LG HOM-BOT SQUARE

$1,299, from ma­jor elec­tri­cal stores Charge time: 3hr. Run time: 1hr 40min Ex­tras: Mop plate, two cloths.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - SmartShopper Road Test -

CLEAN­ING PROW­ESS Very good. Its two clean­ing modes – reg­u­lar and turbo – picked up most of a ta­ble­spoon of cof­fee pow­der on the floor, leav­ing just specks be­hind. It also did a good job of clean­ing out crumbs from around the base of fur­ni­ture. SEN­SI­TIV­ITY TO OB­STA­CLES Ex­cel­lent. It hardly bumped into fur­ni­ture, so no wor­ries about dam­age. It ma­noeu­vred it­self into a nar­row cor­ri­dor with­out hit­ting cup­board legs. It’s one of the two that went over my rug – the oth­ers dragged it along.

EASE OF USE The eas­i­est, in dif­fer­ent but im­por­tant ways. Nav­i­gat­ing the menu was easy, both via the re­mote con­trol and touch screen. I loved the well-de­signed tool box-like dust bin – it’s easy to lift out, open and empty, and comes with a brush that has bris­tles on both ends (to dust the fil­ter and bin). Like a GPS unit, it an­nounces its sta­tus – for ex­am­ple: “Turbo mode has been set.”

NOISE The qui­etest. We scarcely no­ticed that it was work­ing while we watched TV. It’s louder in turbo mode, but still softer than the rest.

VERDICT An im­pres­sively high-tech ma­chine that’s kind to fur­ni­ture, and cleans well – and qui­etly.

Ed­i­tor’s

Rave

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