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Cheap Robotic Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide

Vacuuming is not most people's favorite pastime, but it must be done on a regular basis to ensure a clean home. While a cheap robotic vacuum isn't meant to take over for a traditional vacuum, it can help keep your home clean until you get around to dragging that upright out of the closet again.

Robotic vacuum cleaners appeal not only to consumers who don't like to vacuum often but also to those who like to keep even the floors under their furniture super-spotless.

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They range in price from as little as $30 to more than $1,000. Most fall between $300 and $600, and few are less than $300. The main difference between cheap robotic vacuums and pricey ones is special features. According to About.com, cheap robotic vacuums are sufficient for simple cleaning and dusting of hard floors, while higher-priced models transition better between hardwood and carpet and have features such as schedulers and dirt sensors. Some models can seemingly think for themselves and even have the ability to return to their home bases to charge themselves when their batteries run low. Other desirable features include extra-long battery life, short charging time, stair and ledge detection, and programming abilities. Cheap robotic vacuums often lack many of these features.

Robotic vacuum cleaners made by iRobot are by far the most popular. In fact, iRobot so dominates the market that few other brands exist. The Roomba 510 (starting at $250) is the least expensive iRobot model and the most basic, with other models ranging from pet options to professional options and ranging in price from $400 to $600. Also in the low-price range is the Infinuvo CleanMate QQ-2 (starting at $160), which gets decent user reviews and is probably the only other cheap robotic vacuum worth mentioning as a good budget option. The iTouchless AV002A Automatic Intelligent Robotic Vacuum Cleaner (starting at $127) falls short on durability and seems to have trouble transitioning between floor types.

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Overall, user and expert reviews are few and far between, and the ones we found were somewhat negative for almost all robotic vacuum cleaners. Even our picks have their limitations. Expectations are high for these machines, and the consensus seems to be that even pricey models could use improvement. The feeling is that, while a robotic vacuum cleaner is a great idea, the technology just isn't there yet.

by Raechel Conover (Google+ Profile)

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Best Cheap Robotic Vacuum

iRobot Roomba 510
Gold Medal

iRobot Roomba 510

The iRobot Roomba 510 is the lowest-priced model from the popular name brand. Users seem impressed with its performance and "intelligence," saying it's smart enough to stop before it falls down stairs and to detect extra-dirty areas. Consumers are disappointed that the Roomba 510 has no home base for charging itself. But overall, this cheap robotic vacuum seems to have the most going for it.

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Good Cheap Robotic Vacuum

Infinuvo CleanMate QQ-2
Gold Medal

Infinuvo CleanMate QQ-2

Users like that the Infinuvo CleanMate QQ-2 doesn't take long to charge and cleans for more than an hour on a full charge, as well as the fact that it easily maneuvers around furniture and corners. It has a home base for charging but seems to have a hard time finding it, and some users say it doesn't transition well between floor types.

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Don't Bother

iTouchless AV002A Automatic Intelligent Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Durability is the main problem with the iTouchless AV002A Automatic Intelligent Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. Several users report that it doesn't hold a charge or quits working after only a few uses. This machine also seems to do a poor job transitioning between different floor types and reportedly can't handle carpet at all.

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