With the passage of time robot vacuums are improving, there’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on high-end models for comfortable cleaning.
Today a robot vacuum under $250 can get the same job done that a $1000 worth vacuum does.
I am excited to tell you that that robot vacuum is none other than the Eufy Robovac 11.
In this Eufy Robovac 11 review, I am going to explain every feature this vacuum offers and why a large number of homeowners have adopted this budget vacuum.
Though the vacuum is not loaded with the most advanced features in this price range, it does the job quite well.
Let’s get started…
Eufy Robovac 11 Review
Let’s review the features, performance, design, pros and cons.
Design of Eufy Robovac 11
The Eufy is a circular vacuum with 13 inches diameter and 3 inches taller, making it wider and flatter than other bots. This low-profile design allows the vacuum to clean low-clearance furniture like couches, coffee tables, and TV stands.
It looks simple yet elegant and the body is dark charcoal in color, having one square Auto button at the top with a company logo in silver color at the bottom edge. The top is designed with tempered glass, giving the machine a smooth feel and doesn’t increase the weight to a total of 5.8-pound weight.
There’s a largely removable dustbin located at the back, with the charging sockets and power switch available on the right. At the front is a bumper, which contains about 11 infrared sensors. At the bottom, there’s a drop sensor, swivel wheel, contact charging pins, roller brush and two tank treads.
A charging dock also comes in the package with a remote control having a pair of AAA batteries inside. There are two spare filters a HEPA and foam, a cleaning tool, and two spare side brushes. You also get a handy chart for troubleshooting, if anything goes wrong.
When it comes to cleaning Eufy does an exceptional job. It sucks up dirt like those high-end expensive models. If compared with Dyson 360 Eye, Eufy provides a comparable level of clean. Though the Dyson is strong and more powerful (and very noisy), but Eufy can still pick up several dustbins of hairs, dust, and tons of stray food bits left by dogs.
As it’s a low-profile vacuum getting under the coffee table, TV stand, and the bed is easy for Eufy. Even the pricier models like Dyson 360 Eye and Bobsweep Boni cannot get under low-clearance furniture. However, Eufy robot vacuum can even creep under cabinets, avoids tangles power cables, and performs wonders on any pilly studio rug.
Keep in mind that the infrared sensors do not work on dark, grey flooring or high-pile carpets. You can try but don’t attempt on a shag carpet.
In Auto mode, the bot essentially ping-pong back and forth randomly. It’s not an issue for long sessions-it will eventually get to every corner. It cannot remember the path it cleaned already but the price justifies it.
Unlike the 360 Eye, Eufy lacks computer vision or map-building sensors like Roomba 980, but it can still avoid obstacles and navigate it’s way out of congested situations when stuck.
Feeing itself can take some time, In case you don’t meticulously prepare your space before starting the cleaning. It won’t take a while but you will get an advantage to rescue manually and to maximize the battery life.
Another solution is using a directional pad and steer it to find a suitable path. You can move the bot to specific areas, then activate Spot cleaning to deal with the specific mess. Ultimately, both Edge and Spot cleaning modes are perfect, circular robots cannot perform better at a corner, and the RoboVac 11 is no exception. So you can get your hand vacs out for corners or do a quick pre-sweet to get the dirt away from the corners.
Here’s the best part, Eufy is whisper-quiet. Where pricier models are noisy, this budget model beats them and you won’t even feel its presence while it’s cleaning around.
You can only hear it when you are in the same room or close to the bot. When you are away in the kitchen or bedroom while the bot is in the other room, you won’t even know the bot is there.
It remains almost quiet even on Max mode, you do not have to increase the TV volume while the bot is around.
With a single charge, the Eufy can clean continuously for 100 minutes. With a single charge, you can easily clean the living room, kitchen, and few bedrooms.
Unlike the Deebot Slim (similar price to Eufy) the Eufy can move between rooms without any trouble. However, larges spaces won’t be covered in a single charge. But it still delivers the performance like expensive models.
Similarly, returning to the dock station is easy. It can automatically move back to it’s charging base while runs low on battery. However, it takes about six hours to fully charge. Therefore, don’t plan more than one or two cleaning sessions in a day.
Dust Buster, Not Dollars
It’s not the most souped-up machine on the market, but at this price range, it’s excellent. Though it lacks some fancier features like in pricier models, if you are looking for a reliable way to keep your floors clean with minimal effort, Eufy won’t disappoint you. Else you can get the Roomba 690 or Roomba 960 with Wi-Fi control from your phone, notifications, Amazon Alexa compatibility, advanced navigations but double or triple the price.
Overall, Eufy Robovac is an amazing robotic vacuum that comes with all bells and whistles without breaking your bank.
When it comes to robot vacuums Roomba’s iRobot line spans from the cheaper Roomba 690 to the most expensive Roomba 980. In between, there is Roomba 960 which is neither expensive nor inexpensive, something in between.
Though the price puts it close to the high-end models having top-of-the-line 980 features like a smartphone app, camera for navigation, Voice control through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, detailed cleaning reports and maps. But what cuts down the price is the absence of the virtual wall and a slightly less-powerful motor.
But, it delivers stronger value and a top choice for high-end robot vacuums.
Both differ visually but that’s not the main difference between the Roomba 960 and 980. Except for the lighter grey body of Roomba 960, everything else is the same. Both have same 13.8-inch diameter and are taller 3.6 inches.
Controls are located at the same place, with a large Clean button flanked by Home and Spot Cleaning buttons.
Similarly, above the buttons are indicator lights, a navigational camera located at the top center. At the bottom side, everything is similar including cliff sensors, side brush, two roller brushes, and a front wheel. Both have a removable dustbin at the back.
Now, both have different weights. The Roomba 960 weighs about 8.5-pounds and is a lighter bot than the Roomba 980 with 8.7 pounds. Because both feature a different motor (similar to Roomba 880).
Another major difference is the battery life. Where Roomba 980 can last for 90 minutes, the Roomba 960 only lasts for 70 minutes. The 960 comes with one virtual wall where the 980 robot has two.
The Roomba 960 works only with the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection. An app (iRobot Home) available on Google Play and Apple App store allows you to control the bot. In addition, the app guides the consumers how to connect to WI-Fi, which is identical across all models.
The major difference between the Roomba 690 and the Roomba 960 is the cleaning preferences menu which is 960 has allowed it to customize the number of times it cleans a room.
Similarly, the lifetime menu allows you to dig deeper by looking at the details of each session, including total area cleaned.
Here’s the coolest part…
The iRobot’s clean Map allows you to identify the exact location the vacuum has vacuumed. Well, using the app you cannot steer the machine.
Unlike other robotic vacuums using random cleaning patterns leaving dust bunnies behind which can be frustrating, the 960 uses methodical patterns where the 690 is based on random cleaning patterns.
This cleaning pattern allows the vacuum to avoid the obstacles and move nicely around the furniture while picking up dust, dirt, debris, and pet hairs.
The camera is very helpful in maneuvering and avoids the vacuum getting hit with table legs or bookshelves, and sometimes it can pause momentarily to calculate where to move next. Many robot vacuums including Bobsweep Bobi Pet end up getting bumps but the Roomba 960 respects the price and avoid these problems.
One thing you should do to make it easier for the bot to clean efficiently is to clear the floor from cables and liquids or other objects like dog’s food and water bowl.
Similarly, the Roomba 960 is comfortable with different floor types. As many vacuum struggle on dark flooring including Roomba 690, the 960 can work perfectly on dark rugs or floors. Similarly, it can easily transition between wood and tile floor without any problem.
We did notice that Roomba 960 got stuck under TV stand, so better ward off problem areas with the virtual wall to avoid vacuum getting on those places.
Vacuums with methodical cleaning only pass over the area once. But you can totally control the bot to make two passes in a room to lift any kind of dirt of debris left in the first pass.
Despite having the strongest suction like the Roomba 980, the 960 still does an excellent job of cleaning your floors. The Roomba 980 is ahead in one more thing and that’s the Carpet Boost feature that turns up the suction on rugs and carpeting and inhales everything hiding inside.
While on the other hand the 960 is surprisingly quiet, even quieter than the traditional stick vacuum and you won’t even feel the bot cleaning around you in the same room. Though it’s quite the Eufy Robovac 11 is still the quietest robot vacuum ever.
As mentioned earlier the battery life is only 70-75 minutes making it a suitable choice for smaller homes and apartments. Despite this much battery life, this bot can get the living room, hallway, kitchen, and bedroom cleaned while sparing some to return to the docking station automatically without any problem. You can also return the bot back to dock using Alexa.
Though the 960 is not cheap if we compare this with other pricier models like the Dyson 360 Eye, the Roomba 980 it’s still a good deal. This mid-range robot offers tons of advanced features including the voice commands facility, Wi-Fi connectivity, a camera for navigation and Clean Map visualizations.
If you need to make a hard decision between the Roomba 960 and the 980, it depends on two factors: the size of your home and your floors. For large, heavily carpeted homes the 980 with its Carpet Boost, extra virtual wall and long battery life will be most suitable, though it’s noisy.
If not then the 960 beats out the Roomba 980 making it an ideal high-end robot vacuum cleaner.
But for those facing a budget problem with 960 and looking for something with similar features in the lower price than the Roomba 690 can get the job down with powerful clean, app control and voice commands.
And if you can ignore the Wi-Fi plus some advanced features then there’s nothing best than the Eufy Robovac 11 which does whisper-quiet clean for a fraction of the price.
The Electrolux Pure i9 not only has futuristic design and camera-based navigation, but it’s one of the high-end robot vacuums that can move across different floor types and efficiently navigates around obstacles with aplomb.
The robot app that not only allows you to control settings but also enables you to set up schedules using your phone. Being a pricey model it lacks Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, long battery life, and third-party smart home devices integration that a less-expensive vacuum Neato Botvac D7 connected vacuum offers.
This triangular shape dark steel color robot vacuum is 12.6-inches on each side and stands 3.5 inches tall. This low profile design allows it to fit under low-clearance furniture except the lowest of couches.
An LCD panel at the top allows you to view the cleaning mode, remaining battery, and the time. Directly underneath is a bronze button that releases the top-loading dustbin, which is on the small side. The 3D camera is located inside the front bumper along with a built-in speaker for a status update.
At the bottom, there are two wheels, charging contacts, a spin brush, and the main brush. In the accessories, this machine if fairly light, especially considering the price-that you only get a spin brush plus a charging station.
The mobile app is compatible with Android or iOS. After you download the app, it walks you through the entire process of connecting to the machine, where you need to enter the serial number or scanning a barcode, decide a name for your bot, and connecting it to your Wi-Fi network (unlike the dual-band Botvac D7, it only works with 2.4GHz channel).
This simple and intuitive app shows the status of bot on the main screen that includes battery level and the next scheduled cleaning (if you’ve programmed it). In the centre, a blue symbol is present that allows accessing the menu with the various commands, modes, schedules, and settings.
If you click on a three-bar icon located at the upper left you will be able to see the FAQ, online support and remaining settings.
The notepad icon in the upper right corner brings up cleaning maps of your entire house, showing you the areas cleaned and the total time spent cleaning these areas on certain dates and time.
The maps are rudimentary compared with the maps of Neato or iRobot, but they still nicely get the shape of your house without getting into too many details.
You can initiate or pause vacuuming through the app, or spot clean, but you can’t use it to steer the bot manually.
The 3D camera at the top works better than infrared sensors and provides superior, methodical navigation.
Following the Dyson 360-Eye, it also divides the entire room into separate sections and clean in spiral, back-and-forth pattern before maneuvering further. This vacuum will never bump into furniture or any other objects that comes in its path.
Regardless of floor types like tile, carpet, and wood, the Pure i9 works amazing even on raised flooring. You can leave the spin brush off if you have wall-to-wall carpeting and looking for best results.
But that’s not all…
The Electrolux Pure i9 can destroy dust, dirt, hairs and various bits of debris lying on the floors.
The major downside is the short battery life of 60 minutes in Eco mode, and 43 minutes in normal mode. But in term of battery power, Roomba 960 lasts for 75 minutes and Botvac D7 connected lasts for 130 minutes.
But, Electrolux hits another snag which is noise. It’s loud enough that you’ll likely be able to hear while it’s off cleaning in other rooms.
Though the vacuum delivers powerful cleaning, stellar performance and excellent navigation, it comes at a steep premium. While the Roomba 960 with much less price offers longer battery life, uses a camera for navigation, even supports Amazon Alexa compatibility.
Overall, Electrolux Pure i9 is an excellent vacuum that uses the 3D camera for excellent navigation around your home, but the price tag is high for the bells and whistles.
Advanced navigation with 3D camera
Exceptional cleaning abilities
Simple, well-designed app
A battery should be improved
Lacks voice control
Electrolux Pure i9 Review ( Updated Now ) explains features, pros, cons, and other options of this vacuum cleaner to help you decide that either you should buy it or not?
The Neato Botvac D7 is an expensive but smart and high-quality robot vacuum.
It’s loaded with most advanced features like laser navigation, interactive cleaning maps, simple and intuitive mobile app, impressive battery life, class-leading integration with third-party smart home devices and exceptional cleaning performance justifies the expensive price tag.
In this Neato Botvac D7 review, I am going to explain the pros, cons and features of this high-end vacuum.
Let’s get started…
Neato BotVac D7 Review
Let’s review the design, performance, features, pros and cons.
Design of Neato BotVac D7 Connected
The D7 has D shape like Neato’s signature that resembles all other Botvac connected robots making it an ideal machine for tight spaces.
A major difference from the BotVac D5 robot vacuum is its new metallic finish which is resistant to dust and scratches.
Unlike the previous model with two LED indicators, the D7 comes with four LED indicator buttons which help to get feedback during cleaning sessions allowing you to view the Wi-Fi status, battery level and cleaning modes.
The D7 measures around 3.9 by 13.2 by 12.7 inches (HWD). There’s a circular turret top that contains laser navigation system and enables a 360-degree view of your home adds up the extra height. This little increment makes it taller than the iRobot Roomba 960 (3.6 inches), making it impossible to fit under low-clearance furniture.
The dustbin is very small and located at the top of the vacuum and requires a bit struggle to remove and replace.
Flip the vacuum and there are two main threads, two smaller wheels, a roller brush, and a small spin brush.
For the accessories, there is a charging dock, a typical assortment of spare brushes, filters, and a cleaning tool. You can prohibit the areas for vacuum by applying a two-meter magnetic strip as a physical boundary marker. But you can also set the boundaries in the app.
It’s easy to set up the vacuum. Everything comes pre-assembled and no need to attach the brushes or parts physically. You only need a Neato app for Android or iOS. From here, you’ll be guided through the process of pairing the vacuum with your Wi-Fi network either it’s 5GHz or 2.4GHz connection.
This application has been redesigned and now it’s more user-friendly and intuitive.
You will see only two things on the main screen the name of your machine and the current status. There’s a battery indicator that is located at the bottom left and upon touching it shows how much power is left.
Below that, there’s a start button. To the bottom right is a small square grid that stores everything related to cleaning history with detailed maps and statistics of the past 20 cleaning sessions. There’s also one more button that brings up a screen for cleaning options.
