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The Best High-Tech Appliances That Will Clean Your Home for You
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Ah, home. A sanctuary where we recharge our batteries, kick up our feet and let our hair down. In between all that relaxing, however, the dust starts to gather, and all that hair you were letting down will eventually find itself on the ground in tumbleweed-shaped knots; that goes double for your pets.
Now that home has also become a workspace for many during the pandemic, keeping your living quarters clean and decluttered is even more important. Lacking the motivation to keep things spick and span? We don’t blame you. Cleaning is a slog, but thankfully there are plenty of cleaning gadgets out there that make cleaning easier and sometimes, dare we say, fun.
Read on to see how you can take control of your chores with these ten affordable cleaning appliances.
Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away Upright Vacuum NV500
Price: $259.99 $199.00 at Walmart
Used For: Sucking up dust, hair, crumbs, and other debris on floors and carpet
If you’re looking for your next vacuum, the Shark Rotator NV500 is a great budget choice that beats most vacuums at its price point. It has many benefits that you would expect of a modern vacuum (bagless, long-reach hose, multiple attachments) while its corded nature keeps it rooted within traditional constraints.
Even though wireless is all the rage with most high-tech devices, for vacuums, there are many benefits to a corded setup. Corded devices have more powerful suction, and you never have to worry about running out of power. You also have to love the price; unless you’re buying refurbished, an entry-level wireless Dyson will run you about $300.
One thing to keep in mind is that the NV500 is not compatible with the under-appliance wand that you might see in some of the sales pictures. If missing this attachment is a dealbreaker for you, visit the Shark website to look at their compatibility list and decide whether splurging on a higher model that is compatible with the wand makes sense for you.
iRobot Roomba 675 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Price: $274.99 at Home Depot
Used For: A hands-off approach to floor and carpet cleaning
We promised fun cleaning, so here is one option that allows you to command your device with Wi-Fi controls. The iRobot Roomba 675 is a robot vacuum that loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt from both hard floor and carpet. While you can manually control it with the iRobot Home App, it can also do the job independently. Schedule automatic cleaning times within the app, or if you have the proper equipment, you can utilize Google Assistant/Alexa voice commands to have your robot vacuum at the ready. The robot can run for up to 90 minutes on its own before it returns to its dock to recharge, and it’s pretty good about not getting stuck on rugs or falling down the stairs.
While the iRobot Roomba 675 stands out at its price point because of its durability and low-maintenance upkeep, one of its shortcomings that many budget robot vacuums have is the lack of a barrier system that keeps the Roomba 675 within a particular area. Instead of having a smart map and a specific game plan when running unsupervised (like robots in the $400+ category), the Roomba 675 relies on its dirt sensors and bump-and-run navigation to get the job done. Not a problem for smaller homes, but a larger living space might be better suited to a smart mapping vacuum like the iRobot Roomba i7.
iRobot Braava jet 240 Mopping Robot
Price: $279.95 $199.00 at Walmart
Used For: You guessed it, mopping
Designed to clean hard floors, this little 10-pound mopping robot intelligently tackles dirt and stains with three different cleaning modes: Dry sweeping, Damp Sweeping, and Wet Mopping. The iRobot Braava jet intuitively knows which mode you want depending on the type of cleaning pad attached. You can also set boundaries within your house with the Virtual Wall mode to keep the robot outside of rooms without a door.
In the Braava jet package, you’ll receive two cleaning pads of each type, along with a battery charger to keep your robot worker filled with energy. While you might have to manually scrub tougher stains out after this robot is done, it will keep your overall house consistently clean. The Braava jet 240 is also more suitable for servicing smaller spaces and apartments versus cleaning homes with larger square footage. If you have a larger home, upgrading to the iRobot Braava 380t is worth looking into.
BISSELL Little Green ProHeat Corded Handheld Deep Cleaner
Price: $119.99 at Best Buy
Used For: Deep cleaning carpet, couches, stairs, detailing cars
When it comes to deep cleaning carpets and stairs, little robot minions have yet to achieve the ability to do this job on your behalf. Thankfully, the BISSELL Little Green ProHeat Deep Cleaner consolidates everything you need for such a job in a conveniently portable package.
With this tool in tow, you can spray and scrub your carpet or couch with a combination of hot water and BISSELL Professional Spot & Stain solution, and use the high-powered vacuum to deliver the finishing blow to any offending stain. The heatwave technology of the water tank keeps your tap water hot for the duration of the cleaning process for more effective cleaning, and once you’re finished, the hose has a self-cleaning tool that will purge all the built-up hair and odor collected throughout your session.
Because of its portability, the BISSELL Little Green ProHeat Deep Cleaner is also a tool of choice when cleaning car interiors. Just make sure to buy extra stain remover upon purchasing this cleaner, because the amount it comes with will be gone after a few cleaning sessions.
