9. Home Mapping
The efficiency of a robot vacuum is affected by how effectively it can map your home. Besides, home mapping keeps your robot away from potentially unsafe areas.
For instance, some robot vacuums can scan your home environment with more precision and coverage so they can quickly generate a map of your home and plan out efficient cleaning paths. Guaranteed fewer missed and repeated spots with precision mapping and navigation.
10. Robot vacuum apps
All but the most basic robot vacuums are smart-home enabled. They’ll connect to your wireless router and work with a dedicated app to help you control your cleaning schedule. While functionality varies depending on how sophisticated the robot is, they should all have the basic ability to turn the machines on and off or pause the cycle and program your preferred cleaning time and frequency.
Other functions may include a map of where the robot has cleaned, a cleaning log/history, manual cleaning, spot cleaning, battery status, or notifications when the robot has done its job.
The basic ability to manually turn your robot vacuum on and off and operate basic settings either at the unit or via remote control is still handy. However, more and more robot vacuums are lacking this basic functionality with full reliance on Wi-Fi connectivity and operating the vacuum via an associated app on your phone.
To get the most out of all the features and functionality you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the app. Some apps are easier to navigate than others and keep in mind that if you encounter internet connection issues it can limit the vacuum’s capabilities and make ease of use tedious.