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Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower Review

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What is the Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power Leaf Blower?

While it’s generally accepted that petrol-driven leaf blowers provide the most power, the Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower is the exception to the rule: a hugely-powerful and fast battery-powered model. Despite it’s weight, this leaf blower is quite comfortable for all-sizes of gardener to use and the only downside is its relatively high price. Still, if you’re after the best, then this is the leaf blower for you.

Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power Leaf Blower – Design and features

All you have to do to get the Wolf Garten 72V working is slide the battery in place, then clip a nozzle on. There’s a short one and a long flared one to choose from. The long flared nozzle has a useful plastic rake on the end for scraping up stubborn leaves.

The controls couldn’t be simpler. There is a yellow power-pack release button at the back of the blower for when you want to take the battery out and recharge it. The yellow trigger under the handle switches the machine on and off and has variable speed control, and if you need turbo boost you simply work the yellow button on the top of the handle with your thumb.

The Wolf Garten 72V is very nicely balanced, with plenty of room to move your hand along under the soft-grip handle to alter the centre of gravity if needed. There is also a useful adjustable shoulder-strap. When this is on your shoulder the Wolf Garten 72V is at an almost perfect 45-degree angle, which makes it very comfortable to use. I found it had the best balance when both straps were clipped to the rear hook. This shoulder-strap made it easy for smaller people to work the machine, too.

The 72V 6Ah battery has a three-light display on it. If you press a small black plastic button beside this, the green display lights glow to show how much battery charge you have. The 72v Li-ION Basic Charger has a two pin plug on it, which I found inconvenient, as it meant I had to buy an adaptor plug. It took one and three-quarter hours to charge and gave me nearly 60 minutes of run-time.

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Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower – Performance

This is a heavy leaf blower and weighs 4.5 kilos with the battery pack attached. Luckily the shoulder strap means you don’t notice the weight. When I blew a mixture of oak leaves and twigs along a concrete path it met its match when the pile of debris got about 250mm high.
The comfortable shoulder strap meant that I could use the machine for the whole hour of run-time without getting tired, and the long flared nozzle helped me get right down close to the ground without having to stoop. I used the plastic rake on the end frequently to scrape up sticky wet leaves. It’s a great extra.

The Wolf Garten 72V was so powerful and fast that it only took two and a half minutes on high power to clear damp leaves scattered over 40 square metres, and one and three-quarter minutes on turbo. It could move a pile of leaves nearly a third of a metre thick, just rolling them over and over, and blow wet leaves three metres away over grass. It also easily lifted leaves and debris over a four-inch concrete kerb.
The short nozzle delivers a higher volume of air than the long nozzle because what really shifts leaves is not air speed but air volume. So if you want the machine at its most powerful, use the short nozzle. By the way, on its turbo setting, the Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower is pretty loud, at 85dB; with turbo off, the leaf blower is still a loud 79dB.

Why buy the Wolf Garten 72V Li-ION Power 24B Leaf Blower?

If you have a big garden and a lot of fallen leaves the Wolf Garten 72V will sweep them away really fast. Its power is on a par with what you would expect from a petrol-driven motor, with the plus that you can use it well away from any power source. It is expensive (you’ll find cheaper options in the best leaf blower guide), but has a three-year guarantee.

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Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N Review

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What is the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N?

The Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N with its 100g-per-minute of steam, 6-bar pump pressure and ceramic-coated soleplate is a powerful steam generator iron. It can smooth out tough creases, and its big tank means it can tackle a large pile of ironing without refills. The vertical steam refreshes curtains, upholstery and clothes, and the self-cleaning function and replaceable cartridge anti-scale system lead to hassle-free maintenance.

Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N – Design and features

It’s easy enough to set up the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N, following the genuinely funny paragraph about ironing. The only difficulty I had was that the filter was confusingly labelled as an “anti-scale cartridge”, which makes it hard to find. (It’s hidden behind the water tank and needs to be soaked in water for five minutes before first use. You’ll also need to buy a new one every couple of months.) The lilac water tank was easy to fill because of its large closable opening.

Swan recommends that you place the steam unit on a table beside the ironing board, or on the floor. There’s a good long hose from the steam unit to make the latter possible, but the floor would be a tiring place to put the steam unit because you can’t rest the 1.2k iron on its heel: it tips over.

