Top Robot Vacuum Cleaners

Ainsley McKay By Ainsley McKay - updated October 6th, 2023
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Robot vacuums have become a valued addition in households all around the world. These smart and innovative devices are more affordable and capable than ever, enabling people to keep their floors clean without even getting off the couch. Vacuuming (and even mopping) your floors can now be as simple as a voice command, a tap of a phone screen, or if you’ve set a timed cleaning schedule - doing absolutely nothing. In this article, we’re taking a look at some of the Top Robot Vacuum cleaners currently available in New Zealand. We’ve narrowed in on three top Robot Vacuum cleaner brands: Xiaomi, Roborock, and iRobot - and look at the two top options from each, including the best value and the top of the line option. We've also included a couple of other brands and vacuums worth mentioning.

Before we jump in, you probably want to know - what is the best robot vacuum brand? The first thing to consider is budget. If you've got a smaller budget, Xiaomi is the best choice as they have great value options that won't break the bank, while still being super effective. The second consideration is whether your house is predominantly hard floored or carpeted. Roborock has fantastic mopping technology that does an impeccable job of cleaning up dirt, stains and mess on hard floors, so they may be the better option if you need great mopping capabilities. iRobot or Roomba on the other hand, has more of a focus on the vacuuming features, making it a great choice for those whose home is mostly carpeted. Ultimately, it's best to weigh up the individual features of each robot vacuum to decide which is best for you.

Top Xiaomi Robot Vacuums

Best Value - Xiaomi Mi Smart Mop 2 Ultra 

Xiaomi is known for creating great value products without sacrificing on performance. Taking out the spot for Xiaomi is the Mi Smart Mop 2 Ultra. Equipped with 4,000Pa of suction power and a high-performance brushless motor, it delivers powerful performance cleaning dust, pet hair and crumbs from cracks, crevices and under beds; while the mop function supports three levels of water flow control to thoroughly clean floors throughout the home.

Utilising advanced 360-degree LDS object recognition and AI dynamic path algorithms, the Mop 2 Ultra intelligently navigates your home and plans efficient cleaning routes. It automatically adapts to various surfaces, such as carpets and hard floors, providing customised cleaning. Equipped with a 5200mAh battery, 240m² of area in standard mode with one charge. When it’s finished, it will automatically empty itself (if you purchase the Self Clean dock separately) and/or go back home to re-charge. With the user-friendly Mi Home App or via Alexa or Google Assistant, you can monitor and control cleaning tasks remotely, including scheduling, and no-go zones.

Best Overall - Xiaomi Mi X10+ Smart Robot Vacuum

Taking out the spot as the best from Xiaomi is the Mi X10+ Smart Robot Vacuum. This high-performance, feature-packed vacuum offers fantastic power and advanced technology, taking cleaning to the next level. With he ultimate combination of advanced technology and cleaning efficiency, it breaks the traditional limitations of cleaning, delivering an improved, automated solution for your home. Featuring 4,000Pa of powerful suction power and dual-pads that rotate 180 rpm when mopping, it'll pick up dust and debris and powerfully erase any stains or traces of dirt with ease! It has 4 suction settings for dust, hair, and crevices; and 3 water volume settings making it well equipped to take on a variety of cleaning scenarios. And to make things even better, the robot vacuum will self-clean, including the mop pads!

The X10+ also comes equipped with an all-new S-Cross AI™ Advanced 3D obstacle recognition and avoidance sensor system with millimetre-level sensor precision that supports object and environment identification, controlled cleaning motion and stable obstacle avoidance. The Advanced AI camera uses an AI graphics algorithm to identify various obstacles on the floor and in rooms around the home. This allows for flexible planning of avoidance paths and cleaning sequences, for smart home cleaning without manual intervention. You can control cleaning tasks via the Mi Home App or use voice commands with Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free operation. It has a battery life that lasts approximately 2 hours, covering larger areas without interruption. 

Top Roborock Robot Vacuums

Best Value - Roborock S7 Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner

If their name doesn’t give it away, Roborock is all about robot vacuums so you can count on them to deliver some awesome solutions. Their best value option is the S7 Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner which uses sonic mopping technology to level up your cleaning. It scrubs floors up to 3,000 times per minute, eliminating dried on-dirt that some robots may leave behind, from coffee to muddy footprints and more. Fed by a 300 ml electronic water tank, it cleans floors deeply and effectively. And for your carpeted areas? It’ll vacuum with 2,500Pa suction power and utilising an all-new all-rubber brush. The old, bristled design is replaced with a finned all-rubber one which is more durable; plus, spiraling blades agitate better and it is even better at avoiding hair tangles

Equipped with LiDAR navigation and Adaptive Route Algorithms, the S7 intelligently maps your home and creates efficient cleaning paths, maximizing coverage. It also boasts advanced features like multi-level mapping, selective room cleaning, and no-go zones. The long-lasting 5200mAh battery provides up to 180 minutes of runtime, perfect for larger homes. With the user-friendly Roborock app, you can monitor and control cleaning tasks remotely, including scheduling and voice control integration via Alexa or Google Assistant.

