Are you still doing chores manually?
The future holds robot housekeepers and with today’s tech products, that future is now. Some of the toughest, most time-consuming household chores have been the target of automated solution providers and inventors around the world. You may be surprised with what they’ve come up with so far.
High-tech cleaning can involve machines that are designed to efficiently take over tasks that us humans don’t have time for. Most ‘robotic’ machines use artificial intelligence (AI) to complete tasks, often guided by apps.
“Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence demonstrated by machines,” explains Wikipedia. “Colloquially, the term ‘artificial intelligence’ is often used to describe machines that mimic ‘cognitive’ functions that humans associate with the human mind, such as learning and problem solving.”
Other time-savers can operate using more basic technology, such as apps, ‘smart’ tech, sound waves, rechargeable batteries or USB power. They still save time and effort in their own way, but often don’t work quite as independently as AI.
Tech That Cuts Household Chores in Half
These products were chosen from brand submissions or items we already use, based on quality, value, and features that can drastically reduce the amount of time spent on household chores.
Shark AI VACMOP Robot Vacuum and Mop
The Shark AI VACMOP combines vacuuming and mopping with an app for high-tech, hands-off cleaning. It scours even the most heavily-soiled places and powers through pet fur (which our Maine Coon cat leaves in puffy piles all over the house). The self-cleaning brushroll grabs hair without wrapping, saving you countless hours of cleaning the unit itself.
The Tech: With IQ Navigation™ and AI Laser Vision, the VACMOP will bypass carpets while it’s mopping, and even avoid objects and respond to no-go zones as it cleans. Let the VACMOP map out the living space and simply control zones through the easy-to-use app on your phone. Sonic mopping agitates the pad at 100 scrubs per minute to break down and whisk away dirt and messes. The Shark AI VACMOP works with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Wi-Fi. It was tested using WiFi.
Eufy Cordless 2-in-1 Stick/Hand HomeVac
Eufy brings wireless tech to your floors with the Cordless 2-in-1 Stick/Hand HomeVac. You’ll save time with regular spot cleaning and you won’t have to mess around with cords and plugins.
The Tech: The Eufy Cordless 2-in-1 uses LED lights in the brush head to illuminate dark areas. Two Detachable Batteries and AC charger ensure you have plenty of battery life to complete most tasks.
Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner
If I never have to clean another window, it will be too soon. Now I won’t have to! The Gecko Robot Window Cleaner scrubs away until my windows are completely clean. I did notice some streaking after the first wash, but going over it a second time left it clear.
The Tech: The Gecko uses AI-based intuitive cleaning technology and an advanced algorithm to cover every inch of each window. Control it with the remote app.
Husqvarna Automower® 115H Robotic Lawn Mower
Even thought it’s quiet, almost every time we use it someone asks us about the Husqvarna Automower®. They marvel at its ability to maneuver through both small and large yards, navigating slopes and cutting at a consistent height, rain or shine… with no human help!
The Tech: The Connect@Home app allowed us to schedule mowings. The Bluetooth connectivity works for up to 30.5 metres. Boundary wires help guide the Automower® and it will return to the charging station automatically.
Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner
I don’t have an in-ground swimming pool, so this one went out to one of our testers. Here are Skylar’s thoughts on the Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner.
I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t hate pool maintenance, which is why many people hire someone to help. Even when they can afford such help, they’re going to have to do some cleaning between visits.
I was excited to try the Dolphin Nautilus to see if I could reduce our pool maintenance in 2021 without bringing someone in during the pandemic. Boy, did I put it to the test. After a winter of BC rain, the pool was in desperate need of a deep cleaning before it would be ready for Summer.
After running it through twice, it took the Winter grunge and left the floor & walls sparkling clean. It collected everything from small sticks to coins. The filter took care of everything it stirred up, plus an abundance of algae and some kind of weird black moldy-type stuff that had accumulated on the sides. We did manually go over the corners once because the machine didn’t quite get into them.
Then we set it to automatically clean twice per week to start. Thanks to the app, I don’t even have to be there! WiFi & the cloud come together for remote-controlled, easy programming. Frequency can be adjusted, so we’ll play with it until it’s just right for us. With two teens and their friends using the pool whenever it’s nice out, we might have to bump it up.
The Tech: Robotic movement and scheduling with a touch of a button! Schedule the Nautilus to clean every one, two or three days.
6-in-1 Ninja® Foodi™ Smart XL Indoor Grill
This is our second Ninja Grill. The first quickly became one of our most-used appliances, and the second is being used even more due to additional functionality, features and capacity. It doesn’t only save cooking time, but doing everything with one appliance also minimizes cleanup time.
The Ninja® Foodi™ Smart XL Indoor Grill is proof the company listens to its customers, addressing issues like custom cooking and having to check for doneness repeatedly. You can air fry, grill, bake, roast, dehydrate and broil delicious, healthier meals for yourself or the entire family.
The Tech: Perfectly cook food on the inside to your desired doneness and char grill every side with 500F Cyclonic Grilling Technology and the Smart Cook System. Four smart protein settings and nine customizable doneness levels are monitored with the Foodi Smart Leave-in Thermometer.
PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Cat Litter Box
With icky, frequent litter box chores virtually eliminated, we can honestly say we love everything about our feline friend. She’s a big girl, but the PetSafe Self-cleaning Litter Box takes care of her mess with ease. She has digestion issues so I can obsess over her health with the app, and the manual raking gets a lot of use when things get especially stinky. Otherwise, we just change the litter tray every month and no scooping is required.
The Tech: WiFi & the My PetSafe app enhances this litter box and facilitates health monitoring and tracking. The hands-free cleaning cycle sweeps solid waste into a trap to control odours.
Small items are some of the most difficult and time-consuming things to clean. Ultrasonic cleaners can be used for jewelry, eyeglasses, razors, tools, coins, and even dentures! I can toss in an item, press a button and leave the cleaning to the machine. Five minutes later, it’s sparkling.
The Tech: High-frequency sound waves.
Luxe Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner
Referring to the Luxe Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner as “high tech” may be a bit of a stretch, but it does use USB power and I think it’s a pretty cool gadget over all. You’ll save time sanitizing your makeup brushes and they’ll dry in a flash with this tool.
The Tech: Charge the wand with a USB port, add the makeup brush and select a speed to clean and dry it.
Take Back Your Time
Eliminating these household chores will save you a tremendous amount of time and energy. Most high-tech solutions won’t come cheap, but my time is worth the cost and so is yours.
Do you use technology to cut down on the time you spend doing housework or yardwork? Please share your favourites in the comments below.
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