Top Things to Consider When Buying a Robot Vacuum


Now that in most places we’re actually bound to be home, confined in our apartment or house, we’ve probably realized, more than ever, how important it is to have a clean, dust-free place and how effortful that can become. Instead of spending a monthly value on a housekeeping service, there is another option you can opt for – a robot vacuum.

A Robot Vacuum might be a great purchase for your life and your home’s overall aspect but with so many options on the market, it’s important to consider a number of variables in order to get the best one for your specific needs. That way, every dollar spent is worth it and you’ll see that not only will your home have a more cheerful vibe, but it will also have a big impact on your daily life.

Flooring

It’s quite rare a house being made of all the same flooring, as your living room can have a beautiful hardwood floor, while your bathroom’s flooring might be tiled. The trick here is to study your floor and understand how you can optimize your cleaning process. Maybe there’s a hardwood part that ‘s pretty large or a carpeted room that is really hard to clean. After that thoughtful analysis, go for the one that better suits your needs.

If carpets are your nemesis, there are a few vacuum robots that can help you immensely. Look for the ones that have a strong suction power, as there will be no hair, dust, or particles that will survive it. Big wheels are also a great choice, mainly due to the fact that they won’t become stuck in thicker carpets, as well as being capable of climbing them. The iRobot Roomba 980 or the Samsung Electronics R9250 are two great options for this kind of task.

Most popular floors around the world are made of hardwood, so it’s not surprising that most robot vacuums can tackle that surface pretty easily. In spite of that, going for a robot that not only vacuums but also swipes and mops can really help you keep a spotless surface, all year round. Straight-edge designs also allow you to tackle corners more easily. Again, the iRobot Roomba 980 is a solid choice, but the Roborock S5 Robotic can really surprise you with its quality.

Floors made of tiles can be pretty tricky, as they have those little crevices that, if badly cleaned, can become black and disgusting. That’s why a mop system and a powerful vacuum are also recommended here, besides some powerful brushes. Because we’re talking about a surface that can get dirty and hairy pretty easily, you should take advantage of some vacuums’ new feature – dirt detection technology. The previous models we’ve mentioned are all able to help you with tiles, but if you want to save some extra bucks, you can also go with the iRobot Roomba 960.

Size

In spite of popular beliefs, here, size does matter! Getting a robot vacuum for a big house or a small apartment is completely different, and the feature you should be making your decision on, is its battery life. If you have a tinier flat, it’s probably an aspect that can be more overlooked, in order to save some bucks, but if you have a larger home, a long-lasting battery is essential. Even though most robots can work up to an hour and a half, if your case is the latter, we recommend opting for one that can go the full two hours. Also, arriving home and seeing a dead robot in the middle of your living room isn’t that fun, so going for a model that returns to its docking station when the battery is almost discharged might also be a great choice.

Effort

Now, here we ask you a simple question: How often do you want to bend down, remove its dust-filled storage, dump it in a bin and mount it again? If it’s really a task that you don’t mind doing, going for the regular, smaller bin, can save you some money, but it will only last one cleaning. If you decide on a larger one (600 milliliters), you can get away with 3 or 4 without having to remove the dust.

Hands-On

How automotive do you want your robot? On one end of the spectrum, there are the models that you simply leave in a room and they will work on a grid system, avoiding objects and doing their best to reach every place. On the other end, you can get some that come with a phone app that not only shows you, mapped, the places they’ve been through, but also allows you to schedule different rooms for different hours of the day. In this particular aspect, iRobot Roomba models’ are pretty amazing. You can take a look at this article to see all of their top units thoroughly reviewed and compared.

Pets & Allergies

Lastly, there are two big factors that you should also consider. Firstly, if you have a bad case of allergies, especially dust-related ones, getting a model that has HEPA filters or UV sterilization systems built-in will definitely change your quotidian, in terms of health. Secondly, a house full of pets is a house full of fur! There are some vacuums that are designed to tackle that difficulty in an effortless way, so be sure to take advantage of that!

Final Thoughts

There is no shame in asking for help, and even less when it comes from a robot. So, with the help of this article, and a moment of reflection about your needs, we hope you can make the best choice for yourself and for your house and enjoy a more clean, fresh and vibrant vibe!

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