I wish I had some personal experience on this to share… But unfortunately I currently can only afford to clear my floors manually so… 😂 Here's are some things I found out.
You’re definitely right to say the difference between a high-end and low-end one is really steep… Here’s a comparison between the two extreme ends… Yep it’s almost a 10x difference in price 😱
iRobot Roomba i7+ ($1049)
Size: 33.88 by 33.88 by 9.22 cm
Battery Life: 60 minutes
Excellent camera-based navigation
Automatic room recognition
Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility
Clean Base is bulky
Yes, this is the first ever robot vacuum that really does all of the work for you. It cleans up after you and itself with a self-emptying dustbin so you don’t have to worry about emptying it for up to 60 days. Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Yep… I’ll keep dreaming.
PowerPac PPV3100 with Remote control ($109)
Size: 29.0 by 29.0 by 7.6cm
Battery Life: 50 minutes
More budget friendly
Slim design, able to access hard to reach areas
No water tank, need to damp the cloth before mopping
Motion sensor is not very sensitive
This actually doesn’t sound too bad for someone on a budget, but after reading about one that has a self-emptying dustbin everything seems to pale in comparison…
🤖 There are loads more technical specifications that make the iRobot Roomba i7+ an extremely superior product which contributes to it being high-end. But I guess most of us aren’t able to enjoy the luxury of spending over $1000 on a robot vacuum cleaner… 💸
But if you are planning to invest in one, make sure that you read adequate reviews on it, and ensure that it is able to meet your needs and is within budget!
** ✍️ Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a robot vacuum:**
1. Size of your home
Some robot vacuums are designed for smaller areas like flats, while others are more suited for larger houses.
Do note the size of your furniture as well, some robot vacuums are bulkier and might not fit under your furniture. You might want to measure the height of the space under your beds or sofas.
2. Bin size
Yes this correlates with the size of your home too. If you choose one with a small bin size, you can only clean less than half of the room. So ensure that the vacuum has bin capacity large enough for your home.
3. Floor type
Depending on the type of flooring you have, you need to figure out which model caters to the floor type that you have. Some are able to swap between different floorings, while others need to be manually adjusted.
4. Battery capacity
With a larger battery capacity, the robot vacuum can not only help you clean a larger sized room but also last longer between each charge. As the charging time can go up to 4 hours, it could cause inconveniences. So do look out for this as well!
Some robot vacuum cleaners are louder than others. If you’re someone who needs peace and quiet at home, choose one that is designed to operate quietly. Look out for lower decibel scores such as 65dB level and below.
But if you’re only going to work the robot vacuum while you’re out then perhaps this wouldn’t matter as much.
6. Filter type
Do you or any of your family members have a dust allergy or asthma? In this case, you might want to opt for a robot vacuum with a HEPA filter, as it removes even fine dust and pollen.