A vacuum? What next, blenders?
Hush you unbeliever. Neato makes robot...vacuums. You know, like Roomba.
But at least you can sort of tell what they do for a living from their name. Roomba always sounded like some sort of exotic dance. Neato believes it does better than the competition (cough, Roomba) "with smarter technology, more powerful suction, and bigger-is-better features". At least that's what their website says.
Will it do my laundry?
You wish. This is strictly for cleaning your floors whether wood, tile, carpet or vinyl. Neato claims that their vacuums have the most powerful robotic vacuum ever. That claim had better hold water as their vacuums aren't exactly on the cheap side.
What you can do with a Neato is schedule your cleaning times so even when you're not at home, your Neato vacuum will go about sucking up dust, pet hair and random tiny microorganism.
Neato vacuums also use a special 'laser eye' that maps their surroundings so they will clean in a pattern of straight, overlapping lines instead of just bumping from corner to corner like bumper cars.
So this Neato is neat-o?
Besides the interesting laser eye technology, Neato vacuums also come with filters to weed out finer dust particles as opposed to standard filters.
The Neato XV-21 for instance comes with a combination bristle and blade brush that will pick up pet hair, dander and stray fibres from carpeting and the like. This would be a boon to those with allergies and unfortunately have to live with the kind of animals that shed a lot of fur.
You could get a fish but where's the fun in that as opposed to something that's furry and a possible moneymaker on YouTube?
Can I buy this here? How much?
Oh yes you can buy Neato vacuums online from RoboVacShop. Sadly not all of Neato's cool robot cleaners are available here but sniff around on Lazada, where Neato vacuums occasionally pop up.
Prices vary considerably depending on model and existing promotions. The XV-21 for instance goes for S$799 at RoboVacShop but deals can be found online if you look hard enough so we suggest you shop around for your perfect robot helper.