Dirt Devil Lift & Go
Contrary to its appearance as a real bargain, usability issues and subpar cleaning performance mar this Dirt Devil.
Dyson DC59 Motorhead
Dyson's DC59 competes well enough as a high-end stick vac, but poor battery life and a tendency to clog with large particles hold the DC59 Motorhead back from replacing your full-size upright.
Soniclean VT Plus
With decent performance and a price of just $200, this vacuum might make sense for value-minded minimalists, but you'll need to look elsewhere for something more modern or feature-rich.
Hoover Air Cordless
Hoover's Air Cordless ushers in a welcome new vacuum category, but it still needs some work to match the performance of our most highly rated uprights.
Moneual Rydis H67 Pro
If you want a no-fuss floor cleaner, stay away from the Moneual Rydis H67 Pro.
iRobot Scooba 450
iRobot's Scooba 450 isn't perfect, but it's a solid, albeit pricy, choice for small space cleaning.
Techko Maid Smart Maid RS118
With no real smarts and relatively little actual cleaning power, this sad robot is borderline useless.
iRobot Braava 380t
For $300 (or £260) the Braava might be tempting, but consider holding out for something smarter, more powerful, and with more features.
Yujin Robot iCLEBO Arte
Even with all of its extra features, skip the Yujin Robot iClebo Arte if stellar performance is your top goal.
Neato Botvac 85
Neato improved on its already-impressive robot vacuums with the BotVac line. Roomba 870 fans might find that Neato's BotVac 85 offers similar features and performance, but you get more accessories (like three filters rather than the 870's two) and much shorter run times.