Vacuum robots in the test – there are no good results with cheap vacuum cleaners

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Vacuum robots in the test: There are no good results with cheap vacuum cleaners

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Stiftung Warentest has tested vacuum robots in all price ranges – they were not satisfied with the cheap models. But there were good candidates for 350 euros.

Vacuum robots have conquered the apartments and then also the goods test laboratory. In the current test are twelve models – with prices between 175 and 1000 euros. In terms of the price range, the test therefore covers the entire environment. Whether that makes sense is another question. It’s a bit like kitchen radios competing against high-end systems. In addition, the selection of candidates is quite peculiar. Some companies are testing the new top models. The two world-leading companies Roomba and Neato, on the other hand, took – once again – old devices that have now sunk into comparatively cheap regions. The D7 is being tested by Neato – there are now four newer generations, D8, D9 and D10 – at Roomba it looks similar.

Cheap is not good

In general, the product testers summarize the results under “Thoroughness is a question of price”. The cheap models in the test were already weak when vacuuming. Only the Eufy RoboVac 30C still scored “satisfactory” (2.8). According to the product test, the device costs 270 euros. It is the only inexpensive device that achieves satisfactory suction results on hard and carpeted floors in the test, but is weak against dust.

The test winner comes from Bosch. The Roxxter Serie 6 costs 800 euros according to the product test, according to the price comparison it is available from 630 euros, so it belongs to the financial upper class. He received the grade “good” – 2.3 – and was named “Carpet Professional”. He also sucks hard floors well. The area coverage and the app are also praised. The old device from iRobot did hardly worse with the grade “good” and 2.4. The Roomba i7158 is even better on hard floors. However, the area coverage is not optimal here. For this, handling on the device and via the app scored best. Product test indicates a price of 500 euros for the Roomba. The device is also regularly available as a special offer for only 350 euros. Number three in the ranking is that Neato Botvac Connected D7 with the grade “good” or 2.5. The high follow-up costs are criticized here. The product testers indicate a price of 430 euros. But like the room device, you can get the Neato for around 350 euros.

Hairy test conditions

During the test, the conditions were tightened this time: It is particularly noticeable for robots when hair needs to be vacuumed. They are sucked in and then wound up by brushes and bearings. As important as this discipline is, the product testers opted for the “extreme” level of difficulty and distributed tufts of 20 centimeter long fibers. However, such long fibers in this quantity are very rarely found outside of a hairdressing salon. Should the robot not only have to fight its way through a sea of ​​hair for an hour every day in a test environment, but every day, every device would probably fail completely after a few days.

In our household with two long-haired residents, we have not encountered the hair problem in years of practice with several robots. As always with the tests of vacuum robots, the product testers have a flawed tone.

It is true that a robot does not eliminate all dust problems. The reason for this is usually the facility that makes individual areas inaccessible to the robot. In practice, the result depends on the coverage the robot achieves and how often it gets stuck in problem areas. This is partly due to the quality of the navigation – the product testers check this – but to a large extent it is due to the lifestyle and lifestyle. If there are only tables and chairs in the apartment, the Robbi has a free run. However, if the floor is populated by lights, vases and sculptures, it limits its area of ​​use. If there are shoes around, the robot will eat the laces.

Alternative options

With a wrinkled nose, the testers complain that you get dirty fingers when you empty the dust box. Right, that’s right. In an apartment without fluff and pet hair, this is the case about once a week. Unless you buy a vacuum cleaner with a large docking station. This is available from Medion and Roomba, for example – you should mention that if you are not already testing these devices. The relatively expensive replacement for filters and brushes is also criticized. Rightly so, but there is no indication that these accessories can also be obtained from third-party suppliers for a fraction of the original price. In fact, it is usually not necessary to use the original filters, rollers and brushes. The same goes for replacement batteries.

Of the devices tested, the Roomba (i7) and Neato (D7) candidates are the price-performance winners. The slightly better performance of the Bosch does not justify a price that is more than twice as high. Both companies have much better, but also expensive, devices. If you don’t want to get your fingers dirty, you should look around for models with a docking station.

You can take the whole test for a fee here see.

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