If you’re considering the purchase of a robot vacuum cleaner, you may be surprised to know that there are quite a few models on the market that not only do a great job of vacuuming your home, but also they give you other cleaning options. I think most of us would agree that it’s nice to have options, and if you’re going to get your home as clean as possible you need to do more than just vacuum; some of the better models on the market are actually designed to do just that.

Personally, I was actually surprised to find out that there are robot vacuum cleaners that do more than just vacuum. In fact, I probably never gave it too much though until now. That doesn’t mean I don’t think extra features are useful though, as at one point in my life I didn’t see the need for a smart phone but now I couldn’t imagine living without one.

The Disappointing

One reason you need to be really careful and read the fine print if you think you’ve found the perfect deal on a robot vacuum cleaner is because not all of them actually vacuum. There are robot cleaners out there that simply dust your floor, and while that may keep your floors looking cleaner in between vacuuming sessions it will never truly replace your vacuum cleaner. If you’re going to remove dust particles, dirt, allergens, and other germs from your environment you need something with a little suction power that will physically remove these particulates. Personally, I don’t really see much point in purchasing a robot cleaner that’s limited to dusting duties.

The Obvious

The type of machine you should really be looking for are ones that can actually vacuum your floors and remove particulates from your environment. How they go about this varies, as some use a traditional rotating brush that pushes dirt into the suction hole on your vacuum and others simply avoid the brush altogether and go right to the suctioning. The point is, no matter which type of robot vacuum cleaner you have it’s important to make sure that they do actually have the suctioning capability that will remove dirt.

The Surprising

Where things really get interesting is when you find robot vacuum cleaners that come with a mopping attachment. There are a couple of different variations of this type of product; some actually have a water holding tank for distributing liquid cleaner as the robot moves around the floor, and others simply have a mop attachment that you have to physically apply liquid to yourself. The first option is definitely the way to go if you can afford it, as it will provide you with one autonomous little robot that can both vacuum and mop your floors for you.

What’s Next?

The robot vacuum cleaner product category is one I intend to keep a close eye on over the next few years, as I can foresee continuous advancements in this type of technology. They’re bound to get a little more powerful and provide you with a lot more cleaning options. It would be nice to see a model in the future that can automatically detect whether it should be dusting, mopping, or vacuuming and make the adjustment itself, but that type of advancement is probably at least a few years off yet.

The Best Option Now

While robot vacuum cleaners might not be entirely autonomous in the sense that they can replace all of the cleaning duties you’re currently doing now, they’re getting better all the time. There’s no doubt that the vacuums that include the ability to mop your floors as well as vacuum them are the best solutions currently on the market, but even these have a long way to go. This is an exciting product category that’s certain to see a lot of improvement in the coming years. I’m still holding out for my own personal robot butler that can do the dishes and polish the furniture as well. Hey, it’s okay to dream, right?

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