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Robot vacuums are becoming more intelligent than ever, and now you don’t even need to get your phone out to manage them thanks to a growing range of devices with Alexa built-in.
This means you can instruct your vacuum to start or stop cleaning using your voice and an Amazon Echo, or include it within Alexa routines such as asking it to clean when you’re away from home.
In this guide, I’ll share my top recommended robot vacuum cleaners that work with Alexa, with recommendations for every budget and floor type.
Using Your Robot Vacuum with Alexa
Robot vacuums should be an automated experience, so, what’s the benefit of integrating them with Amazon’s voice assistant? Well, here is a rundown of the things you can do with your robot vacuum cleaner using Alexa commands (varies by device):
- Start/stop vacuuming
- Send the vacuum back to its dock
- Check the battery
- Set your cleaning schedule with your voice
- Instruct your robot vacuum to clean a specific room/zone
- Locate your vacuum
- Use your robot vacuum as part of an Alexa routine
When using your robot vacuum with Alexa, you’ll need to begin phrases with “Alexa, ask/tell [brand] to..”, for example, “Alexa, tell Roomba to start vacuuming the living room”.
Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners for Alexa
These are my top recommended robot vacuum cleaners that work with Alexa:
- Best Overall: Roomba i7+
- Runner Up: Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 920
- Most Reliable: Roomba 671
- Budget Pick: Eufy 15C MAX
- Best for Edges: Neato D7
- Best for Pets: Ecovacs U2 Pro
- Best for Deep Clean: Dyson 360 Heurist
Keep reading for my full review of each recommendation with key features and best use cases.
Best Overall: Roomba i7+
The Roomba i7+ is a newer line from Roomba and provides one of their best cleaning performances, beaten only by their very expensive Roomba S9.
The i7+ is notable for the self-emptying base which sucks the dirt out of the onboard dust bin when full, you can go for months without any intervention.
The range of Alexa commands for the Roomba i7+ is more exhaustive than any other robot vacuum reviewed here. In addition to the usual start/stop and send it back to the dock, you can also ask Alexa to schedule cleaning at a certain time, to clean a particular room, or even to clean near a certain object in your home.
This is thanks to the iadapt 3.0 smart imprint mapping, this is their top of the range mapping tech that’s only found in high-end Roombas. Using their visual camera navigation, it will map out your home and provide a floor plan in the iRobot Home app, you can then label this with rooms, zones, and objects.
Runner Up: Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 920
Similar to the i7+, the OZMO 920 also has advanced mapping using Ecovacs Smart Navi 3.0 laser mapping technology, however, it uses lasers rather than visual cameras which tend to be much more accurate.
The robot will create an interactive floor plan of your home in the app where you can create rooms, zones, and virtual boundaries for room-by-room cleaning. The app is also intuitive for updating you when brushes or mop cloth need changing.
The vacuum is prone to getting tangled in loose cables, so you’ll need to keep your home tidy to ensure it doesn’t get stuck.
As for Alexa compatibility, the OZMO 920 has very similar commands as the i7+. You can start/stop cleaning, ask for status updates and even instruct the robot to start cleaning a certain room. Ecovacs have made some fun, natural-sounding commands too such as this personal favourite: “Alexa, tell DEEBOT it has 10 seconds to show its face.”
The OZMO 920 also has a mopping function and can distinguish between carpets and hard floors, you can simply fill the mop tank with water and it will go back over areas that need mopping after it has vacuumed.
Most Reliable: Roomba 671
The Roomba 670-series is one of iRobot’s more entry-level robot. Shown here is the 671 which is one of the most popular Roomba’s, or you can opt for the 675 which adds their Dirt Detect feature.
Let’s start with cleaning performance, despite being at the lower end of iRobot’s range, it consistently outperforms more expensive devices thanks to their patented dual roller brushes that get the smaller particles from deep in the carpet.
The vacuum has a 90-minute battery life but doesn’t feature Roomba’s recharge-and-resume so it’s only suitable for small-medium sized homes.
