LG Hom-Bot

March 3rd, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

LG Hom-Bot Square reviewOverview

LG is perhaps one of the best brands once you speak about electronics. They’re also not new when it comes to manufacturing vacuum cleaners. They had released LG Kompressors, for example. Now they have joined the bandwagon, producing their own models for robot vacuum cleaners. This article is going to take a look at one of them: the Hom-bot. The Hom-bot is often compared to Roomba, which is definitely the peg among robot cleaners. Though they both share some features, there are stark differences between the two. The Hom-bot has a much longer warranty than the Roomba. It also has its own technology such as the dual-eye mapping system. Of course, it also has its own legions of fans.

Pros

  • Has a more calculated method of cleaning navigation
  • Cleans and mops the floor
  • Permits you to schedule your cleaning
  • Offers flexibility with regards to cleaning preferences
  • Possesses a longer battery life than that of other robots
  • Includes a 2-year warranty
  • Operates quietly
  • Comes with a washable HEPA filter
  • Recharges itself

Cons

  • Sweeper may not pick up all the dust
  • Has a smaller bin than its competitors

Features

  • Sweeper and mop
  • Dual-eye mapping system
  • On-board scheduler
  • Self-charging docking station
  • Easy-out dust bin
  • HEPA filter
  • 4 cleaning options: zigzag, cell by cell, spiral, and as you drive
  • Weighs 7 pounds
  • Voice alert
  • Stair recognition, ultrasonic and optical flow sensors
  • Li-Ion polymer battery
  • 2-year limited warranty

Detailed Review

There’s no doubt that the Roomba cleaners are some of the best there is. Add to that, there are so many choices to pick. Nevertheless, other brands such as LG are never too far behind. A perfect example is the Hom-bot.

LG picked up some of the good features of its competitors, such as the onboard scheduler and docking station but designed them to be more unique and ideal for the Hom-bot. A case in point: with the onboard scheduler, you can key in your cleaning times up to 30 days (or the entire month). Through its voice notification system, you will be reminded once the schedule has already been completed.

It also shares similar features with the Mint cleaners. LG Hom-bot is both a sweeper and a mopping device. This means it has an attached cloth that absorbs the dirt then damps the floor, making sure it’s left squeaky clean. Though this doesn’t have counter-rotating brushes like those of Roombas, it still has a good brush, which can help clean the edges of the walls. The Hom-bot is a great cleaner to use for tiles and carpets. If there’s a downside, it’s the cleaner’s failure to pick up all the particles. It doesn’t produce as much vacuuming power as the others, so there’s a good chance bigger debris may not be absorbed properly. Further, you have to clean the mop religiously. Otherwise, the dust will accumulate, and it will be inefficient.

While Roombas make use of virtual walls (which push you to spend by the way) and Mint provides you with Northstar Navigation, Hom-bot is equipped with a pair of cameras for a dual eye-mapping system. While it cleans your home, it already calculates its best cleaning path, allowing it to save time in wiping away dirt and reduce the possibility of bumping into furniture legs and other obstacles. The logic stems from the fact you use a pair of eyes when you’re cleaning your home. Needless to say, you can’t expect it to be completely fluid. Sometimes it steers away from its ideal path.

There are four cleaning modes available, and choosing can be as easy as pressing the remote control. Your selection will depend on the size of the room, the type of floor, and the debris and dirt that need picking up.

User Comments

After she cleaned my floor, I had to clean her. But that was easy and fast. Just open the top, take the bin out, walk to the garbage can, open the top of the bin, empty the bin and put everything back. Much easier then the roomba and no dirt goes back on the floor.

—Ray Smith, Robot Reviews

 

 

 

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