Robot vacuum cleaners: Which robot vacuum is best for you depends on how you want to use it. A robot vacuum cleaner is mainly a help in the household, and does not take over completely. In this article I will tell you exactly what a robot does and what you should pay attention to if you want to buy one.
1. Does the normal vacuum cleaner leave the house?
To get straight to the point; No. A robot vacuum cleaner vacuums the floor. But unfortunately you still have to clean the lampshades, TV cabinet, stairs and car yourself. In principle, the use of a robot vacuum cleaner only ensures that you need the ‘normal’ vacuum cleaner less often. How well the robot vacuum cleaner vacuums the floor mainly depends on how advanced it is.
2. Is every robot vacuum the same?
No. There are big differences between robot vacuum cleaners. You get an entry-level model if you want to vacuum less often, but still regularly use the traditional vacuum cleaner around the house. If you go for a variant with a higher suction power, the times that you vacuum yourself will really go down. If you opt for the most advanced model, you leave the cleaning of the floors entirely to the robot vacuum cleaner and you don’t have to worry about it yourself.
3. Do you demarcate the area to be cleaned?
It is possible to let the robot vacuum cleaner run freely around the house. But sometimes you don’t want the robot to enter certain areas of the house. You demarcate the spaces in different ways.
- For example, you can place a virtual wall between the kitchen and the living room. The robot vacuum cleaner only lets it through when the kitchen is completely clean. When the robot encounters the wall, it simply turns around.
- A magnetic strip is a flat strip that you place under the long-pile rug, for example. This way the robot does not get stuck in that place.
- Finally, there are robot vacuum cleaners that are able to clean from room to room with a lighthouse. More expensive models are equipped with sensors so that they do not collide with anything. Area demarcation is not necessary for these models.
4. How does the robot vacuum navigate through your house?
Robot vacuum cleaners navigate your home in different ways. Entry-level models generally do not have a navigation method. This means that the robot vacuum cleaner randomly drives through your house. As a result, there is no guarantee that he will clean every place. More expensive robots have a navigation system. Most robots ‘scan’ the space in different ways and map it. This way they know exactly where to clean. The better the navigation method, the better the robot vacuum cleaner cleans the room.
5. Does the robot clean all floor types?
All robot vacuum cleaners work well on hard and smooth floors. There are also robot vacuum cleaners that are capable of cleaning carpets and carpets. This depends on the combination of a correct brush and high suction power. Some robot vacuum cleaners register brushes from carpets and do not get stuck on them. There are also robot vacuum cleaners that detect additional polluting spots and drive over them more often. If you have carpet, you need a robot vacuum cleaner that is suitable for this.
6. Which robot vacuum cleaner cleans the most?
The quality of the battery is important for the surface that a robot vacuum cleaner cleans. The battery of a cheaper robot vacuum cleaner generally runs out faster than that of a more luxurious robot. It is also true that when a more expensive robot vacuum cleaner is recharged, it returns itself to the place where it left off cleaning. The type of surface that the robot vacuum cleaner cleans also makes a difference. On carpet, the robot experiences more resistance and the battery drains faster.
7. Why do you want a SMART robot vacuum cleaner?
We call a robot vacuum cleaner ‘smart’ when it has a WiFi connection. It is then possible to operate the robot via your phone. In some cases you program the robot vacuum cleaner remotely, so that it does its job even when you are not at home. Some robot vacuum cleaners are equipped with cameras. You can view the images via your smartphone to see exactly what is going on in your house. You will not find all these smart functions with an entry-level robot vacuum cleaner.
8. Do you set a cleaning schedule yourself?
Do you want the robot to automatically clean at a specific time? Then choose a programmable robot vacuum cleaner. There are robot vacuum cleaners that can be programmed 7 days a week. You can be sure that the floor is cleaned at the desired time, without having to switch on the robot vacuum cleaner itself. Cheaper robot vacuum cleaners are often not programmable. You simply turn this on when you want it to clean.
9. How do you charge the robot vacuum cleaner?
You charge a cheap robot vacuum cleaner with a charging cable. You put it on the cable when the battery is empty. These robots remain where the battery runs out. More expensive robot vacuum cleaners work with a charging station. Here 2 options are possible.
- There are robot vacuum cleaners that stop driving when the battery is empty. You then place it on the charging station yourself.
- Other robot vacuum cleaners drive themselves to the station when the battery runs out.
- If you choose the most advanced robot, it will drive back to the charging station itself and continue cleaning when it is charged.
10. What should you pay attention to if you suffer from allergies?
If you suffer from allergies, it is important that the air in your house is clean. You can achieve this by vacuuming your house with a vacuum cleaner fitted with a good filter. A HEPA 13 or 14 filter is best suited for allergy sufferers. The filter stops fine dust particles, pollen and allergens so that they do not end up in the room again.