Best robot vacuum cleaners 2020: Roomba, Neato, Roborock and more

Best robo cleaners for carpet, hardwood, mopping on a budget and more

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Let's face it, ever since you saw one cleaning up Jesse's house in Breaking Bad, you've wanted to buy a top robot vacuum cleaner to sort out your home.

But you haven't stumped up the cash yet because of that nagging voice in your head, the one that doubts that a robot cleaner would actually work or be able to navigate around your home without damaging your furniture.

Well, that nagging voice would be right – a few years ago, that is. The early robot vacuums were, indeed, a bit naff. Actually, they were more than a bit naff; they were clumsy, noisy, ineffective wastes of time, and the concept is still finding it hard to shake off all of that negative stigma.

However, we're here to tell you that robot vacuum cleaners are now awesome machines. We promise. There are some top options out there.

Prices are becoming ever more affordable and the best robot vacuum cleaners are capable of keeping your house clean with minimal effort, often just with a voice command from your digital assistant.

In this guide, we'll go through our picks of the best robo cleaners for all types of houses. Best for hardwood, best for carpet, top budget option, top option for pet hair and the ones that work best with Google Assistant and Alexa - the whole shebang.

However, it's worth reading a bit about what you're getting yourself in for, when it comes to installing a robot vacuum cleaner in your house first...


best robot vacuum cleaners 2020

Robot vacuum cleaners: Considerations before buying

Robot vacuum cleaners now come in an array of shapes and sizes across a multitude of different brands – some well known vacuum cleaner specialists, and some tech companies jumping on the bandwagon.

In our selection of the best robot vacuum cleaners, detailed below, you'll find circular vacuum cleaners, ones with squared off edges, tall ones, skinny ones, ones with cameras and ones laden with sensors – different manufacturers have different approaches to getting tricky-to-clean areas like corners and under furniture spick-and-span.

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Don't get too bogged down with the technicalities, though, as we'll explain exactly what methods and approaches each robot we tested use, and how effective these prove to be.

You'll also notice that different robot vacuum cleaners have different strategies when it comes to room navigation – some use those cameras and sensors we mentioned, some use lasers, some come with accessories you place around your home to tell it where to go.

Some even let you map out a cleaning area within a connected smart home app (it's 2020; of course robot vacuum cleaners pack in Wi-Fi). Those apps also have a plethora of different features, from tracking to schedules, and integrations with other smart home products, too.

We've whittled down our selection to a handful of robot vacuum cleaners and you can rest assured that they all do their basic job – of cleaning up general dust and dirt – with no issues.

However, don't go thinking you can simply chuck a robot vacuum cleaner into a dirty house and then have it spotless once it's done a cycle. It doesn't work like that. Robot vacuum cleaners are excellent for maintaining a clean house, but they need a good starting-off point.

Finally, and this is probably an obvious one: robot vacuum cleaners can't climb stairs (at least, not yet). They are capable of detecting stairs – and thus not falling down them – and they are getting better at climbing up different levels (think rugs, room dividers and the like), but if you have a two-story abode, you'll either need to carry your robot to the floor you want cleaned… or buy more than one.

Anyway – enough of that, let's get on with the main event. Here are The Ambient's picks of the best robot vacuum cleaners that you can buy right now.


roborock s6 pure

Best robot vacuum cleaner overall: Roborock S6 Pure

Buy now: Amazon |$549

The S6 Pure is, as the name suggests, a variant of last year's Roborock S6 ($1) with a few tweaks to get the price down to around the $550 mark.

There is no robo-vac brand that comes close to Roborock in terms of navigating a room.

It's hard to get an official number but, apparently, there are either 12 or 13 sensors packed into the S6 Pure. That's one less than the S6 but a couple more than you'll find on the S4 and S5.

As with all recent Roborock models, it's those sensors that allow for all the clever stuff in terms of mapping rooms and routes; an area where Roborock really excels. The little circle on top of the device is the unit where the heavy-lifting of mapping and tracking is done. It features an ultrasonic radar sensor, a cliff sensor, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a speedometer, and an electronic compass.

It's all powered by by a quad-core 32-bit processor, with a simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) movement algorithm combining with the laser distance sensor (LSD).

Roborock machines are always processing the optimal cleaning route minutes ahead, with a memory on board to remember room layouts, navigation routes, and areas it cannot reach.

