While a daily clean is an absolute necessity for busy homes, busy households are also the ones with the least spare time for a quick once-over. A weekly vacuum and mop can get the job done, but you might prefer a little robot servant to take over, so you can spend your time on the stuff that matters.
You might be wondering if the cost is worth it. With some models priced up to $2000, an uninformed purchase decision can really be an expensive risk. In this guide to the best robot vacuums and mops on the Australian market for this year, we found that the best value upper-tier products were around the $700-$1000 mark.
Under $500 there are some very interesting models that deliver good performance without breaking the bank. The more affordable options (below $300) on this list generally lose some quality-of-life tech features, but will prove their value in efficacy and durability.
In order from highest-tier to the more affordable ones, here are the reviews of top 10 best robot vacuums in Australia for 2021 and what puts each of them above their competitors.
Best For Carpets
1. Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950
The best robot vacuum and mop combo in Australia to clean a large house
Price AUD: $798.29
This impressively intelligent robot cleaner will put the deepclean on your floors no matter what the surface. Vinyl, hardwood, carpets, rugs, the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 will map it out and choose the appropriate vacuum or mopping cleaning tool for the job.
This top-tier option proves its worth through the tremendous effort put into house navigation, where the software technology behind this machine has a chance to really shine.
Using lasers, this robotic vacuum cleaner builds a map of your room as it navigates itself around your house, then utilises an algorithm to decide on the most efficient track to clean every part of the room, without missing a spot.
This mapping can be made on up to three different cleaning sections, so you can program the robot to clean more regularly in the areas of your house with the most foot traffic and over multiple storeys.
It’s one of the best robot vacuums for thick carpets, as this cleaner also uses sensors to detect them, to avoid accidentally mopping where it’s not welcome. The same sensors are used to detect cues in the room, allowing the robot to recognise what room it’s in, wherever you put it.
Mopping is efficient, effective, and it’s simple to remove and snap in the attachment.
Despite the suction power and intelligent scanning, the 5200mAh battery allows this cleaner to run for a whopping 200 minutes, easily making the DEEBOT OZMO by far the best robot vacuum and mop combo in Australia right now.
Best For Pet Hair
2. iRobot Roomba i7
This high-tech rubber-brushed Roomba zeroes in on every last pet hair over multiple floors
Price AUD: $1,476.33
This Roomba is the latest and greatest from iRobot right now, this is the best robot vacuum cleaner that has all the features we’ve come to love in the higher-end Roombas, but with a laser focus on attacking the dog-hair nightmare under the couch.
Using smart mapping, this clever little guy can learn its own way around your home, and create an algorithm to plot the most efficient course across all your surfaces.
This vacuum can even scan its surroundings, creating visual landmarks to keep track of where it hasn’t been yet. Mapping is kept separately for multiple floors, so no matter what storey you set your cleaner up on, it’s going to know where it is and choose the best course for where it’s put.
Maps are also broken down into rooms, which you can name on the iRobot HOME App. There’s something very empowering about saying “Roomba, clean the kitchen” through your smart home system and sending your obedient little robot off to work!
The app controls the schedule for rooms of your choice, great if you want to more regularly hit the high-traffic areas, or focus on that sunny spot where your cats sleep in sunbeams, shedding their winter coats. The app can also mark out “keep out” zones, so don’t worry about knocking over the food and water bowls.
But here’s what makes the Roomba i7 the best robot vacuum for pet hair: the unique dual rubber brush system flexes alternatingly across each other to pick up every skerrick of pet hair without ever getting tangled in cleaning bristles or caught in machine arms.
The vacuum itself is extremely powerful, ten times more powerful than their previous highly popular series, but this seems to rely on a fairly empty chamber. Users have often complained that the robot will request emptying without being even half full, and flying pet hair is likely what’s hitting those fullness sensors.
Also keep in mind a superpowered vacuum like this is going to be a little on the large and noisy side too, but we pet owners are used to a little noise and movement in the house. This is a vacuum to join the family.
Best For Tiles And Hard Floors
3. Xiaomi Roborock S6
The powerful, quiet, and easy-to-clean machine that vacuums while it mops
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This machine is a great buy in most areas, but due to intuitive design and ease of use, the Roborock makes this list as the easier choice for the time-poor, the elderly, and the less mobile.
