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bObsweep bObi Pet Classic Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.

Our Verdict

Despite some weaknesses, the bObsweep bObi was above average on our suction tests on carpeting, and it is backed by an impressive warranty that is twice as long as the others.

For

  • The bObsweep bObi has a variety of useful support services.

Against

  • This one struggled more than the others to avoid obstacles during our at-home tests.
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The bObsweep bObi was one of the quieter units we tested, producing less than 70 decibels.

The bObsweep bObi was one of the quieter units we tested, producing less than 70 decibels.
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The interface is a little confusing at first but once you get used to the labels it will work fine.

The interface is a little confusing at first but once you get used to the labels it will work fine.
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We tested the bObsweep bObi Pet on carpeting, vinyl and wood floors.

We tested the bObsweep bObi Pet on carpeting, vinyl and wood floors.
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The bObi Pet is has dual brushes that help it get to messes on different types of flooring.

The bObi Pet is has dual brushes that help it get to messes on different types of flooring.
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The bObi Pet did a decent job of removing sawdust during our testing.

The bObi Pet did a decent job of removing sawdust during our testing.
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The bObsweep bObi was fairly aggressive in its movement patterns, knocking down one plant and plant stand.

The bObsweep bObi was fairly aggressive in its movement patterns, knocking down one plant and plant stand.
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The bObi Pet has a rolling bristle brush to help it gather debris from flooring.

The bObi Pet has a rolling bristle brush to help it gather debris from flooring.
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The bObsweep bObi Pet is good at getting hair off the carpet but less adept at getting it all the way into the dustbin.

The bObsweep bObi Pet is good at getting hair off the carpet but less adept at getting it all the way into the dustbin.
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Rubberized wheels help the bObsweep bObi gain traction on different surfaces.

Rubberized wheels help the bObsweep bObi gain traction on different surfaces.
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The bObi Pet uses a rubberized brush to draw messes into the path of its suction.

The bObi Pet uses a rubberized brush to draw messes into the path of its suction.
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The bObsweep bObi was caked in flour after our testing, but it was able to get a respectable amount into its dustbin.

The bObsweep bObi was caked in flour after our testing, but it was able to get a respectable amount into its dustbin.
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Our testing procedures included weighing the bins of all competitors, including the bObi Pet, after each test to see how much they had collected.

Our testing procedures included weighing the bins of all competitors, including the bObi Pet, after each test to see how much they had collected.
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Some of the pet hair got wrapped around the side spinning brush of the bObi Pet, but that was pretty common.

Some of the pet hair got wrapped around the side spinning brush of the bObi Pet, but that was pretty common.
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The bObi Pet is designed to return to its base for charging, but it struggled to do so, at times.

The bObi Pet is designed to return to its base for charging, but it struggled to do so, at times.

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.