Chores. Love them or loathe them (and we think we have a fairly good idea which of those it is), they are a necessary part of life. We all like our homes to be as clean and tidy as possible, but our busy lifestyles can often preclude those pesky household jobs from getting done.

Our time at weekends is precious too; and most of us would rather be spending quality time with friends or family, than cleaning our homes from top to bottom during our downtime.

The solution? Step in some of the latest smart technology to help lighten the load and take the strain out of those arduous cleaning jobs.

With simple setups and easily programmable commands, there are smart products to cater to every area of the home that you would care to shake a duster at.

Here are best devices for automated housework available right now.

If we were all honest with ourselves, we would probably admit that vacuuming is one of the most loathed of all household tasks. It’s also one of the most frequently required. From general dirt and grit on the soles of our shoes to food crumbs and pet hair, it can be a constant battle to keep our floors looking clean and well-kept.

Well, the Shark AV1010AE IQ Robot vacuum cleaner could help you win that battle in just one fell swoop. Fully automatic, this robot vacuum will fully map the floor space of your home, navigating its way around any obstacles. Once it has completed its initial map of the home, it’s a simple case of programming when you would like it to come on out and do its thing.

The Room Select function allows you to prioritize which rooms you would like your Shark to clean first, and methodical row-by-row cleaning ensures complete coverage in every room. Its powerful suction means deep cleaning of floors and carpets, collecting large and small debris and of course any dreaded pet hairs in its path.

Home whole cleaning or room-specific commands can be issued via the SharkClean app on your smartphone, or voice commands given via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Best of all, a bagless and self-emptying base means that dirt can be collected and stored for up to 45 days, allowing you to forget about vacuuming, and giving you a truly hands-off cleaning solution.

No more bores with floors. Now you can just set them up for a Shark attack!

Key Features
  • Auto-empties
  • Compatible with voice control technology
  • Auto-maps surface areas
  • Holds up to 45 days' worth of debris
  • App-controlled
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 14.69 x 10.24 x 19.37 inches
  • Dustbin Capacity: Not Provided
  • Battery Life: Not Provided
  • Brand: Shark
  • Power: Not Provided
  • Weight: 17.68lbs
  • Compatible Devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home
  • Color : Black
  • Surface Recommendation: Carpet, Hard Floor
Pros
  • Fast mapping speed
  • No need for continuous emptying
  • Multi-surface cleaning
  • App control and voice control supported
  • Bagless
Cons
  • Hefty price tag
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Shark AV1010AE IQ Robot Vacuum

Your new best friend for cleaning bathroom and kitchen floors could be this iRobot Braava Jet 240 robot mop. It can get into places that you’d rather not, such as underneath and around toilets, offering a comprehensive solution to cleaning any hard floor surface.

Different types of cleaning pads can be easily installed to dictate what type of cleaning is required, depending on the type of surface. Pads for wet mopping, damp sweeping, and dry sweeping are all included, and your iRobot will instantly recognize how it should mop the desired room, based on the type of pad you have attached.

This robot mop will clean all hard floor surfaces, including wood, tile, and stone. Its precision jet spray loosens dirt and stains, and its vibrating cleaning head then gets to work scrubbing those stains away.

The iRobot Braava Jet will search for obstacles in its path prior to spraying floors, as a safeguard to protect your furniture and walls. It will remember the location of these obstacles and will slow itself down to allow for a gentler clean along the edges of the room, or against any furnishings.

Additionally, you can use the in-built ‘virtual boundary’ mode to keep the Braava Jet safely inside any rooms that do not have doors, should you wish to confine the cleaning to one specific area only.

An easy-eject button also detaches any used pads straight into the trash, so that you don’t have to touch any of the offending dirt or grime yourself.

So for floors shiny enough to admire your own reflection in, without the heavy expense of elbow grease, the Braava Jet 240 Superior Robot Mop could be just the ticket!

Key Features
  • Robot mop with precision spray
  • Cleans variety of hard floor surfaces
  • Supports wet, damp and dry mopping
  • Built-in virtual wall mode
Specifications
  • Brand: iRobot
  • Surface Recommendation: Hard Wood, Tile, Stone
  • Controller Type: iOS, Android
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
  • Runtime: Not Provided
  • Mop Pads: Wet, Damp and Dry
  • Weight: 3lbs
  • Dimensions : 6.7 x 7 x 3.3 inches
Pros
  • Automatically selects correct cleaning mode based on pad attachment
  • Virtual wall mode protects boundaries
  • Mops and sweeps all hard floor surfaces
  • Easy eject pads
Cons
  • No app support
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iRobot Braava Jet 240 Superior Robot Mop

Unless you happen to be Spider-Man, the prospect of cleaning all the windows of your property (particularly the external ones) can be a daunting one. There are the obvious risks associated with balancing precariously on ladders to reach difficult areas, as well as the time and effort that such tasks require.

