Smart Home Cleaning Gadgets for the Fastidious Tech Lover

March 12, 2019

Hate to clean? Let these smart home gadgets do the cleaning for you!

If you’ve ever wished the floor would mop itself and all the dust bunnies could just magically disappear, you’re not the only one. Lucky for you, eliminating dust bunnies and other grime has never been easier. Thanks to smart home cleaning devices, now even tech lovers can enjoy keeping things tidy.

Or at least you can enjoy programming the devices to do it for you.

The first word you probably think of when it comes to smart home cleaning is Roomba. But the world of automatic cleaning devices has grown a lot since the first robot vacuum blindly bumped its way across a living room. These devices have evolved beyond just vacuuming.

Meanwhile, the industry continues to grow. New smart cleaning products are constantly appearing on the market, with most able to sync to mobile devices and smart home assistants. While many of these still have some growing pains to overcome, devices that have been around awhile, like robot vacuums, have improved tremendously since their inception.

Here are just a few new cleaning gadgets to help automate your cleaning chores.

For the floors

Floor cleaning robots are the most evolved of the smart home cleaning family. There are robotic vacuums, robotic mops[KK1] , and some that even do both. Many of them can be programmed via mobile apps or voice commands through your Alexa or Google Assistant.

  • Vacuum – iRobot Roomba 690 Roomba is the undisputed first king of the robot vacuum industry. There are many versions on the market. We like this one because you can control it with your smartphone via the iRobot home mobile app. It also responds to voice commands from Alexa and Google Assistant. With up to 90 minutes of run time on one charge, the Roomba 690 will sweep up all the dust, crumbs and pet hair from both hard floors and carpet before it automatically returns to the dock for recharging.
  • Mop – Once the vacuuming is done, it’s time to mop. Send out the iRobot Braava 380T for dry or damp mopping on wood, tile, vinyl, stone, and laminate floors. We like that it’s compatible with 3rd party cleaning pads such as Swiffer and store brands. It has a NorthStar navigation cube to map and recall locations, starting points, obstacles, and even drop-offs.

For the windows

Ask any homeowner what their number one most-hated cleaning job is, and it’s likely to be windows. Luckily, there are new robotic products to save you time and elbow strain. Since these are the babies of the smart home cleaning family, they have some room to grow. But a few have pushed out to the head of the pack and show a lot of promise for window cleaning haters everywhere.

  • iRobot Looj 330 This low-profile machine is compact enough to fit into most gutters. It reduces repeated ladder climbing and overreaching with an auger style movement that sweeps out debris as it travels along the gutter. You can set it to be fully automatic or manual (with the detachable remote control/handle) in forward and reverse directions. It cleans up to 30 feet of gutter in about 5 minutes, which is about 5X faster than what you can do manually. Included attachments help clean out different debris types.

If you’re longing to automate some dreaded cleaning tasks, now’s the time to get in on the new tech and be witness to their rapid evolution. Manufacturers are coming out with better designs with each new model. With consumer feedback, these products will only get better. Which means house cleaning will get easier. And that’s a good thing.

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