Robot vacuums can be incredible — or extremely disappointing, if you go cheap. I’ve tested more than half a dozen in the last year and I’ve been itching to get my hands on three robot vacuums in particular: the Roomba 980, the Neato BotVac Connected and the new Dyson 360 Eye. Collectively these are the best of the best robot vacuum cleaners on the market and for the last couple of weeks I’ve had the utter joy of watching them clean my house. Here’s what I learned.
I feel like comparing these particular robot vacuums is a lot like trying to compare superheroes. They are all amazing with different strengths (super powers) and I sincerely believe you’d be thrilled to own any of them. That said, it would be ridiculous to say that each of these vacuums will perform equally in all situations — there are scenarios where there is a clear “winner” (but again, please understand I feel like this is a little like saying one diamond is better than another when they’re all gems).
In this article I’m going to try to keep things as simple as possible for you by simply rating which bot performed the best in several different real-world tests. While I’m sure that results could easily vary from house to house — these are simply my observations; still, I hope you find them useful.
Before reading further I’d just say to keep in mind that the right robot vacuum cleaner for you might be different from the right robot vacuum cleaner for me. What I realized while testing was that I’d end up preferring/recommending a different bot for different rooms, furniture types, requirements and various other factors. Alright, let’s go.
In several tests placing various amounts and types of dust and dirt on a carpeted floor the Roomba clearly cleaned the best (it had the least amount of leftovers). The Neato was a very close second. The Dyson came in last (I think the video makes plain why). But here’s an important caveat: the test conditions DailyTekk put these robot vacuums through were not typical. I’ve never had a pile of dirt just sitting on my carpet before. Under “normal” cleaning conditions, I’m confident that each of these vacuums would do a great job.
Along those same lines, it was very obvious where the Roomba and Neato ...