iRobot Roomba Versus Samsung POWERbot Robot Vacuums

Sadly, nobody has yet invented Rosie, Jane Jetsons’ robot maid. While today’s robotic vacuums can’t do everything that Rosie did in the cartoon, they do come enhanced with advanced sensors and even artificial intelligence. Anybody interested in these high-tech floor cleaners might want to investigate a couple of market leaders. We compare two of the top models, Samsung POWERbot vs. iRobot Roomba.

Which is Better: Samsung POWERbot Vs. iRobot Roomba

Some of the latest high-tech vacuums require a sizable investment, though major manufacturers offer a variety of models in various price ranges. This brief comparison of some popular robot vacuums from Samsung and iRobot should provide a good place to start.

iRobot Roomba S9 Plus

CNET called the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus the absolutely best robotic vacuum to buy if the price doesn’t matter. For about $800, the device performed the best on any of the units that CNET tested. Besides picking up sand, dog hair, and other test dirt, the S9 Plus comes with a docking station that empties the dustbin while charging the battery.
This device runs from an app that allows users to schedule cleaning and even designate keep-out zones.

iRobot Roomba 960

People without the budget for such an expensive vacuum cleaner might also look at the Roomba 960. Priced at less than half of the S9 Plus, the 960 has kept its top ranking on Consumer Reports for years. In tests, this device did a good job cleaning both bare and carpeted floors. The main complaint was the difficulty of removing pet hair from the brush roller.
Like the S9 Plus, this vacuum has WiFi connectivity and runs from an app.

Samsung POWERbot R7040

Many retailers offer the Samsung POWERbot R7040 for a lower price than the Roomba 960. The Consumer Reports reviewers found that the Samsung did an even better job than the 960 on carpeted or bare floors too. The vacuum works with Samsung’s SmartThings app, which is fairly easy to use.

What Are Common Service Problems With Robot Vacuums?

Like all sophisticated devices, these high-tech vacuums can suffer from some common problems:
  • Charging: The nature of the vacuum’s job means that charging contacts often get contaminated by the very dust and debris they’re supposed to clean up. While it’s possible to clean these contacts, in time, contamination can ruin them.
  • Docking: Auto-recharging features should enable the vacuum to find its own way to the docking station when it needs a charge. Sometimes, problems with sensors will keep the vacuum from finding its docking station. When this happens, the appliance may also fail to clean as reliably and begin bumping into obstacles that it’s supposed to avoid.
  • Cleaning: A failure to clean well may indicate a sensor problem. In other cases, it could signal issues with the filter, brushes, or suction.
  • Connections: Some high-tech vacuums still use remotes. More commonly, they rely upon a WiFi connection to communicate with an app. Connection failures could mean that the device’s computer processors or chips need replacing.

How to Keep Robot Vacuums in Perfect Shape

Obviously, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions to keep the robot vacuum performing well. Even so, these modern cleaning appliances contain a lot of mechanical and electronic parts, so owners should consider protecting their investment and their clean floors with an affordable appliance warranty from Upsie.
Most consumers find that high-quality appliance warranties are worth the price if they just have to make one repair; however, Upsie will cover an unlimited number of repairs up to the price paid for the product. If repairs don’t make sense, Upsie will even send a replacement. For small appliance warranties, Upsie will pay for two-day shipping to and from their certified repair center.

How to Get a Robot Vacuum Extended Warranty

Even with all of its benefits and 24/7 claims service, Upsie charges less than most manufacturers and retailers for their protection plans. Customers don’t have to fret about choosing an Upsie warranty when they buy their products because Upsie gives you time. Purchasers can buy a small appliance warranty plan up to 60 days after the date of the initial sale and a large appliance warranty up to 11 months after appliance purchase.
Besides robotic vacuums, Upsie also covers traditional vacuums and other kinds of large and small appliances. To learn more about Upsie’s transparent coverage and affordable prices, simply choose a product on the appliance warranty page.

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