Robotic housekeepers are the stuff of futuristic movies, right? Not anymore. With technology advancing the way it is, it was just a matter of time before they were actually developed. After all, who wouldn't want a robot housekeeper to care of those dreaded household chores?
Though we are not yet at the point where we can have a robot housekeeper who thinks for themselves. So, no AI-enabled bots yet. We are getting close. This article explores and highlights plenty of robotic appliances to use in the home. While they usually only perform one specific job, it can be the job you abhor the most. What better way to make life easier?
Types of Robotic Housekeepers
There are many types of robotic housekeepers for individual type chores. This is a selection of a few types on the market.
- Robot Vacuums and Floor Cleaners
- Robot Pool Care
- Robot Pet Care
- Robot Lawn Mowers
- Robot Window Cleaners
- Robot Grill Cleaners
- Buying a Robot Housekeeper
- Further Robotics in Development
Robot Vacuums and Floor Cleaners
Robot vacuums and floor cleaners were some of the first robotic housekeeping units to be available to the public. Since those early years, they have improved in a number of ways.
Does a robot vacuum cleaner replace the traditional vacuum cleaner?
Not quite. Robot vacuums are more like maintenance cleaners.
Interesting robot vacuum cleaning fact
It’s a whole lot easier to let your robot vacuum more often.
A bot running for 90 minutes 3 times a week will do a better job keeping the home clean compared to a lazy human vacuuming 10 minutes a couple of times a month.
You can scan and map the room using a smartphone app, as well as, schedule daily cleanings. They even return to their chargers when needed. This eliminates the need to keep track of battery charges
Smart-Alexa Operated Robot Vacuum
One of the best examples of robot vacuums is the popular, quiet running ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S. This smart power vac uses Alexa voice command to direct cleaning. In addition, the ECOVACS Smart App can customize cleaning, scheduling, monitor cleaning sessions, update accessory status and receive error alerts.
The strong suction, regular and max mode, where suction is increased by 50%, along with deep-reaching cleaning brush and wide-reach side brushes allows this bot to work best on both thin carpets and hard floors.
Pet owners you’ll love this: This unit also enjoys sucking up any and all kinds of pet hairs from shed-loving pets. The bonus air filter reduces the number of dirt particles present in your home.
This sturdy unit will run for 100+ minutes and then auto-recharge. It has anti-collision and anti-drop sensors that provide smart motion navigation with a protective bumper to keep your furniture ding-free.
A final note about robot vacuums. They’re not effective on thick or dark carpets. The brushes get easily cluttered with tangled threads, the sensors get confused because they can’t see in the “dark”, that is, dark or thick carpets.
Dependable Robot Vacuum Mop
The dependable iRobot’s Braava 380t has two modes: damp and dry mop. The “damp mop” is perfect for hardwood floors where a full wet mop would damage them. It also works well on laminate, tiles, and linoleum floors making them shine.
The dry mop is for picking up dust and dirt. The damp mop will deep clean to wipe out stains and other kinds of grime.
This unit covers a lot more ground in one session than other cleaners. So, if you hate mopping your floors, this robotic housekeeping unit is the one for you.
Robot Pool Care
If you are one of the lucky people who has a pool, you can do away with that pool cleaning service. There are robotic pool cleaning units that can do the job for you, and they come in different capabilities. Some will sweep, scrub, and vacuum and others are dedicated to skimming the surface. Each plays a unique role in keeping your pool healthy and clean.
Excellent Performing Auto-Pool Cleaner
The excellent performing Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 will sweep, scrub, and vacuum the pool bottom and walls. This nifty pool cleaner will clean any size and shape of any in-ground pool.
Though not a true robot because it operates on the pool circulation pump, there’s no need for an additional booster pump. Plus, it sweeps, scrubs, and cleans all on its own just like a robot–close enough. Debris is collected in a large capacity filter bag prolonging your pool’s filtration system and letting the Solar-Breeze NX2 (see below) keep your pool surface clean too.
Solar Powered Pool Skimmer
If you’re fortunate to have the shade of a pine tree near a pool but unfortunate of having it get covered with pine needles, the Solar-Breeze NX2 would love to have the opportunity to skim those pine needles off the surface of your pool.
And it won’t stop there. Leaves, bugs, pollen, anything that floats on the surface, including suntan oils will be no match for this sun-powered skim bot. A cleaner surface means that your pool bottom and sides will be cleaner and need less cleaning. The pool will also be healthier because fewer bacteria can grow since their homes (dead leaves and debris) just got skimmed.
There’s a convenient on-board chlorine tray that holds two 3-inch tablets that will sanitize the pool as it skims around making your pool swim-ready and party ready!
No cords or hoses, just switch “ON” and the smart robot skimmer will run all day long and for several hours after sundown. The Lithium-Ion battery recharges with sunlight.
Robot Pet Care
Pet care has also taken a robotic turn. Some tedious tasks remain your responsibility but having a robotic pet care unit can cut pet care time in half.
