I’ll freely admit that I’m not a big fan of housework, but I know it’s necessary. I’m more than willing to do my share – it’s just that if there’s an easier way of doing things I’m all for it. That’s why I’ve become increasingly interested in robot vacuum cleaners and their potential to take over a large portion of the housework that my family currently does the old-fashioned way. It seems every time we clean our floors there is a little one just waiting in the wings to re-create the chaos that was there before. Short of telling the kids they can’t play in the house, the best idea I’ve come up with is purchasing one of these devices to replace some of the constant cleaning that we do every day.

The Pure Clean PUCRC15 is one of the most affordable robot vacuums I’ve found so far. This model is priced under $100, which is probably about the best price you’re going to get on this type of vacuum if you want one that actually does the job that it was advertised to do. Why spend exorbitant amounts of money if you can find a machine that does the same job at a much lower price?

Self-Programmed Cleaning

As you use this vacuum it becomes more familiar with your home and actually has a built-in self-programming cleaning technology that allows it to learn as it goes. That means in no time at all it will be navigating its way around your living room with ease. This type of technology is a long way from being perfect, so it may get stuck from time to time, but with a little patience it can become a great tool for making your life a lot easier.

Don’t Worry about Obstacles

The great thing about a home is that it’s constantly changing and evolving on a daily basis – there are always new obstacles in the way. What’s nice about this little machine is that it has a built-in obstacle detection technology that allows it to adapt to such a changing environment. Without this type of technology the machine would surely get stuck just about every time you started it up. Again, it probably will still get stuck every once in a while, but with this built-in technology it’s designed to work around things more often than not.

No Need for Bags

Another great thing about a robot vacuum is that there’s no bag that you have to change constantly. If you’ve ever changed a vacuum cleaner bag before you’ll know that it can be quite messy and changing it is never a fun chore. The Pure Clean has a garbage collection tray, instead of a bag, which is a lot easier to remove and change. Due to its solid nature there’s less of a chance that you’ll make a mess and personally, I find this to be a much more user-friendly design than traditional vacuum cleaners.

You Control the Time

Sometimes your floor isn’t that dirty and just needs a simple once over that won’t take more than a few minutes, but other times you may have significant dust buildup and in this instance you may need several passes of the vacuum cleaner before your floors will be properly cleaned. This model has three different timer modes that you can set based on your own needs. There is a 10-minute mode, a 20-minute mode, and a 90-minute mode for maximum clean. If this machine can’t clean your floors in 90 minutes chances are you have bigger problems.

Works on Most Surfaces

Make no mistake, this is not a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner and it will get bogged down if it’s used on the wrong type surface. It’s great for hardwood floors, linoleum, tile, and hard flat carpets, but if you have a thick shag carpet this is probably not the machine for you.

In our home our main floor is one hundred percent hardwood and tile so this machine would be perfect, but our upstairs bedrooms and landing are fully carpeted with a thick carpet that this machine probably wouldn’t handle so well. When you consider that it’s priced at less than $100 it may be still an option to purchase one of these and use it on the main floors while using a traditional vacuum cleaner upstairs. Every home will be different, but you probably get the idea.

Where It Falls Short

If you’re looking for a quiet vacuum cleaner you may be surprised by this model – according to a few customers it’s surprisingly noisy and if that’s a problem for you this may not be the model you need. Another issue that seems to be a problem for this little vacuum is that it doesn’t do all that well if you have thick grime on the floor. It’s meant predominately as a preventative cleaning tool and is not for heavy-duty jobs.

Not a Bad Investment

While the Pure Clean PUCRC15 does have a couple of problems it’s surprisingly versatile for a product priced under $100. I like the fact that you can choose how long to run it, and I also like the easy-change garbage tray that it comes with. It would be nice if it worked on thick shag carpet, but it’s still not bad for the price tag.