Vacuum cleaner robot March 28, 2013 8:35 am

The French brand Rowenta is attacking the market for vacuum cleaners robots with the Extrem’Air Motion

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Rowenta (Seb Group) is attacking the market for the robots vacuum cleaners with 3 models set to be released in April, prices will range between 399€ for the entry-level model to 549 € for luxury models. This is the 1st french brand to design a vacuum cleaner robot. Brands such as Irobot, Neato Robotics, Samsung and LG have been working on robot vacuum cleaners for the past 10 years.

A Korean partner for the design of the navigation system

Rowenta has picked a Korean partner predominately specializing in military technology and video gaming design to assist and create the Rowenta’s navigation system.

Several navigation options will be possible: random, methodical, location and manual.

In methodical mode, the robot makes trajectories zone by zone, in the form of a square of 2.5 m of side, as can the LG Hom-bot Square. This mode is not present on the entry-level model.

Exceptional battery life of 2h15

The programming is identical to that of the Deepoo D76 with a departure to the desired time and/or the same time every day. The autonomy is 135 minutes with a charging time of 3 1/2 hours. The batteries are NiMH.

A particular effort suction side

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On one hand, Rowenta is a fantastic model vacuum with quite large aspirations. One of the weak points though is common amongst a lot of other vacuum cleaners, and it is with the issue of suction. Rowenta has therefore focused predominantly on the suction system and decided not to integrate a rotary brush under the device as they are often too restrictive to maintain. My tests have actually shown that all brushes with hairs required regular maintenance (once a week) except for the Neato thanks to its brush design and excellent suction. Though it will always remain that a brush with bristles, will make a more thorough cleaning on carpets and rug surfaces.

The Hepa filter is a 10 or 11 depending on the model, and the dust tray to measure 0.6 L (in the average).

Little more, the robot is also an air purifier in its top-of-the-range version thanks to his ionizer which destroys bacteria and allergens to the ground.

Technical characteristics of the 3 models

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Model : RR7011

  • 3 Cleaning modes: Random / Localized / Manual
  • Programmable: delay start / daily programming (at the same time every day)
  • Navigation system: infra-red sensors to detect obstacles and stairs
  • Filtration: foam filter, Hepa filter 10
  • Included Accessories: 1 side brush, Remote Control, charging Base, alternative Attachment (1 filtration kit, 2 side brushes)
  • Colors: blue
  • Price: 399.99 €

Model : RR7025

  • 4 Cleaning modes: Intelligent / Random / Localized / Manual
  • Programmable: delay start / daily programming (at the same time every day)
  • Navigation system: Gyroscope integrated for a intelligent navigation Sensors, infra-red detection of obstacles and stairs
  • Filtration: foam filter, Hepa filter 11
  • Specific Functions: Beeps
  • Included Accessories: 1 virtual wall, 1 side brush, Remote Control, charging Base, replacement accessories (1 filtration kit, 2 side brushes)
  • Colors: white
  • Price: 499.99 €

Model RR7039

  • Model: RR7039
  • 4 Cleaning modes: Intelligent / Random / Localized / Manual
  • Programmable: delay start / daily programming (at the same time every day)
  • Navigation system: Gyroscope integrated for a intelligent navigation Sensors, infra-red detection of obstacles and stairs
  • Filtration: foam filter, Hepa filter 11
  • Specific Functions: Ionizer, voice Guide (7 languages), Mute
  • Included Accessories: 1 virtual wall, 2 side brushes, Remote Control, charging Base, replacement accessories (1 filtration kit, 2 side brushes)
  • Colors: champagne
  • Price: 549.99 €

The entrance to this new player is a very good news because Rowenta is a constructor with a beautiful suction skills which I hope should be excellent.

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