The thought of sitting back and relaxing while a robot takes care of the vacuuming for you is an appealing prospect, but are they really as good as they sound?
It seems that a growing number of you are keen to find out, with sales of robot vacuum cleaners rising by 259% in the last six months, according to new research from Appliances Direct.
Keep reading our advice on whether robot vacuum cleaners are worth the investment, and what you need to consider if you decide to buy one.
Already know you want one? Skip straight to our robot vacuum cleaner first look reviews.
Should I buy a robot vacuum cleaner?
Robot vacuum cleaners are generally expensive, with the three most recent products we’ve reviewed all costing between £600 and £700 – roughly double the price of a regular upright vacuum. There are cheaper models available, with one costing as little as £149, but you may not get a fully automated robot at the lower end of the market.
The most convenient models feature several cleaning modes and will automatically return to their docking stations when cleaning is complete or power is running low.
Some can be timed to clean while you are out of the house or directed with a remote control.
It’s worth thinking about how much use you’d get from a robot vacuum cleaner; they’re not yet designed to replace your upright model, but may save you time on cleaning.
Dyson is expected to launch its first robot vacuum – the 360 Eye – in the UK later this year, so you’ll have more options to choose from if you hold out a little while longer.
Latest robot vacuum cleaners
Samsung Powerbot VR9000, £700
The Powerbot launched earlier in 2015, and features four main cleaning modes, a docking station and a remote control with a light beam that the robot will follow. The robot also comes with a 0.7 litre dust tank, a 75W motor and a 60 minute battery charge.
Read our initial impressions in our Samsung Powerbot VR6000 first look review.
Miele Scout RX1 Robot, £700
The launch of the Scout RX1 Robot in late 2014 marked Miele’s first foray into the robot vacuum cleaner market. It has a ‘Turbo’ mode for quicker cleans, and the 2 hour battery life means that you can also use it for more thorough programs.
Discover our verdict in our Miele Scout RX1 Robot first look review.
iRobot Roomba 880, £600
iRobot claims that its latest robot vacuum cleaner, the Roomba 880, is able to pick up as much as 50% more dirt, dust and air than previous models. It includes a docking station and ‘cliff’ sensors, which stop it from falling down the stairs.
See what we made of it in our iRobot Roomba 880 first look review.