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Robot vacuums have been around for years, allowing for updated designs and growing consumer interest. Many of these robots come with a high price tag that is difficult for many to justify. Is this just another hyped-up electronic, or could it actually change the way you clean your home? This guide evaluates the cleaning abilities and owner requirements of robot vacuums so you can decide if these autonomous vacuums deserve a spot in your home.

Owner Effort

Robot vacuums do require some effort on the part of the owner. You might need to tape up electronic cords and identify tight spaces where the vacuum might get stuck. After robot-proofing your home, you should be able to run a robot vacuum without issue. If your home has some steps and alternating levels, this might make work difficult for a robot vacuum. You will need to consider whether you want to move the device between levels or invest in multiple vacuums to target individual areas of the house.


Robot vacuums do require a bit of maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Most models require you to empty their bin when it reaches capacity. For larger homes, the bin will need to be emptied after each clean. Robot vacuums also benefit from a deep clean a few times a year; keep an eye on the filter and check out the manual so you can learn how to clean all the nooks and crannies. If you plan to maintain your investment far into the future, you might also need to replace the battery every few years.

Cleaning Abilities

Updated robot vacuums have a surprisingly effective motor that allows them to achieve an impressive clean in one use. However, many robots struggle with carpeted areas so you might need to invest in a more expensive model that has a strong carpet cleaning feature. The idea behind robot vacuums is for daily use to keep dirt and dust under control. You will likely still need to use your old-fashioned vacuum cleaner on occasion for a deep clean, but a robot vacuum will decrease the frequency that this is needed.

How Smart Are They?

Are robot vacuums designed to strategically clean the floor or do they bumped around randomly until running out of battery? This depends entirely on the vacuum you purchase. Less expensive options may simply bump around until they collect enough dirt or need a charge. For small households without pets or kids, an inexpensive robot vacuum might do the trick. A randomized cleaning process could become a nuisance in larger households because the vacuum will likely only clean a few areas of the home. The pricier robot vacuums have mapping features that allow them to clean your home in a cohesive manner. The more expensive models might also offer additional features like edge cleaning and the ability to block off areas to avoid.

Whether a robot vacuum is right for you depends entirely on your needs. If you enjoy your daily vacuuming routine, there’s no need to change things up. If you find yourself struggling to maintain a clean house on top of your other responsibilities, a robot vacuum is sure to free up some of your time.


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