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These two types of vacuum cleaners have gained popularity in the recent years mainly because of the convenience they offer, especially for homeowners. The absence of bulky wires make vacuums look less intimidating. It has also solved the long term problem with storage. With each added feature though, both cordless and robotic vacuum cleaners have also become more expensive. In fact, there are certain models from each type that are almost within the same price range. This is why it is more important to get to know each of this vacuum first before investing.
Let’s get to know your cordless and robotic vacuum cleaner even better here:
What is a cordless vacuum cleaner?
This is also popularly marketed as the “cordless stick” vacuum, because literally all you have to deal with is a hand-held stick vacuum to clean the entire house. It comes with its come charger that you can use as needed and does not really occupy too much space in the house. It works like your laptop charger, which you can store until you need it. The battery is also removable from the vacuum cleaner itself. One round of 2-3 hours of charging will already last you a full cleaning cycle with your vacuum cleaner.
Some cordless vacuum cleaners also come with their own docking station. This is something that you may need to install in your house for easier storage of the entire vacuum set. Fortunately, the docking station will not require too much space and can even be installed on your wall.
One of the best things about cordless vacuum cleaners is that you can use them all over the house, regardless of your total space. They often come with a longer stick handle, which you can remove thus converting your vacuum to a more compact handheld version. You can also use it in your staircase, ceiling, and hard to reach corner of the house. The entire package will come with different nozzles that you can use depending on the surface that you want to clean. The newer models of cordless vacuum cleaner are also made to be more ergonomic so they are more comfortable to use even for thirty minutes straight.
What is robotic vacuum cleaner?
Robotic vacuum cleaners are innovation at its finest. As if self-timers and pre-program features of several electronic appliances are not enough, we are now introduced to a vacuum cleaner that we can literally ask to clean the house hands-free. For some models, you can even have your robotic vacuum cleaner do its job even when you are out at work, preparing a dust-free home for your when you get back.
To date, robotic vacuum cleaners, regardless of their brand and price point, come in a round and flat design. It does not have a specific nozzle, but can nonetheless cover a large floor area efficiently. Instead of constantly charging it, the docking station of robotic vacuum cleaners will actually automatically recharge it, as well. With this, you can be confident that you have a fully-charged vacuum cleaner every time you need it. Robotic vacuum cleaners are also great for storage, so it’s an ideal choice for those living in condominiums and apartments, especially because most of the models are also quieter than manual vacuums.
Cordless vs. Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
When it comes to serious cleaning, we would definitely go for cordless vacuum cleaner despite the convenience that robotic ones offer. This particularly applies to household with more complex designs or two or more rooms/areas to clean. These can be rather challenging to cover for robotic vacuum cleaners. You also cannot clean other surfaces apart from floor with robotic vacuum. With a cordless vacuum cleaner, you can get rid of the dirt from top to bottom of your house, including those sneaky cobwebs on the ceiling’s corners. Cordless vacuum cleaners offer the convenience of a lighter and portable appliance, but with the same cleaning efficiency of the traditional and wired versions. Robotic Vacuum cleaners cannot clean stairways, yet. So, despite the hands-free convenience, this still poses a lot of challenge for larger homes.
Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for Apartments
We can however highly recommend robotic vacuum cleaners for those in vertical homes. This one-storey apartments or condominiums where larger vacuums may be too distracting for the neighbors. The total floor area is also ideal for robotic vacuum cleaners. It is also best to ensure that there are minimal obstructions within the cleaning area of your robotic vacuum to ensure thorough cleaning.
This is also one of those appliances that best fit anyone with a hectic lifestyle, those who barely spend time at home throughout the week. Some robotic vacuum cleaners are already equipped with smart technology, allowing you to control it remotely through your phone. This makes it possible to schedule a the vacuum to clean your unit, even while you are accomplishing something from your office desk. Robotic vacuum cleaners are also able to return to its docking station for recharging. It’s like having your own on-call personal cleaner.
In terms of price, robotic vacuum cleaner are still general more expensive and this is mainly due to all the automation and remote-control features. This does not guarantee however better cleaning performance.