Cleaning options or cleaning modes are of different types: House, Spot, and Manual cleaning modes. With the house mode, you have the option to choose Eco and Turbo cleaning profiles-the former is a quieter, longer-lasting run, while the Turbo is more powerful.
You can also get Extra Care navigation that comes with the default mode. With the spot mode, you can specify certain areas for cleaning.
From the main screen, there is a three-bar icon located at the top left that allows you to access scheduling plus a newly added feature called My Floor Plan.
Either set the boundary with the aforementioned magnetic boundary tape or use No Go lines in the app.
After an initial diagnostic run, their machine will be able to map every corner of your home. After this, you can save your floor plan and specify the No Go area by drawing red lines for indication. But these lines work only when you start the cleaning sessions using a smartphone application.
In Home mode, the D7 moves back forth and navigates around the obstacles without touching them. It can perform on any surface either it’s hardwood, carpet, or tile without any trouble.
It also reliably returns back to the docking station where many infrared-based vacuums often struggle or fail. If by chance the D7 gets stuck, use your app and steer it, and you won’t be able to see this feature in the Roomba 960. (Steering is also useful for pinpointing a concentrated mess.)
The D7 delivers enough cleaning power to suck up every single pet hairs, dirt particles, and other debris from any type of surface with aplomb. Its suction power is on par with the Roomba 960, but it’s not powerful like the Dyson 360 Eye even in Max mode. However, Dyson 360 Eye can only last for 45 minutes while running in Max mode and about 70 minutes in normal mode. Similarly, the D7 managed to last for 130 minutes.
That said, it’s ideal for large homes or big messes where multiple passes are required. The small dustbin will require emptying more often before a cleaning session ends.
When it comes to noise, no one is quiet except the Eufy Robovac 11, the D7 is loud enough that it can awake the sleeping dog even from the opposite end of the apartment. You might not be able to watch TV in the same room that where the vacuum is operating, or you’ll need to crank up the volume.
D7 is one step ahead of the vacuum that uses Amazon Alexa. The D7 allows you to use Google Assistant and supports If This Then That (IFTTT) recipes allowing you to set particular conditions. For instance, a recipe that turns the vacuum on immediately as your connected garage door opener closes. You can also use the vacuum with Apple Watch.
The Neato Botvac D7 is hefty. But, it’s precise navigational abilities, long battery life, interactive cleaning maps, dual-band Wi-Fi support, and third-party integrations are worthy of each penny. These features take the robot vacuum cleaning to next level.
In comparison with other machines, the Roomba 960 is $100 cheaper that lacks phone steering, incompatible with 5GHz Wi-Fi, and requires physical beacons to designate no-go zones.
Now you can guess what makes the D7 a high-end robot vacuum.
However, if you are looking to spend less and are willing to give up most of the bells and whistles then the Eufy Robovac 11 is the best affordable option.
In this article, I am going to discuss Shark Ion vs. Roomba in greater details.
Roomba is popular for making robot vacuums, Shark has vacuum history of manufacturing uprights, stick, canister, and handheld models.
Both brands offer quality vacuum cleaner, which one is better? Let’s figure out.
Shark ION robot vs. Roomba
To be fair, Roomba is a well-known robot vacuum manufacturer vs. Shark. Whereas, robot vacuums by Shark ION series are more basic compared to Roomba, but comparable with Roomba 690 and 675.
Similarly, Roomba is far more established in making high-end robot vacuums like Roomba 980, 960, i7+ which comes with premium features and higher price tags.
Shark ION Robot Vacuums
As mentioned earlier, Shark manufactures a range of vacuum types including upright, stick, portable handhelds and tag-along canister. Despite having a wide collection of the vacuum cleaner, they also jumped into the robot vacuum industry to keep up with the ever-changing vacuum market.
The robot vacuums by Shark that we are going to discuss today are from Shark Ion Series, the 720 and 750 model.
Roomba Robot Vacuums
Roomba is a series of autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners by company iRobot. iRobot is a robotics company that also jumped into making robot vacuums and now they offer three models for residential use: Roomba (dry vacuuming), Braava (wet mopping), and Mirra (for submerged pool cleaning).
Shark ION vs. Roomba Comparison Chart
The comparison chart below shows the high-level features of the most popular Roomba models vs. the most popular Shark ION robot models.
The Shark ION 750 Robot vacuum is a robot that comes with a unique feature of the self-cleaning brush roll.
But that’s not all…
This robot vacuum also brings some advanced features like Wifi-connectivity to completely control the vacuum and self-charging which allows the robot to recharge itself when running low on battery.
Furthermore, you can pair the robot with Amazon Alexa to control the bot using your voice. Shark ION 750 and 720 both come with the same battery that gives a run time of 60 minutes.
Premium features and lower price tag
The 60-minute run time is sufficient to clean most areas
The “BotBoundary” strips are not user-friendly
The annual maintenance cost is higher compared to Roomba
Shark ION 720 Robot Vacuum
Dimensions: 12.6″ diameter x 2.6″ H
Run Time: ~60 minutes
Maintenance: ~$115 / year
Weight: 5.5 pounds
Shark ION 720 is the younger sibling to the 750 robots. The 720 has many features similar to the 750 like self-charging, scheduled cleanings, and includes a HEPA filter. Similarly, the 720 uses a single central brush roll and two spinning side brushes for cleaning.
The major difference between both models is that the 720 lacks wifi-connectivity and brings a wireless remote control for controlling the robot rather than a smartphone.
Run time is equal to 750 but price tag is much lower
Comes with a wireless remote control to start, stop or schedule
Low profile and lightweight design
Lacks wifi-connectivity or voice control feature
The annual maintenance costs are higher
Dimensions: 13.9″ diameter x 3.6 H
Run Time: ~120 minutes
Maintenance: $37 / year
Weight: 8.7 pounds
The Roomba 980 without any doubt is the most advanced robot vacuum to date, that not only gives incredible cleaning performance but also a long 120-minute run time which is longest and twice compared to any models in this Shark ION vs. Roomba comparison.
Furthermore, the Roomba 980 offers Wifi-connectivity, HEPA filtration, and brings two virtual wall barriers.
Compared to “Botboundaries” by Shark ION, the virtual wall barriers by Roomba is much batter and can protect up to 10′ linear path plus a 4′ diameter for a sensitive area like electronics or pet food area.
Longer run time of 120 minutes
Wifi-connectivity and voice controlling feature
Amazing cleaning performance across all floor types
Expensive price tag
Makes noise while cleaning on hardwood floor and low carpet
Dimensions: 13.8″ diameter x 3.6″ H
Run Time: ~120 minutes
Maintenance: ~$35 / year
Weight: 8.6 pounds
The Roomba 960 is similar to Roomba 980 that offers advanced brush roll to avoid tangles problem of pet hairs, and shares many other features of 980 like wifi-connectivity, scheduled cleanings, HEPA filtration.
But that’s not all…
The Roomba 960 is capable to generate wireless cleaning reports, using your smartphone app. The only difference between the Roomba 960 vs the 980 is the power boost bonus which 960 doesn’t have. The addition in the 980 helps to perform better in cleaning especially on thick carpets.
Run-time of 75 minutes
Recharge and resume feature
Annual maintenance cost is much lower compared to Shark robots.
Expensive price tag compared to Shark robots
Lacks “Power Boost” for high-pile carpet cleaning
Dimensions: 13.9″ diameter x 3.6 H
Run Time: ~60 minutes
Maintenance: ~$34 / year
Weight: 8.4 pounds
The Roomba 890 robot vacuum belongs to the 800 series and this vacuum gives the same run time of Shark ION 750 model. The front side contains a “Clean” button, a handle and a dust bin release latch. The bottom side of the robot has a spinning brush for cleaning corners and tight spots, dual rubberized brush rolls for capturing dust and debris, without the tangles.
Furthermore, the Roomba 890 offers wifi-connectivity and voice controlling using Amazon Alexa, and a virtual barrier to cordon off specific areas.
Low price tag than 900 series
Wifi-connectivity and voice control feature
Dual brush rolls eliminate tangles problem
Expensive than Shark Ion Robots
Slightly struggles on high pile carpets
Here are some more comparisons of this robot:
Dimensions: 13″ diameter x 3.6 H
Run Time: ~60 minutes
Maintenance: ~$3 / year
Weight: 7.8 pounds
The Roomba 690 robot vacuum belongs to the Roomba 600 series and is just below the Shark Ion 750 in price but similar in the range of feature.
This model offers many advanced features like wifi connectivity, dirt detection technology for navigation, but lacks memory mapping like advanced 900 Series robots.
Furthermore, the Roomba 690 lacks a HEPA filter, but have a fine-particulate filter. For cleaning this robot uses bristle-style brush roll that is more prone to tangles and similar to Shark Ion series.
Wifi connectivity and voice control feature
60-minute long run
No HEPA filter
Bristle-style brush results in a tangle
Dimensions: 13.4″ diameter x 3.7 H
Run Time: ~60 minutes
Maintenance: ~$30 / year
Weight: 7.5 pounds
The Roomba 614 also belong to the 600 series and the most basic model by iRobot Roomba. The price tag is much affordable, has simple user-friendly design and gives a battery time of 60 minutes which is similar to the 690 and 890.
But, this robot lacks HEPA filter, wifi-connectivity. That being said, for an inexpensive Roomba that cleans where it is put, this robot is a nice option.
Lower price tag
Wifi connectivity and voice control feature
Long 60-minute run time
No HEPA filter
Old bristle-style brush
Shark ION 750 vs. Roomba 690
We discussed several vacuums above but the best match for moderately priced vacuums is Shark Ion 750 vs Roomba 690. Both of these robots are wifi-enabled, can be controlled by app developed from each brand, and can run for 60-minutes.
The Shark Ion 750 comes with a HEPA filter to capture finer particulate. Whereas, the Roomba 690 comes with an AeroVac filter which is slightly less efficient than 750.
Prices for both of these robots are almost same but maintenance costs are:
Roomba 690 costs $32 a year for maintenance, while the Shark Ion 750 costs $115 a year.
The Shark Ion robots offer physical boundary strips known as “BotBoundaries” to restrict robots in specific areas. Similarly, the 750 model has a 9′ strip and two connectors allowing you to assemble it in different ways.
The Roomba 690 comes with an infrared virtual barrier, that uses light rays which are invisible for the human eye, but visible for the robot. This barrier allows you to cordon off 10′ area and can be turned on/off without having to move the barrier.
Fun part? Roomba 690 barrier can also be used in “Halo” mode to create a 4′ diameter zone for sensitive areas like the pet feeding area.
Shark ION 720 vs. Roomba 614
If you can sacrifice the wifi feature then the Shark ION 720 vs. Roomba 614 is another great comparison and less expensive than Ion 720 and Roomba 690.
Both vacuums navigate using infrared and have a central “Clean” button that allows easy start/stop cleaning cycles.
Let’s have a look at the differences of these both robots:
To be fair, both vacuums have a huge price difference, which doesn’t make the fight fair. But if you have deep pockets, Roomba should be your best companion compared to the Shark Ion 750.
The Shark ION 750 is self-sufficient in a sense that it has resume and recharge function, also you can perform scheduled cleanings but compare to the Roomba 980, this model still needs a little babysitting.
On the other hand, the Roomba 980 not only comes with Recharge & Resume plus scheduled cleanings but also Digital Cleaning Reports and Memory mapping.
These features combine makes the Roomba self-sufficient enough that you might forget about the vacuum due to fewer interactions.
You can use your smartphone for scheduled cleanings, Memory mapping helps the robot to remember the layout of your entire home and the Digital Cleaning Reports show you exactly where the Roomba was cleaning.
The Roomba 980 offers 120-minutes of run time which is way longer and twice of Ion 750 which is only 60-minutes.
Obviously, bells and whistles come at a price. With the added features, improved navigation and sheer power, the Roomba 980 is an expensive robot vacuum. So or superb performance, go Roomba 980. But for better value Ion 750 is ideal.
What to Buy? Shark ION Robot or Roomba?
It all boils down to do this decision, that which vacuum should you get?
Despite the wider selection of robot vacuums by Roomba, Shark Ion cannot be ignored.
Both of these brands manufacture quality robot vacuums but choosing the right one for yourself really depends on what you need.
So, to choose between Shark vs. Roomba, you need to answer these questions to yourself.
What is your budget?
For a moderate budget, these are the vacuums you should choose:
With the help of dirt detect, technology the Roomba 614 identifies the dirt particles using acoustic sensors and clean in those areas intensively.
The Roomba 614 uses iAdapt technology and advanced software to make sure the dirtier areas and normal areas of your floor are cleaned from every inch, including the hard-to-reach areas for humans like under furniture, and bed.
It is basically a multi-floor vacuum cleaner which can adjust itself when encounters different surfaces like hardwood, tile floors, linoleum floors and carpets as it moves through your home.
With the help of advanced software, it can avoid obstacles, move along walls, prevent falling down from stairs, drop-offs, and avoid tangles from loose cords while cleaning almost every inch of your home.
Once the cleaning finished, you don’t need to clean the brushes as the brush mechanism is designed in such a way to clean itself automatically. AeroVac Technology to get optimized airflow to pull off Roomba’s brushes and sends it to the AeroVac bin at the back. With a single tap of a button on the body of the robot, it activates and starts the cleaning session.
As mentioned earlier, the Roomba 614 robot vacuum cleaner can work on any surface either it’s hardwood floors, carpets, laminate, or rugs. It weighs around 7.9 lbs and stands 3.6 inches and can easily get under low-clearance furniture like beds, tables, and TV stands.
The impressive Lithium-Ion battery lasts for about 1 hour while cleaning every part of your home. When runs low on battery, it automatically returns back to the charging station and can also recharge between cleaning sessions.
It provides the stellar performance to pick up dirt and dust using its 3-stage cleaning system along with agitation, brushing, and suction.
Unboxing the package it brings the robot, 1 self-charging Home base, a Side brush, a brush cleaning tool, a beater brush, a filter, and an AeroVac.
This lowest-priced robot vacuum lacks the virtual wall, scheduling, and remote control which is justified by the price. It only has a clean button on the top which activates the robot. And when it runs out of juice, it can return to the home base automatically. It achieves longer battery life with the help of advanced software.
But that’s not all, iRobot vacuums are sophisticated robots, equipped with the latest technologies, sensors, and software which in combination work to clean your floor while avoiding obstacles.
As it has a low-clearance design, it can easily penetrate in tight spaces. It’s smart enough to handle fibers like pet hairs, carpet fuzz, cat litter, popcorns, pet fur.
Pet owners will love this vacuum as it has a larger dustbin which does not require frequent sessions of emptying, unlike other models.
This vacuum outperforms many upright vacuums, it utilizes the power of Dirt technology to tidy up dirty areas many times.
This excellent robot vacuum fits your lifestyle and cleans from room to room without requiring you to help it clean.
It’s pocket-friendly, lightweight, and cleans nicely, it’s a best-rated machine that gives true value for the money.
Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum Review & Ratings (Updated) lists features, functions, pros, cons, and other options of this vacuum cleaner to help you make a good decision.