Luckily, just like your favorite wall-crawler, the AlfaBot X6 is capable of sticking to sheer surfaces and can eliminate the associated risks of window cleaning by completing the job fully automatically with no fuss.

Strong vertical suction allows the robot to suck in air and stand on glass surfaces. This suction power is what enables the AlfaBot X6 to stick to vertical surfaces. Its built-in AI also helps it to detect window frames and obstacles.

Two wheels help the X6 move freely along the surface of the glass and importantly will also prevent any scratch damage to the glass or window itself. These cleaning wheels work alternately at a speed of 70 rpm to ensure a deep clean is given.

An embedded uninterruptable power system will keep this device running for an additional 25 minutes should the AC power be disconnected; which will prevent the robot from falling off the window. However, for extra peace of mind, a four-meter safety rope is also included that can be attached to the top of the window to ensure the robot never clatters to the ground once the power is off.

The AlfaBot X6 will work on all vertical glass surfaces such as windows and mirrors, but can also be used to clean tiled and hardwood floors as well, should you wish.

Key Features
  • Circular suction system
  • 3-step cleaning program
  • AI technology identifies obstacles and window frames
  • Built-in inverter
  • Anti-scratch technology
  • Safety rope
Specifications
  • Brand : AlfaBot
  • Charging Time : 1 hour
  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 5.5 x 4.5 inches
  • Corded : Yes
  • Sound output: 65dB
  • Weight: 2.09lbs
Pros
  • Efficient automatic window cleaning
  • Protects glass surfaces
  • Anti-drop technology built-in
  • Powerful suction allows for powerful cleaning
  • Reduces risk of falling from ladders!
Cons
  • Safety cord might limit the scope of some cleaning
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AlfaBot X6 Automatic Smart Glass Cleaner Robot Vacuum

There can be no doubt about it; owning your own pool is a real luxury. However, what’s less luxurious is having to regularly clean out that pool, scooping out the leaves and debris that accumulate in the water.

Luckily, if you have the dollars to spare, you could invest in this Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner to automatically do the busywork for you.

Ideal for in-ground pools of up to 50 feet, this robot pool cleaner is powered by dual 24-volt DC motors and dual scrubbing brushes to ensure that every surface inch is covered. Tile and waterline areas are also cleaned with pinpoint accuracy, thanks to the Dolphin’s smart navigation software.

Micro-cartridges, standard cartridges, and an oversized leaf and debris bag are all included to ensure that all manner of dirt and debris are filtered and removed from your pool. Anti-tangle swivel technology also allows for greater maneuverability, stopping the power cable from getting caught up in the path of the robot’s travel.

In addition, smart control timers allow you to program when you want your pool to be cleaned. Schedule it to run every day, every week, etc. and it will take care of the rest for you. The full filter indicator also handily lets you know when it’s time to clean your filter.

This model does come with a fairly hefty price tag, which may or may not be enough to put some people off. But you do get a fair amount of bang for your buck here, with the net result being the opportunity to make the most of your immaculately maintained pool, now that you don’t have to worry about cleaning it yourself!

Key Features
  • Smart Nav 2.0 technology
  • Waterline scrubbing
  • Oversized leaf bag
  • Wall climbing
  • Triple motors
  • Anti-tangle technology
  • Smart weekly timer
Specifications
  • Brand: Dolphin
  • Suction rating : 4500 GPH
  • Dimensions : 23.1 x 19.7 x 13.8 inches
  • Weight : 36.6lbs
  • Pool Type : Plaster, Vinyl, Fiberglass
  • Cable Length: 60ft
Pros
  • Three types of debris filtration
  • Smart timers
  • No tangle power cord
  • Smart mapping
Cons
  • Pricey
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Dolphin Premier Robotic Pool Cleaner

We all love our little furry friends, and at a conservative estimate, there’s at least half a planet’s worth of cat lovers out there. However, the mess that cats leave behind can often be very inconvenient at best, and borderline unforgivable at worst!

Most cat lovers will have been halted on their way out the door at one point or another, by a freshly made ‘present’ sitting proudly in the litter tray, that requires their immediate attention. Not to mention the times that a new gravel path of cat litter has been kicked over the floor by carefree felines.

So, wouldn’t it be great if there was a cat litter tray that not only could clean itself, but could also stop litter from being thrown across the floor by departing moggies? Well, we may just be about to make your day!

The Whisker Litter Robot 3 is a self-cleaning cat litter box that comes with a patented sifting process that will automatically separate your cat’s waste from the remaining clean litter, depositing it into a waste drawer that keeps it isolated.

An automatic clean cycle and carbon filter also help reduce the odor produced from the litter tray, and the textured ramp surface has been engineered to trap litter on its way out of the tray, preventing an unsanitary spread across the floors of your home.

