iRobot Roomba 960
£799.99 FROM irobot.com specs 0.6L capacity, 75-min battery
Here’s something we weren’t expecting: the wallet-busting Roomba isn’t so keen on darkcoloured carpet. Placing the dock on such a floor caused it to spit out an error; only once it was placed beside the rug did it commence cleaning, and even then it avoided the rug like it was a chasm. Full marks for caution, we suppose.
The pathfinding and mapping is superb – Roomba’s battery-powered virtual wall barriers do a good job of keeping it away from undesirable areas – and the cleaning capabilities are spot on. Its carpet-agitating bristle-free rollers power through tricky pet hair, and it can detect particularly dirty areas and give them an extra going over. This is a good robovac, if your decor suits.