Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Product review: Anker RoboVac 10

This is a first. I have never done a product review on my blog. To head off questions, no I am not being paid for this. No, I did not receive this item as a sample or promotional item. Yes, I paid full price for it.

With that out of the way, Anker RoboVac 10 is an automatic self-docking robotic vacuum cleaner. Basically, it's a Roomba. But is a rose still a rose if it goes by a different name and costs far less? I don't know. Never had a Roomba but I bought this Anker RoboVac last week on Amazon and it arrived couple of days ago. Setup was quick and easy but the vacuum wasn't pre-charged (more on this later). So I charged it overnight, set it to clean at 7:30 am and forgot about it. At 7:30 the next morning, it very quietly went to work. While the kids ate breakfast, "Robby" (as my daughter christened it...yeah we have a habit of naming everything...I am typing this on Maggie4) cleaned 2 bedrooms, a dining area, a hallway and the kitchen. Robby was still cleaning when we left the house an hour later. When I got back after work, the house was spotless...you know that "maid came while we were gone" look? That's how the house looked. And Robby was back on the charging cradle ready for another day of thankless hard work sweeping up after humans.

Pros

  • Very quiet
  • For a $199 device, it magically finds it way to the charging base every time
  • Goes under pretty much anything: bed, couch etc
  • Call me crazy but I like the idea of turning it on, leaving the house and coming back to a clean house.
  • It cleans all floor types: carpet, hardwood etc.


Cons:

  • No battery life indicator
  • The scheduling doesn't handle anything but daily cleaning. I like a clean house but I don't want Robby cleaning every day
  • Apparently, the Roomba has features that lets you map out where the robot should clean. Robby doesn't have that feature. I just made sure to close doors to rooms I didn't want it to clean...like bathrooms and closets.
  • Replacement parts aren't available (yet). It does come with an 18-month warranty.