This latest robot vacuum is compact, quiet, and pocket-friendly that comes with several cleaning modes and a remote control.
While running in the Turbo mode, it performs very well, but quickly runs out of battery. And it’s navigational skills are a bit difficult to use, so you will face some trouble in the beginning. For the price, you’re better off getting a Wi-Fi vacuum you can get robots which you can easily control through smartphone like Neato Botvac Connected or the iRobot Roomba 980.
LG Hom-Bot Square (VR65704LM) Review
Let’s discuss the LG Hom-Bot Square (VR65704LM) Review in details.
Pricing, Design, and Features
The Robot comes in two different versions: Ocean Black with a mop attachment, Ruby Red with no attachment, where both have price difference.
Here we are going to cover the Ocean Black with a mop attachment which costs enough just for a microfiber pad.
The glossy finish at the top will result in leaving fingerprints. Similarly, the top contains several other touch buttons embedded in the body like Start/Stop, Push, Turbo, Mode, Home.
Start/Stop activated the robot and turns it off, Turbo is used to get more suction power, Mode allows you to use the robot with a variety of cleaning modes (discussed below), Home is used to send the robot back to the docking station. Push pops open the lid allowing you to remove the dist bin and insert after emptying. The handle on the dustbin makes it easy to remove and lift.
Near the embedded buttons, there’s an LED display which shows several options like Current mode of the robot, battery level, time of day, and to check either the robot is in Turbo mode or not.
The bot only comes with these settings on its body. But, you can use the remote control that runs on a pair of AAA batteries allowing you to access all other features of the robot remotely.
When you have inserted the batteries in the remote, you can use it to control the robot manually, program schedules, mute voice prompts, set the clock on the display. However, the LG Hom-bot lacks smartphone app.
The other side of the vacuum (bottom), there’s a battery housing, metallic charging contacts, two rotating side brushes which are helpful in cleaning edges and sweeping debris, cliff detection and lower camera sensors, the main roller brush.
In addition, there are some more sensors at the sides of the robot, and an Of/Off switch and ventilation port located at the back end.
The box in which the robot comes, has a docking station, an AC adapter for the docking station, microfiber mop cloths, an extra dust bin filter, a roller brush for pet hair, a comb-like cleaning tool, and an attachable mop plate.
Setup, Control, and Performance
The LG Bot is easy to setup right out of the box. First, plug the docking station into a wall outlet. Then, place the robot on the docking station making sure that it’s charging, let the robot rest for about three hours to get it fully charge.
Now the robot is filled with power, it only requires a push of the Start/Stop button to activate.
Before you activate the robot, it’s recommended to clear the way of the robot from the pet toys, clothes, or anything that you don’t want the vacuum to suck up.
It can struggle with tangled cords, so make sure the way is totally clear.
Most robots face a problem which is returning itself to the docking station, even some expensive models. Same is the case with LG Bot. So you have to manually steer the robot using the remote control to find the dock. For raised flooring, it requires a little push. For what should be a fully automated process, you can’t simply set and forget this robot.
If you don’t know much about cleaning modes, better read the manual. For instance, My Space mode is used to put the robot in 3.3 feet or smaller rectangular perimeter for cleaning only.
The zigzag mode has the robot sweep back and forth across the floor. Cell-by-Cell divides the area into several rectangular spaces allowing the robot to clean one at a time. And Spiral Spot focus on a specific area.
As for the cleaning performance, the Hom-Bot while running in Turbo mode gets the job done quickly and quietly. The suction power is only higher in this mode, which is good for carpets.
On hardwood floors, the bot performs considerably well, the mop attachment doesn’t offer any noticeable changes in cleaning.
It’s better you go with iRobot Braava 380t if you want shiny floors or iRobot Scooba 450, both are ideal for mopping.
The manufacturer claims that the bot can last for 100 minutes while used in Standard mode, which is enough to clean huge area of an apartment in a single charge, but take some time to juice up again. Though the robot will not last much longer while used in Turbo Mode.
Finally, the Hom-Bot is small enough to sneak under most furniture, quieter, has several cleaning modes, and offers a remote control. But it lacks app, which you can find in other robots having the same price like Roomba 980 or if you want the features but want to save money Neato Botvac connected saves you a lot while offering same features with powerful cleaning and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Overall the LG Hom-Bot Square is an excellent vacuum which is quiet, compact and strong enough to pick up any dust or dirt particles from your floors. It’s simple but lacks remote control.