Robot vacuums have boomed in popularity in recent years, for good reason, no one enjoys vacuuming.
However, it doesn’t clean all the rooms in the house, there are just too many rooms and corners for it to successfully get around due to its lack of navigation.
Recently, I had some time with the new Yeedi Vac Station, which uses smart mapping to map out all your rooms and automatically go back to its station when the battery is dying. With this smart mapping technology, it usefully worked its way around the kitchen, two living rooms, a toilet and the hallway.
I am completely converted to the idea of a smart mapping robotic vacuum. Sadly, my Yeedi review sample was designed for the US, and the differences in voltages meant its charge station failed on me. So, I am unable to do a full review or even use it at all anymore.
With a plan to upgrade my Eufy to something smarter, I have found the best options in the UK for smart mapping robotic vacuums
iRobot Roomba S9 and i7 models from £600 using camera-based VSLAM
|iRobot® Roomba® s9+ connected Robot Vacuum with Automatic...||£1,499.99||Buy on Amazon|
|iRobot i7156 Roomba i7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Learns, maps,...||£599.99||Buy on Amazon|
The iRobot Roomba models deserve mention due to the fact that the Roomba was the first commercially successful robotic vacuum.
They arguably have the best models on the market, but you also pay for it.
The top of the range Roomba s9+ is their top of the range model at a massive £1500, but it offers full mapping, auto emptying for 30 bins of dirt and a superior deep cleaning thanks to improved suction and a 3-stage system. If I won the lottery, I’d definitely buy this, but it is a hard recommendation for regular poor people like myself, normally.
They have more affordable models too. The iRobot Roomba i7158 is £600, it lacks the auto emptying station, but you get the full mapping functionality, or you can pay £200 more for the self-emptying i7558 at £800.
Dyson 360 Heurist for £800 with vSLAM
- Package dimensions (L x W x H): 18.0 cm x 28.0 cm...
- Package weight: 4.6 kg
- Country of origin: United States
- Quality product
Dyson don’t provide any specifics on the suction power, but many reviewers state this has exceptional cleaning power, superior to most competing products. It uses visual SLAM like the iRobot, however, the camera also has some LEDs running around it, allowing it to perform better in low lit rooms.
Neato Robotics D7 / D6 / D4 Robot Vacuum using LiDAR
For something a little more affordable, you have the Neato range of vacuums which all offer LiDAR navigation
The Neato Robotics D701 is available on Amazon for £449.99 currently
The Neato Robotics D6 is available on Amazon for £397.00 currently
The Neato Robotics D4 is available on Amazon for £373.73 currently
Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO 920 & N8+ with LiDAR
|Ecovacs Robot Vacuum OZMO920 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with...||£399.98||Buy on Amazon|
|Ecovacs DEEBOT N8+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner 2300Pa with OZMO™...||£509.99||Buy on Amazon|
The Ecovacs OZMO 920 is the cheapest smart mapping robotic vacuum I can find. Similar to Neato, it uses LiDAR and also has a mopping function. Run time is 110 mins
The Ecovacs OZMO 920 is available on Amazon for £369.98 but there is also currently a £70 off voucher taking it down to just under £300, making it an absolute bargain.
The DEEBOT N8+ is their top of the range model offering LiDAR navigation, auto-emptying, mopping and a strong 2300Pa suction with the same 110min as the Ozmo 920. This is available from Amazon for £509.99, which is not cheap but at the same time the most affordable reputable brand with navigation and an auto-empty station.
Proscenic M7 PRO with LiDAR for under £300 and auto-empty station upgrade for £79
|Proscenic M7 PRO WLAN Robot Vacuum Cleaner, with Laser...||£339.15||Buy on Amazon|
|Proscenic Automatic Station for Robotic Vacuum Cleaner M7PRO||£89.00||Buy on Amazon|
Well reviewed but a lesser-known brand, the Proscenic M7 PRO offers good value for money.
I was tempted not to list this one because I find the Amazon listing to be a bit deceitful as it implies you get the empty auto station based on the product image, however, this is sold separately, which is only mentioned in the small text under about this item.
The claim a suction of 2700 Pa with a run time of 90-150 minutes
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