After about a week of testing the cleaning technology, I concluded that there are practical ways to integrate these gadgets into our lives. Here is a guide.
The Dyson laser vacuum cleaner
The V15 Detect, unveiled last year, is Dyson’s latest stick vacuum. Getting started is simple: you charge the battery, attach a cleaning head to the stick and press a button.
The device comes with seven cleaning heads to suck up dust and dirt on hardwood floors, carpets, and small areas like crevices. The hardwood roller attachment is the one with the laser. This makes night vacuuming a thing – the darker it is, the more visible the laser is. A rug attachment includes a hair clipper for slicing hair, reducing the need for maintenance on the head.
Stick vacuums are popular because of their light weight and cordless mobility, which makes cleaning less hassle than moving a corded upright vacuum. Typically, though, sticks have served as a secondary cleaner to a full-size vacuum due to their short battery life and relatively weak suction.
I can confirm that the stick vacuum has come a long way. The V15 Detect has a noticeably more powerful motor, with stronger suction, than my Dyson V6 stick vacuum, released in 2015. Its battery lasted about 40 minutes before needing a charge, enough time to get through my modest-sized house. (My V6 lasted about 15 minutes.)
Finally, the Dyson’s suction wasn’t as strong as my extremely powerful Miele vacuum. But after two weeks of vacuuming hardwood floors and carpets with the stick, I didn’t feel the need to plug in the full-size vacuum.
The Roomba J7+, the $850 robot vacuum and the Braava Jet M6, the $450 robot mop, both from iRobot, take some getting used to. The devices rely on cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence to create a map of your home. Once a map is created, you can label each room and tell robots to clean specific areas or clean everywhere.