Robot vacuums are little machines that crawl in your home to clean your floors without having you touch them.
Today, I will discuss the Roomba 652 review. I am going to explain who should buy this robotic vacuum and why? How much you are paying and what are you getting Plus what are the alternatives at the same price.
Let’s get started
Roomba 652 Review
The Roomba 652 is an affordable robot vacuum which is reliable and comes with programming ability.
Features of Roomba 652
The Roomba 652 is a pocket-friendly robot vacuum cleaner that lacks advanced features of high-end robots like Roomba 690, Room 960, Roomba 890, and Roomba 980.
The Roomba 652 has an activation button to start the robot, the ability to schedule a cleaning session on certain days and time. It shares similar features to Roomba 614 but not all. Roomba 652 gives 60 minutes of run time in a single charge.
It stands 3.6 inches high which makes it easy to clean under low-clearance furniture, bedding, cabinets, and other nooks and crannies. It weighs around 13 inches and has a 13-inch cleaning radius.
Unboxing the Roomba, the package contains the robot which is easy to use and partially charged. A charging dock with an adapter, an additional filter, the paltry one year warranty that is mostly with any robot vacuum, and a manual of information.
You will lose your warranty if you used any 3rd party replacement parts which resulted in damaging your robot. But the robot is reliable enough that you don’t need that warranty anyway.
What’s the difference between the Roomba 652, 614, and 690?
The prime difference between 652 and the 614 is that the Roomba 652 allows you to set program cleaning schedules directly from the vacuum. Whereas, the 614 works only when you press the power button and lacks programming schedules.
This major difference allows you to prefer 652 over 614 because you would want to set the vacuum to clean your home and floors while you are not home.
Similarly, both machines have the same prices, so you would end up buying the one that offers more features. The Roomba 652 is lightweight compared to 614, that allows you to carry the robot easily up and down stairs.
Compared to 690, the Roomba 652 is much more limited. The Roomba 690, along with the higher-end Roombas, allows you to connect the Robot with your smartphone using Wi-Fi network and allows you to control right from your phones as well as receive notifications related to the robot if it’s stuck, has cleaned or running low on battery. Whereas the Roomba 652 doesn’t get any of that. But if you ignore this high-end feature, then there’s nothing best than the Roomba 652. Because both will let you set cleaning schedules, which you won’t find in 614.
How well do the Roomba 652 clean carpets, hardwood floors, and pet hair?
This simplest robot vacuum does a respectable job when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors, laminate floors, and tile floors including low-pile carpets and area rugs. However, it will struggle on medium-pile and long-pile carpets (Neato Botvac Connected is the right option here).
That doesn’t make Roomba 652 useless as it will still get the reasonable job done, but you’ll also want to pair with something like a Miele Soft Carpet. Either way, throw anything at this robot and it will do its job.
With a pitiful start, robot vacuums have come so far with lots of improvements. Unlike older models, today’s robots do not fall from stairs and cliffs, do not hit straying objects or walls or chair legs.
Though the Roomba 652 is the cheapest robot vacuum, it never gets stuck, falls off stairs and ledges, or needs rescuing.
When running low on battery, it automatically returns to the dock and once charged, it returns back to the same spot where it left off.
If there are carpets or rugs lying in its way back to dock, it will move slowly compared to hardwood floors with a smooth surface. But if by chance it runs out of power and couldn’t find its way back to the charging base, you have to struggle for a few hours to set it back to work.
If you are a proud dog or cat owner, then you will be amazed how efficiently it picks up pet hairs, dander, fur, and other particles that come in its way. So when you have the golden retriever, German shepherds, or Labrador retrievers, the Roomba 652 is going to tackle your problems with pet hairs.
Why buy the Roomba 652?
The Roomba 652, is an easy to use robot vacuum which is an ideal choice for your professionals, middle-class families, and frugal individuals to enjoy automation, good cleaning, and new technology without paying a dime. Having a much lower price than Roomba 690, yet it gives the same cleaning power. Though 690 has a Wi-Fi feature for the price if you don’t need smartphone functionality or don’t want the app controlling, then no need to spend that extra money.
But if we compare it with 614, the Roomba 652 allows scheduled cleaning, better performance and less noise. The only problem is the one-year short warranty but that’s what almost every robot vacuum suffers from.
Getting a Best Cordless Vacuums For Pet Hairis way better than any traditional corded vacuum.
It’s always better to have the right tool for any given job, isn’t it? Sure you can run your normal vacuum cleaner over pet hairs a half dozen times and hope it finally picks it up or you can use one of our recommendations for the best cordless vacuums for pet hair and get the job done the first time.
Vacuums are the best way to clean the dirt whether it is in your home or it is in your car or anywhere else. But not all vacuums are made for the same job. There are pet vacuums and car vacuums that are also available from the best brands in the market. There are different kinds of vacuums that are available in the market either they are wireless, rechargeable, handheld, animal vacuum, portable, battery charged, and others.
You should always opt for the one that fits your requirements but now we will take yours through some of the top-rated choices of the pet vacuums. These vacuums will be judged on the basis of their performance, price, and other features before we jump on to any vacuum reviews. Some of the highest-rated and best-value cord free vacuum cleaners are listed below.
Best Cordless Vacuums For Pet Hair 2020
See these Best Cordless Vacuums For Pet Hair 2020 to pick the top one.
1# Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
The first vacuum cleaner that we will be talking about is the Hoover Linx Cordless stick vacuum cleaner that has some really good features that too at an affordable price. This particular cleaner has lithium-ion batteries that can be changed at any time thus changed at any time. as the batteries are interchangeable thus the vacuum cleaner can be used at any time to clean any mess.
Another key feature of the Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum cleaner is that it has the capacity to clean the dirt that is deeply embedded. This is done with the help of the Wind Tunnel Technology that is present in the vacuum thus making it one of the great models in the stick vacuum cleaner department. People often find it difficult to clean dirt from under the furniture but with the help of the recline handle present in the Hoover Linx, you can now easily clear all the dirt without having the need to move any furniture, an edge it has as compared to wired vacuums.
You can clear all the dirt in all the corners of your house or car and Hoover Linx will do it for you. This is why it is one of the top five cordless stick vacuums. All the edges can be cleaned with the help of edge cleaning bristles as the fuel gauge lets you determine the remaining battery life of this particular vacuum cleaner.
Another cool feature that the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner has it is that it can easily transition from cleaning one-floor type to another flooring type. Thus it is a multi-floor cleaning cleaner. It can clean carpets and floors for you as well as it can also be used for hardwood floors. There is also a bottom release dirt cap through which you can put all the dirt directly into the dustbin. Another reason why this low-cost vacuum can make it to your list of best budget buys. The battery-operated vacuum cleaner has a warranty of 2 years.
Compared to other lightweight vacuum cleaners, this particular cleaner is inexpensive and is ideal for home use. The biggest edge it has is the price on which this is being offered, which is surely a surprise to many and is the best option to go for.
2# Hoover Air Cordless Bagless Handheld Vacuum BH52160PC
The best thing that we can talk about the Hoover Air Cordless Bagless Vacuum is the lightweight nature of this vacuum as it weighs only about 4 pounds which is one of the lightest. The main advantage of having a lightweight vacuum is that you can easily pick it up and use it to clean almost every edge of your house or your car or anywhere else. As it is smaller in size, it also makes cleaning a lot easier as it can be put through anywhere. This mini bagless vacuum makes cleaning a lot more fun.
The Hoover Cordless Bagless handheld vacuum also has a strong lithium-ion battery that gives a powerful performance without any problems. In order to make the battery life of the vacuum, there is also the fade-free technology that gives out fade-free power to the handheld vacuum throughout the life of the battery of Hoover Air Cordless, another reason why it is one of the best hand vacuum right now.
There is also a powered turbo installed in this vacuum cleaner which helps in picking up all the hairs from the furniture and stair which can often be neglected by other vacuums. Further, the life of this vacuum can be increased with the help of cleaning the Reusable Easy Rinse Filter under running water only. By doing so you get an increased life of the vacuum which makes it an upright vacuum cleaner in the price range it is available.
The best thing about this particular vacuum is that you can easily use your hands to pick it up as it weighs so less. Thus cleaning furniture or sofas is a lot easier as you can use your hands to take the vacuum to the edges to clean all the dirt embedded. It may not be the most powerful vacuums but it surely gets the job done for you without having any concerns or issues.
The Hoover Air Cordless Bagless Handheld vacuum may be the thing that you need the most if you are tired of carrying your vacuum around. This handheld vacuum will do most of your job without any issues and can clean the dirt from all the edges.
Not only do we require vacuums to clean our houses or cars from the dirt, but we also need vacuums so that we can clear all the pet hair that is around due to the presence of pet animals. There are quite a few vacuums that pickup dog hair but the question is what is the best cordless vacuum for pet hair? And the answer to this question is the Dyson V6 anima cordless vacuum.
This particular cleaner has 150% more brush power with cord-free and hassle-free operations which make it the perfect choice for people. The best thing is that the battery power of the vacuum cleaner is only used at the time of cleaning rest it is not used. The Dyson V6 animal cordless cleaner also has an option of Direct-drive cleaner through which you can remove embedded dust from the carpets with the help of bristle drives.
The handheld pet vacuum cleaner is also used to clean pet hair in the house or car or anywhere. The motorized brush installed helps to remove pet hair from the ground or the floor. The power fade-free suction has a runtime of 20 minutes with no chords and no hassle making it easier to use. The stick vacuum serves as a sweeper cleaning everything that comes in its way. This is one of the most common types of animal cordless vacuum cleaner and is not expensive at all as well.
If you are looking out for pet hair removing vacuum that too under $300, then this Dyson product may be the answer to your call as you can get almost everything out of it.
Mini motorized tool
Powerful fade-free suction
Floor to ceiling cleaning
Low battery time
4# Dyson V6 Top Dog Hand Vacuum
This particular handheld vacuum is the strongest dustbuster for pets. It has a digital motor along with suction power with the maximum power of 100 AW. There are more than 15 cyclones in it that work together to increase the airflow in it and capture more dust so that they can throw it in the dustbin. Another added feature of this particular Dyson V6 is the cleaning upholstery with the help of a mini-motorized tool.
This particular tool helps to pick up all the pet hair from the floor or ground along with the debris of dirt from the car or any other surfaces that one may find. It can be used as a couch vacuum or it can be used as a stand-up vacuum or can be used to clean the dirt high up on the wall. There is another nice list of features that this particular product has like Dyson engineered tools for pet owners who can use this to clean their pets.
There is powerful suction of up to 20 minutes which means that the battery power will be used only while vacuuming and the electric vacuum can be used on alternate power. This particular vacuum is not cheap price tag product.
The higher price tag of the small vacuum suggests that it is powerful but with performance comes a higher price. You can also check for sales on this model or explore alternate options if budget is a concern.
Robot vacuums have made our life comfortable but it can be costly. Well, today we will be talking about the Neato Botvac Connected which costs under $700 where there are still more expensive bots like iRobot Roomba 980, making a tough decision for you either you should spend this much or not.
That said, the Neato Botvac Connected has several similarities with Roomba 980: Wi-Fi feature, app control with a smartphone, mapping systems, easy to use, and, most importantly, both take care of your household vacuuming chores for you.
The Neato Botvac Connected is a bit bigger in size than Roomba 980 but provides real value for the money.
The D shape of the Neato allows it to get into corners better. The curved back end houses an exhaust vent and two metal strips which are typically used to charge the robot while it’s docked on its station. It measures 3.9 by 12.7 by 13.2 (HWD) inches, which is a bit taller than the Roomba 980 (3.6 inches), which don’t let the bot get under the TV stands or couches.
The front chassis contains a handle allowing you to pick the robot up and move it from room to room. Furthermore, at the top, there’s a 1.7-by-1.7-inch LCD panel, Spot Clean button, four programming buttons, and a large Home button.
The LCD houses valuable information, including various indicators for battery life, Wi-Fi status, schedule set, and cleaning mode (Turbo for powerful suction, Eco for quieter cleaning).
The Home and Spot Clean buttons also indicate either the battery is full or not. There are several programmable buttons on the side of LCD which is home to different settings allowing you to do everything without using the app.
Flip over the robot and you will find a spinning side brush, a single 10.9-inch brush/blade combo roller, two main wheels that drive the robot, and a drop sensor that prevents the bot from falling down from stairs.
Furthermore, you will find an extra filter, and a blade roller in the box, an 80-inch boundary marker, which is basically magnetic tape which allows you to create custom borders for your desired place. It lacks a remote control, but the smartphone is enough.
The Neato Botvac comes with a 4,200mAh lithium-ion battery which lasts for 90 minutes while used with Turbo mode and lasts for 120 minutes in Eco mode. When runs low on battery it returns back to its docking station but takes 180 minutes to full charge.
The Neato Botvac Connected uses laser guidance to map out a floor plan for your entire home. When the robot is sitting on the dock, either press the Home button or use the smartphone app, the vacuum will scan the environment and then work in straight lines, moving along the perimeter of the room before it moves inward.
Connecting the robot with a mobile can be challenging in the beginning. The smartphone app which is available on the Google Play or Apple App Store is compatible with both operating systems.
After unboxing, put the vacuum on the docking station and make sure it’s connected and charging. Now follow the app’s instructions to establish the Wi-Fi network.
Make sure when you are connecting with Wi-Fi network, the Bluetooth and Location settings are off. Those settings shouldn’t make a difference in connecting to the robot.
The app is simple and easy to use. The main screen is the home of the potential fleet of vacuum ‘bots, and a + icon is used to connect new ones.
However, you will only see one vacuum on the list designated by a swatch with the vacuum’s name, status, battery life, and an icon located at the top left corner which houses all the access settings.
To move to the next screen tap anywhere on the screen, where you can press a big Play icon which is used to turn the vacuum on. To choose the cleaning modes, tap the gear icon located at the upper right corner and pick either Eco or Turbo mode.
To access more cleaning modes, tap the bottom of the app and a page will be opened showing you the default Clean House that maps every room of your house; Clean Spot, that works on specific areas; and Manual Clean, which allows you to deploy the bot where you want.
To activate the robot, press the Play icons as mentioned earlier or push the Home button located on the robot. But before, make sure the way is clear from small items like shoes, socks, and toys; to avoid the vacuum tripping or getting them dragged around.
By default the robot works in default house cleaning mode, moving in parallel lines and never leaves the area until the job gets done. You can the vacuum to concentrate on a specific area for deep cleaning using the Spot Clean mode.
With its impressive battery life of 90 minutes, it can clean bathroom, bedroom, dining area, entrance hall and a living area. From big clumps of dust to unseen dust and dirt particles it can pick up almost anything from the hardwood or other floors.
If you have cat food pellet spilled on your floors, the Neato will take care of that too. For noise, the Botvac is much quieter compared to Roomba 980. Though it is noisy but feels only when you are too close.
Robot vacuums having Wi-Fi features are more expensive than others. But the Neato Botvac brings these features but cuts the price way down from the Roomba 980 with similar features but higher price.
Overall, Neato Botvac Connected is an expensive but powerful robot vacuum that you can control using a smartphone and enjoy the stellar performance.
