Frequently Asked Questions
How do robot vacuum cleaners work?
Robot vacuum cleaners are equipped with with various brushes that trap the dust and debris and gently guide it towards the mouth of the vacuum. The cleaning quality depends on the brush type. The best performing bots have brushes that span the entire width of the machine. Basic models randomly clean the room, while more sophisticated ones use laser-guided scanners, sensors and cameras to perform a more thorough clean.
How much does a robot vacuum cleaner cost?
On the lower end of the price spectrum, you can get a robot vacuum cleaner for about $150, but it might not be WiFi enabled. The most expensive robots sell for about $1000, and for that price you will get all the bells and whistles. Just remember that more expensive doens't always mean better performing. It all depends on your household needs.
What is the best robot vacuum for pet hair?
At the moment, the best robot vacuum for cleaning pet hair from carpets is the iRobot Roomba S9, although it's the most expensive one. The specially designed turbo brush removes almost all hair. Generally speaking, all robot vacuums on the market today have pretty high pet hair score. But if your main reason for buying a robot vacuum is to get rid of pet hair, then you should definitely look at the suction power of the machine.
How to choose a robot vacuum cleaner?
When first buying a robot vacuum cleaner, there are a few things you need to consider. Some models offer more suction power than others, which is important if you have pets. It is also worth knowing if you want a WiFi enabled version, or just one who can be launched with a remote control. All robot vacs have the same basic functions and work pretty well, it's the extra feauture that drive up the price. Newer models have self-emptying capacities for instance, or double as a security camera while you're away.
How to clean a robot vacuum?
You not only need to empty your robot vacuum cleaner, but you also need to make sure that its brushes stay clean. You also need to remove the roller and take away the pet hairs that wrap themselves around the bristles. The better you take care of your robot, the longer it will be able to perform its duties.
How does a robot vacuum find the charger?
The docking stations of self-charging robot vacuums emit an infrared signal. When the battery is about to die, the vacuum starts looking for this signal. When the robot finds it, it follows the signal back to its station to charge.