Knowledgebase: Robot Vacuum and Floor Cleaner FAQ
Choosing the Right Robot Vacuum Cleaner for Your Needs
Posted by - NA - on 18 Nov 2008 02:56 PM
Your Comprehensive Guide on How to Choose the Right Robot vacuum Cleaner for your Needs, Whether you are a Residential or Commercial End-User.
Choosing the right Robot vacuum cleaner is no different then any other purchase. You need to:
Assess Your Needs. Some Questions To Ask Yourself
Fundamentally, it's the surface area to be covered that will steer a customer to a specific brand and model. Here are a few questions you might ask yourself:
How many rooms are to be covered by the robot vacuum cleaner?
To answer this question your best bet is to refer to our robot vacuum cleaner comparison chart made available through our support center (see website address below). You may also direct your attention to product specifications provided by the manufacturer.
Are these surfaces or rooms separated by stairways?
Unfortunately, robotic vacuum cleaners are not designed to manage their way through stairways. If you wish to have a robot vacuum clean all your surfaces, you will have to plan for a robot per floor. You can always carry it from level to level if you wish.
Do you expect your robot vacuum cleaner to manage itself following a preset schedule? Perhaps you don't mind it running when started manually? IRobot models Roomba 570 and Roomba RobotShop Deluxe Package, and the Neato Robotics vacuums are designed with onboard scheduling capability. Some of the Discovery Series models like the Roomba 440, Asus Robot Vacuums and Infinuvo CleanMate Robot Vacuums do not have scheduling capabilities.
Roomba vacuum cleaner shoppers, will you be needing technology to block off limit areas or help in the robots navigation? Virtual walls, lighthouse technology or boundary markers?
You may want to refer to our comparison chart for this issue. For the IRobot Roomba 500-700 Series, the rule of thumb suggests planning for a virtual wall at every doorway or access to off limits areas of the property. Otherwise, virtual walls can easily be moved around if you wish to avoid extra expenses.
Lighthouses will contribute to your robot's efficiency by improving room to room cleaning. These units should preferably be accounted for when choosing your robot vacuum. Especially if you plan to have your robot vacuum run on a schedule while away. Once again refer to our robot vacuum cleaner comparison chart to determine your needs. Your property's or office's architecture will have to be taken into account when looking up this option. In doubt, refer to our Support Center or Forum, where a specialist will be happy to provide you with good support.
The Neato Robotics XV-11 and XV-21 comes with boundary markers, which are black magnetic strips that the Domestic Robot will not cross.
Is odour removal an important feature to you?
If so, Infinuvo CleanMate and Asus Agait robot vacuums are designed with odour removal and UV light disinfection devices.
Do you need to wash your floors?
If so, look up for a Scooba floor washing robot for or a Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner.
Set Your Budget
This part mainly belongs to you and your ability to save money for future investments such as Robot product(s) of your choice, car, travel, clothes and so on. Expect to pay a minimum of $200 for a Robot vacuum cleaner, depending on your desired product efficiency. It's no different than cars, as you move from the GL to the LX and on to the SI the price rises and so does your comfort and peace of mind! Respect your budget, yet don't loose sight of your needs!
Do your SWOT analysis: See What's Out There
You will notice there are many brands and models. Within these, you will also observe you can get a standard robot vacuum cleaner to a fully loaded model that literally takes a bite out of house cleaning! Perhaps it would be best to refer you to our comprehensive robot vacuum cleaner comparison chart.
It is recommended to be cautious when shopping for generic or less popular brands of robot vacuums. The price is slightly lower. They usually do have a similar look on the outside but unlike the fashionable style, things under the hood are perhaps not as reliable. If you do choose to steer to generic brands, make sure you get a few testimonials from current users and look up the warranty conditions provided by the store and the manufacturer. You know, the fine print!
Investigate Market Prices, warranty and ongoing customer service after your purchase
Some retailers will sell a product for a set price and others will provide the exact same model for a higher price. Bare in mind that price isn't everything! Look at product warranty and customer service or support. In many cases a $20 price difference will be worth great support and a reliable extended warranty.
Your shopping experience is another good clue. When shopping online, did you find the information was available or hard to find? Look at what other customers have to say. If you have questions about the product or the company, take a minute to write to the customer or support center. It's really a great way to test drive customer care by keeping an eye on response time and the quality of the information you receive.
Here are a few details concerning different robotic vacuums and their technologies:
The IRobot Roomba 500, 600 and 700 Series are highly intelligent and effective robot vacuums. All the available iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuums models are equipped with the iRobot company’s incredibly unique AWARE Robot Intelligence Systems. This AWARE Robot intelligence system, which was specially developed for the iRobot Roomba floorvac models, makes use of dozens of sensors in order to be able to monitor the iRobot Roomba’s environment. This helps ensure iRobot Roomba users that their beloved cleaning robot adheres to its motto of cleaning effectively, intelligently and most importantly, safely.
The new Neato Robotics XV-11 and XV-21 Vacuum Cleaners include revolutionary robotics intelligence that assures that this Domestic Robot cleans the entire floor, carefully avoiding furniture, walls and other objects. Using its laser-based Room Positioning System (RPS) Technology, the new robot vacuum cleaner has a 360-degree view of a room, allowing it to map the most efficient cleaning path by analyzing walls, furniture, doorways and other obstacles up to four meters away. It avoids most obstacles that other robots can only detect by impact. Once it outlines the designated area, the Neato covers the perimeter first and then methodically cleans inside it using a back-and-forth pattern to ensure complete floor coverage.
The Infinuvo CleanMate Robot Vacuums are automatic and intelligent vacuum cleaners. From carpet to hardwood to tile, the cleanmate handles a variety of surfaces with ease. It goes under beds and other places where upright vacuums cannot go. It is not only able to clean dirt, dust, but also pet hair while simultaneously sanitize surface of floor with its UV light, and remove odors with the fragrance compartment design.
Make an Educated Decision
Now that you have gathered a lot of intelligence, it is time to call upon your free will. You have:
1. assessed your needs;
2. set your budget;
3. seen what's out there;
4. investigated market prices, warranty and customer service;
You are in an excellent position to weigh the outcomes whether you choose to purchase the entry model or the Cadillac. If you need to make a compromise, avoid making concessions on the very reason you are reading through this article: you want to relieve yourself and/or your spouse from vacuum cleaning. A robot vacuum cleaner can only be a good deal if it will actually do the job you intend it to do. In other words, don't get a two seat car if you are a family of five.
We recommend getting the robot vacuum cleaner from a robot specialty shop. After all it's a robot! When looking for legal advice do you turn to a car mechanics? Go to the professionals. Preferably us!
Good luck with your purchase. We trust you will acquire the appropriate robot vacuum cleaner to meet all of the above goals!