Best Robot Vacuum Review – Dyson 360 Eye, iRobot Roomba 980, Xiaomi Mi Robot

February 13, 2017 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Robot vacuums are becoming more and more common, and with that increasing popularity comes an increase in competition. There are quite a few big names in the vacuum industry, but not many are as well known as iRobot or Dyson, the latter of which fairly recently came out with its first robotic vacuuming product. We’ve already put out our full review of the Dyson 360 Eye, but how does it compare in real world scenarios to the likes of the iRobot Roomba 980, its closest priced competitor on the market, or the far less expensive Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum? We already pitted those two vacuums against each other, but this time around we’re throwing in a few new tests and dropping the Dyson 360 Eye into the mix as well.

As before we’re doing a series of six tests in the video below, all of which are designed to not just test the cleaning power of each vacuum in a swath of different scenarios, but also to find out which has the best navigation logic to cover your entire home. All three of these vacuums operate in very different ways, and that starts with the navigation itself. Xiaomi’s vacuum uses a laser-guided navigation system to map the world around it, coupling this with what Xiaomi deems worthy of the term AI (artificial intelligence). iRobot relies on a front-facing camera and side sensors to map the room, along with the same type of front bumper that Xiaomi’s vacuum uses for extra precision mapping.

The Dyson 360 Eye, on the other hand, doesn’t have a bumper or other way to touch the world around it, rather it relies completely on the fish-eye lens camera up top, as well as some sensors on the side and bottom to navigate. Our tests consist of two dirt tests: one on tile with grout, and the other on carpet. We check which vacuum sucks up the most pet hair on carpet, and we even throw a few shag rugs into the mix this time around to see if any of them can clean these popular extra thick rugs. Who wins in the end? Check out our video below, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for weekly content!