The Best Robot Vacuums Without Wi-Fi for 2021 [Reviews, Tips & Buying Guide]

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

Wi-Fi enables the App operations of a robot vacuum. The App allows control (start, stop, dock, keep-out zones) and personalization (scheduled cleaning, room naming/cleaning, zone cleaning, etc.). Buttons and/or remotes are the equivalent of the App in a robot without Wi-Fi capabilities.

Today’s update spotlights three of the best robot vacuums without wifi, compares wifi-deficient against wifi-enabled robotic cleaners, and finally highlights who should be getting what and why. Let’s get started.

Top three no-wifi robot vacuums to buy

There are dozens of robot vacuums out there without Wi-Fi functionality with awesome offerings at attractive prices. To keep things simple, here are three of the best no-internet robot vacuums to choose from.

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? Well, yes, the voice and app controls of the Proscenic communicate over the internet except this is OPTIONAL. Or in other words, if you aren’t interested in mapping, the remote is adequate and there’s almost no need to set up on the app.

Another interesting thing about the Proscenic m7 Pro is its gentle and precise back and forth movement, low profile (3.8″ tall), impressive threshold climbing ability, and versatile side brush. Ultimately, there’s improved reach and coverage (up to 300 m² on a single charge), less jamming problems, and increased protection for items on the floor.

Further, 150 minutes of run time, auto top-up and auto-empty function (external bin sold separately) helps prevent interruption to the cleaning cycle.

What’s more, the Proscenic m7 Pro robot vacuum has powerful suction (2700Pa) plus the airflow provides enough agitation on carpets and hard floors for improved pickup performance.

If it helps to mention, selective room cleaning, selective room scheduling, no-go zones, and multi-level mapping are exclusive to the ProscenicHome app. 

Also, the side brush of the Proscenic m7 Pro spins a little too fast in open areas. Shouldn’t be much of a problem as this can be fixed over a firmware update.

And while the m7 Pro is absolutely worth it considering its almost hands-free vacuuming plus the potential time-saving, it’s a bit on the high side price-wise. 

Watch this video from Robot Masters for a better insight into the capabilities of the Proscenic m7 Pro:

That mentioned, get the Proscenic m7 Pro if you:

  • Live in a large, multi-level home of up to 300m²
  • Have hard floors or carpets (low- and medium-pile) with fewer obstacles
  • Have a pet or people with short hair
  • Want a robot that cleans in neat rows and is less hands-on
  • Want a self-emptying robovac or one with a spacious dustbin (600ml)
  • Want vacuuming + mopping

Pros

  • Smart
  • Quiet operation
  • Awesome design 
  • Solid hardware
  • Better refined software
  • Methodical, intensive cleaning
  • Enhanced usability

Cons

  • Pricey

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 iLife v5s Pro is also quite 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 vacuuming situations. 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. 

Perhaps it makes sense to mention that intelligence and convenience have been substituted 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

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Awesome design & solid hardware
  • Quiet & stable operation
  • Impressive transitioning ability & cleaning performance
  • Genuinely useful and usable features
  • Simple upkeep

Cons

  • Smaller dustbin
  • Random navigation
  • Limited controls/settings/personalization

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; has straightforward, effective, and reliable operations (remote-controlled); follows a random path to cleaning; and lacks mapping, auto-dirt empty, and auto-resume functions. 

READ: FULL REVIEW 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

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Awesome design & solid hardware
  • Quiet & stable operation
  • Impressive transitioning ability & cleaning performance
  • Genuinely useful and usable features

Cons

  • Smaller dustbin
  • Random navigation
  • Limited controls/settings/personalization

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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 in relation 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

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 also involves the use of the unsightly magnetic strips or bulky, less effective blocks.

The app-controlled robovacs on the other hand, particularly their 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.

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 

Not as efficient (rely on persistence as against intelligence of the premium models) coupled with their no-frill 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 chops without compromising privacy and usability.