Keeping your floors clean is hard work! So, why not employ a smart robot vacuum to help you? It doesn’t matter how much or how little you want to spend, there’s a robot vacuum out there waiting for you. We’ve compiled the following guide for those of you who are stuck on how to shop for a smart vacuum:
- Overall Cleaning Performance – This is the obvious and most important consideration. Most robot vacuums can handle cleaning both hardwood and carpet, but some are better at cleaning one or the other. At the high end, you have the robot vacuums that can accommodate surface changes and do almost as good a job as a traditional vacuum. At the low end, you have the models that are good for light maintenance cleaning only. In the mid-range, you have vacuums that offer great cleaning, but sometimes struggle with particular surfaces or corners, when compared to upright vacuums.
- Battery Runtime & Charging – Smart vacuums are all battery-charged, so steer clear of models with less than 1 hour of runtime. Budget robot vacuums can run for about 60-75 minutes on a single charge, while mid-priced vacuums can run around 100 minutes. The most expensive robot vacuums can have as much as 120 minutes of runtime. Most recent smart vacuums also have the ability to automatically return to the charging dock when they need a charging boost and then pick up the cleaning where they left off.
- Auto-Scheduling – While some smart vacuums allow you to just push start when you want to vacuum, most models offer a convenient auto-scheduling feature. All you will need to do is set the robot’s schedule (daily, weekly or monthly) and specific time, and the vacuum will work its magic. In general, the newer the vacuum model, the more scheduling features it will have. The latest models even have an app so that you can control it remotely from anywhere.
- Dust Bin Size – Unfortunately, dust bins still have to be emptied by humans. So you will need to pay particular attention to the capacity of the robot vacuum and how often the dust bin will need to be emptied. To do this, you will have to survey the square footage of your home. For smaller houses and apartments or houses with minimal dirt/dust, the dust bin may not have to be emptied every cycle. And don’t be discouraged by smart vacuums that fill up quickly compared to others. This may be a sign that they are more efficient at collecting dirt and dust.
- Maintenance Requirements – The reason that you buy a smart vacuum is to save time and money, so you need to make sure that the model you buy doesn’t require too much maintenance and general upkeep. The fact is that even the latest robot vacuums do require some regular maintenance now and then. Filters and battery packs will need to be replaced over time, so you need to be reasonable with your expectations. Keep in mind the market for replacement parts. And instead of sending your robot back to the manufacturer for service, you may be able to purchase parts online and then watch a video on how to replace.
- Budget Considerations – Last but not least are pricing options. Pricing should always be a consideration but not the deciding factor. In general, the more you pay, the more thorough the cleaning results that you can expect. But there is always a trade-off in terms of value. It’s best to consider all the factors above before making your final decision. And here’s a final tip: the best deals will often be for last year’s models.
Smart vacuums are transforming the way we take care of our homes, and with continually improving features, they signal the start of an automated home cleaning revolution!