google Home, apps and IFTTT. This last method is fantastic if you already have a LighwaveRF or Z-Wave smart home system.
If you forget the price for a moment and look at features alone, then it’s worth an 8/10 score.
iRobot Roomba 671
Since iRobot has been in the robotic vacuum cleaner game for 25 years, they have a lot to prove with the iRobot Roomba 671 (£249.99 at Amazon). So what does this unit offer?
Firstly, the sleek black design has green accents which makes it appealing to view. The motor deliveries 600 Pa of suction power – the smallest in our line up. As you’d expect, a Lithium-Ion battery keeps the unit moving.
With 90 minutes of cleaning time when fully charged, the Romba 671 will easily clean a small apartment or house. At 2 hours, the charging time is quite small and so the unit will be able to clean more in less time.
What makes the Romba 671 unique is it’s patented 3-Stage Cleaning System. This combined with the Dual Multi-Surface Brushes allows for a deep clean. Another unique feature is Dirt Detect™ Technology. This system recognizes areas with dirt build up and ensure that they are attacked with extra cleaning.
The 3-stage cleaning system is designed to work best with low and medium pile carpets as well as a range of wood, stone and laminate floorings.
In terms of operation, there are two modes: automatic and spot. The Romba 671 doesn’t map rooms but can automatically return to its dock and charge itself. The unit also has sensors to enable it to avoid bumping objects and falling down stairs.
Finally, control, the buttons on the top provide a basic level of programming. However, the iRobot HOME App enables you to schedule cleaning from anywhere, at any time. Also, the iRobot Romba 671 is compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.
- Flexible control – on device, app, Amazon Alexa and Google Home
- Fast charging time
- Unique cleaning method
- Low suction power
- no mapping feature
- small 350ml dustbin
Sitting in the middle of our price range at £250 (available on Amazon), the iRobot Roomba 671 ticks a lot of our boxes.
The not so good points, first. At 600 Pa, the suction power is small. All the models we’ve looked at so far have had at least 1000 Pa of suction power. However, talking to users the suction seems sufficient for most uses.
A known issue with the Romba 671 is it doesn’t like dark colours as it interprets this as an object or step. This means if you like dark carpet or have a rug with a black border the unit will more than likely refuse to clean it.
The small 350ml dustbin means you have to empty it more often. So for those with a medium property, it will be hard to set and forget without needing to check/empty it after every clean.
Final bad point, it doesn’t offer a mapping function. This means it will take longer to clean and rooms can’t be automatically blocked (so you’ll need to remember to close doors!). While this could be seen as annoying, it’s on par with other models we’ve covered.
On to the good elements. We love the control aspect, whether you like apps, or want to integrate with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. This appeals to the nerd in us!
The relatively short charging time makes cleaning a floor quicker, plus with 90 minutes of vacuuming time, it’s comparable to others on our list.
Users have reported the iRobot Roomva 671 performs well and provides a good overall clean.
Overall, we feel there are better robotic vacuum cleaners on the market for less money. However, they don’t charge as fast. So with all of that in mind, our score is 6/10.
At a touch over £100 (Buy at Amazon), the DIGGRO KK320 packs a punch! While we’ll be the first to admit that we’ve haven’t heard of the DIGGRO brand, this model is exciting.
The KK320 provides 900 Pa of suction, while a little less than others covered it’s pretty average in this regard. The motor is quiet and so the unit is has a working noise level of less than 60dB, meaning you can watch tv, sleep or work while it’s active.
The 1200mAh Li-ion battery provides up to 60min of cleaning and has a charging time of 4 hours. When the battery is less than 20%, the unit will return to the dock for automatic charging.
With 4 cleaning modes, you can use the DIGGRO KK320 in a number of ways. These modes include: powerful, automatic, edge and random. While the unit doesn’t offer mapping, it does navigate in a methodical pattern, making sure it covers every area of your home.
The unit uses two side brushes to sweep dust and dirt into dustbin via a suction channel. Sensors are located near these brushes, which enable the unit to avoid dropping down steps and hitting objects.
Finally, control, either start the unit via the remote or using the clean button on top. Sadly, no app or smart home integration is available.
