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This is a real jump in smart technology. Perhaps you are out running errands and you find out you're having last minute company - no problem! Just log in to the app, and send the vacuum on its way with the click of a button and you'll entertain with tidy floors. The Roomba and Neato apps also help calendar cleanings and maintenance more easily. The Neato app has an additional perk: You can use it to control the exact path of your machine, much like a remote control car.
Notes on Pet Hair & Filters
Both the Roomba and Neato options come with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filters, necessary for keeping problematic particles like pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens from re-circulating into the air.
The included Roomba filter is tested to trap particles as small as 1 micron; the Neato standard filter goes down to an even more impressive 0.3 microns. It's a better option for individuals with sensitivities, though finer filters often require more frequent cleaning and replacement. Similarly, while the Neato has been found to pick up a greater amount of debris, including pet hair, this extra suction power makes it more likely to get infiltrated. You may have to spend more time on cleaning and maintenance, especially if you have a furry friend.
Whether you're looking to buy one for yourself or as a holiday gift, this is a great time to invest in a robot vacuum. You have more options than ever, with new developments that overcome the limitations of early versions. Choose a WiFi ready option, and you'll enjoy additional benefits and the futuristic fun of the latest smart technology.
To save cash, the Neato Botvac Connected is the obvious choice over the Roomba 980, as it provides equal to better cleaning power while saving you about $250.