Robotic vacuums are a relatively new phenomenon. They look like giant hockey pucks, and fade into the background as they quietly crawl across the floor, cleaning it just as a vacuum would. The advantages of these are numerous: They are generally quiet in their operation, are small, they are usually smart enough to recharge themselves, and in most cases you can program the robot to take a preset route round the house, so that it will clean the same area every day. These robots are not stupid either. They have object detection, so if they detect an obstacle, they will simply move around it rather than knocking it over, so there is no need to worry about your expensive vase being broken by it.
Imagine living in a way that vacuuming as a chore just disappears from your life. You can use an app on your smartphone to simply tell the robot to clean the floor while you are out, and after a hard days work, you return to find a perfectly clean house
One of the best known brands when it comes to these robotic vacuum cleaners is iRobot, and their Roomba series is getting more and more popular. One of the best value offerings from this lineup is the Roomba 671. Featuring a 3 stage cleaning system and 1hr battery life, it offers a versatile experience with more than enough juice to last 3 or even 4 full cleans. Its party piece however is its integration with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to control the entire robot with your voice
For a more premium offering, the Roomba 960 is a great choice. Not only does it offer all the features of the 671, but it also adds scheduled cleaning, smartphone integration via and app, and a 5x stronger brush specifically designed for pet hair and deep carpets.
If these are a bit out of your range, don't fret. There are other companies which offer a cheaper point of entry into this market. For example, the Coredy Robotic Vacuum Cleaner offers many of the basic features the others do, at a fraction of the price. At £169.99, it has a wet/dry mop combo, 120 mins of cleaning from its 2600mah battery, scheduled cleaning and, just like the others, a triple stage cleaning system. As the ratings on Amazon suggest, the Coredy is a perfect entry point into this new market for those who are still on the fence about having a robot clean their house for them.
To conclude, the robotic vacuum cleaner revolution is just getting started. Those robots doing our household chores that we only dreamt of as children are now becoming a reality, and best of all, it is one less boring thing for us to do.
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