The S6 Pure also features the company's Adaptive Route Algorithm, which calculates the most efficient cleaning route based on a room's shape and in-room obstacles, so you'll actually find that it runs into bother less often over time, as it learns where to avoid.

The S6 Pure provides a map showing what it has deciphered as different rooms as different colors. My downstairs has an open plan kitchen and dining room, so it had these grouped together, but it's easy enough to manually edit them.

Once your map is how you want it, you can individually select rooms for cleaning. You can also enable a multi-floor map, with up to 4 different floors on offer. Of course, you'll have to carry your S6 Pure up the stairs though, to clean different levels of the house - and it obviously won't be able to self dock.

The mopping feature on the S6 Pure is very much a "nice to have." Do you really want the hassle of filling up the tank, changing the pads and so on? For me, it's against the ethos of a robot vacuum, which is designed to clean your house with zero effort.

After a mop, you need to empty and dry the tank, pop off the cloth pad and stick it in the washing machine. You can also now get throw-away pads if you don't care about Mother Earth.

If you are interested in the mopping feature then the good news is the water tank is almost 30% bigger than on the S6; up from 140ml to 180ml.

Have a read of our full Roborock S6 Pure review to find out why it's our top pick.


roborock s6 maxi

Also consider: Roborock S6 MaxV

Buy now: Amazon |$749

Thanks to the camera on the front of the Roborock S6 MaxV, this AI-powered model is built to automatically detect obstacles and skirt around them.

Adding cameras and the extra processing power to understand what the robot ‘sees’ all add to the price, comfortably making the S6 MaxV the most expensive vacuum cleaner from the Xiaomi-backed brand at $749.99.

As mentioned, Roborock excels at mapping and navigation and the Roborock S6 MaxV is designed to be the smartest cleaner yet.

With two cameras and LIDAR, this cleaner is the most accurate at mapping that we’ve tested.

It’s the cameras that really set this model apart. Thanks to a Qualcomm APQ8053 processor and a neural network trained by thousands of real-world images, the S6 MaxV is built to spot and avoid common household hazards that other robots can get stuck on. And, when spotted, the robot updates the map in the app to show a little thumbnail image of what it found.

It’s exceptionally clever, and I found that my cleaner avoided the (fake) pet mess and shoes that I left out, as well as a power cable on the floor.

The main problem with the S6 MaxV is that Roborock’s other cleaners are so good. Drop down to the S6 Pure and you lose the cameras but get all of the same smart mapping features and similar cleaning performance for $150 less.

Read our review of the Roborock S6 MaxV for more information on the brand's flagship model.


best dyson robot cleaner

Overall runner-up: Dyson 360 Heurist

Buy now: dyson.com|$1,000

You'll notice that, like its predecessor the 360 Eye, the Heurist looks quite bit different to many of its rivals in this ever-expanding robot vac world.

It's a taller, yet narrower offering than the usual fat-pancake design – measuring in at 120mm x 240mm x 230mm.

The reason for the taller-yet-smaller design, is that Dyson is more concerned with navigating obstacles like chair legs than it is with getting under furniture.

On that, it's succeeded. The Heurist can access small crevices between furniture that rival cleaners can't squeeze into and it also sails through chair legs like they're not there.

The Heurist has 8GB of memory on board (20x times the memory of the 360 Eye), so it is more than capable of retaining maps of your home's layout.

However, unlike the basic mapping of the 360 Eye, the Heurist really ups the game with personalized zones and room settings.

The latest Roborock vacuum cleaners all have great zone and room mapping options, allowing you to divide rooms up, set virtual no-go areas and the like - but the Heurist trumps these with a very in-depth array of specific settings you can apply to rooms and zones.

You can set areas where you want a more powerful clean (rugs need a harder suck than floorboards, for example), you can set areas to avoid (pet bowls, cables etc.), choose zones where you don't want the brush bar to spin (think a long haired rug or a surface that might be prone to scratching) and you can also choose particular places where you don't want the Heurist to attempt to climb.

It takes some initial work on the user's part to get the room and zone settings exactly as required but the result is a bespoke cleaning experience that's pretty much unrivalled when it comes to specific personal preferences.

The price it's in the upper echelons of the robo cleaner price range but you do know that you're paying for tried and tested technology with the Dyson brand, and the cleaning performance is superb.

