House chores aren’t necessarily what comes to mind when one thinks of newlywed life. Dividing who-does-what takes some time, and being able to skip a chore or two from the list is a huge time saver. iRobot is a company that makes bomb detecting robots for the military that used their technology to make floor cleaning bots. Practical + high tech products are the perfect registry item for any couple who doesn’t clean floors as a sport!
Vacuums and floor cleaners are big ticket items in a registry you’ll likely use it more frequently than a pro baking mixer. I tried them out for over a month, once a week every week. Each model has a different purpose, so you can find one that is right just for you. iRobots don’t completely replace a good scrub-a-dub (they are not humans, after all), but it sure cuts them down to almost zilch. I have used a big handheld vacuum to spot clean once ever since iRobot.
It’s light, you can carry from floor to floor with much more ease than lifting a 15lb vacuum. This is a good reminder if you live in a two story house, even better reminder if you have a finished basement which adds another flight of stairs.
It’s small so storing is easy – it can fit on a shelf or tucked away in a corner of a closet! This is great if you live in a condo or apartment where space is premium – you don’t even need an utility closet for these little guys.
It doesn’t fall off the edge of staircases. The Roomba vacuum goes from hardwood to thick shag rugs with no problems. The Scooba floor washer doesn’t go over thick rugs so it’s more sensitive as to where it should go.
You can schedule them so they can go to work when you do. They have a sensor when they approach furniture that slows them down to gently clean around it, so nothing gets knocked over.
iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robots clean all floor surfaces, including carpet, tile, area rugs and hardwood floors – with just the touch of a button. Roomba will intelligently navigate their home, seeking out and eliminating dust, dirt, pet hair and other nasty debris, from all the hard to reach areas such as under and around furniture and along wall edges. It can even be scheduled to clean while they’re not home! Two models available at Bed Bath and Beyond here and here and iRobot.
iRobot Mint Automatic Floor Cleaners use Swiffer or reusable cleaning cloths to sweep and mop hard floor surfaces, trapping fine dust and debris as they navigate under and around furniture. The Power Couple can work, play, relax or even sleep while Mint quietly cleans their home. Available starting at $199.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond and iRobot
iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Washing Robot will automatically sweep, wash, scrub and squeegee away dirt, grime and bacteria, neutralizing up to 98% of common household bacteria and leaving only clean floors behind. It keeps dirty and clean water separate, so your floors don’t use the same water. Available for $499.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond and iRobot.