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We love our pets and our pets love us…unless you have a cat and it is merely tolerating your presence for food. Although we love our pets, cleaning up after them can be a real chore. Depending on the number of pets, you can expect a steady diet of furballs consistently moving/blowing across the hardwood and/or carpet floors. While it would be nice to be able to use our standard upright vacuum cleaners to take care of this problem, sometimes we just can’t find the time to vacuum every day. Fortunately, there is a solution for you…robotic vacuum cleaners!
Robovacs have come a long way in a short time. iRobot introduced the first popular and truly functional model of robot vacuum in 2002 to the general public. This was a revolutionary step in hands-off vacuuming of our homes. With a variety of features including drop detection and automatic recharging, there was a definite path to true hands-free vacuuming of our homes. Unfortunately, we were still a few years away from these robovacs being truly independent time savers. Now? These little guys are sometimes so smart that they could do your homework while cleaning the house of all the fur you can see.
Finding the best robovac for pet hair can be difficult unless you take a few common traits into account while making your decision. First, pets can sometimes be sensitive to noise and mechanical devices. While pets seem to treat the robot vacuums differently than the traditional upright versions (dogs hate these don’t they?), it is still a good idea to try to find quieter models so the pets aren’t scared of the vacuum. Additionally, brushes, filters, and the suction power of the vacuum must be taken into account to ensure it can get your floors as clean as possible. Finally, when selecting your pet hair cleaning robot, ensure it has all the features you need and the battery is capable of handling the size of your home.
|Honors||Best in Class||Best Value|
|The Good||D-shaped design, laser navigation, straight line cleaning, smartphone integration, no-go lines, Alexa integration, 120 mins battery, powerful suction||Quiet, intuitive App, Dirt Detect, 3-stage cleaning, Virtual Wall, Alexa compatible, easily emptied dirt bin||Performs above price point, tangle-free brush, quiet operation (on low), remote control, large dust bin||Powerful 5200mAh battery. Tangle-resistant brush. Strong suction for the price. Thorough cleaning pattern (z-pattern). Features commonly found in more expensive models.|
|The Bad||Navigation mapping can be difficult to use first time, cleaning filter is annoying||Random navigation, first run through a new area could confuse robot||Random navigation that gets confused at times, no App or Alexa integration, replacement parts||Only the 2.4 GHz WiFi band enabled. Limited to integrating with Alexa and not Google Home. Can sometimes lose base position for recharging.|
|Overall||The best robot vacuum to clean pet hair. Smartest navigation and best overall cleaning paired with excellent convenience features.||A mid to low range robovac that performs like a mid to low range robovac. Not a bad thing, but it doesn’t stand out for the price.||A budget/entry level robot vacuum. Not as smart as a true “smart” robot, but it provides good pet fur cleaning and powerful suction.||A solid and budget-friendly entry into the Roborock line. Several features more often found on more expensive models. A good option to save money.|
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The Neato D7 is the most advanced vacuum we have reviewed in both cleaning, navigation, and features. It performs well in almost every facet of cleaning your home by offering best in class navigation, strong and powerful cleaning, long battery life, and easy smart device integration. The navigation is easily the best you’ll find among today’s robot vacuum cleaners. The Neato D7 uses lasers to map out the floorplan in a grid pattern that allows the robot to make sure every square inch is covered. Furthermore, the lasers are excellent at allowing it to clean in dark places, unlike other models that use cameras for navigation. While it navigates your home, the powerful suction gets all but the most stubborn hair and dirt. In those instances, switch on Turbo Mode and watch it go! Finally, the long battery life ensures it can clean as much of your home as possible before it recharges to pick back up where it left off.
Although there isn’t too much to gripe about with this unit, a couple minor issues are present. First, the navigation mapping feature can have a learning curve for those not technically proficient. It often takes the user a couple tries before they understand how best to use it. Another problem is the dustbin. While it is an adequate .7 L in size, frequent emptying of it can be annoying as dirt, hair, and dust tend to stick to it and don’t want to let go.
Overall, the Neato D7 Connected Robot Vacuum is the best of those we have reviewed for cleaning pet hair. The navigation is unparalleled and facilitates effective and efficient cleaning of your entire home. The powerful suction (and Turbo Mode) are great at ensuring pet hair isn’t trapped in those thick carpets. The long battery life and convenience of smart device integration allow you to mark one item off your list each day without having to do it yourself. You can’t go wrong with this fabulous vacuum cleaner.
