An app lets you select certain rooms and send the vacuum to them and also lets you create virtual walls to cordon off areas you want it to avoid. The Robot Vacuum works quickly and methodically, effectively collecting debris and pet hair from hard floors and carpeting. While the Wyze vacuum offers superior mapping abilities and cleaning customization options to other robots in its price range, the iRobot Roomba 675 ($299.99) remains our Editors’ Choice award winner by a hair for its longer battery life, better obstacle avoidance capabilities, and voice command support.
WHAT MAKES THE WYZE VACUUM DIFFERENT?
The Wyze Robot Vacuum is packed with an impressive amount of technology for the price. It features seven groups of sensors to map your home, navigate around obstacles, avoid falling down stairs, and automatically find its way to its base station.
The most notable of the sensors is a raised Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanner that casts thousands of invisible laser points to measure surroundings and generate an editable map of your home’s floor plan. Pricier vacuums like the Ecovacs Deebot T8 AIVI ($799) and the Proscenic M7 Pro ($499) feature laser-mapping technology, but it’s rare to see in a budget-friendly model.
Once the Wyze vacuum creates a map of your home, you can label each room, select the ones you want cleaned, and send the robot directly there. You can also create virtual walls so the robot avoids certain areas, like a mess of cords under your desk or TV stand.
Wyze Robot Vacuum
PROS Strong suction power. Features laser mapping technology. Supports app control, area cleaning, scheduling, and virtual walls. HEPA filter.
CONS No voice command support. Relatively short battery life. Occasionally gets stuck.
BOTTOM LINE The affordable Wyze Robot Vacuum methodically zips around your home sucking up dust and pet hair from hard flooring and carpet thanks to top-notch laser mapping and efficient route planning.
While some affordable floor-cleaning robots haphazardly ping-pong from wall to wall, the Wyze Robot Vacuum cleans more methodically, making straight lines. Using its four-core Cortex-A7 processor and the LiDAR map of your home, the robot divides each room into sections, calculating an efficient cleaning route.
As it cleans, the robot uses speed sensors to determine its location and path, a gyroscope to stay on course, cliff sensors to avoid stairs and ledges, and collision sensors to recalibrate when it encounters obstacles below the LiDAR scan. When it’s running low on battery or completes a cleaning cycle, the Wyze Robot Vacuum’s induction and recharging sensors help it locate its base station and successfully dock.
On the top, the vacuum has home and power buttons as well as a cover that lifts up so you can remove and empty the dustbin. Inside the dustbin is a small HEPA filter that cleans the air as the robot runs. On the bottom is a main brush and one edge brush. Most other robot vacuums, with the exception of iRobot models, have two edge brushes.
Because of its raised LiDAR sensor on top, the vacuum is on the tall side. It measures 3.7 inches high and is 13.8 inches in diameter. If you’re looking for a shorter robot vacuum to fit under low-profile furniture, options in this price range include the $220 Eufy RoboVac 11s (2.8 inches), the $220 Dser RoboGeek 23T (2.83 inches), and the $300 Eufy RoboVac 30C (2.9 inches).
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