At full price, robot vacuums can be expensive. But they’re often discounted heavily during sales, meaning Black Friday is one of the best times to take the plunge and buy one.
Black Friday is still a while off on 24 November, with Cyber Monday just after on 27 November, but there’s no harm in being prepared, especially since deals will most likely start much earlier and run for the full month of November.
As with so much tech, you tend to get what you pay for. We’d recommend avoiding the very cheapest, basic models that probably won’t live up to your expectations. Instead, use these deals to buy a better model than you might otherwise have done – you’ll thank us later.
More advanced models can map out your home and more efficiently clean it, whereas cheaper ones fulfill the stereotype of basic bots bumping into everything. More importantly, they often lack the suction power necessary to remove dirt from carpets and rugs.
Features such as self-charging mean there’s no worry of running out of power, and many robots can also tackle thresholds to move between rooms. Some can even recognise and avoid obstacles likes shoes and books. None can traverse staircases, though, so you’ll have to give them a helping hand if you want multiple levels cleaned – or go all out and buy more than one.
If you’d like help choosing, have a look at our round-up of the best robot vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed, to find out which one is right for you. Otherwise, read on for the best deals we saw last Black Friday. US deals are first and UK deals follow.
Best Black Friday robot vacuum deals in the US
Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI
Now: $999.99 ($550 off)
Get a massive discount on the X1 OMNI – the most feature-packed robot vacuum we’ve tested. Not only does its dock automatically empty the onboard bin, but it’ll wash and dry its mop as well. It has 5000PA suction, its navigation and mapping are state of the art, it has its own voice assistant and you can access its onboard camera and speaker remotely to check on your home and talk to your pets.
Shark IQ Robot Vacuum AV1002AE with XL Self-Empty Base
Now: $416 ($134 off)
This is a very budget-friendly way to get a self-emptying robot vacuum. If you want to schedule a robot vacuum to clean when you’re out and let it get to work for days or weeks at a time, an auto-empty station is a must-have. The Shark IQ also has a self-cleaning brush roll and is Alexa-compatible so you can clean using a simple voice command.
Now: $359 ($140 off)
Save $140 on this robot vacuum with a wealth of features. It has an auto-emptying dock, powerful 3000PA suction, a mop function and multi-floor mapping.
iRobot Roomba 692
Now: $240 ($60 off)
If you don’t want to spend a lot, this is a great way to get a robot vacuum from one of the most trusted brands in the sector. It’s Google Assistant and Alexa-compatible and has a 90-minute runtime.
Best Black Friday robot vacuum deals in the UK
Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI
Now: £849 (£650 off)
The X1 OMNI is the most feature-packed robot vacuum we’ve tested. Not only does its dock automatically empty the onboard bin, but it’ll wash and dry its mop as well. It has 5000PA suction, its navigation and mapping are state of the art, it has its own voice assistant, and you can access its onboard camera and speaker remotely to check on your home and talk to your pets.
Lefant M213 robot vacuum with mop
Now: £139.99 (£120 off)
Get £120 off this budget-friendly robot vacuum with 2200 PA suction and a mop function, and which is compatible with Google Home and Alexa, for voice control.
Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 920
Now: £219 (£130 off)
When we tested it, this brilliant robot vacuum cost around £450 – and we thought it was good value then. It’s now £349.98 usually, and right now reduced even further to £219.
Now: £369.99 (£130 off)
This great value robot vacuum has a wealth of features – and is discounted right now. It has an auto-emptying dock, powerful 3000PA suction, a mop function and multi-floor mapping.