Introduction to Robot Vacuums

Vacuuming is perhaps one the most hated chores nowadays, since it’s laborious, time-consuming and boring. In today’s fast-paced society, few people have the time to vacuum their way to perfect cleanliness in the home. That’s why robotic vacuums were invented. Robotic vacuums (or robovacs) are an autonomous, disk-shaped, small vacuum cleaners equipped with sensors. Though they are small, they are powerfully designed to clean carpet, hardwood, tiles and any type of surface, just like other types of vacuum cleaners. The big difference is that, since they are robotic, they are programmed to work by themselves.

When robovacs were released during the late ‘90s, it faced resistance with common homeowners partly because it was too expensive. However, with the popularity of smart gadgets and the continual rise of smart home devices, robot vacuums are now gaining a fair market share. Also, they are becoming more affordable, and they are tried and tested to be super-efficient in their job – cleaning your floors without your help.

Robot vacuums are still generally more expensive than typical upright and canister vacuum cleaners. But are they really worth your money? Here are the benefits you can expect with owning an autonomous cleaning device like robovacs:

1. It doesn’t need manual operation.

iRobot Braava Jet 240The number one benefit you can get from a robotic vacuum is that they are so easy to use. It doesn’t need to be lugged around, so it avoids putting extra strain on your hands and back. Simply program it on a given space and set the timer to a predetermined start time, and it will run on its own. Simply turn it on and let it clean by itself. Because of this, this device is ideal for the elderly and handicapped. Also, it makes it possible for you to clean even if you’re sick or if something’s aching in your body.

2. It can clean while you aren’t around or when you’re doing something else.

Robotic vacuums are the perfect multi-tasking device. While it’s running, you are free to do the other chores or things you need to do. While it’s on the floor sucking dust and dirt, you can cook, wash the dishes, exercise, watch TV, take a nap, work at your desk, spend time with your kids, or hang out with friends. It basically saves your time and effort, making housecleaning faster. It’s also great for vacuuming the house when you’re not around, as it would be such a delight to get back home and find it neat and tidy. Simply program it at the time you want, and it will work hands-free. It would be very helpful, especially if you’re going to be away for extended periods of time for a vacation, holiday or business trips.

3. It automatically adjusts to different surfaces.

iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop

Different floor surfaces need different vacuum settings. When you’re using a typical vacuum cleaner, you change settings or even manually change brushes when you’re cleaning from carpet to hard floors, right? Robot vacuums also need that setting change, but many of them automatically adjusts through the sensors that detect changes in floor surfaces. They can also detect walls and stairs, and they automatically steer away to prevent bumping on it or falling off.

4. It detects preset boundaries.

You can set virtual walls with your robovac, setting a boundary so they will only work in a specific space they are programmed for. This will be helpful to avoid accidents if you have children playing in another room while the machine is on, or if you’re living with pets and they might be frightened by the moving device. This also prevents knocking over stuff, damaging walls and furniture, and falling down the stairs, if in case the robovac model doesn’t automatically adjust to these external factors.

5. It detects all types of dirt and adjusts cleaning settings by itself.


Robot vacuums are able to clean more efficiently than conventional vacuums due to their powerful suction and advanced features. They are able to tackle every type of dirt and debris. Using built-in sensors, the device can detect if a specific spot is a lot dirtier, so it automatically adjustsits cleaning settings. The dirtier the area is, the more time it will stay at that area, repeatedly brushing the surface until it is clean. You won’t get this level of detail and efficiency in cleaning with a typical vacuum machine.

6. It can fit into tight spaces.

Since the robot vacuum is small and compact, it can sneak in under tight or lower spaces like under the tables, beds and couches, which can’t be reached by some conventional vacuum cleaners. Because of their size, it can clean smaller spaces without needing to use a longer hose or an extension of some kind. Also, it makes storage so easy as it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Simply tuck it inside a drawer or under the cabinet when not in use.

7. It needs less maintenance.
Robot vacuums may look like some sort of a toy, but they’re actually a sturdier, longer-lasting vacuum compared to your typical upright and canister. Your only job to keep them in a good working condition is to periodically replace the dustbagor empty the container, and clean the filter and brushes.

8. It’seconomical.

Unlike when robotic vacuums are first introduced, now you don’t have to spend a fortune for a decent robot vacuum. Thanks to the continuous release of newer models, robovacs’ prices are going down. You can buy the cheapest model at approximately $150, and high-end models may cost you $1,000 to $1,500. Since robovacs need less maintenance, they can last for a longer time than the typical vacuum cleaner. And also, because it is very efficient, it can even replace your helper who is tasked to clean your house. Getting a robovac would be a lot cheaper than hiring household help (talk about their monthly pay plus benefits).

9. It can be controlled remotely.

Most robot vacuums can be connected to your home Wi-Fi, allowing you to control it using a smartphone or a tablet. Now, you can even clean your house without being at home!

10. It’s self-charging.

You don’t have to worry about manual charging with a robot vacuum. After cleaning, the vacuum will automatically return to its docking station, wherein it automatically charges. Some units will even stop cleaning automatically and go back to its dock when it’s time to recharge.