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8 of the best water filters for every situation — 02/20/2020

8 of the best water filters for every situation

It’s 2021 – time to admit that we’re so over bottled water. 

If you trying to eliminate single-use plastic from your day-to-day life but chlorine-heavy tap water just isn’t to your tastes, don’t worry. We’ve got the solution. What you need is a water filter.

Water filters and purifiers remove contaminants and impurities from water to make it more suitable for drinking and cooking. This allows you to utilise a reusable water bottle and fill it with clean water that you actually feel good about drinking. Filters can take the place of hundreds of plastic water bottles, which helps you be more eco-friendly and reduce the amount of plastic in landfills. 

Filtration systems are also lifesavers in areas where tap water is unsafe to drink, as long as they remove the proper contaminants like lead. Some even take away the sulphur taste and smell from well water. What you get is healthier, fresher water. You’ll taste the goodness as you drink it back.

Should you filter your tap water?

It depends. If you experience a chlorine odour or taste, you might want to run your water through a filter. If you live in an area with threatened or compromised water supplies, absolutely yes you should filter your tap water — you do not want to be drinking lead or mercury or bacteria. As mentioned, if you have well water and have been living off bottled water or drums of water, you can actually get a filtration system and make your tap water drinkable. 

If you’re unsure or nervous about your water quality, then test it. This can help you determine if you should invest in a filter. More on that below.

What type of water filter is best?

There are a few different types of water filters, and they’re each best for different purposes.

Water filter pitchers and dispensers: This is the easiest water filtration option because all that’s required of you is filling up the reservoir and letting the water filter down into the container. These types of filters are easily stored in the fridge or on the counter. Pitchers and dispensers are often best for people who don’t need loads of filtered water at once. They usually don’t purify water, so they’re also best for city water that doesn’t have viruses or bacteria in it.

Tap mounts: A tap water filter allows you to dispense filtered water directly from your sink to your glass. They attach onto your tap and typically last longer than other options, filtering out more impurities than pitchers do. They tend to look a bit bulky, but on the other hand, they don’t take up any space in the fridge.

Under sink filtration systems: Under-the-sink water filtration systems are a bit more heavy duty and are typically for water that needs quite a bit of help. For instance, if you have well water, one of these systems can make it drinkable and get rid of its rotten egg smell and slightly brown colour. Complete filtration systems will do the best job cleaning and purifying water compared to just running water through a single filter into a container.

Do water filters really work?

In a word, yes. You can actually test your water a couple different ways and see what difference a filter is making. Testing for pH levels is one route, and you’ll want to make sure your water is about a seven to 10. 

Another test is for measuring total dissolved solids (TDS) or salt, metal, or minerals in the water. These are your leads and chlorines and other similar contaminants. TDS is measured in milligrams per unit volume or also referred to as parts per million (ppm). Ideal drinking water is 0 to 50 ppm, acceptable levels range from 50 to 140 ppm, and average tap water falls between 140 and 400 ppm. Essentially, the higher the number, the more metals and minerals you have in your water.

The best way to tell if a filter is making a difference is to measure the levels in your unfiltered tap water versus the levels in water from your filter. Sometimes, if a filter is old or not installed properly, your numbers will actually be higher in the filtered sample. That is a problem and you should either swap out the filter or consult the product manual to see what could be the issue.

What should I look for in a water filter?

Before you look for a water filter, look at your water. What sort of contaminants are in it? If it’s pretty standard stuff like chlorine, mercury, and pesticides, you can get away with a pretty basic filter like a Brita pitcher. If you’ve got more extreme stuff in your water like lead and bacteria, a reverse osmosis water filter or tap attachment might suit your needs better. 

While some of the filters rounded up here list out a scary number of contaminants and impurities they can handle, not all of these things will be in your water. You might only have chlorine in your water and don’t need to be concerned about lead. See if you can get your hands on an official water report to accurately know what’s contaminating your water so you can find the best filter for your situation.

