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POWERbot VR9000 – my trustworthy housekeeping assistant!

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Challenges

Modern women assuming the dual role of housewife and careerist rolled into one, face pretty unique challenges; we often find ourselves working longer hours and taking on more in order to prove ourselves at work. This meant that due to time constraint, we constantly face struggles when it comes to upkeep our homes.

As for me, I have to work full days on alternative Saturdays and my partner’s irregular work hours meant that I strive to keep my weekends as free as possible in order to catch up with my loves ones and so on. Hence, I try to complete my housework during the weekdays and as a result, my typical weekday ends at around midnight.

Outsource the most dreadful housework – Vacuuming

Therefore, it is not long before I start to seek for ways to “contract out” housekeeping duties to free up precious time to focus on other housework. After much deliberation, one of the major tasks which I have decided to work on is the vacuuming of the floor. The floor is the single, largest entity which the family has daily contact with and furthermore, it gets dusty very easily. Thus, vacuuming is a bi-daily affair and takes around an 1 hour plus to complete for my 112 sqm flat. In fact, this is the most labor intensive housework which I really dread due to my chronic shoulder and backaches as I have to sneak in multiple 5 minute breaks in between the routine. Also, I will be drenched in sticky, smelly sweat after every session! Eeeks!

3 Weeks Trial!

Well, fortunately we have come to a stage whereby manufacturers are building robot vacuum cleaners that are powerful and intelligent enough to make them viable alternatives to the traditional vacuum cleaners. Therefore, having a robotic vacuum cleaner might be a solution to my hectic lifestyle. Hence, I am very lucky to be offered a chance to take part in a 3-week trial exercise which involves the Samsung POWERbot VR9000, Samsung’s latest flagship robot vacuum cleaner. In addition, since Samsung POWERbot VR9000 set which I have received is a used set, the results should be fairly more accurate since it has been “run-in” properly and thoroughly.

Samsung POWERbot VR9000’s features

I am very new to Samsung home appliances since the only Samsung product I have owned is their hand-phone; a puny Samsung Galaxy S3 mini! Therefore, I am glad to find out that the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 is such an eye candy; the robotic cleaner spots a sleek designer look with its futuristic white and black outfit, decked out with numerous bright blue LED indicator lights and a pair of big mean looking wheels. As for its features, here is a brief video overview of what Samsung POWERbot VR9000 can offer:

As you can see from the video, Samsung POWERbot VR9000’s FullView sensor, visionary mapping plus system with the help of its built-in digital camera enables it to accurately perform the following 3 Ds;
Draw the virtual map of the home;
Detect potential obstacles;
Determine the most efficient route to take!

In addition, Samsung POWERbot VR9000’s several cleaning modes offer a thorough cleaning experience customised to the your cleaning needs. On top of that, aside from Samsung POWERbot VR9000’s superior software, its hardware is also pretty impressive; notably larger wheels which elevates its body allow it to maneuver easily over rugs, carpets, wires and elevated floors without getting stuck. In short, I certainly am impressed by what Samsung POWERbot VR9000 has to offer!

First Impressions!

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The Samsung POWERbot VR9000 is a breeze to assemble and I managed to put all the parts together without going through the user manual.

I also noticed that the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 spots a single, considerable larger, softer brush bar, which is over 31 cm wide. Thus, this gives a considerably much larger cleaning width per pass than the other traditional robot vacuum cleaners! Which means, the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 should take a shorter time to complete vacuuming the house when compared with other robotic cleaners.

The Samsung POWERbot VR9000 is also noticeably taller than the other traditional robot vacuum cleaners due to the large cyclonic drum and its dust bin is a fairly reasonable sized 0.7 litre in capacity, which complements its more powerful suction power perfectly. However, the Samsung POWERbot VR9000’s higher profile means that unlike the traditional vacuum cleaner, it couldn’t get underneath my bed or my book cum storage shelf. Nonetheless, I simply adore the bigger capacity dust bin since I do not have to empty it so frequently and the clear bin enables us to see whether if it really needs attention.

Lifestyle Changes

I have to admit that at first, I am not used to having a robot running “wild” in my house. During weekdays, my mind keeps on wondering off during meetings since I am constantly worried that the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 would somehow, get stuck somewhere and or even tear off a portion of my curtains (since its suction power is very strong) during my absence! Thankfully, my irrational fears were unfounded.

