Overview of a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Before discussing the advantages and disadvantages of a robotic vacuum cleaner, I believe it is first best to get a general idea (specifically for those who are new to robot vacuum cleaners) of exactly what a robotic autonomous vacuum cleaner is and what it can do for you.
A robot vacuum cleaner is basically an independent motorised vacuum cleaner (i.e no need for the user to interfere with the cleaning like that of a manual traditional vacuum cleaner) that operates via a computer system which allows the cleaner to be aware of its own spacial surroundings (preventing hitting furniture etc.). To see a robot vacuum cleaner in action - check out the video below 'Bobsweep - Robotic Vacuum Cleaner in Action!'.
Please bear in mind that the following list of positives and negatives for robotic vacuum cleaners is a rather 'tongue in cheek' attempt - everyone will have their own personal preferences and factors that they consider important. However, the list of benefits and drawbacks aims to draw out a general view by robotic vacuum cleaner users, so a potential buyer of a robotic vacuum cleaner can consider whether it is worth it for them. A further point to consider is the different features that specific models that robotic vacuum cleaners have -- as each unique model will come with its own specific weaknesses and strengths. For example the iRobot 564 Pet Series is specifically aimed at households with pets (and specifically pet hair) where as the mutli-floor mop robotic cleaner is aimed with the dual purpose of also mopping floors, but they are probably poor at doing each others specified jobs.
For a more informative guide of what a robot vacuum cleaner is and what to consider (in terms of features etc.) when buying a robotic vacuum cleaner for first time buyers check out the highly informative beginner's guide to buying a robotic vacuum cleaner.
Bobsweep - Robotic Vacuum Cleaner in Action!
Advantages For a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
It Gives you Time and Convenience - obviously one of the best benefits of a robotic vacuum cleaner is the simple fact that you don't really have to invest a lot of time or effort to have your floor cleaned (vacuumed) of bits and dirt anymore -- whereas compared with a manual vacuum cleaner, you would have to do it all yourself. With a robotic vacuum cleaner all you have to do is simply just hit the switch and off it goes -- allowing you to do as you please, whether that be to go and do another domestic chore or simply sit up on the couch and relax with a good cup of coffee. A robot vacuum cleaner is essentially saving you one less job (or at least doing most of the vacuuming of the floor for you) to do and as a result of that, saving you more time.
Minimal Maintenance - the robotic vacuum cleaner requires little 'looking after', as long as you give it a good clean down of dust particles that may have got caught etc. in your robotic vacuum cleaner (with most good reputable branded models) it should last you a good few years at the least. Some robot vacuum models even have the option to set themselves to recharge after they have finished vacuuming your floor -- so even that aspect of remembering to charge your vacuuming bot can be done for you.
Cleans Whilst You Are Away - one of my favourite positive aspects of the more advanced robotic cleaning bots is the option to have it set to clean an entire floor on a settimetable. Therefore, you can set the robot clean when you are away and be done by the time you get back and be on recharge, whether that be on holiday or simply at work. You have a nice clean floor to come back to (even some models can mop your floor as well as vacuum)! Edit: Another positive aspect of a robotic vacuum cleaner is that it is great for those who suffer with mobility issues -- so they can be viewed perhaps as a (partial) subsitute to household cleaning services etc.
Please comment below if you have any additional advantages for a robotic vacuum cleaner.
Disadvantages for a Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
Quality of the Clean - as many of the robot vacuum cleaners users (my self included) will tell you, you get what you pay for, when it comes to robot vacuum cleaners -- essentially if you buy a poor robot vacuum cleaner then you are bound to get a poor cleaning job. However, even some of the better models will still not give you that perfect clean that a manual vacuum cleaner will give you (although some of the more modern models are getting pretty good -- although not perfect). You may have to top off some of the work that has been done with a manual cleaner -- if you like your floors perfect.
Battery Life - again like the above, a negative aspect for a robotic vacuum cleaner that some users complain about with their specific models is the small battery life that some of the robot vacuum cleaners have -- complaining they often fail to finish the job. So before buying a robot vacuum cleaner make sure you have done sufficient research into its technicalities -- and think logically what exactly do you need adn expect from your robot cleaner? For example, if you have a lot of floor that needs hoovering, it is probably wise to buy a robotic hoover that has a long battery life, and large dust capacity.
Expensive - a downside of (good quality) robotic vacuum cleaners is that they are rather pricey, to get a decent robotic hoover you are looking at anywhere upwards of $400 and the more features you want, the more costly it gets. They are expensive, especially when you compare it to some of the manual vacuum cleaners that are on offer -- which are also likely to also give you a better performance, suction wise.
Please comment below if you have any additional disadvantages for a robotic vacuum cleaner.
Summary of the Advantages and Disadvantages for a Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
Whether you buy a robotic vacuum cleaner or not will ultimately depend on your needs and preferences. For example, if you highly value your time and hate doing the vacuuming and cleaning, then you are more likely to be inclined to purchase a decent robot cleaner. However, if you think the robot cleaner to be too expensive and doesn't do a good enough job and isn't really worth that much of the extra time it saves you then you are perhaps simply suited to the manual vacuum cleaners. Of course your opinions will differ from model to model in what it can give you, be sure to do enough research before making the purchase.
If you have any additional remarks or advantages and disadvantages for a robotic vacuum cleaner, then I encourage you to please leave them in the comment box below.