After doing hours of research and reading a lot of reviews, we’ve come up with some top picks for the best water filters. There should be something for everyone and every situation in this list. You just need to pick a favourite.

These are the best water filters in 2021.

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The Good

Good capacity filter • Reliable for the price

The Bad

Refill reminder not as effective as advertised • May be too big for some taps • Water takes time to pass through filter

The Bottom Line

Be careful not to overfill this one as the filter system is chunky and might cause leakage. But for a low-price filter jug it’s hard to beat.

Brita Marella Fridge Water Filter

A no-frills model that’s both affordable and reliable.

  • What it filters:
    Chlorine, Copper, Lead
  • Capacity:
    2.4 litres
Brita is one of the best known brands for reliable, affordable water filter jugs. The Marella is a basic model but it gives you exactly what you want at this price – clean, filtered, healthy water that’s always at hand.
It uses MAXTRA+ MicroFlow Technology. Micro Carbon Pearls reduce chlorine and other impurities such as lead and copper, while improving the all-round taste. It also prevents the build-up of limescale.
It has a total capacity of 2.4 litres and a capacity of 1.4 litres with the filtration system. A slim design helps fit easily into your fridge door. It includes a MAXTRA filter, which works for an impressive 100 litres of water – that’s four weeks’ worth of water and the equivalent of 200 plastic bottles. 

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The Good

Quality meter included • Side spigot • Removes lead

The Bad

Filter doesn’t last as long as competitors • Replacement filters are pricey

The Bottom Line

This filter will remove a lot of gross stuff from your water, though it will need replaced more frequently.

ZeroWater Pitcher

With a quality meter and side spigot, this pitcher has some impressive features.

  • What it filters:
    Dust, rust, pesticides, herbicides, mercury, chlorine, chloramine, chromium, lead, and other inorganic compounds and suspended solids
  • Capacity:
    2.5 litres
For a pitcher with more bells and whistles, turn to this ZeroWater product that comes with a meter for testing water quality and features a spigot at the base for easier water dispensing. 
ZeroWater’s filter utilises a five-step system to remove solid and chemical impurities, including rust and lead. One downside is that its filtration cartridge does not last as long as Brita’s, with a typical range of 100 to 150 litres or about one to two months. This can vary depending on your initial water quality. 
Where the filter falls short in lifespan, it makes up for in performance, removing more impurities than Brita’s everyday filter pitcher. 

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The Good

Long filter life • Saves space

The Bad

Bulky look • Plastic more prone to damage than metal

The Bottom Line

Though it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing, this tap attachment provides clean water with convenience.

Spardar Tap Water Filter

This attachment gives you filtered water directly from your tap.

  • What it filters:
    More than 70 contaminants including lead, chlorine, mercury, and pesticides
  • Capacity:
    N/A
Tap filters like this one from Spardar look pretty bulky on your sink, but they take the hassle out of continuously refilling a pitcher. Plus, they don’t take up any fridge space. Set up is easy — it screws on in place of your existing tap head.
This filter reduces more than 70 contaminants, including lead, and lasts longer than a typical pitcher filter. Plus, the simple lever allows quick and simple switching from purified water to regular tap water. 
Note that while this tap attachment is made of plastic, which could be annoying if the entire point is to ditch plastic in the first place. 

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The Good

Fits most taps • Very long life filter • Upgrades tap action

The Bad

Flow of filtered water not as strong • Clunky design • Pricier than other filter options

The Bottom Line

The design won’t be to everyone’s taste but the water will be. It’s expensive but long-lasting – worth the money.

Brita Filter System On Tap

A advanced system that literally gives you filtered water on tap.

