UPDATE: Nov. 21, 2023, 5:00 a.m. EST Both iRobot and Shark released a slew of new robot vacuums in September 2023 and we’re in the process of testing them hands-on. We’ll continue to shift our top picks in this story accordingly.
The crisp control of a powerful cordless Dyson comes with its own type of buzz. But if you’re not one to classify cleaning as cathartic, a good robot vacuum could erase that relentless, tedious task off of your to-do list.
And though Roombas are good robot vacuums, Roombas aren’t the only good robot vacuums to consider buying. Given iRobot’s domination of the robot vacuum market since 2002, the fact that much of the general public doesn’t realize that “Roomba” isn’t the overarching generic term for all robot vacuums isn’t surprising. But brands like Roborock and Shark have entered the chat, and we’re here to put some respect on their names.
We’re regularly testing robot vacuums and keeping a list of ones that impressed us the most based on criteria like navigation, mopping capabilities (if applicable), effectiveness on pet hair and other debris, and more. Here are the best robot vacuums for any home and budget in 2023, and the ones to look out for on Black Friday: