25 best real robots

Who needs R2-D2? These are our favourite plastic pals that are fun to be with

iRobot Roomba

Since its launch in 2002, Roomba's become the definitive robot vacuum cleaner – iRobot had better be careful, or people will start talking about "Roombaing" in the same way they do about "Hoovering." Spinning brushes and clever sensors mean it won't get stuck, and it also makes an excellent transport for cats. In the interests of fairness, check out our 5 of the best robot vacuums.