One thing that often doesn’t get much airtime for these products, is the cleanability of the design. The Roborock dustbin easily comes out for rinsing, the filters swap over so you always have a clean one, and the water tank installs straight on top. It’s obvious some real thought has been put into making this machine easy to use and clean.
The bristles are very soft on your floors but extremely densely packed, and for this it is a great choice of a robot cleaner for hardwood floors, tiles and hard floors. These work together with some smart rubber climbers to cross over lips and door sills up to 2cm high, a little higher than any other robot on this list.
Using lasers, the machine can scan your room, creating an algorithm to produce a floor plan that will take an efficient snakelike route through rooms separated into sections on the Xiaomi Mi Home app, with customisable virtual barriers to avoid pet bowls and fish tank stands.
Like our other top-tier super-suckers, this machine’s power is around 2000 pascals on Max Mode, but the design has included sound-suppressing materials to not only keep the noise level down, but also sound softer than that typically unpleasant harsh vacuum sound.
On hard floors, the mop attachment snaps on satisfyingly to allow water to flow smoothly across entire mop sheets for an even wipe without streaking. The mop function is good enough that a daily cycle will be able to replace your own mopping, but that’s because the mop pads are disposable, and will incur an ongoing cost.
Amazingly, due to the placement of vacuum suction and the mop attachment, this machine is capable of vacuuming the floor just as it’s about to mop it, so your floors will be dust-free and shining in the one cycle. The cycle can easily last 150 minutes of battery time, a great length for that level of power, and the 480mL dustbox will also easily cover such a long cycle.
4. iRobot Roomba 890
Extra dirt detail for busy apartments and smaller homes
Price AUD: $1,099.00
The stand-out feature of the iRobot Roomba 890 is the dirt-detecting technology that allows the robot vac to go over dirtier areas multiple times to keep the busier areas of your home clean.
A three-stage cleaning system uses tangle-free multi-surfaced brushes to pull in the embedded dirt with accelerated airflow, the edging brush gets deep into corners and borders, and the power suction mode can lift with five times the suction of the previous popular series.
The impressive lifting power of this three-stage cleaning system works in conjunction with the dirt detection technology to result in a very effective clean, shifting dirt trod in by little feet and paws.
This system is clever, because it loosens and lifts out dirt from your carpets before sucking it into the 0.4L dust box. The dual rubber brush system is tangle-free, so pet hair won’t be a problem, as long as you set it to clean daily.
A boosted Max Mode feature can double the cleaning performance if your home is really suffering the foot traffic. However, this feature is definitely going to result in faster battery drain, so it’s best to run this robot in smaller homes where the job will still get done within a single cycle.
This Roomba misses some of the extra-fancy home mapping and scanning technology found in its top-tier cousins, but is a more affordable series that doesn’t lose any of that cleaning technology or standard features we’ve come to expect in iRobot products like Wi-Fi integration and voice control.
5. Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920
An excellent mid-tier mop-and-vacuum combo for all floors with multi-storey mapping
Price AUD: $799.00
This machine is a great all-rounder for mixed flooring over multiple storeys, ensuring an effective clean at a reasonable price.
About cleaning performance, the strongest feature is its ability to detect changes in the flooring it runs over, increasing vacuum pressure over carpets, or retracting the mop head when it detects carpet.
Particularly noteworthy is the powerful pressure-retention system, which allows the robotic vacuum cleaner to spend more energy on moving around your home on a higher vacuum pressure.
The OZMO 920 features a function to choose between modes of intake. A floating brush inside the unit springs out to catch dust from even cracks as much as 4mm deep for a superior clean, or if you find this gets stuck too easily, you can opt to keep the brush retracted to let your robot remove hair without tangles.
The unit will scan its surroundings and create maps for multiple floors, allowing you to customise cleaning routines and drop virtual boundaries where you’d like your robot friend to avoid.
Voice controls can be made through Alexa or Google Assistant, and the battery lasts a decent 130 minutes, more than enough to cover a decently large area.
6. Ecovacs Deebot 710
A cute mop-supporting machine slim enough to reach into all nooks and crannies
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The main advantage of this unit is its excellent power in relation to its miniature size. At only 81mm tall, this is about as low a robot vac as you can get to slide under any couch or bed. Despite its petite stature, the suction is surprisingly strong, cleaning up short pet fur in all the areas you can’t see.