  • What it filters:
    Chlorine, pesticide, lead, micro plastic
  • Capacity:
    600 litres
This is an updated version of Brita’s on-top filter system. Worried it won’t fit in your kitchen? Don’t be. It comes complete with five adapters so it will easily fit onto any standard tap size and design.
It has real-time filter lifespan. A LCD display keeps you up to date with how many more litres of water to go until your filter needs replacing. The filter has a seriously impressive capacity of 600 litres – that’s six times the standard Brita filter jug.
The Brita Filter System On Tap will also spruce up your regular tap action. It has three water delivery options – filtered, continuous unfiltered, and a hand shower function. 

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The Good

Long-lasting filter • Removes lots of contaminants

The Bad

Takes up a decent chunk of space • May have to drill a hole in sink or countertop

The Bottom Line

The iSpace system removes more impurities from your water than a pitcher or tap attachment could.

iSpring Filtration System

This under-the-sink system’s long-lasting filters remove contaminants from city and well water.

  • What it filters:
    More than 1,000 contaminants including arsenic, chlorine, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, and bacteria
  • Capacity:
    280 litres per day
If you’re serious about water filtration, an under-sink system might be best for you, and this reverse osmosis system from iSpring is highly rated and praised by Amazon customers. This filter is suitable for both city and well water and removes more than 1,000 contaminants including lead, arsenic, chlorine, and fluoride. 
Users recommend switching out the filter every four to six months, which is a much longer filter life than you’d get with a pitcher or tap attachment. As this is a whole system, it does require some installation. In order to install a reverse osmosis system, you will either have to drill a hole or use an existing one to place the system. 

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The Good

Attractive design • Adds minerals as well as filtering • Long-lasting filter capacity

The Bad

Some reviewers prefer standard filter systems

The Bottom Line

A sleek, stylish model that infuses your water with goodness.

Invigorated Water Replenish Glass Pitcher

A glass pitcher that both purifies and filters water.

  • What it filters:
    Mercury, copper, lead, fluoride, chlorine
  • Capacity:
    1.8 litres
This Invigorated Water Replenish Glass Pitcher is an upgrade from the brand’s previous pitcher, from plastic to glass — yet another step towards totally eliminating plastic from your life. 
It’s a more aesthetically pleasing option to other countertop filter systems, and and will suit any modern design kitchen.
To purify your water it uses a ‘pH on the go’ alkaline water filter which sits in the centre of the pitcher. The filter is packed with little balls of goodness which increase the pH level and add minerals – such as zinc, magnesium, selenium and iron – while removing unwanted nasties. 

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The Good

Purifies tap, well, river, and lake water • Large capacity • Long filter life

The Bad

Pricey

The Bottom Line

Though it’s a bit on the expensive side, this filter removes impurities from more than just tap water.

Big Berkey Water Filter

This large countertop dispenser purifies water from a tap, well, river, or lake.

  • What it filters:
    Hundreds of contaminants including viruses, bacteria, lead, mercury, and pesticides
  • Capacity:
    8.5 litres
This large, 8.5 litre Berkey dispenser allows you to keep a decent amount of filtered water on hand. Due of its size, this is a true countertop water filter unless you have a massive refrigerator. 
The Berkey’s filter can handle normal tap water or water from wells, rivers, and lakes. This is more than just a filtration system though — it actually purifies the water. It will remove viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites, and unwanted chemicals and metals. With two purification elements included, the Berkey can filter 23,000 litres of water before you have to buy new filters. 
Its design and stainless steel build means it’s also a good option for car camping. 

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The Good

Portable • Removes bacteria and protozoa from lakes and streams

The Bad

Straw requires strong suction

The Bottom Line

This water bottle is awesome for accessing filtered water while travelling, hiking, or camping.

LifeStraw Water Filter Bottle

This water bottle filters immediately while on the go and can even handle lake and stream water.

