12 things to pay attention to when choosing a robot vacuum cleaner: explain on gifs

The growth in sales of robotic vacuum cleaners clearly hints that sooner or later you will ask yourself:

Is it time for me to buy such a device? At that moment, there are immediately more questions: do I need him? But will it meet expectations? What does he really know? And the most important - how to choose it correctly, if I don’t understand a damn thing about it? After reading this text clearly illustrated with gifs, in 5 minutes you will learn the answers to most of these important questions and you can become an expert on them on the Internet to support the discussion about robotic vacuum cleaners at the household level.

1. Type of cleaning of the robot vacuum cleaner

Robotic vacuum cleaners are divided into three classes according to typecleaning: some can only do dry cleaning, others only wet, others can do both. Which type is best to choose? As with any other technique, it’s worth remembering that universal devices are always a compromise. More specialized gadgets will always do their job better. This is especially true for wet cleaning, where a specialized robot polisher will always do the job better than its universal counterpart, which, in essence, only wipes the floor with a wet towel. At the same time, it can, for example, stain a white carpet, stopping by it in the process of completing a task. In general, in practice, automation of wet cleaning makes sense to the owners of large houses and apartments. In this case, it makes sense to buy a separate device. Buyers of universal vacuum cleaners stop using the wet cleaning function after 3-4 times (it becomes too troublesome from the point of view of servicing the robot, especially if the apartment is not big). Therefore, in the vast majority of cases, a vacuum cleaner designed only for dry cleaning is suitable for you.


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2. What area is the robot vacuum cleaner designed for?

The second important question to answerbefore buying a robot vacuum cleaner: for what area is a robot vacuum cleaner needed. A simple vacuum cleaner will cope with a usual one-room apartment. In this case, buying an expensive model will not give any tangible benefits. But for cleaning houses in a couple of floors or 3-4 room apartments, you will need a more complex technique: battery life, the technology of building a map, the ability to remember the furniture and the point to which you need to return after recharging will already matter, to continue cleaning. Simply put, the larger your apartment, the more difficult it must be to have a robot vacuum cleaner that can solve your cleaning tasks.


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3. What kind of brushes do vacuum cleaners have and why are they better suited

Roller brush - the main element of cleaning anyvacuum cleaner robot. They come in three types - with bristles, rubber and combined. Obviously, rubber brushes do better with small debris and pet hair, so they are preferable. But only iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners use two brushes at once (their trade name is Multi-Surface Brushes). Both brushes rotate towards each other, creating the effect of a broom and dustpan. Which, of course, has a good effect on the quality of cleaning.


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4. Does the vacuum cleaner have a HEPA filter

Today it seems obvious, but the cheapestmodels of robotic vacuum cleaners do not have such an important component as a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and is translated into Russian as a high efficiency air filter. Such filters trap dust particles as small as tenths of a micrometer and do this not because of the sieve effect (when the particle size does not allow it to pass through the mesh), but because of the filter materials (fiberglass fiber) and the design in the form of a folded accordion. All modern models of vacuum cleaners, of course, are equipped with such a filter, which is another reason to think about the advisability of buying models of vacuum cleaners with prohibitively low price tags. At a minimum, it should raise questions, and now you know the answer.


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5. Does the robot vacuum cleaner recognize areas of increased pollution

The performance of a robot vacuum cleaner is affectedalgorithms that control his work and special sensors that allow him to navigate indoors and make appropriate decisions. For example, iRobot Roomba robots use proprietary Dirt Detect technology (literally - dirt recognition), which allows the robot to identify areas with increased pollution and change its behavior during cleaning, returning to them again and again (live, by the way, this is well shown in our video). This ability is certainly an advantage when buying.


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6. Continued cleaning after recharging

For owners of large houses and multi-roomIt will be useful for apartments to find out if the robot vacuum cleaner has a function to continue cleaning after recharging. The most intelligent models understand what area they have already cleaned, so they can return to the base to recharge the battery and then continue cleaning from the very place where they stopped. Less intelligent vacuum cleaners will begin work again in this case. As a result, they will carefully clean part of the room without human intervention, and simply will not get to the remaining part.


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7. Sensors for stairs (cliff sensors)

Another feature is so common inmodern models of robotic vacuum cleaners that we have already begun to forget that the cheapest models do not have it at all. Each decent vacuum cleaner has special sensors (cliff sensors - they are quite large in size and can be easily seen visually by turning the vacuum cleaner over), allowing it to determine what needs to stop, otherwise there is an abyss ahead. It can be useful in practice only to owners of two-level apartments and two-story houses, but at least they should know that there are vacuum cleaners that do not have such sensors.


