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A robot vacuum cleaner is a fantastic addition to any modern home. They propel themselves around the house on wheels, and the question of how good they are largely depends on what you want to use them for. For working parents, the robot vac can be set to patrol the home everyday, picking up dust, dirt and any pet hair as it goes. Hugely time saving, one of their key benefits is that they’re small, compact and can be programmed to do the dirty work for you.
But do robot vacuums really work? They really do – and the best part of it is that they don’t need your help to get the job done (except if they get stuck under your couch or trapped in the bathroom!). There are certain things you need to consider, however, when it comes to their functionality and features.
As with any home appliance, you want to make sure you pick a vacuum that’s going to fit your space. On top of that, you’ll want to look for the following features:
There’s a lot of choice when it comes to robot vacuum cleaners these days. However, one thing they all do is take away some of the cleaning and free you up to do more of what you love.
You might be asking: are robot vacuum cleaners worth it? When it comes to cleaning, the answer is a resounding yes! While you’re rearranging your books by colour, or holding your clothes to see which ones ‘spark joy’, your robot vacuum cleaner is taking care of your floors and carpets. Be liberated from the chore of vacuuming and focus your energies where they’re needed – unless, of course, vacuuming is your thing!
They can’t completely replace your regular vacuum cleaner (yet) but they can keep your floor free of dust and save you cleaning time in the process. Many newer models have incredibly powerful suction and durable wheels designed to keep them moving over any bumps or rugs. They’re designed to leave and return to a docking station, so no more tripping over power cords or missing hard to reach corners of the room.
To make the most of your robot vacuum cleaner, use it in space that are mostly uncluttered and have clear floors. Getting rid of any obstacles makes it easier for your vacuum to perform at its best. Wooden or vinyl floors are a breeze for a robot vac, but they also do a great job on carpet. Some models are better at one or the other, so make sure you check the specifications before you commit.
Not necessarily. While the more recent models have great connectivity with the ability to control the vacuum via an app, more affordable models tend to come with a battery powered remote. It’s really up to you and how savvy you are with tech, but one of the advantages of the apps is that they may offer Google Assistant or Amazon Alex integration. This means you can activate it by saying a key phrase, like “start cleaning”!
Every appliance needs a little TLC every now and then to keep it working optimally. A robot vacuum cleaner isn’t any different. Here are a few things to keep an eye on to make sure your tiny cleaner is living up to all the hype.
As mentioned earlier, keep the floor clear of any potential obstacle. Kids toys, shoes, clothes, cords, food scraps and even animal waste can be disastrous for your vacuum.
Every robot vacuum cleaner has built-in sensors, usually at the front and back, so they can steer clear of any furniture or walls. If your vacuum does get stuck under the couch, don’t rush to pick it up and redirect it, as this may damage the sensors. Instead, lift up the couch and let the robot cleaner navigate its way out. If you think the sensors aren’t working properly, wipe them with a damp cloth, but don’t use any detergents or soaps.
Just like your regular vacuum cleaner, robot vacs have a dust bin and filters. Clean these out regularly to ensure maximum cleaning power. Filters may need to be replaced after being used for a few months, so keep an eye on how they’re looking.
Hair and dust can get trapped in the wheels and brushes of your robot vacuum cleaner, so take the time to make sure they’re clean. Long hairs and string can get wound up in the wheels and may damage the motor, so it’s important to remove the wheels regularly and clean them using a dust brush. Avoid using water directly on the robot vacuum as there’s a lot of sensitive electronics embedded in its body.
Finding the right robot vacuum cleaner for your home is the name of the game. A good rule of thumb is not to use it like a normal vacuum cleaner. If you use it to clean up spills or for your once a week clean, you’ll likely get very frustrated. But if you live in a somewhat minimalist, hardwood floor apartment, then a robot vacuum may be just what you’re looking for. That’s not to say it won’t also work in a house with ample furniture, carpet or stairs (they have features to prevent them taking a tumble downstairs), but you might not want to get rid of your current vacuum cleaner if that’s the case.
To help you decide which one is right for you – explore our full range of robot vacuum cleaners. Regardless of your home or office setup, these automated cleaners will keep on top of the dust and dirt whilst you go about your day.
Imagine kicking back with your coffee on a Sunday morning, catching up on some reading, while your robot vacuum cleaner gets to work. This dream could be your reality. We’ve got a range of robot cleaners for you to choose from and to make life even easier, we offer contactless delivery and pickup from your local Good Guys store.