Gadgets Approved: Smarthome Robot Cleaners


Someone once said that it’s better to work smart than to work hard. Extending this line of thought towards everyday use, cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. While some rare (and weird) people find cleaning calming or relaxing, to the majority of us normal folk, it is simply something that has to be done. Not to fret, however, as we here at Gadgets have decided to take a look at the best Smart Cleaners for your home, and rank them based on different criteria.

Best Budget Option: Silvercrest SSR 3000 A1

Recently made available at LIDL, this cleaner is relatively cheap and easily available. While it works well as a basic cleaner, it is prone to getting its bristles caught up in carpets, which can be problematic. It’s not the quietest either, but if you let it run for half an hour, it can do a decent job. We would recommend this product for smaller apartments.

Battery Life: 6/10
Cleaning Power: 7/10
Sound: 6/10
Features: 6/10

Best Mid-Range Option: Xiaomi Roborock S5 Max

While cheaper options randomly bounce around your floors, cleaning wherever their robotic little nose takes them, this range begins to venture into proper smart devices. The Roborock S5 Max uses a laser to map out the floor in the rooms you are cleaning. You can select “no-go” areas for zones with wires and cables by simply drawing lines across the map on the app in your phone.

Additionally, this device not only sweeps your floor with brushes, but also mops and dries the areas it glides over. To make things even better, you don’t even need to worry about charging the device, as when its battery begins to deplete, it automatically returns to its charging dock. Pretty nifty.

Battery Life: 7/10
Cleaning Power: 9/10
Sound: 8/10
Features: 8/10

Our Premium Pick: Roomba i7+

Yes, the price may be a surprise to some, but in terms of smart-home robot cleaners, the Roomba i7+ is truly the cream of the crop. Roomba aren’t messing around with this device, equipped with both laser pointer to map out the room as well as cameras to identify low lying objects like wires, socks and even gifts that your dog may have left for you. In addition to auto-charging, the i7+ has an auto-empty bin feature, meaning you probably will never even have to interact with the device.

If you are lucky enough to be able to afford cleaning staff at home, the long-term cost-benefit of investing in a smart cleaner is easy to see.

Battery Life: 10/10
Cleaning Power: 10/10
Sound: 9/10
Features: 10/10