The 10 best robot vacuums with laser navigation

Updated 02. May 2022 by
Saugroboter with Laser navigation

It all started with a vision to create robots to perform household chores as intelligently as humans—something to make complicated processes simple or something to allow humans to transfer menial tasks to appliances, so they didn’t have to do these tasks themselves. In 2010, NEATO launched the first smart, laser-navigating robot vacuum, which would pave the way for other companies to follow in their footsteps and make robot vacuum cleaners smarter and more efficient in cleaning.

The 10 best robot vacuums with laser navigation

Based on: 55,601 user reviews 60 expert reviews 34 robot vacuums with laser mapping compared

Rank Image Robot vacuum Score Verdict Price
1 Roborock S4 Max Roborock S4 Max 95 Very good $380
2 Roborock S7 Roborock S7 95 Very good $650
3 Roborock S5 Max Roborock S5 Max 95 Very good $550
4 Roborock S6 Pure Roborock S6 Pure 95 Very good $460
5 Roborock S7+ Roborock S7+ 94 Good $950
6 Honiture Q6 Pro Honiture Q6 Pro 94 Good $550
7 ‎Laresar L6 Pro ‎Laresar L6 Pro 94 Good $550
8 Dreametech D9 Dreametech D9 90 Good $300
9 Airrobo T10+ Airrobo T10+ 90 Good $500
10 Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 89 Good $542

See all the 64 best robot vacuums here.

Specification comparison

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What is laser navigation?

Saugroboter Lasernavigation

Laser navigation is a state-of-the-art option for free navigation, which, simply put, means the navigation of a certain object without the need for wires, tapes, and reflectors. This is done by mounting a rotating laser scanner on top of an object and allowing it to accurately measure angles and distances in relation to itself.

Laser navigation has become quite popular for various reasons and comes in various forms, such as the type of navigation found in LGVs (laser-guided vehicles). Over the past few years, however, laser navigation has become a very useful addition to household appliances, mainly robot vacuums, as brands try to find ways to make their appliances work smarter and more efficiently.

Robot vacuums that are equipped with laser navigation are more advanced in terms of technology. They can easily sense their environment with the use of LiDAR (light detection and ranging). Not only can they operate in total darkness, but they are also able to map a room precisely. They are more efficient when it comes to cleaning and are less prone to bumping into furniture. They are also faster and take less time to make their cleaning rounds in a room due to their high-precision sensors that let them plan out the best cleaning map around a room.

Pros and cons of laser navigation

Pros

Robot vacuum cleaner with laser navigation

  • Smart mapping: A robot that is equipped with laser navigation scans your whole home and stores a floor map of every room. While it is cleaning, it will use the information on that floor map to come up with the best possible cleaning pattern.
  • Safety: Robots with laser navigation are not only able to detect your floor map—they can also detect objects to avoid bumping into them. Valuables, such as vases, and items that could cause further destruction on your floor or your robot, such as your pet’s water dish, are all safe from being damaged when your robot makes its cleaning rounds.
  • Speed: Robot vacuums with laser navigation are equipped with the technology that will let them scan your home and create a map. Thus, they have the ability to clean your rooms faster because they are able to come up with a cleaning plan and pattern to avoid having to go back to spots they missed or even returning to a place they already cleaned.

Cons

  • Expensive: It’s no big secret that robots with laser navigation tend to be a bit on the pricier side. With the best kind of technology on them, they can cost more than several hundred robots that are equipped with gyroscope sensors or stereoscopic cameras.

Who is a robot vacuum with laser navigation suited for

  • Huge houses or houses with multiple rooms: If you have a big house or a house that has multiple rooms, you’ll want a robot that can easily and efficiently do the cleaning for you. Because robots with laser navigation are able to map out the whole house very precisely, they can store the various floor levels and rooms in their system and take a specific map out when they need to do the cleaning.
  • Night-time or odd cleaning schedules: If you want your robot to do the cleaning at night or while you’re away and the rooms are dark, a robot vacuum with laser navigation is what you will need. Robot vacuums that are equipped with laser navigation are able to navigate around the house and do their cleaning, no matter how dark it is. Because they are able to make their way effortlessly around your home, there is little need to supervise them or constantly check up on them compared to other robot vacuums.

Alternatives to laser navigation

Robot vacuum cleaner Navigation

While robots navigate their way around homes and pick up crumbs, dirt, debris, and sometimes even pet hair from your floors and carpets, they also need to be equipped with something that will help them “see” their way around furniture, walls, and other obstacles.

