Kitchen Robot Roundup
We've been trying to find a place for a robot in the kitchen for quite some time. We do know we spill massive amounts of sugar and we have a 1.75 year old daughter who likes to dump cheerios out of her cup all over the kitchen floor. I can see myself calling for my robot maid and having it come in and take care of the spilled mess, but it would be really cool to have a little robot that would clean the floor on a schedule or even just wipe the countertops.
After much research, in the kitchen robot arena the only thing you'll really get out of one is cleaning the floor. They don't cut, dice, or chop yet. We've gone out and looked for the full range of prices you might find when shopping for a kitchen robot that cleans your kitchen floor.
We found some pretty crazy stuff. Some robots have "brains" while others are remote contolled. I had no idea that Black & Decker made robots or that Electrolux would have the guts to charge $1799 for the same robot you can get from iRobot for $400 bucks.
Here's what we've found so far in the Kitchen Robot arena.
Electrolux Trilobyte: Priced: ~$1799
We are not sure why they charge $1799. From the reviews we've read the Roomba from iRobot does a better job and works on carpet. The name comes from the hard-shelled sea creature from the Paleozoic era that roamed the ocean floor during, feeding on particles and small animals (cute but it had better work for $1799).
The round, red Trilobite uses ultrasound technology to see obstacles and avoid them. Much like a bat, which emits a high-pitched sound to create a personal sonar reading of its landscape, the Trilobite pings 60,000 Hz ultrasound vibrations at surfaces to create a map of the room and remember it for future assignments. This computer processing power is what raises the Trilobite's profile over the competition, whose vacuuming robots can only react to a situation (such as bumping into something) and cannot store data into memory.
But what does computing power have to do with actually cleaning a carpet? We would read up and test this one out before purchasing it.
iRobot Roomba 4230 Scheduler Robotic Vacuum: Priced ~$300
What we need is a robot on a schedule because lord knows we aren't. The Roomba 4230 Scheduler Robotic FloorVac will start cleaning whenever you tell it to. Any time of day or night, when you are home or not, one a day, once a week, or three times a day - just tell it what to do. The Roomba Scheduler knows what surface it's cleaning and automatically adjusts to whatever floor surface it's on. The Roomba robots are also supposed to do a great job at carpet as well as hard wood floors and the like.
Also, who wants to remember to recharge your robot? Upon completion of it's cleaning mission, it automatically returns to its homebase to recharge it batteries.
At Roomba 4230 Scheduler Robotic Vacuum
iRobot Roomba 4105: Priced ~$199
There are about 15 million varieties of iRobot Roombas (just kidding) but each has different items that they excel at. This one is supposed to be able to get large particles and debris off floors. It doesn't return to charge itself but it does have 3 vacuums built in that can deal with pet hair. It's also $100 bucks less than the scheduler.
At Roomba 4105 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum
Black & Decker RV500 Zoombot Remote-Control Vacuum: Priced ~$99
The big thing to note is some robots can think about cleaning and some can't. The Black&Decker is not of the thinking kind and is remote controlled. It also apparently doesn't have much power, battery life, and is well - at the bottom of the ktichen robot barrel. But what do you expect for $99 bucks? You had better have a really clean kitchen to buy this robot.
Designed with a quiet motor, this easy-to-use robotic floorvac includes an array of features. The unit vacuums and sweeps with two spinning edge-cleaning brushes that handle carpet, plus disposable cleaning cloths that pick up dirt, dust, and pet hair from hard-surface floors. It automatically adjusts to any floor surface, including wood, slate, tile, and low- to medium-pile carpet, and can be set to accommodate small, medium, and large rooms with the room-size selector on the control panel.
At Black & Decker RV500 Zoombot Remote-Control Vacuum
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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 7, 2005 8:33 AM