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The best robot vacuum deals as of May 12: Eufy's most expensive model gets a $200 discount

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UPDATE: May. 12, 2022, 1:53 p.m. EDT Updated to include the best deals on robot vacuums from Eufy, Shark, Roborock, and more.

We've compiled the best deals on robot vacuums from brands like iRobot, Shark, and Ecovacs. Here are the ones to grab as of May 12:

  • BEST BUDGET DEAL: The Eufy 11s can fit under low-clearance furniture and provide daily upkeep of your hard floors — $149.99 $229.99 (save $80)

  • BEST SELF-EMPTYING DEAL: The Shark IQ AV1010AE is a competent carpet cleaner with an auto-empty dock that holds 45 days' worth of debris — $349.99 $599.99 (save $250)

  • BEST ROBOT VACUUM/MOP DEAL: The Roborock S5 Max can sweep and mop specific rooms, designated by you in the app — $379.99 $549.99 (save $170)

Only three things are certain in life: Death, taxes, and a few days each month when you need to vacuum but just don't have time. Whether you detest the chore or get a little bummed when you can't have that satisfying dance with your Dyson, a robot vacuum is a lifesaver. Shop models on sale below.

Robot vacuums under $200

Eufy 11s robot vacuum on white background
Credit: Eufy
Our pick: iRobot Roomba 694
$149.99 at Amazon (save $80)

Why we like it

Measuring just 2.85 inches tall, this Eufy is a classic choice for homes with low-profile furniture and limited carpeting. You won't get smart mapping at this price point, of course, so the 11s may bop around the same area a few times. However, its stellar battery life should ensure that it doesn't randomly die while exploring.

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Robot vacuums under $500

Eufy Robovac X8 beside smartphone with map on screen
Credit: Eufy
Our pick: Ecovacs Deebot N8+
$399.99 at Amazon (save $200)

Why we like it

Eufy's priciest release has returned to its lowest price at Amazon ever, which it has only hit once before. The X8's exterior rocks blue and pink pops of color while the interior is home to twin turbines that Eufy claims offer increased suction. Despite all the horsepower, the X8 can run for up to three hours on one charge.

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Robot vacuum and mop hybrids and dedicated robot mops

Roborock S5 Max
Credit: Roborock
Our pick: Roborock S5 Max
$379.99 at Amazon (save $170)

Why we like it:

Opting for a vacuum with LiDAR mapping is a smart move for floor plans more complicated than a one-bedroom apartment. The Roborock S5 Max solves bumbling navigation woes by remembering the layout of each floor of your home and steering clear of the virtual boundaries you set. It also brings mopping to the table, which the cheaper S4 Max does not.

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Are robot vacuums worth it?

The control of an upright vacuum comes with its own type of satisfaction. But if you're not one to classify cleaning as cathartic, a robot vacuum could erase that huge, agonizing task from of your chore list. (And did we mention the joy of having "first day clean" floors all the time?)

But whether robot vacuums are worth it or not comes with a caveat: It can't be just any robot vacuum. A cheap robovac that doesn't do the job right — scattering dust, bumping into walls, getting stuck on area rugs — might actually create more work for you.

What to consider when buying a robot vacuum

  • Suction power: A vacuum is the one purchase that you hope sucks a lot. Suction power is typically measured in Pascals (Pa), with most current vacs ranging between 1,500 Pa and 3,000 Pa. Stronger sucking will be needed to pick up heavier pieces of debris (be sure to set a no-go zone around Legos) and to pull matted-down pet hair from rugs.

  • Floor type: Carpeting and high pile rugs will probably require stronger suction than hard floors, as well as special features like an extra-wide or self-cleaning brush roll to prevent hair from wrapping and clogging. Folks in homes with multiple floor types might consider a bigger, sturdier robot vacuum that can hurl itself and its wheels over mats, rugs, and transitions from carpet to hard floors.

  • Automatic emptying: Because robot vacuums are typically under four inches tall, their onboard dust bins are also small — which means they frequently require emptying. (Dustbins fill up particularly quickly in homes with pets.) A self-emptying vacuum takes that job out of your hands, emptying itself into a larger dustbin in its charging dock. These larger bins can typically hold weeks of dirt without needing to be cleaned or dumped out.

  • Home layout: Every robot vacuum is equipped with sensors and drop detection. But if your home has lots of rooms, lots of turns, or lots of close-together furniture, you'll have fewer navigation issues with an advanced model that uses intelligent mapping to remember exactly how your home is laid out, including labeling of specific rooms, mental notes of staircases, and ability to deploy zone cleaning.

  • Low-profile furniture: No one should have to be scared about what's accumulated under their couch over the past year. A robot vacuum measuring three inches or less in height should be able to scoot under most low-hanging couches and beds.

  • Battery life and square footage: One of the main complaints people have about their robot vacuum is that it craps out in the middle of the floor. Larger spaces require more time to clean, and it all depends on how annoyed you'll be if it only finishes a few rooms at a time. Average run times for the list below range between 90 and 200 minutes, which translate to about 500 and 2,800 square feet covered on one charge.

  • App control: WiFi-enabled robot vacuums can be synced with a smartphone app to control scheduling, manual start, cleaning settings, as well as telling your vac to make its rounds when you're not home. Low-end models that don't connect to WiFi will usually come with a separate remote. If you're used to asking Alexa or Google to turn off the lights or tell you the weather, a model with voice integration will blend in nicely.

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