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Aposen Robot Vacuum, 1800PA Robotic Vacuum Cleaner(Slim) A550 review

Priced at $398.

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We recommend robot vacuums that score at least 70% overall so long as they also score at least 46% for carpet.

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This overall score is made up of hard floor dirt pick-up (40%), dirt removal from carpet (30%), cleaning corners and edges (15%), pet hair removal (15%). Ease of use is not scored as all models were very easy to operate.

Hard floor dirt pick-up performance score View more details.

We scatter a measured amount of sand evenly over a vinyl floor area and let the robot run for 25 minutes, or until the vacuum completes its cleaning cycle, measuring the dirt pick-up at intervals throughout. Objects like chairs and benches are placed around the room to make the set-up look similar to a home.

Dirt removal from carpet score View more details.

We sprinkle sand evenly into a section of carpet and let the robot run for a set period of time on the carpeted area. The sand collected is weighed and recorded.

Cleaning corners and edges score View more details.

Sand is spread into a right-angled corner, and the robot vacuum cleaners are assessed to see how close to the corner each one is able to pick up dirt.

Pet hair removal score View more details.

We embed cat hair into the carpet and allow the robot vacuum cleaner to run for six minutes. We rate the vacs based on how much cat hair is left behind after the test.

Noise measured on carpet/hard floor (dBA) View more details.

Noise is measured at two metres. Even though most models produce similar sound readings, some emit a high-pitched whistle or various tones and alerts (even music!) that some people may find irritating.

Battery life, measured (min) View more details.

How long the battery will last for without a charge, measured in minutes. We've noticed some models that seem to have a 'cleaning' mode and 'searching for home' mode. In these cases we measure battery life until the motor stops running (i.e cleaning has stopped).

Does it hit objects? View more details.

Robot vacuums bump objects as they find their way around, but good sensors and cameras can help them avoid frequent and/or heavy collisions.

Availability View more details.

'Tested model' means you should be able to find this robot vacuum in stores. We check availability every time we test. Discontinued models may still be available online or in second-hand retailers.

Tested model
Price View more details.

This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price at the time of testing, but shop around to see if you can find a better deal.

$398
Battery type
Li-ion 2500mAh
Charge time (min) View more details.

How long it takes for the robot vacuum to do a full charge, measured in minutes.

300
Weight (kg)
2.89
Country of origin View more details.

The model has a claimed country of origin somewhere on it, but this ought to be taken with a grain of salt given it's rare that all the materials for a product come from the one country.

China
Warranty (years)
1
Website
aposen.com
Wi-Fi connectivity View more details.

The vacuum connects to Wi-Fi meaning you can control it from your phone even when you're not at home.

Yes
App View more details.

Whether the vacuum comes with an app you can download to your phone to operate the machine.

Yes
Brush View more details.

Whether the vacuum has a rotating brush under the housing that pushes dirt into the receptacle.

Yes
Side brush View more details.

The side brush helps to clean along edges. 


Yes
Remote control View more details.

Most robot vacuums are remotely controlled using an app on your smart device, but some still come with physical remote controls.

Yes
Virtual wall View more details.

This feature is used to create an invisible barrier to block off open doorways or other areas you don't want the robot to enter. Some come in the form of infrared towers (which may be an optional extra), but increasingly the barriers are defined using apps on your smart device.

Stairs detection View more details.

Whether the vacuum can detect if it's near stairs.

Yes
Low battery indicator
Yes (light indicator)
Automatic return to charger
Yes
Programmable time View more details.

Programmable times allow you to set times of the day or week to run the robot. For instance, you could set it to run only while you're out of the house.

Yes (on app only)
Day of the week setting View more details.

Some models can be programmed to clean the floor on certain days of the week.


Yes (on app only)
Items supplied with vac View more details.

Sometimes extra brushes and filters are provided. Other functions may include a self-emptying function or mop attachments.

Robot cleaner, remote control, charging station, mains power adaptor, 6x side brushes, 2x HEPA filter, cleaning tool, and manual

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