Being a pet parent is one of life’s biggest perks. My dogs might as well be superheroes: They can melt away a bad day with a single soulful stare or instantly cure a funk with a sloppy kiss. And really, in the interest of transparency, I’d often rather be with my pups than most people. But having pets and keeping our pad just a small degree of clean is a battle my partner and I lose daily—before it’s even begun.
Between hourly potty accidents, toy carnage in every corner, and trails of soil from dug-up houseplants—courtesy of our new puppy (8 pounds and growing) and her 94-pound brother, a champion drooler and shedder—the state of our home is defcon-five-level disheveled. Our year-old living room rug, in all of its former off-white shag glory, is now a stinky, straggly shade of greige, and our once sparkling wood flooring has just about given up on a gleam altogether.
And, yes, we try. There’s the wet mop, which requires multiple pad changes to clean one very small area; the regular vacuum, which is clunky to wield and clogs on the regular; the robo vac, which spends more time repeatedly banging itself against the dining room table legs than cleaning; and the handheld vac, which requires arm exercises in order to lift. The struggle here is real.
But then we met the Roborock S7. This new breed of robo cleaning machine managed to scrub our condo spick and span in one swoop, and it was quiet enough not to scare our big boy, who cowers when we turn on the regular vac. Honestly, I don’t think we’ll ever use another vacuum again, and here’s why.
It’s so much smarter than standard robo vacs
If you’ve ever owned a robo vac, you’ve probably wondered if, frankly, they’re really all that smart. They wander aimlessly throughout the house (direction unknown), get stuck in awkward corners, and die before you’ve finished cleaning. But unlike a regular robo vac, the Roborock is designed with a laser navigation system that helps it travel, even through dark areas, and return to its port.
Before it starts cleaning, the Roborock scans the area to create a map and remember your floor plan—taking note of carpets, individual rooms, and different levels of your home. Through the app, you can set no-go zones, get real-time progress reports, adjust the scrubbing speed of the mopping pad and suction levels of the vac, set cleaning schedules, and stop and start the device. It’s compatible with smart-home devices like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri, which means all you have to do is ask it to clean—and you shall receive.
It’s a match for pet mess
No matter how much we try to mop and vacuum, our floors are in a perpetual state of grime, and pet hair wafts around our condo like dust balls in the wind. But thanks to some serious sonic tech, the Roborock scrubs up to 3,000 times per minute, so all that caked on crud, muddy paw prints, and pet-mess residue gets obliterated after a few beats. And whatever kind of super suction is inside the vac, it managed to suck up just about every last hair trapped deep in our (very shaggy) carpet fibers.
It has a built-in mop
This is so good for so many reasons: Dual-surface capability means we (and you) don’t have to waste money on multiple cleaning mechanisms or keep buying inefficient pads for the wet mop. And there are some really handy mopping features in the Roborock app. You can set room-specific schedules, control how much water you use in different areas, and even program no-mop zones to keep your carpets dry. But what really gets me is the auto-lift feature. Built with special VibraRise tech that recognizes carpet using ultrasonic sound, Roborock knows how to transition from one surface to another. If it’s going along its merry way mopping tile and it hits carpet, it automatically raises the mop and focuses on the suction, so you don’t have to intervene.
It has auto-empty functionality
This is a biggie. As anyone with a pet-hair situation knows, emptying the vacuum tank is the worst part of the process (the smell alone from weeks of trapped air can knock you over). Inevitably, dumping the bag is never a seamless process; somehow debris always gets everywhere and creates an even bigger mess. Roborock’s auto-empty feature means that once the device docks, it deposits dirt right into the tank, which is roomy enough to hold eight weeks-worth of gunk so you don’t have to dump it on the reg. And you can control when your device empties right from the app.
It helps keep your air cleaner
If you have allergies, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The built-in filtration system captures 99.99 percent of particles to cut down on indoor allergens. Plus, it has a washable and reusable HEPA filter (high efficiency particulate air filter) located in the dust bin, which traps pet dander, dust, mold, and other particulates to reduce pollutants in your home. And the anti-bacterial dust bag seals itself when it’s removed to prevent spillage, so your air stays fresh and clean.
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