I don't love robot vacuums, but I do like the Roborock S6 Pure for $380 (save $220)
Able to mop floors as well as vacuum them, it's a standout among the robo-suckers I've tested.
Rick BroidaSenior Editor
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I've never cared for robot vacuums. My experiences with first- and second-generation models was always the same: They'd bump around like drunken monkeys, go where they weren't supposed to go and invariably get stuck somewhere hard to reach. Even newer models like the Wyze Robot Vacuum failed to impress.
One exception: The Roborock S5 I tested about a year ago. It's a navigation champ; I've yet to have to rescue it from under a couch. And there's a newer, better model on sale right now: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Roborock S6 Pure is back on sale for $380 with promo code ROCKS6PURE. Regular price? $600. (Though lately it's been steady at $520.) That code should work with both the black and white models.
I don't know what's "pure" about it, but the S6 is a 2,000 Pa-suction smart vac that can also handle mopping chores. It uses lidar for mapping and navigation, which is also how you're able to establish no-go zones and specify individual rooms to clean. You don't need floor tape or standalone sensors like with robo-vacs of old.
It supports voice-assistant commands as well, meaning you can say something like, "Alexa, tell the robot to clean the floors." (Or, if you're a Futurama fan, the "robit.")
CNET hasn't tested this model, nor is there a Roborock on the list of the best robot vacuums for 2021. But based on my experiences with the S5 and overwhelmingly positive Amazon customer ratings, I can definitely endorse this deal.
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