Robot vacuum cleaner docked on hardwood floorVacuuming is tedious work. In this article, we will help you pick the perfect robot vacuum to get the job done right!

These robotic cleaners can range from $100 – $1000 and relieve you of the dreaded chore.

Consider these few factors before buying your bot:

  • The kind of surfaces you want to be cleaned.
  • The size of your property.
  • The available features and not just the price.
  • The battery life.
  • Whether it is WiFi controlled or not.

Roomba 880

Roomba is synonymous with robot vacuums. This is because they combine top-notch technology for navigation and vacuuming. The droid has a HEPA-filter that collects and contains particles finer than the human hair. It comes with a remote control that helps you program the bot through several preprogrammed settings. You can choose to spot-clean and even change the settings in the middle of the cleaning cycle. They come with the “Lighthouse” device that guides the bot to access or avoid preset areas. The convenience of the device is that it cleans on any surface and has no brush bristles to clean.

Roomba 650

This is a mid-range model with a three-stage cleaning system. It is the top-selling model as it cleans everything from cereal to pet hair. This little bot is only 3.6” and it cleans and fits under any furniture. It can be pre-programmed to clean up to 7 times a week and it returns to its dock to recharge. It can also be programmed to clean a certain area and it reorients itself when hit by an obstacle. It has various settings just like the 880.

iLife A4

The iLife A4 comes with a three-step cleaning system and a side brush. The brush helps sweeps up dust and dirt off the sideboards. It is just 3 inches tall, thus scoots underneath the furniture too. It has a 2600-mAh battery that lasts 130 to 150 minutes. It comes with multiple cleaning modes for various surfaces and dirt. It can be pre-programmed with cleaning schedules. The remote allows for spot cleaning too. There are sensors that prevent the bot from falling down the stairs and return to its docking station.

The Braava Jet

This small, economy droid by iRobot is a heavy-duty maid; it not only vacuums but also mops! It is designed to sweep up dirt and spills off the hardwood, kitchen and bathroom floors. The replaceable pads with built-in cleaning agents automatically switch the bot from wet to damp or dry mopping. The Braava comes with a 150-ml reservoir that squirts water onto the floors, then the vibrating cushion aids the pads to scrub the stains. The bot comes with 6 pads. The replacements are sold in packs of 10 for $7.99.

The PowerBot VR7000

This is Samsung’s newest robot vacuum that responds to voice commands. It uses Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, all you have to do is ask it to start cleaning. It is just 4 inches tall and 28% slimmer than previous Samsung vacuum models. Thus, it cleans, fits and sits under any furniture. It comes with a wide 11-inch brush, which self-cleans. This means no messy maintenance after the bot has cleaned the house.

Getting a cleaning droid for your home is an elegant and economic solution for keeping hardwood floors clean. The functions like self-cleaning and auto-scheduling are a huge convenience for our busy lifestyle. The droids come with speed controls so you can choose how quickly you want the job done. Besides you can even schedule when you empty the bin of the droid as they are spacious.


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