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 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 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 good are robot vacuum cleaners?

Robot vacuum cleaners have come a long way and although they cannot fully replace a traditional hoover, they can pretty much take care of the work for you. The only thing you will need to do is vacuum the stairs and do a more thorough clean once in a while. People who already invested in one simply can't live without it any longer!

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.