When most people think about robots in the home these days, a robot vacuum cleaner is probably the first thing that comes to mind. The Electolux Trilobite was the first robot cleaner put into production in the late 1990, but it wasn’t until iRobot launched the Roomba in 2002 that they commercially successful. Since then additional makes and models have been introduced into the marketplace. With so many choices, the question now is “Who makes the best robot vacuum?” Answering that question depends on what factors are important to you.
Feature and Capabilities
You can find vacuums for your home from iRobot, Neato, Yujin, Infinuvo, Techko, Tech-Gadget, and iTouchless. All robot vacuums aim to suck up all the dirt, dust and detritus created daily in your home but the technology and techniques they use achieve that goal varies. Some map out your rooms, others methodically move back and forth, and others randomly drive around the room. Some will clean on a schedule you set up, other wait until you tell them it is time to clean. Most robot vacuums can handle either carpet or hard surfaced flooring and can focus on a spot that may need some extra attention.
As competition among manufacturers heats up and technological advances are made, the list of additional features grows. Battery and full bin indicators, cliff sensors, virtual walls and boundary markers and remote controls are just some of the things you can get with certain models.
In upcoming posts, we’ll take a closer look at today’s top robot vacuums and newer models that show promise.