Let’s get to the nitty-gritty of Bissell BigGreen BG1006 Review.
Advantages of Bissell Big Green, Model BG1006
This backpack vacuum has a large six-quart capacity to hold a large amount of dust, debris, dirt particles and crumbs.
It weighs around ten pounds when it’s empty and the adjustable strap and waist belt shifts weight on the entire body making it lightweight and comfortable.
The BigGreen features a HEPA filter to provide air filtration while cleaning. But the replacement filters will cost you around $15 for six either you buy it online or order through the manufacturer.
This bagged vacuum brings one bag to capture dust and stains inside it.
The plastic hose plus metal wand makes it as versatile as a nimble upright vacuum cleaner while enabling spot cleaning.
The biggest advantage of this vacuum is the provision of eight variety of accessories (tools) including crevice cleaning tools, upholstery heads, floor cleaning head and dusting.
As far as the price is concerned it’s not that expensive. But the prices are constantly changing and you have to Shop Now at Amazon.com yourself.
Another cool feature is the extension wand to clean up high and sucking up gum off the ceiling. Most of the time you can do the dusting with the good four feet long without any extension.
The narrow profile makes it easier for the consumers to move around the house while wearing this backpack vacuum cleaner. You can carry the vacuum for a long time without feeling strains, thanks to the shoulder belts and waist belt.
And I am not stopping here…
You can maneuver through several rooms while wearing this vacuum without changing the power outlets because this vacuum features a 50-foot ultra-long power cord to cover large spaces.
This vacuum will shut down automatically when it detects the dirt bin is full. Emptying the dirt bin is easy with a twist-off lid. So chances of messes or accidents are automatically reduced.
Except for other dirt particles, this vacuum with powerful suction sucks up all the pet hairs from your hardwood, tile or vinyl floors with its 120 CFM airflow. And the crush-proof hose rarely clogs due to it’s wide diameter.
This commercial vacuum unit comes with a standard one year warranty and offers excellent service when the unit is sent back under warranty.
The design of this vacuum doesn’t contribute to static electricity generation. But overall, the build is strong that makes this vacuum perfect for commercial use.
Disadvantages of Bissell Big Green BG1006
You can turn on and off the vacuum using the power switch without having to take the vacuum off. But sometimes this convenient location gets hit by accident while using the vacuum turning it off in return.
The shoulder straps are not that strong but get the job done.
It’s broad fifteen-inch head is capable to clean thick carpets and pick up heavy debris like pebbles and pet fur without getting clogged. The power nozzle connects electrically to the switch box on the back. The powered vacuum head itself connects to the lower wand. You can hang the vacuum on a wall mounted storage rack while not using.
Where everyone cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars on high-end robot vacuums like Neato or Dyson 360 eye, But iRobot has changed the wind of expensive models and have introduced this affordable and entry-level Roomba 690 that offers a lot of value for about half the price.
Though it’s not affordable as Eufy RoboVac 11 it offers advanced features like Wi-Fi connectivity, app control, and voice commands via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. After Eufy if there’s any robotic cleaner we can recommend is Roomba 690.
This iRobot Roomba 690 review covers everything from design, features, and performance to Pros and Cons.
The Roomba 690 comes in a black-silver body and a circular shape with 13.0-inches in diameter and 3.7-inches tall. That’s just about the same size as the Bissell SmartClean 1974 with 3.4-inches height. The shortest of all robots is Eufy Robovac 11, which is 3.0 inches taller.
That said, the Roomba 690 won’t be able to get under low-profile furniture, but can manage to clean under most furniture except couches and cabinets.
It weighs about 7.4 pounds, where SmartClean and Robovac are much lighter respectively.
At the top, there’s a large silver Clean button that is used to start, pause, and end sessions. Below this button, there’s a home icon that is used to returns the machine back to the charging station or docking stand. Above it is a spot cleaning icon and above that a backlit panel which indicates the battery level, Wi-Fi connection, and errors.
The front bumper contains RCON sensor and at the back, there’s a removable dustbin. Flip over the bot and you will see a side brush, charging contacts, two roller brushes, two main wheels, and cliff sensors.
But that’s not all, the Roomba 690 brings it’s charging dock and a dual-model virtual wall beacon. The virtual wall requires two AAA batteries to run, included in the box. This virtual wall is way smaller but intuitive than BobSweep’s big block.
It’s a slim, squarish tower that contains a toggle switch at the back allowing you to shift between two modes.
If you slide it up, a 10-foot digital barrier begins stopping the vacuum from the spaces of room you don’t want the vacuum to cover.
If you slide it down, then a circular “halo” barrier is created of four-foot diameter which is perfect for pet owners and can be placed near pet’s food and water bowls to mark the area as No-Go for the bot to avoid bumps with these objects.
There’s nothing difficult in getting the bot ready. Once you’ve plugged in the dock, just flip over the vacuum and pull out the yellow plastic table sticking out from the battery.
Then leave it to get it fully charge-about three hours.
The only thing you need to do is get the app from Apple App store or Google Play and keep following the on-screen prompts to create an account and pair the bot with Wi-Fi but with the 2.4GHz band, not the 5GHz band.
This streamlined app has one button on the main screen: Clean. This button activates the machine even if you are not on the same Wi-Fi network.
In the top right corner of the app, you can check the battery life. At the bottom there are three menus: Lifetime performance Log (records of all cleanings including duration, sessions, and number of jobs Plus how many times it turned on the DirtDetect feature), Weekly schedule (allows you to schedule cleanings on certain days and time), and More (A button to find where to Roomba is at the current time, FAQs, videos, manuals and settings) .
In the app, there’s a connected Home menu select it and then pick any device to enable voice control. Most common are Amazon Voice Alexa commands and Amazon Echo Dot.
In this simple process, you need to open the Amazon Alexa app, go to the skill menu, select iRobot home, and press the enable button.
Soon after you press, you can start or stop the Roomba or sent it back to its dock, ask for updates, and ask the bot where it is, all through Alexa device.
Voice commands are very simple and work very well. But there can be a trouble for commands out of order.
The iRobot Roomba 690 is powerful enough that it can suck up dust, pet hairs, dirt on any floor except area rugs (struggles getting on top of the low-pile rug).
The bot sends notifications on the app saying that the Roomba got stuck by a cliff.
But sometimes issues are raised by dark flooring as the infrared sensors do not work on dark flooring, So if you have Georgia O’Keefe-inspired geometric patterns rug the bot is going to struggle.
Sometimes the cliff sensors of the bot can confuse dark colors with an edge or stair. Except for changing the location to clean, they’re not other solution. But this problem is not only with this machine, but many popular vacuums like Bobsweep PetHair and Bissell SmartClean also suffer from this.
But the best-selling Eufy Robovac 11 can safely trawl near the cables without tangling, that’s not the case with Roomba. Roomba won’t hesitate to eat the charging cords coming its way. With this problem you won’t even receive a notification, so better remove the cables from the way.
Furthermore, the bot might push objects around like stray shoes or shopping bags and end up in different rooms taking them along for a ride. Though the virtual wall helps cordon off specific areas, but do your homework to clear the floor.
If we compare the battery with expensive models like Dyson 360 Eye, Roomba lasts much longer being cheaper by providing juice for 70 minutes allowing you to clean living room, kitchen, hallway or other parts of your room.
But it hits a snag when it comes to the docking station. It struggles to return back to the home. While you can tell the bot to return to the dock in three ways: smartphone app, with Alexa or through the button on the bot itself.
And if you do not guide it will end up going in circles or bumping into walls looking for a home.
Similarly, app-based steering controls are also slightly disappointing. Instead of giving it a hand and pushing it in the right direction, you could just steer it using the app to get to the dock.
Another drawback that draws our attention is the noise. While the vacuum is running around you won’t be able to take phone calls. In a nutshell, it’s louder than many traditional standing vacuums.
Overall, iRobot Roomba 690 offer good suction power, Wi-Fi connectivity, voice control abilities, easy to use app makes it an ideal robot vacuum under $400 that contains similar features to these expensive models like Roomba 890, 960, and 980. But these bots have stronger navigation skills and carpeting cleaning. But if you are not looking forward to app and voice control then the best choice is Eufy Robovac 11 that’s half the price of Roomba 690 Plus the quietest vacuum that works on dark flooring.
Overall, iRobot Roomba 690 is an affordable vacuum that offers lots of functionality and can also be controlled through smartphone or voice commands.
App for controlling
Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands
In the line of robot vacuums where there are iRobot, Neato Robotics and other brands Shark is also in the business of making robot vacuums.
That said, Shark Ion Robot 750 comes in the top three robots by Shark. Leaving aside the price factor, this bot is a nimble navigator with a nice app.
Shark Ion Robot 750 Review
This machine has a circular shape and black-and-grey finish line that resonates with Roomba. It has a 12.6-inch diameter and 2.6-inch height that’s even smaller than Roomba 960 we tested and allows the vacuum to penetrate into difficult to reach areas like under furniture, sofas, couches or bed.
The dust bin is located at the rare side that slides out with the press of a button. You can also see a single roller brush and a pair of spinning side brushes at the very bottom.
There are control buttons located at the top of the vacuum: one initiates a general cleaning, one for spot cleaning, one sends it back to it’s the docking station for recharging. You can control the machine with voice commands using Amazon Alexa and Google Home, or through a smartphone app for iOs and Android. Also, it doesn’t bring remote control.
It’s easy to set up. Just turn on the bot, settle it in it’s charging dock and using the connect the app with robot vac using the instructions in the app over your Wi-FI. You can easily notice a big clean button on the home screen of the application that allows the bot to start cleaning or set dates and times to start cleaning automatically on certain schedules.
You can also get everything from cleaning time to a number of cleaning cycles in the History tab when the cleaning is finished.
Though it lacks sophisticated mapping navigation it features an array of infrared sensors to get along. Inevitably, this type of navigation results in the haphazard cleaning path because the machine will face bumps into furniture and walls to find a clear path or changing directions.
The bot has a pretty random cleaning pattern. It can take more time downstairs. The impressive battery life gives the juice for more than an hour with a single charge. You can locate the machine or call it back with Find My Bot button by sending an alert beep, either the bot is in the bathroom or closet it will head back responding to the alert you send.
Sometimes it would repeat a circuitous route through the kitchen and entryway avoiding the living room. It would end up relocating physically to whatever area it was ignoring in order to provide a complete cleaning.
In the case of Shark Ion Robot vacuum, the chances of bumps in furniture and walls are very rare. It approaches these slowly and backs off immediately upon detecting the obstacle, so there no scuffing to your baseboards or chair legs bumping. Its low profile allows it to penetrate almost anywhere.
It not only eliminates furniture bumps but avoids tangles of electrical cords, shoes, and other stray objects lying around. Instead of virtual boundaries, you can use the magnetic tape to mark the area as a boundary to block off specific areas in your house. We also heard few reports of getting between the lips of carpeting and hard floor and requires a nudge to move.
Cleaning performance is exceptional. It efficiently picks up pet hairs of your four-legged family members. However, it might repeat cleaning over a patch of floor leaving behind food crumbs, scraps of paper littering it. It also lacks turbo mode to manually kick up the suction in difficult situations. You also may notice some debris left behind after cleaning sessions.
Overall, it’s the simplest bot to use and app controls are so user-friendly, that that’s not needed of tutorials to learn how to use it. Similarly, Google Home and Amazon Alexa integration are an unexpected treat at this price point. It efficiently avoids bumps with its random cleaning pattern. It’s worth investing in this machine while there’s a strong competitor Eufy RoboVac 11 alongside at the same price point making itself a strong competitor in terms of budget and performance.
We hope this Shark Ion Robot Vacuum Review helps you buying your favorite vacuum.
This Shark Ion Robot 750 Review ( Updated ) explains features, functions, pros, cons and other options of this vacuum cleaner to make sure you spend your money on good thing.
iRobot’s Braava 320 is a highly simple robot which is floor sweeper and mop at the same time. Instead of virtual walls, it utilizes floor-cleaning technology-namely Swiffer dry and wet cleaners several NorthStar Navigation Cubes which make sure where it has already cleaned and where to clean.
The Braava 320 is 10-inch-wide and 3-inch tall and weighs around 4 pounds which keeps the pads pressed against the floor surface. There are three buttons on the vacuum: Power, Sweep, and Mop. You’ll see a power jack on the side, a handle on the back and a removable pad holder at the bottom.
These pads have two sets of rubber teeth to tightly hold wet & Dry cleaning pads and these pads are held on their place with the help of magnets.
The Braava 320 performs very well on the hardwood floor, first it does sweeping and then it does mopping but uses a slightly different approach; it does sweeping with forwarding motion, while mopping in a back-and-forth ‘Y’ pattern.
I turned on the Robot in a room and watched it run around. I included a microfiber pad around the room for a while and then left the room closing the door behind me. Within 30 minutes, it had finished and was stopped in the exact spot from where it started. This is a great set-and-forget feature of robot vacuum cleaners.
After this process, the cleaning pas was dirty and dusty, but it’s machine washable so it’s environmentally friendly.
Before doing wet mopping, you will want to perform a dry sweep. The Braava will struggle with raised flooring as well as carpets and rugs, but the NorthStar system with GPS helps the robot identify its exact location.
Each NorthStar cube or beacon blinks the lights on the ceiling. The sensor with the help fo these lights identify its location and direction. You can set extra beacons to allows the vacuum to travel further, in different areas of your house. Beacons are not required as the bot can work without them, but only in smaller spaces.
The does wonderful mopping but leaves some spots untouched. Here, the more powerful and expensive Scooba 450 gets the job done.
Finally, the Braava 320 is user-friendly, effective mop and broom for light-duty-to-average messes and put the cleaning consumables in work that are already in your home.
Overall, iRobot Braava 320 is an excellent choice which delivers effective mopping and intelligent cleaning for the time-pressed homeowner or apartment-dweller sick of a manual chore.
Robot vacuums have become popular but few are still expensive that you can afford only if you have deep pockets to take advantage of their time-saving abilities.
Today, we will discuss the Neato XV Signature Pro, this moderately priced robot vacuum pretty much does the same job with similar features to some of the high-end robots like Roomba 880 (under $900) or Dyson 360 Eye (Under one grand), Plus picks up everything you throw at it.
It’s relatively easy to use, but it’s laser-guided mapping system allows the robot to clean around your home efficiently by avoiding obstacles. Bear with it, it’s not quiet, and you’ll have to keep the brushes free of tangles and build-up, specifically when you are a pet owner. But these minor concerns cannot degrade the overall performance of Neato XV Signature as it provides real bang for the buck.
It resembles in design with XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner. Instead of the usual garish purple, orange, and grey finish, Neato ultimately used black and grey design.
This robot vacuum weighs around 8.2 pounds and measures around 3.7 by 12.7 by 12.5 inches (HWD), though it’s big but comes with a built-in handle on the top of the chassis making it portable enough to move easily from one room to another.
The XV Signature contains a removable dirt bin at the top and filter assembly which is capable to store three-quarters of a quart of debris, laser-guided Vision System, a 1.7-by-1.7-inch LCD panel, a large Start Button, and four programming buttons (discussed below in details).
