Robot vacuums. What are they, anyway?
These cool gadgets are meant to clean your floors while you’re doing other things.
No supervision, low maintenance minions doing chores so you can do life.
Entry-level robot vacuums do need some supervision, since they won’t always know not to take a dive down the stairs or go into the tangle of wires under your desk.
The pro version will do everything but make you coffee.
A good one will know to clean up your coffee spill, though, even after it dried.
Easy to set up and generally simple to use, it’s basically a plug-and-play business.
Make sure the battery is charged, put down your new pet and tell it to clean.
You will still need to pick up your laundry and shoes from the floor, though.
Robot vacuums won’t necessarily replace your traditional vacuum and mop completely, since it only takes care of ordinary, day-to-day dirt.
Every once in a while, you will have to do a proper deep clean of your home, just far less often than usual.
Who are the Ideal Buyers?
When you get home from work, you’re exhausted.
We get it.
Still, there’s so much to be done.
Hitting the gym, chilling with friends, grocery shopping (can we just do that online, please?) and, of course, cleaning your house.
Who has time for cleaning?
Not me! So, invest in a robot vacuum.
This electronic gadget sweeps and, depending on the model, mops your floors for you while you’re doing other things.
Even if by “other things”, you mean “Netflix and chill”.
No more waking up to the feel of dust on your tiled floors.
No more stepping in that sticky soda spill from last night with your bare feet.
Who needs that, right?
Robot vacuums are designed to take care of dirty work so that you can take care of life.
Advantages & Disadvantages
This all sounds great, but what are the drawbacks?
Here’s a list of pros and cons of robot vacuums.
- Autonomous: You don’t have to babysit your robot vacuum. It does the job for you.
- Cost effective:Instead of employing a person, who may turn out to be a serial killer (now who spent too much time watching horror movies on Netflix?), get a far cheaper alternative who won’t backchat.
- Saves time:You get to do some other things while the cleaning gets done.
- Maintenance:Yes, just like with your traditional vacuum cleaner, this one needs some TLC at times.
- Not suitable for all floor types: If you have a high-pile rug on your tiled floor, the robot vacuum might get stuck on it.
- Can’t climb stairs (yet): In a multi-story home, you will have to carry this munchkin to the next level in order to clean there.
- Doesn’t completely replace traditional cleaning:Since the robot vacuum takes care of everyday dirt, you will have to take a sweep with a traditional vacuum cleaner and mop every once in a while.
Features of a Perfect Robot Vacuum
So, what makes a great robot vacuum?
- Long battery life and fast charging are essential. A trouper with stamina spends more time cleaning and less time charging, covering a greater surface area per charge and per day.
- Edge and wall cleaning. Seriously, if this little ninja can’t get the dirt out of those hard-to-reach, easy-to-see places, you’re wasting your time. Who wants to clean up after the cleaner?
- Rubber wheels for better grip on your tiles. Ever see a car spinning its wheels helplessly on a sand dune? The vacuum won’t get much cleaning done if it can’t get to the dirt.
- Low noise level. Tiled rooms are notorious for echoing and just getting really loud in general. Having a whisper quiet robot vacuum will give your ears some much needed rest.
- Drop detection. Taking a tumble down the stairs is not recommended, especially if it will land on those beautiful ceramic tiles.
- Dirt detection or spot mode. Who dropped the pretzels on the floor again? A good robot vacuum will detect this and know to spend some extra time on that spot, gobbling it up. It’s way past the five second rule, right?
- Mopping capability. This one isn’t essential, but a definite plus for tiled floors. If your robot vacuum has a wet mopping setting, it will get all the sticky stuff off your floor after sweeping up the dirt.
A bonus would be if it could dry sweep and wet mop all in one pass!
iRobot Braava Jet 240
Kids spilled some soda and didn’t clean it up before it dried?
The iRobot Braava Jet 240 will scrub it right off after spraying it with some specialized cleaning solution.
This white, square-shaped little robot comes with a nifty handle to lift it off the floor.
