Robot vacuums that will change how you do chores

Your home will always be ready for unexpected guests (even if you aren’t).

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You can have nice things.DepositPhotos

Cleaning your home is one of those tasks that is best done on a regular but incremental basis. If you don’t, it can take hours of heavy labor to eliminate the layers of grime that accumulate. But who wants to drag out a heavy, loud vacuum every few days any time a tiny human throws a piece of cereal or your kitty rolls around in catnip? Robot vacuums aren’t going to dust the top of your furniture (yet), but they’re great for maintaining spotless floors with minimum effort. Here are some of our favorites.

iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550)

iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550)

Independent workhorse.Amazon

The extra money you’ll spend on this high-end model is well worth it if you want a robot that requires little maintenance. The new Roomba brings its powerful suction (10 times that of the Roomba 600 and 700 series models) to your home, navigates and maps your rooms for efficient cleaning, and responds to scheduling and “Keep Out” zones from your smart device to work around kids’ building blocks or sleeping golden retrievers. Talk to your Roomba with Alexa and Google Home and confidently watch it tackle carpet and pet hair by flexing and adapting its rubber brushes to different surfaces. When it’s done, it will return to its home station and empty itself into a bag designed to hold up to two months worth of dust and dirt and protect you from allergens.

iRobot Roomba 960

iRobot Roomba 960

One less chore to do.Amazon

If you don’t mind dumping out your Roomba every now and then, you can save some cash by choosing this model over the i7. You’ll still get strong suction power (5 times the Roomba 600 and 700 series models) and brushes designed to resist getting tangled with pet hair on rugs and hard flooring. Use your iRobot app or home assistant to teach your Roomba to navigate your home and tuck its small frame (3.6 inches tall) under your bed to vanquish dust bunnies. Special sensors can tell when a spot is extra messy and make sure your device gives it extra attention. In optimum conditions, it will work for up to 75 minutes, but will automatically recharge itself and resume right where it left off.

Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S MAX

eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S MAX

Svelte and quiet.Amazon

Moving on from Roombas, this eufy model is a great alternative for an affordable price. You’ll get the strongest suction power the company has to offer (2,000 units of pressure) in a sleek and slim profile (just 2.85 inches tall), perfect for people who hate clutter but want to be sure to keep all that empty space under beds and couches free of dust. It’s best for low-to medium-pile rugs and hard surfaces, though it’s infrared sensors won’t work on surfaces that are very dark in color, so shag-carpet and faux-sheepskin-rug fans will want to look elsewhere. It can run for over an hour and a half on one charge, and when it is running low on batteries, it will return to its station to re-up. Enjoy its quiet hum (comparable to a microwave in use), and choose from four modes depending on whether you’re looking to spot clean or thoroughly tidy. You can’t control it with your home assistant or smartphone, but it does include a remote to send your robot whirring about.

eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C MAX

eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C MAX

When WiFi capability is a must-have.Amazon

There’s one big difference between the eufy 30C MAX and the 11S MAX: the 30C MAX has Wi-Fi capability and works with home assistants and the EufyHome app. You’ll enjoy the same thin design and powerful suction with minimum noise, but you’ll also be able to schedule when your robot takes care of the crumbs under your kitchen table and ask Alexa to dispatch it whenever you need an unscheduled spot clean. This model also comes with 13.2 feet of boundary strips to ensure it stays away from cords—or high stakes board games.

Roborock E20 Vacuum and Mop

Roborock E20 Vacuum and Mop

The all-in-one option.Amazon

If your apartment looks like the model unit in a glossy brochure, where you never set a drink down without a coaster, this robot cleaner is one way to maintain your neat and orderly ways. Command your robot to vacuum and mop with the Mi Home app, Alexa, or another smart device as long as your Wi-Fi is connected to a 2.4GHz channel (not 5G). The mopping feature won’t puddle water and fights sticky floors and fine dust particles to add an extra layer of cleanliness to your routine. With 1800 units of suction power, it’s best for hard floors and thinner carpets. It automatically recharges at its station and can be programmed to work quietly while you’re sleeping, so you don’t even have to know that your friend accidentally dropped a Raisinet under your couch.