Thank you to bObsweep for sponsoring today’s conversation. I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest review.
Have you heard? There’s a brand new member of our family.
Meet Bob. He’s cute, smart, strong, independent, and already has a mind of his own. He’s not very cuddly, though. That’s because Bob is a vacuum.
More specifically, Bob is a robotic vacuum. A bObsweep PetHair.
I’ve always been kind of ambivalent about robotic vacuums. I found them interesting but unnecessary, since vacuuming is a household chore that I’ve never minded too much (although I’d be first in line for a robotic laundry folder – can we invent one of those already, please?)
Then this summer I had back surgery, and I spent several weeks in bed recovering. Sometimes I’d lay there in bed and stare at this one strip of carpet leading from my bed to the hall out to the loft. I saw strings, tiny scraps of paper, dirt tracked in from outside…it kept accumulating and I couldn’t do a thing about it.
At first I could barely propel my body to the bathroom, let alone push around a vacuum. And even once I was up and moving around, I was restricted from lifting, pushing, or pulling anything that weighed more than 10 pounds. So vacuuming was still off limits.
So when the folks at bObsweep contacted me and asked me to try one of their robotic vacuums, my obvious reaction was HECK YES. Send that baby on over stat.
The bObsweep comes in several models. I received the bObsweep PetHair. I was a little worried because our only family pets are these guys:
And they don’t have any hair to shed. But do you know who does shed A WHOLE LOT of hair?
So let me tell you about Bob.
First, if you want all the specs, go HERE. The technical people at bObsweep have done a great job at detailing all the features – and there are lots, way more than just vacuuming. Not only does the bObsweep PetHair vacuum, it also sweeps, mops, UV sterilizes, and even filters the air. Like I said, lots of features.
When I first opened the box, I was a little overwhelmed. Actually, that’s just a nice way of saying what really went through my mind, which was:
That’s a lot of pieces.
This looks complicated.
There’s no way I can put this together.
I hope I don’t break it.
I’m definitely going to break it.
Don’t touch. Mustn’t touch.
Back away from the box slowly, Sharon.
Must. Get. Husband.
Which is what I did. But the next morning, I was pleasantly surprised to awaken to the sound of something whirring around my living room. Good morning, Bob!
Turns out that setting Bob up was quite simple – after charging him overnight, all my husband had to do was attach one brush with a screwdriver, turn him on, and press Start. I guess first impressions can be deceiving.
We haven’t had a chance to try out all of Bob’s features yet, but so far we adore him. He’s vacuumed our living room, dining room, master bedroom, and loft; and he’s swept the kitchen floor. I don’t know how the technology works, but Bob is able to find his way around our house without getting stuck or falling down the stairs. He’s even managed to clean some hard-to-reach spots, like underneath a cart we have in the kitchen and under my bed. And when his battery gets low, he actually finds his charging station, connects himself to it, and goes to sleep. It’s super cool.
And the hair – boy, does he pick up a lot of hair. So far, that’s been the only issue – sometimes his main brush gets so full of hair that it stops spinning – just like with any vacuum. But unlike other vacuums, he only weighs about 7 pounds and is easy (even for me) to flip over to cut out the tangled hair. My hope is that with consistent use (remember, my house hasn’t been vacuumed regularly for a few months now because of my surgery) the hair clog problem will diminish.
As you can see, I’m not the only one who’s delighted with the newest member of our family. (Note: you’re not really supposed to stop Bob once he’s in action.)