Are robot vacuums really worth the hype? Can they replace cleaning services? Are cleaning services really needed? These all are common and understandable questions. Here, we will drive into qualities of both.
The Benefits of a Robot Vacuum
It’s helpful to be able to simply program the vacuum to run on select days and specific times each day, so that the floor is generally clean without any human interaction. Plus, these vacuums get under furniture and tough-to-reach spots, instead of just going around the sofa, bed, and other large furniture. They just zip right under there and take care of business so you don’t have an accumulation of dust bunnies.
Many of the robot vacuums even include a mode you can use if there is a spill or mess in one particular area. Rather than scouring the entire house, the spot cleaning mode will focus on the area you direct it to, which may even be able to operate as automated mop. It doesn’t always do the best job, but it can certainly help.
However, You Still Might Want Cleaning Services
It is important to note that socks, pet toys, or other small objects can get stuck in the robot vacuum just as they would in a traditional vacuum; the difference is that you’re not there to quickly grab it or go around it. It requires the house be vacuum-proofed before the vacuum runs.
There seems to be a standard size and shape of robot vacuums and it’s not uncommon for some to just bounce off the cabinet in the corner, or get wedged under it and get stuck.
Also, when the battery begins to die, the vacuum is supposed to return automatically to its charging base. Often, you may find it stranded in the middle of the house because it couldn’t find it’s way back to the charging station.
To maneuver currently, robot vacuums are small— therefore has a very small bin that collects the dirt and debris. This can be such a pain if you have a shedding pet, as it will need to be emptied more frequently.
Using a robot vacuum will significantly reduce the need to vacuum, but you will still need to vacuum the old-fashioned way periodically for certain nooks and crannies, so you can’t just throw away your old vacuum. Ultimately, robot vacuums can’t address all of the cleaning and housekeeping duties. Plus, they’re slower and typically takes twice as long as a standard vacuum.
Even on the low end, robot vacuums cost significantly more than the traditional vacuum, so it isn’t really cost or space effective considering you still need to keep that old vacuum around as well.