This week's robot vacuum deals include two super cheap 2023 Shark models

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UPDATE: Oct. 18, 2023, 12:30 p.m. EDT This story has been updated to include the best deals on robot vacuums from top brands like iRobot, Roborock, and Shark.

Best robot vacuum deals this week:

Best budget deal
Shark Matrix RV2300
$199 at Walmart (save $100.99)
Gray Shark robot vacuum and smartphone with map of home on screen

Best self-emptying deal
Shark AI Ultra AV2511AE
$298 at Walmart (save $301)
White Shark robot vacuum and dock plus smartphone with map of home on screen

Best vacuum-mop combo
iRobot Roomba Combo i5
$279.99 at Amazon (save $70)
iRobot Roomba with water tank and smartphone with green iRobot logo screensaver

Only three things are certain in life: Death, taxes, and a few days each month when you need to vacuum but just don't have time. Whether you detest the chore or hope to make your home upkeep a bit breezier, a robot vacuum is a lifesaver.

Robot vacuums under $200

Our pick: Shark Matrix
$199 at Walmart (save $100.99)

Why we like it

Now that Prime Day has passed, the robot vacuum deal torch has seemingly been passed from Amazon-owned iRobot to Shark. For a solid cheap Shark option, skip the outdated $129 Shark ION and opt for the Matrix instead. For less than $200, you're securing LiDAR-powered smart home mapping and virtual boundaries, plus Matrix technology, which attacks debris from multiple angles in a crosshatch pattern to grab anything that was missed on the original pass.

Shark itself claims that the Matrix dishes out 50% more suction power than the Roomba i3 — and when the Roomba i3 costs $100 more even on sale, we'd understand if that's an experiment you're willing to compose.

  • Spot cleans in a thorough grid pattern

  • 120-minute battery life

  • Schedule cleanings in the app

More robot vacuums on sale for under $200

Robot vacuums under $500

Our pick: Shark AI Ultra
$298 at Walmart (save $301)

Why we like it

Another 2023 Shark release, the AI Ultra, comes in several iterations. This chic white AV2511AE model is at Walmart for less than $300 — just $20-ish more than a used version of the same model at Amazon. It still maps your home and follows virtual boundaries, plus empties itself into a compact dock with Shark's XL 60-day capacity.

  • Self-cleaning brushroll

  • 120-minute battery life

  • Self-emptying dock holds at least two months' worth of debris

More robot vacuums on sale for under $500

Robot vacuum and mop hybrids

Why we like it

If you do want those Roomba bragging rights but are still on a budget, the 20% discount on the Roomba Combo i5 is one of the few noteworthy Roomba deals post-Prime Day. Also noteworthy is the fact that it's the most affordable mopping Roomba and the fact that it just came out in September. It uses a Swap and Mop design, which means that a separate water tank needs to be manually clicked onboard for the i5 to know it's wet cleaning time.

  • 10 times the suction power of the Roomba 600 series

  • 90-minute battery life

  • Imprint Smart Mapping technology, but not virtual boundaries

More hybrids and robot mops on sale

Topics Robot Vacuums

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Frequently Asked Questions

The control of an upright vacuum comes with its own type of satisfaction. But if you're not one to classify cleaning as cathartic, a robot vacuum could erase that huge, agonizing task from your chore list. (And did we mention the joy of having "first-day clean" floors all the time?)

But whether robot vacuums are worth it or not comes with a caveat: It can't be just any robot vacuum. A cheap robot vac that doesn't do the job right — scattering dust, bumping into walls, getting stuck on area rugs — might actually create more work for you.

Suction power is key: A vacuum is the one purchase that you hope sucks a lot. Suction power is typically measured in Pascals (Pa), with most current vacs ranging between 1,500 Pa and 3,000 Pa. Stronger sucking will be needed to pick up heavier pieces of debris (be sure to set a no-go zone around Legos) and to pull matted-down pet hair from rugs.

Know your floor type: Carpeting and high pile rugs will probably require stronger suction than hard floors, as well as special features like an extra-wide or self-cleaning brush roll to prevent hair from wrapping and clogging. Folks in homes with multiple floor types might consider a bigger, sturdier robot vacuum that can hurl itself and its wheels over mats, rugs, and transitions from carpet to hard floors.

Consider automatic emptying: Because robot vacuums are typically under four inches tall, their onboard dust bins are also small — which means they frequently require emptying. (Dustbins fill up particularly quickly in homes with pets.) A self-emptying vacuum takes that job out of your hands, emptying itself into a larger dustbin in its charging dock. These larger bins can typically hold weeks of dirt without needing to be cleaned or dumped out.

Think about your home's layout: Every robot vacuum is equipped with sensors and drop detection. But if your home has lots of rooms, lots of turns, or lots of close-together furniture, you'll have fewer navigation issues with an advanced model that uses intelligent mapping to remember exactly how your home is laid out, including labeling of specific rooms, mental notes of staircases, and ability to deploy zone cleaning.

Pay attention to low-profile furniture: No one should have to be scared about what's accumulated under their couch over the past year. A robot vacuum measuring three inches or less in height should be able to scoot under most low-hanging couches and beds.

Assess battery life and square footage: One of the main complaints people have about their robot vacuum is that it craps out in the middle of the floor. Larger spaces require more time to clean, and it all depends on how annoyed you'll be if it only finishes a few rooms at a time. Average run times for the list below range between 90 and 200 minutes, which translates to about 500 and 2,800 square feet covered on one charge.

Look for app control: WiFi-enabled robot vacuums can be synced with a smartphone app to control scheduling, manual start, and cleaning settings, as well as telling your vac to make its rounds when you're not home. Low-end models that don't connect to WiFi will usually come with a separate remote. If you're used to asking Alexa or Google to turn off the lights or tell you the weather, a model with voice integration will blend in nicely.

Leah Stodart
Leah Stodart
Senior Shopping Reporter

Leah Stodart is a Senior Shopping Reporter at Mashable. She covers shopping trends, gift ideas, and products that make life easier, specializing in vacuums, TVs, and sustainable swaps. She graduated from Penn State University in 2016 and is watching horror movies or "The Office" when she’s not shopping online herself. You can follow her on Twitter at @notleah.

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