Are you tired of the incessant house chores? Especially cleaning the mess on the floors by repeatedly switching on your standard household vacuum cleaner and jostling it around the whole house? Well, the electronic gadget we’re going to talk about in this post is surely here to help you get rid of the mundane house cleaning chores. We’re talking about robotic vacuum cleaners – a smart, hard-working floor cleaning machine that helps you take the hassle out of your household chores without you getting off the couch.
Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
A robotic vacuum cleaner has been around for quite some time now. With the advent of various electronic gadgets around, robotic vacuums actually save you from wasting a lot of time on doing the household chores manually.
Whether you love getting hands on the latest tech, hate cleaning the mess, or you’re not as active as you once were, robot vacuums are actually a fun way to get a rather mundane household chore completed. Comparing them to the standard vacuum cleaner would be incorrect because they might not be good at sucking small dust particles. But still, they’re capable of keeping your floors clean with minimal effort.
While a robot vacuum cleaner does reduce a lot of your household chores workload, it’s worth knowing what exactly you get out of it and how it actually works before you think of investing in one. Some of the robotic vacuum cleaners are really expensive, offering different features and an array of accessories. Therefore, you need to conduct a thorough research on them before purchasing one. Most also come with apps, allowing you to control them when you’re not at home.
Different robotic vacs offer different approaches to cleaning; some adopt methodical approach (not having to do anything with them) while others may seem like they’re roaming randomly around your home but in fact, are still cleaning the rooms with inbuilt cameras or another smart sensor technology. We wouldn’t be lying if we say it’s not frustrating to watch them move around the home sometimes. Some robotic vacs come with remote controls, making it easier for you to direct them to the exact spot you want to get it cleaned. The most expensive robotic vacs can have up to six modes; auto, allowing the vacuum cleaner to move around a space until it drains out of battery; turbo, the most powerful mode that helps you pick up the dust and dirt; and spot cleaning, letting the cleaner only focus on a particular spot or area.
Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaners of 2018
We tried and tested some of the robotic vacuum cleaners available out there and here are ones we think are worth giving a shot. We have arranged them in an order from high to low price tags. Let’s find out more about them.
Dyson 360 Eye
When it comes to Dyson, you already know you’re going to get something that won’t disappoint you. It’s true because Dyson 360 Eye is quite impressive. Despite being priced at $999.9 – the most expensive robotic vacuum cleaner – it comes in a small, compact size which only takes up minimal space at its charging dock or in the cupboard.
It’s really simple to use. All you need to do is put it on its charging dock and then press the only button to get it started. It follows the methodical approach and randomly moves around your home. In case it gets stuck on shoes or rugs, it switches off, navigates its way back to safety and then restarts. It might be as good as the standard vacuum cleaner when it comes to high suction power, still when compared to other robotic vacuums, it manages to suck up the most dust. Dyson 360 Eye comes with an app and allows you to set your cleaning schedules.
iRobot Roomba 980
When it comes to robotic vacuum cleaning, then iRobot Roomba is considered the best one in the entire robot vacuum cleaner market. iRobot’s latest offering, Roomba 980 is probably the best model currently in the price range of $800-900.
Just like Dyson 360 Eye, Roomba follows the methodical approach when it comes to cleaning, navigating through multiple rooms. It automatically senses the type of surface it’s cleaning and then increases or decreases the suction power accordingly. It can effortlessly pick up large pieces of fluff as well as embedded dust. While in the middle of cleaning, in case the machine runs of out battery, it will return to the docking station and the finish the cycle.
Interestingly, it works with Google Home, allowing you to tell your Google Assistant when you want to start, stop or dock the robotic cleaner. Moreover, if you want to avoid a certain room or spot, the two virtual walls form an effective blockade. You can also set up cleaning schedules on your phone through its app and keep a check on Roomba’s progress even when you’re not around.
Neato Botvac Connected
Following the footsteps of Roomba and Dyson, Neato Botvac Connected also uses the methodical approach for cleaning. Priced at $629.99, it uses the same navigation technology which Google puts into its self-driving cars.
Using the lasers for scanning the room, it notices any obstacles up ahead and then returns to the same spot from where it began its journey. This feature is quite useful for storage purposes. When its turbo mode is on, it offers good suction. It’s app, which works on both Android and iOS devices, lets you control the machine even when you’re not present at home.
iRobot Roomba 690
if you’re willing to invest in an iRobot but also are looking for an affordable robot vacuum cleaner, then iRobot Roomba 690 is the best shot for you. It is quite reasonable with only available for $299.99 at Amazon, which is nothing as compared to the Roomba 980.
With a reasonable price, it offers a ton of functions. It gives you the authority to control the vacuum cleaner via smartphone. It’s easy to set up and can be easily controlled with your mobile phone. You can also give voice commands to the machine through smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit devices. It has a great suction power, picking up small particles of dust.
After thoroughly testing this machine, the only downside it faces is that it does not work as well on dark colored flooring. It faces navigation issues when it comes to dark flooring and docking.
Eufy RoboVac 11
Nothing beats Eufy RoboVac 11 when it comes to a low-priced robotic vacuum cleaner. It’s only for $219.99. With its simple and elegant design, the makers have made sure that it doesn’t look out of place even in a modern home. It’s quite easy to set up and use – the sweeper brushes need to be attached underneath the machine and then keep it for charging on the docking station. After charging is complete, switch it on and use the remote control to set the mode; auto, scheduled, spot clean, edge clean, maximum clean, or single room clean.
Unlike Roomba, it does not have any virtual walls but comes with two replacement sweeper brushes. It effortlessly roams around the house unless it detects a piece of furniture or wall ahead and then after that, changes its direction. It offers good suction and the side sweepers also perform an impressive role in collecting extra dirt.
What impresses about this robotic vacuum cleaner is the fact that it barely makes a sound when it’s working. You can easily talk to someone on phone or watch a TV while it keeps working in the background without making any noise. We would definitely recommend using this robotic vacuum especially if you’re looking to invest little.