A robot vacuum cleaner is a great housekeeper for your home as it can complete day-to-day cleaning tasks without you having to pick up a vac yourself, saving your time and energy. Plus, if you’re short on space, thanks to its compact size, it won’t occupy much room in your home.
If you’re brand new to robot vacuum cleaners, you might be overwhelmed by the number of features and models available. Before you jump the gun and going to buy the first model you can find, ask yourself: what do I really need?
This comprehensive robot vacuum buying guide is intended to provide you with all the information you need to make a wise and informed choice.
To get started, ask yourself these questions first:
- How big is your house?
- Do you have carpets or hardwood?
- Do you have any budget limits?
- How often do you clean your floor?
- Do you mind water stains after mopping the floor?
- Will you need the robot vacuum to clean your house while you’re away?
- Do you live in an apartment complex where excessive noise might disturb your neighbors?
- Do you want your robot cleaner to have both vacuum and mop features?
- Would you prefer a robot vacuum that can clean every corner of your house?
Now that you have brainstormed and prepared this initial information, it’s time to understand more about this product and the options available.
Why should you get a robot vacuum cleaner?
A robot vacuum keeps things relatively clean and saves you the hassle of hauling out the heavy canister vacuum every time bread crumbs fall on the floor. Robot vacuums are great for daily tidying-- picking up stray crumbs, hair of all types, dust bunnies, and everything else that finds its way onto your floors.
Many robot vacuums can be scheduled to run as often as multiple times a day, and some app-enabled robots allow you to watch their progress as they clean. If you’re concerned about allergies, Narwal's product is designed with HEPA Filter, which can prevent allergies.
What are the benefits of a robot vacuum cleaner over an upright vacuumer?
If you’re considering bringing a robot vacuum cleaner into your home but aren’t sure whether to take the leap, here are some of the benefits of these autonomous little cleaners.
- Time-saving: one of the best aspects of a robot vacuum cleaner is the fact that it cleans your home all by itself. A robot vacuum cleaner saves you valuable time and leaves you one less chore to do yourself.
- Cleans while you’re out: you can program the robot to run on specific days and at specific times. You can also schedule cleaning for when you’re at work and enjoy the feeling of coming home to a clean house.
- Better reach: thanks to their small size, robots can get under heavy furniture that you wouldn’t usually be able to clean yourself.
- Vacuum and mopping: many of the newer robot cleaners are dual functions, with mopping capabilities as well as vacuuming. In addition, Narwal solution has an innovative self-cleaning function. The base station auto-detects mops' dirtiness and wipes out the dirt. Then, the dirt gets stored in a separate tank to be dropped.
- Space-saving: the compact and minimalistic design means robot cleaners take up much less space in your home than a traditional vacuum cleaner. Actually, Narwal's high-tech design makes them a spotlight in your house.
- APP control: You can operate and control the robot vacuum through a smartphone app. At your fingertips, you can set virtual no-go zones and choose multiple scenarios and cleaning plans.
What to look for in a robot vacuum cleaner?
While using a robot vacuum is easy enough, shopping for one can be overwhelming. Here are the main aspects to look for when considering which one to buy.
The dimensions of a robot vacuum cleaner determine how well it can get into tight spots, such as under your kitchen cabinets and low-clearance furniture (couches and recliners). If it’s too tall, it won’t be able to reach into these spots, or worse, it will get in and get stuck until you physically free it. Besides, the bigger robot vacuum, the larger dustbin. Robot vacuums don’t use expandable bags like many of their stand-up brethren do, so when it comes to debris capacity, what you see is what you get.
Most robot vacuum cleaners feature the ability to change suction and other cleaning functions to adapt to different floor surfaces, either automatically or with input from you. As for Narwal, you can adjust its suction power and the humidity of the mopping pad through the app.
The filter captures small particles and invisible allergens efficiently.
The allure of robot vacuums is their promise to complete their task with minimal management from you. In order to do that, they must be able to navigate a room’s unique layout, maneuver around furniture and other obstacles, and avoid hazards such as falling down stairs and smart-avoiding obstacles.
Robot vacuums with mapping capabilities usually come equipped with an onboard camera or laser reflections to produce a 360-degree view of the room. This allows the robot vac to create a map of the space and locate itself within that map. When the robot maps a house for the first time, speed and accuracy are two key points. The advantage of mapping is the robot will know which areas it has already cleaned and which it hasn’t, to avoid going over the same spot unnecessarily. This feature also reminds it to resume cleaning if it must stop and recharge midway through the task.
The "Child Lock" feature can protect your child's safety. This function was designed to help prevent children from getting hurt while improperly using the robot.
Robot cleaner daily cleaning tips
Using a robot vacuum cleaner is usually a pretty straightforward task, but you can help it perform better with these easy tips:
Even the most hi-tech sensors can’t navigate around piles of Legos or dirty laundry, so to give the vacuum the best chance of success, have a quick tidy before you leave.
Use the timers
Robot vacuums work best if they clean every day. Learn how to use the schedule and set it to clean when you know you’ll be out of the house.
Place the Base station in a good location
The Base station should be placed against a wall with enough space on either side of the station and open space in front of it. The open space allows the robot to properly orient itself when it’s sent on a cleaning run and helps it find its way home.
Stay home for your robot vacuum's first 3-5 runs
Many homes have hot spots—a weird door jamb, a lumpy rug—where you will need to rescue your vac. Do a quick run-through beforehand for robot booby traps, like ribbons and pieces of string.
Narwal robot maintaining tips
Robot vacuums will do most of the hard work while you do something else. But even smart vacuums need maintenance to keep them performing at their best. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your robot vacuum cleaner for longer:
Empty the dustbin and wastewater tanks
Depending on how dirty your home is, you will want to empty your robot vacuum's dustbin after every use. If you run your robot vacuum daily and don't have pets, you should empty the dustbin at least once a week. In addition, the water tanks also need cleaning.
Clean the filter and dustbin
Cleaning the filter is important because the vacuum doesn't clean as well when the filter is dirty. You can clean most models' filters and dustbins with water. Each week, you can clean and thoroughly dry the dustbin while letting the filtered air dry. Make sure the filter and dustbin dry completely before you use them again.
Clean front wheel, brushes, sensors, and charging contacts
You should do this every two to four weeks. Most robot vacuums come with a cleaning tool with a brush on one end and a cutting blade on the other. Use these to cut out hairs that are wrapped around the brushes and wheel and brush away debris. You can also use a soft dry cloth to dust the sensors and charging contacts of your robot vacuum cleaner.
Follow these tips and you’ll be prolonging the lifespan of your robot vacuum cleaner. If these are not enough, we have gathered other useful suggestions for you:
- Shake off the filter every few sessions and replace it every few dozen sessions
- Clean the bearings on the caster, and side brushes every few weeks
- Replace filters and side brushes a few times per year, the mopping pads about once a year, and the battery as needed—probably every second year, though that depends on how often you use the robot vacuum cleaner
To Wrap it Up
Vacuuming is one of the most loathed household chores. Robot vacuums don’t have unwieldy cords or hoses to contend with, and they require little effort from you: You can run one from your couch using a smartphone app, and the higher-end models can be programmed to wake up and start cleaning without any intervention at all. Robot vacuums also easily dispose of the most common household debris — including food crumbs, pet hair, and dust — making them ideal for routine maintenance and quick cleanings when you’re expecting a guest.
Narwal vacuum robot has a white minimalist design and operates quietly. The noise level is 45 dB when you mopped the floor and 60 dB when vacuuming. In addition, our product also offers self-cleaning, fast charging, strong suction, and APP control.
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