You would think I'd be all about a robot vacuum. I love everything clean. I love saving time. And I'm a total tech nerd! However, I don't have one. Watch this video to find out why!
I have watched an embarrassing amount of vacuum reviews on YouTube. I don't know why, but I totally geek out on them– stick vacuums, regular vacuums, robot vacuums– really any vacuums LOL!
When I'm talking about a robot vacuum, I mean the little round vacuums that motor themselves along sucking up dirt while you sleep or do whatever. They sound like such a time-saver. I think they would work great for a lot of people, but here are the three biggest reasons I don't have one:
It won't work for the area where I need it most.
The messiest area in our house is where my kids eat. It's really the only area that absolutely needs vacuumed daily. They drop crumbs and bits of cheese, etc. all over. However, we have bar stools there, and I don't think there's any way a robot vacuum could maneuver around them to effectively suck up what I need it to.
I do think it would work well around our dining room table, but the kids don't eat there as often. So, if I'm still going to have to pull out my stick vacuum to clean up after them, it kind of defeats the purpose for me.
Expense vs. Lifespan
In my whole history of vacuums, from the super cheap one I bought in college to the fancier, expensive canister ones I've bought later, my vacuums all seem to last only about two years.
I think this is mostly because I have super long hair. My daughter does, too. Even though we don't have pets, human hair is just so rough on our vacuums. My poor husband is constantly cutting hair out of the rollers, and it just makes our vacuums work so much harder.
None of the robot vacuums offer the non-tangle feature, so I just think we'd be forever pulling hair off the rollers! The fancier ones are so expensive. It would be heartbreaking to have to replace something so expensive after only two years, which is about as long as I think I could get from one.
You might have to empty the dust bin.
If you buy one of the cheaper ones, you have to empty the dust bin every day. I think this would get irritating to me because the whole purpose is to have it be automated. Emptying the bin would be just one more thing for me to remember.
If I bought one of the fancier ones that docks itself and empties itself into a bag, that would of course save time and effort, but you're looking at a LOT more money. The docking stations are sometimes a couple hundred dollars extra on top of the vacuum. So if you combine that with my history of wearing out a vacuum every two years, then that gets crazy expensive.
If you're not like me in these areas, a robot vacuum might be perfect for you. I know people who absolutely love theirs and couldn't live without it! For some people, a robot vacuum is a HUGE help. Let me know if you have one and what you think about them if you do!
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