Clean in peace with the quietest robot vacuums for your man-cave!

As you may have noticed, many manufacturers are far from forthcoming with the noise levels of their machines and that’s exactly why the Ape has felt the need to help you find the quietest robot vacuum for 2018.

If you’re in a hurry, the RoboRock from Xiaomi  is the quietest robot vacuum that you can buy today! It might not have the cachet of the infamous Roomba by iROBOT, but it certainly delivers, being equipped with laser navigation, floor-mapping, and a mopping function, which all work together to get your home clean without you moving a muscle!

Quietest robot vacuum

One of the key factors (often overlooked) of a robot vacuum cleaner is its noise output. What is the point of owning a vacuum robot packed with features if it disturbs the family every time you use it? Below you can see the 5 quietest vacuuming robots which their noise levels in decibels.

Why should I care?

  • You will be able to vacuum without feeling stressed by the noise. Many studies have shown that loud noise increases levels of cortisol in our bodies. Loud noises such as traffic, arguments, and more importantly sound generated by noisy robotic vacuum cleaners will only make your anxiety levels rise.
  • Your cat or dog will thank you. If you are a pet owner, you are well aware of the distress that a noisy vacuum cleaner brings to their lives. Dogs and cats have incredibly sensitive hearing and they are easily spooked by loud noises. It might sound like a gentle hum to you but it sounds like Armageddon to your Cocker Spaniel!
  • You will have the freedom to vacuum at any time of the day or night. A stealthy robot vacuum allows you to clean your crib at any hour without receiving a barrage of complaints from your kids, neighbors, pets, or better-half!
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How do you define quiet in a robot vacuum?

In researching this article, we set out to find the quietest robot vacuum cleaners available.

(Now, there may be quieter vacuums around but they didn’t make the list due to a lack of quality or poor after sales service.)

Which robot vacuum is the quietestOur mission was to get the perfect balance between noise levels and usability. This means that you can be assured that choosing any of the featured robotic vacuums in this article, you won’t disturb anyone, and you’ll also clean your crib effectively and efficiently.

Before you spend your hard-earned dough on a new robot vacuum, you might be wondering how much quieter “quiet” models are compared to “standard” vacuum cleaners and if it’s worth it to make the switch.

As a guide, most normal upright home vacuum cleaners emit sound between 75 and 80 DB (decibels). For quieter models, the sound output is closer to 65 – 70 DB.

The robot vacs featured in this article range between 53 and 70 DB so you would be hard pushed to find anything quieter while still getting a top-notch cleaning experience.

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Robot vacuum cleaner noise levels

Quietest Robot VacuumsNoise Level in Decibels
Xiaomi RoboRock53 DB
Deebot N7955 DB
iRobot Roomba 69060 DB
iRobot Roomba 78060 DB
iRobot Roomba 88065 – 70 DB

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Quietest Robot Vacuum –Xiaomi Roborock S5

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Roborock S5 Xiaomi Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner, 2000Pa Super Power Suction...

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This stealthy robot vacuum is top of our list as it is both the quietest and delivers awesome suction (even on first power setting). The RoboRock from Xiaomi is a very efficient yet super-quiet unit. Sound levels of the RoboRock are as low as you will find as it only generates a tiny 53 DB during operation.

If you need more suction power (up to 2000 Pa), you can crank up the unit but of course, it will be slightly louder in volume. This high power setting is great for every kind of surface from wooden floors to carpeting.

The Xiaomi RoboRock S5 looks very similar to the previous model with only a couple of changes to the layout. The biggest addition is that it now has a mopping function which allows your vacuum robot carry out a dry and wet clean in one session.

At the front of the machine you will find a small water tank and the rear of the unit, there are brushes for dry cleaning. The Mi vacuum is fitted with two speakers, a dust collection tray, and Wi-Fi reset buttons.
The Xiaomi’s superior cleaning ability is thanks to a rotating brush that is very effective at siphoning dust & dirt into the path of the robot. Under the machine, there’s a circular brush which sucks in the dirt.

This budget robot vacuum has two wheels on either side and a smaller balancing wheel for great stability. It has a 2cm obstacle clearance, meaning that it can easily glide over rugs and any other uneven surfaces. We really love the “carpet mode” which increases suction when your vacuum recognizes it is cleaning a carpet.

The S5 vacuuming robot uses a clever grid-based cleaning system. In divides your room into zones and then glides backward and forward until the entire space is “spick & span.” The standard cleaning mode is ‘Balanced”, but you also have “Quiet”, “Turbo”, and “Max” settings should you need more suction. (Please note that in the top mode, the machine is noisier than when in its default setting.)

Cleaning is very straightforward with the Xiaomi RoboRock robotic vacuum. Just kick things off by pressing the power button and the robot comes to life. It has an impressive total of 12 sensors which help it to create a virtual map of your house. While cleaning, the robot maintains its proximity to walls at 10mm and thanks to the 2mm rubber bumper, your furniture is safe from potential damage.

The vacuum has a 5200mAh battery which is good for around an hour of cleaning time. When your cleaner runs out of juice, it will trundle back to its charging dock to recharge. It automatically resumes cleaning from where it left off.

The Xiaomi RoboRock robot vacuum cleaner is a very versatile machine. You can change the volume level, install new language packs, set automatic cleaning schedules, view your detailed cleaning history, and even get details on any maintenance issues that may arise.

You won’t need to worry much about maintenance, as the main filter and brush are washable and last for ages. The filter should be fine 150 + hours of cleaning time, and the brushes should not need changing until at least 300 hours of cleaning.

