Is a robotic vacuum right for your home and family? The bobi by bObsweep might be the model for you! This programmable, self-charging vacuum has simultaneous sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and UV sterilizing capabilities.
I’ve partnered with bObsweep for this review.
I once heard that all of our unhappiness is simply due to mis-delegation! As in, if you didn’t have to do a number of the things that make you unhappy, there’d be no reason to not be the happiest mother on earth! I think about this often as I’m doing mundane household chores :). They don’t make me miserable, but I’d surely be a lot happier if I didn’t have to routinely clean up after a household of toddlers day in and day out! Mothers of the world, I have just found a huge source of happiness that is making my life easier, more simple, and certainly more pleasant! The source is our new bObi, an intelligent floor cleaner, with the power and brains to keep my floor spotless without lifting a finger!
The box arrived on Christmas Eve, so it just HAD to go under the tree! Best Christmas gift ever!
Introducing the bObi by bObsweep
She came with a cute sign that gave her name, weight, and height, just like a newborn member of the family, which she basically is now. She comes with a handful of parts, but assembly is a piece of cake and involves installing the main battery. The remote control allows you do navigate it manually if you’d like, but I recommend setting a scheduled time, which I’ll explain later.
There are three basic (touchscreen!) directions on the top: Go, Juice, and Waffle. “Go!” will activate cleaning mode, “Juice” will send her to the charging station, and “Waffle” will direct bObi to focus on a 10 sq. ft. area, like you see below. It will sweep in a diagonal fashion, up and down and then on the opposite diagonal for about 3 minutes so as to attack a particularly concentrated dry spill. This is excellent for under a messy table after meals!
When you flip bObi over, you’ll see how intense her components are. The parts are strong and sturdy, but my only concern is the life span of the side brush, the four-winged part with white bristles. You can see what a week of cleaning will do to it, as far as slightly warping and scattering the bristles, but it doesn’t seem to affect performance at all, especially since this brush is not meant to really sweep your entire floor, but rather to clean corners and along walls, and new side brushes are sold for $14.99 on the bObsweep website if it does ever become too mangled. In fact, because of the modular design, parts can easily be replaced individually and can be done at home. You don’t have to deal with the hassle of sending bObi in for repairs and having to wait on shipping both ways.
Most of the debris is tackled by two back to back main brushes that double the sweeping power to suck up heavy clutter. The blue bristles are specifically designed to pick up pet hair and human hair, making this even more appealing for pet owners!
The bObi is one of the slimmest intelligent floor cleaners out there, standing at 3.2 inches tall. She hasn’t had a problem reaching underneath our cupboards and entertainment center, as well as most common furniture. Not to be outdone by other intelligent sweepers, bObi is also able to MOP! Hers is more of a “mini-mop”, meant for small food stains or dirt spots vs. the entire floor. The extension snaps on dry or after soaking the cloth in soapy water. Just make sure to remove this before send her back to the carpets.
What makes this an intelligent sweeper is the fact that it uses infrared sensors. The advanced sensor technology can be controlled via the remote even through walls. The sensors let her know when she is approaching an obstacle so that she doesn’t have to consecutively ram herself into walls before she figures out to change direction. She’ll get as close as possible in order to clean along perimeters, but the 80 touch sensors do a fine job of intelligently changing trajectory. I really don’t have to worry about bObi getting into any trouble or damaging anything in the house if I left her alone.
Add to her impressive list of features the ability to sanitize with UV rays! The UV lamp underneath turns on by default and sterilizes surfaces of excessive bacteria growth for an even deeper clean. I bet you can’t wait to get one of these on your kitchen floor!
I wish I could show you how bObi can handle floors and carpets alike, but our home is entirely wood floor. Know that it can seamlessly sweep up dirt, dust, debris, crumbs, and pet hair from multiple surfaces and is smart enough to steer clear of ledges that would send it falling down stairs. Thick carpets, tile floors, wood floors, linoleum or laminate — not a problem.
I didn’t realize that bObi also has a built-in vacuum which further improves its efficiency! No wonder this gal can handle practically anything she’s up against. Over the last week, we’ve found a glow stick and a train track in her dustbin. Impressive! Cleaning out the crumbs and reclaiming your valueables is as easy as occasionally pulling out the dustbin, which can be washed under the sink.
The most glorious feature, in my opinion, is the ability to program little bObi to clean on a schedule. In minutes, we were able to select a schedule where she will turn on every evening at 7:30pm (when the kids are in bed and not likely to run into her). You can select day and time, skipping days and fine tuning start times down to the minute. Every evening, she will automatically turn on and does her thing until she’s low on battery, at which time she’ll search for her charging station and call it a night! I love the idea of never having to replace the batteries, and not even having to check the battery life!
This is what I wake up to every morning! Without lifting a finger! My daily routine has been simplified and every day I am granted more time to spend on the other dozen things that need to get done around the house.
To say that I am so happy with our bObi is an understatement. I LOVE having her around, and I’m as pleased as ever with her performance. She can certainly handle the high amount of crumbs and clutter that my toddlers create on a daily basis, and having her clean my floors every night is a real luxury. She does a thorough job every time, tackling corners that I would have missed myself, and I’m committed to keeping up on the weekly maintenance tips of cleaning out the dustbin and replacing the filter in order to keep her up to high performance. I’m hoping she sticks around for a long long time. Goodness knows the amount of debris she will pick up off our floors over the upcoming years!
Disclosure: I (Camille) received the bObi Robot Vacuum Cleaner at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Amazon links are affiliate links.