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Last updated date: January 2, 2019
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An Overview On Robotic Vacuums
There’s never been a better time to buy a robotic vacuum. Robovacs have come a long way since iRobot debuted its first Roomba. More brands and models have made their way to the market, which means cheaper prices and improved features.
People are drawn to robotic vacuums for their timesaving capabilities and ease of use. In theory, a robovac owner should be able to start the vacuum before leaving the house and come home to perfectly vacuumed floors — all without having to lift a finger.
Suction power, programming capabilities, boundary-setting, noise level and battery life are just some of the factors to consider when deciding which robotic vacuum to buy.
One important feature in newer models is smart mapping, which uses the latest technology to create a map of your home. This then shows you the route the robovac will take, letting you make changes as you see fit. Not all vacuums offer this functionality.
This brings us to Wi-Fi connectivity. Roomba robotic vacuums connect to your home internet, letting you manage your cleaning using an app. Through this, you can create schedules and change the route your vacuum takes as it works. Wi-Fi also means you can start your vacuum through a command to your Alexa or Google Assistant.
It’s also important to pay attention to how your vacuum will handle obstacles. A robovac will inevitably encounter walls and furniture during its travels. Some vacuums are small enough to squeeze under your beds and end tables, while others will have to try to navigate around them. Some aren’t quite as good as others at sensing and moving around your furniture, which could lead to some awkward bumps along the way.
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While the iRobot Roomba is widely considered the first robotic vacuum to market, Swedish vacuum giant Electrolux introduced a short-lived model in the mid-1990s called the Trilobite and Dyson developed one in the early 2000s that never made it to mass production. Today, there are several popular robotic vacuums on the market, but as technology advances, the competition becomes fierce. Wi-Fi connectivity has taken robotic vacuums to the next level, allowing you to control your vacuum when you aren’t even home. There are also robotic vacuum-inspired yard robots that can keep your grass mown, as long as you have a small area to maintain.
The Robotic Vacuum Buying Guide
- Basic parts maintenance and regular filter cleaning will keep your robovac working effectively. Allergy sufferers, in particular, will want to stay on top of cleaning filters.
- You’ll need to empty the robovac dustbin more often than you would for a standup vacuum due to the robotic vacuum’s small size.
- If you want your robovac to clean under beds, couches and furniture, take note of the height of the robotic vacuum you plan to purchase. The Eufy RoboVac 11 is only 2.65 inches tall, making it the most likely to fit under all of your furniture. Compare this to the Roombas, which are both 13.8 inches tall.
- Robovacs have come down in price since they were first introduced. Today, you can find a model that’s sure to fit within your budget.
- If you plan to use your robotic vacuum near stairs, be sure to look for a model with a cliff sensor to avoid any tumbles.
- Robovacs sometimes get stuck under low furniture and can get caught up in power cords, rugs and other loose items in their path. A model that has invisible walls or a programmable cleaning area can help corral the robovac to a certain area and avoid any pitfalls.
- Homes today can vary in flooring types from hardwood to linoleum to carpet. It’s important to find a robotic vacuum that’s the best for your home, especially if you have multiple flooring types. The Roomba can move from one type of floor to another without missing a beat. The Eufy RoboVacs, though, use infrared sensors to clean, so it’s not the best robotic vacuum if you have dark floors or high carpets.
- Pay attention to battery life. Most robotic vacuums can run continuously for at least 70 minutes. The Roomba 960 has a smaller lithium-ion battery, which means it can only go through a 75-minute cleaning session before needing a recharge. Time to recharge is also important to consider. The Eufy RoboVac takes as long as six hours to fully charge, so you may not be able to count on more than one or two cleanings a day.
- Many robovacs will return to their charging base when the battery runs low. Be sure to position the charging dock in a flat, unobstructed location so the vacuum can successfully reconnect to the base.
- High-tech models offer Wi-Fi connectivity so you can start your vacuum via your phone. Other models allow you to schedule cleaning times so that the robovac will run while you’re away. The Eufy RoboVacs have no Wi-Fi connectivity, but the Roombas do. One downside to this, though, is that you’ll need to start up the app if you want to control your Roomba 960’s movements or change the schedule. The Roomba i7+ comes with a remote, though, giving you the option of controlling your robovac without your phone.
- Mapping is also important. The Eufy RoboVacs have no mapping, but you’ll get that feature with a Roomba. This means the vacuum will maneuver around your house and create a virtual map, which you can edit.
- Eufy RoboVacs have no Wi-Fi connectivity, but the Roomba models do. One downside to this, though, is that you’ll need to start up the app if you want to control your Roomba 960’s movements or change the schedule. Some robovacs come with a remote, though, giving you the option of controlling your robovac without your phone.
- The best thing about Wi-Fi connectivity is that it gives you the ability to control your robovac even when you’re away from home.
- In addition to remote connectivity, Roomba also lets you control the 960 using scheduling. This means you can set a time each day for your vacuum to begin working. The Eufy doesn’t allow that.
- As your vacuum collects dust and dirt, you’ll need to manually empty the bin on most models. However, some robovacs automatically dump dirt into a large bin, which can be fitted with disposable bags to make it like any other garbage can in your home. In fact, the bin even doubles as a trash can.
- With the Eufy RoboVac 11, one downside is that there are no virtual walls to keep the vacuum from venturing into a certain area. However, the Eufy RoboVac 30 comes with a magnetic boundary strip that can be placed in areas you don’t want the robovac to cross.
- Obviously, you don’t want your robovac to constantly bump into furniture and walls, but not all robotic vacuums are skilled in this area. The Eufy RoboVac 11 isn’t as good at avoiding obstacles as the Roomba vacuums due to there being no virtual walls in place to direct the unit away from them.
- One feature growing in popularity among robotic vacuums is smart speaker compatibility. The Roomba vacuums can be activated through a command to Alexa or Google Assistant. The Eufy models lack that functionality.
- Suction power is an essential feature in any vacuum, robotic or manual. The Eufy RoboVacs can stand up against their Roomba counterparts in this area. At a lower price point, the Eufy RoboVacs use Boost IQ to automatically increase suction when it’s necessary. The RoboVac 11 can up the suction all the way to 1300Pa. “Pa” is a unit of measurement applied to vacuums.
- Chances are, your robovac will run while you’re home. The Eufy RoboVacs feature quiet operation that will avoid disrupting your day. With the Roomba, the self-emptying doc can be quite loud, so brace yourself for the occasional interruption.
- If air purification is a priority, the Roomba vacuums have air filtration built in. They promise to block 99 percent of mold, pollen, and other allergens, including those that come from pets. Eufy RoboVac has a dual-layer filter and a high-performance filter to help keep the home clean.
- Both the Eufy and Roomba vacuums automatically return to the charging station when they’re finished doing their work. This means you’ll never have to worry about charging them.
- One negative of Eufy vacuums is that the company doesn’t make it easy to get replacement parts, including wheels and other major parts. Roomba sells official replacement parts and accessories on its website.
- If you have an alarm system in your home that uses motion detection, make sure you do a test run with your robovac in motion before you set the alarm and leave for the day.