The drawback of strong suction on a low machine is that it will get stuck on longer pile carpets, so we would recommend this one for short carpets and hard floors only. The strong suction is doubled on Max Mode, so pets and babies that shed and spill will be catered to.
However, Max Mode will also half the battery life, which is supposed to last around 100 minutes on Random Mode.
Once the battery runs low, the cleaner will stop vacuuming and return to its port. Unlike the more expensive premium models of the DEEBOT series, you’ll have to start its cycle anew once recharged, so if it’s power you need, be aware that this model is best for smaller homes.
The DEEBOT 710 can be connected to Google Home or Amazon Echo to use with voice controls, or just press the Auto button and let the robot itself decide how to best handle today’s mess.
In Auto mode, the vacuum will use Smart Navi 2.0 mapping to map and navigate the house, this robot will track an efficient path without redoing or missing areas. A climbing arm allows the machine to cross edges up to 16mm high, impressive for such a short machine.
Your other option is Random mode which will set your robot to bounce the room around like a DVD screensaver. It’s less efficient, but won’t leave those telltale lines of fresh vacuuming.
The water tank sold separately easily swaps places with the 520mL dust box for a super easy switch from vacuum to mop and back.
7. iRobot Roomba 605
A powerful bot that prioritises brawns over brains
Price AUD: $880.00
For those that would prefer their money goes towards the vacuum rather than the bells and whistles, the iRobot Roomba 605 is a no-brainer value purchase. This vacuum cleaner is not smart home integrated, doesn’t have Wi-Fi compatibility, or programme scheduling. What it does have though, is extremely effective suction and well-designed durable brushes at a fair price.
This model really makes non-smart technology look smart. The brushes inside are three different types: the dual multi-surface brushes that will catch both small particles and larger dust bunnies, and the edge-sweeping brush that will get into corners and room edges.
The cleaning head is on spring pressure, meaning it changes height appropriately for carpets versus hard floors without needing scanning and sensors.
Unfortunately, this means the bristles will push into longer carpets and hairs and get tangled, so while super effective, this is a model best for short pile carpets, hard floors, and with up to one or two pets at most.
On the plus side, hair and fur tangles that are wrapped up in the rollers are mercifully easy to deal with. The rollers slip out easily, and you can slide off hair and snap the rollers in under 30 seconds with minimal fiddling.
8. Eufy RoboVac 11S
The ultimate mini pet hair and dust devourer for hard floors and short pile carpets
Price AUD: $299.00
With a slim body, large capacity, and powerful suction through a complex triple-sweeping system, the Eufy RoboVac 11S is the best robot vacuum for pet hair of our most affordable options.
At only 72mm tall, this machine is great for getting into some particularly tight spots. Despite this, the dustbox is deceptively large, a 0.6L capacity receptacle that is quite unexpected for the small size.
Despite the slim physique and quiet operation, the vacuum packs a punch at 1300 pascals, very powerful for a robotic vacuum cleaner at this price point.
With three types of sweeping arms, there will be no trace of your furry friends’ coats. This explains the design decision of prioritising a large dustbox, because with this kind of power, two cats in the springtime could expect to fill the chamber daily.
The cleaning bristles and powerful suction make easy work of pet hair, but will get tangled in shaggy carpets or rug fringes, so we recommend this one for hard floors or short pile carpets only.
This non-smart RoboVac isn’t Wi-Fi compatible or able to map rooms, but this model does retain some tech features of its competitors such as drop detection, a programmable daily routine, and boosted power mode if your space is small enough to handle the extra battery drain.
You can expect a battery life of about 100 minutes on Standard Mode. When the battery is low, the vacuum will return to its charging pad, ensuring it’s always going to be charged when you want it.
No mapping usually means a set algorithm, but this cleaner moves quite randomly to avoid becoming trapped on the same route. So while you can be sure that it will touch every inch of your floor given enough time, you may find it takes several days to see a difference in pet hair at first.
9. Coredy R580-W
A triple threat that combines sweeping, vacuuming and mopping at a fair price
Price AUD: $299.99
The Coredy R580-W is an affordable and powerful robot vacuum cleaner that owes its efficiency to its thoughtful design, rather than its high-tech programming.
Although this is a non-smart vacuum, this cleaner can still be instructed to avoid certain zones in your home through their separately sold boundary strips, meaning that pet owners won’t have to worry about knocking their pets’ food and water bowls.