This means you’re forced to set it down horizontally, either – very riskily – on whatever you’re ironing, or on the odd ridged plastic stand attached to the steam unit. Even with the unit on a table beside you, not being able to briefly rest the iron upright becomes annoying when you’re ironing something fiddly, such as a shirt.

The iron has a useful notched tip for going round buttons, and a ceramic soleplate with 51 steam holes. There’s a trigger under the handle for the steam blast, which can be used vertically to steam clothes and fabrics.

When you switch the iron on and press the oval button on the top of the handle a light-up display is activated, showing four settings, each successively activated by pressing the button: synthetic, wool/silk, cotton, and max (approximately 88ºC, 135ºC, 190ºC 202ºC). There’s also an automatic shut-off, which switches the iron into sleep mode if it isn’t moved for ten minutes.

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Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N – Handling and performance

Swan advises using filtered, distilled, or bottled water if you live in a hard-water area. Given the relatively large 1200ml tank, the iron took a long 59 seconds to heat to the highest steam setting from cold, and the noise the water makes as it heats is a steady tapping, like a distant jack-hammer.

Once ready, the Swan 2600 glided easily over fabrics and produced a nice, crisp effect that got better as the ironing board heated up with steam. The powerful steam blast with its 6-bar pressure managed – after a number of passes – to get every crinkle out of my bone-dry, crumpled test linen tablecloth. This is the only iron that managed that accolade.

The Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N’s notched tip gave a professional finish around shirt buttons, and the overall smoothness it imparted to pure cotton shirts was excellent. It ironed sheets and bedcovers well when they were folded in four, producing a crease-free look with sharp, professional edges, taking all the crinkles out of the bottom layer.

The steam comes out gradually, and the iron is so effective – even without continuously using the steam blast – that you’ll manage to get through a jaw-dropping amount of ironing from a full tank. I ironed on the hottest setting for 5hrs 7mins before it emptied – and this means you’d get nearly ten hours if you tackled a mixed load of fabrics. My room didn’t steam up noticeably either.

My synthetics ironed safely on the low setting, and sweaters looked good after using the wool one. Even the max setting was gentle enough for cottons and cotton mixes. The vertical steam blast really dropped the creases out of coats and suits.

For safety, the automatic shut-off feature began huffing crossly after three minutes and went into sleep mode at 9mins 57secs following a soft bleep.

You don’t need to regularly descale or clean the Swan steam generator iron; you simply replace the anti-calc cartridges. The instruction leaflet explains that how long they last is entirely dependent on the hardness of water in your area. If you don’t use bottled water then they could last two years in Halifax or two months in Bristol, for example.

Why buy the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N?

The Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N is great if you have a massive pile of cotton and linens to tackle. It was the very best iron in my tests for getting creases out. Unless you buy a silicone iron rest for it, however, it isn’t ideal for lots of shirts or fiddly dresses because you can’t stand it upright on its heel. If you’re looking for a cheaper, regular iron, check out our guide to the best irons.

If you’re after the best performance without making the room steamy, the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N is simple to use, and it cleans itself. This is the best model for those with lots of ironing to do.


Extremely powerful with a large tank that lasts for hours, the Swan 2600W Steam Station Iron SI14310N is the best steam generator iron for dealing with large amounts of ironing and stubborn creases.

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Cobra BV6524V Review

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A lightweight, well-made leaf blower, but the Cobra BV6524V is quite weak with a super-irritating trigger.


  • Light and quiet
  • Solidly made


  • No variable speed
  • Annoying trigger
  • Little power

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £59.99
  • Dual speed
  • Air speed: 55 m/sec in Eco, 65 m/sec in Turbo
  • 1.8kg

What is the Cobra BV6524V?

The Cobra BV6524V is a lightweight, quiet, solidly built leaf blower with two set speeds. It doesn’t have much power – but the bigger problem it the trigger that keeps switching itself on.

Cobra BV6524V – Design and features

The Cobra BV6524V is super-light to handle, at just 1.7kg. The battery pack slides in easily and snaps into place. There’s a red on/off button on the top of the handle, and the blower automatically comes on at the Eco setting.

The Turbo button for higher speed sits to the right of the Eco button. Above them is a green three-light display showing you the power remaining in the battery (the same three green lights are replicated on the 24V 2Ah battery pack).