- Highly affordable
- Low noise
- Slim design which can clean under furniture and navigate different floor heights (e.g. wood to carpet)
- Remote control only – no app or smart home integration
- A few users have noted that it can struggle to navigate between rooms
- Small 330ml dustbin
At around £110 on Amazon, the DIGGRO KK320 sits at the entry level end of our robotic vacuum cleaners. However, it offers some nice features.
We don’t like the lack of an app or smart integration, however, for the price, it’s unlikely to offer these features. Also, there’s no timer. So while it does crack on and cleans and recharges itself when needed, you have to be there to get it started.
With all that said, it’s does offers a good level of suction and 4 cleaning modes. And many users have been surprised by the finish the unit offers across different flooring materials.
Some users have reported trouble with getting the KK320 to navigate between rooms, however, this is common for units at this price point – so no shocks there. Of course, there’s no blocking feature, so you’ll have to ensure doors are closed if you don’t need that room vacuumed. Again not a shock.
Since the DIGGRO KK320 is a no-frills vacuum which competes fairly well with other at a higher price, we are happy to award it a strong 6/10.
Priced at a whopping £820 on Amazon and one of the most expensive robotic vacuum cleaners we’ll cover, Makita DRC200Z has a lot to live up to.
While this unit is primarily designed for commercial use, we’re including it as some readers will have large properties which require some of the features of the DRC200Z.
So what do to you get for the money? The Makita DRC200Z is powered by two 18V Lithium-Ion batteries (purchased separately), which provide over 3 hours of cleaning time. It fast at charging, with an average of 2 hours to fully charge.
We’re unsure of its exact suction power but it’s likely to blow most of our list away (sorry – bad pun!). The unit uses a 3-stage cleaning system which is made up of side brushes, main brush and vacuum suction for efficient cleaning. Also, the onboard filtration system captures micro dust particulates.
Moving on to the operation, there’s no mapping function and so the DCR200Z follows a basic path around the space. You can use boundary tape to restrict its movement and block off areas or rooms.
Sadly, there’s no app or smart home integration, but an easy to use remote is included. The built-in timer enables you to schedule when the unit starts working. It operates on a 1, 3 or 5 hours delay.
It’s worth noting two final things. Firstly the dustbin is a massive 2500ml or 7 times the typical 350ml! Secondly, at nearly 8kg and 46 cm by 46 cm by 18 cm, the DCR200Z is heavy and large. Simply put it won’t clean under furniture like other robotic vacuum cleaners but it will avoid it, thanks to its smart sensors.
- Massive 2.5-litre dustbin
- Unique 3-stage cleaning system
- Fast charging batteries which provide over 3 hours of cleaning
- Lacks an app or smart home integration
- Heavy and bulky
- Doesn’t automatically charge
If you have a larger home and money to burn (£820.33 at Amazon) then consider the Makita DRC200Z. While it lacks some of the basic tech one would expect at this price, it’s a rock solid robotic vacuum cleaner which will last for years.
Firstly, we dislike the fact you have to buy separate batteries (an extra £200 – so not cheap) and these require removal in order to charge. So unlike most cheaper units which can automatically locate their dock and charge themselves, this Makita can’t.
The nerd in us really wants to be able to schedule for a set time or start via an app. Not having both is quite annoying. Plus the onboard time delay isn’t that great for home use. Luckily the remote is easy to use and has a locate unit button which makes it bleeps.
While it uses sensors to navigate, it’s quite dumb when it comes to objects. It’ll either attempt to move them or bash them, which is less than ideal with home furniture. That said the clean from either mode is deep and thorough. The cleaning finish almost makes us forget about the lack of control.
In conclusion, if you have a large house with mainly hard flooring and money to spend then you can’t go wrong with the Makita DRC200Z purely for cleaning power alone. We’re therefore happy to rate it 8/10!
Mamibot ProVac Plus2
Next up is the cheapest of our robotic vacuum cleaners. We’re interested to see how the £84.52 Mamibot ProVac Plus2 performs (buy via Amazon).
Starting with the battery, it won’t surprise you that’s a 2600mAh Li-ion Battery. It takes 3 to 4 hours to fully charge and provides 90 minutes of cleaning time when full.
