The Best Self-Emptying Robot Vacuums in 2020

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
part of Robot Vacuums
created on July 25, 2020
updated on July 26, 2020

Robot vacuums WITHOUT the auto-dirt disposal function often require frequent manual emptying, which is inconvenient, especially for people with allergies. By investing in a self-emptying robot vacuum, you can:

  • Run the machine unattended;
  • Enjoy interrupted cleaning cycles;
  • Save time while avoiding unnecessary hassles.

Quickly, here are five of the highest-rated self-emptying robot vacuums to buy.

Roomba i7+

Appearing #1 in this list of the best self-emptying robot vacuum is the iRobot i7+.
So the dustbin of the Roomba i7+ has the full bin detect sensor. It’s different from the timer option where the robot self empties regardless of whether or not the bin is full. The full bin sensor of the i7+ ensures it returns home for emptying only when this is necessary. Eventually, vacuuming is faster and more effective.

Related: Roomba i7+ full review

For the self-cleaning function of the i7+, it works flawlessly such that the only input required is trashing the dirtbags, which is easy to do anyway. Also, the clean base is a bagged system allowing for some fresh, healthy air for people with allergies.

Two disposable dirtbags come with a package of the i7+, and iRobot says these bags can hold up to thirty runs of dirt. Replacement bags are available on iRobot’s website and their store at Amazon.


Roomba s9+

Roomba s9+ is the second self-emptying floor sweeper to be considered.

Compared to the i7+, emptying methodology and performance remains the same. Design is where the significant difference is noticeable. As such, the i7+ can’t use the base of the s9+ and vice versa.

Related: Roomba i7+ vs. s9+

Similarly, and if it’s worth mentioning, the total package of the s9+ comes in at a higher price than the i7+. Even so (but this is entirely my opinion), the i7+ is better refined with more positive user feedback.


Shark IQ R101AE

Coming in at #3 is the Shark IQ R101AE self-emptying robot vacuum.

The dust collector of the Shark, similar to the Roomba, is estimated to hold thirty runs of dirt. However, the dustbin of the Shark is time-based. Vacuuming, as a result,
could be delayed due to frequent emptying breaks.

The emptying tower is a bagless system, too. No ongoing expenses on dirtbags that turn out to be, but because this is a bagless system, emptying the clean base may not be as convenient, especially for folks who are allergens sensitive.
The auto-dirt emptying function of the Shark sure works flawlessly. Its shortcomings in areas such as battery life, mapping, pet hair vacuuming, and navigation kind of add another twist as to whether or not it’s worth it. Maybe check out this review.

Proscenic M7 Pro

With the self-emptying base of the Proscenic M7 Pro selling at around $99, compared with a certain i7+ at twice the price, it’s safe to say the M7 Pro is one of the cheapest–if not the cheapest–self-emptying robot vacuum in the market right now.

At 600ml dustbin capacity, it makes sense, particularly if you aren’t interested or can’t afford the self-cleaning base.

And because the M7 Pro has a bagged auto-dirt system, there would be ongoing expenses on proprietary bags. However, you can’t beat the luxury of hands-free vacuuming plus fresh, breathable air.

Evocacs Deebot Ozmo T5/T8

The last items to receive a mention in this list of the best self-emptying robot vacuums would be the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T5 and T8. The T8 is an upgrade to the T5 with the AIVI feature that lets it avoid small objects/obstacles (e.g., power cords, cables, socks, etc.) coupled with a home monitoring system.
With both models, there’s an option for automatic dirt disposal. Talking about the self-emptying bin, from a video I saw on YouTube and what I have read so far, the clean bases of the T5 and T8 works in a similar version to the Roombas plus it’s a bagged system. In terms of design, the T5 and T8 bottom appear very much like the M7 Pro.
Here’s a video of the Ozmo T8 self-emptying bin in action:

The T5 and T8 robot vacuums are available except WITHOUT their auto-dirt emptying bins, which Ecovacs say would sell separately in addition to currently being unavailable for purchase in the US. At the time of this writing, the Deebot Ozmo T5 (WITHOUT the clean base) is under $500 on Amazon, while the T8 (also WITHOUT the base support) is above $700.
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Utilizing a similar emptying method, all the featured items have an excellent auto-dirt disposal system. If you decide to go for a bagged system, the base of the Proscenic M7 is almost half the price of the Roombas (i7+ & s9+) and works just as well. If you don’t have a thing for unpopular brands, the M7 Pro is worth taking a look at if you prioritize air quality.

On the other hand, if you don’t mind holding the dust collector over a trash can, then maybe consider the Shark. Keep in mind, the Shark robot is currently a work in progress. That is, no area cleaning or multi-floor support; added on are its mapping problem and shorter battery life. That mentioned, the Shark is the only self-emptying robot vacuum with a bagless model so really no options there.

And finally, while there are knock off dirtbags on Amazon and some other places online, the self-emptying base of any robot vacuum will only work with the model it ships with.

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