Three Reasons Why Robotic Vacuums are a Pet Owner’s New Best Friend

Few tools can help keep a pet owner’s house clean like a robot vacuum cleaner made for the job.

iRobot robot vacuum cleaner
The technology behind robotic vacuums has come a long way in a short time, and the machines are now a great way to clean up after your pet.iRobot

Pet owners are keenly aware of one fact: The amount of mess even a small potty-trained dog or cat can make on the floor is astounding. It’s almost like having a couple of toddlers, especially if your pets go outside and track dirt and debris back in on their paws. Several companies now make robot vacuums that they market specifically to pet owners, helping them keep their homes clean without a massive amount of work.

Functions and Suction

BISSELL EV675 Robot Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair with Self Charging Dock
With dual edge brushes, a rotating brush roll and powerful suction, this robot is designed specifically for pet owners.Bissell

The kind of floor you will be using the robot vacuum to clean is important when choosing the right one for you. Some vacuums are made specifically for cleaning hard floors, while others are made for carpet. If all of your floors are either hard or carpet, select the one made for the kind of floors you intend to clean. If you are going to be running it on both carpeted and hard floors, you’ll want one specifically made to clean both. Generally, a vacuum that will do well on both will have higher suction power, which is also a positive for pet owners. Choosing a robot vacuum that specifically mentions pets and pet hair in its description will also help you get one that is made for just that purpose. A robovac that makes no mention of pet hair will likely leave you disappointed.

Other Features

iRobot Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum
This robot vacuum from Roomba runs for up to 90 minutes before automatically docking to recharge.iRobot

Because of dust, dander, and pollen, the best robot vacuums for pet owners have good filtration systems. A top-quality filter captures all those particulates and makes sure it gets into the vacuum’s dust bin. Some robots use HEPA filters, which catch even smaller particles. Battery life and charging time are also important, as is run time. Consider those factors when comparing and contrasting the pet-specific vacuums that make your final cut. The amount of noise made by the vacuum is also important for pet owners, since many cats and dogs aren’t fond of loud robot vacuum cleaners streaking through the house bumping into things. While some are as loud as traditional vacuums, others are much quieter and make a better choice.

Mopping Too?

iRobot Braava 380t Advanced Robot Mop
This combination robot vacuum and mop can clean up ground-in messes on hard floors like linoleum and tile.iRobot

If you have tile or linoleum, having a robot vacuum to clean up the loose stuff on the floor will save you a lot of time and effort. However, having a robot vacuum that also mops will save you even more of both! Robotic mops do the job for you with just a limited amount of maintenance, but the time savings you experience is reflected in the initial cost of the mop. Of course, those that vacuum, and mop are even pricier. The best robotic vacuum/mops can be controlled via Bluetooth or by free phone apps provided by the manufacturer. One challenge with robotic mops is most aren’t great at cleaning in sharp corners. Choose a robotic vacuum/mop with a large water reservoir and you won’t have to refill it as often.