This Wi-Fi-enabled litter box can be controlled directly via the Whisker app. Keep track of all your Whisker robot’s functionality here; including current waste levels in the drawer, activating clean cycles, and connecting multiple robots if required.

You can even monitor how frequently your cat is using the litter tray, which can be very useful in tracking your cat’s health and alerting you to any potential abnormalities.

And for serious cat lovers and anybody that enjoys having all their home furnishings completely shredded to pieces, it’s worth noting that one Whisker Litter Robot can accommodate up to four cats.

This ingenious self-cleaning cat litter robot will ensure a clean bed of litter for your cat each time, keep foul odors in check, and will also keep the litter inside the tray.

That can’t be bad, meow can it?

Key Features
  • App-controlled
  • Self-cleaning litter tray
  • Reduces unpleasant odours
  • Textured ramp surface prevents litter spread
  • One box accommodates up to four cats
Specifications
  • Brand : Whisker
  • Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 34 inches
  • Weight: 28lbs
  • Color: Gray
  • Material : Plastic
Pros
  • Isolates cat waste into separate tray
  • Carbon filter to reduce odour
  • Can be tracked via companion app
  • Catches litter before it can be tracked throughout home
Cons
  • Doesn't stop cats scratching your furniture
  • Not suitable for kittens or very small cats
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Whisker Litter-Robot 3 Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box

Mowing the lawn is undoubtedly one of those jobs that we all seem to keep finding excuses not to do. One week leads to another and before you know it, you have grass as tall as your children standing proud in the garden.

Gliding its way to your rescue is the Gardena 15201-41 Sileno Minimo robot lawn mower, which cuts through your laundry list of excuses as efficiently as it cuts through your grass.

This is a Bluetooth-enabled robotic lawn mower that you can control remotely through the Gardena app. Ideal for lawns of up to 2,700 square feet and equipped with its own guide cable, this robot mower navigates its way through the lawned area and back to its charging station via the shortest route possible.

In-built guiding technology allows for AI-precise cutting patterns, factoring in tight corners and narrow spaces (24 inches or more), giving your lawn a consistent cut.

Any hard-to-reach areas can be accommodated with the Spot Cutting feature, which enables the robot mower to travel in a circular pattern, to catch grass that might otherwise be missed. Handy for dealing with things like trampolines on the lawn.

Capable of cutting lawns with inclines of up to 35 percent, this Gardena robot mower can also be sent out to do its rounds in the rain as well, thanks to its weather-proof coating. And cleaning your mower is a doddle too; just spray the bottom with your garden hose.

It’s whisper-quiet as well, operating at just 57dB, and making it one of the quietest mowers in its class. Send it out at any time of the day without fear of upsetting the neighbors!

Finally, built-in sensors also ensure everyone's safety by stopping the mower blades instantly, should it be picked up by anybody.

Thanks to this neat little robot mower, there are no more excuses for not cutting the lawn. You’ll have to just shift them onto the next job that never seems to get done instead.

It’s what’s called a win-win situation.

Key Features
  • Bluetooth-enabled
  • Weatherproof casing
  • All-terrain mower
  • AI precise and spot cutting functions
  • Easy clean
Specifications
  • Brand : Gardena
  • Cutting Width: 6.2 inches
  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.4 x 8.7 Inches
  • Charging Time : 60 minutes
  • Cutting Height : 0.8-1.8 inches
  • Noise Level: 57dB
  • Maximum gradient : 35 percent
  • Normal running time : 65 minutes
Pros
  • App-controlled
  • Smart navigating technology
  • Rainproof
  • Low noise output
Cons
  • Running time is roughly equal to number of minutes spent charging
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GARDENA 15201-41 Fully Automatic Robot Lawn Mower

FAQ

Q: What Are the Advantages of Robotic Vacuums?

Robot vacuums are battery-powered and can be scheduled to clean when you are not home. This means that they do not have to use any cords or plug-ins, making them more environmentally friendly than traditional vacuums.

In normal conditions, robot vacuums do an excellent job of cruising around and picking up dust, dirt, hair, and food bits off of the floor.

Q: What Is a Self-Cleaning Litter Box?

A self-cleaning litter box is like a regular litter box, but it contains sensors that respond to a cat’s use of the box. Instead of you scooping the mess, the box rakes or flushes the waste into a bin by itself.

Q: How Do Robotic Lawn Mowers Cut Grass?

Robot mowers cut little and often, depending on their settings, cutting 2-3mm per pass. This is the most gentle way to cut grass, reducing moss and fertilizing the lawn with the short, unobtrusive clippings left behind.

Autonomous mowers use a simple mapping system that includes a reverse movement if they bump into something as well as a stop feature if the mower is lifted off the ground.