The Coredy is also Wi-Fi compatible, giving you a choice of voice-controlling your robot through home assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, or using the included remote control.
This model supports wet-dry mopping by way of a separately sold cloth mop attachment and water tank. The large 300mL water tank easily snaps into place where the dustbin sits, and the machine is smart enough to turn off vacuuming while it mops, drastically extending the battery life long past the 90 mins of vacuum.
10. Ecovacs Deebot N79T
This versatile all-rounder is an easy pick for best budget robot vacuum in Australia
Price AUD: $279.00
Featuring durable bumpers, efficient suction, and large capacity, this robot cleaner is the ultimate choice for those that don’t need a smart vacuum, but still want the non-smart features of the premium products.
Using an integrated 3-stage cleaning system, the Ecovacs Deebot N79T vacuum cleaner has the power to maintain your floors with a decent daily clean, and return itself to the charge pad when the batteries run low.
Although it doesn’t feature the mapping technology of its premium brothers in the DEEBOT range, it still takes voice commands through Google Home and Amazon Echo, and keeps the same ECOVACS app to customise or schedule cleaning sessions and change mode.
Use Auto Mode to allow it to move freely around the house for general cleaning, Spot Mode to repeatedly swirl around a particularly messy area, or Edge Mode to set the robot on course for the perimeter, using its special edging brushes to get right into the corners of all your rooms.
For particularly dusty weeks, you may want to stick it on Max Mode to let the vacuum suck the dust out of the carpets twice as hard. Of course, Max Mode will drain the battery twice as fast, but with a battery life of 120 minutes on regular mode, this won’t be a problem for most households.
How to choose a robot vacuum cleaner for your home
So you’ve decided to make the leap and invest in a robot housemaid. How are you going to choose between all these great options?
The main thing to know is that one robot does not suit all households, and the best robot vacuum is the one that suits your home’s floors, family members, and pets.
After those have been considered, the main differences in price come down to how fancy the smart features are. If your home has a lot of hard floors, you might want one that mops, too.
The first thing to consider when choosing your new servant friend is what type of floors you want the machine to cover. Just about all machines work best on floorboards, then second-best on short pile carpets.
However, you might want to spend a little more on a machine for medium or long pile carpets, to benefit from the sensors and other tech that can adjust settings on the cleaner to avoid getting tangled.
The other consideration is surface area. Generally speaking, 60 minutes of battery should see out a full clean of a medium 3-bedroom house. All robot cleaners will be capable of that, but if you need the boosted Max Mode for busier areas, or to run the robot once for vacuum and then again for mopping, you’ll need to double the figure.
Pets and babies
For parents of fur babies, random pet hair covering the length of your home is probably the reason you decided to purchase a robot vacuum in the first place. For pet hair, you ideally want a machine with rubber brushes rather than bristles, to avoid tangles in barrels. It’s also a good idea to check the dust box capacity of the robot, because fur is fluffy and can take up more room in the container much faster.
For parents of human babies, you want a powerful cleaner to suck out all those toast crumbs your little one trod into the carpet to come give you a hug. The focus here is on high suction power and durable brushes designed to lift dirt while it vacuums. Unfortunately, that really rules out cleaners that are effective on long pile carpets. Long pile carpets and rugs just don’t stay nice when you have a baby – but you probably already knew that, right?
Smart home integration
We are really living in the future now! Nearly all but the most basic robots now support voice controls through smart home assistance, and have Wi-Fi compatibility to allow your phone or tablet to act as a remote control, activity monitor, scheduler, and instruction manual. These features are nice, but can really mark up the price.
As with many smart home devices, these tend to run on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi only. All routers have a 2.4GHz band, but you might need some help with set up if you’ve only ever used your 5GHz band.
If you’re looking for clean kitchen tiles as well as carpets, you may want to invest in a mop-and-vacuum combo robot. Of course, these are usually dearer. They also won’t push hard enough to remove any stains, more just remove the dirt and stickiness that accumulates with foot traffic.
Check if your mop attachment will work while it vacuums, or if you need to swap between vacuum and mop modes, which will require you to run the machine twice. Also check if your model will use a reusable mop sheet or disposables; a reusable mop sheet has to be washed every day to stay effective, and disposables attract an ongoing cost.