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8. Self-cleaning of the garbage container

If you have a large enough apartment or house,it makes sense to think about automatically cleaning the garbage container of the robot cleaner. This can be useful, for example, in case of prolonged absence - the robot vacuum cleaner will regularly clean the house without requiring maintenance and automatically clean its waste bin after each cleaning. For example, the Clean Base base station comes with Roomba i7 + robotic vacuum cleaner models (by the way, we have a review of it) and Roomba S9 +. The capacity of the disposable container inside Clean Base is enough for 30 cycles of the robot vacuum cleaner. That allows you to keep the house clean for a whole month even when you are away and performing automatic cleaning every day. And under normal conditions, the owners of such vacuum cleaners come into contact with debris from the vacuum cleaner 30 times less often.


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9. The presence of the camera and what it affects

Vacuum cleaning robots are interesting in that they arefully automated devices that can operate autonomously and make decisions based on the situation. They are equipped with a variety of sensors, allowing them to better navigate in space and understand what is in front of them. The presence of a camera significantly expands their capabilities, although this does not mean that a vacuum cleaner without a camera cleans worse. He will simply spend more time cleaning because he has less information about what is in the room. The difference between using a laser and a camera can be clearly seen in this gif explaining how vSLAM technology works in iRobot's Roomba vacuum cleaners. Instead of a laser, these robots use a camera and sensors, allowing them to analyze in space up to 240,000 points per second.


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10. Smartphone application: what does it improve?

Of course, the presence of an application for a smartphoneimmediately turns any equipment in the house into "smart". Although in practice it is much easier to go to the vacuum cleaner and press a button on its case than to get the phone, launch the application, wait until it connects to the vacuum cleaner. However, the application is always useful as soon as it comes to the settings or maintenance of the vacuum cleaner. In the application, for example, you can easily set a schedule for cleaning a vacuum cleaner for every day of the week. You can monitor the status of items that require routine replacement. And in older models of vacuum cleaners, you can observe the movement of the robot around the apartment according to the map drawn by it. Or send the vacuum cleaner to a specific room by pressing the corresponding button in the application menu. For iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners, this feature is called Imprint Smart Mapping.


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11. How a robot vacuum cleaner cleans the corners of rooms

An important question that interests everyone who seesRobot vacuum cleaner: how can it clean in the corners of rooms with its forms (in the vast majority of cases this is a circle)? In fact, much depends on the design of the brush panicle, or rather its placement. But it is obvious that the cleaning efficiency in the corners of vacuum cleaners having an appropriate body shape, allowing easy access to the corners, is higher:


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12. The first step to a smart home: the collaboration of robotic vacuum cleaners

If you have already decided to seriously take careby automating house cleaning and looking for the most advanced technologies, you will probably be interested in the possibility of organizing a fully automatic dry and wet house cleaning. So far, only iRobot vacuum cleaners have this opportunity thanks to technology called Imprint Link. We have a pair review of Roomba S9 + and Braava Jet m6 robots, in which you can find out the details and impressions of this miracle of modern technology that makes the house a little smarter.


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Video for the curious

For those who are more comfortable perceiving this information invideo format (or share a link to it), here's a video from our channel. Use and forward to friends who are in search of a suitable robot vacuum cleaner model.

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Now, you definitely know the answers to the main questions facing the choice of a robot vacuum cleaner and you can better understand what these devices are and what you need to pay attention to before buying.

In this editorial, tailored to the interests of readers gg, the advertiser participated - iRobot companyUkraine, which is interested in making you more aware of robotic vacuum cleaners, their capabilities and after reading the text, could understand how they can help improve your life.

The lineup of robotic vacuum cleaners thatiRobot supplies to the Ukrainian market Ukraine covers all price segments and offers models of modern devices for automating cleaning for any wallet and for apartments and houses of any size.

  • iRobot Roomba 605 - entry-level model for one-room apartments (5 499 UAH)
  • iRobot Roomba 980 - a popular model of a modern robot vacuum cleaner for large apartments and houses (17 999 UAH)
  • iRobot Braava jet m6 - a robot polisher that can work together with a robot vacuum cleaner for dry cleaning (18 199 UAH)
  • iRobot Roomba i7 + - the older model of a robot vacuum cleaner with an automatic station Clean Base (30 599 UAH)
  • iRobot Roomba s9 + - the flagship model of a robot vacuum cleaner, equipped with the maximum set of technologies for cleaning (39 999 UAH)