Today, there are automatic vacuum cleaners that can be used in your home. They do not look like the robot maid from the Jetsons, but they do perform their job very well.
The price range is still very large beginning at around $ 100, and rising to over $ 1000 for the most advanced models. The simple models do a great job of cleaning dirt and debris off hard wood and tile floor surfaces.
As the price goes up so do the available options and tasks the vacuum cleaner can perform. The different options available today in models are the ability to schedule the cleaning period, transitional areas where the surface changes from carpeting to hard floors, automatic return to the charging station, and memories.
To save your new appliance, there is a new option that is an essential if there are stairs or a level change on the floor where the automated cleaner is to be used. This is a sensor that can detect a ledge or drop off. The unit is programmed to shut down at that point. If the unit has a memory, then this ledge can be programmed into it so the shut down can be avoided. But it will still be active just in case something goes amiss and it approaches too close to the edge.
One of the most useful additions is that the new models have an ability to detect dirt. When this occurs, they linger longer in this particular area until no more dirt is detected.
Since most of the automatic vacuum cleaners are low to the ground, they come with a remote so controlling them is easier. No longer do you need to bend over and adjust any of the knobs.