With so many brands and models, you might find it difficult to decide which one you should buy. You might go for less expensive models or more advanced ones. You might go for more well-known brands such as Roomba or Samsung, or go for newer brands like Neato and Bobsweep. We can’t tell you which robot is “right” for you without including our own biases, since the decision depends on your taste, budget and needs. Therefore we limit this section to some suggestions so you can make a more-informed choice:
Let’s start with a more general concept. Imagine a spectrum whose one end says “COOL TOY” and the other says “HOME APPLIANCE”. Manufacturers might not like to hear this, but we believe all robotic vacuum cleaners can be placed somewhere on this spectrum (So they are not 100% a toy and not quite a serious home appliance, but somewhere in between). Of course, WHERE on this spectrum you pick your machine from is important. Here is what we suggest: If you are just curious about this whole thing and like us tech-junkies feel the urge to have a robot; if you need to buy something that does a bit of cleaning and entertains you and your family while it is friendly to your pocket, then a robot closer to the toy side would do the job for you just fine. If on the other hand you are looking to buy something that does more substantial work, has more cleaning power, longer battery life, etc. then avoid the cheap, simpler models because you will most probably end up not using your robot and pay again for a more-advanced model.