The handle won’t get stuck on furniture because it folds flat against the body of the robot mop.
To start cleaning, you simply press the “clean” button on the machine.
How easy is that?
Having been specifically designed for hard floors, the Braava Jet 240 has three cleaning modes: wet mopping, damp sweeping and dry sweeping.
This means you can have the robot sweep up all the dust and things first, then come by again for the actual mopping.
Only downside is that you have to manually change the cleaning pads in between these cleaning sessions, so the robot won’t be able to do both while you’re away at work.
Here’s something cool: the robot selects the correct cleaning mode based on the cleaning pad you attached to it.
Attaching these pads are super easy and so is taking them off.
Simply press a button while holding the robot over the bin.
You never have to touch any dirt! Neat!
Wet mopping takes care of dried stains, like that coffee you spilled while rushing off to work.
In this mode, the Jet 240 makes a triple pass with its vibrating cleaning head to make sure the floor gets really clean.
Want the Braava Jet 240 to stay in the kitchen? Simply program the invisible boundary.
It’s a very obedient pet, and smart! It won’t fall down the stairs or get tripped up on the rug, because it knows to avoid it.
This little one also knows how to navigate around furniture and tight corners, like underneath kitchen counters and around toilets.
It’s also house trained, so won’t get all excited and spray the walls and furniture with cleanings solution.
Unlike other iRobot products, the Braava Jet 240 does not have self-charging capabilities and cannot connect to WiFi or the Home app.
You have to press its button to start a cleaning session and pick it up again when the battery runs out.
Batteries are charged in a separate charger.
If your home has wall-to-wall tiles and you want to try an entry-level robot vacuum, the iRobot Braava Jet 240 is the gadget for you.
ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro
Do you want one gadget that will sweep, mop and dry your tile floors in a single pass?
The ECOVACS Deebot M80 Pro does it all. Seriously.
It has a 5-stage cleaning system that will gobble up dirt, mop the floor and dry it, all in one go.
This disc-shaped, grey and black genius can be ordered around by Alexa or connected to the ECOVACS app to start and stop cleaning, when you feel like it or on schedule.
Don’t worry about this one taking a leap of faith down the stairs.
It has anti-drop sensors, keeping it safely away from stairs and drop-offs.
Anti-collision sensors will prevent it adding to the scuff marks down on the wall or denting your fancy new fridge-freezer unit.
The M80 Pro can be customized to your specific cleaning needs, since the deep clean brush-roll and mop are detachable.
If you really want to ramp up cleaning, suction power can be increased by 36% and you can set it to intense mode.
Intense mode gets is going like a fidget spinner, while spot mode gets the M80 Pro to focus on a small area, kind of like pointing a laser beam for your cat.
Edge mode lets the vacuum march along your walls and kitchen counters, getting into all the tight spots for a proper clean.
In between cleaning sessions, which can last up to 110 minutes, the M80 Pro will recharge automatically.
Unlike the goldfish, you don’t need to remember to feed it!
No more spilling when you empty the bin on this one.
Bin capacity on the M80 Pro anti-spill bin is increased to 500mL and it is conveniently located in the center of the robot for easy cleaning.
If you’re looking for a one-stop, no-nonsense smarty-pants to clean up after you, the ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro is the one for you.
Roborock S5 Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner
The fashionable Roborock S5 comes in rose gold, silver and black.
It’s the perfect accessory to your trendy tile floors.
Gliding from tile to carpet with ease, this one won’t skip a beat while even taking care of the low-pile rug in your room.
In the process, it will map out your home, remembering where it’s been and where it’s yet to clean, all while avoiding the stairs, pets and furniture.
It will also plan an optimal cleaning route, ensuring that all areas are covered.
Is that smart or what?
Mopping functionality is smart, designed to use a release a steady flow of water while cleaning, but not leaking when the cleaning session stops.
The edge of the mop cloth won’t curl up, so it leaves a spotless floor, every time.
