PROS / The P3 International V-Bot robot vacuum is easy to carry to different stories in your house, since it weighs less than most cleaners.
CONS / It does not have virtual walls, a charging base or a remote control.
VERDICT / This robot cleaner is a lightweight and efficient cleaner, but is lack of convenience features makes it more of a chore to use than the best robot vacuums.
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The P3 International V-Bot is a lightweight and inexpensive robot vacuum that can remove dirt from wood, tile and low-pile carpeting. Using its three preprogrammed cleaning patterns, it works in tight spaces as well as large open areas, and it cleans close to your walls. Its automatic modes include random, spiral and along the wall so you get a thorough cleaning. It does a good job of cleaning, but it does not present all the convenient features found on higher-end robot vacuums.
Although this robotic vacuum cleaner is not equipped with a HEPA filtration system, it still has powerful suction and removes dirt and dust well. It has a rotating dust brush that sweeps hard-surface flooring and agitates debris from your carpeting.
You use an AC adapter to charge the batteries. It comes with a nickel-cadmium battery pack, and blinking function lights tell you when the battery is low. You get approximately 45 minutes of cleaning per charge with this robot vacuum cleaner.
Unfortunately, this cleaner does not have an automatic scheduling feature, which means you cannot preset its cleaning times as you can with the best robot vacuums. It is easy to operate, and you just tap the start button to begin cleaning, but you cannot arrange to have it clean your floors while you are at work or running errands. When the battery is dead, you have to plug it in to recharge it. There is no remote control, so you have to use the buttons located on the machine to guide it.
The P3 International V-Bot has a built-in cliff sensor that prevents it from falling down the stairs. One drawback with this vacuum robot is that it does not include virtual walls or boundary markers, so you need to close doors to rooms that you don't want it to enter.
It has a compact size of 3.75 inches tall, so it fits easily under the bed and couch to reach places upright vacuum cleaners cannot. Weighing only 4.8 pounds, which is less than most cleaners, it's easy to lift and carry to any room in your house, even up and down stairs.
The P3 International V-Bot includes a six-month warranty. You get a user manual for instructions, and the website has a FAQs page for customer support. You can get other assistance using the company's toll-free number or email address.
The PS International V-Bot is a lightweight and affordable vacuum cleaner that effectively removes dirt, dust and debris from hard-surface flooring and low-pile rugs. Regrettably, it lacks many of the features that you find with the best robot vacuum cleaners, like a charging base, virtual walls and a remote control. In spite of its lack of extras, it cleans your floors well – but you must attend to such things as closing off rooms where you do not want it to go.