Take a look at our Dyson 360 Heurist review for more in-depth analysis.


best robot cleaner hardwood - eufy 35c

Best budget vacuum cleaner: Eufy RoboVac 35C

Buy now: Amazon | $299

Eufy's RoboVac 35C is the most affordable option on this list, and a lot of that has to do with it not having the same smarts as some of the higher-end options here. That's because Eufy is purely concentrating on good suction performance, and, for the most part, it does that.

As well as the standard mode there's a BoostIQ mode that'll change up suction power based on the surface. You'll get just under two hours with that standard mode, but that drops to 40 minutes with BoostIQ. There's also a Max mode that'll ramp up suction for deeper cleans, but battery life takes another huge hit.

Cleaning performance is pretty good, though one big disadvantage is the cleaning up you'll be asked to do. It's got a large bin, one of the largest of all the vacs on this list, but it also opts for brushes and bristles rather than plastic or rubber cleaners. This means that hair and dust get entangled in the brush, which requires extensive cleaning.

One of the biggest advantages of the 35C's design is its slimness. It's 2.85 inches tall, which is just under an inch shorter than the rest of the options on this list. This means it's able to clean areas other robo vacs can't get to. Though, be warned, it can get stuck if you're not careful.

The companion app is one of the best we've used. It's easy to navigate and fast. You can even control the 35C yourself like a little robot drone. This is good to get it to spots you want to vacuum, or trying to get it out of a tough spot. There's also a remote you can use to control the functions, making it easy to share control with other members of your household.

In addition to the touch controls on the robot, the companion app and the remote, there's also Alexa and Google Assistant support. All of this makes the 35C one of the most versatile robots in terms of control.

The suction is just short of the 1,700Pa suction power on the much more pricey Roomba i7+, but the BoostIQ tech can change it up based on whether it's on carpet or wood floors.

Read our full Eufy RoboVac 35C review.


Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge

Also consider: Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge

Buy now: Amazon | $370

The G30 Edge is actually a better - and much newer machine - than the 35C but it's also got a heftier price-tag so isn't quite as budget friendly.

If you can stretch for the extra cash you're getting a superb RoboVac model, which may come with a mid-range price-tag, but boasts a high-end spec sheet and feature list.

The G30 Edge is a step up in suction from the 35C; 2,000Pa compared to just 1,500Pa on its older sibling.

There are three normal power modes on offer, which can all be set in the easy-to-use EufyHome app; standard, turbo and max.

However, it's the 'fourth' bonus option that you'll probably find most useful - BoostIQ. With this feature switched on you're leaving the decision up to the machine itself, based on what surface it detects it's on. It takes more power to clean a carpet than a wooden floor, for example.

The G30 offers a fantastic performance, even if it's the first RoboVac we've come across that uses one side brush (for getting into tight corners) rather than a pair.

It navigates the optimal direction around your floor plan using 9 sensors - a few less than you get with a Roborock - and that might be why I found it to be a touch more clumsy than any Roborock models we've tested in the past. It's also quite a slow cleaner, taking around 20-30% longer to clean an area than rival vacuum cleaners.

And that puts it under a bit of pressure for larger areas as the 100-minute battery life is only really on offer if you choose standard suction.

If you go for max, or indeed BoostIQ, you can expect to lose 20-25 minutes of battery life.

The G30 Edge is a very compelling offering; especially given the ease of use with the super straightforward app and features like BoostIQ.

Head over to our Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge review for more details.


roborock s4 max

Budget runner-up: Roborock S4 Max

Buy now: Amazon |$429

Taking things back to basics somewhat by omitting the mopping functionality that's found on the likes of the flagship S6 MaxV, the S6 Pure and the S5 Max, the S4 Max picks up where 2019's Roborock S4 left off, offering the high-end vacuuming we've come to expect from the Chinese brand but with a more affordable price-tag.

Like its more expensive stablemates the S4 Max comes with a wealth of sensors for navigation (as well as a dedicated CPU).

And it's this array of hardware components that make all the impressive mapping of rooms and routes possible.

Maps, zones and rooms is an area where Roborock really excels - we've said it in all previous reviews and we'll say it again now - there is no robot vacuum cleaner brand that gets near Roborock in terms of navigating a room.

That little circular turret on top of the S4 Max is the unit where the magic happens, in terms of mapping and tracking is done. It features an ultrasonic radar sensor, a cliff sensor, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a speedometer, and an electronic compass.

