This has been a busy year and it is going by so fast! I don’t feel like I ever get a chance to do anything other than work. I’m not complaining. Working pays the bills. But it keeps me from being able to hang out with the kids or even get in there and really clean the house. And with 4 kids, a husband and a boatload of pets, the house needs a’cleaning! I’ve turned to robots to help clean my house. No, really! A robotic vacuum, named Bob, to be exact. He’s a bObSweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum. He’s also a dude.
I love Bob. Bob’s good people. er… Vacuum.
I teamed up with bObSweep to test out one of these nifty little fellows and got a complimentary Bob. All opinions are my own. I have good things to say about Bob ’cause he’s pretty sick! (in a good way)
So, Bob, as I affectionately like to call him, is a robovac that makes his way around my floors picking up dirt, dust, hair and pet hair. He also unintentionally terrorizes our dog, Jasper. The dog runs around barking and nipping at Bob. I don’t think Jasper fully comprehends that Bob isn’t out to get him. He’s only cleaning the floors. That’s kind of funny.
bObSweep PetHair Vacuum Scares The Dog
The bObSweep PetHair Vacuum is not very loud, not very big, not too awful heavy but really gets in there and gets the pet hair up. It has several different settings that can be used to move around the room including:
- Wall Follow
Bob transitions between different types of flooring really well too. He doesn’t have any problem going from our carpeted area to the hard floors and back to carpet again.
Bob can be programmed to automatically start at the same time each day so you can sort of “set it and forget it” as far as doing a daily vacuuming. Bob will do it on a schedule. You can set him to vacuum every day or on specific days.
He can be set to vacuum in a circular pattern, making wider swaths as he goes around or in an edge seeking pattern. When something is blocking his path he will turn around. Sometimes he continues to bump gently with his bumper until he can turn enough to get around the object. Other wise he will turn completely around and move in a new direction.
Bob learns as he goes. The first time I used him, he sort of bumped his way along the walls. He crisscrossed the room a couple of times and even went around in circles for a little bit. The next time, he had sort of learned his way around the room and was able to go around the edges and then into the room. It was neat to watch.
There is a UV light on the bottom that helps to disinfect the floors as Bob goes along.
No Hazardous Material
The RoHS certification is to assure you that Bob is free of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
When the dust bin needs emptying there will be a message on the screen. I kind of wish there was an audio alert that actually spoke and said something like “Yo, I need to poop!” or something along those lines. That way, when I’m fully engrossed in working, I would hear Bob and know that he needed to empty his gut. Ya know?
I was really surprised at just how much this thing picks up! I figured Bob would only pick up bits and pieces of things on the floor. Like the leather that has decided to chip off our pretty black couch. 🙁 But when I opened the bin I saw tons of pet hair, people hair and what appears to be dust. Considering we vacuum every day because of the pets it really grosses me out and baffles me to see there is so much dust in there! I guess with pets, kids and electronics it’s never ending. Not to mention, our carpet is really old and needs to be pulled up within the next year. So it needs cleaning more often.
However, when his battery gets too low, he will go to his dock for recharging. How cool is that?
I’ve noticed that he sometimes has a hard time finding his dock so when I hear the vacuum stop and the vacuum beings to roam I use the included remote to guide him to the docking station for recharging.
Several accessories come in the box with the bObSweep PetHair Vacuum. The box includes Bob, of course, his charging dock and cord, 2 brushes, 2 side brushes for sweeping along edges, a remote control, mopping attachment with 2 pads, 2 filters, sensor covers in case your dark floors confuse Bob and the instruction booklet.
The mopping attachment is pretty neat. You snap it onto the bottom of Bob. Then you can either dampen the cloth pad with water or floor cleaner to lightly mop your hard floors or you can leave it dry to sort of dust mop them. I love using this in the kitchen and bathroom on days in between mopping.
I happen to be one of those people that actually likes to vacuum so it was a little odd for me to set Bob on his merry way and let him have at it on the carpets. But then I got sick and was confined to the couch for a couple days and I have to say, being able to snuggle up with a book when I felt bad, and still have my floors vacuumed was pretty sweet!
For me, the bObSweep is a great way to keep my floors looking nice throughout the week while we’re busy with work. Bob keeps the pet hair on the floors swept up which is also helping with our nasty seasonal allergies. Did I mention that I love Bob? He’s a handy guy to have around.
He shares a name with my dad, which is cool too. 😀
Have you ever used a bObSweep? What did you think?
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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