Roomba vs. Shark ION vs. Eufy Home vs. Dyson: Comparing Voice-Controlled RobovacsBy - 06/05/2018
Robovacs are among the most common and popular consumer robots in the country. They may not be as sophisticated as walking, talking robots, but they do their job pretty well. Meanwhile, voice control has become a mainstream feature in the smart home world. Thanks to Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and even Cortana, you can now control a number of smart home devices hands-free using your voice. But what happens when you combine voice control features with robotic vacuums? You get a robovac that you can “instruct” to clean your home anytime. The question is, do you need one?
Comparing Voice-Controlled Robovacs
To help you choose a voice-controlled robovac, we’ve compared four brands that offer them: iRobot Roomba, Dyson, Shark, and Eufy Home. iRobot Roomba, a household robovac brand, offers four robovacs that support voice control: the Roomba 690, Roomba 890, Roomba 960, and Roomba 980. Dyson, Shark, and Eufy Home all offer one voice-controlled robovac, namely, the Dyson 360 Eye, Shark ION Robot, and Eufy RoboVac 11c (Pet Edition also available).
Disclaimer: Though we have tested the ECOVACS DEEBOT N79, we have not tested any of the voice-controlled cleaners. We based our review on hours of research and comparing user ratings and comments about the products. With that said, I recommend further researching options on your own before buying a robovac.
The first step to choosing the right voice-controlled robovac is determining what type of robovac fits your home’s needs and your budget. Below, I’ve compared their price, and I’ve taken a few notes on what each robovac can and can’t do.
|Eufy RoboVac 11c||$199.99||Entry-level robovac good for single room/studio-type apartments. Its small dustbin and random cleaning pattern make it unsuitable for thorough cleanings.||Buy Now|
|Shark ION Robot 750||$349.99||Mid-range robovac good for maintaining hardwood tiles and carpets. It has a good battery life, which makes it a great option for average sized homes, but user reviews claim that it occasionally has trouble navigating back to its dock.||Buy Now|
|iRobot Roomba 690||$374.99||Mid-range robovac suitable for most floor types but not for thick carpets and rugs. It also has a good battery life, enough to clean a mid-size house. It has better navigation technology than Shark ION, but it still gets lost occasionally.||Buy Now|
|iRobot Roomba 890||$499.99||Mid-range robovac with more vacuuming power, better navigation technology, and tangle-free rollers to effectively remove pet and human hair from floors and carpets. Its battery life is similar to Roomba 690, but because it has more cleaning power, it can cover a mid-size to large home on a single charge.||Buy Now|
|iRobot Roomba 960||$699.99||High-end robovac with all of the features of Roomba 890 plus the ability to resume cleaning after charging. This automated feature makes the vacuum’s battery life somewhat irrelevant.||Buy Now|
|iRobot Roomba 980||$899.99||High-end robovac with up to 10x vacuum power when compared to entry-level Roomba’s. It also features up to 120 minutes of run time on a single charge, making it a good robovac for large homes. If it can’t clean an entire floor on a single charge, it will continue cleaning where it left off after recharging.||Buy Now|
|Dyson 360 Eye||$999.99||Most expensive high-end robovac but user reviews claim unreliable navigation performance.||Buy Now|
Voice Control Feature Comparison
The next step is to compare how each robovac integrates with the AI voice assistant you’re currently using. The good news is most of them work with both Alexa and Google Assistant, except for Dyson 360 Eye which only integrates with Alexa. In addition, you can control all four Roomba robovacs with Cortana using a third-party integration via IFTTT. Simply select Cortana as a trigger, set a trigger phrase and a couple of optional phrases, and then customize what you want Roomba to do when you speak said phrases.
|Alexa||Google Assistant||Cortana via IFTTT|
|Eufy RoboVac 11c||Skill Name: Eufy Home-RoboVac
“Alexa, ask RoboVac to…”
|Service Name: RoboVac
“OK Google, ask RoboVac to…”
|Shark ION Robot||Skill Name: Shark
“Alexa, tell Shark to…”
“Alexa, ask Shark…”
to get me the battery level of my robot.
|Service Name: Shark
“OK Google, Tell Shark to…”
check my robot’s battery.
|iRobot Roomba (all models)||Skill Name: iRobot Home
“Alexa, ask Roomba…”
to start cleaning.
|Service Name: Roomba
“OK Google, ask Roomba…”
to start cleaning.
|Required Applets: Cortana & iRobot
Say a specific phrase
|Dyson 360 Eye||Skill Name: Dyson
“Alexa, ask Dyson…”
to start cleaning.
The final step is comparing the features.
|Eufy RoboVac 11c||Shark ION Robot 750||Roomba 690||Roomba 890||Roomba 960||Roomba 980||Dyson 360 Eye|
|Navigation||Proximity Sensor & Edge-Detection||Proximity Sensor & Edge-Detection||Proximity Sensor & Edge-Detection||Proximity Sensor & Edge-Detection||Proximity Sensor, Edge-Detection & Visual Navigation||Proximity Sensor, Edge-Detection & Visual Navigation||Advanced Navigation w/ Laser Mapping w/ Tank Tracks For Smooth Transition From Floors To Carpets|
|Auto-Resume Cleaning After Charging|
|Cleans Carpets||YES, but not thick-pile carpets & rugs||YES, medium-pile carpets & rugs only||YES, medium-pile carpets & rugs only||YES, using a combination of tangle-free rollers and suction power that is 5x stronger than Roomba 690||YES, using a combination of tangle-free rollers and suction power that is 5x stronger than Roomba 690||YES, using a combination of tangle-free rollers and suction power that is 10x stronger than Roomba 690||YES, with tank treads for easy navigation and nylon brushes for deep cleaning|
|Detects & Focuses Cleaning On Concentrated Areas Of Dirt||Yes, Power Boost Technology increases suction power when needed.||YES, Dirt Detect recognizes concentrated areas of dirt and provides additional cleaning in those areas.||YES, Dirt Detect recognizes concentrated areas of dirt and provides additional cleaning in those areas.||YES, Dirt Detect recognizes concentrated areas of dirt and provides additional cleaning in those areas.||YES, MAX mode (triggered manually via the app) deep cleans any surface.|
|Multi-Room Cleaning||Best for single-room cleaning.||Best for cleaning large rooms or adjacent rooms.||Best for single-room cleaning.||Best for cleaning large rooms or adjacent rooms.|
|Deeper Cleaning on Carpets||YES (Manual activation)|
|Designed For Homes With Pets|
|Status Monitoring via App|
Ultimately, the decision is yours. Only you can decide which robovac is the best for your home. But to sum things up here’s a quick rundown of everything we’ve discussed:
Eufy RoboVac 11c is the cheapest option, but it has the fewest features. Shark ION Robot 750, Roomba 690, and Roomba 890 are all mid-range options for average-sized homes. Of the three, Roomba 890 has the strongest features. Roomba 960, Roomba 980, and Dyson 360 Eye are all high-end robovacs capable of cleaning multiple rooms. Among them, Roomba 980 seems to be the strongest option.
When it comes to voice control, Roomba robovacs are leading the way. Their integration with Alexa and Google Assistant covers the most features, and they have IFTTT support for Cortana integration. Also, IFTTT unlocks a lot of other possible integrations.