Everyone is doing it but are Robot Vacuums Worth it? A Skeptics Point of View. See what happens when I try one for the first time.
When it comes to gifts I am the first one to tell you I prefer new tech over jewelry. I know, I know...I am a strange woman I guess. There is one exception. If it doesn't serve a purpose or seems too expensive for what it is, I am not interested. I have seen the Roombas and the other robot vacuums and thought that they were just too expensive for a little vacuum robot. I mean, they just vacuum and I already have one. Then I began to wonder, are robot vacuums worth it? Is there something I am missing?
My Shopping Experience
For the social experiment's sake, I decided it was time to grab a robot vacuum and try it out. There are so many to choose from with prices ranging from $100 - $1000! Yes, you read that right $1000 for a robot vacuum. Ok, I am interested, but not that interested. After some research, I found the brand Eufy by Anker. They sell them at many retailers, but Amazon is the easiest way to find them. They have several models and on the day I was shopping amazon had some coupons for them too! I settled on the Eufy 15C Max Robot Vacuum.
Why that model?
Eufy makes a lot of robot vacuums, and from what I read, they are all good. I chose the 15C Max because it was in my budget range, and had the most pick up power; 2000 pa. Plus it had other features that were important to me like wifi capabilities, and the ability to boost power for tough messes.
Because Amazon is fast, thank you Amazon Prime, my order was here in just 2 days. I unboxed this thing faster than a kid at Christmas. It says to charge it fully before first use. When I popped it on the charger it was about 3/4 of the way charged, so it didn't take long. I hit play and decided to let this thing give my house its best shot.
I feel like it is important that you have a little background knowledge about what kind of mess this robot vacuum was tackling. We vacuum regularly with an older Dyson and I felt like my house was clean. We are a family of 5, in the country, with 2 dogs and a cat inside. We have a bunny, but he doesn't make much of a mess (so he doesn't count for this experiment).
Once I turned it on I noticed a couple of things. This Eufy robot vacuum is not very loud, which is nice! The paperwork said it was about 55 decibels, which is around the same as a microwave running for perspective. The other thing is since I chose the Eufy, it does not have mapping technology, so it is all over the place. I was totally ok with that because we are all over the place too...it fits in just fine.
15 Mins Later
15 minutes into its first cleaning I had to know if it was working. I stopped the vacuum just to check the bin. Y'all!!!!! I wanted to vomit! It was so full of pet hair and junk and I was left speechless looking around at a floor I thought was clean. I quickly emptied the bin and sent it on its way again.
End of Day one
At the end of day one, I ran the Eufy Robot Vacuum for a total of 2 hours. I let it clean in every room of my house and emptied the bin every 15 - 20 minutes. YES, I know that is gross. To be honest, I had no idea that my Dyson was failing me. I thought my house was clean, but now my eyes are open.
Ok, so having a robot vacuum has some great features! I know all models are different, but here is what mine has.
A couple of my favorite features are the app that allows me to schedule a time every day or certain days for the vacuum to run. This is great because I don't have to do anything, it just remembers to clean my floors. It's like having a built-in maid. I know some people like to run it at night while they are sleeping, but I think it would wake up my dogs and make them bark. Not quite how I want to wake up at 2 am. So, I decided to set mine to run every day at 7 pm. That way it gets the dirt from the day and we start fresh and clean the next day
Easy to Maintain
I love that this little robot vacuum also has a built-in filter, and came with all of the tools needed to keep it clean. It has been a breeze to keep maintained and run.
Alexa or Google Home Compatible
Fits Under the Couch
This doesn't seem like a feature to some, but have you looked under a couch lately? This is a feature for me! This little robot vacuum regularly travels under my couch, chairs, and bed to clean up dust, hair, and grime. I swear my house has never been cleaner!
At the push of a button, or when the Robot Vacuum is done with its cycle, it returns to its dock by itself to charge. It is fun to watch, and amazing to think that this little vacuum can communicate with its base to find it.
I will admit that I am a robot vacuum convert, and yes I think that robot vacuums are worth it! My house is cleaner than ever. The floor gets picked up by the kids after dinner so that the vacuum can run. It even vacuums the rugs by the door. To be honest, it really is like having someone come in and clean for you. I love it!
You have to really consider the amount you are spending too. I spent a little over $200 for this model. At that price for the features and cleaning power, I feel that I got a bargain. I think that you can spend too much on a robot vacuum and it would cancel out the need.
What about my other vacuum? Do I still need it? To be honest I have not used my Dyson since I got this Robot Vacuum. Frankly, I am disappointed that it was missing so much filth. I can see where a vacuum would be needed still for other jobs, but as far as keeping my floors dirt and dog hair free this is really working well.
At the end of the day, I am super happy with my purchase. I am even happier that there is one less thing on my to-do list every day. It is a huge weight off of my shoulders to know that my floors are clean, and I really don't have to do anything to keep them that way.
I was sharing my experience with the Eufy Robovac 15c Max because that is the one I purchased. This is not a sponsored post. Just sharing something that is working for me.
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I am Amanda. Mom to 3 wonderful kids & lots of furbabies. Plus wife to my hubby, David, for 20 years (gosh that makes me sound old). In our house we love to get outside, have family fun, and enjoy all Florida has to offer (Hey, Universal!) We do all of that with a few shortcuts.