  • What it filters:
    Bacteria, parasites, microplastics, and chemicals like chlorine, pesticides, and herbicides
  • Capacity:
    0.65 litres
When you’re on the go, you won’t always have access to your beloved water filter, so we suggest taking one with you in the form of a LifeStraw water bottle
A filter is attached to the straw, so your water goes through filtration before it hits your mouth and can deliver peace of mind while travelling or hiking.
LifeStraw’s filter removes bacteria and parasites, microplastics, and chemicals like chlorine, pesticides, and herbicides. The water bottle holds 0.65 litres, comes in multiple colours, and includes a carabiner for convenient carrying.  
The best cheap robot vacuums for every home — 02/05/2020

The best cheap robot vacuums for every home

Robot vacuums can get pretty pricey, with some of the more advanced options costing more than £1,000. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles — like smart home mapping, mobile app integrations, and self-emptying canisters — then you don’t have to spend that much cash (phew). There are cheaper robot vacuums out there, and the best ones will get the job done without a fuss.

Inexpensive options typically don’t have smartphone app integration and must be controlled with a remote. You’re usually able to set a timed schedule with the remote or set it to go off in the moment, so you do have some sort of control aside from just pressing a button on the vacuum itself. Remotes often act as a steering device, allowing you to operate the robot vacuum like an RC car.

Most cheaper robot vacuums can handle sweeping up dirt and debris from hard flooring, but for your carpet, you’ll want to get a robot vacuum with a roller brush. The spinning fan brushes that come standard and work well on hard floors can’t dig into the carpet to lift embedded hair and dirt.

Robot vacuums are worth considering if you are someone who doesn’t have the time to vacuum regularly, someone who physically can’t vacuum, or someone who simply doesn’t want to do the vacuuming. They take the work out of cleaning and can be really useful appliances to have in your home device lineup, but that’s only if the robot vacuum actually performs the way it’s supposed to. 

This is a problem you could run into when searching for a budget-friendly robot vacuum, since the simple truth is that some forego quality in the name of a lower price tag. Before pulling the trigger on a cheap robot vacuum, make sure you consult reviews to see if anyone is experiencing problems or quality faults.

Some cheaper robot vacuums are not equipped to handle carpets. They either don’t have enough suction power or don’t have the correct brushes to really dig into the carpet to pull up embedded dirt, dust, and hair. In any case, a cheap robot vacuum is mostly to act as a supplemental cleaning device that does your day-to-day cleaning while still requiring you to do a deep clean every so often. They typically don’t fully replace a standard upright vacuum.

What is the cheapest robot vacuum?

You can find some pretty cheap off-brand robot vacuums, but don’t expect them to be top tier in quality. Be wary of any robot vacuums that cost less than £50. They likely won’t be able to give you a great clean and probably won’t have a very long run life. Some of the cheaper models can’t handle thick carpet or large areas.

There are plenty of robot vacuums on Amazon for under £50, but reviewers do not recommend buying them. They generally don’t work on rugs and don’t have enough suction power to pick up hair and larger debris, making them basically worthless unless you are just cleaning hardwood floors that are already pretty clean.

“Cheapest” does not mean “best inexpensive” robot vacuum

For the reasons already mentioned, it’s clear that the cheapest option does not always represent the best value for money. You want to find a good mix of functionality and price. Typically the vacuums that are £100 and up are going to be pretty decent and give you features that will actually leave your home looking and feeling clean.

Keep in mind that underside brush rolls are better for carpeted homes and if you have a big surface area to cover you’ll want to pay attention to the robot vacuums with longer run times to avoid having to recharge before the job is done.

What is the best cheap robot vacuum?

One of the best inexpensive robot vacuums is the Ecovacs Deebot N79S. It’s one of the brand’s older models, so its price often drops down to be pretty affordable at around £180 (that’s about the same price as a pair of AirPods).

If you happen to see any robot vacuums from iRobot, Shark, Eufy, or Ecovacs on sale for less than £250, snatch those up. It can be hard to find a good brand for that price, but those ones are definitely worth the money if you can find them for that price.

