The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 took place in Las Vegas last week and the latest in home appliances and vacuum cleaner technology was on display. Judging by the showcase, the future of vacuum cleaning technology (as well as many other home appliances) is focused on robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT). Indeed, a global study published in November 2015 on the “cleaning robot market” projects this to be a $2.5 billion industry by 2020. That represents a 15.3 percent compound annual growth rate from 2015 to 2020. The functionality of robot vacuums is progressing at a fast pace and we suspect (and hope) that it won’t be too long until these are the primary vacuum cleaners in homes, leaving us free to enjoy life!

Here’s a roundup of our favourite picks of new vacuum cleaner technology leading the industry forward from the CES2016 show:

LG Electronics

Robot Vacuum

The new LG HOM_BOT Turbo+ Robot Vacuum. Photo courtesy: www.lg.com

LG unveiled an exciting series of upgrades to its CordZero™ collection at CES 2016. The most innovative of the new products is the world’s first robotic vacuum cleaner equipped with augmented reality technology, the HOM-BOT Turbo+. Their new robot employs a smart user interface called Home-Joy, which allows consumers to issue instructions to the vacuum cleaner using the camera of any smartphone. By selecting the part of the room in the camera’s viewpoint to clean, the robot and goes to that exact location and begins cleaning.

The new HOM-BOT Turbo+ vacuum looks like it will compete with the best robot vacuums in the market and has many other innovative features such as:

  • Triple Eye™ camera sensors which record the surrounding area — including the ceiling — to track where it has already cleaned.
  • Home-View feature – using the camera on the front of the unit and the in-built wifi, a real-time feed is transmitted to owners’ smartphones, enabling them to remotely control the HOM-BOT Turbo+ and clean the home anytime, anywhere.
  • Home-Guard feature – gives consumers extra security and peace-of-mind by sending photos of inside the home to a paired smartphone when the HOM-BOT Turbo+ senses movement.
    Robonavi™ – an intelligent software system that utilizes the robot’s dual CPUs to make lightning fast directional decisions for intelligent navigation and obstacle avoidance.
  • Smart Inverter Motor is backed by a 10-year warranty giving owners long-lasting peace of mind.

Also on show at CES2016 in LG’s cordless vacuum collection were the CordZero™ Canister, the 2-in-1 CordZero™ handstick, as well as the CordZero™ Bedding Cleaner. The main selling point with all these new models is, as the name suggests, the fact that they are cordless units. For instance, the LG CordZero™ Canister is powered by a new lithium-ion battery PowerPack™ 80V that provides suction and continuous cleaning for up to 40 minutes in regular mode. LG guarantee that this unit will give a maximum suction and cleaning performance that is nearly 10 percent more effective in cleaning than a conventional 2,000 watt corded vacuum cleaner. This is impressive performance.

Cordless Vacuum

Photo courtesy: www.lg.com

“The powerful new technologies found on the latest LG CordZero™ products represent the company’s commitment to innovation and providing customers with a better life through better products,” said Jo Seong-jin, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. “The smarter, more convenient lifestyle offered by LG’s CordZero™ collection will appeal to every consumer and contribute to elevating LG’s position as a leader in the home appliance market.”

Neato

Neato’s Wi-Fi enabled Botvac Connected robot vacuum was selected as a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Home Appliances product category. Judged by leading industrial designers, engineers, analysts and members of the trade press, the CES Innovation Awards honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer technology products.

Neato tell us that the Botvac Connected is their smartest and best cleaning robot yet and is a further addition to their Botvac D-Series models that we reviewed here. The Wi-Fi enabled Robot vacuum lets users connect via the Neato app on their iOS or Android device to control vacuuming of the home no matter where they are. Using your smartphone you can set a schedule, set the Botvac to clean, clean your whole house, or choose spot clean, stop or pause the robot, and get instant notification about the status of your vacuuming run. With two different cleaning modes, long lasting Lithium Ion battery and Neato’s iconic D shape designed for cleaning corners and close to edges and walls, Botvac Connected delivers superior cleaning performance and retails at $699. The Botvac Connected scored an outstanding 4.5/5 in Cnet’s review in November 2015, which you can check out here.

“The Neato Botvac Connected is the best-performing robot vacuum we’ve ever tested.” Cnet Review Nov 2015.

The CES Innovation Awards judging teams evaluated products based on engineering, design, function, features and how the product directly compares to competitors in the market.

You can check the latest price on Amazon for the Botvac Connected here.

Samsung

Robot Vacuum

Samsung VR9350. Photo courtesy: newsguppy.com

Samsung continued the “Internet of Things” trend at CES2016 with their new Powerbot Turbo VR9350 due for release later this year. Their new model robot vacuum is an upgrade to their VR9000 Powerbot that we also featured in our Robot vacuum Reviews last year. The in-built Wi-Fi in Samsung’s next generation robot vacuum enables pairing with your smartphone for remote operation and scheduling capabilities, similar to Neato’s Botvac Connected but the new Powerbot takes things one step further.

It is fairly standard for robot vacuums to learn the layout of your home as they move through it and clean so that they can choose the most efficient cleaning pattern. Samsung are looking to set their new Powerbot apart from the competition by using the information it gathers about your home during navigation to create a floorplan map that is synced with their accompanying smartphone app. This map allows you to direct the Powerbot to clean any room in your home and in any order that you want. puts you and the Powerbot on the same page. This level of control is breaking new ground for robot vacuums and shows the power and added convenience that connected devices can deliver.

Samsung state that the Powerbot Turbo will have up to 40 watts of suction, which they claim is four times more than in previous Powerbots. There will be a choice of three different power modes, with corresponding different running times Expected to be around 30, 60 and 90 minutes.

The Powerbot VR9350, as with the previous model will be at the high end of the robot vacuum price range and is expected to retail for $1200. However Samsung have announced that they are also releasing a second Wi-Fi robo-vac: an app-enabled version of the Powerbot Essential that will retail at around $800, which would make it cost comparable with the latest offerings from leading competitors Neato and iRobot. This model however will have much reduced suction of only 9.5 watts and will not feature their innovative map-making functionality.

The new Samsung Powerbots are due for release later this year and Home Vacuum Zone look forward to bringing you more reviews of them then!