How Good Are Robotic Vacuum Cleaners?
Posted on 20th March 2018 by Keith Hirst
Vacuuming can be time-consuming and laborious work and so finding a way to lessen the strain of this task will always be welcome.
Robotic vacuum cleaners have been designed to let people bypass this chore altogether, and this technology has been around for about 15 years now.
However, before jumping to buy a robotic vacuum cleaner for your home or workplace, you would be wise to first consider whether these machines are worth the investment. Let’s take a look at some of their pros and cons.
For general upkeep, robotic vacuum cleaners are great. You use them much more frequently than a normal vacuum, setting them off to clean daily – or even more regularly – rather than the usual weekly or bi-weekly vacuum. This is where they excel: maintaining a clean environment, rather than coping with a dusty and dirty one.
The ease of use of these robot vacuums is a must since this product is designed to make life easier for the owner. The vast majority of brands achieve this, with simple settings and with some offering easy control from a connected app.
Finding a time to clean which is convenient but also won’t disrupt people in the vicinity can be tricky, particularly in large offices. Robotic vacuums can easily run whilst there is no one in – for example, overnight in an office – returning to its charging dock when necessary. This means the cleaning can get done without disturbing anyone or requiring your building to stay open past working hours.
Quite simply, robotic vacuum cleaners just aren’t as powerful as regular vacuums. With their smaller size and cable-free operation, power and suction are inevitably reduced. This means that, for now, they do not clean as well as normal vacuums.
Despite having been around for quite some time, robotic vacuums still come with a pretty hefty price tag. The best performing models can easily cost in the region of £500-£600 or more, and yet their cleaning performance is still less than that of a regular vacuum.
Unfortunately, like the old Daleks, robotic vacuums cannot handle stairs. It is surprisingly difficult to create tech which can handle such inclines and this is not a feature any brand of vacuum has grasped. You can get sensors to make sure your (expensive) robotic vacuum cleaner does not fall down any stairs whilst cleaning but you will need to keep at least a handheld vacuum handy to do any stairs your building may have yourself.
Although you can leave your robotic vacuum to run whilst there’s no one in, it can get stuck beneath furniture or on obstacles in its path. If the space you want your vacuum to tidy has lots of slightly raised furniture – such as sofas, chairs and some bookcases – then it can be susceptible to getting stuck, and require rescuing, on its rounds.
A robotic vacuum can reduce the time you spend vacuuming but it will still require regular maintenance, more so than a normal vacuum. Due to its smaller size, a robotic cleaner will need frequent emptying out and, to keep it working efficiently, it’s recommended you also periodically clean the brushes and internal body.
For now, robotic vacuum cleaners are probably best suited for domestic purposes, for those people who love tech and live in single story apartments. They can be a fun and convenient way to keep on top of light housework but, for larger spaces such as offices or for more than light dust or dirt, a traditional vacuum is still superior.
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