Are Robot Vacuum Cleaners worth it?

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - August 13th, 2019
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The ownership of robot vacuum cleaners has slowly been growing since the first models were launched to market around the turn of the century. There are now millions of units being sold worldwide and the trend is set to continue with the development of the technology helping to provide high performing new models that deliver better results with less personal effort and maintenance.

'Are robot vacuum cleaners worth it' is something potential buyers have been asking themselves since they were first introduced. With improvements in technology and newer models having previous problems ironed out, we think that it’s the perfect time to pick up a new robot vacuum cleaner from PB Tech!

Robot Vacuum vs Traditional Vacuum

The question remains as to whether the current technology of robot vacuum cleaners can replace the traditional vacuum in a home. There is no doubt that there are good quality robot vacuums in the market that do an effective job of cleaning your floors and helping maintain a reasonably tidy household. However, they cannot reach areas like curtains or upholstery; therefore, many people will find that in order to keep your home sparkling clean, a traditional vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment is still a must-have.

We will dive deeper into some critical improvements in newer models robot vacuum cleaners which make them extraordinarily handy devices.

Several improvements from early generation models

Robot vacuum cleaners have come a long way since their first launch into the market around the early 2000s. With so many improvements and new handy features in these modern devices, it might be the perfect time to grab yourself one and join the hype!

They aren't high maintenance anymore

The whole point of a robot is that it does a task so you don’t have to. Older robot vacuums were needy little buggers, they would either fill up too fast, get caught on things, or just get lost.

Today, you can get a highly intelligent robot vacuum and let this device operate independently day-to-day with less maintenance required. This stellar performer is our favourite low maintenance option for one big reason: you only have to deal with it every 1-2 weeks. The dust box now allow for more storage so you only have to empty it every 1-2 weeks if you use it daily - freeing up more time for busy users.

They don't trapped as often as they used to

Early robot vacuums often got caught on furniture legs, under shelves, and especially on power cords. This meant you were often cleaning up just so your robot vacuum cleaner could come in and 'finish' the job. You had to rearrange your floor plan just to suit your robot vacuum. Who's in charge here?!

Finally, that may finally be changing. The new Roborock S6 is equipped with 6 cliff sensors (E35 has 4 cliff sensors) that help the Robot Vacuum Cleaner easily cross obstacles up to 2cm high, including common thresholds or other things such as cables and furniture. This helps it avoid getting trapped and lets it easily pass between rooms and over cables with ease.

Another issue many users encountered in the past consisted of robot vacuums entering rooms and being unable to get out again. Either they caught the door or the threshold was uneven and trapped them.

The new Roborock S6 has a massive sensor array with an accelerometer, odometer, infra-red cliff sensors, compass, and more (14 sensor types in all) give it 360° of sense. This powers its navigation, stops it from falling, helps it avoid getting trapped, and keeps your home décor safe.

With the intelligent Roborock S6, you can view a virtual map of your home through the app and easily drop invisible walls by simply creating a virtual barrier or drawing a no-go zone of areas you want to be avoided. These no-go zones can be as small as 0.4m and as large as 10m – this handy feature helps protect everything from small vases to entire rooms.

Say hello to robot mopping!

Robot vacuum cleaners didn’t really offer much for households that have large area spaces of tiles or wooden floors. However, this has been solved with the new S6 models that has mopping functions so you can easily mop up any spills or just keep your tiles/floors sparkling clean.

Simply snap the mop unit on, adjust how much water you want to use (only on S6 model), and it instantly becomes a robot cleaner able to vacuum and mop simultaneously. With disposable mop pads included with the Roborock S6, you can easily attach, mop, and then throw it out ensuring your floors always get a solid clean.

Self docking, automatic recharging

A common trend with older robot vacuum cleaning models is that they didn’t have the intelligence to know when it was low on juice, which means that you would often find your robot vacuum cleaner dead somewhere in your household.

The highly intelligent Roborock S6 will automatically plan the shortest route back to the dock charger after cleaning is finished. Additionally, if the battery is below 20% when it is cleaning the room, the robot vacuum cleaner will automatically return to the dock and recharge. After the power is restored to above 80%, it will return to the last unfinished location, continue sweeping, while avoiding repeat cleaning.

This handy self-charging and self-docking function save users a tonne of time that they may spend setting up, charging and maintaining their robot vacuum cleaner. With these new, highly intelligent models at PB, you just simply set your robot vacuum cleaner up and then let it do its own thing without the need to monitor.

Now quieter than ever

Some of the first robot vacuum cleaners around were extremely noisy just like regular vacuum cleaners. Although you wouldn’t really notice the noise if you were out the whole day, hearing a loud vacuuming noise while watching TV, reading a book or even sleeping can be quite a major nuisance.

Xiaomi has considered this and improved the Roborock S6 tech with advanced sound suppression for 50% quieter operations compared to previous models. The noises also sound a lot better; it turns the harshness of a typical vacuum noise into a softer sound that doesn’t intrude, even during late-night cleaning.

With some outstanding improvements mentioned above to robot vacuum cleaners, what model make the best option for your home?

The Roborock S6 Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a more premium option that delivers exceptional performance, durable design and highly intelligent tech to ensure your home is always clean, but it will cost you a bit more!

The S6 is equipped with LDS scanning and SLAM algorithm tech that helps it draw accurate maps of your house to ensure the most efficient route is executed – you can even do selective cleaning and clean one room, multiple rooms or your entire home. The new and improved-shaped cleaning dynamic path planning provides the S6 to be 20% more efficient than other models in cleaning performance. This device has a 50% noise reduction to provide quiet and easy cleaning options, whether it’s during the day or late at night.

This device has the same battery life and suction power of the E35, plus has more sensors and cliff sensors designed to take on complex terrain. This impressive device is the current king of robot vacuum cleaners and is a spectacular option for most household layouts, helping to reduce maintenance and pre-cleaning of your floors.

So, are they worth it?

Yes! Now is the perfect time to pick up yourself a robot vacuum cleaner, especially if you have been on the fence for a while about getting one! These handy devices are better than ever with so many amazing features and improvements compared to the first generation of robot vacuum cleaners. We can see them in a few years being as common as owning a dishwasher, so why not get on the hype now!

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Since the layout of every home is different, carve out some time to observe your robot vacuum on its first few runs. This lets you see how well it steers around (and underneath) your furniture, and where it gets stuck. You'll then have an easier time configuring your space so it can easily operate without any problems. My facebook: ꕥ ꕥ

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Why pay for the Roborock S6 when the Xiaomi is half the price with better suction and a bigger dust bin? The S6 has a larger battery, so if you have a big house I would buy that one else I would buy (and did buy) the Xiaomi

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The S6 has LIDAR for more accurate room tracking and mapping (it works really well) i can pick it up drop it in a room and tell it to go back to the dock it will spin around and head back no problem

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