Three Things to Know Before Buying a Robot Vacuum

Welcome to the future.

Fifty years ago, robot vacuums would have sounded like science fiction. And today the concept—put them to work while you’re asleep and wake up to clean floors—still sounds magical. But to maximize the use you get from a robotic vacuum, you need to consider a few things first. While robot vacuums come in a range of price points, the best one for you depends on your layout, whether or not you have pets and how you plan to use it.

Smart Assistant-Enabled

The bags on this model capture and trap 99 percent of pollen and mold. iRobot

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A robot vacuum can be a “set it and forget it” appliance. Look for one that automatically goes “home” to its charging base when power is low. That way, you can set it as you get ready for bed and see its handiwork when you wake up the next morning. Sensors—either physical or infrared—are also key to make sure your robo vac can easily navigate obstacles like table legs or couch corners without getting stuck.

Evades Obstacles with Infrared Sensors

This slim option lasts up to 100 minutes on a single charge with minimal noise. eufy

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Some robot vacuums have apps that allow you to run your appliance and watch it in real time from wherever you may be. This can be ideal to get your place guest-ready when you offer a spur-of-the-moment invite. App syncing also allows you to schedule cleaning for convenient times, like when your nervous pup is out for a walk.

Wet and Dry

Smart tech syncing allows you to program and run this choice from anywhere. iRobot

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A two-in-one mop and vacuum option can do double duty. Generally, a robot vacuum with dual cleaning options has a water tank, and the user has to manually switch capabilities when it’s in use.

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This model maps your house and accepts cleaning schedules. Roborock

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This unit can operate up to 100 minutes on a single charge. eufy

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