Which ro­bot vac­uum cleaner is the most in­tel­li­gent?

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ABECCA CADDY REPLIES: Al­though there’s still a way to go be­fore ro­bot vac­u­ums make reg­u­lar vac­u­ums ob­so­lete, they’re get­ting smarter with ev­ery up­date.

If we were to get the best of the bunch to take an IQ test, we imag­ine Neato’s Bot­vac D7 Con­nected ($1,299, ama­zon.com.au) would come out on top. It’s just been given ad­di­tional smarts, in­clud­ing Mul­ti­ple Floor Plan Map­ping, so it can re­mem­ber the lay­out for clean­ing up­stairs as well as its usual floor. You can also set no-go ar­eas, which is handy if there’s a piece of fur­ni­ture you’re par­tic­u­larly pre­cious about.

The iRobot Roomba 980 ($1,199, shop.irobot.com.au) is also a firm favourite. It may not pro­vide a clean that ri­vals the Neato range, but it’s great at han­dling nav­i­ga­tion. For some­thing dif­fer­ent, try the Vor­w­erk Kobold VR200 ($1,499, kobold.vor­w­erk.com.au). Al­though its clean­ing and nav­i­ga­tion smarts don’t quite ri­val the oth­ers, it’s the most stylish.

Re­mem­ber that as smart as these ro­bot vacs are, they’re still learn­ing. So move ca­bles and shoelaces out of the way, cre­ate spe­cific floor maps and take the time to pro­gram your new ro­bot ser­vant to best suit your home.

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