Samsung VR9000 POWERbot Ratings
Hard Floor Performance
The high price of the VR9000 POWERbot vacuum is justified by the multiple features it includes. This is one of the best robot vacuums that uses all its power to remove the dirt from your floors without any effort from you. It does have some drawbacks, like the height that keeps it from reaching underneath the furniture.
Robots are very popular because they take away your effort to vacuum the entire house and allow you to relax while they do the job for you. Samsung VR9000 POWERbot is a quality device designed with latest technologies to keep your floors clean without requiring your presence. If you consider the $999 price tag, this device should do wonders for your home and should completely change the way you vacuum, but you will find the operating mode quite faulty. But if you skip some minor flaws, this robot vacuum can be considered the best of its kind.
The VR9000 model uses a powerful Cyclone Force system that creates strong centrifugal forces that separate dirt and debris inside an outer chamber so that there will be no clogging and problems with the suction power. This device offers 15 times more power than other models and the 12.2” clearing path makes sure there will be no dirt on your floors once it’s done the vacuuming. The innovation comes with the wide motorized brush that allows the unit to clean larger areas with less movement. These brushes rotate to loosen trapped dirt and the suction across the entire brush makes sure all the dirt is attracted inside the vacuum. The powerful brushes allow the device to go from carpet to floor to tile without getting stuck, offering 100% cleaning performance on any type of surface. It charges in about two and a half hours and one charge is enough for 60 minutes of cleaning.
There are some useful features included in the POWERbot vacuum cleaner that make it more powerful and efficient than other models, like the Visionary Mapping Plus navigation that includes a digital camera and 10 sensors that work together not only to detect the obstacles, but also to determine the best path by creating a map of your home. This way, you don’t have to worry about the furniture or obstacles on the floor because the vacuum will know where they are and will avoid them. The device comes with a remote that will allow you to schedule the vacuum, to silence its beeping, to guide it around the house, and to amp up the power using the dust sensor. Another great feature is the Point Cleaning, which comes in handy if you want to control the vacuum yourself. Although this robot cleans on itself, you can use the remote to point its light beam at a particular area and the vacuum will insist on that area. The noise output doesn’t exceed 68 dB, so you can consider this device as silent as other vacuums.
This vacuum cleaner has four cleaning options meant to increase both its efficiency and maneuverability. On the auto function, it cleans until it considers it enough, on the spot clean it covers a small area and cleans it thoroughly, the max clean keeps the vacuum cleaning until the battery is done, and the manual clean allows you to operate the device using the remote. The high-quality camera on the unit guides it around the house and the powerful 10-cm wide wheels help it go from cement to fluffy carpets without getting stuck, although large obstacles like chairs legs might interfere with its sensors. Sometimes, the device refuses to move when it encounters a large obstacle and you have to guide it back to the charging base using the remote control. The large size keeps it from going under the furniture and it doesn’t handle pet hair very well, so if you own a pet you should consider another robot vacuum.
Maintenance and ease of use
The worst part of this device, which is a manufacturing mistake, is that the robot vacuum can still operate without the dustbin in its place, which means all the dirt will be spread in the air, therefore you have to pay attention to how you assemble the unit. There are no filters to change, so there will be no maintenance required and no additional costs. The LED screen shows when it’s time to empty he dustbin and when the battery is running low. The device can be scheduled to clean at a certain time and you can easily control it with the remote control. In case you get an error code, on the back of the unit there is an emergency power switch that you have to press.
Design and accessories
Perhaps one of the best-looking robot vacuums, this model has a stunning design that makes it look more like a spaceship than a robot vacuum. It has a black-and-copper housing with an LED screen illuminated in blue and a camera pointed to the ceiling so that it can detect every obstacle in its way. The VR9000 POWERbot robot is just over 5” tall, but it’s tall enough to be unable to fit underneath the furniture and it has a large tubular dustbin that protrudes a little from the top. Thanks to the 6 EasyPass wheels, the robot vacuum has no troubles passing over obstacles and it automatically goes from one surface to another. The robot comes with a Virtual Wall sensor that keeps the device away from a certain area that you set, but it lacks a Virtual Wall Lighthouse that would allow it to clean multiple rooms and go back to the base once it’s done. It also lacks a soft bumper that would protect it in case it bumps into furniture and walls.
Warranty and support
The warranty of this vacuum says much about the reliability of the manufacturer and the durability of the product, and you will be more than satisfied to hear that you get a 1-year warranty on the robot itself and a 10-year warranty on the motor. With this kind of warranty, you are sure to use the product for many years in a row and you find useful information on the manufacturer’s official website, as well as customer support and matching accessories.
After reviewing this model, we can say that we are impressed with the multiple features it was packed with, including Visionary Mapping Plus navigation, digital camera and 10 sensors that all work together to keep your floors clean. Like any other product, this one also has several drawbacks. Therefore, if you are planning to purchase this item for your home, it’s important to know that it lacks a side-sweeping brush to help it clean along walls. However, this is an incredible device that will surely meet all your requirements.
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