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bObi robotic vacuum review & giveaway

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When someone sends you an e-mail asking if you would like to try out their robotic mop and vacuum, you say yes.  You just do.  Because it’s a robotic vacuum AND mop!

Before I had the studio and I worked from home, I felt like I was able to keep the house cleaner, except when we were in the “fuzzy-floor-days” of Lucketts prep.  The studio has relieved my house of the duties of being a photo studio, storage facility, and headquarters of Mustard Seed Interiors, but it’s also meant that I’m not here during the day to do some spot cleaning when the house needs it.

I’ve had to schedule my cleaning for evenings and weekends, just like I did when I worked in the corporate world.  Just like most of you do, I’m sure!  It’s been an adjustment and Jeff and I have been working together to find ways to be more efficient with our “chores”, allowing us to have our weekends free for R & R.  (Well, as much as possible with me running a business and Jeff working towards his masters degree!)

So, bObi Pet, the robotic vacuum and mop arrived at my door earlier this week.

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I must admit, being brand-spanking-new to the world of robotic vacuums, I was a little intimidated by all of the contents of the box, but once I got it out and started reading the instruction manual, I felt at ease.

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It wasn’t overly complicated to set up and get bObi cleaning.  It’s sort of like an iPhone.  You can get it up and running in just a few minutes, but there is a lot of technology you can utilize to get the most out of your new gadget.

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As I was setting it up, I noticed there is a weekly maintenance checklist right on the bottom, which I liked, so I know what to do without fishing for the manual.

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The bObi is a disk-shape with a mirrored top, so it’s sleek and simple.  The low profile allows her (she’s a girl, according to the manual) to get under furniture and the toe-kicks on kitchen cabinets.

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She has three settings – “Go!”, “Juice” and “Waffle”.  “Go!” tells bObi to get to work; to start vacuuming and mopping.  “Juice” tells her to go back to her charging station.  She’ll do this automatically if her battery is running low.  “Waffle” is for messes in a concentrated area.  She’ll vacuum and/or mop in a grid or waffle pattern until the area is clean.

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I put bObi to work in my kitchen, since I’m always at war with the white floor.  I did move the stool, just so she could get in the corner.

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I left the jute rug under the sink in place, though.  We don’t have wall-to-wall carpet anywhere in our house, so I need a vacuum that can go from hard surface flooring to rugs without getting snagged.  She made the transitions well and, if she ever got “stuck” or ran into a wall, she was able to right herself and keep going.

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I let bObi take care of the floors while I was picking up, washing dishes, cleaning off the counters, and finally working on my e-mail.

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bObi does come with a “blOck”, so you can set an invisible boundary for her.  See that little black box in the doorway?  That’s the “blOck” to keep her from going out of the kitchen/family room area.

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I was actually laughing in amazement as I watched bObi work, so I decided to take a quick video to really show her in action.

I’m just putting my toe in the world of robotic vacuuming, so there’s still a lot I need to learn about it and I’ll have to give an update in a few months.  Here are my initial thoughts…

  • From what I’ve observed so far, it does a really good job!  The little brush sweeps things into it’s path that might be out of reach, like debris that’s under the stove or fridge.
  • It is gentle when it bumps into large furniture, so I wouldn’t be concerned about it damaging the legs on my antiques.

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  • It will scoot lightweight furniture, like barstools, on hard-surfaced floors, so just be mindful of that.
  • Marshall, my nine year old, declared, “Mommy won’t have to vacuum ever again!”  I don’t think it’s the end of vacuuming altogether, since there are nooks and crannies that it won’t be able to reach (not to mention the tops of baseboards, etc), but it seems to be able to get most of the floor and will really help with keeping fuzz, fluff, dust and dirt under control between cleanings.
  • It makes a light whirring sound, like a small hand-held vacuum, but I didn’t find it disruptive.
  • My boys think she looks like a little robot from Star Wars.  They could hardly wait to get home to “watch the vacuum”. (And there have been actual fights over who gets to drive bObi.)

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Who I think bObi is best for…

  • For people with busy work schedules.  You can set a cleaning schedule on her remote control, so she can vacuum while you’re at work.
  • For someone who has physical limitations that makes vacuuming a challenge.
  • For a household with issues with dust and pet hair that make vacuuming almost a daily requirement.  (The suction was upgraded in this model to work on pet hair specifically.)
  • Families who want to get the kids more involved with cleaning and make it fun.  I originally didn’t have this point, but then my nine-year-old vacuumed and mopped our kitchen and family room FOR FUN, supervising bObi as she worked.
  • For people who really dislike cleaning and want to automate as much of it as possible!

Now, someone needs to invent a robotic laundry-folder and toilet-cleaner.

Not in one.

Two separate robots.  Definitely.

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If you think a robotic vacuum would improve your cleaning routine, bObsweep, the company that makes the bObi Pet is offering to give away one refurbished/”good as new” bObi Classic robotic vacuum to an MMS reader!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway…

1.) Simply leave a comment on this post.

For additional entries, do one or all of the following…

2.) Follow bObsweep on Instagram and leave a comment letting me know you have.

3.) Like bObsweep on Facebook and leave another comment on this post.