If you’re still struggling for options, we’ve got you covered. We’ve tracked down the very best robot vacuums that offer good quality at an affordable price, including popular models from top brands like Eufy and Ecovacs

These are the best cheap robot vacuums in 2021.

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The Good

Slim design • BoostIQ technology automatically increases suction power when needed • Quiet cleaning • Anti-scratch tempered glass-top

The Bad

Navigation could be improved • Cannot handle thick rugs

The Bottom Line

A strong contender that provides a quiet and effective clean, with automatic recharging so you can relax.

Eufy RoboVac 11S

This clever robot vacuum automatically recharges so it’s always ready to clean.

  • Run time:
    100 minutes
  • App integration:
    No
A robot vacuum cleaner is supposed to make your life easier, so it kind of defeats the point if you’re constantly having to charge your device.
This is not something to worry about with the Eufy RoboVac 11S, as it automatically returns to its charging base when power is low, ensuring it’s always charged and ready to vacuum. It also cleans for up to 100 minutes per charge, so you get to enjoy a completely clean home from a single charge. That’s the idea, anyway.
It’s rare to get a robot vacuum cleaner at this price with so many premium features. The anti-scratch tempered glass cover provides a sleek look and superior protection, while the triple-layer high-performance filter cleans your home thoroughly. 
Some reviewers have commented that the navigation could be better, and that is does occassionally struggle with thick rugs or carpets. It’s normal for robot vacuum cleaners to get stuck from time to time, so this isn’t a reason to not invest.

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The Good

Voice commands • App integration • Good for pet hair

The Bad

Random cleaning pattern

The Bottom Line

As a name brand at a good price, the Deebot N79S is the robot vacuum to buy.

Ecovacs Deebot N79S

This is a starter model with some advanced features from a high-quality brand.

  • Run time:
    110 minutes
  • App integration:
    Yes
Ecovacs is one of the most popular robot vacuum brands, so we’re very excited that it has an option for less than £250, as some of the brand’s robot vacuums are pretty advanced and pricey.
The Deebot N79S isn’t the most advanced robot vacuum, but it’s definitely a killer machine for the price. It’s equipped with two side brushes and a main brush roll to sweep your entire floor while also focusing on tough spots and edges. It can actually handle carpet well and won’t get tripped up if yours is a little shaggy.
This robot vacuum comes with a remote, but also has app integration to set schedules and run times. That’s not something you’ll get from most robot vacuums that cost less than £250. It’s even compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use your voice to set the vacuum off on its course. 
Unfortunately at this price point you don’t get smart navigation, so the Deebot N79S runs on a random pattern. 

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The Good

Powerful suction • Six cleaning modes • Obstacle detection • Automatic recharging

The Bad

No smartphone app

The Bottom Line

A powerful robot vacuum that performs like a much more expensive device.

Bagotte BG600

Bagotte’s powerful vacuum cleaner sweeps away hair, debris, and dirt.

  • Run time:
    100 minutes
  • App integration:
    No
Reviews are not always the most reliable source of information, but this robot vacuum has received such excellent feedback that it’s hard to not be impressed.
The Bagotte BG600 is massively popular with users due to its powerful suction and six cleaning modes. The idea is that this vacuum has the guts to get to work on multiple surfaces, including thick carpets. This is made possible thanks to the double-sided brushes and central brush that combine to sweep up everything in sight.
There is no app integration, but it does have infrared capture technology that automatically detects stairs and obstacles, and then re-plans its route to complete the task. Once it’s done, it automatically goes back to the base to recharge, so you can sit back and relax.

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The Good

Quiet • Good on hard flooring

The Bad

Random cleaning pattern • Not great on carpet • Gets stuck on some things

The Bottom Line

Though it can’t handle high-pile carpet, the Coredy R300 does quite well with cleaning hard floors.

Coredy R300

Stays pretty quiet during day-to-day floor maintenance.

