The iRobot Roomba line of robot vacuums is a staple on our list, with consistently strong cleaning skills and corresponding navigational intelligence. We weren’t the only ones impressed by the brand. Friday, less than a year after announcing his own In-Home Robot, Amazon bought iRobot directly .
That means the Roomba is now an Amazon gadget, joining the ranks of brands likeand . And while many are likely eagerly awaiting the potential of new, Alexa-friendly floor cleaners, others might at the prospect of Amazon-branded autonomous robots mapping your home and learning your routines.
The good news for these folks is that the robot vacuum category is as diverse as ever, with a number of brands producing interesting vacuum cleaners that matter, many of which have done reasonably well. The best of these Roomba alternatives we’ve tested (from our overall list of ) are listed below.
The Roborock S7, which currently retails for $650, wowed us in hours of controlled testing, with laser-guided navigation intelligence, powerful cleaning results with pet hair and sand, and built-in WiFi for anyone who wants to control the cleaner with an app or sync that Ding with a voice assistant (both Alexa and Google Assistant are supported, along with Siri Shortcuts). Roborock also gets points for versatility, as the S7 can double as a mopping robot thanks to the built-in water reservoir and mopping attachment.
In terms of cleaning performance, out of 18 robot vacuums, the Roborock S7 was our top finisher for the percentage of sand vacuumed from our test carpet with a low pile, and it placed second behind the Roomba S9 on a plusher mid-pile carpet . It also cleaned our test floors about 36% faster than the Roomba S9, so it’s a solid choice if you’re also looking for something efficient.
Looking for a smart little floor cleaner that doesn’t cost quite that much? Eufy has you covered at this point with a variety of models, none of which will cost you anywhere near as much as their Roomba counterparts. One of our favorites is the Eufy RoboVac 25C, which despite its cheap price, held up surprisingly well in our cleaning tests. In fact, you can find it at Walmart for as little as $129 at the time of writing this article.
That’s a lot for a robot vacuum that, in our test lab, outperformed pricier previous-gen flagships from names like iRobot and Neato. It performed best on hardwood floors. So if you live somewhere without lots of thick carpets, this is a steal.
Neato is one of iRobot’s top competitors, and its robot vacuums often put Roombas in competition. That was the case with the Neato D10, which picked up more than twice as much sand from low-pile carpets as the Roomba S9 Plus.
Results like these earned Neato a spot on our leaderboard as a solid mid-range pick, but the Roborock S7 ultimately replaced it as our preferred mid-range pick. However, the D10 is still an excellent app-enabled robot vacuum and worth considering alongside the Roborock S7 at its current $600 price point.