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Roomba may have invented the modern robot vacuum, but startups have sprung up in the past few years to challenge their supremacy with cheap Roomba alternatives that cost around $200.
Robot vacuums work by rolling around your floor, sucking up dirt and dust particles; they’re generally small enough to fit under small spaces like your couch or bed too, letting them reach nooks and crannies upright vacuums can’t. Motion and depth sensors keep the vacuum from going over the same area over and over again, bumping into walls, or falling down the stairs.
Once they’re done, modern robot vacuums will return to their charging station, where you can flip them over, remove their waste container, and empty it into the trash. You can even set a robot vacuum to work on a schedule using an app or smart-home speaker like the Amazon Echo, so it cleans when you’re not around to hear it.
If you’ve been on the fence about getting a robot vacuum because of price, you should strongly consider either of the cheap Roomba alternatives below. Amazon has both on sale right now for under $200. We’ve included a regular Roomba deal as well, in case you want the original robot vacuum for yourself.
1. eufy 11S Robot Vacuum
The eufy 11S is a thin, powerful vacuum, with a run time of up to 100 minutes, according to the brand. Plus, right now it’s marked down to $159.99, a 30% discount.
Eufy also says that this robot vacuum boasts quiet operation, no louder than the microwave in your kitchen. Its suction capabilities are decent too, able to lift up dirt, dust and debris from all kinds of floors. With DropSense technology, you won’t even have to worry about this vacuum falling down the stairs.
Other features include triple filtration, multiple cleaning modes and a large dust box, so this robot vacuum can clean up your entire house with ease. Once it’s done, that smart gadget will automatically return to its charging base, ready for the next cleaning session.
2. Shark ION Robot Vacuum
The Shark ION robot vacuum features a run time of up to 120 minutes, and right now it’s on sale, discounted to $174.95, down $55.
This smart robot vacuum functions with your chosen voice assistant whether that’s Google or Alexa. Feel free to also use the SharkClean app to set up cleaning schedules or start up your robot vacuum if voice assistance is not your thing.
As for cleaning, the Shark ION uses a three-brush design allowing it to grab dirt from all the nooks and crannies of your home. It’s also built for all kinds of floors so be it carpet or wood, your Shark vacuum will continue suctioning.
Finally, there are cliff sensors for drop protection so you can leave your robot vacuum on and go about your day.
3. iRobot Roomba i3
If you’re still in the market for a Roomba but don’t want to spend upwards of $500, go with the iRobot Roomba i3, currently marked down to $299.99 — $50 in savings.
Use this robot vacuum with your Google or Alexa voice assistant or through to iRobot app to get it moving, set up cleaning schedules or send it to particular areas of your room that require a more thorough cleaning.
There’s smart navigation too which lets your new robot vacuum map out your home plus dirt detect technology for a more thorough cleaning on the grimiest floors. And, with edge sweeping brushes your new robot vacuum will never miss a corner.
Similar to other robot vacuums the Roomba i3 returns to its base for automatic charging and has a 75-minute run time for thorough cleaning.