Best Overall - Roborock S8+

If you want the absolute most while doing the absolute least, then Roborock’s S8+ is the robot vacuum you’re looking for. You barely even have to worry about robot maintenance with this one! With Roborock’s all-in-one docking system - RockDock Ultra - and the most advanced cleaning technologies - DuoRoller Riser Brush and VibraRise 2.0 Mopping System - the S8+ will deliver a truly premium cleaning experience without you even lifting a finger.

The all-new dual rubber brushes enhance vacuuming and ensure fewer hair tangles, taking hands-free cleaning to the next level. From hardwood to tiles, and even carpets and rugs, hair and dirt will easily be swept away. With HyperForce, the S8+ has a mighty powerful 6,000Pa of suction power, meaning it will reach deeper and capture debris and dust from hardwood floors and carpets that other vacuums will miss. It features 3D obstacle avoidance and PreciSense LiDar Navigation to effectively navigate your home for an efficient clean. Create custom cleaning routines, map out zones, take control of your vacuum, and more, from the App or with a simple voice command.

Top iRobot Robot Vacuums

Best Value - iRobot Roomba Combo i8+ Vacuum & Mop

You’ll find the best value from iRobot in the Roomba Combo i8+ Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum. This is a high-performance robot vacuum that combines efficient vacuuming and mopping functionalities, streamlining your home cleaning process. Its powerful suction and advanced Imprint Smart Mapping technology intelligently adapts to your home's layout for comprehensive cleaning coverage. A standout feature is the automatic disposal, which minimizes maintenance, while the integrated mopping system effectively cleans hard floor surfaces. 

Cleaning crumbs is now as easy as "Roomba, clean under the kitchen table". This intuitive experience means that a request to your voice assistant or via the iRobot Home App enables the Roomba i8+ Robot Vacuum to clean up mess right when it happens. Additionally, the iRobot Home app offers convenient control over customisation, scheduling, and monitoring of cleaning tasks from your mobile device.

Best Overall - iRobot Roomba Combo J7+

The best you can get from iRobot is the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ - a premium robot vacuum that delivers outstanding cleaning performance and convenience, making it an excellent investment for maintaining a pristine home. Its superior 10x suction power combined with an edge-sweeping brush ensures thorough dirt and debris removal, even along edges and corners. Utilizing advanced PrecisionNavigation, the J7+ navigates and creates efficient cleaning paths while adapting to your home's layout. The Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal feature offers up to 60 days of hands-free maintenance, further simplifying the cleaning process. Additionally, its Anti-Allergen System with AllergenLock™ Bags captures 99% of pollen and mold allergens, providing a healthier living environment. 

The iRobot Home App enables customisation, scheduling, and zoning, while voice command integration with Alexa and Google Assistant adds hands-free control. While you’re paying a premium, the Roomba S9+ offers an exceptional, feature-rich, and smart cleaning solution that goes above and beyond to keep your home impeccably clean.

Top Other Robot Vacuums

Best Value - Eufy RoboVac 35C Robot Vacuum

There are a couple of other brands we thought were worth mentioning due to their standout vacuums for the respective titles. The first one, taking out the Best Value title, is Eufy’s RoboVac 35C Robot Vacuum Cleaner. This is a hot choice for anyone who wants the Robot Vacuum experience without breaking the bank. In fact, this one costs roughly half the price of the next most affordable value pick on this list, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t perform!

The RoboVac 35C has 1500Pa of suction power, packed into a slim 2.85” body. Three brushes and its strong suction power will effectively loosen, extract, and vacuum dirt from your floors without you lifting a finger. Additionally, it uses drop-sensing technology to avoid falling down stairs and off of ledges. While it doesn’t offer advanced features such as virtual mapping via an App like some premium options do, it uses specialised dual-Hall sensors to detect boundary strips that you can place around the areas you want to contain it.

Best Overall - EcoVacs Deebot X2 OMNI Robot Vacuum

Taking out the Best Overall title for our other brand category, is the EcoVacs Deebot X2 Omni. This robot vacuum features a unique square-shaped design for edge-to-edge cleaning and powerful performance! With up to 8000Pa of suction power, it is the most powerful robot vacuum on this list. It also offers fantastic mopping performance thanks to the powerful OZMO Turbo 2.0 Rotating mopping system and an intelligent mop lifting function.

It is equipped with Dual-Laser LiDAR, AIVI 3D 2.0 and TrueMapping 3.0 technology for AI-enabled navigation with accurate obstacle avoidance and path mapping. It can even identify pets in the home and recommend the best cleaning solution with this in mind. All of this can be controlled from the App for a tailored cleaning routine! All-in-all, the Deebot X2 Omni offers the ultimate deep cleaning experience without you needing to get off the couch. It will even Auto-Clean with hot-water mop wash, Auto-Empty, auto-dry and do self-maintenance.

Robot vacuums are a game changer and there is one for a range of budgets! Still not sure if robot vacuums are for you? Check out this article to help you weigh it up. And if it sounds like something you need, check out our full range of Robot Vacuums here!


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