A chore that gets done with a press of a button sounds too good to be true. However, this is indeed possible with a robot vacuum cleaner. Rather than lugging a handheld vacuum from one room to another, deploy a robot vacuum, and enjoy your newly gained free time! From smart mapping algorithms to self-cleaning bins, today’s robot vacuums are truly “smart.” However, the ideal robot vacuum will vary across the board depending on the size of your home, cleaning needs, and budget.
Let’s take a look at the various features you’ll want to consider!
Climbing: Robot vacuum climbs over room thresholds and onto carpets as it cleans. Climbing range varies between 0.4 inches (1cm) to 0.8 inches (2cm)
Anti Collision Sensors: Sensors allow the robot vacuum to slow down automatically before bumping into objects and other obstacles. This keeps furniture, pets and children safe.
Self-Charging: When the robot vacuum completes its run, or if the battery is running low, it will automatically return to the home dock for charging.
Dustbin: Dustbin capacity range varies across brands and models. Keep in mind that a smaller dustbin may require you to empty the bin during a long cleaning run.
Suction Power: A robot vacuum with good suction power ensures that dirt, dust, and other debris are getting picked up effectively. Max suction power ranges from 1000Pa to 2500+Pa. Note that certain brands do not measure suction power in pascals (Pa).
Cleaning Hour (Duration): The amount of time a robot vacuum can run before having to recharge is important to consider, especially if you have a larger home with multiple rooms. Cleaning hour can range from 80 minutes, at the lower range, to 240+ minutes at the highest range.
Navigation: There are four different types of navigation options. These options is an important factor.
Random: With random navigation, the robot vacuum goes about the room by bumping into walls or other obstacles, which then redirects itself.
Intelligent: Intelligent sensors guide the robot under and around furniture to help thoroughly clean your floors.
Visual: Visual navigation allows the robot vacuum to navigate an entire level of your home and keep track of its location.
Mapping: Mapping enables the robot to learn, map and adapt to your home, allowing you to control which rooms are cleaned and when.
Advanced features allow for greater automation and a more convenient, hands-off cleaning experience. It should be noted that some advanced features are more commonly found in pricier models.
Wifi/App/Smart Home: Robot vacuums with wifi capability can be operated remotely using an app or smart home. Apps often enable customized scheduling and mapping, and smart home connection brings added convenience of remote voice activation.
Carpet Boost: Suction power automatically increases when running on carpet, which requires a stronger suction pressure compared to hard floors.
Dirt Detection Technology*: Specific to Roomba models, the robot vacuum specifically detects and directs itself to areas with dirt.
The following features are available through additional accessories and/or parts in select models.
Mopping: Especially useful for hard floors, robot vacuums can be used for hands off mopping using attachments.
Self Emptying Dustbin: Storage towers affixed to the dock allows the robot vacuum to self empty its dustbin after cleaning.
Restrictive Towers/Strip: Restrictive towers and strips can be placed around the home to zone off areas for the robot vacuum to avoid.