If you are going to automate anything in your home, shouldn’t it be those mundane tasks we all have to do sometimes multiple times a week? I think so! Smart vacuums take care of most of the floor cleaning responsibilities for you and, honestly, improve the quality of life tremendously. 

When smart vacuums first debuted on the market, it was not a great experience. They were loud, cleaned in random intervals and could easily get lost in an open room. They have come a long way since then. Today, smart vacuums are actually worth the money. They are built with sensors, mapping systems, cliff sensors and companion apps to ensure they clean efficiently and thoroughly and allow you to check in on what’s been cleaned. 

I have a toddler and he is a mess, as well as a dog that sheds constantly. Our floors are continually a land mine of crumbs coated with a thin line of golden hair. It is a nightmare! Our smart vacuum really saves the day and allows us to spend time together as a family instead of constantly sweeping and vacuuming. 

Here are some of our favorite smart vacuums, some we own and some we have researched the heck out of!

What to look for in a smart vacuum

Smart vacuums can get fairly complex but here are a few things you should look for when purchasing a new device:

  • Voice control. Yes, you can control a smart vacuum with your favorite voice assistant. This really comes in handy when you have zones set up (see below).
  • Navigation sensors. There are two main types of navigation sensors, optical and infrared. Optical will use cameras to navigate its surroundings while an infrared sensor will shoot beams to understand the distance it is from walls and furniture. 
  • Cliff sensors (they won’t fall down the stairs). If you have stairs in your home, you will want to make sure the vacuum can navigate safely. 
  • Zone Cleaning. Zones are an extremely helpful way to separate rooms within your house. It makes it easier to send your vacuum to specific rooms when they need attention.
  • Cleaning history. One of the biggest features you will want to look for is cleaning history. Having the ability to see what has been cleaned is pretty convenient. I guess you could just look at the floor, but this is way cooler!
  • Battery Capacity. Most vacuums will have a decent battery capacity but it is something you are going to want to check for if you have a bigger home. Most smart vacuums will return to the charging port when they are running low, but it is much more convenient when it can do an entire sweep in one shot. 

Our Favorite Smart Vacuums

Roborock S5 Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner. The Roborock has the sensors on top to guide it through your house. While it is navigating through your rooms it also maps it out. You can save those maps and use them to map out zones in the app or select no go zones. You can also drive it from the app! This vacuum does double duty and comes with mopping attachments.

Pros

  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Home
  • 2 1/2 hours of battery life
  • Brush roll that does not get hair stuck in it

Cons

  • You have to manually select zones in the app instead of setting them for you
  • Does require you to empty the dust bin

Roomba I7 . The I7 also includes the mapping feature and will map out your entire home while cleaning and learn how to clean more efficiently. You can name each space after it has mapped them and schedule cleaning in individual rooms. If you are looking for a self-emptying robot vacuum, check out the Roomba I7+.

Pros

  • Compatible with Alexa and Google
  • Smart Mapping and scheduling 
  • Easy to use app
  • If you get the I7+, it will empty itself

Cons

  • Price. The I7+ is pretty expensive
  • Can get stuck occasionally

Robovac 30C. This is the most affordable vacuum on the list. If you just want a vacuum that cleans when you tell it to and don’t care too much about the path it takes to do it, the Robovac 30C is for you! It has great suction power, even if it is slightly less than its competition. Check out the reviews on Amazon if you want proof.

Pros

  • Compatible with Alexa and Google
  • You can control it from the app
  • It comes with 13 ft of boundary strip to keep it out of no go areas
  • Drop-sensing technology to keep it safe around stairs
  • Price. This is a great deal for what it is

Cons

  • No mapping in the app
  • No setting up digital zones (requires the physical boundary strip)