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7 Best Budget Robot Vacuums in 2022 – Reviews & Top Picks

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Robot vacuums are fantastic tools that can take some of the work out of keeping the house clean. However, as they become more popular, more brands become available, and it can be challenging for someone purchasing their first one to find one that works for them. If this sounds like your situation, keep reading as we look at reviews of several popular budget brands and discuss the pros and cons of each to help you see the difference between them. There’s also a short buyer’s guide that goes over what you should look for in a budget robot vacuum so you can make an informed purchase.

house dividerA Quick Comparison of Our Favorites of 2022

Rating Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
NOISZ by ILIFE S5 Pro Robot Vacuum and Mop NOISZ by ILIFE S5 Pro Robot Vacuum and Mop
  • Mops and vacuums
  • Tangle-free suction passages
  • Low noise
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Pure Clean PUCRC25PLUS.5 Pure Clean PUCRC25PLUS.5
  • Self-navigation
  • Obstacle detection
  • Low profile
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum
  • Works with Alexa
  • Three-stage cleaning system
  • Works with app
  • eufy by Anker eufy by Anker
  • Wi-Fi compatible
  • Three brushes
  • Long-lasting charge
  • OKP Life K2 Robot Vacuum Cleaner OKP Life K2 Robot Vacuum Cleaner
  • Voice, app, and remote control
  • Four clean modes
  • Long-running time
  • The 7 Best Budget Robot Vacuums

    1. NOISZ by ILIFE S5 Pro Robot Vacuum and Mop — Best Overall

    NOISZ by ILIFE S5 Pro Robot Vacuum and Mop

    Color: White
    Surface Recommendation: Hard floor and carpet

    The NOISZ by ILIFE S5 Pro Robot Vacuum and Mop is our pick as the best overall budget robot vacuum. It has tangle-free suction passages, which helps prevent it from getting clogged when vacuuming pet hair. It works especially well on a hard floor and can even mop when it finishes. It has stair detection, which helps it change direction instead of falling. You can also use it with an Electrowall, which is a device that emits an infrared light that the vacuum can detect to prevent it from going into areas where you don’t want it. At only 68db, it’s fairly quiet, especially when you compare it to other budget robot vacuums.

    The ILIFE S5 is an inexpensive and easy-to-use robot vacuum that works well. The only downside is that it only has one setting, and many people might prefer an option that offers more cleaning modes.

    Pros
    • Mops and vacuums
    • Tangle-free suction passages
    • Low noise
    • Stair detection
    Cons
    • Only a single setting

    2. Pure Clean PUCRC25PLUS.5 — Best Value

    Pure Clean PUCRC25PLUS.5

    Color: White
    Surface Recommendation: Hardwood, tile, carpet

    The Pure Clean PUCRC25PLUS.5 is our pick as the best budget robot cleaner for the money. It’s one of the lowest-cost models that you can find, and it has dual rotating brushes to help pick up any debris that it encounters. It self-navigates, so there is no programming necessary, and it automatically detects obstacles and avoids them to prevent getting stuck. It can even detect stairs and change direction before falling.

    The downside to the Pure Clean brand is that it’s quite noisy when it’s running compared to many other brands. Another problem is that there is no remote, so you need to track it down and press a button to turn it on or off.

    Pros
    • Self-navigation
    • Obstacle detection
    • Low profile
    • Two brushes
    Cons
    • No remote
    • Noisy

    3. iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum — Premium Choice

    iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum

    Color: Charcoal Grey
    Surface Recommendation: Hardwood, carpet

    The iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum is our premium choice budget robot vacuum. It’s a powerful machine with a three-stage cleaning system that can lift dirt and debris from hardwood floors and carpets. It uses two rotating brushes to collect the dirt and works well in corners and other tight spaces. One of the best features is its automatic recharge. When it detects that the battery is getting low, it returns to the dock and begins recharging. It works with Alexa, and you use an app to control it, even when you aren’t home.

    The downside of the 694 Robot Vacuum is that it’s a bit expensive, and it doesn’t always find its way back to the dock. One of the other problems is that you can only control it with the app. So, if you are the only one in the household with the app, you are the only one who can run the vacuum.

    Pros
    • Works with Alexa
    • Three-stage cleaning system
    • Works with app
    • Dual brushes
    • Automatic recharge
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Doesn’t always find the dock
    • Only works with app

    4. eufy by Anker

    eufy by Anker

    Color: White
    Surface Recommendation: Hardwood, carpet

    The eufy by Anker robot vacuum is a fantastic device that you can control with Alexa or an app. It uses three brushes to help lift dirt and hair off hard floors or carpets. The battery holds a charge for a long time, so it can do quite a bit of cleaning before shutting down, and it even comes with a large .6-liter dustbin to hold the additional debris. It’s also quieter than many other machines at about 55 dB.

