Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Using A Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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Do you find yourself getting sick of vacuuming your home a few times a week? Are you considering purchasing a robotic vacuum but still having some doubts? These innovative cleaning machines are a great alternative to traditional vacuum cleaners. But with most products out there, they do come with advantages and disadvantages that you need to know before making any purchase.

How Smart Is A Robot Vacuum?

You can program robotic vacuums to clean your home even when you’re out and about. You can enjoy a movie or do your shopping, and you’ll come back to a clean house.

These automatic vacuum cleaners are specifically designed to make the job of cleaning your space more convenient and easier.  Aside from never having to worry about the daunting task of removing dirt and dust, you won’t have to maneuver a bulky and heavy machine around your house ever again. There are even some models smart enough to make its way to its charging dock when it needs to recharge.

There are plenty of robot vacuums available on the market today, and you can find the best one for your home from this source.

Pros Of Robotic Vacuums

These cleaning tools sounds really promising, particularly for homeowners who have little to no time to clean their space. Owning one comes with the following advantages:

  • Intelligent Mapping. Traditional vacuums are limited to the length of its cord or to where you push it. Robotic vacuums, on the other hand, comes with a scanning technology that maps your space to establish the best path to avoid any obstacles. They will then store this detail so that you can see exactly where it has been in your home. It also allows you to plan which are to target on your next cleaning task.
  • Less Noise. Manual vacuums are quite noisy, and I’m sure there was a time when you’re young that you got scared of its noise. These new breeds of vacuums are designed to emit as minimal noise as possible, making it the best option for people who want to keep their home serene and quiet.
  • Wifi Connectivity. Smart homes are becoming more and more popular these days, and you can now connect some models wirelessly to your smart home hub. This means you can control your robot cleaner through a smartphone app or voice control wherever you are and whenever you like.
  • Convenient and Saves Time. Using this type of automatic cleaner requires little to no effort from you during the cleaning process. Simply plug in the device, program it, put it on the room you want to clean, and it’ll do all the tidying up for you. It can also clean hard-to-reach places like under your sofa, cabinet, and bed. You can use the extra time you have to do other fruitful activities or start a project you’ve been dying to do for months but have no time for it.
  • Program A Cleaning Schedule. If you’re a busy person and always stressed out after a long day at work and the last thing you want is to clean your home every time, you can set your robotic vacuum to work on specific times or days. Your unit can take care of the rest while you’re watching your favorite series or taking a relaxing bubble bath.
  • Less Maintenance. Robot vacuums require little maintenance compared to manual vacuums. You only need to empty out its dirt box and then clean its roller brushes when it’s done with its task. You may also need to replace its batteries from time to time.
  • Compact Design. Unlike traditional vacuum cleaners, this cleaning equipment is less bulky and smaller, so storing it will not be a problem. You don’t even need to worry about finding a separate storage area for it. You only need to clear up a small space in your cabinet for it.

If you’re still not sure about buying a robotic vacuum, watch this week experience (video) to see one in action.

Cons of Robot Vacuums

Although robot vacuums have numerous advantages, they also have drawbacks:

  • Tag Price. All these good things come with an expensive price tag though. The cost of some of the popular models can set you back between $400-500. There are others that are not so expensive and cost around $90, but if you’re after power and the best quality, you’ll have to shell out a few hundred bucks. And as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.
  • Limited Cleaning Capability and Functions. These devices are only ideal to use at leveled and flat surfaces. They don’t work well on staircases and uneven floors since they’ll stumble. They also don’t have the ability to reach walls, ceilings, and other high areas. You need a manual vacuum to clean these areas.
  • Pre-Cleaning. These smart machines are receptive to obstacles. You have to do a bit of sweeping first and picking up things like toys, and socks that may get in their way before setting them to work. You also need to do these with traditional vacuums, but you can at least maneuver them around those obstacles or pick them up as you clean saving you some time.
  • They Tend to Get Stuck. Because of their shape and small size, these cleaners will often get stuck in tight corners or under your furniture.
  • Battery Drain. All the sophisticated features of robotic vacuums rely on its batteries. So once it starts to drain, your unit will lose its ability to think. And once the battery dies, it will not be able to go back to its docking station, which means you have to pick it up yourself and place it in the charging base. You won’t have to go through this with a standard corded vacuum, and if you have a cordless type, you only have to attach it to the charger when it lacks power, and you can continue with your cleaning.

Robotic vacuums are a good alternative to traditional vacuum cleaners, especially if you live in a small home. However, they’re cleaning capacity are limited and only ideal for leveled and flat surfaces. They are also quite expensive, so before buying one, make sure to weigh its pros and cons first, evaluate your requirements, budget, and needs in terms of cleaning your home.