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How Much Does a Robotic Vacuum Cost?

 
low costCounter-Size Robotic Vacuum: $10-$20average costSmall Robotic Vacuum: $30-$100high costStandard-Size Robotic Vacuum: $200-$500
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A robotic vacuum -- or a robovac -- offers intelligent programming and guided vacuuming abilities. Robovacs use brushes and suction to clean tile and wood floors in addition to carpets. The models come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Typical costs:

  • A small countertop robotic vacuum -- with minimal dust-busting abilities -- costs $10-$20. Amazon sells tabletop vacuums such as the Hog Wild Robo Vacuum[1] , which costs $15.
  • Small robotic vacuums, weighing less than 5 pounds, cost $30-$100. Sears, for example, sells the P3 International[2] robotic vaccum for $33. The smaller robotic vacuums tend to hold a charge for significantly less time than their larger counterparts and need to be emptied more frequently.
  • Standard-size robotic vacuums cost $200-$500. The larger models generally clean carpets and hardwood and tile floors. There are dozens of manufacturers of robotic vacuums; popular models include iRobot's Roomba series[3] , which costs $250-$600; iTouchless Automatic Intelligent Robotic Vacuum[4] , which costs $250; and Neato Robotics' Vacuum Cleaning Robot, which costs $400.
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What should be included:
  • Each model robotic vacuum is different, but all should come with a light-weight cleaning device with a range of brushes. The vacuums "see" the house and avoid obstacles such as stairs and sleeping pets. Most standard-size vacuums hold a charge for two-three hours; smaller devices generally run out of steam in less than an hour.
  • Optional features include a charging station, a remote control device, filters, bumpers for room installation so the vacuum avoids certain areas, and cleaning tools.
Additional costs:
  • Robotic vacuums come with a wide range of accessories and replacement parts that can add to the cost of purchasing and maintaining one of the devices.
  • Replacement batteries for robotic vacuums cost $20-$90. GoVacuum.com[5] sells a battery for $36 that fits in several models.
  • Power supplies and charging stations for robotic vacuums cost $20-$60. Some models, like the Roomba series, can use upgraded chargers that recharge the device faster. The iRobot Advanced Power System[6] , for several Roomba models, costs $42 on Amazon.
  • Replacement filters for robotic vacuums cost about $15-$20 and generally come in multi-packs. Neato replacement filters cost $19 for a four-pack. Some models use HEPA filters[7] , which cost about $25.
  • Some robotic vacuums require bumpers strategically placed around a room to help the device recognize obstacles. The bumpers also help prevent scuffing. Bumpers and protective strips cost $10-$20. GoVacuum sells furniture bumpers[8] for $10.
  • There are accessories available for robotic vacuums that allow other features. For tech-savvy users, hacking tools[9] are available at Robot Shop for $10-$100. The RoboDynamics RooTooth BlueTooth Roomba Interface Module[10] , for example, costs $100 each and allows the Roomba to communicate with any BlueTooth-enabled device such as a laptop or cell phone. Roombas also can be hacked to play music, function as a mouse or to add a camera. Hacking Roomba[11] lists several Roomba projects. Customers should note hacking a robotic vacuum voids its warranty.
Discounts:
  • Refurbished robotic vacuums are available at some retailers. Amazon sells refurbished models[12] .
  • Roomba maker iRobot has an outlet store that has discounted prices on robotic vacuums and accessories.
  • Warehouse stores like Costco[13] and BJs Warehouse frequently have discounted prices on home electronics and appliances.
Shopping for a robotic vacuum:
  • The Vacuum Dealers Trade Association[14] has tips on purchasing a vacuum cleaner.
  • Robot Advice offers a comparison guide[15] on some basic robotic vacuum models.
  • Robot Shop offers tips on picking the right robotic vacuum.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.amazon.com/Hog-Wild-Robo-Vacuum-Colors/dp/B000GYUXWK/
  2.  www.sears.com/search=P3%20INTERNATIONAL%20Robotic%20Vacuum?catalogId=12605&autoRedirect...
  3.  store.irobot.com/family/index.jsp?ab=CMS_IRBT_Storefront_062209_iwantroomba&categoryId=...
  4.  www.itouchless.com/share/cgi-bin/site.cgi?site_id=itouchless&page_id=roboticvacuum
  5.  www.govacuum.com/7653-Internal-Battery-Pack-For-iRobot-Roomba-Robotic-Vacuum-Cleaners-F...
  6.  www.amazon.com/iRobot-Advanced-System-Charger-Roomba/dp/B000PC3M76/
  7.  www.amazon.com/Robot-Add-Ons-5020-1001-Filter-Roomba/dp/B002PDJJ5M/
  8.  www.govacuum.com/9031-Robot-Add-Ons-3020-1001-Ultra-Soft-Bumper-For-All-Roomba-Scooba-R...
  9.  www.robotshop.com/roomba-development-hacking.html
  10.  www.robotshop.com/NoAccess.aspx
  11.  hackingroomba.com/
  12.  www.amazon.com/iRobot-Roomba-560-Vacuum-Cleaner/dp/B001QGZ2RI/
  13.  www.costco.com/
  14.  www.vdta.com/buying_a_vacuum.html
  15.  www.robotadvice.com/compare-robotic-vacuum-cleaners.html
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