Whether you love them or loathe them, household chores are a necessary part of everyday life. So wouldn’t it be great to have someone or something to pick up the slack? Enter: robot vacuum cleaners, a worthwhile investment for any busy household.
Robot vacuum cleaners have recently hugely risen in popularity, especially as more affordable models have joined the vacuum market with options that suit most budgets – Aldi even brought out its own model last year which promptly sold out.
Manufacturers offer a wide range of features on these smart cleaners like voice control, room mapping and even automatic dirt disposal.
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Depending on the level of technology you’re looking for, robot vacuums can still be very expensive – one product we tested cost almost £1,200.
So before you invest in a robot vacuum, it’s important to consider exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s a dual function cleaner that can vacuum and mop, a low maintenance product that effectively cleans hardwood floors only, or a powerful hoover that will reach every corner of your home, sucking up pet hair, dust, and everything else in between.
To help you make this decision, we’ve tested out a range of robot vacuum cleaners in three different settings: a small bedroom with a hardwood floor and rugs for the robot to navigate over; a large, open-plan kitchen complete with dining table and chairs; and a carpeted living room featuring numerous obstacles such as sofas, a coffee table, a desk and a television. Our final pick features the products that performed the best in these challenges and we believe are worth investing in.
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