  • Run time:
    110 minutes
  • App integration:
    No
The Coredy R300 robot vacuum comes with a remote control that lets you schedule and customise cleaning preferences. The vacuum has an auto-adjusting cleaning head that increases suction power and adapts its height to transition from hard flooring to carpet. 
Reviewers did note, though, that the robot might need some babysitting to make sure it doesn’t get stuck. It has a rough time with cords and tends to eat them up if you’re not careful.
There is no main brush roll, just two side brushes, so this vacuum won’t be the best for carpets and hair. This vacuum is definitely a solid option if that’s not a priority for you.

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The Good

Three-point cleaning system • 1500 Pa of suction power • Large wheels • Quiet

The Bad

Pushing the “cheap” definition • Anti collision sensors struggle in the sunlight

The Bottom Line

This powerful robot vacuum is not the cheapest, but it’s still much cheaper than most Roombas with many of the same features.

Eufy RoboVac 30C

This robot vacuum cleans for up to 100 minutes per charge, so you can completely clean your home without recharging.

  • Run time:
    100 minutes
  • App integration:
    Yes
The Eufy RoboVac 30C is not the cheapest robot vacuum, but it’s still much cheaper than most Roombas with many of the same advanced features. 
It offers up to 100 minutes of constant and powerful suction without being noisy. Its three-point cleaning system uses three brushes to effectively loosen, extract, and vacuum dirt, with large wheels that roll over carpets and climb over door ledges to reach everything.
The EufyHome app combined with Alexa and Google Assistant voice control services let you schedule and control your vacuum without any hassle.
6 of the best cheap robot vacuum cleaners —

6 of the best cheap robot vacuum cleaners

Robot vacuums can get pretty pricey, with some of the more advanced options running upwards of £1,000. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles — like smart home mapping, mobile app integrations, and self-emptying canisters — then you don’t have to spend that much money. There are cheaper robot vacuums out there, and the best ones will get the job done.

Inexpensive options typically don’t have smartphone app integration and all of the controls are done with a remote. You’re usually able to set a timed schedule with the remote or set it to go off in the moment, so you do have some sort of control aside from just pressing a button on the vacuum itself. Remotes often act as a steering device, allowing you to operate the robot vacuum like an RC car.

Most cheaper robot vacuums can handle sweeping up dirt and debris from hard flooring, but for carpet, you’ll want to get a robot vacuum with a roller brush. The spinning fan brushes that come standard and work well on hard floors can’t dig into the carpet to lift embedded hair and dirt.

Robot vacuums are worth considering if you are someone who doesn’t have the time to vacuum regularly, someone who physically can’t vacuum, or someone who simply doesn’t like to vacuum. They take the work out of cleaning and can be really useful appliances to have in your home gadget lineup, but that’s only if the robot vacuum actually performs the way it’s supposed to. 

That’s a problem you could run into when searching for a budget-friendly robot vacuum since the simple truth is that some forego quality in the name of a lower price tag. Before pulling the trigger on a cheap robot vacuum, make sure you consult reviews to see if anyone is experiencing problems or quality faults.

Some cheaper robot vacuums are not equipped to handle carpets. They either don’t have enough suction power or don’t have the correct brushes to really dig into the carpet to pull up embedded dirt, dust, and hair. In any case, a cheap robot vacuum is mostly to act as a supplemental cleaning device that does your day-to-day cleaning while still requiring you to do a deep clean every so often. They typically don’t fully replace a standard upright vacuum.

What is the best robot vacuum for the money?

One of the best inexpensive robot vacuums is the Ecovacs Deebot N79S. It’s one of the brand’s older models, so its price often drops down to be pretty affordable at around £180 (that’s about the same price as a pair of AirPods).

If you happen to see any robot vacuums from iRobot, Shark, Eufy, or Ecovacs on sale for less than £250, snatch those up. It can be hard to find a good brand for that price, but those ones are definitely worth the money if you can find them for that price.

What is the cheapest robot vacuum?

