The best robot vacuums in Australia for 2024

The best robot vacuums in Australia for 2024
This guide was last updated on 29 April 2024. See more.

The best robot vacuums in Australia have developed rapidly over the past few years.

While iRobot released its very first Roomba robot vacuum back in 2002, it’s only in the last handful of years that the technology has reached a point that they can vacuum your entire home without manual intervention.

What’s more, the technology has developed a lot in the last few years. Today, you can grab a robot vacuum for less than $500, or spend as much as $3,000.

There are basic models that do a really straightforward vacuuming job. Meanwhile, the flagship models will vacuum and mop, and return to a base station to empty. This means you really only have to get involved every couple of months.

It’s also important to remember that everybody’s needs are different, so consider your own requirements before you buy. Our buying guide to help you make that decision is at the bottom of the page.

If you’re not sure about a robot vacuum but still need to find something to keep your home clean, check our list of the best vacuum cleaners in Australia, or our rundown of the best cordless vacuums in Australia.

These are the best robot vacuum cleaners in Australia right now:

X2 Omni and the base station

The X2 Omni is the best robot vacuum I’ve tested since I launched BTTR. It does an impressive job of cleaning, has fantastic features, and its obstacle avoidance is without peer.

There are a few software issues, like the AI cleaning mode deciding to mop my bathroom floor before the rest of the house, that I would love to see fixed in an update.

There are also hardware challenges, like the mop lift not being enough to stop the mop pads rubbing along carpeted rooms.

But overall, this is an incredible robot vacuum. If you can afford the asking price, it’s a worthwhile investment.


The L20 Vacuum in its base station next to a speaker and the wall

I was really impressed by the L20 Ultra’s performance. It vacuums well, mops pretty well and avoids obstacles intuitively.

Its dock does a lot of the heavy lifting for maintenance, though you’ll still need to empty the dirty water tank and replace the dust bag periodically.

But a few strands of hair ripped apart the rubber in the main brush. While the brush is replaceable (for $49.95) and Dreame recommends replacing the brush every 6–12 months anyway, I expected more.

Its obstacle avoidance and battery life are phenomenal, and the mops detaching for vacuuming and extending to mop the edges of your floors are great additions. It has left my home feeling wonderful and clean.

This is a great vacuum let down by budget parts, but it’s still a great option.


Ecovacs Deebot N10 Plus

The Deebot N10 Plus is designed as a gateway product to bring people into the world of robot vacuums. And with that as its mission, it does an impressive job of keeping your floors clean. 

It’s easy to use, sucks remarkably well and by including the base station, means that you only rarely need to actually touch it unless it needs help getting untangled.

Which it will.

I’m at a point with my robot vacuum journey that – if you can afford it – I’d advocate for investing a bit more to get better performance, particularly around obstacle avoidance. 

But if the budget is limited, and you still want to let automatic cleaning into your life, then the Ecovacs N10 Plus is a great place to start.


Also consider:

iRobot Roomba J7 Plus

Roomba J7 Plus

The first Roomba to include a front facing camera, the J7+ has excellent obstacle avoidance. It dodges all the junk you or your kids leave lying around on the floor effortlessly.

The J7+ may not have the same level of suction as the S9+, but it does come with a docking base which it will empty into automatically after every clean, so you will only have to empty the bag once a month instead of every day or two.

It can be a little on the loud side, but for the convenience of automatic cleaning, it’s not too much of a price to pay.

Where to buy:

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra

The flagship model of Roborock’s 2023 robot vacuum lineup, the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra boasts in impressive auto-empty mop and dust base station, so you can set and forget your cleaning schedule.

With improved navigation and obstacle avoidance, plus better mopping vibration to really get a better clean on your floors, the S8 Pro Ultra is a cleaning machine for any home.

The mop pads raise and lower when going over carpets, though the list isn’t quite as high as some of the newer models on the market.

Still, this is a powerful option for anyone after a new robot vacuum.

Where to buy:

Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid

The Hybrid variant of the Eufy RoboVac X8 has made its way into the roundup thanks to its impressive performance on pet hair and intelligent suction power.

As a hybrid vacuum and mop, this model has a slightly smaller dust bin compared to the X8, capable of collecting 400mL of dust compared to the 600mL of the X8.

You do get a 250mL water tank to keep your floors mopped as well.