The laser guidance allows the vacuum to map the complete floor plan to provide excellent cleaning based on the furniture placement, doorways, walls, and different floor types etc.
For the first time, when you hit the press button, it undocks itself from the docking station and scans the entire room before it begins cleaning. It repeats this every time you start a cleaning session and will continue to traverse through rooms as long as the path is clear.
It usually cleans the perimeter of the room, and, working in straight lines, moves on the interior section.
The signature pro doesn’t have the puck-shape, Instead has a straight front-end bumper which moves the robot away from obstacles and furniture.
Whereas, the curved back is helpful to penetrate into tight spaces. On the edges, there is an exhaust vent and two metal strips which makes the connection with the dock to charge the robot, when the bot returns back.
The charging base measure around 5 by 13 by 2.2 inches (HWD) and resembles with the finish of the vacuum. Similarly, it has an AC power cord that is hard-wired into it, a release button that can be used for the backend panel, a pair of metal charging strips to connect with the vacuum’s strips.
A curved LED indicator located near the Start button gives a glance at the status of the vacuum. A solid green light indicates the battery is full, however, the pulsing green light indicates it’s charging. A pulsing amber light tells that vacuum is not in a condition to be used, and a solid amber light shows different types of errors, like a dustbin, is full, drop sensors need cleaning, the brush is jammed or the bumper is stuck. In all of these situations, the LED screen will blink.
Flip over the robot and you will see two smaller stabilizer wheels, drop sensors at both sides to avoid falling down the stairs, two battery components that house rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, a combo roller blade/brush of 9.2-inches, and two main drive wheels.
It takes about 180 minutes to recharge and if runs low on battery during the session it returns automatically to the docking station, recharge, and returns to the exact spot where it left off to resume cleaning.
The box contains, a one-inch wide magnetic strip to restrict the entrance of the robot in specific areas, an extra blade roller, an 80-inch long boundary marker, an extra filter and a quick start guide.
You can cut the strip with scissors and create custom borders anytime, anywhere in your home. Unlike the Roomba 790, it lacks wireless remote, which means you can remotely activate the robot, create cleaning schedules, or move the bot from one room to the other.
The XV Signature is very handy. It only requires the push of a button to start cleaning, when it’s charged. If you want to vacuum to get the job done quickly better remove the obstacles like shoes or toys from its way.
The vacuum runs in full cleaning mode by default, but you can use the Spot Clean mode to do a smaller area of around 4 by 6 feet.
You can choose the language, set the internal clock, and program the vacuum on schedule on certain days and times. The XV Signature pro can efficiently remove large and small clumps of pet hairs, pick up scattered cat litter, rice, backyard dirt, shards of the broken glass, small scraps of paper.
But it will struggle with the big particles stuck in the shag carpets, but eventually ends up sucking them. It’s prone to get tangled with the cords and requires untangling sessions.
The time it takes to clean your home or rooms totally depends on the layout and settings of your furniture. It can move fast on hardwood or tiles floor. Getting into the tighter spaces can be difficult so better spend on a cordless handheld vacuum to manage with tight spaces.
The drop sensors are efficient enough that they will detect the stairs preventing the bot from falling down. It can move smoothly around the legs of chairs or tablets, thanks to the laser navigation.
For noise, it’s relatively quiet, but you will notice the bot gets significantly louder as it cleans. But it’s hardly noticeable if you are watching TV around in the same room. You would barely listen to the vacuum, but sometimes you will feel you need to raise a few points of volume on your TV.
Finally, the Neato Botvac Signature XV is a powerful robot vacuum that does an outstanding job of picking up every straying hair, dirt, debris and backyard soil. The laser-guided mapping makes allows the vacuum to move efficiently around the corners of your home, tables or chairs. The scheduling features let you program it to clean for certain days and time. But it lacks remote control and brushless cleaning like the Roomba.
Overall, the Neato XV Signature Pro is a moderately priced robot vacuum that offers excellent navigation using the laser guidance and effectively cleans every square inch of your home.
There are a number of robot vacuums under $300, even some good options like iLife A4s under $200. Then what’s the point of spending under $500 on Neato Botvac D4 connected?
That said, this robot vacuum offers some features which are not available in budget-friendly robot vacuum cleaners like personalized cleaning maps, app control, laser navigation, robust scheduling, virtual boundaries, smart home integration through IFTTT, smart charging, powerful suction, voice assistant compatibility using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The D shape of D4 connected allows the vacuum to clean near the walls efficiently. The top is made of black stubble textured finish, it measures in at 3.9 by 13.2 by 12.6 inches (HWD) and weighs around 7.4 pounds.
It’s bit taller and due to the raised turret which contains laser technology, it’s not capable to get under low-clearance furniture. But the excellent navigation system makes it a fair trade.
There’s a start button near the front bumper and two indicator lights. One light shows Wi-Fi connectivity, other shows battery life. In the center, there’s a top-loading dirt bin. It’s easy to remove and empty compared to connected D5 but has a small capacity of 0.7 litres.
At the bottom of the vacuum, you will find swivel wheels, two main threads, charging contacts, wide combo roller brush. For the accessories, there’s an extra filter, spare combo brush, and a charging dock.
Setup and App
The Neato Botvac D4 is ready to use right out of the box. When you receive the box, you have to download the Neato app for Android or iOS, create an account and keep following the wizards to establish a connection with Wi-Fi. Make sure you have a 2.4GHz connection as it won’t work on 5GHz connection.
Furthermore, it’s very easy to hook the vacuum into the voice assistant. Using the Google Home app or Amazon Alexa enable the Neato skill, then link your accounts. Now you can issue commands to start or pause the vacuum, or to check the battery life.
Similarly, you can integrate the vacuum with If This Then That (IFTTT) applets; after this, you can set it to clean right after you leave the house. Neato offers an app for Apple Watch allowing you to control the robot through the wrist.
The mobile app is simple and easy to use. There are several buttons on the home screen to switch between cleaning modes, check battery life, view cleaning maps/statistics, start cleaning. Similarly, at the top left the corner, a three-bar icon houses options for scheduling, floor plans for virtual boundary lines.
The cleaning maps are pretty straightforward. It sketches a complete floor plan of your house, and the blue lines indicate the areas where the robot has been. The red line with a D-shaped dot shows successful docking. Similarly, a yellow icon indicates when it ran out of battery.
In addition, you can see the date and time of cleanings, the total area covered by the robot, and the total time it took to clean.
The D4 supports Neato’s No-Go boundary lines, they are also available in D7. Once the bot passes an initial exploratory clean by creating the aforementioned map, you can draw red lines to cordon off the areas where the vacuum is not allowed to go.
That said, this robot is intelligent enough to avoid obstacles, desk chairs, and tangled power cords. It can handle the mess of power cords, different floor types, the treads helped the D4 crawl over carpeting, vinyl, and raised edge with minimal effort.
With the help of laser navigation, it can clean precisely in a methodical pattern. The bumps against walls or furniture are rare but gentle enough that it won’t leave scuffs. But to avoid these minor bumps you can use Extra Care navigation feature if you are curious about your antiques or delicate pieces you don’t want to be damaged.
It offers impressive suction power that sucks up every straying pet hair, dust, and other dirt particles. Though the dustbin is small it can provide space to clean up a very large area.
Here’s the best part…
You also receive a push notification when the dirt/dust bin is full, so you can empty it before you put it back out to finish the work.
The battery life is not that impressive but a mid-range.
In a single charge, it lasts for about 75 minutes and can clean about 875 square feet. It also features a Quick Boost charging feature that allows the vacuum to return to its base when runs low on battery and after refill, again starts where it left and finish cleaning and repeats this process twice in a session. For large or small homes it’s a perfect choice.
As for noise, this vacuum is on louder and you won’t be able to listen to your TV shows while the vacuum is operating around and you will end up raising the volume of your TV or stereo to mask the noise.
This vacuum offers top-notch features like laser navigation, virtual boundary lines, voice commands and cleaning maps for a relatively moderate price. But mobile app and voice assistant compatibility have become common in less-expensive vacuums like Ecovacs Deebot N79S.
But D4 connected still wins the game with it’s higher-quality build, virtual walls, cleaning maps and better app. These are the features that you will most probably find in more expensive high-end models.
This truly applies to the robot vacuum. The perfect example is the iRobot Roomba 770 Robot vacuum cleaner, which is smarter and powerful that you barely need to touch the robot to get the work done.
This latest robot vacuum is the ideal replacement of your traditional, hand-powered vacuum. It can clean dirty places like breeze.
Though this cleaning robot has a lot of upgrades over the time. But it still gives similar performance to some of its cousins. This simple robot model does not have attractive silver detailing like the Roomba 780 but still manages to get good looks.
The Roomba 770 weighs around 8.4 pounds and has 3.6 inches height. With the passage of time, it has grown powerful but louder. It does not have the problem of getting the dirt and hair into the gearbox making the robot unusable.
The latest model comes with seals to the gearbox and many other improvements. It’s very handy to detach brushes, squeegees, and filters, and the Roomba 770 brings a number of cleaning devices to remove hair from the brushes.
The 770 comes with a removable dustbin having a reasonable capacity to retain dirt and debris and other particles.
The Roomba 770 uses Dirt Detection system to fight against dirty carpets, tile, and hardwood floors.
For the movements, it uses a good cleaning algorithm making it’s cleaning paths haphazard. The algorithm works in contact with the variety of sensors to establish a better path. Now the Roomba 770 not only hears the dirt with its acoustic sensors but can see them with its optical sensors.
Other than it’s normal cleaning mode, the Roomba 770 when it detects a particularly grimy spot, starts to move aggressively back and forth which is called Persistent Path cleaning.
One high-end robot vacuum Neato works in this way with its systematic approach moves back and forth for cleaning.
Unlike the traditional vacuum, the Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner uses beacons and Swiffer pads to catch up dust and debris on the surface. It works similarly to the Swiffer floor broom.
Roomba can virtually manage any size of rooms and homes, except going up and down steps. The docking station the comes with the robot is the base for the robot. When the vacuum runs low on the battery it returns back to the charging base to refill the battery. This user-replaceable battery costs you $50 to $70.
Though the Roomba comes with a remote control you can do all the things from the on-board controls that you can do with the remote. The only benefit of the remote is to do setting while sitting on the couch or sofa.
The interface and controls are very simple. A large Clean button located at the center of all the buttons, blue LED interface, and other buttons to control the robot.
Roomba deals with dirt efficiently. Scheduling helps you program the robot to clean when you want it to.
Similarly, the anti-tangle technology avoids the robot getting stuck on rug tassels as well as other cords coming in its way.
It can detect the objects and stairs flawlessly, but you have the option to use Virtual walls.
While cleaning the floors, it still leaves dirt or dust particles scattered around. It’s a bit slower but it’s automatic.
As far as the price is concerned, the Roomba 770 is expensive, at the same price you can get Roomba 530 which looks similar, gives the same performance, features but much less in price. But it lacks HEPA filter and cannot move from room to room.
Overall, Roomba 770 is an effective robot vacuum that gives an efficient performance without breaking your bank.
Homeowners know the advantage of using a cordless stick vacuum cleaner. Today we will discuss Dyson V10 Review to help you know if it’s a suitable vacuum cleaner for you.
So let’s get started.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Review
Dyson is a popular household product maker and is best known for some awesome vacuums. Speaking of their vacuums Dyson has their technology in which the digital motor is placed at the center of the machine and is connected with a clear canister that allows various attachments, that same design has prevailed ever since. The only change we have noticed is in the design and blueprint. Each time they redesign the model with some change and do some incremental improvements.
The new Dyson V10 is the latest production by Dyson and comes with some expected enhancements like a powerful motor, an efficient battery, reasonably larger dust bin compared to V8. You must be thinking Where’s the middle of Dyson V8 and Dyson V10. It’s a marketing stunt which you can see in iPhone and Microsoft as well. Dyson did the same with their stick vacs and each model/version having some tweaks to make it measurably better.
Well, the Dyson V10 can perform very well in every situation but with an expensive price tag. The V10 breeds sticker shock and worth the money you spend to buy it.
The handheld section of the vacuum is the brain of the device which comes with significant changes. Unlike the previous design where the motor used to sit perpendicular along the dustbin, has been swung 90 degrees and now sits inline along with the dustbin and the suction tube.
This change in the design makes for a more efficient motor, but the weight of the vacuum gets distributed above the handle which makes it easy to hold and use. The steel spinning shaft is replaced with a more lighter and stiffer shaft made of ceramic. The motor runs at 2,000 times per second and total spins in a minute are 125,000 rpm.
The battery pack has become smaller yet powerful for all V-series vacuums. The Dyson V10 allows the continuous vacuum for an hour with its impressive battery in a single charge which usually took 40 minutes in the V8. A row of lights on the battery determines the remaining battery juice. Similarly, the lights tell you if the filter and suction passageway that either they are blocked or working properly.
The filter warning light indicates when to change the filter and rinse it clean, or the filter needs to put back in.
The dirt bin compared to previous versions is bigger in size by 40 percent making the V10 a premium machine. The old or the cheapest V10 uses the old bin size. Not only the size is big but the dirt bin comes with a mechanism that pushes debris into the trash when you press the red level towards the floor. All the dust and dirt is scraped from the upper part avoiding your hands getting dirty.
The V10 line has a new motor head which shares similar looks to the standard motor head having a spinning, bristled drum, but the switch in this motor head is located at the front. As you push the switch one way and two small gaps in the leading edge of the head open up allowing the machine to suck up every piece of junk like cereal, shattered tortilla chips, or clumps of potting soil. To close these gaps you can push the switch to another way. To use the vacuum in boost mode you can press the soft rubber foot located at the rear to pick up every stray piece of dirt from vents.
According to tests, V10 can pick up almost everything regardless of the sealed kitchen floors, hardwood floor, polished concrete, burl carpet-the vac is ideal to sweep up the common crumbs and dirt from the floor. Not only the visible spots but it can suck up from the cracks and seams and makes the floor spotless in few parts of the motor head. Some vacuums face trouble with reasonably large objects like paperclips, pennies, but V10 while used on the Max setting never leaves anything including wing nuts.
The V10 is available in three different models the entry-level Cyclone V10 Motorhead comes with the same bin size but lacks few attachments. The Cyclone V10 Animal is an ideal choice for pet owners which comes with spinning bristles to pick up pet hairs off carpets, curtains, couches, hard floors and from upholstered chairs. The dustbin with this model is quite large.
The deluxe model of Dyson V10 has a new motorhead, spinning brush to deal with pet hairs, fluffy roller head to protect sensitive hard flooring and all other standard tools. Don’t expect much power from the fluffy head as you do with a traditional motor head. But that’s not all, the fluffy head is prone to get dirty quickly. You can wash the fluffy head by popping out the drum but drying process takes a day.
If you feel the features are worth paying for then don’t hesitate to spend for this top model as it’s the best in the line of cordless vacuums and the strong build and ease of use makes it worthy of each penny.
Dyson v10 absolute vs animal
Dyson V10 absolute has three different versions and one of them is Dyson V10 animal which is used to pick up pet hairs around the home.
