Robot vacuum cleaner industry, which has shown tremendous amounts of growth in the past few years, has started to focus more on research and development thanks to the surge in demand which was caused by the pandemic. All the big players had the tendency to fix the present problems with their old school robot vacuums, while the newer brands chose to listen to the old users’ feedback and develop their upcoming models accordingly.
Robot Vacuum vs Standard Vacuum
There were a lot of technical topics that were considered, for robot vacuum based house cleaning to be able to challenge the standard vacuum. AI processors, object recognition systems, 3D radar systems, and many other improvements have shown quite a lot of success hiding the shortcomings of lack of human intervention. There has also been innovations in one of the biggest advantages robot vacuum cleaners has against standart vacuums, corner cleaning.
Edge and Corner Cleaning
During research and development it has come to the brands’ attention that the robot vacuums were performing well in open spaces, but in places that are difficult to reach such as edges, corners, between the chair legs, behind furnitures, the robot vacuums performance significantly dropped. Several brands have tried to move the side brushes to a more outward position, and some others tried to increase the brush length and hardness to allow for the vacuum to have comparably higher reach. Robot vacuums which had higher suction power and efficiency also had higher performance in areas that the side brush went over. Despite all these improvements, a switch from the traditional circular models to a newer “D Shape” has proven to be the most effective change.
New Approach: D Shaped Robot Vacuums
Understanding the problem is half the solution. Majority of homes have rectangular rooms to maximize the ease of use. And ultimately this leads to many corners and edges that dust and hair can accumulate in. The reason these edges and corners cannot be cleaned easily is that circular robot vacuum cleaners are not able to get close enough to the wall. Introducing a design that allows the higher suction parts of the robot to have sharp edges would no doubt increase the efficiency. One of the leading brands in the robot vacuum cleaner industry, Roomba, has implemented the D Shape design in their S9 model, a first in the brand which has been developing robot vacuum cleaners since 2002, it is obvious that the competition will be very close to follow. Besides Roomba, other big brands such as Neato and Samsung have started to use the D Shape design.
Here is our D-Shaped Robot Vacuum List