Robotic window cleaners make it easy to clean windows indoors and outdoors, including those that are difficult to access. A window cleaning robot usually cleans a whole window from edge to edge, alerting you when it's finished.
Robotic window cleaners combine automated movement with window cleaning technology, and they usually stick to windows using motor-powered suction. Once stuck to a window, they can automatically clean the window from edge to edge, allowing you to clean high, out-of-reach windows. Window washing robots like the Winbot 730 and Hobot 168 offer automated window cleaning on most types of windows, including high ones.
While most window washing robots offer the same general features, some provide different functions, cleaning methods and height restrictions.
Robotic Window Cleaners: What to Look For
The features you need will depend on how much window surface you want to clean at once. You should also consider whether you want a purely automated robot or one with a remote control, as well as how long you want the robot to run between charges. The following features are all considerations to keep in mind.
Most window cleaning robots have a short battery life that allows them to clean 10 or more windows on a single charge. This might mean you get a battery life of less than 15 minutes or over 30 minutes depending on the model. The more windows you have in your home, the more valuable a longer battery life is. However, models with longer batteries usually cost more.
Suction or Magnetic Connectivity
There are two main types of connectivity found in robot window cleaners: magnetic connectivity and motor-powered suction. Magnetic connectivity usually requires you to attach a second magnetic piece on the opposite side of the window, which may be difficult in some cases. Motor-powered suction is more convenient because you only have to place the window washing robot on the window. However, this type of connection might sometimes fail, so you need a safety cord to keep the window cleaning robot from falling.
Most window washing robots use cleaning pads or brushes to clean, but many also use a drying feature such as a squeegee to ensure that the window is streak free. The number of brushes and pads can vary depending on the model. You might also have to fill the model up with a window cleaning fluid before putting it out. A two-step cleaning process usually involves wiping away dirt and then polishing the window. Some also feature brushes for cleaning other surfaces, such as shower walls, doors and mirrors.
Remote Controls & Automated Cleaning
Window washing robots come with both automated cleaning options and remote controls. While not all options include both, automation allows you the convenience of sitting back while your windows are cleaned. A remote control enables you to steer the robot around the window. Some models include both control options for versatility, allowing you to choose.
While there are several robotic window cleaners available, you can choose yours by deciding what you want it to do and finding the features that suit your needs. Read more about the Winbot and Hobot below.
The Winbot 7 Series W730 is a window washing robot with a two-step cleaning process, two cleaning pads and a squeegee for drying the window. While the motor-induced suction may occasionally fail, the window cleaning robot features a safety line to prevent it from falling.
A motor-powered suction system allows the window cleaning robot to stick to any thickness of glass including glass doors, mirrors, tall multi-story windows and even very large windows. The suction system means that the window cleaning robot does not work on beveled or concave windows because it cannot create a strong seal. While it's not battery operated, the robot window cleaner comes with several lengths of extension cords, allowing you to clean most window heights.
The Winbot W730 offers automated window cleaning for large and tall windows but has a limited battery life, does not stick to all surfaces and goes through cleaning pads quickly.
Because it is single-sided, the Hobot window washing robot has no maximum thickness restrictions, so you can clean any window more than 3 millimeters thick. This model has an internal battery pack that you charge via the provided cable. You can also plug in the included power cord and use the window cleaning robot while it charges or directly from the home electricity supply. An LED flashes orange while the window cleaner charges and another LED flashes green when the battery reaches full charge.
For increased versatility, the device features three different automatic modes that you can program and adjust via the included remote control, as well as a manual option. Additionally, this robotic window cleaner can be set to "table" mode, to clean tabletops. With the automatic modes, the Hobot uses a variety of sensors to detect window frames and obstacles and to plan a cleaning route, so it can quickly and efficiently clean an entire window surface automatically. The micro-fiber cleaning pads are machine-washable and are quick to change, negating the need to regularly buy new pads.