Dyson v10 absolute vs v8
The major difference between the Dyson V10 absolute vs Dyson V8 is the design and improvements in battery life, suction power and motor. The V10 comes with updated gadgets.
Overall, the Dyson V10 is an awesome vacuum cleaner that delivers outstanding performance with strong suction and comes with all important functions that make it a versatile cleaner than all other Dyson vacuums.
Lighter and easier to handle
One hour battery life and takes less than an hour to charge
Bigger bins mean less emptying
A large number of positive reviews
Dyson DC10 is an expensive machine
The push-level is not enough for emptying so hands get dirty when cleaning the bin.
Fluffy roller head gets dirty instantly.
It differs in design with the other vacuum-only Roombas. It weighs around 8.6 pounds and has a diameter of 14.6 inches. The Scooba 390 has a large Power and Play/Pause button at the top, a silver handle and a two-tone grey puck.
Blue lines separate the button and handle. The handle is made to press not to pull, pulling results in the opening of the top portion, under that there is a tank of water and cleaning solution, battery, few other compartments for collecting dust and grime.
The Robot is easy to set up. Right out of the box you have to put place the dock to a charging outlet as it comes with an AC adapter; before putting the robot to charging, remove the water and solution tank. If you don’t want to spend the extra dollar on the solution you can simply use the water.
Like it’s predecessors it uses iAdapt Responsive Cleaning system, this system helps the robot to lay the floors for better navigation.
With its four-stage cleaning process, it does one extra thing prepping and vacuum. As with previous models you have to do sweeping before mopping, this robot does both things at the same time. First the vacuuming ports, then the solution spray, then a scrubbing brush, and then squeegee for drying.
The Robot also comes with several robotic movements and behaviors programmed by the manufacturer. Over 60 times in a second, the robot figures the movements to use while utilizing wall-hugging and cliff-detection making sure all the areas and surfaces are covered. During the cleaning session, it spins, shuffles, does straight dashes, and double-backs on the floor.
Its ideal for hard or tile floors, but struggles on carpets and rugs. So better put a Virtual wall to cordon off the areas where you have carpets so the robot might not go further. The Virtual Wall is a small device powered by two D-sized batteries, allowing you to set the specific range depending upon the size of your room.
As far as performance is concerned the Scooba 390 will continue to work until the tank is empty. Over extremely dirty areas the Scooba performs multiple passes, but almost to the point of redundancy.
With the 45 minutes of battery life is short, even you have to refill the tank with water and solution for each room. You can stop the cleaning when you desire and start drying with a Play button, which can result in fluid preservation for cleaning more areas with one tank.
If there are a lot of dog hairs on the floor, the vacuuming feature of the robot runs with a full cycle on the floor picking up almost every straying pet hair. Furthermore, the manufacturer claims that the fluid kills 98% of the bacteria.
For conserved spaces, the Scooba might hit bumps. Because navigating in tight spaces can be troublesome where you have attached bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms. But it cleans well close to walls, tight corners and cramped spaces but still leaves some small piles or grout and lint piled up in corners.
After the cleaning session, you get a freshly cleaned floor. As it’s larger in size than the Scooba 230 so getting in tight spots is bit difficult for this robot. But it covers large areas efficiently and fastly. The batter and water tank compared to the Scooba 230 robot vacuum is much larger in 390.
As for noise, the Scooba 390 is loud, if you watching TV in the same room the bot is cleaning, you have to raise the volume of the TV up. Or if the bot is working in other rooms you better close the room and trust that the bot is doing its job efficiently.
You will also get a loud jingle if the robot meets any problem. Next, to the buttons, there are few symbols that give an indication when there’s a problem. These lights let you know about the low fluid, clogging parts, low battery, impassible obstacles.
Finally, the top competitor or Scooba 390 is Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner which uses Swiffer pads and solution to clean but gives similar performance to Scooba.
However, the Scooba 390 is ideal for mildly dirty floors. It can clean large rooms efficiently. The only problem with this robot is its hefty price tag.
Overall, iRobot Roomba 390 an automated mop and vacuum robot, this moderately priced robot vacuum struggles a bit on tough stains and grout.
There are several brands in the market producing robot vacuums but the top of all is Roomba with a great line of robot vacuums.
Today, we are going to compare Roomba 614 vs. 690. Both of these are affordable models and we will find out the difference and similarities between them to help you pick the one that suits your budget and needs.
So which one is worth the money and get’s the job done? Let’s find out…
Regarding design, both the Roomba 614 and Roomba 690 are identical. The only difference between Roomba 614 and Roomba 690 is the color, otherwise, both are extremely similar.
Both have the same style design, but the 614 has controls surrounded by the bronze ring, rest is all black, whereas the 690 features a traditional color scheme of Roomba which is gray and black.
But, these are not the only models with impressive features, have a look at these other models:
Roomba 890: Robot vacuum with wifi-connectivity and 60 minutes of run time plus a full dust bin indicator
Roomba 960: Robot vacuum with wifi-connectivity and advanced cleaning technology, run time of up to 75 minutes, digital mapping through smart mapping, and recharge and resume feature.
Roomba 980: Robot vacuum with wifi-connectivity with all similar functions to Roomba 960, plus a power boost mode for deep cleaning to remove stubborn stains and a long run time of 120 minutes.
How Roomba 614 & 690 Clean
Both of these models use three-stage cleaning technology by iRobot to loosen, lift and suck dirt. These robot vacuums can work on all indoor floor types while driving around your home.
Two debris extractors (rolling brushes) are responsible for loosening and lift when vacuum drives over dirt and debris. Next, the suction path crosses over the debris field and sucks up the mess, as well as store it in the dust bin.
There is a lot of vacuum with advanced mapping technology but not every vacuum is equipped with it. The Roomba 614 and Roomba 690 both are equipped with the dirt detection system, which not only detects dirt and debris but drives the bot over it to clean it up.
Comparatively speaking, the latest models by Roomba can map out your home and memorize that map. Therefore, cleaning becomes more efficient.
Size & Dimensions
Here we are discussing Roomba 614 vs. Roomba 690 but they have more similarities than differences. Here both have an almost identical size which is 13″ in diameter and 3.6″ in height.
Similarly, the weight difference between both is half of a pound which doesn’t impact how they operate.
Roomba 614 & 690 Accessories
The table below shows the parts and accessories both Roomba 614 and Roomba 690 brings.
Virtual wall barrier
As you can see the 690 comes with a virtual wall barrier, while the 614 doesn’t.
The virtual wall barrier is a beam that emits from the block and creates an invisible wall which prevents Roomba to cross. Those who want to cordon off a certain area or rooms will find this feature amazing.
Charging base or docking station is hardware that is used to charge the Roomba when Roomba is running out of battery. As Roomba detects low battery, it leaves cleaning and heads back to the base to juice up for the next cleaning cycle.
Virtual Wall Barrier
The virtual wall barrier is a beam that emits from the block and creates an invisible wall which prevents Roomba to cross. Those who want to cordon off a certain area or rooms will find this feature amazing.
Each of these Roomba’s brings an extra filter which requires to be cleaned after a few weeks and replacing every few months.
A small protected blade cuts through hair and strings that could be wrapped around the brush roll to avoid the brush getting tangled.
Using the Roomba 614 & 690
When you receive the vacuums packaging, simply unbox them because you won’t need an assembly for that.
These vacuums are ready to use right out of the box. So nothing to worry about how to set up. You only have to press the button on the top to control the robot, start automatic cleaning cycle, or send them back to base, etc..
As the Roomba 690 features wifi-connectivity, you can simply use your smartphone to control the robot.
The mobile app for Roomba 690 is very user-friendly. In fact, you can simply follow the instructions on the app to do everything with your robot you want.
Either you want to turn on the robot, schedule a cleaning cycle, view history of cleaning cycles, pause / resume a cleaning in progress, and more.
Emptying the dust bin is a traditional process. Simply pull the dust bin away from the robot, squeeze the color indicated tabs, and dump the dirt outside into the trash can.
The list below shows different Roomba models and comparisons:
Regarding maneuverability, both the Roomba 690 and 614 are identical.
As mentioned earlier, the Roomba 614 weighs 7.5 pounds compared to Roomba 690 with 7.8 pounds. This slight difference neither cause any damage nor impacts the cleaning performance when running into objects.
Both the Roomba 614 and 690 have circular design and are capable to rotate at 360 degrees. Plus, heigh of both vacuums is 3″ which allows them to sneak under most furniture, even hard-to-reach places.
The only things that make issue with the maneuverability of these vacuums are the corners. Furthermore, both vacuums are equipped with side brushes which are helpful for cleaning corners and crevices, but not all dirt and debris is collected by these brushes.
Maintenance Costs on the Roomba 614 & 690
Unlike other high-end robot vacuums, these vacuums have a low maintenance cost. The parts which require maintenance are dust bin, replacing the filter, clearing the brush rolls, side brush, and batteries.
Accessory / Part
Dust bin requires emptying after every major cleaning cycle. Filters should be replaced every 2 months. Similarly, the batteries are tend to last for longer, but once died which totally depends on the usage, should be replaced with the new one.
The annual replacement cost for both the Roomba 614 and 690 is expected to be $32.
These replacement frequencies are not hard and fast. These are just the time frames recommended by iRobot and your’s could be vary depending upon the usage.
Does 614 or 690 Have a Better Battery?
Aforementioned, both vacuums have similar Lithium-ion batteries that offer 1,800 mAh and run time of 60 minutes.
As an alternative, a 3,500 mAh battery which is sold separately can be used for both the Roomba 614 and Roomba 690 which effectively double the cleaning time to 120 minutes.
Longer Run Time
There are some other vacuums that eliminate the hassle of upgrading the battery: Roomba 980, Eufy Robovac 11, Ecovacs Deebot N79 and Xiamo Mi robot which provide 100-120 minutes long run time.
Is Roomba 614 or 690 Quieter?
The Roomba 690 produces 68 dB noise and with same batteries and features, the Roomba 614 is also expected to give some noise. Noise also depends on the setup of your home.
Roomba 614 Value
That said, the Roomba 614 delivers great value for the money. The only difference between 614 and Roomba 690 is the Wifi connectivity and the scheduled cleanings and due to lack of these features the Roomba 614 comes at a very low price tag but 1 year of warranty by the manufacturer and 30 days return on Amazon.
Roomba 690 Value
With all premium features, solid performance and affordable price tag, the Roomba 690 offers a great value for the money.
If you don’t have deep pockets or want to save some money, 614 is the better choice. But, spending a few extra bucks can bring you Wifi capabilities and scheduled cleanings which could be worth the money you spend.
Finally, the Roomba 690 comes with 1 year of warranty by the manufacturer and 30 days return from Amazon.
Roomba 614 vs. 690 Specifications
30 days via Amazon.com
30 days via Amazon.com
1 Year limited
1 Year limited
Summary of Major Differences
The Roomba 690 comes with Wifi connectivity to control the robot using your smartphone or tablet.
This feature is also available only in Roomba 690 which allows you to put your vacuum on schedule to clean your house even when you are not home.
The Roomba 690 also brings a virtual wall barrier to stop the robot from entering into certain areas of your home. While the 614 lacks this feature.
Should You Buy the Roomba 614?
So far, the Roomba 614 wins the side of being an inexpensive robot vacuum but also you have to give up on a handful of notable features like Wifi connectivity, virtual wall barriers, HEPA filter, scheduled cleanings.
You should buy Roomba 614 if:
You don’t want to spend a lot of money or you are on a budget.
You don’t need the wifi feature to control the robot through your smartphone.
You don’t want to restrict the navigation of the vacuum.
Should You Buy the Roomba 690?
The Roomba 690 comes with all bells and whistles but with a slightly higher price tag than the Roomba 614.
You should buy the Roomba 690 if:
You want to control your robot with your smartphone for convenience.
You want to put your vacuum on scheduled cleanings to not to worry about cleaning anymore.
You want to restrict the robot to enter into certain areas.
different floor types, including hardwood floors, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet.
different surfaces, picking up a variety of debris types
Roomba 690 against hardwood floors
sugar is most difficult for the 690 to handle
similarities between the Roomba 614 and 690
cleaning performance between these two vacuums would be extremely similar
the rice, kitty litter, and cereal
690 was simply not strong enough to dig deeply into the pile of the carpet,
high pile cleaning
In this article, we explained the difference Roomba 614 vs. Roomba 690. We did extensive research to make sure you get the right information for making a good decision.
Robot vacuums by Roomba are much different and better than of their first robot vacuum that was launched 11 years ago. Today Roomba manufactures top-notch entry-level to high-end robot vacuums at different prices.
It has become the go-to name for robot vacuums cleaner, and still the biggest brand in the market.
Today, we will discuss one of their most popular robot from the 800 series known as iRobot Roomba 880 which is expensive but offers the best value for the money.
It looks similar to the Roomba 700 series vacuums and almost identical to Roomba 790. In the center, there’s a large circular puck with a flip-up handle, a large Clean button to active the robot, and several touch-sensitive buttons for programming its schedule.
Like iRobot Roomba 790 features two Virtual Wall Lighthouses. These black devices can be set on certain locations to project boundaries to Roomba to avoid crossing the area. You can set this small device to difference ranges, up to eight feet in length. You can also set the Virtual Wall Lighthouse in a Virtual Halo accessory to surround a circular object to avoid bumps.
The Roomba 880 comes with a remote control to manually control the robot and perform different settings. It looks like a conventional television remote but has much fewer buttons. It has all the directional buttons, and three additional silver buttons to dock, spot clean and start clean automatically.
The rubber direction controller will not let you easily move the robot forward, instead will turn it left or right. It also comes with a larger Wireless Command Center having three distinct direction buttons allowing you to control the bot better and penetrate into small areas easily.
The vacuum will start vacuum as soon as you press the Clean button. Then you can control its movements using the remote control, Virtual wall, and Wireless Command center, but you still have to turn it on manually.
You can also program the robot to clean on certain days and time regularly without requiring you to go into every corner. For this, you can use the controls on the body of Roomba, from the screen select the days of the week and time you want the vacuum to start cleaning without you.
The Roomba 880 comes with a new brushless intake which avoids tangles from occurring. The company claims it’s five times much powerful compared to the old models, and removes 50 percent more dirt, hold 60 percent more dirt in the dustbin.
However, the Roomba 880 can pick up plenty of dirt, debris and crumbs from the floor.
Finally, the Roomba 880 works with perfection and the new brushless system is worth it. Though it offers all bells and whistles it’s still expensive and at the same or less price you have plenty of other options to look for with similar features or some with better performance, design and features.
Overall, the iRobot Roomba 880 is a powerful but expensive robot vacuum cleaner that is powerful enough that sucks up dirt, debris and left nothing except the clean floor.
Seeking for Bobsweep Bobi Pet Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop? Have a look at our review below.
Well, robot vacuum cleaners have made our life convenient, they save us time, but we have to pay the price for comfort.
The Bobsweep Bobi Pet robotic vacuum is attractive but inconvenient and requires too much maintenance and hand-holding to be considered useful. It’s an expensive machine but still lacks Wi-Fi and app control. Don’t get fooled by its name its weak suction won’t lift pet hairs. Instead, invest in something better like Neato Botvac Connected much cheaper but advanced features, or iRobot Roomba 980.