However, not all robot vacuums are built with laser navigation, as this can increase their price considerably. Other robot vacuum cleaners are equipped with sensors, cameras, and various kinds of technology to help them navigate around your home. Some of them are:

Camera-based mapping / stereoscopic cameras

Robot vacuums that are equipped with cameras allow the robots to take shots of their surroundings and create a map of the house. While they can be pretty accurate in recording and navigating, they are not as accurate as robots equipped with an LDS (Laser Distance Sensor), nor can they work in the dark.

Gyroscope navigation

Some robot vacuums come with sensors, such as gyroscopes and accelerometers, which is a somewhat cheaper technology used to measure distances and objects around your house. Nevertheless, their measurements are not as precise, is their map is not very accurate, nor their navigation is as good as the one in robot vacuums with laser or camera-based technology.

Infrared sensors

Robot vacuums with built-in infrared sensors allow the robot to sense when it is about to approach an object or a ledge in order to keep it from bumping into things or falling off stairs.

Combined sensors navigation

Saugroboter mit Lasernavigation und vSLAM

Some robot vacuums have more than one of the sensors or technology listed above. A lot of the robots use one kind of navigation technology (e.g. stereoscopic camera or gyroscope) but include a combination of infrared sensors in the sides and bottom of the robot to help it detect objects and stairs.

How many robot vacuums are built with laser navigation?

In our comparison of the 64 various robot vacuums, 55 % are built with laser navigation. The chart below shows the distribution in terms of navigation methods for various robot vacuums.

LDS (55%)
No (17%)
Camera (15%)
Gyroscope (12%)
LDS+Camera (2%)
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Comparison

caret-up caret-down Product information
Roborock S4 Max Roborock S7
Roborock S5 Max
Name Roborock S4 Max Roborock S7 Roborock S5 Max
Score
95
95
95
Rank Rank 1 of 64 Rank 2 of 64 Rank 3 of 64
Reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.7)
1901 reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.7)
1748 reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.7)
1425 reviews
Price 380 $ 650 $ 550 $
caret-up caret-down Battery
Max runtime 180 min 180 min 120 min
Charge time 240 min 240 min
Battery type Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Battery capacity 5200 mAh 5200 mAh 5200 mAh
caret-up caret-down Cleaning
Cleaning area 3228.9 ft2 2152.6 ft2 2152.6 ft2
Sound level 69 dB 67 dB 60 dB
Suction power 2000 Pa 2500 Pa 2000 Pa
Maximum climbing height 0.79 in 0.79 in 0.79 in
Power 58.0 w 68.0 w 58.0 w
Mopping function
Water tank capacity 0.3 l 0.14 l
caret-up caret-down Other informations
Dustbin capacity 0.46 l 0.47 l 0.5 l
Mapping-Sensor LDS LDS LDS
Type of filter EPA 11 EPA 11 EPA 11
Automatic dirt disposal
Carpet Boost
caret-up caret-down Functions
Automatically docks and recharges
Recharge and resume function
Scheduling function
App control
Voice control
Alexa voice control
Google Home voice control
Stair sensor and object sensor
caret-up caret-down Attachments
Remote control
caret-up caret-down Shape
Shape Round Round Round
Number of side brushes 1 1 1
caret-up caret-down App-functions
Interactive mapping
Real Time Tracking
Digital Blocked Area
Zoned Cleaning
Multi Floor Maps
Selected Room Cleaning
caret-up caret-down Dimensions and weight
Height 3.78 in 3.8 in 3.78 in
Width 13.78 in 13.78 in 13.78 in
Depth 13.78 in 13.78 in 13.78 in
Weight 7.72 lbs 10.36 lbs 7.72 lbs
caret-up caret-down Pros and cons
Pros
Strong suction power of up to 2000 Pa
Great vacuuming ability
Supports four suction modes
App offers a lot of customization
Can save up to four maps
Fast mapping and cleaning
Supports virtual boundaries and zone cleaning
Seamless transition from different floor types
Large dust bin
Auto-lifting mop bracket
Vibrating mop pad
Strong suction power of up to 2500 Pa
App is rich in features
All-rubber main brush
Quiet cleaning
Excellent mapping capability with adaptive route algorithms
Features a child lock option
Efficient carpet detection
Hybrid mop and vacuum feature
No-mop and no-go zones barrier
Can adjust water flow for mopping feature
Fast and efficient navigation and cleaning performance
Long battery life
Leans thoroughly and rarely misses a spot
Cons
The laser turret increases the height of the robot vacuum
No mop
The rubber brush can still get tangled with hair
The mopping pad doesn’t lift high enough
Auto-empty dock isn’t released yet
Quite expensive
Doesn’t provide extra filters or mopping pads
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