Eco mode is quieter, and blows for longer; Turbo is more powerful and uses up the battery faster. To fire up the Cobra BV6524V, you press a red trigger under the handle.

The trigger is hinged close to the centre of the main body of the machine, and because of its location, and the fact it runs the full length of the handle, once you’ve turned the machine on using the on/off button, it’s almost impossible to carry the Cobra BV 24V without it accidentally starting to blow. If you want to avoid doing this, you either have to remember to press the off button, or hold the machine awkwardly by gripping the handle with your forefinger and thumb only.

Related: Best leaf blowers and garden vacs

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Cobra BV6524V – Performance

The Cobra BV6524V was so lightweight that it will be comfortable for practically anyone to hold. The device’s straight nozzle performed well, although you can’t blow leaves along the ground quite as easily as you can with a curved nozzle, plus getting stubborn, sticky debris to move required greater effort.

The Cobra BV6524V has only two speeds, which means that its range is limited to fast and medium fast. Unlike variable-speed blowers, it doesn’t allow you to blow super-softly – for moving sawdust gently across a workshop floor, for example.

In addition, for a two-speed machine its controls seem overly complicated. There’s a button to switch it on, a trigger to get it going, and then another button to bump up the speed. Variable controls, on a trigger or thumbwheel, are far simpler and easier to operate.

I found that the Cobra BV6524V wasn’t especially powerful. It took 14 minutes to clear damp leaves off 40 square metres of grass. It was fairly good at blowing damp leaves off gravel, but poor at getting them off concrete.

Also, around my drive there’s a four-inch kerb that I need to lift leaves over, and the Cobra BV6524V wasn’t strong enough to do this. For all that, however, it’s a solidly built, well-made machine. It’s also quiet, reaching only 80dB on the top setting, so shouldn’t annoy the neighbours.

The battery took two hours to charge, off which the Cobra managed 20 minutes’ run-time in Eco and half that on Turbo.

Why buy the Cobra BV6524V?

The Cobra BV6524V is well-made, lightweight, and fairly quiet – but it’s expensive for what it is, and not very powerful. There are better options in our Best leaf blower guide. The Cobra BV6524V’s lack of variable speed, and the irritation of turning it on accidentally would stop me from buying this machine.


A lightweight, well-made leaf blower, but the Cobra BV6524V is quite weak with a super-irritating trigger.

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Best washing machine 2019: The top clothes cleaners

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There’s no way that you can live without a washing machine: it really is an essential part of modern living. Choosing the best washing machine isn’t as easy as you think: do you need certain special cleaning modes? What about a large drum? How well does a machine actually clean? These and other questions ensure that the choice is more complicated than you thin, which is where we come in.

We’ve reviewed washing machines at every budget from every major manufacturer. Our tests are the best you can find, as we actually get machines in, test them with real clothes and real stains, so that we can tell you which ones are best. Out of everything that we’ve reviewed, there are two washing machines that stand out.

For the ultimate performance and convenience, the Samsung QuickDrive WW6800 (WW80M6450PW) comes highly recommended. Cleverly, it allows you to pause a cycle mid-wash, to open a small drawer and drop in that sock you may have missed. For those on a tight budget, the Indesit MyTime EWD 81482 is a great choice, costing less than £300, yet managing to clean effectively.

How we pick the best washing machines

The only way to recommend washing machines is to test them thoroughly. We put every single machine through the same in-depth tests, which allows us to accurately compare models.

We’ve picked a range of washing machines, from a basic model that costs £249, running up to a far more feature-packed appliance at £899.

For each machine, we measure the power and water usage, which lets us accurately work out running costs and efficiency. It’s our wash tests that make our reviews stand out, giving you the confidence to buy a machine that has the cleaning power you need.

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Here’s an example ‘test stain’ strip that is placed in every washing machine we test. It features wine, blood, ketchup, coffee, fruit juice and oil – it will be placed inside every machine we test, and washed using a branded non-bio detergent.

This is what a test strip looks like after a standard cotton wash in one of our recommended washing machines. Almost all the stains are entirely removed. There’s just a hint of oil remaining, which is normal given we use a non-bio detergent.

