Rise of the machines

Today’s robotic vacuum cleaners are advanced machines that use hightech sensors and even cameras to help navigate and ensure that every nook and cranny is clean.

We take a look at six popular models (Aztech VC2000, Iclebo Arte, iRobot Roomba 880, LG Hom-Bot Square, Neato XV Signature Pro, Samsung Navibot Corner Clean VR10F71) to find out which can best help keep your home clean.

How to get the most out of your robotic vacuum cleaner

Unless your home is very dirty, most robotic vacuum cleaners do a good job of picking up dirt from the ground. What is more important is how adept the robotic vacuum cleaner is at navigating your home.

And although today's robotic vacuum cleaners have very advanced navigation systems, they do still get stuck in places from time to time.

With that in mind, to maximise the effectiveness of your robotic vacuum cleaner, it is best to prepare the house so that it is as uncluttered as possible and that there are minimal obstructions.

For example, we recommend that loose rugs, wires and cables be removed or put out of the way so as to prevent the robotic vacuum cleaner from getting entangled and stuck.

If the rooms in your house have odd or irregular layouts - for example an L-shape or triangle - it is more efficient to break it down into two or more separate areas, and this is where the boundary markers and "virtual walls" come in handy.

By dividing the house or room into smaller squares or rectangular blocks, your robotic vacuum cleaner can clean more thoroughly and efficiently.

It also helps to close doors to prevent the robotic vacuum cleaner from going into rooms, so that the robotic vacuum cleaner can focus on a single room or area.

Asking the robotic vacuum cleaner to clean multiple rooms at once can drastically increase cleaning time.

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