The concept of Irona from the Richie Rich comic series is coming true it seems. While they are not as versatile as the robot lady from the popular kids comic, the first set of robots that are really entering our homes are cleaning bots. With domestic helps becoming hard to find in many parts of the country you might see more cleaning bots being deployed in households. A couple of months after we tested the iRobot Roomba 870, we got to play with the Milagrow Aguabot 4.0 and here is what we thought of the made for India cleaning robot
Milagrow Aguabot 4.0
The Aguabot is made for the Indian market by an Indian company, and that shows. The robot is trying to fix very Indian problems and is not really bothered about looks and stuff which might have higher weightage for some international brands.
Price: Rs 29,990
Watch: Milagrow Aguabot 4.0 First Look Video
What is good?
As I said this is a made for India robot. So the best feature is an add-on which won’t really have much relevance in other markets. It plays on the Indian mentality that a floor is not really clean unless it is wiped. So the Aguabot has an appendage, a small water tank with a wiping cloth under it. I can’t really call this innovative, but it is sure practical. The wiping cloth sticks to the tank thanks to a Velcro sticker and can be easily cleaned. So, as the Aguabot makes its way around the house sucking in dust, it also wipes the floor making us Indians happy.
The Aguabot is easy to set up and use. It has a dock where it charges and his is its base station for its explorations across the home or office. It can clean for about two hours on. Full charge and find its way back. There is also a home button which brings it back to the dock. I like the fact that it switches of the vacuum when his is done.
The Aguabot is aware of its surroundings and finds its way under tables and between chairs. It is also intelligent enough to figure out if it is at the edge of a stairway and retreat. Over time the bot maps the best path for it around the property and become more and more efficient in its travels.
The Aguabot comes with a couple of interesting modes. For instigates there is one where it cleans only around the edges of the room. There is also on where it can be made to concentrate on a spot. Most of these features can be accessed from the panel on top of the Aguabot as well as a handy remote.
What is not that good?
Well, the plastic body does not exude a lot of confidences and could have been of a much better quality.
While the Aguabot is capable of finding its way across the house, but has a tendency of putting itself in the spot once in a while and needs to be rescued. And like other cleaning bots, cables and chords and tie it down.
The Aguabot comes with a scheduler. But online the Roomba it mostly does a repeat of the time slot given to it. Set three hours from now, say 7pm, and it will clean every day at the same time. I can’t select 7pm on my own.
The water tank has no controls and it will keep dispensing the water through the cloth even if the Aguabot is not working. So if you forget to drain the boy after a session, you will see it in a puddle of water after a few hours.
Should you buy?
I think this makes for a perfect gift for my mom who has been struggling without any help in a large house. She is also a stickler for cleanliness. Yes, this is a good option for those with busy schedules and dusty houses. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for really small houses and this works better when there are open spaces to move about.
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