Most noteworthy are the automatic self-cleaning litter boxes. Units such as these were available in the past. But, newer ones have features such as a self-adjusting cat sensor. This allows the litter box to accommodate different sized cats.
Automatic Kitty Litter with WiFi
One popular automatic self-cleaning litter box is the Litter-Robot III Open Air with Connect. This high-tech litter box can remotely control a single or multiple number of units. The App runs on iOS providing the following amazing, time-saving features:
- View the waste level from wherever you are.
- Get real-time status updates on when it’s cycling or the drawer is full.
- Monitor kitty’s litter box usage that will help you keep tabs on your cat’s health.
- Manage your litter-robot settings while kicking back with kitty on your lap.
- Activate the night light.
- Lock out the control panel to prevent your curious friend from pushing the buttons on the unit.
- It will self-adjust to your cat’s size (best for cats 5lbs and up).
- Works with your favorite brand of litter.
Now that’s amazing!
More information about the Litter-Robot can be found here
Also available are some amazing automatic feeders and automatic doors. The feeders come in a variety of sizes and for different animals. Some feeders come with bells-n-whistles that will make the chore of feeding your lovable pet a pleasure to do.
High-Tech Auto-Smart Pet Feeder
One of the hottest auto pet feeders is the Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder for iPhone and Android.
It’s perfect for both cats and dogs.
The features that bring the benefits:
- Your smartphone controls your pet’s meals from anywhere.
- If the WiFi connection is lost or the feeder is offline it will still feed on schedule.
- Set up to 12 meals to feed on your pet’s schedule.
- “Feed Now” allows you to feed outside normal feeding times.
- Meals can be dispensed from 1/8 cup to 4 cups to fit your pets appetite.
- “Unique Slow Feed” will add the food slowly over a 15-minute period to help prevent gobbling.
- Works with most shapes and sizes of dry and semi-moist pet food.
- This food dispenser is “paw proof” preventing curious, prying paws from sneaking food.
- Best for cats and small to medium dogs
- Hopper holds 24 cups and the stainless steel bowl can serve up to 5 cups for the heavy eaters.
- Made of BPA-free plastic and stainless steel
To sum it up: feeding your pet couldn’t be more convenient and fun.
In addition to cat & dog feeders, there are auto-feeders for other pets like fish and birds.
Compact Programable Battery Operated Auto Fish Feeder
The programable EHEIM Auto Fish Feeder is perfect for when you don’t have time or your on a holiday.
The feeder will add the exact amount of food at the exact feeding times. There’s a “snack button” for instant feeding.
All the keys are splash proof with a low battery level warning system.
Will fit the VARILUX aquarium hoods, and come with a bracket for open-top aquariums as well as the nano aquariums.
AutoFeeder for the Birds
The Wingscapes AutoFeeder for bird lovers is a programmable feeder that holds up to 1-gallon of bird feed letting you fill the feeder less and enjoy the more birds more. This feeder lets you determine when and how much to feed the birds that visit your yard.
It’s built to withstand those pesky varmints, that’s right, we’re talking about you squirrels. The heavy duty baffle will do just that, baffle any squirrel making it not worthwhile to play here.
The deeper tray prevents spilling and gives more birds more space to have a nice little bird feast. They’re are also drains to keep the seed dry. Nice touch.
In a nutshell:
- Fill your feeder.
- Set the timer.
- Enjoy the show.
Rounding out the Robot Pet Care auto-bots are the automatic doors for pets.
High Tech Dog Powered Electronic Door
The PX-2 Power Pet Fully Automatic Pet Door is completely controlled by your pet! The directional sensor system will open the door when it “senses” Fido, wearing its tiny ultrasonic collar, is heading for the door and stay closed when Fido is just passing by or curling up nearby for a nap.
Other nifty features:
- Water resistant or optional fully waterproof MS-5 Collar.
- Keeps out strays.
- Lowers heating and cooling bills
- The above photo is for large pets up to 100 lbs. Other door sizes available.
- Automatic dead bolt lock
- Automatic safety retract system
You are now FREE from a lifetime of Doggy Doorman Duty!
Many Cats, Many Small Dogs, a Door for All
Cat lovers, you haven’t been forgotten!
Here’s the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door that operates using your pets unique identification microchip or RFID collar tag. The door will unlock only for your pet leaving intruders outside.
What is nice about this auto-door is that it’s suitable for multi-pet households, up to 32 pets can be stored it its memory. This particular model is designed or large cats small dogs.
The door runs on batteries and has a “low” indicator light that will flash.
They claim that the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door was tested on raccoons in a zoo environment. During these tests Rocky Raccoon and his friends were never able to get in.
Chickens Sleep in Peace with this Automatic Door
Chicken lovers rejoice! The Cheeper Keeper is one of the best automatic chicken coop doors. Here’s a VIDEO that shows why.