Alpine Industries Black 700ml Wall Mount Automatic Hand Soap Dispenser
Price: $44.95 at Walmart
Used For: Washing and sanitizing your hands
Part of keeping your home clean is making sure that you and your guests are keeping germs at bay, and what better way to do that than with a no-touch hand soap dispenser?
The Alpine Wall Mount Automatic Dispenser is easy to hang up, powered by four AA batteries, and eliminates the need of touching a dirty shared space to wash your hands. Instead of pumping a soap bottle and leaving soap scum on the bottle and your countertop, the infrared sensor will cue the machine to dispense a consistent amount of soap right into your hand.
For the more germ-averse among us, you could potentially hang one of these near the entrance of your house or garage and fill it with hand sanitizer for an instant cleanse. While this may have been overkill in the past, it’s almost par for the course in these current times.
Samsung UV Sanitizer
Price: $49.95 $29.99 at Best Buy
Used For: Sanitizing your phone, earbuds, sunglasses, charging your phone
Having a gadget like the Samsung UV Sanitizer is a great way to maintain some standard of cleanliness for your accessories without having to think too hard about it. Just place your items inside, close the cover, and Samsung’s dual UV lights will do their thing and purify your items in just 10 minutes (20 minutes for both sides of your phone). While the device isn’t certified to combat Covid-19 specifically, 99% of harmful germs and bacteria will be eliminated, including E.coli, Staphylococcus, and Candida albicans.
If that wasn’t enough, this device also doubles as a wireless phone charger that is compatible with Android and Apple phones. The Samsung UV Sanitizer comes with a USB type-C but does not come with a power brick, so you’ll have to buy one or use a wireless charger to make use of this device.
Rubbermaid Power Scrubber Brush
Price: $22.77 at Home Depot
Used For: Detail-oriented cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom
Another handy tool for keeping your bathroom clean is the Rubbermaid Power Scrubber Brush. It may be a small budget power tool, but if your grout lines refuse to clear up no matter how hard you clean, this scrubber could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
The Rubbermaid Power Scrubber comes with four AA batteries and is ready to scrub right out of the box. It performs best when used for small detail-oriented work. Stuff like cleaning grout lines, removing water stains from metallic surfaces, cleaning sinks and faucets, and more. It’s even good in the kitchen; how many of us have let crumbs invade our countertop grout lines without noticing until it was too late? The power brush also comes with one additional scrubber head, so you can keep one in the bathroom, and the other in the kitchen.
XPOWER - A-2 Airrow Pro Multipurpose Electric Duster & Blower
Price: $55.99 $50.99 at Best Buy
Used For: Cleaning out dust from your computer, car interiors, inflating airbeds
We can hear the question already: Why would I spend $50 on this instead of buying a canned air duster? Because you want to save the environment, that’s why. But in all seriousness, aside from being a nontoxic alternative to compressed air, this little guy is quite versatile and can help out with a variety of tasks. The most obvious of which is cleaning out the inside of your computer, but people also use the Airrow Pro to clean out vacuum filters, the insides of their cars, and to inflate airbeds. With a 9-foot power cable, the Airrow Pro will reach just about any job you’d need it for and is an excellent one-time buy for any home appliance collection.
Just make sure your aim is true and that you don’t use it in lieu of a standard duster, because the airflow produced by the Airrow Pro is quite strong and will definitely blow items off your shelves if you aren’t expecting it.
Purifier Coway Airmega Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Smart Mode
Price: $249.99 $199.99 at Walmart
Used For: Purifying air, reducing smoke pollution, removing allergens
Armed to the teeth with filters while performing its function with minimal noise, anyone serious about air purity in their home should pick up the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier if they don’t have one already. It has a 4-Stage Filtration System that includes a Pre-filter (catches hair, fur, and dust), a Deodorization filter (eliminates odors such as pet odors, cigarettes, food smells), a True HEPA filter (catches fine dust, dust particles, mold), and a Vital Ionizer that further reduces particles in the air.
One Coway unit covers 361 square feet, so you can use this to great effect in a living room or a bedroom. With three fan speeds and an air quality indicator, you have full control and can decide whether the situation calls for automatic or timer-scheduled purification. If you still aren’t sold, Wirecutter even states that the unit has been proven to work like new with filters that are a year old. If you’re basing a purchase off of its value and functionality, you can’t do much better.
Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50
Price: $399.99 $299.99 at Best Buy
Used For: Turning food scraps into compost
If you haven’t looked into composting because you didn’t know where to start, the Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50 is an incredibly convenient appliance that takes the food scraps from your kitchen and cuts down the volume of food waste by up to 90% by turning it into compost.
Food scraps like chicken bones, eggshells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable scraps, and more can now avoid being dumped in the trash can and instead find a new, more valuable purpose as compost fodder. The FoodCycler comes with odor-eliminating carbon filters to reduce any foul smells from developing, and each food recycling session takes about four to eight hours to process your scraps into compost.
Turning food waste into soil nutrition is the ultimate flex and greatly reduces the amount of trash in your kitchen waste bin, translating into an overall smaller ecological footprint and less trash at the landfill.