Top Tips When Buying Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
The only problem robotic vacuum cleaners have is that they suck! Come to think of it, that’s not really a problem, they’re actually supposed to do that. Some can even sweep, and they are nowadays serious contenders to replace your boring old vacuum cleaner.
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The problem is – they are still quite expensive for a vacuum cleaner. They will set you back a couple hundred dollars, and don’t be surprised to shell out even four figures for the top ones. That’s why it is important to know what you need to look for and what to expect in a robotic vacuum cleaner.
So, without further ado, here are the top four tips when buying a robotic vacuum cleaner:
The can detect obstacles
Nowadays, every decent robotic vacuum cleaner can detect obstacles such as thresholds, stairs and a bit thicker carpets and rugs. If you have stumbled upon a vacuum cleaner that can only run on smooth surfaces like a hardwood floor, steer clear – those days are long gone. Some advanced cleaners first need to get acquainted with your home – they’ll move around, scan and learn about furniture, room sizes and shapes. Others come with tiny flags which you can set up to prevent them from moving in particular spaces – for example where all your cables are located and you wouldn’t want the cleaner to tear them up.
What pretty much every new robo cleaner has is the option to program when it will operate. Some more advanced ones also come with a smartphone app, so you can manage it while at work, on holidays or out and about. Robo cleaners are designed for busy people, and this is a great feature. It allows you to set up special times when the machine will operate – for example, while you’re outside. Some also have sensors telling them when they’re full, and they can send a notification to have you clean them up.
Traditional robotic vacuum cleaners are very loud and obnoxious. That’s not the case with robotic ones. They can be fairly quiet, and this is one of the features you should definitely look out for.
Being robotic and autonomous, these machines are also wireless, which means they need to be charged. More advanced machines have the option of charging themselves. They know where their docking stations are, and when they’re almost out, they will head back and set themselves up for charging, which is a great feature for bigger houses and rooms which take time to clean. Cheaper versions come with an audio notification – similar to what your smartphone does when it’s about to die.
These are the top five tips when buying a robotic vacuum cleaner. If your preferred machine does not have these features, it’s probably old and outdated, and definitely not worth the money.