My husband and I recently got a robotic vacuum, a Shark Ion 725. We got it primarily because we have dark hardwood floors, which show every single white speck, every grain of sugar, every piece of lint. I swear, you can sweep an area, and when you get to the end and look back, the first part you swept has stuff on it already. Vacuuming is more effective, but it’s a hassle to drag out the big vacuum every single day (or multiple times a day).
Hence…Bob the house boy. I’m very happy to report that Bob does exactly what we wanted him to. We let him zip around for about an hour day, and our floors have never looked better. He does a good job on carpet, too, and doesn’t have any trouble moving from floor to rug.
Some other observations about Bob:
- He moves in a random pattern, and changes direction when he (gently) bumps into things.
- If you have a lot of clutter, a lot of stuff on the floor, a robotic vacuum would not be a good choice for you. Conversely, if you have minimalist style with large open areas, a robotic vacuum would be a great choice.
- We have an open floor plan and our house is uncluttered, and only occasionally does he get hung up on something and needs assistance extricating himself.
- Bob comes with magnetic strips you can lay down to keep him out of areas where you don’t want him to go (or from falling down the stairs). They’re useful, because Bob is kind of like a dog or cat. He tends to go where you don’t want him to. We’ll want him in the kitchen, and we’ll find him scurrying down the hall toward the guest bedroom.
- He goes over wooden floor grates just fine, but gets hung on the flatter metal ones.
- He can handle short fringe. We have a large area rug with a 2-inch long fringe. He goes over it fine. But another rug with 4.5-inch fringe hangs him up every time.
- Bob came with a programmable remote, but we haven’t scheduled him because we want to activate him ourselves and keep an eye on him when we’re home.
- He’s pretty quiet. You can watch TV just fine while Bob works.
- His battery charge lasts for a hour before he has to take a nap (recharge himself). Bob puts himself to bed (docks himself).
If you’d like to see Bob in action, I took a short video when Bob first came to live with us, which I posted on Instagram. See Bob go!
I chose a Shark Ion, because my main vacuum is a Shark, and it works really well. So I had confidence in Shark, and Sam’s Club had a great deal.
The Shark 725 is fairly simple model. It comes with a programmable remote. Other Robotic vacuums can be programmed with your phone or work with Amazon’s Alexa. Some will wash your floors in addition to vacuuming them. Some run longer before needing a charge.
To see Bob’s bros at Sam’s Club, go here: Shark 725
Amazon has a lot of robotic vacuums available:
- The Shark 720 (I think this might be a slightly earlier version of the 725).
- iRobot Roomba 690
- Roomba 960
- Ecovacs Deebot – another brand
- PureClean robotic vac – only $99.99. Don’t know how well it works
Lastly, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have is what to name your robotic vacuum! I call mine Bob the house boy. My husband calls Bob Fifi the French maid. I think it’s obvious Bob is Bob.