This Samsung Robot Vacuum Beats Roomba Models, Consumer Reports Says

Vacuum cleaners are a must for home maintenance. They’re also a bit of a pain to store, and finding the time to actually pull it out and clean with it can be frustrating. That’s why robot vacuums have quickly gained popularity. The iRobot Roomba has risen to the top as one of the best robotic vacuum models, and many consumers turn to the brand first. But there’s a surprise entry from Samsung that outshines even some ever-popular Roomba machines.

Roomba gets the job done

It’s no surprise that iRobot Roomba models claimed the most spots on Consumer Reports’ list of recommended robot vacuums. In fact, of 36 slots, Roomba holds seven. They may not be suitable for detailing your car, but these motorized machines work wonders in your home.

The iRobot Roomba S9+ and S9 tied, although the S9+ ranks first. Both earned an overall CR score of 83 out of 100.

The iRobot i3+ and the i3 took fourth and fifth place with an overall score of 72. The iRobot Roomba 960 placed sixth with a score of 71.

The i7+ and the e5 took the eighth and ninth spots, ensuring Roomba models took home most of the top 10 slots. But the real question is which brand took seventh place, beating out two Roomba models. 

There’s a new robot vacuum in town: The Samsung POWERbot 

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The Samsung POWERbot R7040 took seventh place with an overall score of 71. Though Samsung may not be known for its vacuums, the South Korean company is well-known for its superior tech.

So, what helped the POWERbot R7040 stand out in a crowded segment? According to Consumer Reports, its strength is its carpet-cleaning power. In fact, it does a great job at cleaning carpets and transitions to bare floors with no issues. The best part is that it does all of this in only one pass. 

CR’s reviewers also like how well the POWERbot R7040 cleans edges. The removable brush roll is a nice touch that makes cleaning and maintenance easier.

The one area where the Samsung POWERbot R7040 doesn’t shine is its profile. Though it has a rather cool look that draws attention, it’s too tall to fit under some furniture. That means you’d have to move the furniture for the POWERbot R7040 to reach some areas, or you’d have to vacuum those areas the old-fashioned way.

But that might be a small inconvenience when you consider that the Samsung POWERbot R7040 costs only $429. That’s inexpensive compared to other robot vacuums, especially the iRobot Roomba S9+, which retails for a whopping $950.

What makes a robot vacuum great in Consumer Reports’ opinion?

Consumer Reports rated 36 robot vacuums. The review site was quick to point out that no model is great for deep cleaning, but it gets the job done in cleaning the surface litter that comes with living life. That said, there are a few that really stand out.

CR’s testers determined which are the best of the best by performing a few tests. During their evaluations, they looked for ease of programming, setup, cleaning ability, and other performance aspects. This required making a bit of a mess.

“We embed talc, sand, and pet hair into carpet before vacuuming,” Consumer Reports said. “We use the same recipe of litter on bare floors and observe whether the vacuum picks it up or scatters it about. And we maneuver the vacuum around rooms and furniture, just like you would, to make sure it’s easy to handle.”

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