Unlike the toyish first-generation models released a few years back, robotic vacuum cleaners today are highly-engineered and feature-rich home appliances.
Much like their counterparts in the water, robotic pool cleaners, home vacuum robots epitomize the benefits that Artificial Intelligence(AI) can make when applied to basic home chores.
The combination of advanced navigation features and unique cleaning capabilities are giving homeowners plenty of reasons to throw out their old manual vacuums and switch to this new category of home appliance. These new robotic vacuum cleaners also take up a lot less storage space.
The traditional vacuum cleaner – even Dyson – may be an endangered species, soon.
Benefits With Robotic Cleaners
The first benefit to any such system is process automation, which, in addition to convenience, saves time.
After setting the program, the robotic take over cleaning and this reduces the human effort required in the whole process. Additionally, one can set the robotic to clean even when they are away from the home and expect an equally tidy job. Ultimately, the discomfort and possible medical conditions such as backaches become a concern of the past due to little or no exertion by the owner.
In the same sense, robotic vacuums are the best option for homeowners with difficulties when it comes to their mobility function. Adding to the wonder of automation; after a cleaning cycle, or when running low on charge, the robotic automatically returns to its charging station.
Using advanced sensor technology, robot vacuums are able to detect and efficiently clean most floor surfaces. Crevice tools and other features help to clean hard-to-reach surfaces. Most models do so in their compact design, but some robotic vacuums are collapsible for this function. Whether fitted with vacuum bags or using bagless technology, one can be sure of proper dirt and dust disposal. Most have HEPA filters that are effective and efficient in removing dirt and other contaminants, generally improving indoor air quality.
Robot vacuum technology includes a built-in noise muffing mechanism that reduces the level of noise generated when operating one. Comparing against the average 80-90 DB measure that is characteristic of traditional vacuums, these new robotic vacuum cleaners are less noisy.
Robotic models are within affordable ranges. The best evaluation, however, lies in comparing this cost with the cost of hiring the services of a housekeeper when using the traditional vacuum. It is evident that investing in a robot vacuum is a more viable alternative. Additionally, other than the routine bag, filter and brush cleaning and changing, the robotics are hardy and can last for years while attracting little or no extra maintenance costs. Most robot vacuum developer companies provide guarantee cards and each product package includes a comprehensive warranty coverage.
With a robot vacuum, one can expect a significant drop in the energy costs. Unlike their traditional counterparts, these robotics power their cleaning mechanisms such as suction using motors with lower ratings and the capacity to hold a charge for longer, which translates to lesser energy consumption.
These are only highlights of many other generalized advantages and benefits one can expect from using robot vacuums.
Review of Three Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
For a better understanding of work principle and features, let’s take a close look at three examples of robotic vacuum cleaners: the Neato XV Signature Pro, Infinuvo clean mate QQ-3 and the iRobot Roomba 880.
Each is uniquely designed and offers different capabilities for an efficient cleaning experience.
1. Infinuvo Clean Mate QQ-3
The Clean Mate QQ-3 is fitted with a dual roller brush that handles dirt, dust, and debris on various floor surfaces. The model is also an improvement over older models, having a dust collection space-sized almost double that of its predecessors, that enhances its capacity to handle debris. It also can clean for up to 90 minutes before running out of charge. Like other models from Infinuvo, the most distinctive feature is a UV lamp, which sanitizes surfaces after conventional cleaning.
2. Neato XV Signature Pro
The Neato includes virtual mapping with boundaries, cliff sensors, and Laser Guided Navigation as it cleans through the house. It uses a bagless bin with an indicator when full. The robotic cleaner functions according to reset instructions and after a cleaning cycle returns to its docking station, which may also be prompted by a low-battery indicator.
3. iRobot Roomba 880
The Roomba 880 is a definite upgrade from previous Roomba robotics, the 880 model comes with easy remote control. Stubborn debris stands no chance against the robotics extractor arrangement. Other features include high-performance filters, a dirtbag that one can easily access with a push button as well as caster wheels one can remove. This model continues to rank high on all the review lists!
Update for 2018
The models mentioned above highlight some of the major benefits of robotic devices for spring cleaning. Those benefits and consumer needs remain unchanged. Homeowners want a convenient, automated device. One with an efficient cleaning performance, quiet operation, and low energy use. They also want an affordable purchase that offers value.
Recent adaptations mean that robotic cleaning devices are better able to meet these user expectations.
