“Bobi,” as they call it, is the latest in a long line of robotic cleaners made by bObsweep.
This variant has most of the features which includes an improved algorithm and more sensors that help it to avoid obstacles better. It also comes with a brush cleaning tool to help clean the motorized brush.
This DIY Canadian broom is not only capable of sweeping but also mopping. It has a UV sterilization feature that disinfects through the use of ultraviolet rays.
Could these features be enough to challenge market leaders Neato and Roomba?
Lots of roomba competitors have emerged in recent years but none of them have yet matched it in terms of cleaning performance and price.
Neato comes closest but still lacks the equivalent of a virtual beacon that blocks restricted areas.
This special type comes specifically designed for cleaning pet hair because it has two rotating bristle brushes with a mop brush designed to capture pet hair and litter.
Quick look at the features
- It has 5-in-1 functions – vacuuming, mopping, mopping, vacuuming and air purification
- Equipped with HEPA filtration
- Dirt box is washable
- At only 3.35 inches tall – shorter than the Roomba and Neato
- Contains 80 sensors including 5 wall sensors and edge sensors
- Engine 11,500 rpm
- Bobi block acts as a virtual wall that blocks areas you don’t want to enter
- Comes with extra brushes and cleaning tools to help you keep your Poppy in tip top shape
- Bobsweep has already improved the navigation algorithm based on tests
- Moping is great for kitchen tiles as a maintenance tool – don’t use this to clean dirty tiles
- All eyes will reach the areas under the bed
- It’s best used as a maintenance tool to keep your home dust-free
- Weak vacuum motor
- You will need to clean all brushes and dustbin after each cleaning session
- small dirt box
- Carpets cannot be deeply cleaned
- Can’t see black or chrome furniture
- Tends to miss the charging base if the room has a complex design
What do you expect from a pet hair cleaning robot?
When you look at the features at first glance, it is very similar to the Roomba 700 series with its round shaped robot and side brush.
Beneath them are the scrubbing brushes that scream Roomba – two brushes that rotate in reverse as well as a mop brush.
You can call this overkill but every brush is required to make up for a weak motor.
These brushes are also very helpful with stirring but are in no way for heavy-duty cleaning.
It also has a remote control – a dial-shaped controller that allows consumers to schedule and choose any of the cleaning modes and manually control the robot just like a remote control.
Speaking of cleaning modes, there are only two modes – Go and Waffle mode. Go is the default cleaning mode while waffle mode is for cleaning a three-square-foot spot.
Experts recommend not interrupting it when running in default mode unless it encounters an obstacle like a stray wire.
The last option is juice, which will send the robot to the charging base for recharging. Note that “Bobi” will do this automatically once the battery reaches 15%.
Out of the box, you still have to do some work in order to use this bot. First you will need to flip it over, use a screwdriver to remove the battery cover and attach the NiCad batteries in place before using this even.
In my opinion, this should not be something consumers should be concerned about. Competing brands like Roomba, Neato, and Xiaomi don’t need such a thing. Comes ready to use out of the box.
Two color options
The Poppy has a glossy silicone finish. Moreover, they also used a simple style with only three buttons – Go, Juice and Waffle.
You will have two color options – silver and scarlet red, and, oddly enough, scarlet is the cheapest option.
There is a learning curve
Unfortunately before you play the Bobi, you will need to read the manual to better understand the how to quirks and functions of this device.
Another thing that is required to maximize the cleaning ability of this robotic cleaner is to prepare the area you are cleaning.
If you have any rugs with long tassels – remove them away.
Same with power cords, shoelaces and any kind of wire because they’ll snag and stop Bobi in their tracks.
You will also need to allocate a lot of space around the cargo base – about 10 feet in front of it and feet on both sides for it to dock successfully.
Make sure the charging station is supported by a sturdy wall.
It also comes with a small microfiber pad for mopping bare floors like hardwood or tile. Do not use it on heavily soiled areas, it only works on a relatively clean surface.
Another unique feature not available in other robot vacuums is the disinfection capabilities through the use of UV rays.
Now whether this feature is really antiseptic is up for debate because you need some kind of chemical to really disinfect it, so take this feature with a grain of salt.
According to Bobsweep, the Bobi pet hair broom produces only 60 decibels. This is definitely quieter than any portrait position – great for not scaring your pet or toddler. It’s actually more than just a Neato or Roomba.
According to Bobsweep, Bobi’s pet has a new, more efficient navigation algorithm – fewer redundant passes and more sensors, for a total of 80.
Including 5 wall sensors (prevent this from damaging wallpaper or baseboards) and a shelf sensor that prevents this robot from falling off the stairs.
These sensors allow the robot to completely avoid obstacles but will hit anything black chrome plated – consider yourself forewarned.
Here’s how Bobby moves around the room…
There are two cleaning methods. Press the Go button to use the default cleaning mode. It starts with cleaning the edges first and then moves to the interior of the room.
BobSweep did not specify if this bot has multi-room cleaning.
It comes with what they call a Bobi block (only one) that blocks the robot’s path with an infrared signal. If you need more of these devices, Amazon sells them separately.
