LG VR6270LVBM

Australian T3 - - RATED - $1,239, LG.COM/AU

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CA­PAC­ITY 0.6 litres BAT­TERY LIFE 100 mins

CHARGE TIME 3 hrs COV­ER­AGE PER CHARGE

N/A NOISE (DB) 60dB

POWER/SUC­TION 18W FIL­TERS HEPA

MODES 7 COL­LI­SION SEN­SORS Ul­tra­sonic

STEP CLIMB 15mm {DE­TAILS}

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SCREEN Bold red icons do the business, backed up by shrill voice com­mands

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BUILD QUAL­ITY Light­weight but beau­ti­ful, we wouldn’t like to drop it, but it looks great in

the cor­ner

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AD­DI­TIONAL FEA­TURES

Re­mote dock on the charg­ing base is a sim­ple

stroke of ge­nius

A real looker – ad­mire its ap­pear­ance as well as its work

LG’s stylish square sucker isn’t new, but de­spite its tech-pen­sioner sta­tus it is loaded with cam­era nav­i­ga­tion wiz­ardry. Us­ing a tweaked ver­sion of SLAM that takes into ac­count light in­ten­sity (II-SLAM, Il­lu­mi­na­tion In­vari­ant-based Si­mul­ta­ne­ous Lo­cal­i­sa­tion and Map­ping) and adding a sec­ond floor cam­era, LG claims the dual map­ping helps to re­duce need­less wan­der­ing.

The up­per cam­era takes 30 images per sec­ond, while the lower Op­ti­cal Flow Sen­sor cam­era mea­sures dis­tances and recog­nises ob­sta­cles and vari­a­tions in floor type. So far so tech, but does it trans­late to bet­ter clean­ing?

The square-ish de­sign of the VR6270LVMB, com­bined with the long twin sweeper arms, means it can get tighter into cor­ners than the rest on test. It still can’t quite make it all the way, but LG es­ti­mates it can get at 94% of the dust. In prac­tice it works well, but we didn’t no­tice a gulf in per­for­mance com­pared to the Roomba or Neato. At least the ex­tra-length sweeper makes swift work of the skirt­ings.

Route se­lec­tion ap­pears con­sid­ered rather than hap­haz­ard, and the bumper sen­sors tread care­fully in tight spots. But this hates rugs and car­pets. It’s slug­gish – de­spite boast­ing an au­to­matic turbo mode that kicks in on car­pet – and pick up is poor. Have pets and a car­pet? For­get it.

But on hard floors it ex­cels – it’s quick, quiet and ef­fi­cient. Move it and it will re­mem­ber its last po­si­tion in the room and re­turn to it to avoid un­nec­es­sary rep­e­ti­tion.

The ran­dom Zig-Zag mode makes quick work of large open spa­ces while the Cell by Cell cy­cle breaks down the space into man­age­able chunks – ideal if you have lots of fur­ni­ture. You can even pro­gram it to cover a spe­cific area us­ing the re­mote. It can only re­mem­ber one route, but is handy if you want an ex­tra clean around the cat bas­ket or un­der a high chair. LOVE Su­per-quiet op­er­a­tion. Dual-cam­era map­ping and hard floor clean­ing per­for­mance HATE Car­pet clean­ing is woe­ful. Not great for pet own­ers. Gloss fin­ish at­tracts dirt like a tod­dler T3 SAYS… A hard floor-clean­ing maestro, but it does strug­gle with pet hair pick-up

HEIGHT 89mm DI­AM­E­TER 340mm

WEIGHT 3kg

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