Let’s be honest: A lot of new devices are meant to stoke desire for something you never even knew you wanted. (A tiny keyboard? Yes, please! A DNA test for your cat? Purrrr-fect!) But if you’re shopping for the best robot vacuum cleaner, it’s usually because you really, really need one. Whether you’re drowning in dog hair, need to lighten your chore load, or just want to spend a little more time with your family, these robot vacuums should help.
Updated for July 2020: We’ve added several new picks, such as the Roborock S6 MaxV, and cut a few older units.