Here’s the result from a less proficient machine, one that didn’t receive such a glowing review. The oil is almost untouched, while the wine (far left), coffee (middle) and fruit juice (second from right) are still clearly visible.

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That’s a poor result, but it’s important to know that there are cheap machines that wash well and do so efficiently. More expensive machines do typically wash better and have more features, but you don’t have to spend lots of money to get a machine that will do the job well. Some models in our list of best washing machines cost less than £300.

1. Samsung QuickDrive WW6800 (WW80M6450PW)

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  • Excellent wash results
  • Speedy washing
  • Effective spin
  • Brilliant AddWash door
  • Low running costs
  • Very, very quiet


  • Variable finish time
  • Two-rinse default

The Samsung QuickDrive WW6800 (WW80M6450PW) is the pinnacle of washing machine technology. QuickDrive is built in, promising fast washes with great performance. We can safely say that this washing machine washes clothes faster than its competitors, and does a brilliant job of getting stains out of clothes: on the cotton programme, we estimated saving around an hour of washing time. This makes it easier to forgive the optimistic display, which always shows a very optimistic end time for loads, and inevitably ends up increasing the run time as the machine starts running.

As with previous Samsung washing machines, this model has AddWash, so you can use the small door to add extra items (the odd missed sock or two) to the machine mid-wash. That’s more useful than you might think and saves those momements of frustration.

Throw in low running costs, app-based control and very quiet operation and the Samsung QuickDrive WW6800 (WW80M6450PW) is the ultimate washing machine.

2. Indesit MyTime EWD 81482

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  • Speedy programmes
  • Easy to use
  • Fairly quiet spin
  • Decent stain removal
  • Good value


  • Poor spin results
  • Small porthole
  • Cramped drum
  • Poor half load eco
  • Knobs can be slippy

The Indesit EWD 81482 is a budget machine that offers a relatively quiet spin, sensor load adjustment and a host of standard programs that take less than an hour to complete. While the drum is cramped for an 8kg machine, this affordable washer is great for doing sensibly sized loads while keeping your energy bills trim.

In our tests, wash results were good for a model at this price point, and our test stain strip cleaned up relatively well, even using non-bio powder. A nice touch is the LED indicator on the right side of the fascia, which tells you what stage the wash cycle the machine is at.

It’s a neat and tidy appliance that’s easy to operate, which makes it a no-brainer for those on a budget when you consider its overall washing performance and energy efficiency.

3. Blomberg LWF29441W

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  • Super-low running costs on Eco
  • Excellent programme selection
  • Very quiet wash and spin
  • Inspiring build quality
  • Top-spec inverter motor


  • Not 9kg real-world capacity
  • Average spin efficiency
  • Non-Eco cycles are costly

Solid and inspiring build quality, a wide selection of programmes and excellent cleaning performance make the Blomberg LWF29441W one of the best machines around at the £400 price. It’s A+++ rating puts its running costs nice and low for a machine that cleans so well, and the full-load fast wash is a winner, delivering a thorough clean in just over 30 minutes.

The machine boasts a 9kg capacity, but we reckon 7.5-8kg is about the maximum realistic capacity it can handle before you have to cram in clothes, which would impact wash performance. Still, that’s a decent-sized load, and the supremely effective Eco Cottons cycle makes up for any load size misgivings.

There’s a 16-strong programme list with a great range of cycles, including a super-fast 14-minute wash to freshen up lightly soiled loads. High-quality touches include an inlet hose with a built-in mechanical safety shut-off valve to stop flooding in the event of a failure, and a high-tech inverter motor with a 10-year guarantee. Few machines offer such good build quality and features for this price.

4. Miele WDB020

The innovative CapDosing system and great build quality make this machine a winner.


  • Exceptionally easy to use
  • Great wash results
  • Potentially amazing efficiency
  • Very low water consumption
  • Choice of innovative Caps


  • Limited 7kg drum size
  • Half loads not as efficient
  • Eco cycle not the most eco
  • Only average spin efficiency
  • No caps supplied

The WDB020 is one of the most affordable washing machines in Miele’s appliance catalogue, with pricing starting at a reasonable £650. For your money, you get an A+++ energy rated 1400-spin machine with Miele’s innovative CapDosing system, which makes it an outright steal.

