When it comes to house cleaning, vacuuming is rarely a chore any of us truly enjoy. We often find ourselves dealing with bulky machines that may or may not do the best job of removing debris. They not only tend to stir up dust, but some models also get clogged often as well. Instead of wrestling a big, old push vacuum out of the closet, what if you could have a robot do the vacuuming for you? Could it make your life easier?
Instead of wrestling a big, old push vacuum out of the closet, what if you could just press a button? With a robot vacuums, that’s often all you need to do.
These little machines are essentially the future brought right into your home. They use special navigation technology and sensors to determine where to clean. Plus, they require very little effort on your part.
They do, however, vary widely from one model to the next. The prices range anywhere from $150 to $1,000+, and some have special features that warrant higher price tags.
Controlling a Robot Vacuum
There are several different ways to control robot vacuums. Some use smartphone apps, others have remote controls. Many popular iRobot Roomba models also connect to wi-fi and allow for voice control using a home smart speaker.
Luckily, in no instance are you forced to push it around yourself. And don’t worry, you don’t have to block off stairs either. Most of these vacuums have sensors to prevent them from traveling where they can’t go – like downstairs. (That is one minor drawback if you have stairs you need to vacuum.)
Some robot vacuums do more than vacuum, too. There are models from ILIFE, iRobot, and others that can also sweep or mop hardwood, tile, and laminate floors. Many have special corner brushes, and some are also designed specially to tackle pet hair as well.
Plus, most robot vacuums are exceptionally quiet and can easily transition from a one-floor type to another, too. You’ll honestly be surprised how far these things have evolved since the first models hit the market.
A lot of models will also automatically return to a docking station where they’ll recharge themselves without any human intervention. Some of the really expensive ones can even empty themselves. However, that’s often a cost-prohibitive feature, especially when it’s not too difficult to empty them manually.
Do you have a robot vacuum? Are you singing its praises, or do you prefer the old fashioned approach? Let us know in the comments below!