How To Buy the Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaner: Buying Guide


Historically vacuum cleaning your house meant dealing with cords and hoses getting caught around your legs or the legs of your furniture, making cleaning your home a real pain.

With the advent of the robotic vacs, the hard work has been taken out of keeping your home or workplace in immaculate condition.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Each robotic vacuum cleaner has its own specialties to meet your needs regardless of the surfaces you want to be cleaned. Let’s take a look at some points to consider before you buy a robotic vacuum cleaner.

The Size of your House. While everyone would ideally like a robotic vacuum, it may not always be practical.

If you live in a small apartment or house, you would need the most compact model with the smallest dustbin. The robotic vacuum would also not require a very long charge.

Larger Houses would need to invest in a robotic vacuum cleaner that has a very large dustbin and an extra power bank or battery. Most can cover about 500ft on a full charge.

What Floor Surface Will you be Covering. The more varied the number of surfaces you have in your environment the more sophisticated the cleaner needs to be.

Some of the higher end models are able to accelerate their power when detecting rough surfaces, e.g., a carpet and then decelerate into a sweeping/ mopping mode on smooth flooring surfaces.

How Would You Want to Control the Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. The earlier and lower end vacuum cleaners are controlled by remote control for ease of use.

As things have become more advanced and technology is taking over the world, you are now able to control your model via an app. Making use of Wi-Fi.

Not only will you be able to see what your cleaner has done for the day provided by mapping on the app, but you will also be able to set its schedule on a daily basis.

Navigation System. Some robotic vacuum cleaners can make their way around and clean multiple rooms, while others cannot.

The original robotic vacuum cleaners were a lot ‘clumsier’ than what is available on the market now. Top end models have multi-room navigation systems that allow the vacuum cleaner to find its way around your entire house easily and without too many collisions with furniture and other obstacles.

How Often Need to Be Recharged. Robotic Vacuums all run off rechargeable batteries, however, some offer more than others.

On the lower end of the scale, charging will require some manual assistance from you to plug in the charger.

The newer and higher-end vacuums come with a self-docking station. When placed on the floor the vacuum cleaner will find its way back to ‘home’ when the power starts dipping below around 20%.

Do note that most will return home when their power is low even if the house is not finished. When they recharge, you will have to reprogram their path.

Price. This is the essential issue. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. That is not to say the lower end models don’t have their place, they do.

However, if you live in a mansion carpet with plush carpets and own 5 Labradors and 6 Persian cats you would need a heavy duty high-end cleaner.

These types of vacs usually start at around $200 for the most basic model.

Popular Brands

When it comes down to choosing a robotic vacuum cleaner, you will be spoilt for choice. There are so many to choose from. Below are 3 of the best for different reasons.

Haier XShuai T370. This device is using Gyroscope Navigation. This high-end product can be control both by voice command and an app on your smartphone. You can set the path of this device in whichever way you want based on its set path patters.

The Haier XShuai T370 also allows you to add cleaning liquid for polishing of smooth floors. It also is only 3.74 inches and so can fit under any surface in your home or office.

Finally, this compact device also has keen sensors which prevent it from falling down stairs or over ledges.

bOb Sweep Junior. The reason for this robotic vacuum cleaners popularity is that it is one of the quietest on the market and therefore works well in offices and where cleaning is done around people.

bOb is controlled with a remote control that will allow you to control how fast it is moving and where to go.

This model besides being quiet has one of the biggest dustbins that these type of machines can offer.

iRobot Roomba 614. Coming in at the lower end of the scale this model still packs a punch. This is a straightforward little machine that does not have an app or remote control.

Once the on button is switched on it goes about the business of vacuuming. It contains a sensor that allows it to detect where a little more work is required based on the surface.

Added to this it has sensors that help guide it around furniture so that it doesn’t get stuck.

This little robot comes in at a very reasonable price.