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Would a robot vacuum make a good Christmas gift?

cat with giftsSince the robot vacuum came onto the market, people have been wondering if they should be getting one. To better determine if it’s for you or someone you know, you need to consider the pros and cons of buying a robot vacuum. This will ensure that you are making an informed decision and that you fully understand what the robot vacuum will be able to do and whether it is worth buying for a gift.

The Pros

The primary benefit of an automatic vacuum is the fact that it will be cleaning your home for you. You will not have to worry about vacuuming your home again as the robot does this for you. This is ideal for people who are often away from home, who work long hours or who simply do not like the chore having to vacuum their home.

Another benefit of these vacuums is the fact that you can schedule the cleaning. When you program the vacuum, you can select which days it will run as well as the time of day that it runs. This means that you can come home to a clean floor at the end of the day or ensure that you are not woken up by your vacuum running through your bedroom. Once you have set the timings you won’t have to remember about cleaning as it will do it automatically.

Robot vacuums have a low height which makes it easier for them to get under furniture that would be otherwise hard to reach. These hard to reach spots will generally require you to move your furniture around which can be a major hassle. The robot vacuum can easily clear the dust bunnies that are found under your sofa and bed. You just have to check the clearance otherwise it might get stuck.

Many people do not realize that you can spot clean with the robot vacuum. If there is a single spill in your home, you can direct your robot vacuum to clean it. This means that your vacuum will not only clean your entire home when you want it, you can also use it to clean a single area when an accident occurs.

One of the newer features that make the more recent models more effective as cleaners is the mapping function where the robot can use lasers or cameras to take a map of the outline of room and the objects in it so that it can plan the route it is going to use to clean it. You can be sure that it is going to cover the whole room and if by any chance it runs out of charge before it has finished it will return to the docking unit to get the battery recharged and then it will return to where it stopped and carry on till it’s finished.

The last benefit that you need to know about is the fact that certain robot vacuums also have a mop function. After all, the only thing that is worse than having to vacuum your house is having to mop it. There are some that are just robot mops and don’t vacuum and some that will do both. However, it is important to note that this is a fairly new function with these vacuums so the mopping is not always as good as you can do.

If you’ve invested in an echo dot and are enjoying the fact you can ask for information you might like to consider a robot vacuum that works with Alexa so that you can just ask it to go and clean whenever you need it to, which is not only fun but is helpful when you’re hands are full.

The Cons

While there are a number of benefits that come with a robot vacuum, there are also some drawbacks that you need to be aware of. The primary one is the fact that you need to vacuum-proof your home. Toys, small objects, and clothing can get stuck in the vacuum in the same manner as they would with a traditional vacuum. This means that you have to ensure that there is nothing lying around your home that could cause problems and this can take a bit of time. You still have to clear up when you use a standard vacuum but as you are vacuuming you can do it as you go, with the robot you need to do it in advance.

Another drawback of these vacuums will be that the device can easily get stuck. This is something that you should take into account when you consider the shape and height of the vacuum. There are a couple of ways that these vacuums can become stuck, they can become wedged under furniture and will be unable to move, or if you have high-pile carpeting, the wheels could also get stuck as the long threads tangle with the wheels.

The vacuum may not be able to find its way back to the charger in time which can be a problem if you want the vacuum to clean everything before you get home. The battery in the vacuum will have a finite charge, some with a longer running time than others and the vacuum is meant to automatically return to the charging base. Most of the time, this will happen, but there are times when the vacuum becomes stranded in the middle of the room before it is able to get back. It is important to note that there are some models that will suffer from this more than others so double check the reviews.

When you consider the small size of the robot vacuum, you will not be surprised by the fact that you have to frequently empty the bin. The frequency with which you need empty the bin will vary depending on the model and the cleaning it has to do. People with pets and children will generally have to empty the bin more often because of the pet hair and other debris that children bring into your home. This should not be too much of a problem, but there are many people who find this to be very inconvenient. If you run your robot vacuum daily and empty it on a daily basis you will find that there is less to pick up or if you have extra money to invest you might consider the new Roomba I7+ which can automatically empty the dirt for you.

The noise that the robot vacuum makes will not be louder than a traditional vacuum, but the fact that they clean at a slower speed you will have to hear it for longer. If you take 30 minutes to clean your home with a normal vacuum, it can easily take a robot vacuum 90 minutes to do this. Of course, you can overcome this drawback by setting the vacuum to run when you are not at home. You might also find that it is worth a bit of noise when it allows you to get on with other jobs.

Another drawback of these vacuums is the fact that you might still have to use a traditional vacuum. Due to the shape of the vacuum, it can be difficult for the robots to get into all the edges and corners of your home every time although some or working quite hard to remedy that with their edge cleaning technology. There are other areas where you might have to still use your traditional vacuum such as your thick carpets or the stairs of your home although Shark have produced a robot vacuum and a small hand vacuum which charge together on the charging dock to make it easier to get into areas that might get missed.

The last con that you need to know about is the cost of the robot vacuum. If you want to get a decent basic model, you will need to pay a couple of hundred dollars while the top of the range robot vacuum can cost a lot more. This is a lot more than the traditional vacuum which can be picked up for a lot less.

Although there are things to consider, like whether you have a hard floor or carpets and of course the cost, there are a lot of benefits that would make a robot vacuum a perfect gift to buy for Christmas for yourself or someone else you know that might need some help cleaning their floors.