Are robot vacuums any good, or are they just a passing novelty? Let’s explore.
Robot vacuum cleaners are nothing new – they’ve been autonomously making their way around homes since the late ‘90s.
These innovative cleaning machines are an appealing option for homeowners looking to spend less time cleaning their floors manually. If this sounds like you, a robot vacuum cleaner could be the convenient cleaning solution you need to keep crumbs at bay.
But different vacuum cleaners offer different capabilities, so it’s important to consider the benefits and understand the limits of a robot vacuum before you add one to your cleaning arsenal.
BENEFITS OF A ROBOT VACUUM CLEANER
SAVES YOU TIME
It’s recommended that you vacuum your home at least once a week to maintain a clean and healthy living environment. But who has the time? If your busy schedule gets in the way of dust-free floors, a robot vacuum can save you time and effort by cleaning your floors itself. And because supervision isn’t required, you can let your robot vacuum cleaner work its magic while you’re at work or running errands.
PROGRAMMABLE FOR INCREASED EFFICIENCY
Some robot vacuum cleaners can be programmed to remember the layout of your space, dump the dirt they collect, and return to their charging station when they’re running low on battery. They may even have sensors to detect changes in floor surface to transition from hard floors to carpets and rugs. With some models, you can set virtual walls for your robot vacuum to avoid any tumbles down the stairs.
CLEANS HARD-TO-REACH SPOTS
Thanks to its compact, rounded shape, a robot vacuum can fit in those tight spaces your handheld vacuum can’t – like under the couch. This also makes it easy to store, which is particularly handy if you have a small home or you’re short on storage space.
Our top pick:
The Hoover Performer Plus.
With intelligent path judgement, an impressive 45-minute runtime, HEPA filtration and more, this is one of the smartest robot vacuums around. Get yours here.
SHOULD I GET A ROBOT VACUUM?
Do you like the idea of coming home to clean floors without lifting a finger? Then yes, a robot vacuum cleaner could be a great fit for you!
But while everyone can enjoy having their floors vacuumed while they’re relaxing or ticking off other items on their to-do list, robot vacuums can be especially suitable in the following circumstances.
YOU HAVE CHILDREN OR PETS
If you have little ones or fur-babies living in your home, you know how quickly mess can accumulate. Whether it’s food crumbs or pet hair, a robot vacuum is ideal for spot-cleaning mess off the floor throughout the day.
…Or you just really don’t like vacuuming! We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – robot vacuums cut precious time off your cleaning routine so you can fit more into your day.
YOU HAVE A ONE-STOREY HOME
The range of robot vacuums available means there’s a machine to suit just about any house size, but things can get a little tricky when it comes to staircases. This smart little cleaning machine may be best for smaller homes without stairs.
YOU HAVE HARD FLOORS
While some robot vacuums are designed to effectively clean carpet, many perform better on hard floors. Be sure to check the features to find a model that works well for your particular flooring.
YOU HAVE LIMITED MOBILITY
From injuries to disabilities and age-related mobility issues, robot vacuum cleaners can be a great option for anyone with a physical ailment who can’t manually vacuum comfortably.
While modern robot vacuum cleaners have come a long way since the first model in 1996, it’s still recommended that your robot vacuum is used in conjunction with a traditional vacuum for a more thorough clean.
View our range of robot vacuum cleaners to find a model that suits your home and lifestyle.