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There are a lot of robotic vacuum manufacturers that put out a lot of different units. Some will have more features than others, some will be less expensive but lack certain features, etc.
Rotech doesn’t really do that – they only have two models, and one of them, the model we’re reviewing on this page, is called the Rotech Smooth. It’s called that because it aims to do all of your floor cleaning smoothly – as in, it stays out of the way while giving you a full clean.
On this page, we’re going to go over the unit as a whole. By the end of reading, you’ll be a complete expert on the Rotech Smooth, and you can make an educated purchasing decision. Read on.
Breakdown of the Rotech Smooth
Sensors start, trial and error past that
There isn’t any complicated setup with the Rotech Smooth – you receive your package, take it out of the box, snap a few pieces together (startup guide is included), and it goes to work.
It starts by creating a general map of your house via sensors. These scan for walls, and once it determines the structure of a room, it begins to vacuum.
The most efficient path is chosen. On the first run, the unit isn’t going to be efficient. In fact, it’ll probably run pretty slowly, and it’ll bump into your furniture as it tries to create a more detailed map of each room.
But once it’s tackled the entire house a few times, the map will be 99.9% accurate, and the unit will be able to clean at a breakneck pace.
A 4-step cleaning process
We were surprised that the Rotech Smooth paid so much attention to detail. And we were even more surprised when the reviewers claimed that every part of the cleaning process works well. (Sometimes, robotic vacuum cleaners will claim to do something, but fail miserably at it.)
Step 1: brushes dislodge any dirt from your floors. If you think your floors are clean, think again. You’ve probably never gotten down on your hands and knees to brush, have you?
The brushes will go over every square inch and bring all of the ingrained dirt to the surface. After that…
Step 2: a powerful vacuum takes all of the dislodged dirt and inhales it into a dust bin. The bin is bagless, meaning that when it needs to be emptied, all you do is flip it upside down into a trash can.
You won’t have to constantly check in on the Rotech Smooth to see how it’s doing – the unit will beep when the dust bin needs to be emptied, and the LCD screen even tells you how full the bin is in real-time.
Step 3: UV light kills off bacteria. You won’t notice your floors looking any cleaner from this, but if you’re concerned about germs and bacteria, this is a fantastic feature. You kill off harmful bacteria from your floor that would be left over if you didn’t have the UV light.
Step 4: finally, a dry mop comes in and finishes the job. If there’s any dirt, dust, pet hair, or dust left over, the mop will take care of it. And ta-da – your floors are clean.
The Rotech Smooth allows you to schedule individual cleaning sessions. So if you know that you’ll be out of the house for four hours on Friday, you can set the Rotech Smooth to start when you leave, and when you return, your floors will look immaculate.
What you get with your purchase
Obviously, you get the tools to set up the unit for the first time.
But you also get some extras. You get an additional HEPA filter, so when your first one kicks the can, you don’t have to go running for another one – you just pop this one out of the box, let the unit continue running, and, if you’re smart, go online to get new filters.
You also get an extra microfiber cloth for the unit to mop with. The microfiber cloths last for an incredibly long time, but it’s always nice to have one in reserve, just like your filter.
As icing on the cake, you get a free virtual wall. With this, you can block off a certain area of a certain room so that the Rotech Smooth doesn’t try to clean it. Some brands make you pay extra for virtual walls, and some have ugly tape that you need to stick to your floor. This is a better option than either of those.
What it’s good (and bad) at
It’s good at everything normal that you’d need cleaned – ordinary pet hair, dirt, etc.
It’s not great at the more foreign objects – really long human hair, mud, etc.
If you have a real mess on your floors, we’re sorry, but you’re going to have to get on your hands and knees to clean it yourself. But for the general, everyday grime, the Rotech Smooth is excellent at eradicating it.
Who should buy the Rotech Smooth?
If this is your first go at a robotic vacuum cleaner, the Rotech Smooth is a great place to start – it’s cheap, and yet it has all of the features that you need to get the full experience. You can start with this model, and if you like it, you can always upgrade to a more expensive, more powerful one.
It’s also fantastic for people who hate the noise of a vacuum – this thing is almost silent, and the reviewers back that statement up.
If you don’t fall into one of these two groups, take a look at the reviews and decide for yourself. We think that they’ll sway you – as far as cheap robotic vacuum cleaners go, this model has the best reviews… bar none.