Do You Really Need a Robot Vacuum?


Robot vacuums have been improving at same pace as cell phones these days. Innovations in recent years have propelled automated cleaners out of the novelty category into the useful one. Better suction, more intuitive smart features, and lower prices means anyone looking to keep their floors clean should consider buying a robot vacuum. Don't throw out your regular vacuum just yet. You might be wondering why "Should I get a robot vacuum?" is even a question.

IFA 2018: Neato and Ecovacs announce new robot vacuums and artificial intelligence


Research shows that the robot vacuum market is increasing thanks to a few factors, including a need to reduce allergens in the environment, less time to do house chores, and increasing use of robot vacuums in businesses. Every home in our new development has wood floors on the ground level while family and friends also are making moves to wood flooring as the predominant floor covering in their homes. Wood, tile, and linoleum floors are good for pets and also help reduce allergens in the home. Wood and low-pile carpets are perfect for robot vacuums and as these vacuums improve, their popularity increases. Neato and Ecovacs are two companies who compete with Dyson, Samsung, LG, Miele, ILIFE, and more in the robot vacuum space.

Tell Alexa or Google Home to clean the floors, and this robot vacuum will obey


Do you wish your Google Home or Amazon Echo could help clean your house? If you answered yes, consider getting the Neato Botvac D3 Connected (MSRP $399). This robot vacuum is one of the most affordable smart automated floor cleaners. And our tests proved that it cleans well, too. While it lacks the superior navigation of its higher-end cousins, the laser-guided D3 still excels at dirt pickup, cleaning as well as robot vacuums that cost twice the price.

Why are iRobot's new Roombas so damn expensive?


Robot vacuum pioneer iRobot has big plans in the works. From new Roombas that clean themselves to smart vacuums that communicate with floor-mopping machines, and even robotic lawn mowers, iRobot has been busy. But while these sophisticated home care systems sound impressive, even useful, they suffer from one glaring downside. They are all staggeringly expensive. This move by iRobot is no accident.

iRobot on the defensive


SharkNinja, a well-known marketer of home consumer products, has entered the American robotic vacuum market with a product that is priced to compete against iRobot's Roomba line of floor cleaners. It sells at a very favorable price point to iRobot's. SharkNinja has partnered with ECOVACS, a Chinese manufacturer of many robotic products including robotic vacuums and floor cleaners, to custom manufacture the new Shark ION Robot – thus SharkNinja isn't starting from scratch. On Singles Day (11/11/2016), online via the e-commerce giant Alibaba, ECOVACS sold $60.2 million of robotic products, up from $47.6 million in 2015. The star performer was a DEEBOT robotic vacuum which sold 135,000 units.