Stop Doing Your Own Housework and Get a Robot Vacuum Instead

Keeping up with all your household tasks can feel daunting. When you add the responsibilities of children getting older, work, and possibly pets into the mix, it's easy to throw your hands up in frustration and call it a day. After all, who wants to spend their entire evening cleaning house?

Modern life has already simplified many of our chores. The washing machine and dryer, for example, shave off countless hours of work for us, each and every month. With new technologies debuting daily, it's no surprise that now even our vacuuming can be made easier.

Robot vacuums have been on the scene for awhile now, but it's only been in the last few years that they've become so popular. Also known as automatic vacuums, these handy little devices work hard to keep your floors spotless, all while you sit back and relax. They come in a variety of makes and models, depending on your unique needs and budget. In this article, we discuss our top four robot vacuum picks for 2021.

1 - Roborock S7

If budget isn't a huge concern for you, the Roborock S7, priced around $650, is a truly amazing piece of equipment. Not only does it vacuum your home for you, but it mops it as well. It comes with sonic mopping ability as well as a very powerful amount of suction and speed. State of the art mapping and navigation capabilities ensure that this little guy gets into every little crack and corner of your home, cleaning messes you didn't even know were there. The machine is smart enough to move effortlessly from carpets and rugs to hardwood and other flooring. This means no wet carpets since the vacuum knows not to mop these. With a battery life of around three hours, almost any home can be cleaned on one charge.

2 - iRobot Roomba S9 Plus

Another choice on our list that costs a hefty amount, usually around $1000, this little robot is well worth the extra cost. This vacuum flows seamlessly from hardwood to carpets, doing a great job on medium shag carpets in particular. It's a good option if you have pets, since it's a pro at cleaning dander and excess fur. If you're an allergy or asthma sufferer, it's great as well. Like the Roborock, this model can map out multiple rooms with special technology, so it can quickly clean your entire home. Keep-out zones can be designated if need be as well, making it more customizable to your needs. The vacuum automatically returns to the docking station after cleaning is done, where it automatically charges itself and empties the dust bin without your assistance.

3 - Eufy RoboVac 25C

Small budget? You can get this neat little automatic vacuum for less than $150, making it a great starter piece for those who aren't sure about robot cleaning devices. Though it will take longer to clean your home than more expensive models due to a poorer navigational system that causes it to bump into things pretty often, the huge difference in price makes it worth the hassle and extra time.

Though you won't get extreme cleaning with a model at this price point, the Eufy does a surprisingly good job at picking up dirt, debris, and pet hair off of hard surface floors. If your home is fully carpeted however, it may be wise to shell out the cash for a more advanced unit.

4 - Shark IQ Robot XL

If you're looking for a robot vacuum that's decently priced with a lot of great features, the Shark IQ Robot XL is one you'll want to look into. Priced around $500, depending on deals and where you choose to shop, this Shark robot self cleans itself in multiple ways. The bagless dirt catch area cleans itself, as well as the brushroll, which prevents hair building up and tangling in the machine. This robot can take voice commands via Alexa and Google Assistant. It has smart mapping technology that enables it to clean your home faster and more thoroughly. One of the coolest features? It resumes cleaning right where it left off after it's gone through a charge. No more half finished rooms!

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