- Improved software and mapping tools improve efficiency
- Apps and smart charging docks improve automation
- New hardware and motors improve the noise levels
- Nanotech and new batteries improve energy conservation
1. Improved software
These machines are smarter than ever. Many of the top floor cleaners have the ability to learn routes and scan rooms for the best result. They can detect obstacles and work around them. In fact, some robots even project digital barriers to stop the device from roaming too far.
2. Improved automation
This freedom of movement and hand-free approach also comes from the great apps and controls. Users can set a schedule or cleaning session from a mobile device. They now don’t even have to be in the same room as the robot. This independent robot will clean without interference and return to its charging dock.
3. Improved hardware and motors
The hardware of any cleaning robot is just as important as the software. Intelligence means very little if the brushes aren’t tough enough, or it can’t handle a certain surface. The diversity of machines means a range of tools. Some are great for hard floors, while others are for pet hair in carpets. A good motor also means less noise, so they don’t disturb residents or pets as they work.
4. Improved batteries
The batteries in these robotic cleaning devices have also come a long way. They are much more powerful which allows for a longer cleaning cycle per charge. They can handle multiple rooms with ease before heading back to the charging dock. The batteries are larger, but the machines are smaller. Nanotechnology and other developments mean compact, powerful devices. This small size is great for portability, and for the bot to investigate beneath furniture.
In addition to this, there are also a lot more products to choose from. These robotic cleaners are no longer luxury, expensive items with minimal choice.
Robotic vacuum cleaners
Robot vacuum cleaners are the obvious place to start here. This is an area with great technological advancement and diversity. These machines are tougher, smarter and have more power than before. They are also more functional and user-friendly. Brands compete to create the most attractive, accessible machines. This means working on everything from the feel of the surface to the status indicators and sensors. They also come in lots of different shapes, with D-shaped models as well as slim, low-profile ones.
Robotic floor sweepers
There are also many robotic floor sweepers that have emerged as a helpful, affordable tool in hard floor apartments. They aren’t as aggressive as the vacuums, but still handle dirt, dust, and debris with ease. The best still offer great mapping tools and filtration.
Robotic mopping devices
Then there are the robotic mops that use water and cleaning fluids to scrub away at spills. Some of these devices are compact, effective options with a single purpose. They map the route, clean and follow those sweepers. Then there are those 2-in-1, or even 3-in-1, devices where robots can sweep, mop and/or vacuum in one device.
The popularity of these tools means greater competition to produce the best, most appealing models.
Those robotic vacuum cleaners are a great example. When this guide was first published, there was the rather naive notion that Dyson was an endangered animal in the world of vacuums. The truth to this depends on perspective. On the one hand, Dyson has firmly thrown itself in the fight with its own robotic cleaners. This is a company determined to be at the cutting edge of cleaning technology. So, they have to build high-end, somewhat expensive machines to broaden their range. On the other hand, they are certainly not the leading brand. Dyson machines are often misguided in their designs and approaches.
Instead, two of the brands mentioned above continue to lead the field. The first is iRobot. The Roomba 880 is no longer the top model, this one has been upgraded to Roomba 980. But, the name Roomba has become synonymous with robot cleaners. Some may even say they are out to buy a Roomba when they aren’t even considering the iRobot brand. This response highlights the company’s role in modern robotic cleaning. The other brand is Neato. Neato isn’t quite on the same level as iRobot but continues to offer a great range of accessible, affordable devices to appeal to homeowners.
Ongoing development and designs mean a vast range of ideas for spring cleaning tools.
The three-floor cleaning devices above are the main aids for spring cleaning via robots. They are widely accepted as an effective commercial product. Yet, they aren’t the only robotic tools for spring cleaning. If a device can scrub, dust, wipe and move on its own, it has potential anywhere. That is why homeowners can now create an army of cleaning bots – from window cleaners to pool cleaners.
This is just the start for high-tech, AI-led robotic cleaning devices for spring cleaning.
Of course in another couple of years, this guide will need a further update. There is an ongoing progression in this field of tech where devices aren’t relevant for long. Of course, the biggest area of interest here is connectivity between devices. The rise of the internet of things and smart houses means an impressive network of interconnected tech. Many homes have scheduled timers for everything from the lights to the thermostat. Home hubs tie the rooms together for convenience and reduced energy bills. A smart robotic cleaning tool fits into this perfectly.
There is no doubt that these cleaning devices – wherever they work – will only get smarter and more efficient. We aren’t quite at the stage of the robot maid multitasking and cleaning everything for us. Still, current multi-functional devices and assistive tech mean that this is closer than ever.
The future is definitely here with intelligent robotic vacuums.