On first view I was skeptical about how this little robot would work, I mean in a practical way. I remembered Woody Allen’s film Sleeper and thought robots are just fun gadgets, not really usable.
Well, I changed my mind since I saw one of these robotic vacuum cleaner working. What a great little robot! The good news is these robotic vacuum cleaners really work – you actually get your cleaning-free time. There are even quite some models available in a wide price and quality range. Which model would be the best for you depends on the size of your home. Let’s take a closer look at robotic vacuum cleaners.
What do you need to know about robotic vacuum cleaners? First of all you need to be aware that the manufacturers recommend to use them together with your upright vacuum cleaners or mop as kind of a in-between cleaner. But certainly you can use them as full-time only vacuum cleaner, if you want so.
Is your home tiny, I mean really tiny, like a tiny house or a one-room apartment you might be interested in a small version of a robotic vacuum cleaner. If your home is bigger than tiny you’ll need to look into the bigger models that come with a higher price. The most known brand is iRobot with Roomba.
These small disc-shaped robotic vacuum cleaners changed the market considerably. The new models use different sensors to track and find dirt, pet hair and dust. Most of them work on both, carpeted floors and hard surfaces. If you choose a model, make sure you found one that’s perfect for your kind of floors. Some robotic vacuum cleaners even come with HEPA media filters that trap allergens.
How do the robotic vacuum cleaners work? Let’s take a closer look at the most known robotic vacuum cleaner, the Roomba. It works with a rechargeable battery which needs about 7 hours for charging. Fully charged a Roomba cleans for 2 hours, meaning about 3 medium sized rooms. How does it move around? It has two tracked wheels and can steer them by alternating the power supplied to each wheel. There are totally 5 motors: 2 for the wheels, 1 for the vacuum itself, 1 for the spinning brush and 1 for the agitator assembly.
Why is Roomba able to navigate around obstacles – well, sort of, you still need to observe it because it can get stuck. But Roomba has a robotic intelligence system called AWARE which is made up of multiple sensors that pick up environmental data, send it to a microprocessor and change Roomba‘s movements.
You can schedule your robot’s working time. Some people let their robotic vacuum cleaner work during night. That might be a problem if you are sensitive to noises. They are definitely not as noisy as an up-right vacuum cleaner, but they still make some noise.
And finally the robotic vacuum cleaners need cleaning themselves. You need to empty the dustbin and tap out the filter as well as clear tangled hair around the brushes. How often you have to do this depends on how often you use your robotic vacuum cleaner. You will see the necessity of cleaning it when it stops sucking well.
So, even if you generally are not into this kind of things like robots you might get interested in getting one of these robotic vacuum cleaners and change your mind about them, as I did.
iRobot Roomba Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
- iAdapt Responsive Navigation
- Low Profile Design
- Virtual Wall Technology
- Simple Operation
- Self-Charging and Scheduling
- 3-Stage Cleaning System
I have six indoor cats. The unit does an impressive job of getting up the hair. I use the Roomba daily. After use the floors look great, I don’t see any signs of cat hair. It does a great job of picking up food that falls on the floor and picks up the (clean) litter that gets tracked around.
Cleans well! Gets stuck sometimes! Gets the job done.
We have three rescue dogs and they all shed like crazy, The Roomba does a great job in getting all the dog hair off all the floors. It is extremely easy to set up, and has so far worked flawlessly.
ILIFE Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, Pearl White
- Slim body design
- Pet hair care technology
- 55db around low noise during working
- Multi-Floor Surface Cleaning
- 4 cleaning modes
- Self-charging and programmable schedule
- Smart sensors for anti-bump
- Operation with remote control or auto-clean
I set it up, and even though it says to charge for 12 hours first, I could not wait. I touched the clean button, and low and behold, magic began to happen. The ILife is extremely quiet and does the job!
The V3s is great: it’s cute, intrepid, and generally does what’s asked of it. It’s obedient, endearing, and does pick up pet hair and dust impressively well.
The first thing I notice is that it has an excellent sense of personal space. It apparently has sensors that slow it down right before it gets to an obvious obstacle, it stops, changes direction, and resumes. The machine is quiet enough to not be annoying.
P3 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
- Robotic vacuum cleaner for wood, tiled and carpeted floors
- 3 preprogrammed modes: Random, Spiral, and Along The Wall
- Rotating brush for bare floors
- Stair-detection sensor
- Quiet operation
- Includes long-life rechargeable batteries and an AC adapter
I love this V Bot. Believe me it works good on floors and CARPETS. I have carpets in every room in the house but the bathrooms and kitchen. None of my carpets are shag carpets. This baby cleans them all.
For the price this works wonders. It last for one hour but this is enough. I use it in the morning and afternoon.
Long battery run time. I don’t turn it on and leave the house; but it sweeps while I dust and do other cleaning chores. Saves me time and energy!
* Prices are good at the time the article was written, but subject to change without notice.