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bObsweep Reviews 2017 – Ultimate bObsweep Guide (Superhero Edition)

People who know how much of a robot nerd I am often ask me to recommend a good robotic vacuum.  My answer is always the same: get a bObsweep.  bObsweep vacuums are reasonably priced, yet they are also extremely powerful and efficient.  If you’re thinking of getting one, check out these quick bObsweep reviews first to find out which version of bOb is right for you.

To help you make sense of the different bObsweep products, I’ve compared 3 of the best bObsweep ‘bots to comic book characters.

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bObsweep Reviews: 8 Reasons to Get a bObsweep

Here are 8 reasons why I like bObsweep better than other (*cough* Roomba *cough* *cough*) robotic vacuum brands.

1.  bObsweep’s circuit boards are better

When you compare bObsweep’s components to other brands, the difference is obvious.

Roomba circuit boards, for example, look very “iffy” to me.

I have no idea why Roomba boards are white.  The vast majority of boards you see are green, like bObsweep’s.  Maybe Roomba is using a “weak sauce” cheapo solder mask to save money.

A solder mask (aka solder stop mask or solder resist) is a polymer coating that manufacturers apply to circuit boards.  Solder masks protect circuit boards against rust and electrical shorts.

Manufacturing errors always happen.  But every bObsweep board I’ve seen looks well-made.

And if you look at Roomba boards close up, you’ll see that the soldering work often isn’t very good.

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Roombas have crappy circuit boards, IMO

2.  No dustbags.

Most robotic vacuums require you to use dustbags.  Once you run out of dustbags, you have to buy more from the manufacturer.

You don’t need to worry about ordering dustbags all the time if you get a bObsweep, though.  Instead of HEPA bags, bObsweeps come with rectangular HEPA filters that you can vacuum and reuse.

You can also pull the dustbin out and wash it in water.

3.  Nifty remote controllers

All bObsweeps come with round remote controllers that allow you to control bOb manually.

All bObsweep remotes are basically the same, but bObi’s remote features a display.

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bObsweep remote controller types

FYI: The latest Roomba doesn’t have a remote, so there’s no way to control it manually.  All you can do is program it with the Roomba app.

4.  This weird bObsweep feature actually works

This may seem crazy, but it’s for real: bObsweep vacs really do shoot laser beams that kill germs.

At first I thought that the bObsweep’s crazy looking UV lamp was a gimmick.  But then after I did some research, I found out that it’s legit.

There’s a Wikipedia page about ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, which you can read if you want to nerd out about the cleansing power of UV rays.

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Terminates germs

Basically, UV light attacks microorganisms’ DNA, causing yucky stuff to die from the inside out.

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Crop circles!

5.  Switch between cleaning modes

bObsweep is the only robotic vacuum I know about that can shift between different cleaning patterns.

For example, bObsweep PetHair can do:

  • Spiral mode
  • Waffle mode
  • Wall track mode

6.  Self recharging

Like most robotic vacuum cleaners, bObsweep knows when it’s time to take a nap.

bObi Pet is especially good at “sleeping” because her batteries are extra efficient.

bObi Pet can run for 120 minutes straight.  Plus, it only takes her another 120 minutes to charge back up again.

bObsweep PetHair can run for 55 to 90 minutes before he needs a nap, which is not as good as bObi Pet but still pretty impressive.

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7.  Awesome customer reviews on Amazon

bObsweep vacuums get almost nothing but praise on Amazon.  bObsweep’s low prices and high level of customer support probably help them reel in all those kind words and high marks.

8.  If you don’t like bOb, you can send him back

Every bObsweep robotic vacuum comes with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.  If for any reason you get sick of bOb (or bObi) you can send them back and get a full refund.

bObsweep Reviews: bObsweep PetHair = Superman

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Superpowered vacuum strength

Superman is ridiculously strong.

So is bObsweep PetHair.

In 2016 bObsweep PetHair was more powerful than any robotic vacuum on the market in terms of raw suction.

bObsweep PetHair Plus has the strongest vacuum suction of any robotic product out there.

– Ali Afrouzi, lead technologist at bObsweep

bobsweep reviews uv lampProtects and obeys

Like Superman, bObsweep PetHair knows his boundaries.

In the bObsweep PetHair box, you’ll find an accessory called blOck that prevents him from going too far.

Another thing that bObsweep PetHair and Superman have in common is that they can both zap stuff with UV light.