When the battery level reaches 15%, this robot returns to the docking station to charge, but remember the space requirements I shared earlier – 10 feet in the front and 2 feet on either side to give Bobi the best chance of docking and recharging.
Executing floor cleaning
Thanks to the sweep feature, this robot will have no trouble cleaning bare floors and tiles.
Since the vacuum motor is not as powerful as a traditional vertical broom or wand, it will rely on the mop part of the brush to sweep small pieces of debris such as pet hair and dust, but it may struggle to clean larger pieces of bare floor dirt because the motorized brush along with The side brush will fling these things away.
The mop function will work fine on a fairly clean surface but avoid using it on an oily surface that may need to be scrubbed. Also avoid using this in a humid environment such as the bathroom.
This is a demo on bare floor…
This robot will work best on carpets because of the bristle brush and mop that move the carpet well.
However, it lacks the power and excitement to deep clean carpets. It will not clean rugs or plush rugs well. If your house has a lot of carpeting, you will need a vacuum cleaner to do the heavy work.
Trust me, others have tried it and it won’t work.
But in between cleanings, this robot will shine because it is able to do any repetitive task without getting tired, but you will need to clean the brush regularly to avoid hair and dander buildup.
Pet hair removal
This is another area that this robot will do well. A bristle brush and mop set will do a good job of picking up pet hair on the carpet. But it still lacks the excitement and suction of deep cleaning work.
If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, it is best to use a vacuum cleaner for a deep cleaning and then use a Bobi for daily cleaning to prevent the buildup of dirt and pet hair.
Will he clean the stairs?
Unfortunately, this robot will not clean stairs.
Bobi will allow you to schedule the exact time you want to start cleaning floors automatically even if you are not at home. Don’t specify if you can do this at different times each day or you can just schedule it at the same time each day.
It will take 4 hours to charge the 2200 mAh nickel-cadmium batteries from Bobi.
This bot has a filter position similar to the Roomba’s, so removing it is as simple as pulling it out.
The HEPA filter is washable, which saves you money on purchasing replacement filters.
Make sure it is dry before applying it again.
Remember that if you are cleaning a really dusty area, pay close attention to the filter as it will easily clog with microscopic dust and degrade performance. If performance is delayed, be sure to clean the filter.
the show length
When fully charged, Bobi will run for about an hour and a half.
Bobsweep Bobi is backed by a 2-year warranty as well as a 60-day money-back guarantee – better than Roomba or Neato.
|Battery Type||Nickel and cadmium|
|charger type||charging station|
|Shipping time||4 hours|
|the show length||1.5 hours|
|Door Crossing||up to 1 cm|
|net weight (with battery)||10 pounds|
|Purchase weight||13.5 pounds|
|bin full indicator||
|Cleaning sessions per week||7|
|brush cleaning tools||
|Accessories included||Charging station and adapter
Microfiber mop and mop
Main and side brushes
HEPA Filter Spare Parts
Spare main brush holders
Maintenance and synchronization tools
This is a fairly popular robot vacuum on Amazon thanks in large part to its excellent after-sales service. Consumers say that the suction is decent and the motor is not too noisy.
Another feature like the ability to control this robot using the arrow buttons. But for me, I prefer letting the bot do its job independently, so this is subjective.
In terms of performance, it was very close to the Roomba 780 and when you add that it has 3 motorized brushes, cranking is fine on the mat. Some even said that the dirt bin is large compared to the Roomba 700 series robots.
But some consumers complained about Bobby’s inability to see black or chrome furniture. Another potential problem is that the robot can’t find the base of the house as the room is too complicated.
I must warn you that this robot will have trouble cleaning more than one room at a time as consumers have commented that it seems to lose its place when it leaves the room.
Judging by the reviews, this will work better on a house with a simpler design with more open space than on a narrow house with complexly shaped rooms. One way to use this robot is to let it clean one room at a time.
The two-year warranty is one year longer than Roomba and Neato, so that’s a big plus point for Bobi.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this on Amazon for less than $330. Available now will be a pet variant. This will be eligible for free 2-day Amazon shipping if you join Prime.
This bot has some features that will give Roomba a run for its money but I find it hard to recommend it because of the price. While it can help keep your floors clean, it still lags behind the Roomba 700 series or even the BotVac series in terms of features and ease of use.
The fact that you need to remove the screws and attach the battery making is a stumbling block in terms of ease of use. Bobsweep still has a lot of catching up to do with how the control is designed and not having to do any assembly out of the box.
In terms of power, the Bobi still lags behind the Neato BotVac and lacks the multi-room sophistication of the Roomba 880 or 980 although I can forgive it because it’s the cheaper of those two options (at least on Amazon).
The bottom line is that this robot still performs well as an in-between cleaner that you can schedule and has a fairly useful mop job on tile or relatively hardwood floors – so it saves time in that regard but don’t expect deep clean dirty carpets or hardwood floors. tiles.
When you consider the price (more than $800 at Bobsweep), you’re paying a premium dollar for a robot vacuum that lacks premium features like WiFi connectivity and an app that will allow you to schedule this remotely. The best place to buy this would be on Amazon as it costs less than $300.
This lack of features is what prevents me from recommending this good cleaner bot.