In tests, the WDB020 delivered great wash results and was wonderfully simple to use. This coupled with its stellar build quality and spectacularly good energy and water efficiency make it a great choice for small families on a budget. The 20-minute quick wash is also a godsend if you find yourself needing to do an emergency wash.

Larger families may want to look elsewhere, however – the WDB020 has a limited 7kg drum capacity. People in flats should also be aware it isn’t the quietest machine around and could lead to some complaints from neighbours one floor below.

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The Best Robot Vacuums on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written before about a certain age-defying German vacuum, the best vacuums on Amazon, the best handheld vacuums, and even reviewed the new Dyson, here we’re breaking down the best robot vacuums on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best robot vacuum for extra-thick carpets

Save iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity $299(was $375, now 20% off)4.1 stars, 2,755 reviews

“I have had this for three months, and now I couldn’t ever live without one. I have three kids, a dog, and recently acquired two kittens. I have relatively thick-pile carpet and this little guy is phenomenal. We ended up getting a second one as well as the accessory kit. What you may not realize is that because it does all the work, you end up vacuuming every day rather than weekly. I am confident the allergens and dust have improved dramatically. Wish I had two more — I won’t ever go without one!” $299 at Amazon    

Best robot vacuum for medium-pile carpets

Save Eufy Boost IQ RoboVac 11S $225(was $230, now 2% off)4.5 stars, 1,944 reviews

“I love everything about this product! Works exactly as described. We have kids, a dog and cat, and this vacuum helps me keep up. Operating time is great, it accomplishes quite a lot and returns to its base for charging. The collection reservoir capacity is fairly substantial given the size of the vacuum. It transitions from tile to carpet to rugs with ease and doesn’t fall down the stairs. I no longer have to move furniture to vacuum because this one can go under it. The price is unbeatable, plus I love the color and remote.” $225 at Amazon    

Best budget robot vacuum

Save Housmile Robot Vacuum Cleaner $100(was $130, now 23% off)4.2 stars, 117 reviews

“This is my first experience with a robotic vacuum. This vacuum has a slim design and gets under the dressers, beds, other furniture, and all the tight spaces that I couldn’t get to manually. He saves me a lot of time, functions smoothly, and picks up hair and other dust from hardwood floors.” $100 at Amazon    

Best Roomba robot vacuums

Save iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum $549(was $699, now 21% off)4.2 stars, 1,415 reviews

“I find myself more impressed with Roomba the more I watch it navigate. I’m still not impressed with the path-planning algorithm, and I stand by my original statements, but after figuring out how the algorithm works for the most part, its simplicity is rather elegant. I only use it on hard surface floors, so I don’t know about carpet, but it works incredibly well for the hard surfaces. I am shocked by how much it finds every day, with three cats and two kids, there are always messes, but this thing can keep up with it and more. Where I’m extremely impressed, given I’ve designed a control system for a four-wheel, independently actuated, autonomous rover, is the navigation system they designed. The mobility of this little rob is incredible, working its way around obstacles (furniture, shoes, random objects). It can get into tiny areas where it barely fits, then it can find its way out, which is not an easy feat.” $549 at Amazon     Save iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity 4.3 stars, 447 reviews

“This is well worth its price. I hate housework, and particularly vacuuming and sweeping, but I have pets who shed, and this is the best purchase I’ve ever made in terms of helping me with housework. I turn Roomba on when I leave the house, and when I come back, she’s either finished vacuuming or is still working. At first, she would get caught on things, but now that she knows her way around, I can turn her on and go out and not have to worry about her getting stuck. It’s also really easy to clean out the dust receptacle.” $270 at Amazon    

Best robot vacuums for cleaning up pet hair

Save Shark Ion Robot Vacuum R75 $247(was $380, now 35% off)4.1 stars, 1,235 reviews

“I have an Australian shepherd who blows his coat twice a year (a.k.a. sheds all day, every day). If you don’t keep up with the hair … it’s like the Wild Wild West. I came across this Shark Ion robot vacuum by chance. It has been well worth the $350 I paid. It does a wonderful job of picking up the dog hair; I was actually surprised of how much it actually picks up. It also does a really good job of picking up the fine debris such as dust, dirt, and sand. Also on larger debris such as dog food, leaves, grass, bark, and other things that get tracked in from the bottom of shoes. I have used my upright directly after a robot cleaning just to see how much more I would get up, and honestly, I was surprised that it was minimal hair and debris.” $247 at Amazon     Save bObsweep Pet Hair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop 4.2 stars, 350 reviews

