Getting a utilitarian item like a vacuum or carpet cleaner can seem as unexciting as a roll of toilet paper in your stocking. But almost every home needs one to pick up stray pieces of schmutz. If you want a gift that will earn its price back every single day, you can’t do better than a reliable carpet cleaner. Your loved one might even start to think of it as part of the family. These are our favorite picks from iRobot, Roborock, and more.
While newer Dyson vacuums have longer battery life and more high-powered features, the Dyson V8 is the best budget option in our guide to the Best Dyson Vacuums. It runs for up to 40 minutes on a charge, and it has the same convenient, modular design as other Dyson stick vacuums and converts into a hand vacuum to fit into awkward crevices.
This is an older model of Dyson hand vacuum; still, senior editor Michael Calore noted that it “kicks ass” in his review. This is a decent upgrade if you want a little more suction and a little longer run time.
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We saw this reach $116 this Cyber Week, so we’re hoping to see it go down again. If it does, or you’ve just been eyeing it, this grooming kit has a vacuum-like suction tool that you run over your pet as you would if you were brushing them in order to remove all that excess hair that gets over everything. You can even just it to quickly vacuum your couch.
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We’ve tried almost every robot vacuum from Roborock, and many of them are on sale along with this one. But we think the S4 offers pretty good value for the money, and especially at this price. It’s WiFi-enabled, and the precision lidar navigation works better than some of the other affordable robot vacuums we’ve tried. It also has a larger dust bin and battery.
We also liked this pet-poop-detecting model, which came out last year. We said it was the best robot vacuum if you’d picked up a pandemic pet.
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The Ecovacs Deebot T8 AIVI packs as many features into one small robot vacuum as it can. It’s a vacuum and a mop, it has a camera and a microphone—it can do everything but cater your wedding. It also has a long run time and high-end navigation features. Just be sure you’re comfortable with having a mobile camera wander around your home.
iRobot no longer sells the E5 directly, and it’s an older model that uses reactive (i.e., random ping-ponging) navigation. However, it still has iRobot’s easy-to-clean rubber brushes and Dirt Detect to sniff out trouble spots on your floors.
No one who gets a Eufy has regretted it. This is an older model, but if all you need is a small, reliable robot vacuum to careen around the kitchen table after dinner, it’s hard to beat.
However, I (Adrienne) have found that iRobot’s self-emptying bins are consistently the most reliable. This is a reasonable price for a still-effective older robot vacuum with iRobot’s proprietary rubber carpet roller.
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In my testing, I found that the Roomba i3+ needed a bit more navigation help than the i7+, which is an all-around more powerful vacuum. However, the i3+’s more reasonable price made it the top pick in our robot vacuum guide.
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Cheap robot vacs like this one from Yeedi use bounce navigation to move around your home, so they’re not as efficient, but if it means a cleaner home without you needing to do anything, that’s a win, right? The battery lasts a while, and there’s Google Assistant and Alexa support.
Blueland (Use HOLIDAY20 at Checkout)
If you want to reduce your single-use plastics (and the shipping costs of water), Blueland’s cheap refills are one of our best eco-friendly cleaning products.
Cleancult (Use BF35 at Checkout)
Cleancult also offers great-smelling, effective refills for reusable plastic bottles.
This, however, is our favorite concentrated cleaning kit. It cleans well and the glass bottles are hefty with silicone bottoms to keep them in place. Plus they smell amazing.
This incredibly cute little green deep cleaner is a viral hit on TikTok. Product reviewer Brenda Stolyar admits that it hasn’t completely transformed her old furniture, but it definitely gets the job done.