Robotic Vacuum FAQ

Robotic vacuum FAQ or frequently asked questions gives insight into robotic vacuum cleaners reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use the robotic vacuum buyers guide to help find the best.

How does a robotic vacuum cleaner work?

A robotic vacuum cleaner has a computer and sensors which help it to learn the floor plan such as where the walls are, where the steps are and other obstacles in the room like chairs, tables, etc. Most of all, it does all this on its own without your help. So, knowing all this information, the robotic vacuum cleaner vacuums the floor while avoiding the obstacles.

Also, a robotic vacuum cleaner has docking station or home where it starts from and end. In addition, the docking station has a charger to recharge the robotic vacuum cleaner.

How long does a robotic vacuum cleaner need to recharge itself?

Depending on the make, a robotic vacuum cleaner can fully charge itself from two hours or more.

When does a robotic vacuum cleaner return to its base to recharge?

When its charge drops to a manufacturer programmed level, the robotic vacuum cleaner returns to its base to fully recharge. Moreover, it does not resume cleaning until it is fully charged.

When does a robotic vacuum cleaner know it has finished cleaning a room?

A robotic vacuum cleaner uses the floor plan, it has learned, sensors, and pre-programmed algorithms to determine when it has finished sweeping a room.

What happens when a robotic vacuum cleaner's dust bin is full?

When the dust bin is full, the robotic vacuum cleaner returns to its charging station and send an alert so you can clean the bin.

When does the robotic vacuum cleaner start to clean the room?

The robotic vacuum cleaner start times are scheduled by you. Or, you can have the robotic vacuum cleaner start cleaning on demand instead of following a schedule.

How often to use the robotic vacuum cleaner?

The answer depends on how often the floors become dirty. For example, the kitchen floor likely gets dirty fairly quickly, while the bedroom not so quickly. So, you can tailor the robots in each room to clean as frequently as desired. For example, setting a robotic vacuum to clean a floor, that gets dirty often, to more than once per day might be appropriate. On the other hand, a bedroom, used for only sleeping, that stays relatively clean can be vacuumed once a week.

How long do robotic vacuum cleaners last?

Depending on the manufacturer, the quality of their products, frequency of use, degree of regular maintenance a robotic vacuum can be last from four to six years or longer.

Can you move a robotic vacuum from one room to another?

Yes. However, the robotic vacuum will have to re-program itself to map out the new floor, unless the floors are connected.