Vacuuming droids have been one of the first domestic robots to catch on. The Klarstein’s Cleanfriend will be familiar to anyone that’s seen a Roomba in the past. Its circular body has a 34cm diameter, it’s 10cms high and it weighs in at around 3kgs.
What Can it Do? The machine offers 5 different modes of operation. Spot Mode is for problem areas and it cleans an approximate 1 meter circle in a spiral pattern taking around 4 minutes. Clean Mode is a 30 minute program ideal for small rooms. Max Mode will clean continuously until the battery is exhausted (around 60 minutes), ideal for larger rooms.
In addition there are 2 modes that work with the charging base station. Timing Mode starts a 60 minute cleaning at a pre-programmed time you enter into the charger, so perhaps you could kick off a clean once you’ve left for work each day. Finally, in Full-Go Mode the cleaner enters a permanent cycle of cleaning, then charging, then cleaning again each time the battery gets back to its full capacity.
Does It Really Work? When you start the Cleanfriend off on its way it seems to choose a route that’s a tad random at first but it does eventually cover the room. The side brushes allow it to sweep right up to the edge of say your kitchen cupboards and its front bumper sends it into instant reverse as soon as it makes gentle contact with any object. It won’t fall down the stairs either as it can detect drops and reverse away from them too. Noise levels are less than a regular vacuum cleaner and I was able to continue watching TV by turning it up a bit whilst the little fella did the business.
It’s worth pointing out that you’ll need to spend a little time after every few cleans to maintain the robot. The brushes filters and rollers all require attention and clearing to keep them working trouble free.
Having a home robot is fun at the start, but after a few weeks does the novelty wear off or does it actually earn its keep? Well we tested the robot over a few months, on a variety of surfaces around the Automated Home, hard wood floors, tiled floors and carpet. On each type of flooring it really did do a great job, even impressing SWMBO. The best visual confirmation of its effectiveness, on top of a clean looking floor, is that the dust compartment is always full of the debris it has managed to collect. Robot vacuum cleaners really are a practical alternative to manual ‘hoovering’ these days and at £120 they are affordable too.
- Independent connection & disconnecton from charging base
- Change settings or turn on/off via remote control
- Intelligent space recognition (won’t fall off balconies, attempt to move through walls, etc)
- Suitable for various surfaces – small rugs, tiles, hard floors, wood floors
- Powerful, long life rechargeable battery
- Includes barrier unit – creates an electrical field that the cleaner will not pass, e.g. for preventing it from entering an open door
- Complete brush set including side brush for full room coverage
- Compact dimensions -a unit that fits anywhere and goes everywhere!
- No need for for vacuum bags
- Operates quietly