Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Simply Switch It on and Relax

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Simply Switch It on and Relax

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THERE are some jobs that should be left for robots - vacuuming is definitely one of them.

But how much would the average Australian be prepared to pay for the privilege of having a nifty little device clean their home each week?

And how effective are they?

Robotic vacuum cleaners can range from a few hundred dollars to up to a couple of thousand dollars.

We put Samsung's POWERbot VR9200 to the test over a month. With a recommended retail price of almost $1800 it is certainly not the most affordable around.

But results were pretty impressive - as have been the reviews from customers using one.

The POWERbot, as it name implies, is designed for a deep and thorough clean across a range of surfaces, from tiles and wooden floors through to rugs.

There are numerous ways to operate it. From the simple press of a button where it sets about cleaning the whole house, to remote controlled spot cleaning.

The vacuum is even wi-fi capable, meaning you can use a compatible smart phone to operate it.

The promotional video shows a teenager being hassled by mum to clean up his room.

"I'm on it," he says as he pushes the control on his smart phone.

Of course, that capability means you don't even have to be home to get the vacuum out.

Through the Samsung Home Appliances App, you can give the house a once-over before unexpected guests arrive.

Of course, there are some ground rules when using a bot to do your dirty work.

Generally, you have to be careful that larger items which could be sucked up into the machine, are clear. Otherwise you might return home and find the vacuum has stopped after sucking up a cloth or something.

The vacuum comes with one barrier device to set a section of the house off limits. Or you could just close the door if your child's room is covered in clothing. …

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