FAQ Friday: What Is The Deal With Robot Vacuums?

For some of us, it's difficult to find the time to vacuum and clean our homes. It's only after the build up of dust and stray pet fur that we realize how badly we need to vacuum, so then the next hour (or two) is spent moving furniture out of the way and picking up power cords to make sure we have vacuumed every space in our home. Only to never touch our vacuum cleaners again for the next month or two! Robot vacuums offer a convenient alternative for those who do anything to avoid this household chore.

The Electrolux Trilobite was one of the first robot vacuums to be introduced to the consumer market in 2001. In the video above, you can see one version of this vacuum. However, significant developments and improvements have been achieved in consumer robotics over the past decade. You no longer need to worry about finding your robot vacuum if it gets stuck somewhere in your home during the cleaning cycle. The most recent robot vacuum cleaners are equipped with technology that allows them to map out floors, avoid staircases, clean automatically, and even navigate back to their charging stations when the battery is low. For those of you considering welcoming a vacuum robot in your homes, here is what you need to know to make a well-informed decision:

What is the price range for a vacuum robot? 

The price of a robot vacuum cleaner can start from as low as $130 to as much as $700. Of course, like with any other product, robotic vacuum cleaners offer various features. Lower-end models may not have as many features, but operate well enough to vacuum and clean your floors. Meanwhile, higher-end models may utilize more tech that allows them to automatically empty their dust bins, stay within a virtual fence, or be programmed to operate on a daily schedule without any input.

Do I need to spend that much on a vacuum cleaner?

Of course not! What you spend is entirely up to your individualized budget and needs. Keep in mind however that even traditional vacuum cleaners are sold within the same price range, and... they will require you to hand-operate them!

Can a robot vacuum replace a full-sized vacuum cleaner?

Although some robot vacuum cleaners are able to provide a great amount of cleaning, it is recommended to use your robot vacuum and full-sized vacuum together. A robot vacuum is much more versatile in reaching hard-to-reach spots and operates completely on its own. This makes it the perfect companion to casually clean your home while you cook dinner, watch television, or even leave to go to work for the day. Most robot vacuums are designed to supplement a full-sized vacuum so you don't have to vacuum as frequently and rigorously, but we do not recommend that you throw out your vacuum - especially for those deep stains and big messes.

On what kind of floors can I use them?

Robot vacuums are to tackle various surfaces such as tile, vinyl, laminate, sealed hardwood, and even low-pile carpet. Keep in mind that some robot vacuums have stronger suction power and are better suited for different surfaces.

Is there any setup required in order to use them?

Some robot vacuums have virtual wall technology that allows you to create boundaries for them to clean within, while others have timer schedules that you can program to ensure that they clean on their own. But for the most part, most robot vacuums only require you to install the battery and charge the unit before it is ready to clean on your command.

What kind of maintenance do I need to do for my robot vacuum?

There are a couple of simple yet key steps you can take to ensure that your vacuum will operate at its maximum efficiency.

  • Empty the dust bin often. You might think it is a hassle to clean the robot vacuum that will clean for you, but it is a very simple task that requires little effort. Some robot vacuums are even able to empty their own dust bins.
  • Prep your home. If your floors look like a war zone with cords and papers laying around everywhere, it is best to try to organize them so your robot vacuum will not get stuck on them. Think of how you would normally arrange things if you were using a regular vacuum.
  • Replace brushes and filters. Periodically check your brushes and filters to make sure they are working efficiently. Always replace them when they get worn out - and make sure you have convenient access to purchase these replacement parts.

Are they pet-friendly?

Yes! Robot vacuums are equipped with sensors allowing them to avoid running into any obstacles, whether it is your footstool or your dog. Some pets may even love your robot vacuum and treat it as a toy.

Leave comments below and let us know if you have any other questions we have not answered!