4.) Follow bObsweep on Twitter and leave one last comment here.

The giveaway is open to readers in the US and those over the age of 18.  Valid entries must be submitted before Sunday, April 17, 2016, at midnight PST.  A winner will be chosen at random and notified.

Good luck, everyone!

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Disclosure: I was sent a free bObi Pet robotic vacuum in exchange for this post.  I did not receive any additional compensation, nor do I benefit from any purchases made through the links in this post.

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Comments

  1. Robbie says:

    I didn’t know that mix-breed dogs shed All… Year… Long…

  2. Would love to win this for my daughter. She has 2 long haired white cats and they shed like mad

  3. MARY KOENIG says:

    Since I seem to never get time to get out the upright vacuum, I’d love to just say ‘Go’ and get er done!

  4. This would be great for when I’m multi-tasking!!

  5. I think a robotic vacuum would be just the thing! I always leave the floors for last and never seem to get to them!

  6. I am also following bObsweep on instagram. Thank you for your giveaways!

  7. My nephew asked me to look for a robot just like this….wouldn’t it be awesome if I could win one for him! He has a 9 month old so clean floors are very important.

  8. This Army wife needs one for the dark “wood” floors in her quarters that show EVERY bit of dog fur, dog drool, crumbs, lint, etc. I could/should pass the vacuum every day, BUT. . .

  9. Sunny C says:

    Thank-You so very much for the chance to win!! I would Love to win this, as I could truly use it!!!!

  10. Amanda says:

    Love your “Who I think bObi is best for” list =)

  11. Amanda says:

    Now following on Facebook!

  12. Love love love this! Hope I win.

  13. Christan says:

    Looks like a great product. I live in Flordia & there is always sand on my floors…maybe I should give this a try! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Heidi S says:

    I’ve always wanted to try one of these!

  15. LOVE THIS! I spend so much time vacuuming this could give me my life back LOL!!

  16. Carleen Malinowski says:

    I often wondered how well these vacuum floors, thanks for the update!

  17. Kimberly says:

    Sounds great and like something I very much need with a a husband, cats, and my 6 month old baby boy!

  18. Nicole Pyles says:

    What an amazing little product! The weekly maintenance would concern me, mostly because I’m terrible at remembering that type of thing. I think it’s worth the suffering of maintenance for a vacuum that operates itself though :)

  19. Laura Schofield says:

    Miss Mustard Seed,
    We are moving and need a vacuum for the new house hard floors. We have two dogs and two children who keep us on constant floor duty! A Bobi would certainly help this Mama to keep the house cleaner!

  20. We have wood floors and I have been wanting one of these. My birthday is Friday so it would be a wonderful present for this grandma.

  21. This is incredible!

  22. Following on Instagram

  23. Liked on Facebook

  24. Katlyn Richter says:

    Oh, my gosh. This would change my life. Busy momma who travels a lot for her job and just want to spend quality time at home when I’m home – not cleaning while my kids are begging to play!

  25. Katlyn Richter says:

    liked on facebook

  26. Katlyn Richter says:

    following on twitter

  27. Katlyn Richter says:

    following along on instagram

  28. Carrie says:

    I need Bobi in my life!!!

  29. Wow, this looks amazing!

  30. Karen Sanford says:

    Pictures plus commentary give a well-rounded perspective of what to expect from opening the box to running the machine. Sold!

  31. Brian says:

    It is awesome that you are offering such a lovely helper

  32. Cindy Grindle says:

    Oh man, so cool! Hope to win!

  33. Cindy Grindle says:

    Liked on facebook followng on instagram

  34. Peggy Millette says:

    I like to go barefoot at home but can’t standvto feel any dust o sand on the floor. This wood be perfect ffor keeping them spotless!

  35. Karen says:

    170 pound Newfie , enough said!

  36. Thresta Schlachter says:

    Definitely would be great for helping around the house!

  37. Anne Allen says:

    I have a bad back and find it difficult to vacuum. I would L❤️VE to try something like this. Where can one get mor information?

  38. That is so cool! I have always been amazed at how those work and been envious but just can’t bite the bullet one the price.

    Lauren | Lovely Decor
    xx

  39. I’d love to have BObi and set get to automatically clean our downstairs family room to pick up our dogs wandering hair balls.

  40. oh my word!! I need one of these!!!

  41. Hanna Loeppky says:

    I have two cats, and a very hairy Australian shepherd in a one bedroom apartment, between full time work and trying to balance school school this would be a life savior!

  42. Hanna Loeppky says:

    I have liked the bObsweep Facebook page, and have followed them on Instagram as well!!

  43. Becky martin says:

    Is the date correct? It says April 17!! Is this already over?

  44. Deanna says:

    I am not quite sure how to pronounce the name. Is it like Bobby or Bow.bee? Either way I want one! Ha ha ha

  45. Deanna says:

    I followed on Instagram!

  46. Deanna says:

    Liked on Facebook!

  47. Hey
    I am impressed by the various technical aspects and work worthiness. But, I did not use this floor mop.
    However, could you please advise me about the automatic recharging capability of this robotic equipment. Is it capable of going to the charging base independently?
    Please advise me.
    Thanks

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