Believe it or not there are literally dozens of options in the robot vacuum cleaner market and it’s well on the way to becoming an established product category. In the early days of robot vacuums they were simply a novelty item that very few people had, or could afford – these days just about everybody knows somebody that owns one and there’s a good chance they’d like to own one themselves. Other than the fact that they actually clean your floors for you, they are also cordless and that means you don’t have to worry about finding a plug nearby in order to clean, which is a big plus.

If you’re like me and you’re strongly considering purchasing one of these devices, you may want to start off with an affordable product to see if you like it. You can certainly spend hundreds of dollars on a robot vacuum cleaner, but that’s a lot of money to spend on a product that you’re not sure you’re going to like. The iTouchless Vacuum Cleaner PRO can be purchased for under $150 and does a pretty credible job of cleaning your home. When I was looking for my first tablet I didn’t run out and buy an iPad right away – instead I purchased a simple tablet for under $100 and soon learned I loved it. Within a year or two I upgraded to an iPad, and I think the same philosophy applies here.

Compact Design

The great thing about a robot vacuum is that they’re very compact in nature, which makes them ideal for fitting under furniture such as couches and beds. I can only speak for myself, but I’m pretty sure there hasn’t been a vacuum cleaner in some areas under my bed for quite some time. The great advantage of a cleaner like this is that it can get right under your bed and clean out all the dust bunnies. You might not notice all that dust buildup under there, but it’s certainly not a great thing if you have allergies.

Minimize Damage

Something in the back of my mind that really concerned me as I began to research robot vacuum cleaners was the potential for damage to my furniture. I’ve seen some of these devices with hard plastic surfaces and would imagine if they hit in to the edge of your coffee table too hard they could do some serious damage. This particular model actually has bumpers around its edges that are designed to protect your furniture by cushioning the impact if the vacuum makes contact. It also has sensors that are designed to detect large objects in its way and avoid them.

You Can Be the Boss

While it’s nice to know you have a vacuum in your home that can take over the chore for you and leave you to do other things, it’s also nice to know that you can take control whenever you want to. The iTouchless PRO comes with a remote control which allows you to take the reins whenever you feel it’s necessary. This is particularly advantageous when the machine becomes stuck or when you just want to speed up the process because you’re in a rush.

Battery Protection

A big problem with some robot vacuums is that when they become stuck they continuously attempt to get themselves out of the situation. This results in a lot of wasted battery power and can minimize the amount of cleaning that the vacuum actually does. This particular model has a built-in safety feature which causes it to stop when it becomes stuck so you don’t have to worry about it running the battery right down. It would be nice if it didn’t become stuck at all, but it’s comforting to know that when it does become stuck it won’t deplete its battery entirely.

When the battery is running low a warning sound will emanate from the machine, along with a flashing light. This will alert you to the need to plug it in and allow you to prevent the machine from running out of battery power completely. Unfortunately, it does not have a charge station which it automatically returns to like some of the more expensive models, so you will have to directly plug it into a wall outlet yourself.

Some Other Problems

As you might expect with an affordable product like this, it’s far from perfect; in fact, customers have complained about this vacuum on more than one occasion. For one thing, it doesn’t have a timer so you can’t just program it to begin cleaning when you’re out of the home – you’re actually going to have to be at home to get the ball rolling yourself. It also doesn’t have programming that tells it when not to cross a barrier, so if you don’t want it going into certain rooms you’re going to have to set up physical barriers yourself. One final thing to consider is that some customers complain it doesn’t hold its charge very well. It’s advertised to last for about 80 minutes, but most customers say you’re lucky to get about an hour’s worth of cleaning from it.

Not Really Sure

The iTouchless Robotic Intelligent Vacuum Cleaner PRO is one of those products that I’m really sitting on the fence with. It certainly has some great features, especially for a device that’s priced under $150, but it also has a few problems that are leading me to hesitate a little bit. When you consider that there are other affordable options on the market priced at under $200 with fewer problems, I’d be really cautious in purchasing this model – I’d probably spend the extra $50 and buy a more reliable unit.