Its circular shape is similar to Roomba with a smooth and glossy silicone finish which reflects. Avoid touching it too much because its mirror-like sheen attracts smudges, either you go with the scarlet or silver finish.
It measures around 12 by 12 by 3.5 inches (HWD), and shorter even the Roomba 980 (3.6 inches). So getting under couches or TV stands is not an issue for Bobsweep Bobi. Moving the vacuum around is troublesome as there’s no handle at the top like Botvac Connected.
It comes with three embedded buttons at the top: Go, Juice, and Waffle. Go turns on the vacuum, Juice returns the bot back to its base, Waffle instructs it to spot clean.
Similarly, lacks advanced settings or options like Botvac Connected. Comes with a disc-shaped remote control that runs on a pair of AAA batteries which you need to buy separately to control its features.
Using the remote, you can control the vacuum, set it to schedule, activate or deactivate the vacuum’s UV light, and adjust its speed. Instead of the vacuum, there’s an LCD on the remote that displays the current time of the day, scheduled time, and numbers indicating weekdays from one to seven. As mentioned earlier it doesn’t offer a smartphone app.
Flip over the bot and you’ll find a duster, washable HEPA filter, the main roller brush, detachable dustbin, rotating side brush for cleaning edges, two side wheels and a front wheel. The rear contains a mop attachment but requires someone to spray on it with water for it to work. Using its multiple dust cleaning sensors at the bottom and sides it identifies dust around, edge detection sensors avoid tumbling down from stairs. In addition, it has a wall detector, an on/off switch on the side.
In the box, there’s an extra brush for cleaning, a Bobi Block, a remote control without batteries, extra side brush, comb-like cleaning tool, charging station and wall adapter, a Philips head screwdriver, two micro-fiber mop cloths, extra screws, an extra filter. Unfortunately, you have to manually unscrew its battery panel, then place the batteries inside the vacuum by connecting the two circuit junctions together and stuffing the wires deep into the panel.
Unlike the Roomba or Neato, it’s designed is poor where others don’t even need a screwdriver as they require no manual installations; they work out of the box.
After installing the battery, the vacuum takes four hours to fully charge and runs for about 90 minutes in a single charge. This much cleaning time is enough to clean the whole apartment or a single floor of a home.
Returning to the docking station is not an issue as it only requires the push of the juice button to return and juice up.
This vacuum comes with a Bobi Block which is a virtual wall in Roomba 980 or Roomba 880 robot vacuum. As the name suggests, it’s a plastic block-shaped which runs with two AA batteries. It sets a boundary for the robot to cordon off areas where you don’t want to the vacuum to go.
After you set up the battery, put it on charge. Now its time to control the machine through the remote control. You can steer the vacuum using the directional buttons telling it where to go. You can also set the default cleaning mode to let the vacuum steer itself.
You better clean the way off with floor of socks, toys or anything you don’t suck up by the bot. Otherwise, the bot will get snagged either it’s kitchen mat, a bathroom mat, or a kitty litter box mat. Whatever the surface is the vacuum will cause an error and send you an alert that it’s stuck. So prepare yourself for frequent sessions to resolve the errors for the vacuum. You won’t ever see this problem with other less-expensive vacuums.
The price it comes in is not even worth it. It even lacks advanced features like Wi-Fi connection, a mobile app that is typically available in vacuums under $300. If we compare iRobot Roomba 980 at this price it’s much much powerful, offers the most advanced features. Similarly, there’s a Neato XV signature Pro that offers stellar performance, automated cleaning power, and tons of other features.
In the line of affordable but efficient cleaning bots, V5 earned a huge respect and after some time the manufacturers upgraded it with the V5s pro to offer some more advanced features while keeping the price low.
This newest upgrade is half the price of a mid-range Roomba. A vacuum cheaper in price doesn’t mean cheaper quality. To justify this you need to read this complete iLife V5S Pro Review.
iLife V5S Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review
Specifications of iLife V5s Pro
Let’s take a quick look at the product specifications.
As mentioned earlier it’s the upgraded version of V5. It definitely delivers more suction power than it’s predecessors, while both are using the same motor. The maximum suction power of this vacuum is 850Pa similar to iLife X5.
This suction power in combination with dual side brushes can pick up everything from small dust particles to larger debris, regardless of hard floors, tile floor or carpets. This much power still keeps the vacuum quiet by producing a sound output of 55 to 60 dB. This is even quieter than X5’s 65dB output.
It features a 2600 mAh Lithium which is also used in V7s Pro vacuum. This battery allows this vacuum to work continuously for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, typically higher than the latest Roomba model.
With a run time of 140 minutes, it can clean 2000 to 2500 sq. ft. area of an entire house in a single charge. It takes about 5 hours to recharge fully. This impressive battery life makes this vacuum standout from many other higher-end models.
The auto-recharge mechanism is another cool part of this vacuum. The charging bay was reached even from 10 ft. away.
The V5S comes with a very small 10oz (300 ml) dustbin. This small tank is similar to its predecessor. So cleaning in a big house with this vacuum will result in emptying the dirt bin more frequently.
The higher model V7 comes with 500ml tank capacity, even the older models are more in capacity than V5S Pro leaving a bad impression on its design.
The liquid bin resided totally separate from the dustbin, and the water is distributed better with a special mechanism compared to the previous versions.
The appearance gives the look of earlier V5 PRO/V5. You will find it slimmer than most robo vacs, that is 2.76 inches tall. This small size allows this vacuum to go under furniture and other tight spaces without any issues. The diameter of 11.81 inches is also slimmer enough and smaller than the V7S Pro. It weighs 4.9 lbs.
The filtration system in this vacuum is made of plastic. The HEPA filter keeps 99 percent of all dust trapped particles. It filters particles that are as small as 0.3 microns. The filtration system capture microscopic allergens and odor-causing bacteria.
iLife V5S Pro is backed by 12 months warranty by the manufacturer. Within the 1-year time frame the company will provide free repairs unless the product is misused or damaged properly and that includes accidental leakage too. The warranty can also be extended by the wholesaler you are buying the vacuum from.
Right out of the box you can immediately start using the cleaning bot. You will get the main body, a charging base, a dirt bin, a water tank, an IR remote, 2 additional filters, 2 mops, 1 cleaning brush, 2 additional side brushes and a pair of AAA batteries to insert in remote, an A/C adapter and a product manual.
The V5S Pro features both wet and dry cleaning modes. There comes an IR remote allowing you to select the modes according to your need and control other functions. This V5S Pro has an improved mop-moistening feature known as I-Dropping technology. This keeps the mop hydrated in order to provide sufficient and efficient cleaning. Your furniture will be protected with the TPU bumpers from scuff marks in case of accidental collisions.
There are a total of 4 cleaning modes in this vacuum stated as Auto, Spot, Edge, and scheduled. For any kind of cleaning, you can decide the mode to get the job done.
That said, the spot cleaning mode is suitable for cleaning a specific dirty area in your house Plus it’s good for cleaning up spillages.
The Edge cleaning mode bot performs close cleaning around the edges of the wall.
The Auto clean mode, allows the vacuum to move randomly in the house.
Last but not least, the schedule mode allows you to clean specific areas at specific times.
The iLife V5S Pro lacks floor mapping feature. The product does works with a camera or a laser sensor which would dramatically increase its price. It navigates the floor area randomly as long as there’s life in the battery. If the vacuum faced any obstacle in its way back to the docking station then it will end up dead somewhere in the house.
But, there’s a solution to this problem too. If the vacuum is close to the charging dock or the path to the dock is relatively clear, then it will make it’s way back home without any problem.
The bot features 5 IR sensors and a wall sensor that helps the vacuum navigate around the obstacles without bumping into them. The V5S Pro also brings 3 cliff sensors to detect the sudden drop-offs from the stairs.
This price is reasonable but constantly varying you can check here.
Looking for Best Bed Bug Vacuum, Best Bed Bug Steamer in 2020? Read on…
Bed bugs are a nasty problem. They come in huge numbers, multiply quickly, and can be hard to spot.
These tiny creatures get in through open doors and windows as well as cracks and crevices that we didn’t even know existed. The situation gets worse when they reach our beds or bite and feed on human blood.
So, instead of insecticides, you need to get the best bed bug vacuum or steamer to get rid of bed bugs forever.
In this guide, you will discover:
Our top picks for bed bug steamers and vacuums.
How to make a smart decision of buying bed bug vacuum.
How to use a bed bug vacuum and steamer.
Unfortunately, there is an avalanche of faulty information about bed bugs on the web that we attempt to clean up here.
Without further ado, let’s get started with the best bed bug vacuums list.
Best Bed Bug Vacuums & Steamers 2020: 30-seconds summary
If you’re short on time, here’s the quick summary of all the best picks.
As the name suggests this vacuum is specifically designed to eliminate small pests and dust mites.
The system uses HEPA filtration to remove air pollution.
The Housemile uses high-frequency vibration to beat the bed bugs out of their hiding places and the strong suctioning power sucks them up quickly at the same time.
The product is extremely convenient and lightweight for most consumers as it weighs less than 3 lbs. There’s a larger container of 160ml capacity that can absorb a large number of materials, dust or pests.
Overall, Housemile provides a quick and efficient solution to pest problems and it’s an excellent alternative to the complex steam cleaners.
Lightweight & portable.
HEPA filter to purify the air.
Efficient pests cleaning solution.
Lacks extra filters.
Sunbeam Handheld Garment Travel Steamer
Takes just 45-second max to heat up.
Provides continuous heat of 15 minutes.
Portable and much effective than comparable commercial steamers.
The Sunbeam is so portable and compact that you can easily grab it in your hand. In just 45 seconds it can heat up allowing you to eliminate potential hazards quickly.
The tiny design makes it suitable for travel and it’s sturdy build makes it durable enough to withstand a trip in a suitcase.
This little thing lasts for 15 minutes providing enough steam to clean fabrics, linen, drapes, and curtains. It’s an ideal choice if you are traveling and you can use it in your hotel room to deal with bed bugs like a breeze.
The press includes a wide, flat bar which not only helps to destroy pets but also removes the wrinkles. To get a continuous flow of steam you can lock the trigger in place.
Removes odor as well as pests.
Pests will die immediately with it’s extreme heat.
Water reservoir has less capacity.
Dead pests are not picked up.
The water in the tank can develop an unpleasent odor.
This heavy-duty machine is capable to remove germs, bacteria, different types of pests using dry vapor technology.
A large water reservoir that allows 60 minutes of cleaning on different surfaces.
Furthermore, the Vapamore produces 210-220 degrees Fahrenheit heat to create an inhospitable environment for bed bugs and mites.
Individuals can use this machine for carpet and hard floors. You can control the steam output quickly and easily. To get the best performance in difficult to reach areas you have various accessories like triangular corner brush, two extension tubes, a water level dipstick, the steam gun and hose.
Finally, this machine is suitable for those who want to clean their entire home and kill pests in the rooms regularly.
Large water resorvoir.
Suitable for multiple surfaces.
Dry vapor is best for bed bug removal.
Nozzle adjustment is helpful to target tiny areas.
Jet nozzle for powerful cleaning
Dead pests are not picked up.
Warranty has certain stipulations ( you must use diluted water and immediately register your product.)
Conair Extreme Steam Fabric Steamer
Takes just 75 seconds to heat up and provides steam for 15 minutes.
This handheld steamer is an invaluable asset to disinfect fabrics and kill bed bugs and mites lurking on clothes, carpets, and curtains in your home.
The three attachments that come with this machine are fabric brush, a creaser, and a soft cushion brush.
It not only destroy pests, but it can be used for sanitation of hotel rooms if you are traveling.
It takes around 75 seconds to fully heat up, thanks to a dual heat system mechanism, and the water reservoir holds 15 minutes worth of water to generate steam.
Compared to other machines, this one makes your home, clothes pet-free very quickly and efficiently.
No usage of harsh chemicals.
It needs to be plugged in to work.
Struggles with thick fabrics.
Dead pests are not picked up by it.
Bed Bugs Vacuum Buying Guide
This actionable guide will help you figure out the best equipment for you to get rid of bed bugs permanently.
Why should you use the steam cleaner for bed bugs?
Just to let you know a steam cleaner is a machine that uses air pressure plus hot water to emit hot steam which disinfects surfaces, loosen stains and kill pests.
The reason why steam cleaners work great is the heat that bed bugs hate.
The heat not only kills mites and bed bugs but the eggs as well without fail. At 122F heat, both the bed bugs and eggs are killed instantly. For really bad bed bug infestations, exterminators will heat up an entire home to kill bed bugs immediately.
The best thing about a steam cleaner is the direct application of heat to a specific area or surface. Either it’s your belongings or baseboard you can apply the heat directly to get rid of the bed bugs. As an alternative, you can get a top-rated heater for bed bugs as well.
Difference Between Steam Cleaners & Vacuum Cleaners
Steam cleaners kill bed bugs by high temperature, Plus they are most effective and cost-friendly but overdoing with the moisture on slow drying surfaces(mold) can be troublesome. The biggest advantage is steam that kills the bed bugs as well as eggs, and not only the adults like other insecticides.
If your choice is steam cleaner then you need to be very precise and meticulous for applying heat around your house. These guidelines will be helpful to you.
Make sure the steam cleaning tool have a larger nozzle.
Must use dry vapor or dry steam for the prevention of mold.
Make sure the water reservoir is large enough to prevent frequent refills.
Make sure to use the steam on the area that gets above 120 Fahrenheit otherwise there will be no effect of this treatment plan on bed bugs.
You can use steam for the ceiling, walls, baseboards, furniture, and other hard surfaces.
Never use steam for electric outlets.
Before using steam make sure to consult with your exterminator.
Never forget to wear a respirator to avoid accidental inhalation of toxic fumes. The chemicals applied on hard surfaces are vaporized by the steam cleaner.
For sensitive areas like finished flooring, try not to use high heat because they are prone to get damaged.
Vacuums are more appropriate for dead bed bugs cleanup instead of actually killing them.
The major reason for this is that the vacuums lack the ability to reach their nests in nooks and crannies to dislodge the bugs. But that doesn’t make the vacuums useless. You can first scrape the infested areas using the end of your vacuum wand to pull up the eggs or they will be stuck otherwise.
To choose the best vacuum for bed bugs and other insects, you have two options:
We recommend getting Bagged vacuums because they are effective for cleanup and the prime advantage is that the bag can be detached from the vacuum. Zipped up in a bag, and thrown out.
Bag-less vacuums are less-effective because they can be infested with bed bugs and their eggs. Therefore, an appropriate cleanup procedure of the canister and the brush attachment needs to be carried out with boiling water. Most importantly, there are more chances of getting the vacuum damaged if you are using diatomaceous earth or any other kind of fine powder in your attempt to kill bed bugs.
Cost of the equipment
Both the steam cleaners and vacuums are costly compared to other disposable pet control methods but they are rather a long term.
Handled machines can be cheaper in price but are prone to break faster which can be costly in the long run. Similarly, larger machines have a great initial cost but last for years.
