Central Vacuum Vs. Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, there is no shortage of options these days. Conventional standup vacuums, central vacuums and robotic self-controlled vacuums are the three most popular models available, and there are pros and cons to all three. The factors you’ll want to consider before making a decision are the size of your home, budget, and sensitivity to dust.

Though Moseley Electronics installs central vacuum systems, we also understand that this type of system isn’t the best option for everyone. It’s important for each family to evaluate the differences between each type of vacuum and pick the option that is best suited for their particular needs, home, and budget.

Sensitivity to Dust and Vacuum Cleaners

If you have a sensitivity to dust, a central vacuum system is, hands down, the best choice. In a study by the University of California, central vacuum systems proved to be superior to conventional standup vacuums in every measurement of the study: activity, sleep, non-nasal symptoms, practical problems, eye symptoms, and even emotions. When a central vacuum is designed to exhaust completely out of the home, dust and allergens can’t be recirculated back into the home the way they are with conventional vacuums or the iRobot Roomba vacuum.

If dust sensitivity isn’t a particular concern for your family, there are other benefits to central vacuum systems, but these depend largely on your budget and home size.

Cost of a Central Vacuum vs. iRobot Roomba

Though a Central Vacuum will hold its value and remove particles from the home better than any alternative, these systems are also the most expensive vacuum option available. If you have a 3,000 square foot home, a central vacuum system is likely to run you between $1,200 and $3,000. For larger homes, you’ll need a more powerful vacuum motor, more wall inlets, and more hosing, all of which will increase the cost.

Cost of iRobot Vaccum

Comparatively, the iRobot Roomba ranges from about $350 to $900; however, if you have multiple floors and don’t want to have to carry the machine from floor to floor, multiply this cost by the number of floors you have. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of time. The single greatest benefit of these robotic units is that you no longer have to worry about vacuuming your home. All you have to do is empty out the dirt from time to time.

Cost of Conventional Vacuum Cleaners

The least expensive option is usually going to be a standup vacuum cleaner. You can typically get a decent standup vacuum for anywhere between $200 and $500. The more expensive the unit, typically the lighter and more powerful it should be. The main advantage to a standup vacuum is cost. For those on a tight budget or in very small home, this may be the best or only option.

How Home Size Impacts Vacuum Options

If you have multiple floors, you’ll either have to get used to carrying a standup vacuum or iRobot Roomba between floors each time you vacuum, or consider purchasing several units. Purchasing several of either type will get you much closer to the cost of a central vacuum and is going to leave you with a lot more vacuum bags to empty. For a large, multi-level home, central vacuum systems win hands down and have the added benefit of likely lasting 20 or more years. If you’re a renter or live in a smaller home, especially a single story home, and have no problems with allergens, a standup vacuum or iRobot Roomba may be a better option.

Is A Central Vacuum Right for You?

Our technicians install, service, and repair nearly any central vacuum system available, but have found VACUFLO to be the most reliable central vacuum system on the market. Contact Moseley Electronics for help with an existing system or to learn more about central vacuum systems.

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