Vacuum cleaners have become immensely popular as one of the modern household cleaning appliances in recent years. They’ve gotten more so with extended periods home which means more dirt accumulating in our living spaces. These dust, dander, and hair suckers are simply godsends for anyone who can use the extra time for more important tasks.
There are several types of vacuum cleaners around. The good old canister ones that are rather bulky have a stick component and a separate motor. There are also upright ones that could either be wired or wireless and have a beater brush that runs on a motor and several nozzle attachments for applications on multiple surfaces. Stick vacuums, which are unique for their dirt cups rather than vacuum bags, are a lightweight take on upright vacuums that run on battery power.
More recently, robot vacuums, otherwise known as Roombas, are taking the cleaning world by storm. You see indifferent cats sitting on these disc-shaped gizmos as it traverses carpeted floors of TikTokers. With this apparent fad, you ask yourself, how are robot vacuums any better than the predecessor type you have?
Depending on the brand, robot vacuums may cost as low as $300 to almost a thousand dollars for higher-end ones. Just what are the features people are paying this heaping amount for? The following are the features commonly found among robot vacuums:
More Nimble than Traditional Vacuum Cleaners
Unlike traditional and stick vacuums, Roombas are equipped with mapping software that internalizes your house’s layout and even its varying surfaces enabling them to move autonomously across the floor area where it is operated and is efficient enough to cover every inch of the area before it automatically returns to its base for recharging. Because of the convenient, hands-free, even smartphone operation, this offers, it is a popular option among house owners, of big ones especially.
Compact to the Tee
As they sport only a 15-inch diameter and 4-inch height at most, these hockey puck-looking gizmos are rather space-saving. There’ll be no issue stationing them in one corner of your already cramped room. And due to their short height, they can clean under furniture with the shortest vertical clearances underneath. If there’s one notable limitation, it is that they cannot clean elevated areas like the stairs unless you manually transfer the unit to each stair which won’t be practical.
Powered by Lithium-ion
Commonly used in today’s mobile phones, Lithium-ion (Li-ion in short) batteries provide a more stable power source for these wireless devices to run and it’s even increasingly being used in home and office appliances. Unlike gadgets that run on single-cell batteries, robot vacuums that are powered by Li-ion batteries charge faster (an average of three hours) and can be recharged hundreds of times. The batteries built into these wireless devices also pack more power in a single unit and so you can ensure the longest running times for any robot vacuum.
How it Deals with Collected Dirt
Some robot vacuums dump the dirt it collected right into their base. However, many lower-end models may still require you to manually empty them just like upright vacuums. As robot vacuums are relatively smaller in build, their cleaning capacity, in terms of suction power and dirt volume it could store, could be just as significantly smaller than bagged vacuums.
Now, You Decide
For you to land on a decision of whether to buy or not to buy a Roomba today lies in several aspects. One, are you willing to shoulder a big out-of-pocket expense? Higher-end Roombas are naturally more expensive but promise the aforementioned smart features and a constant clean.
Another one is if you’re requiring heavy cleaning for health reasons, or just-remove-visible-dirt clean just because you can afford time for manual cleaning. If you’re leaning more toward the latter, the Roomba may just be right for you.
Just like any other vacuum cleaner type or home appliance, Roombas require regular maintenance too. Depending on the degree of usage, brushes and filters may need to be cleaned or replaced bi-annually, whereas you may have an authorized vacuum repair center replace its battery and sensor every two years.
When you’re thinking of buying any new home appliance, it’s important to consider it as a gift to yourself and assess whether this is capable of being a gift that keeps on giving. What that means for you is they will not only last you long, but they perform consistently for as long as they can. Also, it’s important to lifestyle-match any of these new home buddy candidates because, after all, these appliances exist to help and not annoy you.
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