Should You Toss Away Your Vacuum and Buy a Robot Vacuum?

If you’ve ever had the delightful task of vacuuming your home, chances are you’ve wished for something that could make the job easier. If you have, you’ll be pleased to know that engineers worldwide heard those prayers, and created something to meet those exact needs: the robot vacuum. Before deciding to do away with your trusty, hands-on vacuum, however, it’s important to look at both the pros AND cons of purchasing one. Only then will you know if it’s truly the right buy for you.

Benefits of Using New Cleaning Technology

The most obvious benefit of the robot vacuum is its size and portability. Designed to reach underneath furniture easily, typical size is only about a foot, in both height and width.

This allows you to not only clean those pesky, hard-to-reach spots, but easily store it in a cupboard or on a shelf.

The days of getting on your hands and knees to clean a corner by hand, or rearranging your entire closet just to fit your stand-up vacuum, are gone.

A second benefit of using the newer, intelligent robots is the fact that they were created to clean independently. What this means for you is more time to go about your daily errands, more energy to focus on those tasks, and less strain on your body overall. Once the “robovac” is fully powered, you can set it down and go about your day. This is a great feature for those with disabilities, minor back/arthritis issues, and even the elderly.

The third benefit of the newer model vacuum is its intelligence. The most recent models have the ability to “remember” a layout of a room, deposit their own dirt into a receptacle, and even locate the charging station entirely on their own. As you can imagine, this saves any owner both time and energy.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Robot Vacuum

While there are clearly some advantages to using a robot vacuum vs traditional upright/canister vacuum, there are also some disadvantages to keep in mind. To start, the efficiency of these intelligent vacuums depends on what type of home you’re trying to clean. Robovacs work best on hard surfaces or light carpet, and in small-to-medium size rooms. They are not equipped with the ability to climb stairs, so multi-floor or large homes are not ideal for this type of cleaning.

Also, these machines have highly sensitive sensors and will stop or turn around when sensing an object in their way. This would require you to move whatever object is blocking its path, and redirect the vacuum. If you live a clutter-free lifestyle, this won’t be a problem. But if you, like many others, tend to leave a few (or more) things lying around, this could create even more work for you, requiring you to clean before vacuuming each time. Finally, it has been noted that the suction on these vacuums is not always as powerful as the stand-up editions we’ve become accustomed to, and require regular cleaning, often daily. For pet owners especially, this could be an inconvenience.

As you can see, there are quite a few factors to consider before trading in your vacuum for a robot, including the type of flooring, size of the rooms, and how much clutter the home tends to accumulate on a daily basis. Being hands-free isn’t always easier, but it’s up to you, the consumer, to find the right vacuum for your budget.

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