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Samsung Powerbot R7040 Review

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62
62
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Experts

65
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Consumers

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The Samsung POWERbot R7040 pleased testers with its wide range of automation features, low noise output, and high suction force. They also liked its maneuverability, but unfortunately, they could not ignore its lack of a HEPA filter and its poor performance on high pile carpets.

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Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Samsung POWERbot R7040 is an entry-level robot vacuum cleaner announced in 2017. It has a 0.3-liter dirt compartment and battery life that can last up to 67 minutes if switched to low suction mode.

The dirt compartment is easy to take out for easy emptying, and it is also equipped with a camera to help track its cleaning – something that’s not as common even among the best vacuum cleaners on the market.

Similar to most highly-rated robot vacuums, it can also connect to the Internet through WiFi, and as you’ll see in our Roborock S7 review, it can also be synced with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to facilitate voice control.

Owners can also use their smartphone to direct it through the SmartThings app, but in the absence of an Internet connection, it can be remotely piloted through the included remote control.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Samsung POWERbot R7040 received praise from critics thanks to its automation features. Product testers from Rtings were delighted with how easy it was to sync it with the SmartThings app to schedule its cleaning.

They also liked how it maneuvered under furniture and felt that its 84% and 96% clearance of large and small debris on bare floors was OK.

Reviewers from Amazon who’d bought the R7040 commended its high suction power of about 3510Pa, which is more than most robot vacuums, as you’ll see in our Shark AI Robot review.

Testers at Comparisono also noted that it had a decent noise output of 56 decibels. Check out our RYOBI 18V One+ 3. Gal Project Wet/Dry vacuum review for a louder but more powerful alternative.

However, reviewers didn’t appreciate its lack of a HEPA filter, which, as is evident through our Shark APEX UpLight review, is present on the Shark APEX UpLight. They were also disappointed with its 18% and 14% clearance of large and small debris on high pile carpet.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Intuitive app and voice control
  • Good battery performance
  • High suction force
  • Low noise output
  • Ships with a remote control

Reason to Avoid

  • Not great on high pile carpets
  • No HEPA filter
  • Small dirt compartment

Samsung Powerbot R7040 Specs

Auto Docking & RechargingAuto Docking & RechargingYes
Bin CapacityBin Capacity0.3 gal
Carpet Height AdjustmentsCarpet Height AdjustmentsAutomatic
Cleaning Path WidthCleaning Path Width11.3"
Cliff SensorCliff SensorYes
Compatible Floor TypeCompatible Floor TypeAll floors
Filter TypeFilter TypeReusable
HypoallergenicHypoallergenicNo
Mop FeatureMop Feature
PetPetYes
Product WeightProduct Weight8.8 lbs
Room-by-Room navigationRoom-by-Room navigationUnknown
Self-EmptyingSelf-EmptyingNo
Sensor TypeSensor Type
Smart AppSmart App
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Wi-Fi

All Specs

Test Results

Bare Floor Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)96.5
Carpet Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)44.5
Pet Hair Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)94.33
Noise level (dB)60.3
Battery Life (Minutes)52

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Product Comparison

Samsung Powerbot R7040 Review

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Market Context

The Samsung POWERbot R7040 is an entry-level robot vacuum cleaner announced in 2017. It has a 0.3-liter dirt compartment and battery life that can last…

The Samsung POWERbot R7040 is an entry-level robot vacuum cleaner announced in 2017. It has a 0.3-liter dirt compartment and battery life that can last up to 67 minutes if switched to low suction mode.

The dirt compartment is easy to take out for easy emptying, and it is also equipped with a camera to help track its cleaning – something that’s not as common even among the best vacuum cleaners on the market.

Similar to most highly-rated robot vacuums, it can also connect to the Internet through WiFi, and as you’ll see in our Roborock S7 review, it can also be synced with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to facilitate voice control.

Owners can also use their smartphone to direct it through the SmartThings app, but in the absence of an Internet connection, it can be remotely piloted through the included remote control.

The Samsung POWERbot R7040 cannot clean for as long as the POWERbot R7065. The R7065 has a 90-minute battery life, while the R7040 has a…

The Samsung POWERbot R7040 cannot clean for as long as the POWERbot R7065. The R7065 has a 90-minute battery life, while the R7040 has a 60-minute runtime. The R7065 can also adjust its carpet height for efficient cleaning, while the R7040 cannot.

While the Samsung POWERbot R7040 has a lower noise output of 56 dB compared to the POWERbot R7070’s 74 dB, the 7070 offers a longer…

While the Samsung POWERbot R7040 has a lower noise output of 56 dB compared to the POWERbot R7070’s 74 dB, the 7070 offers a longer 90-minute battery life than the R7040’s 60 minutes and a shorter charging time of 3 hrs vs. the R7040’s 4 hours.

The Samsung POWERbot R7040’s 0.3-liter dirt compartment is much smaller than the Roborock S4’s 0.42-liter dirt canister. However, the S4 offers a longer 199-minute runtime…

The Samsung POWERbot R7040’s 0.3-liter dirt compartment is much smaller than the Roborock S4’s 0.42-liter dirt canister. However, the S4 offers a longer 199-minute runtime compared to the POWERbot R7040, which has a runtime of up to 67 minutes. The S4 also allows for virtual boundaries, while the R7040 does not.

Auto Docking & Recharging

Yes

Yes

Bin Capacity

0.3 gal

0.13 gal

Carpet Height Adjustments

Automatic

Yes

Cleaning Path Width

11.3"

Unknown

Cliff Sensor

Yes

Unknown

Compatible Floor Type

All floors

All floors

Filter Type

Reusable

HEPA, Washable

Hypoallergenic

No

Yes

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Expert Score

62

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Customer Score

65

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True Score

62

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The Samsung POWERbot R7040 is decent to use on bare floors. It cleans most small… Read More

    By:

    Alexandre Meunier
  • Consumer Reports
    62.86

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The POWERbot R7040 has a 21.6V Li-Ion. It comes with a docking station, remote control,… Read More

    By:

    Unknown