The Best Robot Vacuums Without Wi-Fi for 2021

written by Sam Harris
part of Robot Vacuums
created on November 27, 2020
updated on May 19, 2021

The wifi of an automatic vacuum provides additional settings and control that can significantly impact user experience and cleaning output. Setting up on the 2.4Ghz frequency and staying connected however adds a new twist to the whole thing. That, and the wifi support for firmware updates that are as liable to breaking functionality as they’re to fixing bugs.

Don’t want to deal with these potential wifi issues of a robot vacuum or maybe you’re the type that is technically uninitiated and therefore looking for something simple and practical that just works?

You’re in the right place if you want to know the best no-wifi floor bots available right now in the market and their offerings.

Three items will feature in this list and besides a mention of the amount of control and settings they avail, today’s update also compares the wifi-deficient robotic cleaners against the wifi-enabled ones while highlighting who should be getting what and why.

Without further delay, here are three of the best no-internet robot vacuums to choose from. 

3 of the Highest-rated robot vacuums without WiFi

Proscenic m7 Pro robot vacuum cleaner

Appearing #1 in this list of the best no-wifi robot vacuums is the Proscenic m7 pro robot vacuum. Besides a remote and the buttons on the device, the Proscenic m7 pro is app and voice compatible. Wait, app and voice? Don’t these require wifi? The voice and app controls of the Proscenic communicate over the internet except this feature is OPTIONAL. The remote it ships with allows you to start, stop, dock, schedule cleaning runs, and spot-clean. The app allows for marking zones, naming/dividing rooms, and selecting rooms for cleaning. If you aren’t interested in its mapping function, though–or in other words, if you don’t live in a large, multi-story house; don’t have pets or kids or complicated floor plans; have primarily hard floors (Proscenic m7 pro is a hybrid model w/o the option to actively avoid carpets)–the remote is adequate and there’s almost no need to set up on the app. 

Also read: Full review (include pros and cons) of the Proscenic m7 pro smart vacuum

iLife v5s Pro robot vacuum cleaner

If you’re looking for a robot vacuum without wifi and find the Proscenic m7 Pro to be out of your budget or its offerings way more than your needs, then maybe check out the iLife v5s Pro–a more handy, practical, and budget-friendly alternative. 

For a bit more context, the iLife v5s Pro only uses a remote (no app or Alexa or Google) and doesn’t support the mapping function or over-the-air updates.  The remote allows you to start, stop, dock, schedule cleaning runs, and spot-clean.

The iLife v5s Pro is very effective at cleaning. It can run up to 100 minutes on a single charge and besides its decent suction and airflow that gets optimum use in open areas and along wall edges/corners, the suction inlet also allows the iLife v5s robot vacuum to cope well with hair. Reduced tangling tendencies that turn out to be, which translates to reduced upkeep and potential savings on replacement brush rolls. 

On top of the reduced ongoing expenses on parts, the iLife v5s Pro is just under $200 at Amazon. 

Do understand that intelligence and convenience have been sacrificed for affordability and simplicity on the iLife v5s Pro. Its random pathing and lack of mapping, auto-resume, and auto-empty functions mean increased potential jamming/coverage issues and/or prolonged/abandoned cleaning jobs.

Regardless, the iLife v5s Pro vacuuming and mopping robot should meet your needs if you…

  • Live in a small (~600sqft), uncluttered home
  • Don’t live in a multi-level home
  • Don’t have dark-colored floors
  • Aren’t interested in personalization
  • Want vacuuming + mopping
  • Have hardwood floors, tile, or laminate 
  • Have pets or people with long hair
  • Don’t plan to use completely unattended

Goovi d380 robot vacuum cleaner

The Goovi d380 robot vacuum concludes this list of the best robot vacuums without wifi. To avoid needless repetition, think of the Goovi d380 as the iLife v5s Pro (#2 above) without the mopping function and suction inlet (has a bristle brush instead). Or in plain English: the Goovi d380 robot vacuum is budget-friendly and effective at cleaning; has straightforward, effective, and reliable operations (remote-controlled); follows a random cleaning path; and lacks mapping, auto-dirt empty, and auto-resume functions. 