Shoots solar energy beams

Superman’s solar powered heat vision allows him to zap baddies with his eyes.  And bObsweep PetHair uses his powerful UV lamp to disinfect your floor as he cleans it.

Good

  • The most powerful bObsweep vacuum
  • Super big bin (1 liter)
  • Comes with the blOck boundary system
  • UV lamp disinfects and kills germs
  • Attach a Swiffer-like cleaning cloth to polish hardwood floors
  • Huge bin means low maintenance
  • 2 year warranty
  • Close to perfect Amazon reviews.
  • Send him back if you don’t like him– bObsweep’s got a 30 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  • 1 year warranty, excellent support
  • Top performance, very reasonable price

Bad

bObsweep PetHair is big and strong, but he’s also louder than other bObsweep vacs and not as energy efficient.  Also, his remote controller lacks an LCD screen.

bObsweep Reviews: bObi Pet = Invisible Woman

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Strong, yet sneaky

bObsweep’s bObi Pet is not quite as heavy duty as bObsweep PetHair.

However, she is stealthier… and sexier.

The problem with most extra strength robotic vacuums is that they are loud.  For example, Neato BotVac Connected and the iRobot Roomba run at around 75 decibels.  In other words, they are about as loud as a diesel train going 45 mph.

bObi only puts out 60 decibels.  In other words, she makes as much noise as background conversation in an office.

If you want a strong robotic vacuum that can clean your bedroom while you sleep, bObi Pet is a good choice.

Colors inside the lines

Like bObsweep PetHair, bObi Pet has a UV lamp and electronic blOck boundaries to keep her from wandering away.

Good

  • Ninja quiet
  • Her remote features an LCD screen
  • Awesome efficiency (120 minute runtime, 120 minute charge time)
  • Alluring good looks
  • She’s only 3.4 inches tall and can easily slide underneath low furniture
  • Close to perfect Amazon reviews
  • Recently earned an “Amazon’s Choice” rating
  • Send her back if you don’t like her (30 day 100% satisfaction guarantee)
  • 2 year warranty, excellent support
  • bObsweep is currently offering a huge discount on bObi Pet vacuums.

Bad

bObsweep PetHair’s motor is more powerful and his bin is a bit larger.

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bObsweep Reviews: bObi Classic = Batgirl

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An affordable dirt mercenary

Like Batgirl, bObsweep Classic lacks a few of the powers that her colleagues enjoy.

bObi Classic doesn’t have out-of-this-world strength like bObsweep PetHair.  And she’s not quite as quiet as bObi Pet.

However, she is very good at what she does.

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All bObsweep vacs come with a nifty remote

She’s a bit of a loose cannon

Batgirl plays by the rules most of the time.  But, she sometimes pushes the boundaries.

So does bObi Classic.

Unlike bObsweep PetHair and bObi Pet, bObi Classic goes where she wants when you’re not around.  The only way to reign her in is to buy bObsweep blOck separately.

On the other hand, like all bObsweep vacs bObi Classic comes with a nifty remote.  If you give her a direct order, she’ll do exactly what you want her to do.

Good

  • The most inexpensive bObsweeper (but don’t call her cheap… she’ll get angry)
  • Her remote has an LCD screen
  • Close to perfect Amazon reviews
  • Send her back if you don’t like her (30 day 100% satisfaction guarantee)
  • 1 year warranty, excellent support
  • As time goes on, her price will probably continue to drop.  Check for deals on Amazon.

Bad

bObi Classic isn’t compatible with blOck.  Also she’s not quite as powerful as bObi Pet or bObsweep PetHair.

bObsweep Reviews: Pros and Cons

Here’s a quick breakdown of all the good and bad points discussed above.

bObsweep PetHair

Super Big & Strong

13.8" x 13.8" x 3.9"

1000ml dustbin

 Includes electronic fence

Normal vacuum volume

Self recharge

Remote controller

Battery runtime 55 - 90 minutes

1 year warranty

30 days to send him back if you don't like him


Recommended!

bObi Pet

Small & Stealthy

12" x 12" x 3.5"

350ml dustbin

 Includes electronic fence

Extra quiet

Self recharge

Remote controller

Battery runtime 90 - 120 minutes

1 year warranty

30 days to send her back if you don't like her


bObi Classic

Lowest Price

12" x 12" x 3.5"

350ml dustbin

Electronic fence sold separately

Normal vacuum volume

Self recharge

Remote controller

Battery runtime 55 - 90 minutes

1 year warranty

30 days to send her back if you don't like her


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