It's all powered by by a quad-core 32-bit processor, with a simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) movement algorithm combining with the laser distance sensor (LSD). You might also see it referred to as LiDAR. The S4 Max's laser spins at 300RPM for an incredibly detailed mapping performance.

Roborock's latest model is a fantastic option for anyone who isn't all that bothered about the mopping functionality of the more expensive cleaners in the range. In terms of vacuuming it's essentially on a par with the likes of the S5 Max and the S6 Pure.

Read our review of the Roborock S4 Max for a more comprehensive overview.


roomba s9

Best iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner: Roomba S9 series

Buy now: Amazon | From $1,099

The S Series is the top dog of the Roomba range and comprises of two models: the S9 and the S9+. The key difference is also the most obvious here: the disposal tower that comes with the S9+, which means you no longer have to worry about emptying your Roomba (but you will eventually have to empty the tower, obviously).

Runtime on both is around 75 minutes and both have a new D-shape design (Roomba devices have historically been round) that makes them more effective at getting into corners. Should it run out of power, it will return to its charging station to power up before automatically resuming work – a feature also found on the I Series below.

The other key difference? The price. $1,099.99 for the "base" S9 model and $1,399.99 for the tower of terror.

The S9 takes the i7's smart mapping feature and bin emptying tricks and ups the stakes - a lot. This might be the closest thing to an actual Rosie the Robot. The key addition here is a new sensor on the front of the bot, which uses two infrared beams to constantly scan the area around it, creating a 3D space for the robot to react to.

After a few cleans (you can also send it on some training runs to speed up the process), the S9 produces a map of your floor space, which you can tweak if it hasn't got it quite right and then label.

This tech - part of iRobot's vSLAM navigation system - means once you've labeled your rooms you can have your robot clean only certain ones. For anyone who has ever just wanted a clean hallway and found themselves endlessly chasing their robot and putting it back where they want it to clean.

Thanks to the dust-sucking base, you only need to touch your Roomba for general maintenance, which is important to keep it working well. Giving it a once over every couple of weeks would be good - once a month would probably suffice.

The best Roomba on the market, but by far the priciest model in this buyers guide, it features Clean Base, which charges the robot and empties the bin. Pair it with a Braava Jet Mop for those hard floors - use the new Imprint Link feature to pair up and automatically have the mop bot do its thing after the vacuum has finished - and you can kiss goodbye to floor-related chores for good.

Read our full Roomba S9+ review.


iRobot Roomba 980

iRobot Roomba runner up: iRobot Roomba 980

Buy now: Amazon | $549

Once upon a time, this was the king of the Roomba clan. Even now, the 980 is still a superb performer at a much more attractive price point than when it first launched.

If your home is a bit of a gauntlet for robot vacuums, switching from hardwood to thin rug to thick rug to standard-length carpet in the rooms, the 980 could be just the model for you - and is especially highly regarded when it comes to sucking up pet hair.

Its Auto-Adjust Cleaning mode detects that it's on carpet it'll boost its power to start working harder and sucking in more air. You'll hear it because the fan will pretty much triple in volume.

It's pretty frills-free, compared to some of its newer rivals in this list, but is well worth considering. If you want top-end sucking performance and an easy to use app - with both Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility - the 980 should definitely be on your list.

Quite an ageing model from the iRobot family, the Auto-Adjust Cleaning mode detects that it's on carpet and will boost its power to start working harder and sucking in more air.

Take a look at our iRobot Roomba 980 review.


iRobot Roomba i3

iRobot Roomba 'budget' pick: Roomba i3+

Buy now: Amazon |$599

Hardly budget at all but this Rooma entry model is a lot cheaper than its stablemates.

With its mid-range i3+ model, iRobot has brought the convenience of an auto-emptying clean base to an affordable robot vacuum. By dispensing with some more luxury features - room-by-room mapping, visual navigation - they've made the i3+ the most affordable self-emptying bot you can buy.

With 10 times the suction power of the rest of the Roomba range (only the s9 sucks harder), the i3 doesn't skimp on cleaning power and has plenty of smarts too - including smart mapping, imprint link with iRobot's Braava Jet m6 robot mop, and the new iRobot Genius AI.

Arguably the best feature of the i3+ is that it's the least expensive Roomba bot to work with a Clean Base. So you don't have to spend around $1,000 to avoid getting your hands dirty.

