India has a largely dry climate besides the monsoon months. If you have lived in Delhi region, you will notice that dust levels go down dramatically during monsoons. But by and large, there is a huge problem of dusty atmosphere in this part of the country. I would love to stand corrected but proximity to Thar desert is not a reason for the dust menace; sand of deserts are typically bigger particles and are heavy and they cannot be transported to great distances. In my opinion, it is the poor construction practices in our cities that leaves huge amounts of dust flying around.
I have observed the daily rigorous clean-up session in my own house and people involved in the exercise first vacuum the dust-laden rooms and then go in for wet mopping. Take my word, it is a damn tiring schedule. A question arises? What kind of a vacuum cleaner does an Indian household need?
This answer appears to have come from Milagrow, a homegrown consumer robots brand. Recently, Milagrow introduced AguaBot 5.0, a wet mopping and dry cleaning, floor vacuuming robot with a very large smart mop of 350 x 210 mm. I undertook a thorough demonstration of this Milagrow innovation and can safely say that it will go a long way in keeping our living and work areas free from dust and stubborn dirt, something which other vacuum cleaners fail to tackle. Let us find out how.
The Milagrow AguaBot 5.0 comes with a water reservoir and smart mop attachment. Just fill the water in the reservoir, put the smart mop at the bottom of the water tank and then attach the water reservoir to the AguaBot 5.0 and let the robot do the rest. The water tank and smart mop have been made in such a way that only the front portion of the mop will do the wet mopping while the back portion, which is kept dry would wipe the floor dry.
Company officials inform that the AguaBot 5.0 has been built with Milagrow’s 5th generation robotic software and comes with dual suction control. The maximum suction can go up to 45W, making it pretty powerful. Interestingly, the dual suction control will get activated when the AguaBot senses extra dirt or when the consumer chooses the turbo suction on the remote control. The normal mode saves battery while the turbo mode provides the extra power needed to suck up tough dirt.
Moving forward, the AguaBot 5.0 has a brush-less cleaning mechanism which is especially good for carpets. No longer will expensive carpets gather dust, dirt, bacteria or odour due to the tangle free cleaning and powerful vacuuming of AguaBot 5.0. The device is also equipped with extra thick anti-slippage tyres and state-of-the-art automobile suspension technology. Movement sensors have been concealed above the front universal wheel so that the AguaBot 5.0 can send the signal to the CPU in case the movement is improper or the robot is stuck in any difficult situation. These enhancements ensure that the robot does not misbehave while cleaning slippery floors and is able to climb door sills up to 22 mm to give it great maneuverability.
The AguaBot 5.0 weighs 2.5 kg and has coverage of almost 3,500 square feet in about 120 minutes.
This is quite a large coverage area on a single battery charge amongst the robotic vacuum cleaners. Milagrow has also upgraded the battery to one which can be replaced by the consumer. Even the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter which removes up to 99.97% of all particulate matter above 0.3 microns has been made cool water washable.
The robotic vacuum cleaner comes loaded with a host of other features such as Robotic 6th Sense, automatic obstacle and fall detection, all-surface cleaning and self-diagnosis. This not only ensures comprehensive cleanliness solutions, but also minimises the time you will have to invest in supervising the robot.
During the evaluation period, the AguaBot 5.0 was tested for dust cleaning on all types of surfaces—table top, floor, carpet, wood—and it did a fantastic job. Not a single speck was behind on the carpet and floor. It is easy to set up and simple to use.
Nowadays it is seen that people have lesser time on their hands, more women are joining the workforce and domestic help is becoming expensive. In my opinion, the AguaBot 5.0 could very well prove to be tremendously useful in Indian circumstances. Highly recommended.
Estimated street price: R31,990