The automatic doors are not just for dogs, either. There are also automatic chicken coop doors available on the market. While you don’t have as many choices for chicken coop doors as you would for doggy doors, they are available if you need them.
And, while you still need to interact with your pet regularly, these new innovations take some of the stress of remembering daily tasks out of your life.
Robot Lawn Mowers
Don’t have time to mow your lawn this weekend? That’s okay. Your robotic lawn mower is on the job. This is yet another technological advancement in a long line of robot housekeeper units.
Robot lawn mowers are not cheap, but, they do take the work out of keeping your lawns and gardens beautiful. And, like many robotic units, they return to their charging units when not in use.
One popular unit is the Landroid M Cordless Robotic Lawn Mower (Amazon link) from Worx. This little guy has enough Artificial Intelligence for fine cutting and mowing around tight areas and can mow up-down steep inclines up to 20-degrees. It comes with an easy-to-use fully automated mowing system with a programmable time.
The built-in rain sensor will tell the unit to stop mowing and return to base which is also a recharger. When the grass is no longer wet. We know how awful it gets to try and mow wet grass.
For anti-theft concerns this robot lawn mower uses a security PIN. can mow a maximum lawn size of 1,200m2. It can also handle garden zones, and it will mow the zones individually. Finally, in between mowing chores, you little robot mower will live in its charger station.tel
Robot Window Cleaners
Say goodbye to climbing up ladders to reach high windows to clean.
This time-saving window cleaner has a built in Artificial Intelligence that recognizes window frames and obstacles. You can program the Alfwise S60 Smart Window Cleaner Robot (Amazon link) for optimal cleaning and maximum efficiency. It will stay on the window for 30 minutes without falling if there is a power failure.
The powerful suction of the motor keeps the glass cleaner firmly on the glass and won’t climb over the window frame. It will cross over if there is a maximum gap between windows of 3mm. The unit can be set up so you can control it via Bluetooth on your smartphone or tablet (iOS and Android compatible).
Popular Question: How do you use this to clean upper floor windows?
Answer: You have to open a window next to the one you going to clean. Put the robot on the window, hold it while you turn it on. The suction will very quickly hold the robot firmly to the glass window.
If there is no access window, then you need a ladder to hold the robot on the window while you turn it on. The suction will hold it in place.
Safety wires should be used to prevent the unit from falling to the ground.
Robot Grill Cleaners
Also new to the robotic housekeeping world are robot grill cleaners. These little units are fully automated. And, they do the chore of scrubbing your grill of grease and grime, so you don’t have to worry about the cleanup that goes along with barbecuing.
If you are curious about these little robot units, you can check out the Grillbot Automatic BBQ Grill Cleaner (Amazon link) To use it, all you need to do is set it on top of your dirty grill and press a button. The unit does the rest.
It uses 3 motors and disposable brushes to blast away the bad stuff, while still retaining the flavor of your grill. And, when it’s finished, it beeps to let you know. They also come in different colors to match to your grill set or favorite sports team.
Buying a Robot Housekeeper
Buying a robot housekeeper is easy if you have the money; you need deep pockets to get your hands on one. They are not out of reach for the typical consumer, but they do require a little investment.
You can buy specialized robotic units like the ones mentioned here on different online retail websites. Bigger retail sites will have general units like the robotic vacuum and floor cleaners. But, for more specific units like the grill cleaner, you will need to go to robot retail websites.
Additionally, many of the units come with a warranty. But, be aware that you may have to perform minor maintenance tasks from time to time. For example, your robotic lawn mower may need a wheel or blade change.
Finally, maintaining your robotic housekeeper unit is relatively simple. After all, you bought one to decrease chores and not make more to do. So, expect to do some minor maintenance on them, but nothing too complicated.
Further Robotics in Development
If you are waiting for the quintessential robot housekeeper that can take care of household chores and hold conversations, you may have to wait a little longer. Elon Musk, high-tech entrepreneur, has made it is goal to conquer this frontier of tech but they are still in planning and testing phases.
He is working with OpenAI to develop the appropriate AI algorithms to be able to handle these tasks. The ultimate goal is to create a general-purpose robot that is capable of interaction as well as chores.
Musk and the OpenAI team have made promising strides in supervised language tasks. But, still have not developed the correct algorithm to enable complex linguistic activities. It’s just a matter of time, though.
So, are you still holding out for that futuristic AI-enabled super robot housekeeper? It’s coming. But, maybe not in your lifetime.
Until then, why not take advantage of the technology that is available today? Grab a robotic floor cleaner to keep your home pristine. Or, an automatic pet care item to keep you and your pet happy.
Saving yourself the time and stress of doing these dreaded chores can create a better quality of life. You will have time to do more things you love, with the assurance that the chores you hate are still taken care of.
Isn’t your health and happiness worth the investment? After all, these robot housekeepers save you time, valuable time that you will never get back.