Small robots that do the housework alone, what do we think? In front of the multiplicity of the offer, our advice to find the model of robot vacuum cleaner which you need!
A robot vacuum cleaner, what is it?
Mounted on wheels, this compact machine is equipped with suction nozzles and side brushes, to collect dust in the corners and along the walls. It works by itself, going from room to room, and regardless of the coverings: this vacuum cleaner automatically adapts its suction mode. Once the session is over or in case of low battery, it returns to its base of loading.
What we like with a robot vacuum cleaner
Its great autonomy, due to an intelligent detection system. Thanks to sensors, the robot establishes a precise cartography of the room where it is located, bypasses the obstacles (walls, furniture, electrical wires, stairs ...) and ensures a methodical cleaning of the ground. Its small size (less than 9 cm in height) allows it to fit under most furniture. It is also appreciated the possibility of programming the suction, sometimes even via a smartphone.
The disadvantages of a robot vacuum cleaner
With the robot vacuum cleaner, you have to accept losing control! And then, the coverage rate of the device is not optimal (we speak of 90%): it can not push the furniture ... Prefer models square or shaped "D" in round formats, they access better At the corners, choose a top-of-the-range model for more than € 350. Otherwise, there is a good chance that the robot will get lost, fall, stumble in front of an obstacle (even a carpet!) ... Anyway , this type of vacuum cleaner is rather an additional device, because it is condemned to remain on the ground: it can not dust off the sofas, skirting boards, stairs, etc.
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The robot vacuum cleaner is for you if ...
You want everything to be flawless on a daily basis, without moving from your sofa. You are technophile and your home is uncluttered, without much furniture.
Our selection of robot vacuum cleaners
Equipped with 3 XXL brushes, it goes under the lowest furniture (H 6 cm). Possibility of programming. Autonomy 80 min, 58 dB. SmartPro Compact, Philips, 349 €.
Two in one
It sucks and lava in a single pass, thanks to a mop microfibre connected to a removable water tank. Autonomy 90 min, 65 dB. Sweepy, E-ziclean, 449 €.
Connected to wifi, this robot is controlled from a smartphone: start, stop, monitoring the suction path ... Autonomy 6 h, 69 dB. Botvac Connected, Neato, 749 €.
Easy to use, it has a Spot Clean mode to quickly vacuum debris on a small area (spilled cereals, etc.). Autonomy 2 hours, 61 dB. Roomba 616, iRobot, 369 €.
It is controlled via an LCD screen or remotely, thanks to a remote control. It can also be programmed. Autonomy 90 min, 70 dB. Kobold VR200, Vorwerk vacuum cleaner, 749 €.
It maps the whole house, then there is only to choose the parts to clean. Touch screen and remote control. Autonomy 90 min, 69 dB. Powerbot SR20K9350W, Samsung, 1199 €.
360 ° vision
With a powerful engine and a camera, it avoids all obstacles. Remote control via smartphone. Autonomy 45 min. Dyson 360 Eye, Dyson, 1190 €.
Equipped with cameras, he sends photos on smartphone in case of movements during your absence. Autonomy 100 min, 60 dB. Hm-Bot Turbo +, LG, 1099 €.
What is centralized aspiration?
Manufacturers assure it: this system is more hygienic, more practical and less noisy than a conventional vacuum cleaner. No need to carry the sled from room to room, a central vacuum collects all the dust from the house. This large motorized tank is equipped with a filter bag or an XXL collection tray. Installed in the basement, garage or closet, it is connected to wall outlets distributed in the habitat (count a catch for 50 m2). We just connect a long hose (about 9 m) with a suction head, and go for a super-efficient cleaning session! The network is rather simple to install - it is not reserved for new constructions. Only problem, the cost: count about 2000 € for a complete installation, including installation. Note, there are ready-to-install kits, two times cheaper. To find out more, go to Duovac.fr, Aldes.fr or Cyclovac.fr.
The UFO: the water vacuum
No bag or filter, but a 2-liter water tank: made in Germany, this vacuum cleaner is new! His secret? A turbine which, turning at high speed, traps the dust to direct it towards the water. As a bonus, the device purifies the air and dislodges dust mites from our bedding. Alas, the machine is rather bulky and downright expensive ... 67 dB. Delphin, 2430 €.