Vacuum cleaners have been around for quite some time now. These revolutionized home appliances and offered customers the ability to automatically gather all the dust in a machine. All you had to do was empty the dust every now and then, and let the machine do its work again. A few years ago, something known as smart vacuum cleaners started making the rounds. And even these devices have evolved gradually thanks to advanced technology that is available at our disposal today. Needless to say, the technology has evolved, and so have these little helpers.
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Roomba was one of the first smart vacuum cleaners to be available in the markets. It is now one of the most popular smart vacuum cleaners you can get in the market. However, with time, there are a handful of new competitors in the fray now, including Samsung, which is widely considered to be a juggernaut in the home appliances segment. So given that there are so many options for the customers out there, it makes sense to check out a handful of them to give you a better idea about their performance. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with either of them, although there are some obvious benefits of picking a particular variant over the other.
5 best smart robot vacuums in 2017 with Android app
One of the most popular robot vacuum cleaners available in the industry today, the iRobot Roomba is still available in the same form as it was a few years ago. However, the manufacturers have added the ability to control it entirely using your smartphone and a companion app which is available on the Google Play Store. Since it’s a new model, the Roomba comes with support for Google Home as well as the Amazon Alexa, basically letting you control this WiFi-controlled robot with just your voice. But since there’s a dedicated smartphone app to help you control it, we don’t see much use for voice guidance here.
The Roomba is capable of mapping your entire home and even follow schedules depending on your availability at home. The mapping feature is common among smart vacuum cleaners and is a crucial feature to have for the robot to accurately clean the entirety of your house. The makers are touting the use of superior mapping tech underneath along with visual localization to help with this. The Roomba comes with tangle-free brushes inside which can easily handle pet hair as well. It is capable of running for up to two hours on a full charge. Following this, the Roomba will recharge itself and pick up where it left to finish the job. Overall, the iRobot Roomba is a pretty innovative product and we cannot recommend it highly enough to the customers. The Roomba can be bought via Amazon for $799.99.
The Android app, known as iRobot HOME, is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and up. Naturally, it’s a free download since it’s only compatible with the iRobot Roomba.
The Botvac is pretty similar to the Roomba in terms of functionality and comes with a dedicated Android app to be used as a remote control. The unique D-shaped design means that the Botvac can even clean the remotest edges of your walls and floors, thus ensuring you of a complete cleaning job. There is an Eco and Turbo power mode available with the device, allowing you to save battery or get a complete clean of the house, depending on the preference. Customers can opt for the former if there’s not a lot of dust to pick up and they merely want a brief cleanup. The Turbo mode will pick up even the harshest of dust, including hair.
The company is also touting the presence of LaserSmart mapping and navigation to ensure that all corners of your house are stored in the Botvac’s brains for easier and efficient cleanup on a regular basis. The Neato Botvac can be bought in two variants. The company is offering a standard “connected” variant for $649.99, while a bundle which also comes with the Amazon Echo Dot can be purchased for $699.98. Both variants make sense unless you already have an Amazon Echo at your home.
The Android app is known simply as Neato Robotics and can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store right away. It is compatible with devices running Android 4.1 and higher, which means a majority of the devices that broke cover after 2012 should be covered. Both the app and the product have received very good ratings, speaking volumes about the quality it offers.
Samsung is no stranger to home appliances. But it was a bit of a surprise when it launched the POWERbot not too long ago. Mainly because this particular segment comprised mainly of small players in the market. The POWERbot is a pretty capable offering on its own and comes with extensive sets of controls to help you adjust the cleaning as per your preference. It also boasts of the world’s most powerful suction with up to 70x more power compared to conventional robot vacuum cleaners. It also comes with visionary mapping and the FullView Sensor on board to allow the robot to get a proper feel of the house. The device is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, which is to be expected with modern day home appliances.
One of the features that I personally like is the fact that you can point in a particular direction and the POWERbot will start cleaning that area right away. Something known as the “CycloneForce Technology” assures users of an efficient cleanup without any clogging of the vents. Samsung has clearly covered all its bases with this particular product and we expect no better from an industry giant like Samsung. The POWERbot will set you back by $926.85, which puts it slightly above most robot vacuum cleaners, but since this is one of the most recognizable companies in the world, we’re not particularly surprised.
The accompanying Android app to control the POWERbot is known as Samsung Smart Home, which can also be used to control a range of other devices out there. It is compatible with all smartphones running Android 4.0 and higher.
One of the more expensive options on this list, the Dyson 360 EYE offers a comprehensive cleanup of your home thanks to the advanced tech used in its making. As you would know, the suction used in a vacuum cleaner is one of the most important aspects here. Dyson is using one of the best motors here, dubbed V2, which ensures that all the dust is gathered in a quick and efficient manner. The company’s Cyclone technology is widely acclaimed in the industry, and this particular product uses something known as the Radial Root Cyclone tech. It also comes with a full-width brush bar to clean even the corners of your house. The company usually offers this on its larger machines but is bringing the tech to the smaller vacuum cleaner for the first time.
This technology is found in many popular robotic vacuum cleaners, and it’s no surprise to find it here. However, Dyson’s implementation is slightly different compared to the rest. Naturally, users can also control this particular vacuum cleaner using a dedicated app for Android. Overall, the Dyson 360 is a pretty spectacular machine to have. The product is priced at $1,128.42, which is significantly more than the rest of the products offered here. This is mostly due to the fact that the seller is offering the international version of the vacuum cleaner here.
The Android app is known simply as Dyson Link and can be found on the Google Play Store. It’s a free download and is compatible with devices running Android 4.0 and higher.
This particular offering from ECOVACS comes with a five-stage cleaning system, allowing users to get the best clean up their house can get. It also comes with an extra accessory set, thus saving you the trouble of having to invest in new components. Thanks to the use of powerful wheels, the DEEBOT is also capable of climbing inclines and slopes. This is a feature that most vacuum cleaners in the segment cannot offer, and is thus gives it a distinct advantage over the competition. The scheduling feature ensures that you don’t have to manually activate it every day to clean up your house. Taking all these features into account, the DEEBOT is a pretty powerful offering on this list.
Further, the addition of a larger dustbin on the machine, it can work for longer intervals. This feature can be extremely helpful if you live in a larger house with more rooms to clean than usual. The onboard sensors ensure that it doesn’t collide with furniture or even the stairs. Of course, you can even pair it with your smartphone to make sure you control it from practically anywhere in the house. The app also tells you how much battery is left on the DEEBOT, which is always convenient. The company is also offering a one-year warranty along with the product. Perhaps one of the best features of the DEEBOT is that it only costs $229.98, making it one of the cheapest offerings on this list. The product is currently available from Amazon, although we’re not sure if stocks will last long. With a customer rating of over 4 stars, the DEEBOT is certainly one of the best compact and budget vacuum cleaners you can get in the market today.
The accompanying Android app is known as ECOVACS and can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. The app is compatible with devices running Android 4.0 and higher. It was only recently updated, so you can be assured of getting frequent updates that patch some bugs and introduce some new features along the way.