Can a Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Replace an Upright Vacuum?

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
part of Robot Vacuums
created on March 18, 2019
updated on September 28, 2019

First thing you’ll learn in today’s update are the major differences and similarities being shared by the two robot vacuum types.

Other than that, you’ll be educated on the prospects and benefits of a smart robotic vacuum cleaner.

One more thing, in the concluding part of this article, I gave a verdict as to whether or not a smart robotic vacuum cleaner can replace an upright vacuum.

Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner vs Upright Vacuum

The infographics (courtesy of Miniwick) below show the differences between the two vacuums.

pros and cons of robotic vacuum cleaners
pros and cons of upright vacuum cleaners

Are Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaners Any Good?

(In other words, the benefits of robot vacuum cleaners). Here’s an infographic from Genuine Home Cleaner:


Are Robotic Cleaners Worth it? Are They Effective?

Vacuuming by hand, while annoying, and maybe just as quick as a robotic cleaner; regardless, an upright vacuum device struggle to go under beds or couches without significant effort and energy that most people don’t usually possess.
In contrast, the robotic vacuum cleaners because of their size will effortlessly go under beds and couches.

Plus, you used to have to vacuum by hand twice a week. Now you can clean once every two weeks.

For me, getting rid of X% of the chore makes robotic cleaners worth having.

Another thing: time is saved, and there’s a general improvement in house cleaning.

(Keep in mind, if you live in places where dust traffic in higher volume you may have to schedule more frequent cleanings in between possible–albeit limited–sweeping and mopping.) Regardless, an automatic robot vacuum keeps things looking better.

Or maybe as a way to spot clean the house on your way out? Automatic vacuums are excellent for this purpose.

Whichever way you see it, you’ll own a home cleaning tool that helps to keep things tidier while making your life easier.

Who Needs a Robot Vacuum?

  • Households that attract a lot of foot traffic.
  • Households whose family members may have back pain, lung diseases amongst other health-related conditions.
  • Households or individuals who want to keep up with the long hairs of their partners or mates.
  • Pet owners whose cats, dogs shed hairs like crazy.
  • People with allergies.
  • People who need quick fixes.
  • People who are living in an area where dust traffic in high volume.
  • People who want to cut down on arguments over who’s doing what in the house.
  • People who cannot or are unable to push or pull a manual vacuum (could be that they’re elderly, disabled or even able-bodied persons who simply don’t feel like doing full vacuum).
  • Busy professionals who travel a lot/don’t have extra time for vacuuming.
  • Homeowners selling their house who need to keep it as spotless as possible.
  • Also, a robot vacuum is an excellent solution for households or anyone at all who wants their floors cleaned regularly.

Which Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner is Best for Me? Which Should I Buy?

Answer to this question will depend, for the most part, on your budget, needs, choice, and lifestyle.

Elsewhere, if what you want is just a quality robot you can trust with your home cleaning, then I recommend you check out the Goovi robotic vacuum cleaner.


Price-wise, and unless you’re up for a robot vacuum with very specific features, you should get a decent robot vacuum in the same price range as an upright vacuum.

Or if you consider that both vacuum cleaner types seem to be at par on the noise level. Ditto, on the reach and accessibility level. This will usually depend on your needs though. If your cleaning needs are floor only, a robot vacuum is more than perfect.

A robot vacuum being compact can penetrate under a couch, the kitchen cabinet, and other hard-to-reach spots that a Shark or Dyson may not.

Take caution however as the robot vacuum has a tendency of getting stuck. But even at that, you should be fine with any of the latest models as they come with intelligent and advanced navigation features.


So, can a robot vacuum replace an upright vacuum?

I wouldn’t necessarily consider the robot vacuum a replacement for an upright cleaner.

Rather, I’d consider the robot vacuum a better alternative than the upright vacuum due to the fact that the technology of the robotic cleaner is constantly being improved upon.

Another reason to choose the robot vacuum: 20% of vacuums produced worldwide are robots. Something tells me homeowners and pet owners are deriving serious value from them.

