Disclosure- I received a bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum to facilitation my review but all opinions are 100% my own.
I have 3 cats and 1 lab mix dog and they all shed like CrAzY!!!! The amount of hair on our floor downstairs was crazy. I would sweep and vacuum at least once a day but even more than that. I felt like I couldn’t take a day off or the rolling tumbleweeds of hair would take over. Why did I get 4 pets with black fur in a house with white tiles? What was I thinking?!?!
But I found the answer to my cleaning woes. Meet our newest family member, the bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum or Bob as we affectionately call him. He even came with a birth announcement! How cute! Talk about a company with awesome attention to detail.
The bObsweep PetHair is just one of several models of robotic vacuums that bObsweep makes but I knew with all the pet hair in our house it would be perfect for us. Bob is easy to set up. When he arrives you just need to attach his side brush with a single screw. He even comes with a screwdriver. Like I said, bObsweep has great attention to detail. Their customer service is awesome!
Plug in Bob’s charging station, place the metal plates on his underbelly on top of the nodes on his station, and let him charge himself up. Once he’s all charged up (it takes several hours for a full charge), he’s ready to clean your floors.
The bObsweep PetHair has so many great features:
- Quieter than the average robot vacuum (he doesn’t even bother my dog!)
- Cleans on the programmable schedule you set or when you choose to run him
- Onboard control buttons and remote control
- 3 Cleaning Modes- Robot (about 80 minutes), Quick Clean (30 minutes), and Touch up (15 minutes)
- Targeted cleaning with 3 pattern tracks- Spiral Track (spiral in a 5’x5′ spill zone), Waffle Track (6′ x 5′ grid pattern spill zone), and Wall Track (travels along the perimeter of your home)
- Side brush reaches into small spaces that the main body doesn’t
- Longest main brush in the industry covers more ground while lifting up more dirt in just a single sweep
- Sensors in the back and front to help keep Bob from running into objects
- Built in UV light to kill germs
- 3 Layer HEPA filtration removes airborne mold, dust, dust mites, and viruses
- Washable mop attachment to mop while it vacuums
- Large collection bin (1000 mL) means you’ll be emptying it less often than it’s competitors (unless you have multiple pets that shed A LOT and you’ll be emptying it daily like me)
- When Bob is done cleaning he automatically searches for his base so he can charge himself for his next job
A few things I learned about Bob…..
I was a little worried when I first started watching Bob clean. He doesn’t clean in straight lines like a human would so it took a little getting used to. I was afraid Bob would miss spots. When you first watch Bob cleaning on his automatic cycle (which takes about 80-90 minutes depending on the level of dirt he senses) it seems like he’s just running around your house randomly. He’ll clean part of a room and then leave to clean another room. DON’T WORRY! Bob will come back and finishing the job in each room before his cleaning cycle is done. I promise! Just let Bob do his thing and he’ll get it done!
After having Bob for a few weeks I’ve found a few areas that Bob can’t get into like under the cart that we keep snacks in because it’s only 4 inches off the ground, between the legs of our kitchen chairs because they are narrow, and of course he can’t climb up the steps that lead up to our front door. But this isn’t a problem at all. Right before I have Bob clean my floors I sweep the top landing by my front door and the 3 steps leading down to our 1st floor. I just leave a little pile for Bob to come and pick up. Then every few days I move the snack cart to get under it, pull out the kitchen chairs so Bob can access under the table better, and quickly sweep any nooks and crannies (like between furniture, around the bins that store my dog’s toys, etc.). It takes me about a minute or two to get in these spots and then I can let Bob run and do the rest. It’s so much easier than doing all the work myself and no vacuum would be able to get into those spots on it’s own. I’d much rather take 2 minutes to prep the room for Bob to clean it than to have to do the whole room myself with my regular vacuum.
Bob comes with a remote control so my kids and their friends think Bob is a fun new toy. They love to play with him and his remote control. And I love that their playing gets my floor cleaned. Win win!
If you have 2 floors in your house you’ll want to get a second bObsweep PetHair for your other floor. Trust me! I feel like my upstairs is so neglected because while I run Bob daily, I’m not dragging my big vacuum around upstairs as often. I NEED another bObsweep!
If you have an area that you don’t want Bob to go into bObsweep sells a blOck that you can put in the area that you want Bob to ignore. Our office area has lots of things all over and I don’t want Bob getting hurt in there. I have that area blocked off with our garbage can, recycle bin, etc. when I run Bob but I think a blOck will be the perfect solution for us.
Bob has a built-in self navigation system which allows him to clean without hurting himself or damaging your furniture. Bob has several sensors all around his body. His sensors constantly send out Infrared signals to detect objects. Once an object (living or not) is detected, Bob changes his direction and moves away from it. Bob’s rubber-like non-collision bumper allows him to remain free of bumps and scratches if he touches walls, furniture or other obstacles. Bob is so smart that his state-of-the-art infrared sensors (in the front and back of his body) help him literally feel his way around so that he can clean without constantly crashing into things around him.
On an automatic cycle Bob runs for about 80-90 minutes before he needs to be recharged. Once he’s finished cleaning and is ready to be recharged, he finds his way back to his charging base to charge himself back up which takes a few hours. With the work Bob does in my house, this recharging nap is well earned.
The bObsweep PetHair has a removeable, washable mop pad attachment. You can dampen the pad with water or cleaning products and Bob will mop while he vacuums. He does a light cleaning with his mop attachment but he really doesn’t do a deep mopping with his pad. Personally I prefer to just have Bob vacuum my floor and not mop it. He’s not a substitute for mopping with a mop and bucket but is great for a quick surface level cleaning in between regular mopping.
Make sure to keep all toys, small objects, and ESPECIALLY POWER CORDS off the floor where Bob will be going. My husband plugged in a power screwdriver into a powerstrip on the floor the other day. I didn’t realize and I let Bob run. Before long he ended up in the corner where the cord was and it became wrapped around his wheel. I was so upset. It was then that I realized just how important Bob had become in such a short period of time. I was seriously depressed that we might have “lost” him for good. Thankfully it was pretty easy for my hubby to take Bob’s cover off, remove his wheel, and get the cord untangled. Phew! I wasn’t sure how I was going to live without Bob. Seriously he has really made my life that much easier. We love Bob!