Once the object of fantasy in sci-fi movies, robotic helpers around the home are now a reality. Despite their popular appeal, there are many people still asking: “Why do I need a robot vacuum cleaner?” Before we look at why you might need a robotic vacuum cleaner, let’s take a look at why you need a vacuum cleaner at all. The Importance of regular cleaning. The floors in your home collect all kinds of dirt and bacteria, carpets even more so than hard floors. Add pets and kids into the mix, and the job of keeping your carpets and hard floors clean become all the more important.
If we look at carpets, there’s no limit to the dirt is trampled into the fibers. The longer the dirt remains embedded in the carpet, the deeper it goes. This deteriorates the carpets and creates the perfect environment for bacteria and allergens to flourish. So, without regular vacuuming, your carpets will essentially rot away. They also end up smelling bad and provide a nesting ground for all types of unwanted bugs in your home. It’s recommended that you vacuum your floors at least once a week. This is the minimum requirement for a healthy home environment. This may be true for low traffic homes where people are not home for most of the day and don’t have busy families with pets. When you have pets and children in the home, you really should vacuum every day.
With modern life being such a busy affair, how many of us can find the time to vacuum the entire home every day? Let alone, want to do this when there are so many better and more important things to do. With this in mind, it’s little wonder why robotic vacuum cleaners are taking the world by storm. It’s true that the early robot vacuum cleaners weren’t all that great. The fact that they weren’t too powerful and pretty stupid at navigating the home, gave these helpful little bots a bad rep. Not to mention that the batteries used fifteen to twenty years ago weren’t very impressive.
Because robotic vacuum cleaners have become so popular, despite their humble beginnings, a lot has been done to improve these machines. Competition to stay on top of the robot vacuum cleaner market is tough and manufacturers like iRobot, Neato, Dyson, Shark, and other industry leaders, spend a fortune every year improving their products. Apart from the convenience of having the work done for you, there are a number of compelling reasons why robotic vacuum cleaners are growing in popularity. Some of their design features make them even better than conventional upright and canister vacuum cleaners.
One of the best features of a robotic cleaner has to be its low profile design. Most modern robot vacuum cleaners stand only a few inches from the ground. This means that they are able to get under low furniture like no other vacuum cleaner can. Generally, we might only move couches and other heavy furniture once or twice a year to clean underneath them. This leaves a lot of dirt and nasty stuff collecting under them. A robot vacuum cleaner will get under most furniture and can do so every day.
For some people, a robotic vacuum cleaner is a true godsend. For those who are disabled or too frail to use a regular vacuum cleaner, robot vacuum cleaners are an obvious improvement to their lives. Busy working moms simply don’t have the time to do a proper job of cleaning their homes and robotic vacuum cleaners go a long way in helping you remain on top of things.
The price of high-end robot vacuum cleaners might leave many feeling that it may not be worth paying for these machines. Perhaps top of line robotic vacuum cleaners are out of your price range. There are many very reasonably priced robot vacuum cleaners that don’t necessarily have all the features of the expensive models. There are some cheap robotic vacuum cleaners that are a complete waste of money and there are others that could work perfectly for your needs. If you’ve never owned a robot vacuum cleaner before, it’s a good idea to do some research before you go out and spend your hard-earned cash. Online reviews can be a huge help in this regard.
There are some factors that you need to look at when deciding how much you’re prepared to pay for a robotic vacuum cleaner.
How Big is Your Home?
Most of the cheaper robot vacuum cleaners are only able to clean one room at a time, they cannot negotiate doors and will get lost if they stray too far from their docking station. Top end robot vacuum cleaners can handle multiple rooms and will clean an entire level of your home without any input from you. Unfortunately, no one has come up with a robotic vacuum cleaner that can negotiate stairs. So they’re limited to only one level of the home.
What Type of Flooring Do You Have?
Some robot vacuum cleaners are only suitable for hard floors and thin carpets. They don’t have the power, wheels, or brush rolls to handle thicker carpet. It’s true that there isn’t yet a robot vacuum cleaner that’s the best for thick high pile carpets, but some of the top models come pretty close and can do a thorough job of most carpet types.