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What if your home could clean itself with the press of a button? It's possible with robot vacuum cleaners. Image Credit: Pexels/Cottonbro

Chores can get tedious, day in and day out. But when cleaning day comes, and you resignedly pick up a broom or vacuum cleaner, we suggest that you stop and consider a much more convenient alternative. Enter smart robot vacuums! They never tire and don’t mind cleaning every day in your stead, even when you're not around. Some even double up as security cameras for your convenience, while others carry around a water tank for a quick and thorough mopping. We’ve picked out the best robot vacuums across various categories, so that you can easily snag a little helper around the house. 

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1. Best Overall: TECKWAVE (TW-R30)

Pros

  • Suction power of 4000Pa
  • Large dust capacity (600ml) and water tank (360ml)
  • Automatic debris disposal at self-cleaning station
  • Built-in anti-fall and anti-collision sensors
  • Alexa and Google Assistant compatible

Cons

  • Device only mops when a plate is attached to it

Whether it's thick carpet or the edge of a raised threshold, Techwave R30 razes through it all, with minimal intervention. Built-in systems and sensors keep the device from toppling over, and even help the robot vacuum conquer door ledges, making it the ideal house help for when you're out. Operating at a maximum suction pressure of 4000Pa, the R30 smartly picks up dust and mops after mapping out your room with a 360-degree laser scan. Its best feature, as touted by reviewers, is the self-cleaning station, to where the robot dutifully returns to empty the trash into a bag, so you don't have to clean after the device for weeks on end.

Warranty: The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty.

2. Best for Pet Owners: eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid

Pros

  • Twin-Turbine technology, each with 2,000 Pa of suction power
  • Runtime of three hours per charge
  • Vacuums and mops simultaneously
  • Mop tank of 250ml that lasts 140 minutes
  • Google Assistant and Alexa compatible

Cons

  • Doesn't work with 5GHz WiFi
  • Mopping is subpar

The eufy RoboVac X8 Hyrbid is another vacuum with excellent suction power at 4000Pa, a slim design, and designed for pet mums and dads. The vacuum's Twin-Turbine technology generates greater airflow so it's easier to pick up pet hair as it goes. With up to 180 minutes of vacuuming capability at a time, and a 400ml upgraded dust box and 250ml water reservoir, it gets the vacuuming and mopping done for you in a jiffy. Order your smart robot to clean specific spots in a room through the app, and if the kids are playing in a corner, simply section off the area as a 'no-go zone'. This is great for families with kids, and pets, or the busy worker bee who never has enough time to clean.

Bonus: Save an extra Dh250 when applying a coupon.

3. Best Wet and Dry: Roborock S7

Pros

  • Mop pad auto-detects carpet
  • Scrubs floors using sonic technology
  • Proven to remove allergens like cat dander, dust mites, grass pollen
  • 300ml water tank cleans up to 200sqm
  • Nonstop cleaning for 180 minutes on a single charge

Cons

  • Mop cloths need to be rinsed after each session
  • Dust box has to be emptied out manually
  • Can be loud

Roborock S7 is for those who will need frequent mopping around the house, if your floors are mainly bare. The robot vacuum does everything a hi-tech cleaner is capable of - from no-go zones to scheduling cleaning times - but it stands out for mopping with a sonic vibration technology. Fed by a 300ml water tank, the device can scrub floors of up to 200sqm in one go. The only dealbreaker could be the manual effort that goes into cleaning and rinsing the cloth after the mopping is done.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh103 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh146.

4. Best Budget: Ultenic D5s Pro

Pros

  • Value for money
  • 3000Pa suction power
  • Four cleaning modes
  • Slim design at a height of 7.3cm
  • Syncs with voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • Mopping may not be reliable long term
  • Mapping function is not the best

The budget-conscious buyer who has pets or lots of carpets in their home needs this high-suction vacuum cleaner for daily maintenance. The vacuum is intuitive – when it runs over a carpet, it automatically increases its suction power. You can set it up with your voice assistant through WiFi and use the app to create routine cleaning schedules. The robot vacuum’s four cleaning modes allow it to switch between dusting, sweeping, rolling and mopping as it moves through the house.

Warranty: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh46 and two years for Dh65.

5. Best Multi-Purpose: Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI

Pros

  • Works as a security camera
  • Excellent suction and battery life
  • Great mapping and object avoidance capabilities
  • Syncs with voice assistants like Alexa and Google Home

Cons

  • Mopping fuctionality is average
  • Doesn’t vacuum carpets when mopping
  • Misses most corners

The Deebot Ozmo is great if you live in a multiple level home, and want to invest in a device that can do more than just clean. Thanks to its in-built camera, it can double up as a security device or help you look in on your pets or kids – you can even talk to them through the app’s mic option! It’s one of the most powerful robovacs in the market, and has a whopping three hours of battery life on full charge. Its mapping technology is capable of saving multi-floor maps so that it efficiently handles your entire home, no matter how big it is.

Our recommendations are independently chosen by Gulf News editors. If you decide to shop through links on our website, we may earn an affiliate commission, as we are part of Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.