Wouldn’t it be cool to own a robot that tackled those messy bathroom cleaning chores for you? The idea is way less sci-fi than you may think. Techlicious writer Fox Van Allen says that over the last decade, the robotic cleaning industry has really started to come into its own. There’s way more out there than just Roombas—you can now find bots to mop your floors, clean your showers and even change the litter box.
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iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot
The iRobot Braava 380t hard surface floor cleaner has both wet mopping and dry mopping modes and works with both microfiber cleaning cloths ($19.99 for a 3 pack) or the disposable type you can get at the supermarket. It’s approved for tile, vinyl, hardwood, and laminate floors, and is great for families with shedding pets.
On the tech side, the Braava’s internal NorthStar navigation system helps it keep track of where it’s been and where it needs to go. Sensors keep it from careening down stairs and getting caught up in your bath rug, and it's enough to follow walls and clean your baseboards, too. Plus, it has soft bumpers to prevent damage should a collision occur.
The Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot is available at Amazon.com for $299.99.
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Neato Botvac 85 Robotic Vacuum
No discussion of home robots would be complete without including a vacuum. The Techlicious staff likes the quiet, laser-guided Neato Botvac 85. It features three high-performance filters, a side brush to clean near walls, a 2.96-cup-capacity bin and a simple magnetic boundary strip that keeps the unit away from designated areas. It cleans for about 1 hour on each 2-hour charge.
CNET testing shows it to be especially skilled at picking up pet hair, so it’s a great cleaning tool for families with shedding pets. You can find the Neato Botvac 85 at Bed, Bath & Beyond for just $499.99, a $100 discount over the list price. A $50 manufacturer’s rebate is also available.
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Litter Robot LRII Litter Box
Cleaning up after pets is one of the least desirable of tasks around the house. But with the Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box, it doesn’t have to be. When your cat enters the private globe litter chamber, it starts a 7-minute timer.
Once the timer is up, a cleaning cycle begins. Rather than use a traditional rake, the Litter Robot instead rotates itself, sifting out clumps and depositing them into a drawer you line with a standard kitchen garbage bag. It works great with traditional litters and natural alternatives alike.
You can find the Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box at Amazon.com for $369.00.
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Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner
There are lots of great products out there for keeping your shower clean, but it can be tough to remember to spray on the regular schedule many require. For this, check out the battery-powered Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner. It’s a simple product – just press a button, and after a short delay the device will spray a cleaning solution that combats mold, mildew, and soap scum.
The only catch here is that many report the device suffers from moisture issues and seldom lasts longer than a year or two before breaking. Thankfully, the device only costs $17.99 on Amazon.com and includes 34 ounces of cleaning solution.