Looking for advice on robot vacuums working with IOS and, if possible, HomeKit...

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So with prime day tomorrow and moving into a new apartment at the end of the week, I thought I might treat myself to a new robot vacuum. Currently I have a Euphy Robovac which cleans my place by the simple yet someone noisy expediency of running to every wall, bouncing off and hoping to cover every square foot at random. It's okay and the app is pretty accessible and has the bonus of being pretty cheap.

However, mine has started to refuse to return to the base station, beeps in panic at odd occasions and requires about as much tending as the effort of getting out my big stupid vacuum.

I was wondering what others experiences are with more expensive vacuums both with their effectiveness and amount of monitoring required, and the accessibility of the apps and, as I say in the title, if they have some HomeKit integration?

I realise that it is possible to set up shortcuts to access non-siri compatible vacuums as I have with my Euphy that calls on google to start the clean, but higher integration might be nice.

Thoughts? Feelings?

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Submitted by Cihan Yazıcı on Sunday, June 20, 2021

Hello there;

I have done an episode of research on this topic. Finally, I received the import of irobot Rumba i7 which is suitable for our house.
The product has its own app.
But; I didn't get the process of adding my device to the home app.
If we have experienced friends that uses and experienced friends, I will be very loved.
love.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Sunday, June 20, 2021

Hi,

I was looking at the I7 actually. I've downloaded the app and, so far, it looks very accessible, EG no unlabelled buttons and even some descriptions on graphics.

How big is it? I'm not entirely sure where I might store such a thing without it getting in the way and becoming a trip hazard.

Submitted by DK6 on Sunday, June 20, 2021

I have a Xiaomi Roborock s5 max. It is formed like a disc (34cm in diam.).

You can use the button on the device to control it, or use the Xiaomi app. The app is accessible to some degree, but you cannot draw maps etc.

HTH.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Sunday, June 20, 2021

Yeah, I think a lot of them are much of a muchness though the IRobot app does seem to be the most accessible. I know they released a new version of it last year. Trouble is that their robots are exceedingly expensive.

I was reading a review of the Neato D7 connect and they reviewer suggested that you do maintenance every week on the vacuum taking about twenty minutes, which doesn't seem a great difference to the time I would spend hoovering. So, all feels a bit of a zero sum game.

Submitted by Brad on Sunday, June 20, 2021

The IRobot app is actually very accessible.

The only issue with these kind of machines is that you have to get new parts every six months to a year so for me; even though it's harder; I'd stick with a regular hoover.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Sunday, June 20, 2021

It doesn't feel like the set it and forget it system they are trying to sell. I think you might be right. Maybe just a decent cordless stupid hoover is easier. I guess the advantage of the Roomba and alike is the methodical way in which it cleans. It's those corners we miss that get dirty dirty dirty.

Was the taping part of the IRobot app, eg setting rooms and areas, accessible for you?

Yeah, the corners are the hardest to get. That's why as much as I don't likehow you have to buy parts, I've not had to yet and will squeeze as much as I can out of this thing, it's easier to get the floors cleaned.