Faq fridayHelpRobot vacuumVacuum cleaner

Leave a comment

Featured collection

Our Top Products
Save $200.00
Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Automatic Pool Cleaner
Maytronics Dolphin Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Automatic Pool Cleaner
Sale price$799.00 Regular price$999.00
In stock
$10 OFF with code NEW10 Save $470.00
ECOFLOW DELTA 1300 Portable Battery Generator Accessories EcoFlowECOFLOW DELTA 1300 Portable Battery Generator Accessories EcoFlow
EcoFlow ECOFLOW DELTA 1300 Power Station
Sale priceFrom $629.00 Regular price$1,099.00
In stock
Choose options
Save $150.00
Maytronics Dolphin Nautilus CC Robotic Cleaner Cleaning Robots Maytronics DolphinMaytronics Dolphin Nautilus CC Robotic Cleaner Cleaning Robots Maytronics Dolphin
Maytronics Dolphin Maytronics Dolphin Nautilus CC Robotic Cleaner
Sale price$599.00 Regular price$749.00
In stock
$10 OFF with code NEW10
ECOFLOW DELTA 1300 Portable Battery Generator Accessories EcoFlowECOFLOW DELTA 1300 Portable Battery Generator Accessories EcoFlow
Save $35.99
Neabot P1 Pro Pet Grooming Kit & Vacuum/ WellbotsNeabot P1 Pro Pet Grooming Kit & Vacuum/ Wellbots
Neabot Neabot P1 Pro Pet Grooming Kit & Vacuum
Sale price$104.00 Regular price$139.99
In stock
$10 OFF with code NEW10 Save $1,649.00
Special Bundle: EcoFlow Delta Pro Portable Power Station & 160W Solar PanelSpecial Bundle: EcoFlow Delta Pro Portable Power Station & 160W Solar Panel
Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro WiFi Smart Lock with Door Sensor
$10 OFF with code NEW10 Save $549.00
Special Bundle: EcoFlow DELTA 2 Portable Power Station & 160W Solar PanelSpecial Bundle: EcoFlow DELTA 2 Portable Power Station & 160W Solar Panel
Save $40.00
August Smart Lock Wi-Fi (4th Gen)August Smart Lock Wi-Fi (4th Gen)
August August Smart Lock Wi-Fi (4th Gen)
Sale price$159.00 Regular price$199.00
In stock
Choose options
$10 OFF with code NEW10
Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power StationJackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station
$10 OFF with code NEW10
Google Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation Smart Home Google NestGoogle Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation Smart Home Google Nest
Save $120.00
EcoFlow 160w Portable Solar Panel
EcoFlow EcoFlow 160w Portable Solar Panel
Sale price$229.00 Regular price$349.00
In stock
$10 OFF with code NEW10 Save $349.00
Special Bundle: Ecoflow DELTA Mini Power Station + 110W Solar Panel
Maytronics Dolphin Triton PS with Powerstream Cleaning Robots Maytronics DolphinMaytronics Dolphin Triton PS with Powerstream Cleaning Robots Maytronics Dolphin
$10 OFF with code NEW10 Save $311.00
EcoFlow 400W Portable Solar PanelEcoFlow 400W Portable Solar Panel
EcoFlow EcoFlow 400W Portable Solar Panel
Sale price$688.00 Regular price$999.00
In stock

Blog posts

View all
Cutting-edge Technology set to revolutionize Health & Fitness

Cutting-edge Technology set to revolutionize Health & Fitness

Cutting-edge Technology set to revolutionize Health & Fitness Technological advancements combined with healthcare have been nothing short of re...
Wellbots Black Friday 2023 Best Deals

Wellbots Black Friday 2023 Best Deals

Black Friday is just around the corner, and tech enthusiasts are gearing up for the biggest shopping event of the year. If you're looking for the b...
Electric bike rebate and tax credit

Electric Bike Rebate and Tax Credits in the USA

In this article: - link to all the rebate and tax credit  - One of Wellbots' ebike best seller and best deal (at the end of the article) Electric b...
The Rise of E-Bikes – The best transportation choice!

The Rise of E-Bikes – The best transportation choice!

The Rise of E-Bikes – The best transportation choice! (Special Deal at the end of the post!) Introduction  In an era marked by environmental consci...
How to Make Your Rental Property Stand Out From the Rest

How to Make Your Rental Property Stand Out From the Rest

How to Make Your Rental Property Stand Out From the Rest By Teri Silver Having your rental property stand out from the rest ensures your home will...
Power Stations for Sustainable Living: Harnessing Clean Energy

Power Stations for Sustainable Living: Harnessing Clean Energy

In a world where sustainability is becoming increasingly important, power stations offer a valuable solution for harnessing clean energy. This blog...