Investing in robot vacuums goes beyond simply choosing a machine that can clean. All robot vacuums essentially have a cleaning capability. The substances they can clean and how effectively they can clean them is what distinguishes one robot vacuum from another. Based on this, we can broadly categorize robovacs into 5 categories i.e. those that are excellent are picking animal hair, sweeping robots, mopping robots, heavy suction robots and lastly general purpose robots. Many other categories are possible but for the sake of this article we shall focus on these five.
- Animal and pet hair robots.
All robovacs can pick up pet hairs but some are better suited for the job than others. The BObsweep PetHair for instance, true to its name, is a first class pet hair suction device. It incorporates TurboLift suction power and state of the art HEPA filtration that enables it to pick up tiny fur and hair with ease and keep potential allergens at bay. The iRobot Roomba 650 is another excellent choice for pet owners.
- Sweeping robots.
When it comes to sweeping a.k.a regular suctioning of dirt and debris from flooring all robovacs fall into this category. However, there are always a few that leave a greater impression than others. The Neato Botvac D80 makes the list due to its exceptionally large brush that is 50% longer than most robot vacuums possess. This feature makes sweeping for the robot much easier than most.
- Mopping robots.
While most robotic vacuums are designed to replace the traditional vacuum some come coupled with mops to provide an extra clean. The iRobot Braava 380t for instance, comes with a fully functional mop made from disposable microfiber cleaning cloths that can be soaked in either a cleaning solution or water to pick up dust and other debris from flooring. The Ecovacs N78 is another robot with a dedicated water tank that makes it an excellent mopping assistant.
- Heavy suction robots.
As mentioned, suction power varies from robot to robot. Robots with limited suction are restricted to clean regular floors alone while those with higher suction are used to clean more dynamic flooring and surfaces including heavy carpets and rugs. In terms of suction power, the Samsung POWERbot R9000 provides high suction power and can maintain it for long periods making it among the top choices for cleaning heavy rugs and carpets.
- General purpose robots.
With so many cleaning tasks it might not be possible to buy a separate robotic vacuum for all your chores. In such cases you’ll need a robovac that can carry out multiple cleaning tasks effectively. A loose term for these machines is general purpose robots. A good example of one such robovac is the iRobot Roomba 980. This robotic assistant can suck pet hairs with ease as well as a variety of other dirt and debris from any flooring. Its suction power also rivals that of the Samsung POWER R9000 and can clean heavy rugs and carpets with similar effectiveness. While this robot requires a considerable cash investment to acquire, it makes sense that you’re getting the functionality of several top notch robovacs rolled into one great machine. (Read more)