Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The bObsweep bObi Pet fell in the middle of the pack for suction in our testing, but it was noticeably weak at maneuvering around obstacles. This one left a path of destruction in the home testing environment as it rammed into things full force rather than gingerly moving around them the way the best robot vacuum cleaners did.
The bObi Pet managed to knock over a small table with a plant on top that survived 10 previous vacuums, and it couldn't even work out how to clean up the soil from the spill. It struggled to get onto one of the rugs that was easily conquered by most others in our robot vacuum comparison. It just seemed confused compared to others as it rolled into one obstacle after another.
The suction tests were decent with this vacuum. The high points included its suction on cereal during the carpet test. It struggled to removed pet hair, though, on all surfaces. On one pet hair test it seemed to get so full of pet hair that it shut itself down completely. When we weighed and added the debris it collected in all of the different tests, it was slightly below average when compared to the other vacuums.
This automatic vacuum needs a lot of supervision to get through a home, to keep it unstuck and away from obstacles, so that makes it comparatively hard to use. This was one of the quieter ones, though, so it is less annoying to be around.
The interface is sort of confusing at first. The words "go," "juice" and "waffle" run along the top with a series of lights. The word "go" is pretty obvious but "waffle" and "juice," for spot cleaning and recharging the vacuum, respectively, take a little getting used to.
One thing that stands out in a good way with this unit is the warranty. It is longer than most at two years. Since this is one of the more expensive units in our lineup, that seems very appropriate. This was also one of the better companies for responding to our inquiries, so that offers some peace of mind in terms of quality customer service.
This one really struggled to navigate the test home, and it was only so-so on suction. All of the vacuums we tested were able to clean some, though, not just the very best ones, so this unit will make your home cleaner than it would have been. Also, the long warranty and good customer service inspire a lot of confidence in the product.