How to Choose a Robot Vacuum
When it comes to cleaning your home, one of the most tedious tasks is vacuuming. Not only can it be difficult to get the vacuum out of where you keep it, it is loud, requires you to move furniture and if you have stairs in your home, you also have to contend with them. Not only that, you also need to be present to vacuum, well that was until the introduction of robot vacuums. If you aren’t sure where to start with choosing one, don’t worry we’re here to help.
1. App Connectivity
Sometimes cheaper is better, but when there is a small difference between costs and your convenience, it pays to pay slightly more. The mid-range robot vacuums will be able to be operated via an app. This makes sure that even if you aren’t home you are able to operate it, just in case people decide to turn up with very little warning. This app connectivity will also show you if the robot vacuum has cleaned and whether or not it has managed to return to our docking station.
2. Unit Height
Before you settle on your robot, you want to make sure the height that it is compatible with the items that you have in your home. If your robot sits too low, you may find that it can become easily stuck under furniture such as sofas and bed. Likewise, you also want to check if it is able to get onto and clean effectively any rugs you have in your home.
3. Unit Size
There are now so many brands of robot vacuum cleaner on the market, so you are able to pick one that really suits your needs. There is a big disparity of size between brands and units, so make sure you check the size before you settle. Sometimes bigger is better, but if you have a small apartment, that isn’t the case. You want to make sure that the size of the unit is well matched to your home, especially if you have a lot of furniture that the robot may struggle to get around and get stuck under. Each robot will come with information about what environment they are best suited to, it is worth taking these factors into account so you can get the best from your vacuum.
Some of the lower level units don’t have the ability to map your house. They kind of roam around and bang into things as they go and don’t remember the route they take. You want a unit that will map out your house and retain it in its internal memory. This way you can be sure that it will take the same cleaning path each time and keep your house clean. If you do select a model that doesn’t map your home, you’ll be left following it around and moving it on to the next room when it has inevitably become stuck.
It may not seem like it is a big deal, but the colour of the unit should be taken into consideration before you buy it. Black units tend to show up dust and debris very badly and if stuff like that concerns you, then you may want to opt for a more neutral colour, such as beige or white. You might also consider that you want a colour that you can easily see and find, that way if it does get jammed under a sofa, you’ll be able to find the unit and retrieve it.
6. Multi Function Robot Vacuums
There are some, albeit very few robot vacuums on the market that also have a mopping featured here. These units are best to avoid, as they don’t do either vacuuming or mopping particularly well. Unfortunately, we’re not at the point at being able to automate mopping, so you will still need to do this by hand but keep water away from your robot vacuum.
When it comes to choosing your robot vacuum there are a few things that you need to consider before you make the purchase. Before you go out and spend money, make sure you have thought about what type of obstacles are in your home that could potentially stop it from working, such as low furniture or high pile rug.
Once you have considered those options then you are able to select what features you want in your robot. Mapping and app connectivity are both excellent features that will make your life so much easier, you’ll never have to pick up the vacuum cleaner again.