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How to choose a robot vacuum cleaner: 6 things you should consider | Digital Trends Spanish


Robot vacuums are often the big draws at shopping events like Black Friday, Cyber ​​Monday, or Amazon Prime. The reason? They allow you to buy time for yourself and enjoy doing what you like the most. If you are weighing in equipping your home with one, we will tell you how to choose a robot vacuum cleaner and what aspects you should consider.

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Robot vacuum cleaners usually cost more than a traditional one, with prices starting at $ 200 for the most basic models and that can exceed $ 1,000 for the most advanced. But even if you think you don’t need them, after trying them, you’ll know they’re worth it… unless you enjoy vacuuming. However, before making a decision, these are the things you should consider:

1) Navigation system

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The navigation system and sensors are the key features when choosing your robot vacuum cleaner. Although they have a direct relationship with the price you will pay for your equipment, it will ultimately translate into the time you will spend to cover a space. There are four types of navigation systems, which will impact the price:

  • Random browsing: the vacuum cleaner moves in a random pattern and makes decisions based on the obstacles it encounters along the way. They are the cheapest, but the least efficient.
  • Gyroscope navigation: The vacuum cleaner has a gyroscope that allows you to orient yourself, know the direction you are going, and the degrees you have turned. It can be repetitive, but it is more efficient than the random system.
  • Mapping and location by camera: vSLAM (Video Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) technology vacuums feature a camera to create a floor plan of the room, optimizing cleaning. Although it is more accurate than gyro, it has trouble with light.
  • Laser mapping: It is the most efficient system, as a laser light located in the center of the vacuum cleaner allows you to create a map of the room and accurately calculate distances. It is the most advanced and expensive.

If there are stairs in your home, you should evaluate if you need a vacuum cleaner that has an anti-fall sensor –which identifies important unevennesses–, to prevent collisions with other objects or to establish prohibited areas.

2) Suction power and brushes

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Another factor to take into account is the suction power, which is measured in Pascals (pa). A vacuum cleaner with a level higher than 1,000 pa could give a fair to good result, but from 1,500 pa it is estimated to have a good result.

If you are one of those who prefer quiet environments, you should bear in mind that a higher power implies more noise. Generally, most vacuum cleaners are set between 60 and 70 decibels.

But in addition to the suction power, the side brushes also help the cleaning work. Depending on the navigation system, you may need one (more advanced) or two (less advanced). For an even deeper clean, some have center brushes.

3) Programming and special functions

Do you need a robot vacuum that has to be activated manually or do you prefer one that you can program and even monitor from a mobile application? The connectivity and scheduling functions are also another important aspect.

If you’re home all day, you probably won’t have a problem turning it on, but if you spend most of it outside your home, you may need a vacuum that you can program and that has advanced features.

Most vacuum cleaners have automatic, edge cleaning (edge) and focused (for a particular point), as well as returning to the charging base when its battery is running low.

However, the more advanced ones include additional features, such as defining restricted rooms and zones, configuring which places to clean, or remote administration through an application.

Another complementary feature are those that include mop. Some vacuum and mop simultaneously, while others do the job separately. Unless you don’t need it because you only have carpet, this is a feature that will make your floor look cleaner.

4) Autonomy and performance


Since robot vacuums work on the basis of a rechargeable battery, it might seem that one of the key aspects to consider is the autonomy time on a single charge and how long it takes to refuel to be able to work again.

For example, some vacuum cleaners guarantee 120 minutes of continuous work and the same time to recharge; while others are replenished in 100 minutes, but yield only 75 minutes.

Although battery life is a factor to consider, it is much more important to know the performance in square meters. For the same reason, the more advanced the navigation system, the higher the performance is likely to be.

5) Filtration system and tank capacity


You should also evaluate the filtration system. The most efficient is HEPA, which are capable of trapping up to 99.95 percent of dust and mite microparticles without being released into the air, making them ideal for homes with pets. If this is not your case, an EPA 11 (95%) or EPA 12 (99.5%) system could be sufficient.

But in addition to the filtration system, you must evaluate the capacity of the waste tank, which is measured in liters. An adequate capacity to guarantee at least a complete cleaning cycle is between 0.3 to 0.5 liters, although everything will depend on the size of your home.

Some vacuum cleaners have a visual indicator, it can be monitored from the app or even the more advanced ones have an emptying system that is located in the same charging base, which guarantees you a much longer autonomy time.

6) Replacement of spare parts

Finally, you should also consider the ease of finding spare parts, since every so often you will have to replace at least the filters and brushes of the vacuum cleaner.

Although it depends on the manufacturer’s recommendation, generally after six months of frequent use you should consider a replacement. If you’re buying a robot vacuum, see if the manufacturer has an easily accessible replacement system where you live.

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