The water tank needed for the mopping function is installed manually, so if you don’t want your rugs sopping wet, just set it as a no-go zone on the Mi Home app.
Speaking of apps, this one also allows you to set up cleaning schedules, program zoned cleaning or spot cleaning, change mode and direction in the middle of a cleaning session and monitor your little minion in real time.
Alexa can also get in on the action by ordering the Roborock S5 around.
Cleaning modes can be customized to your liking.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with options of carpet, quiet (for when you’re napping), mopping, balanced, turbo and max modes.
Between self-charges, this fashionista will work for a whopping 150 minutes on a single charge.
Spilled some nuts on the floor?
The S5 will sweep it right up, no problem! Its self-adjustable brushes will clean your floor while rotating at 130rpm.
When it gets to the wall, the brushes will automatically adjust to 330rpm to get every crumb and speck of dust away from the wall, sucking it all up as it goes along.
If you need an autonomous cleaner that won’t knock over the vase on the floor, the Roborock S5 Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner will suit you like a glove.
iRobot Roomba 675
The iRobot Roomba 675 sweeps any hard floor like a boss.
It will pick up those skittles from your tiles and suck up the dust under the couch, no sweat.
This black disc will integrate seamlessly into your Alexa-connected smart home.
Don’t have Alexa hanging around?
Use Google Assistant or the iRobot Home app.
That spot that’s somehow dirtier than the rest of the floor?
Dirt Detect sensors let’s the Roomba 675 know to focus and suck even harder.
It also won’t bump into your furniture or walls, since it uses smart sensors to “see” and avoid obstacles.
Dirt build-up in corners and near the walls pose no threat to this little ninja.
Its Edge-Sweeping brush knows just how to get all the junk out of hiding and into its bin.
On a single charge, the Roomba 675 runs for 90 minutes, which is a bit less than other comparable devices.
Luckily, it will return to Home Base to self-charge before marching straight back to work.
If you want a clean, dry sweep on your tiles while you’re away doing life, the iRobot Roomba 675 will get the job done.
The smart iLife V3s whizzes over your tiles, picking up the tiniest dust particles and larger rubble as it goes along.
A sleek white disc with black detailing, this futuristic-looking robot vacuum can be programmed with its remote control to clean on schedule, lasting about 2 hours on a single charge.
When it gets a bit low on juice, it will return the charging station to self-charge, after which it will continue sprucing up your floors again.
If your home has multiple levels, simply place the V3s and its charging station on the level you want to clean before each session.
It won’t go searching for the other levels, since it can’t climb stairs yet.
After each use, the bin has to be emptied out and the filter cleaned, which may get tedious.
The filter should also be replaced each month.
The price isn’t super steep, but it could add up, eating into your take-out budget if you’re not careful.
The entry-level iLife V3s will dry sweep your floors autonomously while you’re doing other things, perfect for the busy professional.
Shark Ion R75
“Alexa, tell Ion to start cleaning.”
This Shark will chomp down on dirt tracked onto your beautiful tile floor, leaving it squeaky clean.
This sturdy grey-and-black disc was built to smartly tackle everyday mess in your home.
Have you ever had to fish Lego’s out of the vacuum cleaner’s bin?
Keep the Lego’s on the floor (for your midnight walking pleasure) and the Shark Ion R75 out of the play area using a magnetic strip.
It’s like barrier tape for your robot vacuum.
Working for over an hour on a single charge, the Ion R75 will make a clean sweep of edges and corners, all while avoiding furniture.
When the battery is running low, it will automatically return to the charging station, self-charge and continue with the job.
This one may take a dive down the stairs, though, so you will have to use that fancy magnetic strip across the top of the stairs as well.
Do you have rugs on your tiled floor? The Ion R75 transitions smoothly from tile to rug, kind of like a figure skater gliding on crisp ice.
With its easy-empty dustbin and performance brush-roll, this ferocious predator will make mincemeat of larger debris.
The Shark Ion R75 is perfect for a single-level tiled home.