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Summary : You should buy the VR6371LVM if you’re concerned with looks. Take a look at the pictures - when this thing is navigating the floors, it looks like something out of a science-fiction movie, and not a cheap piece of plastic.
The LG VR6378LVM was originally intended to be used in China, but due to its popularity, LG has adapted the unit to operate in English. (You have to press a button, but past that, it’s the exact same as any other robot vacuum.)
With its robot vacuums, LG really goes all out – instead of just having a base unit, they toss in tons of different features and “modes” to make it the clear winner.
It’s not the cheapest, but a vacuum cleaner is something that you’ll use for years down the line. We think it’s worth the investment, and here’s why.
Different modes to address different problems
The LG VR6378LVM will automatically adapt to the area it’s currently in. This is important because certain areas of your house get dirtier than others – the middle of a floor will have a lot less dust and dirt on it than a corner will. So in that example, the VR6378LVM would spend more time on the corner than on the middle of the floor.
Here are all of the modes that are included – some you can set manually, whereas others will automatically become active when the unit detects that it’s needed.
This is an automatic mode. When the LG VR6378LVM encounters a corner of your house, it uses a very methodical process to first get the grime away from the corner, and then vacuum it up.
It does this by first using the brushes on either side of the base to dislodge dirt, and then using those same brushes move the debris into a neat pile. Then the vacuum turns on, and everything is vacuumed up into the bin.
This is a vital feature because it’s inherently difficult to vacuum corners. Think about if you were doing it manually – you’d have to make at least a couple of passes to make it look good, and even then, some dirt might remain. This dirt (and other debris) will pile up until your house isn’t looking too good, even right after you vacuum.
The corner massager takes care of this issue, and you never get a pileup of unwanted debris.
Robotics are relatively new, and thus, not perfect. They have artificial intelligence built in, but they have to “learn” the layout of your house before they can truly function at their best.
Most robot vacuums will try to learn and vacuum at the same time. This isn’t really efficient, because for the first couple of runs, you’ll have to watch it closely and ensure that it doesn’t get tangled or stuck on anything.
Learning mode is when the VR6378LVM moves around your house, but doesn’t do anything to clean up debris. You can run the learning mode once and when you go to vacuum, the first run will be perfect, and not subpar like it would be on other machines that are trying to do everything at once.
Cell by cell OR zig zag cleaning
You can set the VR6378LVM to clean each space in a methodical fashion, or you can just let it do its thing. If you choose the “cell by cell” mode, the vacuum will go up and down just like you would if you were vacuuming manually.
If you choose zig zag mode, the unit will vacuum as it sees fit. We’d recommend zig zag mode for everything except large, open spaces – cell by cell cleaning will sometimes take longer than zig zag cleaning if the unit has to navigate rugs, furniture, and other obstacles.
You know that moment of panic when you have people coming over… and your place looks terrible? Turbo mode will clean your floors at the speed of light.
Now, if you’re trying to get a full clean, we’d recommend letting it run without turbo mode. But turbo mode is great if you’re in a jam. And let’s be honest… we’ve all been there.
Other features from the LG VR6378LVM
- Scheduled cleaning: you set up a time for every day of the week, and the unit will run without needing any prompts from you. You can have it run when you’re out of the house, and when you return, everything will look fresh and clean.
- Decent range: the VR6378LVM can crawl over anything that’s 1.5cm or lower. That’s good enough for the vast majority of door frames and rugs.
- Repeat mode: you can have the unit clean your entire house a couple of times over. This is perfect if you want to impress someone with how neat you are. (Just don’t let them see the unit when he or she comes over.)
- Manual cleaning: if for some reason you want to manually use the vacuum somewhere else besides the floor, you can switch it to “manual mode” and it’ll become a normal vacuum. Surprisingly, most robot vacuums lack this feature.
Who should buy the LG VR6378LVM?
When you shouldn’t buy the VR6378LVM
You definitely shouldn’t buy the VR6378LVM if you have a small house or apartment. Yes, it has a lot of features, but you can get a small space done with less – we recommend the Roomba 770 for those smaller areas.
You also shouldn’t buy the VR6378LVM if you’re looking for a “gadget” to play with. If you are, you can get one at a fraction of the cost – we recommend this one from iTouchless. It’s just over $100.
When you should buy the VR6371LVM
You should buy the VR6378LVM if you’re looking to completely replace your current vacuum or cleaning crew. It has the capacity to handle larger houses, and despite it being a robot, it really does clean well.
You should also buy the VR6378LVM if you’re looking for a “one and done” solution. After getting this robot vacuum, you won’t need another one. LG makes all of its products to last, and on top of that, their customer support is unmatched.
One last thing – you should buy the VR6378LVM if you’re concerned with looks. Take a look at the pictures – when this thing is navigating the floors, it looks like something out of a science-fiction movie, and not a cheap piece of plastic.