Lastly and most importantly, you should be considering a smart robot vacuum cleaner on the basis that it’s everything the upright vacuum isn’t:

  • A time saver
  • A lifesaver (especially for homeowners with large apartments)
  • A productivity hack
  • A  trusted, hard-working, reliable cleaning assistant
  • A pet-, user-friendly, loyal homeboy

5 Best Selling Robot Vacuums Right Now

On Sale −20%Bestseller No. 1
ILIFE V3s Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Tangle-free Suction , Slim, Automatic Self-Charging Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, Daily Schedule Cleaning, Ideal For Pet Hair,Hard Floor and Low Pile Carpet
  • With a tangle-free pet hair care technology, focuses on picking up hairs, dirt, debris on hard floors
  • Low profile design to clean under beds, furniture where dirt hides. Ideal for hardwood, tile, laminate or stone.
  • Self-charging, programmable schedule, smart sensors for anti-bump and anti-fall. Runtime 90-100 mins
  • Easy operation with remote control, or one touch auto clean button on robot.
  • Tip: Easy maintenance, empty dustbin and clean the filter after each use. Replace filter every month.
On Sale −37%Bestseller No. 2
Robot Vacuum, GOOVI 1600PA Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with Self-Charging, 360° Smart Sensor Protectio, Multiple Cleaning Modes Vacuum Best for Pet Hairs, Hard Floor & Medium Carpet
  • POWERFUL SUCTION: 1600Pa of intense suction picks up dust, crumbs, and dirts. Ideal for hard wood floor carpet. Easy operation with remote control, or auto clean all at one touch.
  • EFFICIENT AND INTELLIGENT: GOOVI slim robot vacuum automatically returns to charging base to recharge when in low power, ensuring it's always charged and ready to clean.
  • THOROUGH CLEANING: 2.83" low profile design enables vacuum cleaner glide underneath beds and sofa with ease, cleaning under beds, sofa where dirt hides.
  • WORRY-FREE CLEANING: Large wheels roll over carpets and climb over door ledges to get to the mess. Multiple cleaning modes and a pre-set vacuuming time ensure an effortless clean while you do other things or nothing at all.
  • What You Get: GOOVI Robotic Vacuum, 4x side brushes, 1x extra high efficiency filter, 1x main brush, 1x remote control (2AAA batteries included), 1x cleaning brush, 1x charging dock, 1x adapter, 1-Year Warranty.
On Sale −33%Bestseller No. 3
DEENKEE DK600 Robot Vacuum,1500Pa High Suction,2.8 inch Super-Thin,6 Cleaning Modes,Quiet,Timing Function,Self-Charging Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair,Hard Floor,Carpet
  • 【New Upgrade, DK600】: Increased suction to 1500Pa, making it easy to clean dust, nutshells, dog hair, cat litter, etc; Increased the dust bin capacity to 0.6L; Super-thin body design, 2.8 inch only, making it easier to move and clean under furniture, so that it will not be stuck under the sofa or bed; Used brushless motor, so noise is less than 55dB, providing a quieter environment. Therefore, Cleaning can be done while reading and sleeping.
  • 【4+2 Cleaning Modes】: DK600 has not only 4 market-popular clean modes, it also added two new cleaning modes - max power vacuum mode and timed cleaning mode. In max power vacuum mode, press one button and suction is increased, so as to deeply clean dust residue and pet hair from blankets. In timed cleaning mode, you can start the robot to clean the room according to your schedule。When you get tired from work and get home, the DK600 has already cleaned for you.
  • 【Intelligent Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, DK600】: Built-in multi-function omnidirectional infrared sensor achieves anti-collision and anti-drop functions, protecting your vacuum cleaner at any time during the cleaning process. When the battery is too low, the robot will automatically return to the charging base station for recharging. If any problem occurs during the charging process, please contact DeenKee customer service and we will serve you 24 hours a day.