The Roomba 690 has the best name recognition of any robot vacuums as iRobot has been the industry leader for several years. The vacuum provides solid cleaning of a variety of surface areas, Wi-Fi and App integration, and comparatively quiet operation. This vacuum uses a combination of a 3-stage cleaning system that uses multiple brushes to better clean on a variety of surfaces including hardwood, tile, or carpet. Furthermore, the Dirt Detect technology detects particularly dirty areas and increases attention paid to that area. Together, these systems provide impressive cleaning ability, no matter what challenges your home may provide. The Wi-Fi and App work very well, with the App being extremely intuitive and easy to use. The various features are convenient and work well. Finally, if you have sensitive animals, the iRobot Roomba 690 operates at a reduced noise level compared to typical versions.
The main drawback with this model is that it uses a completely random pattern to clean. Unlike the Neato D7, there is no straight-line cleaning. This Roomba uses a series of sensors to detect obstacles as it zips around your home. Unfortunately, this can lead to spots being missed, but they should be caught on the next run through (every day cleaning is recommended). Another issue is that, when introduced to new areas, it could take a couple cleaning cycles to properly learn the area. During this learning time, expect problems such as getting stuck or lost until it has become adjusted.
The iRobot Roomba 690 is a mid-grade vacuum that doesn’t really impress in any one area. It does a good job cleaning, but not great. The Virtual Walls are also very well done, but not as good as No-Go Lines. The navigation is sorely lacking when compared to those robots that clean in a straight-line manner. Overall, this is a somewhat overhyped vacuum that can get the job done, but your money may be better spent elsewhere.
The Coredy R500+ can be best classified as one of the best of the lower tier of robovacs. It does a good job at competing with the more advanced models, especially in suction power. The long battery life combined with the suction power allows it to zip around randomly and clean even large homes adequately. The Coredy performs well on pet hair, although those with many large pets may need a higher end brand for heavy duty cleaning. The remote is also very nice in lieu of a smart device App. One of the better features is that it is pretty quiet for a vacuum.
As this isn’t a true smart robot, the Coredy suffers from a lack of some common features you’ll find on the more advanced models. App integration is a definite drawback and limits how much control you have over your cleaning times. The navigation is also less advanced than what some may be used to. The Coredy begins with a zig-zag pattern before switching to random cleaning movements. Furthermore, it can sometimes get lost, but still make it back to its charging base.
The Coredy R500+ is a good choice for a budget model robovac as it has strong performance at an affordable price. While it can’t really compete with the Neato or Roborock as far as technology, it is one of the best you’ll find in the lower tier of robot vacuum cleaners. The Coredy does a good job on pet hair and is quiet enough to hold a conversation in the same room. It is missing quite a few features (i.e. App, Alexa) that have become commonplace and has poor navigation, but it does well at what it is designed to do. If this is your first robot vacuum and you want to just “see what they’re all about”, the Coredy is a good starting point.
An updated model to the Roborock E25, the Roborock E4 robot vacuum offers high performance and efficient clean at a budget price. Many of the features found in the E4 robovac are commonly found in much more expensive models such as Alexa and smartphone integration. The cleaning capabilities of the robot vacuum are impressive as it includes a powerful 5200 mAh battery and 2000 Pa suction power. The strong battery allows for an incredible 200 minute maximum cleaning time that can vacuum up to 2152 square feet before needing a recharge.
The navigation is less sophisticated than more robust Roborock models as it doesn’t include LiDAR technology to map the room. The E4 instead uses a wide range of sensors to navigate the vacuum as it cleans. Unlike some other models, the Roborock incorporates a Z-shaped pattern while it cleans as opposed to the random zig-zags that some less efficient robotic vacuums employ. The z-shaped pattern cleaning ensures that the entire floor is vacuumed and very little is missed. Various modes are also available to tailor the vacuuming to the job at hand. These modes include Turbo, Carpet, Gentle, Max, Balance, and Silent.
Overall, the Roborock E4 offers a strong blend of performance and value. While it may not compare to those models that cost much more, it has many of the same features without costing a fortune. As a bonus, this is one of the best robot vacuums you’ll find for cleaning pet hair. The powerful suction combined with anti-tangle brushes ensures your home is clean without needing to constantly clean the brushes. If you’re looking for a strong entry-level model into the world of robot vacuum cleaners, the Roborock E4 is a good option.