Robotic Vacuums-How Well Do They Really Work?



While robotic vacuum cleaners may sound like science fiction they are actually here now, and have been around for several years already.  The most popular brand of robotic vacuum is the Roomba, but there are other brands that are not as well-known.  Most robotic vacuums cost between $200 and $500 each, but many people find them so convenient that they are certainly willing to pay this amount or more to have them in their homes and/or businesses.  The reason behind this seems to be the idea of no longer being required to vacuum one’s home or business which of course saves time for the individual that has a busy schedule.  It is also very helpful for people that are disabled or injured because they may have trouble operating a conventional vacuum cleaner.  Robotic vacuums work, but there are mixed reviews as to how well they actually perform.  While many individuals find them very helpful, some contend that they do not pick up debris the same way that a standard, conventional upright or canister vacuum does.  It appears that this assumption is at least somewhat accurate, depending on the home or business that the individual owns, what type of flooring is in that home or business, and what type and size of debris the robotic vacuum is being asked to pick up. 



Robotic vacuums are very good for harder surfaces such as tile or wood, and they work well in gyms and otherareas where firm mats or floor coverings are used because they can move about easily on these surfaces and collect dirt, dust, and small pieces of debris that accumulate on these types of floors.  However, these kinds of robotic vacuum cleaners do not work well on carpeted floors.  They have some trouble moving around on carpeting because they bog down easily.  If the person purchasing one of these robotic vacuum cleaners has pets this can also cause a problem because pet hair accumulates very quickly on carpeted areas.  The robotic vacuums are not designed to cope with this amount of debris and the combination of pet hair and carpeting causes many difficulties for this type of vacuuming. 

Robotic vacuums are generally small disks that navigate across the floor in a pattern.  When they bump into something they turn and clean elsewhere.  Eventually, they cover the entire floor, and most of the newer models are also able to return to their docking station to recharge their batteries when they have completed their course.  The robotic vacuum can also be programmed to clean at a specific time, such as during the night or when a person is out of the house at work for the day.   This makes it very convenient for those with busy lifestyles or those that are not able to operate vacuum cleaners easily.  However, these types of robotic vacuum cleaners should only be used on hardwood, tile, or other firm flooring, and not on carpet.  Those that use these vacuums on hard flooring will likely be quite satisfied with the performance that they offer, whether they are used at home or for a business.