The idea of a robotic vacuum is extremely attractive to people who want to keep their floors clean all of the time. Instead of getting the vacuum out of the closet, plugging it in, cleaning the floor, and putting the vacuum back again. It is much easier to let a robotic vacuum do the job instead. But, do robotic vacuums work the way that their manufacturers claim they do? Are they worth the money or is it still better to use a traditional vacuum cleaner?
Robotic vacuums cost about the same as the more expensive traditional vacuum cleaners. For many homeowners, the cost alone can keep them from even considering a robotic vacuum, but they do get the job done well.
They require some setup so they know where to clean and when to do it. The owner’s manuals explain the setup procedures so that anyone can do it. They can be set to clean on a schedule that you decide. They also will clean the rooms you want done. Once the schedule is set, the vacuum will go to work. Owners do not need to monitor the machine – all they have to do is enjoy their clean floors. There is no need to push any buttons or prepare the machine once the schedule is set. This is designed to give homeowners time to do other things without needing to worry about cleaning the floors. Homeowners can have their floors cleaned every day – which might be more than they are with a traditional vacuum.
The first robotic vacuums were not successful because they could not maneuver around and into corners, but the new ones can. They are small so they can fit into tight spaces, get under furniture, and around corners. This means that homeowners do not have to move heavy furniture like they need to when using a traditional vacuum. It also means that the floors under the furniture can be cleaned regularly.
The small machines have more powerful motors that many people realize. This allows them to pick up dust and dirt just as well as many traditional vacuum cleaners do.
The price can be a deterrent for many homeowners who do not want to spend hundreds on a vacuum. For cost-conscious people, the work a robotic vacuum can do is not worth the added expense.
Others do not like the way the vacuum does not follow a pattern like a person does when using a traditional vacuum. Many robotic vacuums will move around a room in a random pattern, so the carpet does not get the straight vacuum lines that many people like. This also causes the vacuum to take longer than most people expect.
Robotic vacuums are small, so they need to be emptied frequently, especially in homes that have large rooms. They are great options for people who have small houses or apartments. This can be a nuisance for people who want their rooms cleaned when they are not home.
The battery life can also be troublesome for homeowners, because they usually only last up to two hours. They also need time to charge, which can slow the cleaning process in larger homes. Sometimes the vacuum will stop in the middle of a cleaning session to return to the charging station. If the room needs to be cleaned within a certain time frame, it can be a nuisance.
Robotic vacuums can get clogged just as easily as a traditional vacuum, so it there is a piece of paper or a sock on the floor, the vacuum can stop. Because of the small size, it is wise to do a quick check of the room to get the items off the floor that could stall the vacuum. No one wants to clear a jam out of their robotic vacuum – or their traditional vacuum.
Even though robotic vacuums are small and designed to fit under furniture, some do get stuck. This can slow cleaning time and wear out the battery charge as the vacuum attempts to dislodge itself from the under furniture. They can also have issues with drapes and curtains as well as other household decor that hangs on the floor.
Before deciding whether or not to add a robotic vacuum to your home, take the time to decide whether or not it will be a wise investment for your household.