Are Robot Vacuums Really Worth the Hype? We Investigate

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If you’ve ever dreamt of Sundays spent kicking up your feet, watching sports, or spending quality time with your family and friends instead of running around your house doing your weekly clean, I’ve got some good news for you: that fantasy is not only here, but it’s within a reasonable price range.

For the same cost as a good (hand-operated) vacuum cleaner, you can instead invest in a robot vacuum that will suck up dirt, and even mop, your home for you. You can even time it to do a daily run around the house while you’re at work so you can come home to a clean home. 

While robot vacuums may have been around for a couple years, when they first hit the market, they weren’t cheap. They also had their faults, with a few technological bugs and malfunctions, leading users to often give up and just do the job themselves.

Now, however, as they’ve had a chance to be tried and tested and all the issues most people complained about have been hoovered up. They’re now upgraded and much more affordable. It’s time to say goodbye to the tedious task of vacuuming and to say hello to the future.

Xiaomi Mi 1C Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Mopping Function, $299, was $369

The Xiaomi Mi 1C Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a two-in-one smart vacuum cleaner and functioning mop, so say goodbye to dragging your bucket and mop around after you’ve done the hoovering as this gadget does the job for you. Take full control from the comfort of your sofa using the smartphone app. It’s engineered with powerful 2500Pa suction and mopping power, features a 40W brushless motor and has four unique suction modes. 

Xiaomi Mi 1C Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Mopping Function

MyGenie ZX1000 Robotic Vacuum, $199, was $264

MyGenie is exactly what it sounds like, making your first wish come true, saying goodbye to hoovering. MyGenie also uses the two-in-two function and after hoovering can dry and wet mop your floors. Find a schedule that works for you and program your vacuum to do its daily hoover first thing in the morning. It lasts two hours when fully charged and is powered.

Lenovo X1 Wet & Dry Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $439, was $469

The Lenovo X1 is arguably one of the quietest robot vacuums on the market. It uses seven major noise reduction optimisations to get deep-sea quiet noise so if you have young children, this cleaner doesn’t pose a threat in waking them up. Compared to previous models, this cleaner has a 20% higher cleaning efficiency, as well as a more powerful suction. 


iRobot Roomba e6 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $519

The famous Roomba is the machine to kickstart this trend. Although it’s perhaps one of the most expensive robot vacuum cleaners on the market, it’s also one of the most technologically advanced and efficient. It features built-in sensors that direct it to work harder on concentrated areas, such as areas of high traffic. It’s even compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant.

Kogan SmarterHome G50 Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Mop, $199

Kogan, too, has dipped its toes in the pond. Engineering its own smart robot vacuum cleaner and mop at an affordable price. Just like some of its competitors, Kogan’s SmarterHome cleaner can be controlled through your phone, with the ability to map out the rooms in your home. It’s engineered with powerful 1800KPA and mopping power, which is powerful enough for most modest-sized homes or apartments.

There are four cleaning modes and three suction modes your vacuum cleaner can dictate is most efficient depending on the surface it’s on. And once it’s finished its job, it will go straight back to its charging dock.

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