As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ways to cut my cleaning time in half. Whether it be delegating the duties at home to a “willing” helper or accomplishing each chore a little at a time to get it done… I try my best to make it happen. Though, I’ll be honest – I always think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could all have our own personal Robot like they had in Bicentennial Man?” Well, not really… because I’d probably develop a motherly bond and have difficulty letting go, just knowing me… lol. But, I think I have a solution and my family and I have been loving it the last month. Today, I introduce you to bObi Kaho’ohanohano, the new baby in our house. But, bObi is not your traditional or typical baby. Nope – she is a robotic vacuum.
When my family and I was given the opportunity to give bObi a test run, let’s just say we were quite overjoyed and completely ecstatic to receive her. She came bundled in a sturdy box, well packaged and even included a little card that welcomed her to our family. The directions are easier to follow than I would have ever imagined and getting her going and started was a complete breeze. We were all excited to try her out… well, almost all of us. Ikaika who is our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is still currently on the fence about her and still hasn’t decided if he likes her or not.
Our family has a traditional vacuum, which I’ll be honest – I really enjoy. It does it’s job but obviously, it can’t do it without someone behind the wheel actually doing the vacuuming. I don’t mind running the vacuum, it’s kind of soothing – but finding the time in my hectic schedule can pose many issues. We have a small house in general, so a standard vacuum will surely do the job without issue in very little time, but finding the time in my day is what seems to be the biggest problem.
Immediately after receiving it, my boys were so excited, they couldn’t contain their excitement. While our living area is small, we were eager to try bObi out for ourselves. I plugged her in the night prior to let her charge through the evening and then the next day, we were able to take her for a run. Our biggest challenge is a small living area and the fact that things move around in our house consistently. The boys have a table they do their homework on and it gets folded up and put away when we vacuum usually, so we wanted to be able to leave it out and have bObi work around it. The vacuum learns a pattern of where everything is in the house, or you can easily use the remote control and guide it in the direction you want for yourself. There is also a sensor on the vacuum so you do not have to worry about it bumping into things. It has run me over a few times, but I noticed it’s normally when the sensor is on the opposite side of the unit.
bObi has a small sweeper attached to it with brushes that work to pick up all the little pieces or sweep them into the cleaner… it’s awesome. I love that it gets near to the base boards in my kitchen or in the areas where dog hair gets caught and sweeps it up quickly and easily. bObi does not get all the rubbish in certain areas all the time, but it’s still learning to make its way around our house the the boys ever-moving their things around the rooms. While it won’t get that piece of lint or hair the first run sometimes, as it comes back around – it picks it up and leaves my house clean. With bObi’s dirt sensors, she is determined to go back around and get it done – so no lint or dust will be left behind.
I set bObi on a timer so it will run a sweep through the house and kitchen area each day at 10am while I’m sitting at my desk working. It’s so convenient for us that I think our traditional vacuum is starting to feel a bit left out. I use bObi daily and run my traditional vacuum on Saturdays to get a really good, deep into the carpet clean. bObi will reach under the beds and tables and below the cabinets because she’s so petite. It’s nice not having to bend to get under those areas with my traditional vacuum.
bObi Classic retails for about $269.00 on Amazon ($749 USD on bobSweep website) and comes with all the attachments to get it done. A charge overnight and you’re good to go and ready to clean the next day. Mop, sweep, sanitize… have lots of fun and get a few moments of breathing time for yourself.
You can see bObi in action while she goes through our hang out area. As you can see, Ikaika (our dog) is not yet a fan. But, he’s warming up to her… especially since she keeps his area where he sleeps, nice and clean! We are looking to replace our carpet and I can’t wait to see how bObi performs on the new one.
Oh, I forgot my favorite part… bObi mops. My bObi unit comes with a mop extension and 2 mop cloths which can be attached to the unit to do a quick mop. bObi comes with a UV light that kills bacteria and filters the air with her built-in HEPA filter. She’s seriously genius! I use this specifically for my kitchen. This is the perfect way to “spot mop” or do a quick mop during the weekdays until I do my thorough cleaning and mopping on Saturdays.
Charging bObi is really easy. It comes with a charging station and you can either let it run it’s course for it’s usual vacuuming and let it return to its dock or press the “juice” button on bObi or the remote control and it finds the docking station and recharges itself… simple and easy.
I think technology advances are so fun and exciting and I’m so thankful to have bObi to help me complete a few of my chores – mopping & vacuuming… check! I have never tried a robotic vacuum before so this is an experience my family and I are enjoying and we’re very thankful for. If you are in the market for a new vacuum, I highly suggest giving bObi or any of the other bobSweep family members a try. After having bObi in our house for just about a month now, she’s settled in and is a great addition to our family. Even Ikaika is starting to enjoy her (since she’s so quiet in comparison to our traditional vacuum), he has made her his friend and even rides her from time to time, lol.
Now that you’re done reading my thoughts (and my family’s) on bObi, do you think she will join your family? We’re just a humble family with a little home that we love and I figured instead of staging or prettying up the post, you could see bObi in real life and experience what we experience – good cleaning and a little less hectic-ness and stress for mom. Hope you enjoyed!
Check out the rest of the bObi family here or the whole bobSweep family here.
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