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You Get What You Pay For
October 1, 2018
I selected this robotic vacuum for its price and great reviews, but found out quickly that the reviews are not very indicative of the quality of the product (could be because the manufacturer bribes consumers by offering free parts if they give a high review of the product on Amazon, according to the paperwork that came with our model.)
Don't get me wrong, it does work, and it MOSTLY works well, but I have a house with exclusively wood floors that are not difficult for vacuums to clean. That said, I was disappointed to consistently find it jammed into silly places, like face down under the door of the refrigerator, stuck halfway under desks, lying lifeless on top of the legs of our dining table; all places that were advertised as "easy" for the machine to detect and avoid. It also - quite hilariously - gutted and spread the interior memory foam material of a kitchen mat I had. It totally ruined the mat, but the ironic silver lining was cleaning up that very memory foam powder with the robot.
In the grand scheme of automated machines, this robot is quite "dumb." It is only controlled via a remote, and the primary mode "AUTO" seems to have no real rhyme or reason to it, as it randomly glides across all rooms aimlessly. I often have to use the arrow keys to guide it to areas it somehow misses despite running for a long time.
The "dumbest" element of this vacuum is trying to tell it to return home to charge. This is an almost impossible task for the robot. Rather than using any kind of intelligent system to "ping" it's home base and follow it, this robot simply reduces its speed and continues to randomly run around the room until it gets within a foot and a half of its base, and figures out it's time to dock. It really reminds me of an extremely drunk college student stumbling around the house trying to find a bed to fall asleep on; in both cases, I have to help if I don't want it to end in disaster.
Overall, this robot is the cheapest, least effective option out there based on my experience. HOWEVER, this is also by far the least expensive robotic vacuum I've encountered, so I don't think I can rightfully give it less than 3 stars simply because it's price is great, despite the fact that I actively have to get it out of trouble and control it manually with the remote if I actually want it to do what it's programmed to do.
My advice: pay more for a robot that will do more. But if you're not picky, don't have a lot of money, and you like the novelty of controlling a robot (and perhaps sending it after your cat or dog for fun,) this vacuum is perfect for you.