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The humanoid robot that can do all household chores efficiently does not yet exist. However, many smart devices can help in cleaning the house. Check out what’s on offer here and elsewhere.

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Veronique Larocque

Veronique Larocque
The press

Very clean floors


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The Braava jet

As the inventor of the Roomba robot, iRobot launched the Braava Jet a few years ago. After the vacuum cleaner, it’s the mop that the American company wants to put aside thanks to this robot capable of cleaning up the mess or doing the weekly maintenance of the floors. iRobot’s Brent Hilde promises their two flagship products will continue to evolve over the next few years.

The Braava jet m6 costs $599.99. The Roomba j7+ costs $999.99.

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Ecovacs Winbot

Homeowners with large windows might be tempted to buy the Ecovacs Winbot. According to videos provided by the Chinese company, once placed on the glass, the robot cleans it autonomously. The product is currently not available in Canada. However, there is another line of Ecovacs products in the country, the Deebot. The latest version of this robot is both a vacuum cleaner and a mop and cleans itself.

The Deebot X1 OMNI costs $1999.99. The Deebot X1 Plus, meanwhile, costs $1499.99. For its part, the Winbot is not offered in Canada.

For the bowl


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Altan Robotech’s Giddel robot

Cleaning the toilet bowl is certainly a task that many would be happy to do without. At least that’s what Altan Robotech thought, when they invented a robot to do it for them. Once attached to the toilet, the brush-equipped device scrubs the inside of the bowl. This can adapt to different toilet sizes, the company says.

The Giddel robot costs $498.27.

Have your own assistant


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Amazon’s Astro Robot

Astro is not a cleaning robot. But since it should make everyday life at home easier, it was included in this list. Since autumn 2021, US Amazon customers who have received an invitation can get this smart robot with that certain something. Let’s admit that his big eyes give him a friendly aura. Thanks to Astro, it is possible to monitor your home at any time. When you are outside, you can ask the robot to inspect different rooms in the house. Astro can also carry items, leave messages for other residents, make calls, and play music.

Astro is not available in Canada.

other bots


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One of Husqvarna’s robotic lawnmowers

Among the various novelties sold here and elsewhere there is also a robot that can fold clothes and another that mows the lawn. But alongside these intelligent robots, machines that have surrounded us for years are also robots, recalls Glen Berseth, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research at the University of Montreal. “People may not see it that way, but the dishwasher is a robot,” he recalls.

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