    The downside of the eufy is that it has trouble going from a hard floor onto a carpet, preventing it from getting the entire home clean unless you watch it. Another problem is that it doesn’t always connect to Wi-Fi, making it a hassle to control.

    Pros
    • Wi-Fi compatible
    • Three brushes
    • Long-lasting charge
    • Large dustbin
    • Quiet
    Cons
    • Difficulty going from hard floor to carpet
    • Doesn’t always connect to Wi-Fi

    5. OKP Life K2 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    OKP Life K2 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    Color: Blue
    Surface Recommendation: Hardwood, carpet

    The OKP Life K2 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a fantastic unit that enable you to control it via remote control, smartphone app, and voice commands, so it’s always easy to use, whether you are home or not. It has four cleaning modes that enable you to change the way that the machine operates. Automatic mode works as expected, spot mode helps you perform a quick clean-up, and wall follow clean helps you tidy up the edges. It runs a long time on a single charge, and the low profile helps it get under furniture. When it detects that the power is getting low, it automatically returns to the dock to begin recharging.

    However, the OKP Life doesn’t have as much power as many other brands and leaves debris behind.

    Pros
    • Voice, app, and remote control
    • Four clean modes
    • Long-running time
    • Automatic recharge
    • Low profile
    Cons
    • Not much suction power

    6. Lefant M210 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    Lefant M210 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    Color: White
    Surface Recommendation: Hardwood, low carpet

    The Lefant M210 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a great robot vacuum with a low profile that easily fits under furniture. It has laser sensors that prevent it from bumping into objects or falling down steps. It has four cleaning modes, including auto, spot clean, and wall follow, and it lasts a long time on a single charge. When it detects low power, it automatically returns to the charging port. Two cleaning brushes and a tangle-free suction port help it pick up plenty of dirt without requiring much maintenance.

    The downside about the Lefant M210 is that it’s a bit underpowered compared to many others on this list and has trouble getting pet fur off the carpet. It also frequently has trouble finding its way back to the charging dock and can run out of power before it gets there.

    Pros
    • Low profile
    • Four clean modes
    • Long battery life
    • Tangle-free suction port
    Cons
    • Doesn’t always find its way to the charging dock
    • Doesn’t pick up pet fur

    7. OKP Life K4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    OKP Life K4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    Color: Grey
    Surface Recommendation: Hardwood, carpet

    The OKP Life K4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner has a small body design that fits well into corners or under furniture. It has two brushes that do the cleaning and a tangle-free vent that won’t get clogged when picking up pet hair. You control it using a smartphone app or connect it to the Wi-Fi for Alexa or Google support.

    The downside to the K4 Robot is that it seems to take a random path around your home that will leave many areas unclean, although it has a long runtime. Many users also complain that it doesn’t always connect to the Wi-Fi, making it more difficult to operate and requiring everyone in the home to download the app to use it.

    Pros
    • Small body design
    • Two brushes
    • Tangle-free vent
    Cons
    • Doesn’t always connect to Wi-Fi
    • Leaves many spots unclean

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    Buyer’s Guide: Selecting The Best Budget Robot Vacuum

    Surface Recommendation

    When looking at robot vacuums, you should choose one that can work on the type of flooring that you have. For example, many units work only on hard floors, while others do better on the carpet. This list includes brands that work well on both, but if you continue to shop around, you will need to check the packaging to ensure that you get the right kind.

    Controls

    Another thing to consider when choosing a robot vacuum is how you can control it. A few machines have push-button operation, while many others use a smartphone application that you can use even when you aren’t home. However, if you use an app, everyone who wants to use the vacuum will need to download it, which can be a hassle. Many brands can also operate the device with Alexa or Google Assistant. Choose something that you are comfortable using.

    Automatic Recharge

    One feature we highly recommend is auto recharge, and it’s available on many budget robot vacuum cleaners. This feature causes the machine to return to its charging port when it is low on power and begin recharging. In many cases, it will return to work when it reaches full charge without any additional input from you.

    Laser Guidance

    When selecting a robot vacuum, we recommend choosing one with laser guidance. You can usually tell if a unit uses lasers because it will detect objects and prevent itself from falling down steps. Lasers enable the device to create a route that cleans the entire room effectively and efficiently. Units that don’t use lasers use bumpers that cause the machine to change direction when it bumps into something. These machines take a random course through your home and may never clean certain spots, especially if it’s a large area.

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    Conclusion

    When choosing your budget robot vacuum cleaner, we highly recommend the NOISZ by ILIFE S5 Pro Robot Vacuum and Mop, which is our pick as the best overall. It vacuums and mops efficiently while making little noise. If you are looking for something exceptionally low cost, we recommend the Pure Clean PUCRC25PLUS.5. It’s a little noisier than our top choice, but it’s easy to use and cleans well at a fraction of the cost of many other brands. Both units have a low profile that enables them to fit into tight spots, as well as laser guidance for more effective cleaning.


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