Also read: Full Review (include pros and cons) of the Goovi 380 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

That mentioned, get the Goovi d380 vacuuming robot if you:

  • Live in a small (~600sqft), uncluttered home
  • Don’t live in a multi-level home
  • Have dark-colored floors
  • Aren’t interested in personalization
  • Don’t want the mopping function
  • Have hard floors, carpets (low- and medium-pile), and moderately shedding, short-haired pets
  • Don’t plan to run completely unattended

Wi-fi enabled vs. Wi-fi deficient robot vacuums

Under this section, the implications of market demands, privacy, usability, and controls/settings will be discussed with regards to a robot vacuum’s wi-fi capability or lack thereof.

Market demands

Simply put, the odds are against the remote/manually controlled robot vacuums in terms of production/availability. The market favors the app-enabled robots and with less and less of the no-wifi robots being produced, parts may eventually become unavailable/difficult to find or afford, especially since the brands that care about producing items in this category care very little about parts and accessories.

Privacy/security

The manually controlled option wins here if you aren’t comfortable with a camera on wheels patrolling your home or are concerned about a company in China having access to your data. This is because registering to use an app-enabled robot usually involves handing off personal details like name, email, phone location, etc. On top of that, there are units such as the Roomba i7 or the Roborock s6 maxv that use cameras for navigation/obstacle recognition & avoidance.

Usability and reliability

Unlike the app-controlled options where a firmware update fixes an issue while breaking another–and then you have to wait for the next update–no-wifi robotic vacuum cleaners work anytime, every time. On the other hand, the app-enabled bots have advanced units in their lineup with premium features (methodical routing, auto-dirt emptying, auto recharge & resume, keep-out zones, etc.) that significantly impacts cleaning performance and user experience.

Customization and controls

Scheduling one cleaning each day, commanding stop, pause, and dock, and the ability to change power levels are about the personalization and controls/settings available in the manually-controlled robovacs. Restricting their activity usually involves using unsightly magnetic strips or bulky, less effective blocks.

The app-controlled robovacs on the other hand, particularly the premium models, allow room-specific and multiple-times-a-day scheduling. Not only that, with the wifi-enabled automatic vacs you can clean specific areas/rooms, or create barriers in-app to condone the bot off unwanted areas.

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W/ wifi or w/o wifi floor robot: which to buy?

  1. Get the w/o wifi floor vac if you’re a non-tech person or buying for a non-tech person. Aged parents for example–these categories of users will best appreciate the simple operations (no complicated setup or quirky app) and controls (buttons on the device and/or remote) of a wifi-deficient floor vacuum cleaner.
  2. Because they don’t have cameras, get a unit without wifi support if you prioritize privacy/want to reduce security risk. 
  3. Get one of the w/o wifi bots if you want simplicity and reliability since they don’t receive firmware updates that can break features/usability.
  4. Get one of the no-wifi robovacs if pricing is an important factor seeing they typically sell within the $200 price mark.
  5. Get one of the w/wifi bots if you want efficiency and convenience as they’re feature-rich and advanced, with the ability to receive firmware updates for bug fixes and usability improvements.

Conclusion 

They clearly aren’t as efficient (rely on persistence as against intelligence of the premium models) coupled with their shoestring offerings. As a result, cleaning could be delayed and/or gets more demanding. On the upside, the wifi-deficient floor robots are reasonably priced and suitable for multiple floorings (high-pile rugs are exceptions) and user types. 

The Proscenic m7 Pro emerged as the top pick given its logical pathing, near-flawless operations, and tons of control and customization options. Proscenic is quite pricey, though, which explains the inclusion of the Goovi d380 and iLife v5s Pro being more budget-friendly and practical alternatives that pack just as enough cleaning power without compromising privacy and usability.

Further reading 

The Best Proscenic Robotic Vacuum Cleaners for the Money