Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming more and more popular – compact and completely self-contained, they will help keep your home or apartment clean. So that such an assistant does not turn into a burden, you should be meticulous in choosing a device. Buyers make fairly typical mistakes, due to which the equipment does not cope with the tasks set.
Overpayment or underpayment for the wet cleaning function
As in conventional vacuum cleaners, robotic models, in addition to dry cleaning, are able to do wet cleaning. Many users overestimate this ability and buy washing models that, in the end, do not cope with dirt.
In classic robot vacuum cleaners (hybrid), wet cleaning is performed using a special microfiber attached to the bottom. The water is fed directly onto the microfiber, and on the most advanced models, you can choose the feed rate. In robotic floor polishers, liquid is sprayed directly onto the floor through special nozzles.
These models are suitable for cleaning almost any lint-free coatings – tiles, linoleum and self-leveling floors. Laminate and parquet without a high-quality varnish can be problematic as they quickly absorb moisture.IRobot Braava Jet 250 Robot Floor Cloth White
In order not to be disappointed in the purchased vacuum cleaner, it is important to clearly understand what kind of dirt each type of model can cope with. Hybrid robots are like wiping a floor with a damp cloth. They cope well with settled dust, spilled liquids, fresh stains. Cleaning a robotic floor polisher can be compared to a quick wipe with a regular mop, so it removes spilled ketchup and other dense liquids, as well as dried stains.
If you have a lot of carpets in your house, then there is no point in buying a robotic floor polisher, since it is designed for lint-free surfaces. Hybrid models are suitable here, but only if you are interested in light wet cleaning of dust. For multi-room premises with tiled flooring, linoleum or parquet flooring, a robotic floor polisher is ideal, which does a fairly high-quality wet cleaning and better cope with various types of dirt.
Underestimate the size
The quality of cleaning the robot vacuum cleaner directly depends on what places it can physically reach. Most of the models are round, so the corners of the rooms are the most problematic places. It is also important to estimate the distance between furniture and adjacent walls – very often the vacuum cleaner does not squeeze through these gaps.
If you have a large amount of furniture with legs, make sure the robot vacuum cleaner is suitable for the height.
Also pay attention to the height of the wheels of the robot cleaner. In many private houses and some apartments, there are small thresholds between rooms. If the robot cannot overcome them on its own, then you will have to move it from room to room every time. Depending on the model, the devices can overcome thresholds from 1.5 to 5 centimeters.
Vacuum cleaner-robot iRobot Roomba 960 grayUnlike classic vacuum cleaners, robotic models have a low suction power – from 10 to 60 watts. Low-power models will not cope with carpets and are only suitable for cleaning lint-free surfaces.
Do not confuse the power consumption of the vacuum cleaner with the suction
If your house has no carpets and only “bare” laminate, linoleum, parquet or stone flooring, then robotic vacuum cleaners with a suction power of up to 15 W (1100 Pa) will cope with the task. Often, the suction power is indicated only in Pa. For translation use the following formula:
For carpets with medium pile, models for 15-30 W (1100-2100 Pa) are suitable. The most powerful robotic vacuum cleaners have a suction power of 30 to 60 W (2100-4200 Pa) – they cope with long pile, hair from pets, and are also capable of sucking debris from crevices up to 10 millimeters deep.
Low battery capacity
One of the biggest problems with robotic vacuum cleaners is the limited operating time. Depending on the capacity of the battery, the device can work from 20 to 200 minutes. Most stores list battery life on their specs.
A typical mistake is not to match this parameter with the area of your house or apartment. The spread in time is associated with the configuration of the premises, as well as the operation algorithm of the robot vacuum cleaner itself. Models with chaotic movement take up space longer. It can take up to 16 hours to fully charge the battery.
Buy a model with awkward controls
The cheapest models of robotic vacuum cleaners have only buttons on the body. You will have to walk up and bend over to activate the device. Such vacuum cleaners are suitable for occasional cleaning in small apartments, since it is tedious to turn on and adjust them manually every time, especially for the elderly.
Robot vacuum cleaners from the middle price segment have a remote control.The main advantages are that the technique can be turned on, configured and turned off without getting up from the couch. The remote control is indispensable if you use your robot frequently. The disadvantages include the limited control area – users need to point the IR remote sensor directly at the robot.
If you are often not at home and you need to run the robot vacuum cleaner remotely, then you need to control it from your smartphone . The vacuum cleaner connects to your home network or the cloud via Wi-Fi / Bluetooth. You can not only remotely run the equipment, but also check on the map which zones the vacuum cleaner has already removed, set up virtual walls, and set the operating time. Some models can also be connected to a voice assistant.
Buy a robot vacuum cleaner with a small waste bin
It is not only the operating time of the device that must be coordinated with the area of \ u200b \ u200bthe premises. Buyers should choose the right container for their garbage. If the tank is too small, then you will have to empty it several times during one cleaning. When choosing, you can focus on the following ratios:
Lack of important sensors
The robot vacuum cleaner navigates the room using a range of sensors. Basically, all models have a collision sensor – it registers obstacles in front of the robot and does not allow you to crash. In most cases, this minimum is enough to safely drive the vacuum cleaner around the apartment.
However, if your house has one or more stairs, then this will not be enough. Descent downward will not be recognized as an obstacle and the vacuum cleaner will fly downward. This can be prevented by the sensor of a faulty area, or, as it is also called, the sensor of the height difference. Typically, this is a set of infrared sensors at the bottom that assess the presence of a hard surface under the vacuum cleaner.
If the house has high thresholds or large pets, then it is better to buy a robot vacuum cleaner with a rollover sensor. The microprocessor will determine that the gadget has turned over or the wheels have lost traction, and then will automatically turn off the equipment, saving battery power.
Savings on virtual wall functions
The virtual wall allows you to limit the cleaning area for the robot. This feature will be indispensable for those who have small children and pets. You can fence off a nursery, an area with a pet’s feeding trough or toilet, a pantry, and so on. Limiters can be in the form of magnetic tape or special blocks that form an infrared obstruction beam.
Lack of dynamic power change function
If your apartment has both pile and lint-free coatings, then it is better to buy a model with a dynamic change in the suction power. Such robots are able to determine the type of coverage and, depending on it, increase or decrease the power. This feature optimizes power consumption so that your device can last longer on a single battery charge.
Buying a chaotic robot for a large area
As we said, the robot vacuum cleaner can move along a given route or chaotically. The latter navigation method is not suitable for large rooms. The problem is that the vacuum cleaner will skip different areas, leaving behind dirt.