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8 smart gadgets that’ll do the housework for you

Posted: 30 August 2021 4:30 pm
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From robotic vacuum mops to automatic gutter cleaners, here are 8 robotic gadgets that are smart enough to do the housework for you.

This guide is sponsored by the new Roborock S7 robot vacuum - with sonic mopping to help remove dried-on dirt, smart carpet detection, HyperForce suction plus large battery, dustbin and water tank.

If lockdown has taught us one thing, it's that we really hate housework. With the whole family stuck at home 24/7, there seems to be no shortage of chores to get through and the mess just keeps piling up. Staying on top of things can be a real struggle.

Fortunately, an army of robots and smart gadgets have recently emerged on the market that automate some of the most gruelling household chores. It's about bloody time!

Here are 8 gadgets specifically designed to do the housework for you.

2-in-1 robot vacuum mops

Vacuuming and mopping are two household chores very few people enjoy. So why not fob the task off to an AI robot? The latest hybrid models aren't just two gadgets in one - they can automatically swap between vacuuming and mopping on the fly. For example, the Roborock S7 uses an inbuilt VibraRise system that lifts the mop and closes the 300ml water tank when it detects non-hard surfaces.

This allows it to mop hard floors and vacuum carpets in a single cleaning session without any intervention from the owner. Once everything is clean, it will then head back to its charging station. Some models also come with self-emptying dustbins that have rubbish receptacles built into the docking station. This vastly cuts down on the amount of trips you need to make to the trash.

See our picks for the best robot vacuum cleaners in Australia

Benchtop dishwashers

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If you're renting your home, on a tight budget or have limited space in your kitchen, a benchtop dishwasher is well worth the investment. As the name implies, these are compact mini dishwashers that sit on top of your kitchen counter without any plumbing or installation necessary - simply fill up the water tank, stack it with dirty dishes and press a button. Too easy!

Prices typically start at $300 with good quality models hovering between $400-$500. When you consider the time you'll save, this is a pretty small price to ask.

See our picks for the best dishwashers in Australia

Air purifiers

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With bushfires and back burning becoming increasingly common in Australia and most of us now working from home, a good air purifier is more important than ever. Models like the the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3H feature true HEPA filters designed to eliminate 99.97% of particles and smart home integration via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Other features of the 3H include control via a smartphone app, three-layer filtration and a clean air delivery rate of up to 380m³/h.

If your home is regularly plagued by airborne dust, smoke or pet dander, an air purifier will significantly reduce your house cleaning duties. They also cut down on household odours and make indoor air healthier to breathe.

See our picks for the best air purifiers in Australia

Robot lawn mowers

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There are some people who really enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from mowing an entire lawn. These people clearly have too much time on their hands. For the rest of us, there's robotic lawn mowers.

These gadgets are similar to robot vacuums, but with rotating blades thrown into the mix. They will dutifully follow a perimeter set up by the user and avoid areas you don't wish to mow on. They're smart enough to stick to your front yard even if you don't have an enclosed fence. Popular brands include Moebot, Worx and Husqvarna with different models available to suit a variety of lawn sizes.

See our picks for the best lawn mowers in Australia

Self-cleaning litter trays

You've doubtlessly heard the joke about aliens invading Earth and assuming cats are in charge. Why else would we clean up their doo-doo? Fortunately, it's now possible to avoid potential intergalactic misunderstandings via robotic litter trays that handle this unpleasant task for you.

Gadgets like the Litter Robot, Petree Automatic Cat Litter Box and CatLink Scooper are self-contained toilets that eliminate the need to scoop urine and fecal matter from your cat's litter tray. They also cut down on germs and odors via automatic deodorisation and anti-bacterial functions. Some models even come with inbuilt sensors that monitor your cat's weight and bowl movements to alert you of any irregularities.

Smart steaming closets

For the diehard fashionistas among you, a steaming closet allows you to completely refresh garments in just a few minutes. There are several models available on the market right now, including the LG Styler S3BF and Samsung AirDresser. Both models use steam technology to clean, de-wrinkle and deodorise a wide variety of clothing. They can also be used to reduce allergens in fabric based products including pillows and plush toys.

If you hate ironing and don't want to fork out for dry cleaning, a smart steaming closet is definitely worth considering.

Robot window cleaners

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Yes, self-cleaning window robots really do exist. Products like the Winbot and Hobot automate the task of cleaning your windows inside and out.

If you've ever seen a creepy crawly pool cleaner in action, you'll have a good idea of how robot window cleaners work. Using a powerful suction fan, these gravity-defying gadgets self-navigate around your windows to efficiently clean every inch of glass. They also come with edge detection, making them suitable for frameless windows. You can also use them on mirrors and some showers.

Gutter cleaning robots

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When the Australian weather heats up, a squeaky-clean gutter isn't just about aesthetics - it can be the difference between life and death. If this is one of those jobs you're perpetually putting off, an automated gutter cleaner is could be the fuss-free solution you're looking for.

These are mobile gutter attachments that blast away leaves, dirt and other debris via high-velocity rotating brushes. Some models, such as the iRobot Looj 330 are smart enough to detect and clear clogs while travelling along the gutter by applying more power on the fly. In addition to automating an annoying chore, these gadgets could also save you from serious injury, dramatically reducing the amount of time you need to spend on a ladder.

This guide is sponsored by the new Roborock S7 robot vacuum - with sonic mopping to help remove dried-on dirt, smart carpet detection, HyperForce suction plus large battery, dustbin and water tank.

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