Father’s Day 2020 falls on June 21, which gives you plenty of time to find the best Father’s Day deals. Robotic vacuum cleaners are an excellent choice for a present, especially if the dad in question likes gadgets, is at least a little techy, and would rather do anything else than push an upright vacuum cleaner around the house. We combed the internet for Father’s Day robot vacuum deals, including Roomba deals and robot vacuum deals on other leading brands.
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- Recommended floor surfaces: For all their capabilities, robot vacuums aren’t the right solution for every floor. Most robotic floor cleaners work well on hard floor surfaces and low-pile carpeting. If a robot vacuum model is useful with medium-pile carpet and rugs, the product features lists will mention it. If you have thick-pile rugs and carpets or 60s shag carpeting throughout your house, you’re less likely to be satisfied with a robotic vacuum cleaner and should only buy one if you’re sure you can return it if it doesn’t work out.
- Pet friendly: Pet hair and dander can be challenging to clean. Many robot vacuums have brushes designed to remove dog hair without getting tangled. Vacuuming dander can also be tough plus pet and other allergens can be a problem if a vacuum cleaner doesn’t include adequate filtering. Most robot vacuums claim pet-friendliness, but look for the specifics including air filtering
- Navigation and mapping: Lower-cost robot vacuums work their way around your home covering all areas eventually, but that’s mainly by chance. More advanced models create room maps automatically to ensure complete, efficient cleaning.
- Battery runtime: Unless you live in a tiny apartment or home, it will take a robot vacuum a while to finish cleaning your floors. Look for at least 60 minutes of runtime per battery charge – 120 minutes or more is even better. A few models include a recharge and resume feature, so the vacuum will return to the docking station when power runs low and then go back to the spot it left to continue cleaning until the job is done.
- Scheduled cleaning: Most robotic vacuum models support scheduled cleaning with which you can choose days and times for cleaning. Vacuums with advanced navigation and mapping will let you set up cleaning schedules for specific rooms.
- Remote control, app control, or both: Some vacuum cleaners come with remote controls. Still, Wi-Fi-connected machines often have no remotes because a mobile app handles configuration and control. The best solution is to have both a remote control and Wi-Fi connectivity.
- Voice command compatibility: Nice but not required, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice command compatibility is fine for hands-free operation, but the commands are usually limited to Start, Stop, and Dock.
- Dust bin emptying: There’s no hard and fast rule for dust bin size, but bigger is better. A few higher-end models return to their docking station and empty their dustbins automatically into a larger holding bin.
- Boundaries, obstacles, and falls: Most robot vacs detect and avoid obstacles as they move about — good for them and for your furniture, too. Many also have cliff or fall sensing so they won’t tumble down stairs or off ledges. Mid-level and higher models often observe virtual boundaries to avoid areas you don’t want them to move into, such as pet food and water dishes. This feature also can help protect valuable or fragile rugs.
- Robot vacuum only or vacuum and mop combos: Combination robot vacuums and floor mops used to be rare, but now most brands have at least one combo model. If you’re not sure you want to combine the two operations, save money and stick with a vacuum-only model.
- Height, wheel size, and cleaning path width: You don’t need to be concerned about vacuum height, wheel size, or vacuum path width, even though many brands make a big deal about one or more of those features. You are unlikely to find a robot vacuum cleaner that cannot fit under traditional furniture and beds and move from room to room. Extra-wide cleaning paths would require unreasonable battery power levels.
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