Samsung POWERbot Review
If you're looking for the best robotic vacuum money can buy, look no further. Samsung's muscular POWERbot reigns supreme as Consumer Reports' number 1 rated robotic vacuum cleaner. POWERbot literally and metaphorically wiped the floor when it faced off against iRobot Roomba and others in the Consumer Reports lab.
Samsung's awesome robotic floor sucker comes in 6 different "flavors." The deluxe Turbo version of POWERbot is the most powerful and has the most features. On the other hand, do you really need all those extras?
Let's take a closer look at how POWERbot Turbo compares to the other POWERbot models.
Samsung POWERbot Review: Key Features
These 4 key features cause Samsung's POWERbot to stand out when compared to other robotic vacuums:
And last but not least, key feature #4... raw suction power!
Vacuum strength is measured in air watts. Most upright vacuums require about 100 air watts, but robotic vacuums can do more with less. Typical robotic vacuums put out around 20 air watts and POWERbot Turbo tops out at 40-- so, it's more than fair to say that POWERbot Turbo deserves its POWERful capital letter filled name.
Most of Samsung's other POWERbots are also fairly strong. The POWERbot R9250 has a hefty 30 air watt motor, and high end 7000 series POWERbots have 20 air watt motors.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the low cost bots of the POWERbot line only have wimpy 10 air watt motors. However, they still do an okay job in edges and corners thanks to a unique little cleaning brush arm that pops out whenever they encounter walls.
- Side note: Raw muscle isn't everything when it comes to vacuuming. Dyson's intimidating but totally incompetent 360 Eye vacuum proves that extra power will only take you so far. Fortunately, POWERbot Turbo's efficient design allows it to put all its strength to good use.
All POWERbot models navigate using a camera instead of the usual collision sensors found on most robotic vacuums. That's why POWERbot vacs don't bump into your stuff and are less likely to get stuck.
The Turbo edition of POWERbot works wonders on edges because it's super strong. Other POWERbot models that aren't as powerful rely on unique edge brushes to get the job done.
Turbo and Essential both come with handy map apps. The app can be used the POWERbot app to mark certain rooms as off limits. (Lower end versions of POWERbot lack the app.)
Samsung POWERbot Review: Fun Features
The key features section outlines all the features that truly matter. However, these 3 less-than-useful features may also come in handy from time to time.
- Got a bossy streak? If so, you may want to check out POWERbot's point-to-clean feature. If your POWERbot has an app, you can open up the POWERbot's map and direct it around your house with your finger if you so desire.
- Do you have micro-managing tendencies? If the answer was again yes, you may want to get a POWERbot that comes with scheduling capabilities.
- Do you like to talk to your appliances? Last Christmas, several POWERbot models gained the ability to take commands from Amazon Echo.
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Samsung POWERbot Review: Price Comparison
I've kept a close eye on the price of the premium version of Samsung's POWERbot since it first came out about a year ago. Last time I checked, POWERbot Turbo's price was holding steady at around $900. That's a hefty chunk of change to shell out for a robotic vacuum. But unlike the latest Roomba, POWERbot is actually worth the investment.
If you want to save a couple hundred dollars, POWERbot Essential (R9250) is a pretty good deal. However, it doesn't clean as well around the edges. Additionally, it's 30 watt suction motor is still beefy but not quite as strong as POWERbot Turbo's.
Samsung POWERbot Review Summary: Pros and Cons
Samsung POWERbot Turbo Review: All 6 Models Compared
All 9000 series POWERbots feature high powered motors and jumbo sized dust bins.
POWERbot Turbo R9350: The Boss
- The extra strength version of the POWERbot has got it all, but the main feature that sets R9350 apart is suction strength.
POWERbot Essential R9250: Not a bad deal
- This version of POWERbot is almost identical to POWERbot turbo, only it has a 30 watt suction engine instead of a 40 watt one.
7000 series POWERbots use edge brushes instead of raw power when they encounter walls. Also, their bins are a bit smaller.
POWERbot R7090: Edge brush ninja
- The R7090 has a standard 20 watt vacuum motor, but it still has a map and an app.
POWERbot R7070: It's rude to point
- Except for the fact that it lacks point-and-clean functionality, R7070 is exactly the same as R7090.
POWERbot R7040: Only 10 air watts
With only 10 air watts of power, R7040 is only 1/4 as strong as POWERbot Turbo. Even though it is a lot cheaper, other brands make better budget robotic vacuums.
POWERbot R7010: No scheduling feature
- If you want R7010 to clean, you have tell it exactly when and how to do its job by using your fingers to press its buttons. It's the only POWERbot that lacks WiFi capability and Amazon Echo integration. And like R7040, it only has 10 air watts worth of vacuum power.
Samsung POWERbot Turbo Review: YouTube Video
This video demonstrates how POWERbot Turbo works in a real life environment. Even though it is quite hefty and tall, it's surprisingly agile.