Once upon a time, I said to myself, "Angie, you may write a mummy blog but you are more than cleaning product reviews and infomercials disguised as giveaways." My tiny piece of internet real estate deserved to be treated with respect. I wanted to maintain an integrity by talking about the things that REALLY matter to women with children, not what the five minute ad breaks bewteen day time tv would have us believe is important.
Some people really need their glassware to sparkle when they hold it up to the light at a 45 degree angle – me, I don't give a fuck. So I am the wrong person to try and sell that shit to you.
Does a clean home matter to me? Yes. Products that make keeping my home clean easier for me? Sure. But it is so very rare that I use a cleaning product at home that blows my mind that I feel like it would be wrong of me NOT to share it with my readers. Let's face it, most stuff does the job just like its competitor does. We all have preferences. I can tell you I only use a certain brand of nappies and you may have found them absolutely hopeless on your kid. It's a trial and error kind of thing and not something that requires dedicated words on this blog to help you sort it out. Right? Right.
But hold the phone, my little cherubs! Because sometimes products come along that are a little bit different and a little bit fun and worth enough dough that I know you guys would get a kick out of winning one.
First and foremost, I agreed to write about the Robomaid because I wanted one. I didn't know much about them but I really liked the idea of owning a robot. I mean, guys, I own a robot! Admittedly, the robot of my dreams would be able to give me a foot rub at the end of the day but that wasn't on offer. A robot who could clean my floors was very appealing all the same.
The novelty factor of the Robomaid is off the charts, yes. The idea of a robot vacuum is brillant. But if you're going to drop $399, you want to know it has more going for it than that. Especially if you also own a vacuum, a dust buster and, you know, a broom.
First thing to know is that the Robomaid is not a Thermomix. And by that I mean, it won't make every other product in your home redundant. When I spoke to their customer service department, this was the first thing they said to me and I appreciated the straightforward honesty. The Robomaid is round and therefore, it can not get into corners. It can't suck the shine off a bald man's head the way a Dyson might. If you have kids, you will still need to haul out the big vacuum cleaner for a thorough clean. But here's where it comes into its own for me. I don't like hauling out the big vacuum cleaner – and I own a shine-sucking Dyson. Yes, the Rolls Royce of vacuum cleaners spends most of its life tucked away in a cupboard as the floor beneath my feet gets crunchier and crunchier. Having three children sucks all the pleasure out of cleaning because no sooner do you finish vacumming than someone takes their shoes off, revealing they have been harbouring half the kindergarten sandpit inside them. Or someone eats something. Or breathes. If you get five minutes of clean floor pleasure, you're winning.
And apart from my distinct disinterest in vacuuming my home, turning the Dyson on makes Harlow scream and cry hysterically. I think I am raising a little feminist. Down with housework!
Life with three kids means my floors could stand to be vacuumed every day. Maybe even twice a day. As a maths equation, it looks like this:
Twice daily floor cleaning x Are you fucking kidding me? = permanently crunchy floors.
I don't have the time or the inclination for that much vacuuming. So an automatic vacuum (robot, it's a robot!) that I can set for an hour to run around my floors is genuinely helpful. I don't want to vacuum, Harlow doesn't want me to vacuum and most days, I barely have time to vacuum. I will run the dustbuster over toast crumbs and sand but many days, that's it. So for me, the Robomaid has the potential to keep my floors from reaching "Haz Mat" stage. Tick.
Here's what it picked up on it's first adventure around my home (running time 1 hour);
Also, when the battery runs low, Robomaid finds its way back to its docking station. Guys, it goes back to its little home for recharging ALL BY ITSELF! I don't know why I find this adorable but I do.
Ultimately, the Robomaid is a device you can run every day and it will keep on top of day to day cleaning so that you're floors don't resemble a gravel driveway by the time you get around to the big vacuum. I think it would be especially good in houses that have big open spaces. In saying that, my house is small and pokey yet Jeffrey (yes, Brendon has given our Robomaid a name – it would not have been my first choice) has managed to cruise in and out of the various rooms in our house without too much trouble. Also, my couch is low to the ground but if yours has a space of at least 12cms underneath, then the Robomaid can totally get under there and clean it for you. I like the idea of that so much, I am considering purchasing a new couch to accomodate my new Robomaid.
It's very easy for me to be impressed with my new Robomaid because it was gifted to me. So in order for this review to be worth anything, I have to consider how I would feel about the machine if I had dropped almost four hundred bucks on it. This is especially tricky to weigh up because currently the main breadwinner in this family is a fulltime engineering student so the value of $399 is greater to us than usual. Could I justify buying one at this time in our lives? No. Would I buy one if Brendon was working full time? Yes.
There are so many other features that I have not covered here because a/ I've only had the machine a week and haven't discovered its full potential and b/ this is not an infomercial. I am looking forward to trying out the mop attachment, the virtual wall and the remote control. If you want to know more about the Robomaid then the website is a great resource and their Facebook page is teeming with fans. In addition, they offer a money back guarantee.
If you have further questions, the customer service team are fabulous. I gave them a buzz before getting started and they were able to run me through the basics so that I could get the most out of the machine. Giving it the proper 12 hour charge after the first three uses and making sure to clean off any excess hair caught around the roller brush were important tips.
And now, my favourite bit. To celebrate Mother's Day, I get to give one of these little beauties away!
Win your very own Jeffrey!
1. You must be a Facebook fan of The Little Mumma to enter. Go to my page to 'Like'.
2. Leave a comment here on the blog answering this simple question: Name one thing you would rather do than clean your floors.
3. For one bonus entry, head to the FB page, find the link to this post and share it.
Competition closes Saturday 11th May, 2013, at midnight AEST and a random winner will be drawn and announced on Mother's Day, May 12th. Open to Australian residents only.
Best of luck!