The Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner launches today in the UK, nearly two years after it was first unveiled in Japan. We got our hands on it ahead of the launch and have been busy testing it in the Which? lab alongside key rivals from iRobot, Neato, Samsung and Hoover.
Dyson claims its robot vacuum has twice the suction of any rival. We’re expecting to be able to give you full results from our full tough robot vacuum tests on the £800 Dyson 360 Eye and its competitors in August, so you can find out if it really does pick up more dust.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the Dyson robot in action. You can also read our first impressions of the Dyson – and other robots – by heading to our robot vacuum cleaner first look reviews.
If you’re not quite ready to splash out up to £800 on a robot cleaner, head to our vacuum cleaner reviews, where we’ve got Best Buys for under £100.
Robot vacuum cleaner reviews
In addition to the Dyson 360 Eye, we will soon unveil full reviews of the following models:
- Hoover RBC090 Robo.com3, £299
- iRobot Roomba 980, £799
- Miele Scout RX1, £429
- Neato Botvac Connected, £549
- Neato Botvac D85, £399
- Samsung VR9000 Powerbot, £699
- Samsung VR9300 Powerbot, £799*
The cheapest – the Hoover Robo.com3 (£299) – can ‘speak’ to you, guiding you through set-up and letting you know if it gets stuck – a common gripe with robot vacuums.
The Dyson, iRobot Roomba, Neato Botvac Connected, and the two Samsung robots connect to your smartphone via an app, allowing you to control them from afar. The Dyson even sends you a map of its cleaning route, so you can check it’s done the job properly.
If you’re after a hassle-free alternative to traditional vacuum cleaners, cordless vacuums can make cleaning quicker and easier, but at slightly more affordable prices than most robots. Take a look at our cordless vacuum cleaner reviews to see if they might suit you better.
Which? robot vacuum testing
Our carefully constructed robot vacuum cleaner test environment replicates a real home setting. We assess how well each model navigates around obstacles, and how thoroughly they cover the area they are meant to clean, as well as, crucially, how well they pick up dust and debris from carpets and hard floors.
The Dyson 360 Eye claims its V2 digital motor generates twice the suction of any other robot vacuum, something we put to the test when we pitted it against rivals. We’ve also compared how much dust the best robot vacuum cleaner picks up against an ordinary vacuum cleaner, so you’ll know if you can trust a robot to keep your home spick and span.
*Prices correct as of 5 July 2016