  • 【3-points cleaning system】: Built-in new three-point cleaning system and intelligent navigation ensure no dead angle cleaning in all directions, dispelling doubts on the cleanability of litter and pet hair left in the corner.
  • 【What You Get】Intelligent robotic vacuum cleaner DK600, 4 side brush, remote control, charging base, power adapter, additional HEPA filter, foam filter, cleaning tool, owner's manual and warranty card. Meanwhile, Deenkee brings you 24-hour after-sales service. You can have a perfect shopping experience.
On Sale −21%Bestseller No. 4
Tesvor Robotic Vacuum, Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner with 1400 Pa High Suction, App Control, Mapping, 110mins Battery Life,Good for Hard Floors and Low-Pile Carpets
  • SMART APP & VOICE CONTROLS:Use Alexa or Google Home voice commands to START and STOP cleaning. The smart app allows you to monitor real-time cleaning, customize cleaning mode, schedule cleaning, get access to our online-service whenever you need help.
  • SUPERIOR S-SHAPE ROUTE: Equipped with Smart Mapping System to plan the path for each cleaning and navigate to uncovered areas intelligently, fully covering your home with S-shape routes. Initiates an intelligent back and forth cleaning path when cleaning hard-surface floors, providing efficient and thorough cleaning experience.
  • EFFECTIVE CLEANING SYSTEM: Up to 100 minutes' cleaning on hard floors, the robot vacuum is designed to run with Consistent, High Power Suction, Low Noise, and Comprehensive Cleaning Effects.
  • HASSLE-FREE CLEANING: Never worry about cleaning again. Built with Anti-Drop (Stairs Safety) & anti-collision sensors to protect your furniture and prevent your Tesvor Robot from falling downstairs.
  • WORRY-FREE WARRANTY: We certain that this cleaning robot will solve your smart cleaning needs and that's why Tesvor proudly and confidently offers a 30-day return policy! Contact us in case of any question or queries!
On Sale −33%Bestseller No. 5
Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner, 1700Pa Strong Suction, Super Thin Robotic Vacuum, Multiple Cleaning Modes/Automatic Self-Charging Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair, Hard Floor to Medium-Pile Carpets
  • 1700 PA Strong Suction Robot Vacuum for Pet Hair: The slim robot vacuum cleaner(2.7 in) uses 1700PA strong suction, working with dual edge brushes and a rolling brush, which can pick-up almost all kinds of garbage like dust, pet /human hair and daily paper etc. With its excellent off road skills, thin robot vacuum R3500 is perfect for cleaning from hard wood floor to medium pile with 58dB low noise mute
  • Multiple Cleaning Modes and Remote Control: 4 Selective cleaning system-Automatic, Spot, Max Vacuuming and Edge Cleaning Modes will fulfill your different vacuuming needs. Also, the smart vacuum cleaner can be adjusted by the remote control to customize your cleaning time when you are not at home or too busy
  • Superior Battery and Washable HEPA Filte: Adopting 2600mAh li-ion batteries with working time up to 120 minutes when it full charged, meeting a deep cleaning from the kitchen, living room to the bedroom(about 120 square meters) 550ML anti-spill dust box supports longer cleaning sessions. Besides, R3500 automatic robotic vacuum goes with a washable HEPA filter, It is real green one and helps get rid of smaller household dust and allergens, ideal for homes with pets and allergies
  • 360°Smart Sensor Protection & Anti-Drop Technology: Our self cleaning robotic vacuum is smart to clean every corner of the house. Joining 360°anti-collision and anti-drop technology with anti- scratch glass top cover for protection. Guiding the smart vacuum cleaner robot navigate around obstacles and avoid bumping into objects or falling off stairs
  • 1-Year Warranty: 1-Year Warranty, 7/24 Online Customer Service. A coredy robot vacuum cleaner R3500, plus a completely range of robot vacuum accessories: 4x side brushes, 1x extra high efficiency filter, 1x main brush, 1x remote control (2AAA batteries included), 1x cleaning brush, 1x charging dock, 1x adapter