“We recently received our bObsweep Pet Hair Plus and are extremely pleased. Owning a golden retriever who practically sheds a new dog everyday makes vacuuming each day a necessity. Throughout our home we have laminate floors, ceramic tile, and rugs. This robot does a superior job on all of our surfaces. The suctioning power is incredible and the side brush gets items at the edges of the floor and corners. We are especially impressed with how well it does on the rugs. Previous vacuuming robots we’ve owned (a different brand) did not do a good job on rugs and we had to resort to using a regular vacuum. This bObsweep does as good a job or better on the rugs as our upright vacuum! The dustbin is relatively large and easy to empty and clean.” $220 at Amazon    

Best mopping robot vacuums

Save iLife V5s Pro Robot Vacuum Mop Cleaner With Water Tank 4 stars, 971 reviews

“I waited ‘til I’d used this robot for a few weeks before reviewing it, thinking it might crap out on me somehow. After running it at least a dozen times, and also trying out the mop functionality, I gotta say this is the best robot slave I’ve ever used. Kicks the crap out of our old Roomba and costs half as much. This sucker comes with a separate water tank (which I absolutely loaded with Orange Glo hardwood-floor cleaner) and automatically goes in a slower, steadier pattern when mopping. It very slowly drips out the solution to be absorbed and mopped around by the microfiber cloth attachment covering the rear underside of the robot. Works really great.” $203 at Amazon     Save Roborock E25 Sweeping and Mopping Robotic Vacuum $300(was $400, now 25% off)4.6 stars, 119 reviews

“I have all hardwood floors in my one-story house and the mopping feature is great! The vacuum has a large deposit tray, so I don’t have to empty it out every day. I like that the filter is washable, so I can really get rid of all the past dust mites. I was worried that the Roborock would be a difficult install, but the app made it simple.” $300 at Amazon    

Best robot vacuum with an air filter

Save Ecovacs N79S Deebot $219(was $300, now 27% off)4.1 stars, 2,302 reviews

“When I bought this little wonder, I didn’t really consider the impact it might have on my quality of life. I have a quite severe reaction to household dust. Even wearing a basic filter while vacuuming with a high-quality HEPA vacuum, I have breathing issues due to the dust that is stirred up as a result of the process of vacuuming. Since I can schedule the Deebot to vacuum at the beginning of my workday, by the time I return, there’s no perceptible dust lingering in the air at all. The filter in the vacuum is adequate to trap very fine particulate matter, and by the time I get home, returning to a nicely vacuumed apartment, the air is dust-free. I cannot overstate the improvement to my quality of life thanks to this little vac.” $219 at Amazon    

Best laser-sensing robot vacuum

Save Roborock S5 Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner $570(was $700, now 19% off)4.5 stars, 274 reviews

“Words cannot describe how I feel about this vacuum cleaner. It is legitimately the most advanced and impressive piece of technology I have ever owned. Every day I wake up feeling absolute bliss that the annoying chore of vacuuming and mopping is something I will never have to deal with again. The most impressive part of the S5, and what separates it from all the competitors, is its mapping system. If you open the app when the vacuum starts, you will be amazed. The laser begins to map the room in extremely fine detail. You can see every couch, every chair, every little toy left on the ground. And this vacuum is fast. It navigates around obstacles and cleans in an extremely organized fashion. Sometimes I waste hours of my time just staring at it because I am so amazed by the technology.” $570 at Amazon    

Best robot vacuum with a long battery life

Save iLife V3s Pro Robotic Vacuum 4.2 stars, 1,335 reviews

“Look no further — and it’s a steal. It’s been six months since I got it and I don’t know how I ever lived without it. I have two large dogs with medium and short hair. This vacuum has changed the way my entire house feels and I can’t believe how good of an actual cleaner this thing is. It has really good suction, and the dual bristles cover a lot of area at once. The battery life is unbelievably long. Not to mention that it picks up all types of dirt no matter what size. If you’re hesitating, don’t.” $160 at Amazon  

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