The Clean Base is basically a charging dock with a dustbin stuck on top - so it does take up a bit more room than the regular base.

When the vacuum is full it trundles over and the Clean Base sucks up all the debris, storing it in a small disposable bag that holds up to two months worth of dirt. Removing it is easy and a red LED light on the base warns when its time and the bag seals itself on its way out so you never have to deal with dust.

Read our iRobot Roomba i3 review for more details.


Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Best Neato vacuum cleaner: Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Buy now: Amazon | $829

Neato's previous flagship (new Deato models are incoming) is a busy box of tricks that offers up more modes than its rivals. The shape is down to the fact that Neato thinks it's the perfect shape for a spotless clean, getting within 14mm of walls and corners – compared to an alleged 98mm from circular robot vacuums.

The D7's shape allows for a front-brush design, with the main brush teaming up with a smaller, spinning edge brush that rotates at 90 degrees, helping to kick up dust and dirt that might be hiding in your cracks and crevices.

Using Neato's LaserSmart tech to find its way around your abode (with the lasers in the turret up top) the D7 divides rooms up into 15 x 15-inch segments and tackles the area based on what it determines to be the most efficient path.

There are eco and turbo modes, with an impressive two hour battery life on the former and around 45-50 minutes on the latter. Cleans can be started manually from the D7 itself, or from within the app.

But it was the MyFloorPlan mode that really set the D7 apart from the rest initially, though newer models on this list have now caught up.

On its first run-out, the Botvac will learn the layout of the land – where walls are, where furniture is, and so on – and then you're presented with a plan in the app. You can then draw virtual No-Go lines around any areas within this learned layout, to create areas in your house you never want the D7 to venture into.

If you've been put off getting a robot cleaner because you are wary of areas that are bound to cause them trouble, this feature is perfect. A software update also added the ability for the D7 to learn the layout of multiple floors as well, with a maximum of three.

Another great feature is the D7's new Quick Boost Charging feature, which analyses how much juice it needs to complete its clean, returning to the charging station and charging just enough to finish the job.

The Neato is a our favourite D-shaped robot and, if you buy into the science that the shape means better cleaned corners, then it could be the model for you

The best Neato you can buy - with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT all on board - the My Floor Plan mode is a feature many people have been crying out for on robot vacuum cleaners for years.

Read our full Botvac D7 Connected review.


7 robot vacuum cleaner top tips

Your home may be filled with dozens of smart devices, but the robot vacuum's ability to actually navigate around your house makes it a little bit special. Rather than stationary Alexa devices, robot vacuums can feel like a member of your household.

It's almost like a pet that cleans up your home, and we don't feel weird saying we've formed an unbreakable bond with our robot vacs. But like a pet, you need to look after it.

What can you do as a human being to make your robot vacuum feel good and work even better?

lg robot vaccum cleaner

1. Name your robot

A good number of robot vacuum manufacturers will let you name your robot vacuum. No, really. So instead of having the iRobot Roomba 980 moving around your home you'll have your adorable best bud Roomby. Or Brownie. Or Charles Xavier the Third, Duke of Sandwich. Or Kevin. Whatever floats your boat.

Names impart identity, turning even the most cold device into a lifelong friend. If you name your robot vacuum something, you'll instantly care about it more. Think of it as a psychological trick to make you want to take better care of your robot vacuum.

2. Monitor its progress

We know, we know. The big thing about robot vacuums is letting them just clean your home and not having to worry about a thing. Counterpoint: why would you let a little rotating robot have free reign on your home?

Your home is built for big adult human beings, and often customised by you to accommodate either pets or baby humans. Thus, you need to keep an eye on your robot vacuum to make sure it doesn't get into trouble.

You don't have to hover over it like an overprotective parent, but you should check in every once in a while. See how it's doing, consult the companion app, and just make sure it's humming along as it's supposed to. We won't be responsible for any chewed curtains.

dustbin on robot vacuum cleaner

3. Clean out the bin

For the love of the smart home gods, clean out your bin. This is the grossest bit of owning a robot vacuum, especially since most have small bins and will have you pulling out clumps of dust from them into your garbage. The Roomba i7+ might be able to empty its own bin into its base station, but it just means you have to clean that instead.

But suck it up. Clean out that bin thoroughly, ensuring as many pieces of dirt and dust are out as possible. Even check out your manual to see if you can put your bin in the dish washer.

