Though high-end robotic cleaners like the Dyson 360 Eye use cameras and apps to get your house clean, those fancy robot vacuums can cost close to $1,000. That's a lot of cash to keep dust bunnies and pet hair at bay.
Our tests show that a host of less-expensive—and sometimes lesser-known—models will clean your house nearly as well as pricier robot vacs. No robot vacuumwill clean as well as a traditional canister or upright, but they can keep floors looking fresh between cleanings.
To find the best, we rounded up the most popular robot vacuums that retail for less than $400 and spent a few weeks putting them through our robot vacuum obstacle course. While we did uncover a few robots to avoid at any cost, it turns out that the best low-cost vacuums can stand sensor-to-sensor with their high-end cousins.