How Can You Control A Robot Vacuum?

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Early years

In just a few years, robot vacuuming technology has made giant steps forward. The very first models could be controlled by a button on the machine itself. Later the most general way to control a robot vacuum cleaner was the remote control, which is extremely straightforward. But as we all know, remote controls tend to live their own life and love playing hide and seek. 

Mobile application

Luckily the new generation robot vacuum cleaners boast smart connectivity and can be controlled through a handy companion app. The set up of these apps differs between models, but seems to be quite simple. Once this setup is finished, you can start communicating with your robovac. This can be fully done on the app with the click of a button. These days there’s an even cooler solution available: our robotic friend can be controlled through the different intelligent home services at our disposal.


They are fully compatible with Google Home Assistant, Echo and Amazon Alexa, which gives you a complete hands-free experience and enables you to use voice commands to control all functionalities of your robovac. With just one simple command you can make your appliance perform the most basic functions like start and stop, but you can also ask for the status of the battery, you can ask it to pause or to return to its charging station. So instead of going through the trouble of asking Google or Alexa to tell the robovac to start cleaning, vacuum owners started naming their device. Imagine asking Harvey to clean the living room, and it’s not the husband we’re talking about! 

Personalized features

An important thing to know is that the name should be easy to pronounce in English. When naming your robotic assistant in the app, don’t use any emojis or special characters. If you follow these simple rules, Harvey will do exactly as he’s told.

This personalized feature will ensure a smooth running, especially for people who own more than one robot vacuum on separate floors. The correct robovac will start working and it just makes the whole robotic experience so much more fun. There are some robot vacuums that feature command sharing technology, which enables the robovac to be operated by different people. Some robot vacuums even have their own voice settings, as if you’re communicating directly to the machine. Your automated butler will tell you exactly how much longer cleaning will take in its own voice!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clean and maintain a robotic vacuum?

To clean and maintain a robotic vacuum, you should regularly empty out the dustbin, check and clean the brushes, use a soft cloth to clean the exterior and wheels, and vacuum the charging base. You should also make sure to check the filter and replace it as needed. Additionally, you should regularly check the sensors and vacuum system for any debris that may have become stuck in them.

How loud are robot vacuums?

Robot vacs are no louder than traditional vacuums. They have an average noise level of 60 to 70 decibels. This sound is generally not too troubling, since the robots are mostly programmed to clean when you're off to work. The most silent ons are at around 50 decibels, which should be like a the gentle hum of a hairdryer.

How do robot vacuums navigate?

Most robot vacuums use smart sensor technology to navigate your home. Basic models use infrared sensors that stop them for tumbling down the stairs, while more expensive ones use laser-guided scanners to map their environment in detail. But this system can sometimes fail in low-light environments.

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.