See, robot vacuums tend to use sensors to tell you when the bin is full. An improperly cleaned bin can confuse the sensors, which will impact your vac's ability to clean and send you on missions to empty an already-empty bin. Friends don't let friends clean with an improperly cleaned bin. Remember that.

4. Watch those wires

Similarly, you can't just let your robot vacuum go and hope for the best. You still have to take the dog out on a leash, so to speak. Before you get your robot vacuum to suck up all that dirt, you're going to want to take a walk around your home and tuck away some things.

Mostly, you'll want to tuck away the arch nemesis of robot vacuums – the oil to its water – wires. Some robot vacuums are much better at handling wires than others, but you should still make sure you don't have a tangle of cables spilling out from behind your entertainment cabinet or nightstand.

Just tidy up a little bit. You'll help your best buddy clean more efficiently and you also won't have to rush over to save it as it chokes itself.

brushes on robot vacuum cleaner

5. Check the brushes

Your robot vacuum is built to go under and around furniture, sucking up grime from all those places you've failed to clean in years. Those places are dirty, and you never know what golden nuggets could be found there.

For the most part, your robot vacuum will do an admirable job on dust. But sometimes, you're going to want to check out the brushes to make sure everything is good. Maybe a ribbon gets stuck, harming your bot's ability to clean. Or, maybe you'll find a quarter lodged in there that causes your bot to intermittently stop in its tracks (true story).

Check your brushes after – at least – every other clean. Checking after every clean is better, but if you're in a rhythm where your robot vacuum has a regular cleaning schedule, it's not as important to do it every day.


lg bot

6. Talk to it

Most robo vacs, those worth their salt, at least, can be controlled by voice assistants. You can call on Alexa and Google Assistant to start, pause and stop cleaning jobs – the extent of this integration varies between vacs – meaning you don't even have to lift a finger.

Some, like the LG Hom-Bot even talk back, telling you what it's doing, and letting you know when it's tired and needs to return home to its dock for a charge.

7. Don't pick it up randomly

Have you ever watched a baby crawl around on the floor, thought to yourself how adorable it is, then picked it up only to have it cry? Well, a similar thing can happen to robot vacuums, minus the soiled diaper.

You may one day get frustrated that your robot vacuum isn't cleaning a certain part of your home. Patience is your friend. If you're worried about it skirting too close to some wires, well, you missed the advice further up.

Anthony Bourdaine once said that the best thing you can do after cooking a steak is leave it the hell alone. Apply that thinking here. If you really need to move it or pick it up for any reason, turn it off first. You can either do this with the companion app or pressing a button on the robot itself.


5 things robot vacuum cleaners don't like

While the newest robo vacuums are a lot more capable than their early generation siblings in terms of navigation and functionality, there are far from perfect. If anything is going to wrong in your smart home, and cause you chaos - chances are it'll be your robot vacuum cleaner.

Here are five everyday things that can wreak havoc for your supposedly smart cleaner:

Pets

Pets in general are an absolute menace in the robot vacuum world. Even on a basic function level, you'll find that pet hairs are one of the toughest jobs for a robot cleaner to deal with.

But it's when your pets go bad that your robo cleaner will go even, er, badder. Like when this Roomba spread dog poop all over his owner's house.

Furniture

Dyson decided to go fat rather than thin for its robo vacuum - the thinking being that it's more important to get around and in between chair and table legs, than it is to get under sofas, cabinets and the like. Even Dyson, a company famous for 'disrupting', realised you can't have it both ways.

However, whether you go skinny or chunky, your robot will inevitably have the odd meltdown trying to escape your wicked furniture.

Rugs / Carpets

Rugs have had tassels since the Qashqai people added them to their Persian designs in the 11th century. Anyone who's spent 4 minutes researching "rugs with tassels" on Wikipedia will tell you that.

It's almost as if the Qashqai people didn't care that, a thousand years later, people would have to constantly untangle their robot vacuum cleaners from the loose edges of a living room rug. The selfish idiots.

Stairs

Most modern robot vacuum cleaners have cliff sensors designed to stop them from toppling to their doom.

They don't always work though. Oh well, they only cost about $700.

Toddlers

My toddler is terrified of my Dyson 360. But I keep telling her, "He's more scared of you, than you are of him."

And that's because he knows what she's capable of.

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