Not only is this machine the quietest robot vacuums in the world, but it is also one of the best overall units available today!

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2nd Quietest Robot Vacuum – ECOVACS DN79

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Not quite as quiet as the RoboRock, the Deebot DN79 is an amazing machine and while being the second quietest robot vacuum, it’s easily one of the top three robot vacuums available today.

The DN79 is a real bargain and the cheapest vacuum robot in this article. It has 3 cleaning modes and is fitted with state-of-the-art motion technology which enables the smart little fellow to optimize its routes to clean the entire floor (without missing any spots.)

The ECOVACS DN79 comes with 2 side brushes which do a great job in dragging dirt and dust from the corners of your rooms and then directing the debris straight into the powerful suction port.

For the extra-lazy, the DN79 has a remote control which enables you to change the cleaning modes and also to conveniently schedule your next cleaning session.

The Deebot is a super-quiet machine and an awesome choice for cleaning your man-cave or crib. It continues to be one of the best-selling automated cleaning robots with rave reviews from thousands of satisfied customers.

Oh…the sound level on the N79 is 55 DB on its lowest setting.

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3rd Quietest Robot Vacuum – iRobot Roomba 690

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iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa

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The top end Roombas are certainly not cheap but this entry-level Roomba is a fantastic robot vacuum for the money and it performs just as well as other units costing twice the price.

The Roomba 690 emits a noise output of 60 DB (making it the most quiet Roomba) and is powered by iRobot’s now famous, iAdapt technology.

The cool-looking Roomba navigates around any obstacles it comes across and is significantly more efficient than most regular dumb-ass robot vacuums.

The Roomba 690 can be controlled from your smartphone via the iRobot app and makes an excellent choice for small to medium sized cribs that wish to remain peaceful and stress-free!

While the 690 is the quietest Roomba, their best robotic vacuum cleaner in our opinion is the Roomba 980.

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Frequently asked questions

Are robot vacuums worth it?

iRobot is the leading manufacturer of robotic vacuum cleaners right now. Their range of robotic vacuum cleaners isn’t exactly cheap with prices starting at around $300 and rising up to the $900 mark.

The relatively high price point can put many people off buying one, especially when you bear in mind that they can’t perform all of the functions of a regular vacuum cleaner but whether a vacuum robot is worth the money really depends on how much value you put on your time.

The latest robot vacuums can be programmed to clean-up your house every day leaving you free to get on with other things. Taking into account that most of us just seem to get busier and busier as the years go by, it’s no wonder that these cool cleaning devices are rapidly rising in popularity.

Even if they only save you a few hours a week, robot vacuums are great time-saving devices that can take care of the lion’s share of the vacuuming and they’re a wise purchase for anyone that struggles to find enough time to perform their cleaning duties manually.

For households that employ cleaning staff, a vacuuming robot will almost certainly be cheaper than human help and it will surely save you money in the long run, even more so for owners of very large homes that take a long time to clean.

Which robot vacuum is the best?

If money isn’t a factor for you, the Roomba 980 is our pick for the best robotic vacuum available today! (you can see it at Amazon by clicking here)

While many of its competitors just aren’t good enough to pick up all of the hair and dust on carpets, the Roomba 980 is more than capable of getting your floors clean.

What makes this machine so effective are the rubber carpet agitator (which is second to none in picking up dirt and dust), and its awesome mapping system. The unit has excellent navigation abilities and hardly ever gets itself stuck.

The Roomba 980 is able to locate the dirtiest areas of your floor with its clever Dirt Detect system and is really head & shoulders above its many rivals. The only downsides of the Roomba 980 are the hefty price-tag and it’s also not the quietest robot vacuum in the world either!

If you want more information you can check out our article in which we investigate if robot vacuums are worth the investment.

Can a robot vacuum replace a traditional vacuum cleaner?

In most cases, no they cannot (at least not yet.) Even the best robotic vacuum cleaners don’t have all the functions that top-of-the-range traditional upright vacuums usually have.

Where they do excel is that they will run as long as the battery has power and they are great at keeping your floors clean on a day-to-day basis.

By owning a robotic vacuum, you will save wear and tear on your traditional vacuum cleaner and most owners agree that owning one saves heaps of time and makes boring cleaning tasks a heck of a lot easier!

While robot vacuums are a great solution for regular floor maintenance, you will still require an upright vacuum for a deeper clean about every 2-4 weeks (depending on how grubby your home gets).

And it goes without saying, that robo vacs can’t get up stairs or remove dust from shelves, ornaments or car interiors.

Which robotic vacuum is best for pet hair?

Pet owners will tell you that they vacuum two or three times more often than folks that don’t keep animals in their home. This is because dog and cat hair can be a real problem – even more so for sufferers of allergies.

Yet again, the best solution for animal-lovers is the Alexa-enabled & Wi-Fi connected iRobot Roomba 980.

The 980 has tangle-free brushes which means that you don’t have to spend time cleaning the device, as is the case with most other models.

Another reason why the Roomba 980 is a great choice for pet owners is the omnidirectional virtual walls feature. This means that when using the Halo Mode, the vacuum has a no-go zone (measuring four feet in diameter) which ensures that the unit doesn’t go near your pet’s food/water bowls and more importantly the animal’s litter box.

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$749.99 $899.00


Our featured image is kindly supplied by By Chris Bartle [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Other image is Observing the Roomba from a safe distance flickr photo by Eirik Newth shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license


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