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There is no better way to kick off our review of the Samsung VR7000 robot vacuum than with full disclosure. We are pretty big fans of Samsung and if we want anything from a new television to a fridge freezer, the brand rockets to the top of the list. There’s every chance that this applies to you too, so if you want to buy a robotic vacuum cleaner, it is natural to look into what they have to offer as part of your research. Given Samsung’s presence in the general electronics space, it comes as little surprise to see that they have been usurped in terms of name recognition by the likes of Roomba and Eufy. However, their reputation for quality is impossible to ignore. With that said, a big name never guarantess success. You’d think that of all the vacuuming specialists out there that Dyson would have made an impact on the robovac space. However, their only model so far, the Dyson 360 Eye, was underwhelming at best and massively overpriced at worst. We’re hopeful that the same kind of fate does not await the VR7000, Samsung’s primary effort in the UK market, and all will be revealed throughout the full review below.
- Fantastic connectivity to start and schedule cleans through the mobile app, Amazon Alexa and Google Home
- Outstanding mapping and efficient cleaning thanks to the on-board camera
- Reaches up to walls and into corners using the single flat edge
- Three different cleaning modes to tackle any kind of dirt and to adjust power levels accordingly
- Remote control enables manual movement to tackle particularly dirty areas
- CycloneForce technology positions the Samsung VR7000 among the best robovacs for pure cleaning
We would be the first to admit that robot vacuums can look samey, especially when you have seen as many of them as we have. If aesthetics matter to you, Samsung has taken an essential first step with the look and feel of the VR7000. It looks more like a robot in the way they are presented in science fiction rather than the nondescript plastic discs that we have become accustomed to. Between the LCD screen and topside viewing window, it certainly catches the eye.
The physical form of the Samsung VR7000 is impressive. At a shade under 10 cm tall, it is not quite the slimmest robot vacuum on the market but will have little difficulty getting under most furniture for a more thorough clean. Perhaps the most striking design choice is the single flat edge. It is not as pronounced as the D-shape found on the likes of the Neato Robotics D7, but it does the same job. The VR7000 will do better than most of its closest competitors at reaching flush to walls and into corners – a task for which rounded robot vacuums tend to rely on their side brushes.
With a brand like Samsung, there was bound to be a strong focus on cleaning capability, and we are pleased to report that the Samsung VR7000 robot vacuum does not disappoint. The standard suction on the robot is impressive and backed by the brand’s CycloneForce technology. This is the same technology found in many of Samsung’s uprights and larger vacuum cleaners, particularly the specialist pet varieties. It uses numerous inner chambers to create a cyclone effect that ensures that every last bit of dirt and dust ends up in the dust box.
That leads us nicely into one of the less impressive aspects of this robotic cleaner. At 0.3 litres, the dust box on the VR7000 does not quite outdo our benchmark. In practice, you can expect to empty the unit regularly when you first get your hands on it as it reaches areas that your upright may not. Fortunately, this becomes less of an issue over time, especially if you utilise the scheduling functionality within the app to stay on top of dirt and dust as it happens.
This Samsung robot vacuum will have no issues with even more substantial homes. The standard 90-minute runtime will be adequate for most dwellings. If not, it will automatically return to base when low on power for a recharge, before it heads back to where it left off for a thorough clean. Again, the dust box is on the small side and may slow you down slightly on occasion, but the battery is most capable of taking care of jobs both large and small.
Samsung is no stranger to smart products, and so the connectivity was always likely to impress, especially with the price the VR7000 sells for. As far as linking to different products, it is up there with the best. Along with the dedicated app, you can also control this model with your voice in conjunction with an Amazon Echo or Google Home device. Naturally, it also links seamlessly with any Samsung SmartThings setup you have in the home.
If you’ve owned any Samsung smart device previously, you’ll know that they can be somewhat temperamental, even on robust home Wi-Fi networks. We have seen reports that it can take a while for the Samsung VR7000 to link to your system, although every such report was resolved eventually. We had no issues at our end, but we would tentatively suggest that it can be worth keeping an hour or so free for the initial setup if you go for this model.
Samsung VR7000 – Pros and Cons
- Outstanding results across hard floors and all but the thickest carpets and rugs
- A wide range of connectivity options spanning apps, Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings
- Excellent run-time of 90 minutes backed by return and recharge functionality for larger homes
- Among the loudest robot vacuums we have reviewed – reaches 77 dB at full power, louder than most uprights
- Packed with technology which impacts its robustness – various reports of connectivity issues
- Part of the price definitely pays for the Samsung brand
Samsung VR7000 – The Verdict
As you can probably tell from the introduction, we were pulling for the Samsung VR7000 to impress, and it does have a lot going for it. Crucially, even if you were to go more expensive than this, such as with the iRobot Roomba 981, you won’t beat the cleaning capabilities of this model. Every robot vacuum encounters issues with thick pile carpets and rugs regardless of how much you spend. Anything less than that, however, and the VR7000 will glide seamlessly from room to room, leaving no dust or dirt in its wake. The CycloneForce technology found within the unit is powerful enough to feature on uprights in the Samsung range, so its influence should not be underestimated in a robot vacuum. The connectivity on this model is also fantastic, and anything you can do on competing models through apps and voice controls, you can do here too.
Samsung VR7000 Review
With all that said, the Samsung VR7000 will not make an appearance on our regularly updated coverage of the best robot vacuums. We feel that a small but still significant part of the price stems from the Samsung brand itself. If you’re as big a fan of their products as we are then that might be a price you are willing to pay, but there is a reason why the likes of Eufy RoboVacs and iRobot Roombas come to mind faster when you consider robot vacuums specifically. There is an element of paying for the brand with Roombas, and less so with Eufy products, but we feel that many robotic cleaners from both brands represent better value for money than this one. Also, while we have no significant concerns ourselves, a look around various reviews elsewhere would indicate that while the Samsung VR7000 is packed with technology, it may not all be as user-friendly as it potentially could be. This is a tidy robot vacuum that serves up excellent cleaning power and will likely serve as a must-have for Samsung superfans. For anyone else, we feel that other robot vacuums in this price bracket like the Roomba 981 or Neato Robotics D701 represent better overall value for money – even at slightly higher price points. If you’re in the market to save some cash, we feel that the Roborock S5 does a similar job for a significant saving.
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