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If you’re like most people today you don’t have a lot of time to clean. You work, your spouse works, and between traffic home, making dinner, and Game of Thrones, there’s just not enough time to properly clean your home. That’s where a robot vacuum cleaner comes in. These will take care of the cleaning for you while you’re away during the day. Remember when we were kids and all the movies about the future had robots doing all the housework? Well, we’re almost there. More and more people are putting aside their big vacuum cleaners and letting the iRobot do the work for them.
iRobot Roomba use side brushes to sweep up the dirt it travels over. iRobot Roomba vacuums work by creating an internal map of the layout of your home. After setting it to work, the iRobot traverses your home, mapping out the layout and creating the most efficient route. This route will help keep cleaning time and battery usage down in the future. Operating the iRobot or scheduling cleaning times is simple and can be done from an app on your smartphone.
iRobot Roomba automatically adjust themselves to suit the type of floor you have. They work best in small to medium size homes and apartments (they can’t climb stairs yet) and do their best work on bare floors. They work great on hardwood floors and most can handle shorthair carpets and tiled surfaces well. The iRobot was designed specifically with pets in mind can pick up more than ten times the amount of pet hair other robot vacuums can.
If you have a lot of carpeting in your home, it’s best to invest in a iRobot with deep cleaning functions that are intended to clean rugs. Shaggy rugs are impenetrable for them, though, so if you have one, best to fold it up before turning on the robot. Lastly, robot vacuums are an excellent addition to any home, but they can’t replace a mop. Wet vacuums are very good at general cleanliness but don’t get rid of your old fashioned mop and broom just yet.
Best Overall: iRobot Roomba 980, This robot vacuum is best for large homes, has an impressive range of capabilities and with 120 minutes of run time, guarantees the cleaning will be finished by the time you get home.
Best Value: iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum, If pet hair and dust are your biggest problems, the Roomba 675 is perfect for you. Its midrange price offers you a nice balance of Room features while still running 90 minutes on a single charge.
Easiest to use: iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum, This newest model takes care of all the work for you, including recharging, resuming and dumping the dirt in its disposal bin. All you have to do is plug it in and turn it on.