What makes the Mamibot different is the mop function, which can be used alongside the vacuum cleaner settings. The mop features a detachable water tank (for which we can’t find a size) and washable mop pad.
The square shape design means it easily cleaning corners. The tank-like wheels make moving through different flooring types easy, whether you have wooden, ceramic or low pile carpets.
Using it’s two side brushes, the unit offers two cleaning modes. The first is full cleaning which has a run time on 90 minutes and can, therefore, clean most of a single floor. Single room mode, on the other hand, limits the cleaning time to 45 minutes and is perfect for vacuuming one space.
You need to be involved with Mamibot ProVac Plus2 as it doesn’t auto-dock and charge. In actual fact, it needs to be plugged into the wall to work. The same is true for operation as you can’t control the unit via an app, so you need to be there to start it.
While you would expect the Mamibot to be loud, it’s very quiet at less than 55dB. So you can sleep, work or watch tv while it cleans.
- Vacuums and mops
- Silm design which allows it to clean under furniture
- Collects pet hair, dust and dirt
- Need to be plugged in as no dock
- Always cleans at least 45 minutes (no matter how small the room)
- Doesn’t always recognize obstacles
Let’s be honest at £85 we didn’t expect the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 to be world changing or even the best robotic vacuum cleaner.
However, if you’re looking for your first robotic vacuum cleaner and don’t want to spend over £100 then the Mamibot is worth the money.
Sure it does have some rather large flaws like continuing to run until the timer has run out or the sensors not fully picking up objects for the unit to avoid. Yes, both are big problems. As is the smallish dustbin (300ml) and the fact you have to be involved in charging and operation.
Overall the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 provides a good clean and mop on a room by room basis. So we can’t knock that. Our score 5/10.
With its cool design, powerful 1300 Pa suction power and quiet operation, there’s so much to like about EUREKA i300 – plus at just under £200 (buy at Amazon), it’s affordable.
Under the modern looking Bronze Metallic exterior sits a powerful motor which provides 1300 Pa of suction. This figure is slightly over the average for our list and so is more powerful than many we’ve covered.
Using a combination of side brushes and roller, the i300 delivers a superb clean to a range of surfaces. There are 5 cleaning modes to choose from including Auto, Edge and Spot. So no matter your need, there’s a mode for your situation.
Eureka i300 has its own customized scheduling system which can be activated with its remote control. Of course, the remote can be used to start ay programme and call the unit back to its dock.
As you’d expect the i300 uses an automatic charging dock and the unit can easily locate the dock when in need of a charge. It takes 6 hours to fully charge and has a run time of 90 minutes.
Guiding the EUREKA i300 is an infrared sensing system, which enables the unit to avoid falling down steps and damaging objects. Also as the unit is only 7 cm high, these sensors help guide the vacuum cleaner under furniture, providing a closer clean.
As with the suction power, the dustbin is 500ml, which is again larger than our average. This cuts down the amount of maintenance you’ll need to do and will mean the unit can achieve more in less time.
Finally, it’s virtually silent with a noise rating of 57dB. So you can work, sleep or watch TV while it does it thing without distracting you.
- 5 cleaning modes
- Easy to use remote and scheduling
- Powerful 1300 Pa of suction
- No App or smart home integration
- Some have had problems with setting up scheduling
Overall the EUREKA i300 is an excellent mid-priced robotic vacuum cleaner.
While some have had issues with getting it to schedule properly, it does seem once figured out it works like clockwork. We would like an app, at the very least and some integration with IFTTT or Alexa, but this is a minor issue.
It does seem from talking to other EUREKA i300 users that they like that it’s slim enough to clean under furniture and radiators. And most are very happy with the quality of clean delivered by the unit.
The onboard navigation is solid and means your furniture and objects are safe from being bumped. Also, the sensors enable the unit to keep moving and avoid falling or getting stuck when the flooring type changes.
Summing up we like the EUREKA i300 and at just shy of £200 at Amazon, it’s a great deal. 7/10!
Bonus: Dyson 360 Eye
It wouldn’t be a complete discussion of vacuum cleaning without reviewing at least one Dyson and therefore why should robotic vacuum cleaners be any different?