You can find some pretty cheap off-brand robot vacuums, but don’t expect them to be top tier in quality. Be wary of any robot vacuums that cost less than £50. They likely won’t be able to give you a great clean and probably won’t have a very long run life. Some of the cheaper models can’t handle thick carpet or large areas.

There are robot vacuums on Amazon for under £50, but reviewers do not recommend buying them. They generally don’t work on rugs and don’t have enough suction power to pick up hair and larger debris, making them basically worthless unless you are just cleaning hardwood floors that are already pretty clean.

“Cheapest” does not mean “best inexpensive” robot vacuum

For the reasons already mentioned, you can gather that the cheapest option is not the best value. You want to find a good mix of functionality and price. Typically the vacuums that are £100 and up are going to be pretty decent and give you features that will actually leave your home looking and feeling clean.

Keep in mind that underside brush rolls are better for carpeted homes and if you have a big surface area to cover you’ll want to pay attention to the robot vacuums with longer run times to avoid having to recharge before the job is done.

These are six of the best cheap robot vacuums in 2021.

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The Good

Really affordable • Multiple cleaning modes

The Bad

Small dust bin • Not good for carpet • Requires some babysitting

The Bottom Line

With a robot vacuum this cheap you get what you pay for — decent cleaning with minimal features.

Aiibot T288

The Aiibot is great for someone who is interested in robot vacuums but doesn’t want to drop loads of money.

  • Run time:
    60 minutes
  • App integration:
    No
The most basic robot vacuum on this list is the Aiibot T288. If price is your main concern, this could be your best option, but just know that you won’t get lots of features.
One thing we do like about the Aiibot T288 is the option to have it run in a zig zag pattern. You can also let it roam at random, though you won’t get as thorough of a clean that way.
This vacuum just has side brushes, so it’s not ideal for carpets or hair. It will suck up dust, dirt, and debris on hard floors, though. Sensors keep the vacuum from falling down the stairs or colliding into objects.
The dust bin on this machine is kind of small, so you might have to send it on a couple of cycles to fully clean your house. If you’re skeptical about getting a robot vacuum and don’t want to spend loads of money on one, this is a decent starter option. You get what you pay for. 

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The Good

Slim design • BoostIQ technology automatically increases suction power when needed • Quiet cleaning • Anti-scratch tempered glass-top

The Bad

Navigation could be improved • Cannot handle thick rugs

The Bottom Line

A strong contender that provides a quiet and effective clean, with automatic recharging so you can relax.

Eufy RoboVac 11S

This clever robot vacuum automatically recharges so it’s always ready to clean.

  • Run time:
    100 minutes
  • App integration:
    No
A robot vacuum cleaner is supposed to make your life easier, so it kind of defeats the point if you’re constantly having to charge your device.
This is not something to worry about with the Eufy RoboVac 11S, as it automatically returns to its charging base when power is low, ensuring it’s always charged and ready to vacuum. It also cleans for up to 100 minutes per charge, so you get to enjoy a completely clean home from a single charge. That’s the idea, anyway.
It’s rare to get a robot vacuum cleaner at this price with so many premium features. The anti-scratch tempered glass cover provides a sleek look and superior protection, while the triple-layer high-performance filter cleans your home thoroughly. 
Some reviewers have commented that the navigation could be better, and that is does occassionally struggle with thick rugs or carpets. It’s normal for robot vacuum cleaners to get stuck from time to time, so this isn’t a reason to not invest.

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The Good

Voice commands • App integration • Good for pet hair

The Bad

Random cleaning pattern

The Bottom Line

As a name brand at a good price, the Deebot N79S is the robot vacuum to buy.

Ecovacs Deebot N79S

This is a starter model with some advanced features from a high-quality brand.