Unlike the more expensive i7+ shared earlier, the 671 doesn’t have any mapping capability so there’s no room-by-room cleaning or scheduling. It uses a random path navigation, although coverage of your room is still good with few missed areas.
The Roomba 671 robot vacuum is also compatible with Alexa, however, you are limited to the more basic commands due to the lack of mapping. You can ask Alexa to start/stop/pause cleaning, get a status update, and locate your Roomba.
If you have multiple Roomba’s in your home such as on different floors or you have a mop too, you can set names for each one, see some of my Roomba name ideas for some inspiration.
Budget Pick: Eufy 15C MAX
For an affordable robot vacuum that still offers good performance, Eufy Robovac is the go-to brand.
It has 2,000pA of suction power which puts it on par with some of the top-tier devices, it’s great for larger debris although its deep cleaning ability can’t compete with the Roomba or Dyson. It has several modes including BoostIQ which can automatically increase the suction power depending upon the floor type.
It doesn’t have any mapping, instead, the 15C Max uses a random path navigation so it will bounce around your home until it’s covered the whole floor. It still manages to get a good level of coverage but might take a bit longer than smart navigation vacuums.
The 15C MAX has wi-Fi and can be integrated with Alexa to control the device with your voice. You can ask Alexa to start/stop cleaning, locate your robot or send it back to its dock.
You can also name each Eufy Robovac, this allows you to use Alexa commands even if you have more than one robot vacuum in your home (e.g. one for each floor).
Best for Edges: Neato D7
The D7 is Neato’s signature robot vacuum and despite being a few years since it first launched, they have kept it up to date with regular improvements and software updates.
Unlike the other vacuums here, you’ll notice it’s a D-shape rather than round, this is much better for getting to the edges and corners of your room.
It uses Lidar (lasers) to navigate and map your home which allows you to set up zones and virtual no-go areas. This tends to be more accurate than camera-based mapping systems and means it will have no problems cleaning at night or in darker areas of your home.
It has a 700ml dustbin and uses recharge-and-resume technology so it can head back to the dock for recharge and return to continue the cleaning cycle.
The Neato D7 works with Alexa, allowing you to start/stop cleaning, send the robot back to its dock, check the battery status and locate it, all using an Amazon Echo or other device with Alexa built-in.
Best for Pets: Ecovacs U2 Pro
The Deebot U2 is a slightly more affordable Ecovacs device than the OZMO 920 shared earlier, but still includes the same cleaning performance and a few features that will appeal specifically to pet owners.
The vacuum has a large 800ml dust bin and Ecovacs tangle-free brush. It also has a 3,200mAh battery capacity which will allow it to run for 150 minutes, making it great for large homes.
Where it falls short compared to the OZMO 920 is the lack of any mapping, this means there is no room-by-room cleaning and you’ll need to purchase magnetic strips if you want to set boundaries.
It includes Ecovacs OZMO mopping technology which has an electronic water pump to accurately control the flow of water. In the app, you can set different water levels for different parts of your home, the vacuum will then automatically adjust mopping with no input needed from the user.
Best for Deep Clean: Dyson 360 Heurist
The Dyson 360 Heurist is the second generation of robot vacuum from Dyson, and as you’d’ expect, its cleaning performance is among the very best.
It uses Dyson’s cyclone technology found in their traditional vacuum cleaners that gives it an excellent ability to get the smallest particles from deep in the carpet.
It uses a camera-based navigation system (very similar to the Roomba i7+), you can then set different rooms within the Dyson app and schedule cleaning patterns by room. It has a ring of Led lights around the top that help it see at night or in darker areas such as a cupboard.
Its design is very different from other robot vacuums, opting for a thinner profile and taller height, this means it’s great for getting between table and chair legs, but will struggle to fit under a sofa. It also has tank track style wheels which help it navigate across rugs and other thresholds.
As for Alexa support, you’re able to start/stop vacuuming, change between max and quiet mode, and ask for a status update. Although Dyson offers room-by-room cleaning unfortunately there is no Alexa command to manage this with your voice.