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Looking for a cheap robotic vacuum cleaner that’s actually intelligent? You may have found your match – the CleanMate QQ-6 from Infinuvo is pretty smart, and on top of that, it has five different cleaning modes to guarantee your house looks as if you just moved in.
The QQ-6 is a slight upgrade from the QQ-2. With that upgrade comes a 10% price increase, but we think that the couple extra bucks make a difference.
How the QQ-6 gets the job done
The entire process is pretty simple, but it’s important to know how the thing works so you know exactly what you’re paying money for.
How it cleans up
Traditional vacuum cleaners only do suction. As in, you’re basically just moving a stream of air along the floor. That can be effective when you’re dealing with a beast of a machine that has a ton of airflow, but robotic vacuum cleaners are smaller without a ton of power – you need to make sure all of the dirt is dislodged manually. Brute force via suction won’t work.
That’s why there are two small brushes on the front of the CleanMate QQ-6. Combined, they span the entirety of the diameter of the cleaner. So wherever the unit goes, the brushes are going at it.
Then, the unit continues on its merry way, and the back of the unit provides suction to actually remove debris from your floor.
We told you it was simple. However, the cleaning patterns it uses are a little bit more complex.
How it moves around the house
As a human being, you can (obviously) see what’s inside of your home. If there’s a furniture leg somewhere, you can guide the vacuum around it. If there’s an electrical cord somewhere, you’ll see it, and you’ll avoid it.
The problem is that machines (obviously) don’t have eyes. So they rely on sensors to map your room out.
Most of the cheaper robotic vacuums have, for lack of a better word, terrible sensors. Some don’t have any at all. They’ll simply determine where your walls are, and move around randomly within that area until an arbitrary amount of time has gone by…
…that’s not the best approach. Sure, you can get a clean house, but it’ll take forever, and the robot may scuff up your furniture. Wouldn’t it be nice if your robotic vacuum could create a map so accurate that it almost seems to have human eyes?
The CleanMate QQ-6 can. It works by creating an initial map, moving in one of the five different motion modes, and remapping as it goes along. This ensures that it starts on the right track… and that it continues going on the right track throughout the duration of the clean.
The actual modes are listed below.
- Special Bounce – the unit will bounce off of everything it hits to create a strong initial map
- Along Wall Side – the unit will focus on the walls, and because of the dual brushes on the front, it’ll clean right alongside them
- “S” Shape – the unit mimics the pattern that a human would use (click here to see what we’re talking about)
- Polygonal Spiral – the unit starts from the middle and pays close attention to it, then moves towards the outside of the room
- Spiral – in between each of the above modes, the unit will move in a calculated spiral shape for a careful clean
You can also choose to pick just one mode. But if you let the CleanMate QQ-6 do its thing all on its own, you’ll usually get better results.
How it stacks up against the competition
The CleanMate QQ6 has all of the basic features that a robotic vacuum cleaner needs – it has an option to schedule your cleans ahead of time, it can navigate different floor types, and it returns to the home base to charge itself when it’s low on battery.
As far as sound, it’s not quiet, but it’s not loud, either. When it’s running, you’ll definitely realize that it is, but it won’t be so loud that it’ll disrupt you or scare your pets.
HEPA filters are filters with extremely small openings for debris to pass through. Nothing can fit through them – not dirt, and not even pet hair. Because of the HEPA filters, no dust is released back into the air… and thus, you don’t get allergies. It’s also useful for the invisible allergens such as pollen.
Let’s talk reviews…
There are a few different robotic vacuum cleaners in the $200 range. Just FYI, in case you didn’t know, these machines can be as expensive as $900… so $200 is very, very cheap.
With a piece of technology this cheap, you’re never going to get 100% positive reviews across the board. But the CleanMate QQ-6 does pretty well, all things considered – it has 28 reviews on Amazon, and nine of them are 5/5.
There are only really three complaints in total:
- The unit will only do one clean by default, so if you want it to run over your house more than once, you have to manually set it to do so
- It sometimes gets stuck under furniture – one reviewer recommended turning all of your lights on to full blast so that the unit doesn’t “go blind” because of the darkness
- It doesn’t work well on rugs unless they’re thin ones (such as a throw rug)
Overall? For just over $200, not too shabby.
If you’re looking for a robotic vacuum cleaner that does the job pretty well for an incredibly low price, consider getting the CleanMate QQ-6. It’s cheap, it cleans your house thoroughly, and there are very few problems with it as a whole. The manufacturer offers a 1-year warranty on both the unit and the battery, so even if something does go wrong, you’re covered.