In actuality, the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 will disengage itself from the base station and vacuum with clockwork precision. Hence, I really appreciate the reliable vacuuming service that this black and white machine offers; I never have to nag at the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 for being late or even instruct where it should work. Diligently, the robotic vacuum cleaner competes the housework on time without any fuss on a daily basis!

By the end of the 2nd week, I have already given the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 a nickname, “Robo-Cop”. This is because my family feels that the nick is befitting due to its futuristic white and black outfit and bright blue LED indicator lights and the way it executes its job so dutifully. Sometimes, I even accidentally trip upon myself when I fail to scramble out of the robot’s way.

Moreover, I managed to experiment a variety of cleaning modes during the trial period and I realized that cleaning modes such as the Spot Clean, Max Clean and Point and Clean mode, really makes Samsung POWERbot VR9000 stand out from the crowd. Why so? Do read on!

The Spot Clean is ideal for dry spills such as bread and cookie crumbs or even flour. During operation in this mode, the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 will clean a localized area intensively. The final outcome is as good as using the traditional vacuum cleaner!

As you can see, the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 detects the presence of the baking powder immediately and sweeps around the spot in expanding concentric circles until the area is spot clean; the bulk of the powder is removed, leaving behind almost negligible residue behind. In actuality, the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 does an excellent job of picking up most dust and loose hairs from the floor, a testament to the Samsung POWERbot VR9000’s powerful vacuum suction.

When the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 operates in the Maximum clean mode, it will keep on cleaning intensively until the battery is nearly flat. This mode is very useful when I am pressed for time to get ready my place in order to receive guests.

The Point and Clean mode is extremely handy since this allows me to steer the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 through the use of the remote control’s laser pointer. Hence, I am able to indicate areas that need a little more attention. Actually, this is pretty entertaining since this really reminds me of cats who would pounce after the dancing red laser pointer light! I believe that this feature is unique to the Samsung POWERbot VR9000.

Nevertheless, I am still pleasantly surprised to find out that Samsung POWERbot VR9000 actually performs pretty well under dim light conditions at night and is able to navigate around the house unassisted. This means that I need not have to operate Samsung POWERbot VR9000 during the day! Nonetheless, I still recommend the cleaning to be done during the day to maximise its performance.

In spite of everything, I still feel tinge of regret when the trial period has ended. Actually, the feeling is kinda weird after I realize that I have formed an indescribable attachment to “Robo-Cop”. In reality during the past 3 weeks, I find myself more rested and productive since “Robo-Cop” has really helped me to free up more time to focus on other aspects of my housework. Most importantly, I do not have to strain my injured shoulder and back! This implies lesser “downtime” for me and even when I do fall sick, I am confident that my trusty “Robo-Cop” will keep my place clean while I am out of action!

As a matter of fact to put things in perspective, by having “Robo-Cop” around my house I am actually looking at time savings of 7 hours plus per week, 28 hours plus per month which translates to a whopping of 336 hours plus per year! In other words, this means time savings of 14 days annually, and the best part? The Samsung POWERbot VR9000 functions as well as the traditional vacuum cleaner, without me doing the hard work!

Ultimate Question; should you buy the Samsung POWERbot?

The Samsung POWERbot VR9000 makes a pretty decent housekeeping assistant due to its dependability. In fact, owning a robotic vacuum cleaner does help time challenged women like me manage our hectic lifestyle more effectively due to its substantial time savings!

Furthermore, the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 features are pretty impressive; the Spot, Max and Point and Clean mode. Moreover, I find that its unbeatable suction ability and ease of operation and maintenance as compared to the other traditional robotic models a definite bonus!

In spite of these, as cliche as it may sound, nothing is perfect. Well, it would be most ideal if the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 comes in a slimmer make so that it can navigate the hard to reach places. Also to nit pick, it would be great if it comes equipped with a mop too!

What’s more, the Samsung POWERbot VR9000’s digital inverter motor comes with a 10 year warranty on the compressor ! Perhaps, that is why it is not surprising that the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 has won the 2015 Best Home Essentials award.

http://www.samsung.com/sg/pdfs/Home-Living-powerBot-Best-Home-Essentials-Mar-15.pdf

I hope that this post has made you understand how the Samsung POWERbot VR9000 has proven to be a trustworthy robotic vacuum companion for modern working women!

Kindly contact the following representatives if you are keen to get one! 🙂

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