  • Run time:
    110 minutes
  • App integration:
    Yes
Ecovacs is one of the most popular robot vacuum brands, so we’re very excited that it has an option for less than £250, as some of the brand’s robot vacuums are pretty advanced and pricey.
The Deebot N79S isn’t the most advanced robot vacuum, but it’s definitely a killer machine for the price. It’s equipped with two side brushes and a main brush roll to sweep your entire floor while also focusing on tough spots and edges. It can actually handle carpet well and won’t get tripped up if yours is a little shaggy.
This robot vacuum comes with a remote, but also has app integration to set schedules and run times. That’s not something you’ll get from most robot vacuums that cost less than £250. It’s even compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use your voice to set the vacuum off on its course. 
Unfortunately at this price point you don’t get smart navigation, so the Deebot N79S runs on a random pattern. 

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The Good

Powerful suction • Six cleaning modes • Obstacle detection • Automatic recharging

The Bad

No smartphone app

The Bottom Line

A powerful robot vacuum that performs like a much more expensive device.

Bagotte BG600

Bagotte’s powerful vacuum cleaner sweeps away hair, debris, and dirt.

  • Run time:
    100 minutes
  • App integration:
    No
Reviews are not always the most reliable source of information, but this robot vacuum has received such excellent feedback that it’s hard to not be impressed.
The Bagotte BG600 is massively popular with users due to its powerful suction and six cleaning modes. The idea is that this vacuum has the guts to get to work on multiple surfaces, including thick carpets. This is made possible thanks to the double-sided brushes and central brush that combine to sweep up everything in sight.
There is no app integration, but it does have infrared capture technology that automatically detects stairs and obstacles, and then re-plans its route to complete the task. Once it’s done, it automatically goes back to the base to recharge, so you can sit back and relax.

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The Good

Remote control • Good for picking up short hair and dust

The Bad

No app integration • Doesn’t pick up larger debris • Random cleaning pattern • Not as effective on carpet

The Bottom Line

This robot vacuum is nothing fancy, but it’s a decent machine for the price.

ILIFE V3s Pro

While this isn’t powerful enough to completely replace a traditional vacuum, it does help with daily cleaning.

  • Run time:
    100 minutes
  • App integration:
    No
The ILIFE V3s Pro is a pretty basic robot vacuum, lacking any bells and whistles. It’s not the best on carpet, especially thicker, high-pile carpet, but reviewers rave about its ability to suck up dirt, dust, and hair on hard flooring.
This vacuum does not have a rolling brush, but rather two spinning brushes. This means it won’t collect long hair very efficiently and will likely tangle. However, short hair and pet fur should not be a problem.
There’s no smart mapping, so the vacuum just sort of runs in a random pattern until it needs to recharge — it does return itself to the charging dock when the battery is low, so that’s nice. You can schedule the robot instead of letting it just run the 90 to 100 minutes that its battery will allow. There is no app integration, so all of the controls come from the included remote.
Unfortunately, the ILIFE V3s Pro gets stuck on cords and cannot easily get over rugs. It’s definitely not the most advanced option out there and it won’t replace a traditional vacuum, but it is good for daily cleaning and maintenance.  

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The Good

Quiet • Good on hard flooring

The Bad

Random cleaning pattern • Not great on carpet • Gets stuck on some things

The Bottom Line

Though it can’t handle high-pile carpet, the Coredy R300 does quite well with cleaning hard floors.

Coredy R300

Stays pretty quiet during day-to-day floor maintenance.

  • Run time:
    110 minutes
  • App integration:
    No
The Coredy R300 robot vacuum comes with a remote control that lets you schedule and customise cleaning preferences. The vacuum has an auto-adjusting cleaning head that increases suction power and adapts its height to transition from hard flooring to carpet. 
Reviewers did note, though, that the robot might need some babysitting to make sure it doesn’t get stuck. It has a rough time with cords and tends to eat them up if you’re not careful.
There is no main brush roll, just two side brushes, so this vacuum won’t be the best for carpets and hair. This vacuum is definitely a solid option if that’s not a priority for you.