1. Eufy RoboVac 11S ($220)

There are now plenty of affordable robotic vacuums, "but none of them blend into the background like the 11S does." This nimble cleaner "sounds more like a fan than a vacuum," and it's far less likely to get stuck than most competitors. Buy it at Amazon.

2. EcoVacs Deebot N79S ($150)

"A quality heavy-duty pick," the Deebot features a high-efficiency filter and multiple cleaning modes. You can control it using a handheld remote, a smartphone app, or, with an Alexa device, by voice ­command. Buy it at Amazon.

3. iLife V8s ($250)

If you need a robovac that can also mop bathroom tiles and hardwood floors, consider this clever hybrid, which comes with a microfiber cloth attachment and an interchangeable dustbin and water tank. Even without a companion app, it's "a very good value." Buy it at Amazon.

4. iRobot Roomba i7+ ($950)

This new high-end Roomba — shown with its docking station — "solves one of the most pressing robovac pain points: It can empty its own bin." The $350 Roomba 690 is also a fine machine, but the i7+ has advantages, including a better air filter and carpet agitator. Buy it at Amazon.

5. Neato Botvac D4 Connected ($420)

Now that the navigational technology has improved, Neato's midrange robovac "gives Roomba a run for its money." The D-shaped dust buster uses lasers to map your home's floor plan, and its suction power will trace clean, satisfying lines in most carpets. Buy it at Amazon.

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