Factors to Look For While Buying
Before you make a buying decision you need to be clear about certain things like:
Do you need a steam cleaner or a vacuum?
Are you looking for something that can disinfect surfaces?
Where you are going to use the equipment?
How long do you expect it to last
Let’s look at various factors to consider before purchasing.
Attachments are useful for finding the bed bugs in hard to reach areas or hidden in cracks and nooks.
For instance, if you find bed bugs in a crook near the ceiling, how can you reach them?
Can you hold a vacuum up to the curtains for a longer period of time? This is where attachments are helpful and they not only simplify the cleaning process but save tons of time and energy for exterminating pests.
If you are going to get a handheld device then there won’t be any attachments included with it.
For steam cleaners, a larger brush attachment is important to get to apply the steam over a large area. With smaller heads, the bed bugs will be pushed around due to the focused pressure on a single point which can lead to worse infestation.
Longevity and Durability
Steam cleaners and vacuum cleaners both have different functionalities and design. Either they are built for travel or to be handheld, which means smaller size and regular models. Typically, these won’t survive longer than a year or two.
On the other hand, larger models are sturdy, costly and they last for several years. They have bigger capacities of storing dirt and water that has no worries of refill. Large water container means fewer interruptions for heat treatment.
These are some of the questions customers frequently ask.
Can you vacuum up bed bugs?
Yes, you can remove them with a vacuum and regularly inspecting and vacuuming your mattress and box spring is the best way to minimize a large number of bed bugs quickly.
Can bed bugs crawl out of vacuums?
The possible reason for bed bugs to survive is the vacuum hose. Therefore, you should clean the vacuum to remove bed bugs once you’re done the cleaning so that they do not escape.
Either you clean regularly or live in a mess you are always susceptible to bed bugs. You should expect bed bugs in the cleanest home. Sometimes the powerful sucking of the high-tech and high-speed vacuum is not enough and you might be able to see these organisms might be clinging to fabric seams of mattresses and furniture, rips or tears in fabric, and even deep wrinkles.
These creatures have hook-shaped toes and furs which makes them lingering to multiple surfaces, from granite and marble to mattresses. They are reddish-brown, oval-shaped, and do not fly and their nasty bites leave red, irritating bumps on your skin exposed at night while you sleep.
Vacuums are Safe to use around children and pets even the handheld models help you penetrate and investigate in deeper spaces where bed bugs bed bugs can sneak in through a tear in fabric and hide inside. You can easily use the vacuums on the stairs or on the carpets with fibers. But sometimes pests can crawl out of the dirt compartment which is a problem. For this problem you can wash the canister in very hot, soapy water to remove all fecal matter and mites.
You need to be careful while using steam cleaners. If you can see them with your naked eyes use protection for your skin as the high temperature can be dangerous for your skin, or other people close to you. Steam cleaners are also effective to sterilize areas to kill harmful insects but they just kill them where vacuums capture them. The boiler can lift dirt, grease, grime, and stains virtually from every surface and makes your mattress, box springs, couches, armchairs, and even piles of clothing bed-bugs free.
If you want to treat your home for bed bugs, you choose any one of the above-mentioned machines in average price. Instead of spending on spray better spend on these machines to take control of bed bugs.
This 5 Best Bed Bug Vacuums & Steamers ( Solution ) Updated article explains different vacuum cleaners for bed bugs and help you choose the right one for your needs.
Vacuums invention have saved humanity from the chore of vacuuming manually on daily basis. The most famous Roomba with it’s most advanced series iRobot has offered several best class robot vacuum which offers the best value for the money.
Today, we are going to discuss the iRobot Roomba 790 review. This predecessor of Roomba 780 robot vacuum comes with some extra features like Wireless Command Centre allowing you to send voice messages to the robot while sitting away.
The iRobot Roomba 790 measures 14 inches in diameter, weighs around 8 pounds and stands 4 inches tall. The height is higher than several robot vacuums but similar to Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Robot.
The top panel of the robot is a metallic-looking shade of blue, with grey accents and black sides. Flip the bot over, and you will find several filters and brushes, and an easy-to-remove dustbin.
You can easily change those filters from the base. The bot comes with tons of other replacement accessories like three sets of HEPA filters, brush cleaning tools, 2 bristle brushes, 3 side brushes, and an accessory carrying case that keeps all the accessories organized.
But that’s not all…
It features a Virtual Wall Lighthouse, which is a small device powered by a battery and can be used in one of two ways. In lighthouse mode, they help the Roomba move in your house. It also guides the robot what to clean next and where to go.
With the Virtual Wall mode, you can cordon off areas you don’t want the robot to go and clean. Place the wall where you want, adjust the length of the barrier up to eight feet to keep the Roomba away from that area. The purpose to cordon off is that Roomba will trip as it encounters cords in its way.
The anti-tangle system in the Roomba does help to avoid the tangles, it automatically stops brushes and spins them in reverse in case of the problem.
What makes the Roomba 790 better than 780 is it’s Wireless Command Center which is an alternative of the remote control. This system utilizes the radio frequency to transmit signals through ceilings and walls up to 25 feet away from the robot. The size of this wireless command center is about the size of a television remote, and it has a black body with a grey band around the middle. By default it’s paired with the robot, you can unpair it easily.
The Wireless Command Center has five functions. The very first is a Clean button, that allows you to activate the robot no matter what room you’re in. Then we have schedule cleaning, dock, Spot clean. Around the Clean button, there are directional keys that can be used to move the robot if it encounters a toy in its way or helps you direct the bot in a particular spot in your home.
All other Roombas in this series comes with remotes, but you have pointed the IR blasters on the robot, but they do not offer much control.
The robot is quite easy to set up. Right out of the box you have to put the plugin the charging station and place it against the wall. The robot gets fully charged in about three hours and can clean continuously for an hour.
The iRobot Roomba 790 picks up dirt and debris using it’s Dirt Detect Series 2 technology and don’t even ignores the sand, even the optical sensor can detect soft debris like popcorn.
In more dirty areas, the Roomba uses Persistent pass cleaning mode where it moves repeatedly in the same area as you do with a traditional vacuum.
It works efficiently on different floors either hard floor or carpet, the dual HEPA filters capture pollen and dust particles inside.
As far as the performance is concerned, it works almost similar to the Roomba 780 and the Roomba 770. Like all other Roomba’s the 790 pay close attention to the room first and after analyzing it chooses the optimal cleaning path. With this approach, the robot goes in every corner of the room and leaves not even an inch. This is where many of the expensive robots struggle.
With the battery life of an hour, it can clean one-bedroom apartment, and other rooms while picking up all the dust, dirt, and hairs. After the full sweep, you need to empty the dirt collection box. If the bin is full during the session, the robot sends an alert and then resumes once you have emptied the bin.
If you have mixed carpeting in your home, better get something that scrubs your floors like Scooba 390 with the 4-stage cleaning process. There’s also the Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner, which does sweeping and mopping both.
Finally, the 700 series with all its vacuums are capable to clean the corners, which the less-expensive Neato XV-21 cannot do. The best alternative in less money is Mint Floor Automatic Cleaner, but it requires more work and isn’t exhaustive as the 790 is.
Overall, the iRobot Roomba 790 is an expensive but high-end robot vacuum that beats many of the traditional vacuums with its cleanliness, but you have to bear the hefty price tag.
Though the color scheme and design resemble with Gtech but Bissell AirRam is a totally different and efficient machine.
The reason behind the popularity of this lightweight stick vacuum is not only it’s weight and design but plenty of factors that we are going to discuss including the price that you can check yourself here.
Let’s have a closer look at the features and specs of the vacuum cleaner.
Here’s a quick overview of the features that are discussed in detail behind this quick overview section.
Features a 22-volt professional-grade lithium-ion battery that lasts for 35 minutes.
Cleans multiple flooring, rugs, and carpet.
It takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes to top off the battery.
The swivel steering and fold flat features make it maneuver effortlessly.
LED headlights make the invisible dust particles visible in the absence of bright light.
The dirt bin is quite easy to empty with a 0.6-liter capacity.
A collapsible handle makes it easy to store while occupying less space.
Comes with a warranty of 2 years.
Specs of Bissell Air Ram
CORD LENGTH (FT)
22 Volt Lithium Ion
Bissell AirRam Features
Let’s discuss the features in details.
22-volt Lithium-Ion Battery
This 22-volt professional grade battery can easily make the vacuum turned on for almost 35 minutes if you turn the make less use of the motorized brush. It takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes to recharge the battery.
So plug it and for about 4 hours to use it again for long cleaning sessions. In addition, the 22 volt Lithium ion battery that is user-replaceable.
The suction squeegee is referred to directions to open and close when you are vacuuming larger debris to get superior edge cleaning.
LED not only makes it fancy but helpful in cleaning in low lighted areas or hard-to-reach areas like under the sofas or furniture.
The LED headlight illuminates and helps cleaning these areas efficiently.
But that’s not all…
The bright light is helpful to track down which areas are cleaned and which are not.
The swivel option is a killer-feature for older people as it allows them to maneuver the vacuum easily around furniture.
Similarly, the fold-flat feature allows you to lay the vacuum flat to penetrate in difficult to clean areas like under bed, sofa and furniture. The collapsible handle makes it easy to store the vacuum
But still, it’s a self-propelled and requires some effort to move.
Easy to Empty Dirt Bin
Are you worried about how easy it is to empty the dirt cup? Because it is challenging in few vacuums. But you won’t find the easiest method of emptying the dirt bin than the one with Bissell AirRam.
The biggest problem with bagless vacuums is how statically charge dust that clings on the inner walls of the dirt bin that requires you to use your fingers to remove then or even bang the bin against the garbage can to unstuck it.
But Bissell AirRam features a lever that pushes the dirt out with your simple push. Though the dit bin has a smaller capacity of 600ml but cleaning the bin is like a breeze.
You will see the majority of battery-operated vacuums with fixed batteries but Bissell AirRam comes with a removable battery.
If sometimes the battery fails you can at least replace it. There are LED lights on the top that indicates battery status.
Multi-Surface Brush Roll
The multi-surface brush roll allows Bissell Air Rim to clean various surfaces from hardwood, carpet and rugs. But, keep in mind the one cleaning head cannot adjust on multiple floors.
As this vacuum cannot be turned into a handheld vac, It can still manage to clean the edges efficiently including baseboards.
So removal of surface debris from tile flooring or hard flooring is not an issue for this vacuum.
Minimal Loss of Power
Minimal loss of power means less electricity consumption. Almost every upright vacuum features the motor in the body. But Bissell Air Ram brings the motor close to the cleaning head, reducing the distance between the motorized brush and motor means less power loss.
This design resembles the Shark Rocket and Gtech which have made their name in the UK.
Bare Floor Performance
The powerful suction allows it to perform efficiently on the bare floor surfaces.
Either it’s picking pet hairs, dust, or litter, you will get good cleaning performance.
But, there is not brush roll-on/off features like pet robot vacuums which limit how this performs on the bare floor. A bristled brush will eventually scatter the dirt around or might scratch the floor.
It’s always suggested to use Dyson V8 on sensitive flooring as V8 features a soft roller cleaner head to clean the floors gently.
If we compare AirRam vs Dyson the beater bar features fewer bristles. But these bristles are stiff so agitation is pretty good.
So the amazing suction not only pulls surface dirt but also embedded dirt trapped underneath the carpet fibers.
This vacuum is excellent at picking up pet hairs, thanks to the powerful suction and agitation. If you have multiple pets(dogs or cats) then it’s recommended for you to get a bigger bin vacuum as this bin capacity of 600ml won’t be enough for you.
Cleaning area rugs are also easy with this vacuum. If the area rug is too light then avoid using this vacuum as it will suck up the rug which is not easy to push back.
Filter clean up
Though it has a unique filter design placed in the middle like a Dyson. But you have to clean it very often through washing. It might take longer to dry filters depending on the area you live in and the replacement filters are also not available. Therefore, it’s worth waiting for it to completely dry.
Bissell Air Ram comes with a 2-year warranty.
What else should you expect from this vacuum?
Let’s see what else this vacuum has to offer.
This vacuum is much convenient than conventional vacuum cleaners. The convenience factor of any vacuum depends on how well the vacuum cleans other parts of your home beside the floor, how much it weighed, is the vacuum corded or cordless Plus the maximum reach of battery life.
That said, this cordless vacuum with 35 minutes of battery life earns 6 out of 10 for the convenience factor. Heavier vacuums like Bissell can hurt floor slightly. If the vacuum can be transformed into a handheld vacuum then it can save floors but AirRam lacks the transformative abilities. This vacuum is stable enough to stand on it’s own and the handle retracts to make it even more convenient to store.
The chart below shows how the AirRam is on the heavy side for these products.
The exceptional battery life of 35 minutes makes it a top cordless stick vacuum with longer battery life. The chart below shows the comparison.
But that’s not all AirRam charges relatively quickly and only takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes to refill the battery completely.
Hard Surface Cleaning
The Bissell AirRam does an awesome job cleaning hard flooring types. Either it’s rice, flour, cereal, oatmeal, or pet hairs whatever you throw at it AirRam deals with that regardless of the laminate wood floor or tile floor.
In a nutshell, AirRam gives a solid performance sucking up all the debris effortlessly while meeting pet hair and cereal collection challenges.
Ease Of Use
The major factor of buying a vacuum cleaner is ease of use that includes noise level, cleaning options and how close it cleans the edges of a room and under furniture.
That said, Bissell AirRam earns 7 points out of 10 by doing an excellent job of cleaning along with a wall, leaving no or minimal debris along the wall as well as in front of the vacuum.
Besides leaving soft floors sparkling, Bissell does an awesome job of collecting any kind of dust or debris from both low-pile flat carpets and medium-pile fluffy carpet.
Like flat floors, Bissell scattered few particles around on the flat carpet but sucked everything from the fluffier carpets without issue.
A huge number of positive reviews of this product are proof of a product worthy of your money.
One of them recorded a video demonstrating how much dirt Bissell was able to pick up on her rug after cleaning it twice with a Rainbow vacuum. This is a surprise because Rainbow is one of the best deep cleaners available right now. She must have used the wrong tool.
It did particularly well with pet hair and litter – two problem areas for pet owners. Even on carpet, the Air Ram is an absolute cleaning machine but I must warn you that it will not match a full-sized upright in terms of deep cleaning.
Few complaints did a report about the build quality and the filter.
Though it does a better job at collecting flour in few passes including the stuff stuck in the cracks in the boards but it leaves some stuff behind resulting in more cleaning sessions. Plus the only single cleaning head cannot adjust for different flooring types.
Despite the fact that it scatters dust particles a little, it also collects cheerios with minimal effort on both fluffy and flat carpets. You might not find it perfect at picking up every single pet hairs which could be a deal-breaker if you have pets at your home.
This vacuum is a great mid-priced alternative for those who cannot afford higher-end models which typically cost over $200.
A perfect fit for small to medium-sized home to clean dust, pet hair, scattered food particles and pet litter.
Weighs less than 8 pounds, So no trouble bring lugging this up and down a flight of stairs as well as to drag around.