Right out of the box the Dyson 360 EYE makes some bold claims. it’s boldest is “Superior cleaning with twice the suction of any robot vacuum”. Let’s see if it lives up to these claims and it’s expensive price tag of £829.99. Yes, you could 9 of the cheapest model we’ve covered in the guide!
Dyson from the start has been known for their cyclone technology and innovative design and the 360 Eye doesn’t differ from either.
At the heart of the unit is a V2 spin motor, which operates at 78,000 RPM. There’s no known Pa suction figure, so we can’t test their main claim. nor can we help you compare it with the others we’ve covered. What we can say is that the 360 Eye has the same suction when empty as it does when full. So while other robovacs lose power over time, the Dyson doesn’t.
This uniqueness continues into the navigation. Using a 360-degree camera (hence the name!) as well as IR sensors on the sides, the Dyson ensures that the maximum amount of floor is cleaned in the least possible time. The unit easily moves between rooms yet is sophisticated enough to avoid objects and steps.
This probably sounds great so far, and it should, however, there are a few negatives. Firstly, for a unit which is stacked like a three layer cake, the dustbin is tiny – only 330 ml. Given that the unit performs excellently, you’ll notice the flashing “I’m full” LED more than you’d like. It’s easy to argue that the geniuses who work at Dyson should have at least doubled this capacity.
Also, the battery life is quite shocking. When fully charged it only provides 45 minutes of cleaning yet takes two and half hours to charge. That said, it’s happy to relocate to the dock and self-charge when running low.
In terms of control, only the Dyson App is available. That said Dyson have rolled a few app updates out as well as software updates for the 360 EYE.
- Smart navigation
- Powerful and picks up plenty of dust
- Works via Wi-Fi and an App
- Incredibly expensive
- Only a Dyson app is available. Doesn’t integrate via IFTTT or any smart home system
- Tiny battery life of 45 minutes
We’re slightly biased with Dyson as they were game changers back in the day and so we want the 360 EYE to be great. Sadly, it falls short on a few key areas.
Firstly, pricing, at over £800 on Amazon, it’s easily our most expensive robovac. Sadly, it seems that Dyson is counting on the name to sell the unit and so are charging a premium.
Also at this price, we would expect better integration with home automation, whether that be through IFTTT or Z-wave or even something like Amazon Alexa. Sadly it does none of these, and what’s even more baffling is that you have to control it using a Dyson app.
Next, the battery life is really disappointing. You only get 45 minutes of cleaning time after a 2 and half hour charge. Other robotic vacuum cleaners we’ve covered provide at least twice this amount per charge. Of course, 2 and half hours isn’t very long when compared to the charging time of other units but still – we wish for longer operational time.
Some users have noticed that because of it’s deep clean, it’s much slower than other comparables. The 360 EYE in some cases fails to complete a single room per charge.
As the Dyson 360 doesn’t use mapping, you can’t block off rooms or areas without having to close doors or move objects. Again a simple solution such as magnet tape would be enough.
In addition to poor battery performance, the dustbin is tiny and hopefully, these issues are fixed on future releases.
Let’s end with some good points. The clean and navigation are worth paying for, as Dyson in this regards is much further on that other brands.
While we’re frustrated with the app, Dyson has release updates to this and the core software. Therefore, we’re hopeful that in the future they’ll release an update which includes a way to integrates with leading home automation systems.
All in all, we found the Dyson 360 EYE to be somewhat disappointing, so it’s scores 6/10.
The best Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
As we’ve tried to cover each of our robotic vacuum cleaners in depth, the word count is close to 6000. Sorry! So we’re going to keep this section short and sweet.
If you’re not sure whether a robotic vacuum cleaner is for then start with a cheaper unit like the Housmile Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. As this will provide you with a solid introduction to robovacs and won’t break the bank.
Already convinced about robotic vacuum cleaners? Then anything under £200 is going to fall short of your expectations. So it’s worth investing in Proscenic 811GB or the EUREKA i300.
If you’re already convinced and have money to spend then avoid the Dyson and instead Neato Robotics Botvac D6 Connected. The Neato has loads of power, is home automation ready and has a large dustbin, amongst many other reasons.