These days, convenience is king. Technology has delivered us a plethora of revolutionary products and robot vacuums are a prime example of innovation making our day-to-day lives a little easier. But are they worth it and what do you need to know before you take the plunge?
What Can the Newer Models Do?
Trevor Long, tech guru and editor at eftm.com told us that robot vacuum cleaners have come a long way in recent years.
“I can remember a robot vacuum I bought from Demtel, it just bumped into walls, and there was no certainty it would reach every corner of the home,” Trevor said.
“These day robot vacuums are very strategic with their cleaning patterns and navigation. They map your home to perfection, allowing you to set boundaries where they shouldn't go. Most importantly their suction and cleaning capabilities have dramatically improved in just recent years.”
Robot Vacuum Benefits
4 Things to Think About Before Bringing A Robot Vacuum Home
01Do I need one and do I need a high-end model?
Despite significant progress being made, good quality stick and bag vacuums are still superior on carpeted floors. This is worth considering if you have a lot of carpet in your home.
Not sure what features to look out for when choosing between advanced and budget-friendly options? Firstly, advanced models are able to detect things that have been left lying around on the floor and avoid them. A simpler model may suffice if you know you keep a relatively tidy home. If you have mixed flooring, it’s worth considering whether you want to invest in a pricier model with all the latest technology.
“Some higher-end models have advanced sensors and are also able to transition between bare floors and carpeted areas without manually switching settings,” Trevor said.
“Others allow you to control them through a smartphone app.”
02Proper Set-Up is Crucial for Success
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When you bring your robot vacuum home, don’t hide it away in a corner. Its home base/charging station usually needs to be against a flat wall with free space surrounding it (how much space depends on the model). This makes it easy for the robot to return ‘home’ after cleaning and recharge.
Don’t forget – the vacuum needs to do its thing on a daily basis. Most models will allow you to program it so that it starts its cleaning journey at the same time every day. It’s also easy to program the unit so that it remembers the layout of your space.
It can take a little trial and error for the robot to learn its way around your home. We recommend following it around the first couple of times to see where it gets stuck – usually a little furniture shuffling will do the trick.
03Maintenance is Important
Just like a regular vacuum, the robot vacuum needs to be shown a little love to work efficiently for you. You’ll need to remove the roller and get rid of any debris or hair in the bristles to ensure it continues to work effectively.
We recommend using the cleaning tools that come with most robot vacuums and following the manufacturer’s cleaning manual (if provided).
04Pick the Right Model for You
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It can be tough knowing where to begin. While robot vacuums can be expensive, there are also affordable models available that will do an ample job looking after your floors.
Trevor highly recommends Ecovacs for its range of options at differing price points. “They have the best technology in their latest Deebot Ozmo T8 model, which allows the robot to use an on-board camera to see things you might have left on the floor, and avoid them - reminding you later to move them. Plus, their mopping capabilities are exceptional.”
He also recommends LG’s R9 for its suction capabilities and Kogan Online’s range, which he says is affordable yet effective.
For more detailed pricing and feature comparison on robot vacuums, check out Trevor’s article here.
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