Coupled with Alexa or Google Assistant integration and a good app, this is a solid option for automated home cleaning.

Where to buy:

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni

The Deebot X1 Omni may have been surpassed by the X2 Omni, but reviewers still rate the original model as one of the best robot vacuums in Australia.

The all-encompassing base station will automatically empty the dust bin and wash the mop pads after every clean, so you only need to clean up every so often.

It offers its own dedicated voice control functionality, plus AI-powered obstacle avoidance.

While the X2 Omni is arguably a better device, the X1 Omni’s age means you can pick it up for much less.

Where to buy:


How we chose the best robot vacuum cleaners

I’ve reviewed a bunch of robot vacuums since I launched BTTR. But review sites – including this one – are subjective by nature. Everybody has a different opinion of what is best.

So for this guide, I’ve recommended my top robot vacuums from products I have tested, but also done extensive research to identify the top models I may not have tested yet.

This research involved combining the products recommended by leading review sites across Australia, and consolidating those recommendations. You’ll find them in the “Also consider” section.

As I continue to test more robot vacuums, I’ll update this guide to ensure it is regularly up to date.


Best robot vacuum cleaner buying guide

The iRobot Roomba S9+ - one of the best robot vacuums Australia - vacuuming under a lounge on a wooden floor

Robot vacuums take the pressure out of keeping your home clean. Through frequent automatic cleanings, you can actively feel the difference in the cleanliness of your home compared to a weekly manual vacuum.

Whether you decide to buy one of the products listed above or something completely different, these are the key factors you need to consider when buying a robot vacuum.

Consider your floors

Before you buy a robot vacuum, think about the floors you have in your home. Robot vacuums typically work best on hard floors like wood or tile, but can also perform on carpet or rugs.

However, if you have pets and carpet, you will need to invest in a more premium model with greater suction power to get the best results.

Bin capacity or base station

The dustbin in robot vacuum cleaners are typically pretty small, which means that even though the vacuum does all the work, you still need to empty it out every couple of vacuums.

Many of the best robot vacuums either include (or have the option) of a base station, which the vacuum will empty into after every clean. These make it much easier as you only have to empty the bin once every 30 or so cleans.

The catch is that you will likely have to start purchasing vacuum bags for the base station. That adds a new, ongoing cost to your vacuuming.

Commitment to tidying

Some of the cheaper, entry-level robot vacuums do a great job at vacuuming, but not as good a job at avoiding obstacles.

If you aren’t prepared to wander around your home and make sure the floor is free from obstacles, then consider buying a more premium model that can avoid them automatically.

Battery life

Today’s robot vacuums are smart enough to return to the charging station when they run out of battery. This means that battery life isn’t much of an issue, because the vacuum will return to where it left off once it has recharged enough.

Controls

Many of today’s robot vacuum cleaners have a dedicated app that will allow for room-by-room cleaning control.

But also look for things like voice control – does the vacuum support Amazon Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant voice controls?

Also consider the type of navigation the robot uses. Some create detailed maps of your home and systematically clean through, while others work a bit more randomly.

Filter type

If you have pets, or suffer form allergies, consider getting a vacuum that features a HEPA air filter. These filters capture microscopic particles during the cleaning process, helping reduce odours and easing allergy symptoms.

Also consider if you can wash the filter. If you can’t, think about how often you will need to replace them.

Price

Your budget plays a big part in the model of robot vacuum you should buy. Premium models can cost up to $3,000, and feature exceptional obstacle avoidance, integrated mopping functionality and more.

At the lower end, you can get a decent model for under $500.

Decide what you can afford and buy within that range.


Update history
  • 6 February 2023 – First Published
  • 1 May 2023 – Updated number of recommendations for products. Lowered minimum number of recommendations to 3. Added iRobot Roomba i3+, Roborock S7, Eufy Robovac 11s.
  • 2 August 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations. Removed iRobot Roomba i3+. Added iRobot Roomba i7+ and Eufy RoboVac G30 Hybrid.
  • 5 November 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations. Removed Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni, Eufy RoboVac G30 Hybrid, iRobot Roomba i7+ and Roborock S7. Added Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid.
  • 29 January 2024 –  Updated the number of recommendations. Added Ecovacs X1 Omni and Roborock S8 Pro Ultra. Removed Eufy Robovac 11s.
  • 29 April 2024 – Updated methodology to be based on first-hand reviews, rather than external recommendations.