Cleaning my house is usually the last item on my "to do" list, but I'm well aware that it's actually one of the most important ones. Instead of doing a subpar job myself, though, I've decided to get out of chores by embracing the future: I, Robot-style. After all, robot vacuums for hardwood floors, grimy windows, and other places I'd rather not get up-close and personal with are handling these gross cleaning tasks just fine — better, even — without my help.
The best robot vacuums and cleaners do everything from unclogging your gutters to ensuring your floors appear absolutely sparkling — these robot vacuums even clean up pet hair, too! And aside from getting out of doing work yourself, using robotic cleaners to clean your home makes the most sense when it comes to being hygienic, too. After all, your kitchen sponge, washing rags, and mops harbor some of the most offending germs of all. (Trust me, my family leveled up to a Roomba years ago, and I'm now a full fledged robot-convert.)
So, do you really need a robot vacuum? That depends on how much free time you have and how thoroughly you clean. If you're like me, free time is nonexistent, and on the thorough-cleanliness side — there is always room for improvement. Ahead, eight awesome robot house cleaners that will save you time (and germs) down the road.
Sweep Up Dust & Pet Hair With Electrostatic Technology
Pick Up Dust Without Knocking Into Furniture
Entertain Your Pets & Take Care of Shedding
Here's a fun cleaning hack — if your pets are the main reason your floor is covered in excess debris (holy shedding), get the sweeping robot that serves as a source of adorable entertainment for your cat, in addition to retaining all their shed fur. These little microfiber-covered balls are made from a propene polymer that picks up dust and hair, which unzips for cleaning. Underneath the cover, they contain a simple AA battery-powered device, which propels the ball across the floor in random directions. Each ball comes with four covers, so you can switch them out as needed, and reviewers confirm that it's "so adorable and picks up so much dust and other stuff!"
Get the Heavier Crumbs & Grit With Three Cleaning Modes
If you or your roommates are particularly sloppy when it comes to your kitchen floors, it's better to be safe than sorry — nothing's worse than when breakfast crumbs and other food debris are tracked back into your bedroom. Ensure even the kitchen corners you normally forget about receive a deeper clean from this three-speed robot, which uses its self-programmed navigation feature to work its way around any room that deserves a thorough sweeping on the reg. Set it for ten, 20, or 90 minutes, and when it's finished, the handle pops up for easy transport back to the closet. The nice part is its easy pop-open garbage collection drawer, which makes emptying the floor cleaner easy and way less gross than traditional bagged options. Plus — it means all you need is the floor cleaner, no need to continuously buy new bags to refill it over time.
Take Care of Mopping & Vacuuming All At Once
If you've had it up to here with taking time out of your day to clean your floors, but you're not about to pay a few hundred every single month to have someone else do it: rejoice! This top-rated robot not only vacuums your hardwood floors and carpeted rooms, but it has the ability mop, and it even can operate under a hybrid version of the two. The innovative robot has a camera on top, which surveys your ceiling for a more accurate way to navigate your home, and users say it runs longer than their other robotic vacuums ever have. One reviewer said the dual mode "is pretty amazing," and that it's particularly great at vacuuming. It's warranty lasts you 12 months, and its ability to traverse all kinds of flooring makes it especially valuable in homes with lots of decorative rugs and mats.
Finally Get Streak-Free Windows That Sparkle
Deep Clean Your Grill While Hanging With Guests
If you're an avid griller (or your partner or roomie is, and they're gearing up for primetime grilling season), don't crack open that grill top until you've got one of these on deck. This robot can clean up after grilling sessions in ten, 20, or 30-minute intervals, freeing up the grill master, so they can head back to the guests. The bot will be taking care of business for as long as eight years, and you just have to charge it back up between uses. Its brushes can be cleaned in the dishwasher, and one pleased reviewer said, "When it finished cleaning and I opened the grill, I was very surprised to see the grates looked as though I had cleaned them myself with a wire brush."
Control Vacuuming & Mopping Via Remote
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