UPDATE! If you’re looking for a cheap robot vacuum with all the bells and whistles, you might want to check out this post about my new cheap robot vacuum for pet owners and hardwood floors.
If bells and whistles aren’t your thing, you need to keep reading because this cheap robot vacuum will change. your. life!
Have you always wanted a Roomba vacuum? Me too! I couldn’t really afford a $900 Roomba, so I started looking for Roomba alternatives. And let me tell you, I found one! I couldn’t be happier with my decision to look beyond Roomba for a robot vacuum cleaner.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not gifted with the cleaning bug. Not only am I not very good at remembering to clean, but I’m not actually very good at it, either. My sweet family happens to love me anyway, and I’m so thankful they can overlook my lack of mad cleaning skills.
We also happen to have pets and hardwood floors. Allergies aren’t really a problem for us, but fur tumbleweeds are. It drives us crazy to see a ball of fur floating around in the floors. Don’t get me wrong, I adore our hardwood floors and how much cleaner we feel compared to when we had carpet. But! Now, instead of the dirt getting stuck in the carpet, it just floats around on top of the floor.
And the days that I do make an effort to clean our floors, I’m not exaggerating when I say that it took me hours to sweep and mop our floors. And even then, they would be dirty in just a few hours because I inevitably missed a few spots and the dirt would scoot around again. *sigh*
Enter my lifesaver.
My Roomba Alternative
I really wanted to hire a cleaning lady, but since she wasn’t in the budget, I thought floors are clean would be a great idea instead to at least help me tackle the floor situation. Which would also help me win the dirty sock war, dirty couch & ottoman war, dust bunny war, and even the kitchen & dining room crumb war. Can I get an amen here?
I mean really, there are so so many different areas of our house that our floors impact. From laundry to furniture, how clean your floors are will have an impact on how much other stuff you have to clean.
So, enter my birthday (around Thanksgiving). I really wanted floors are clean but decided it was too expensive. Plus, would it even work that good? Would I even use it? So, I put off thinking about it until Christmas when I had more money.
Christmas came around and I landed on another present to pick out (We pick our own presents at Christmas. Works awesome!), so I just left my robot vacuum saved in my Amazon shopping cart for later.
Why I bought a robot vacuum
We had a slight shift in thinking in January about our home and how we manage our time. We’re both beginning to get very busy with little time left in the day for extra chores and efforts. As we take on more work (and get even more tired!!), we especially want our home to take care of us as a sanctuary, not the other way around. We want to enter our home and immediately feel at rest and peaceful. Does your home feel that way?
Mine definitely didn’t. I was so embarrassed of my project dining table, and our Ikea couches were more trouble than they were comfortable. The floors were dirty and there were toys everywhere. My kitchen has its own set of problems. And the decor looked like a middle schooler picked it out.
So, we made a decision to change all that. We updated our furniture (totally not hard or expensive with Craigslist and Facebook groups around). We bought some new art for our walls (of course 50% off at Hobby Lobby). And we got a vacuum to keep it cleaner.
And can I tell you, I don’t feel like I’m drowning in housework anymore! The floors are clean, the furniture stays clean, and my stress level stays low most days. It’s a dream.
Cheap Robot Vacuums
Do you want to know the best part??? The floors are clean, was only $150. Yep. 150 bucks is all it took to really help me chill on the housework overload. That’s about a month’s worth of a cleaning lady. And I’m pretty sure my robot vacuum is going to last a lot longer than a month.
In case you might want to get floors are clean, here’s what I’ve been impressed with so far:
- It has a ton of great reviews on Amazon with helpful tips.
- It has a HEPA filter (not necessary, but great for allergies or a family that came from a moldy house)
- It has a remote (you can drive this thing around your house if you want)
- It has a timer that will turn it on at the same time every day. Mine is set to come on around 9:45am.
- It automatically senses stairs. You don’t need to put up any extra sensor blocker beam things. It just knows.
- It has a mop cloth on it if you want. Optional but cool.
- It goes home on its own. He gets lost sometimes, but I just use the remote to steer him to get him back to the room. I’m a little impatient sometimes.
- It’s actually keeping my house cleaner. You wouldn’t believe the dirt I’ve pulled out of this thing in just a few days!
So, there you have it. I know there a lot of work at home moms on a tight budget, but this is absolutely a necessity for my sanity these days.
I mean, really? How many hours of your work is it worth to never need to vacuum again? Pretty sure it’s worth more than I paid!
If you’re like me and not quite ready to bite the bullet yet, go ahead and pin this image so you don’t forget where you found that cheap robot vacuum. <3
Related: Read this post about the new robot vacuum for pet hair I got after this one died (after it didn’t survive our last move).