Shark IQ Robotic R101AE Self-Emptying Robotic Vacuum Evaluation

Shark IQ Robotic RV101AE with self-draining base

“The IQ robotic’s self-draining capability mixed with its capability to solely clear sure areas permits me to schedule 30 days and have a very automated cleansing expertise.”

  • Empties

  • Wonderful suction energy

  • Helpful dwelling mapping

  • Scheduled cleansing

  • Cheap value

I am too lazy to make robotic vacuums.

I do not wish to be sure the pet’s trays are pushed into the nook, pull sneakers out of the middle of the doorway, and transfer my laptop computer wire and mobile phone chargers so the robotic would not eat them. Above all, I do not really feel like emptying the trash can regularly. Time is cash as they are saying. I not too long ago had the prospect to take a look at a brand new Shark robotic vacuum referred to as the IQ Robotic. How does the Shark IQ Robotic examine to the hundreds of thousands of different robotic vacuums in the marketplace? Is it nicer? Smarter? Will it fold my laundry? What makes it so particular

Just like the dearer Roomba i7 plus, the Shark IQ R101AE can also be an routinely emptied robotic vacuum cleaner. It is also mentioned to have distinctive suction, a self-cleaning curler brush, superior mapping options, and a comparatively inexpensive value level. On condition that options have a tendency to extend pricing, it is comforting that Shark retains them comparatively accessible.

Even with newer rivals just like the Roborock S7, iRobot Roomba i3 Plus, and Trifo Lucy consistently rolling out, the Shark IQ R101AE continues to be the most effective and best robotic vacuums on the market, however you will wish to maintain a watch out for it superb gives and many different bots that may clear up for us.


After I opened the field, I discovered the Shark IQ robotic that already had the self-cleaning curler brush, wheels and essential parts put in on it. To complete assembling the robotic, I simply needed to snap open the 2 entrance aspect brushes, that are made up of a pin. I additionally discovered the self-draining base that doubles as a charging station. Lastly, there’s a mat included within the bundle in case I needed to arrange the IQ robotic on a carpet space. I didn’t use the mat as a result of I positioned the gadget on a tough ground.

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The setup course of was very simple. It took lower than 5 minutes. After I absolutely charged the robotic, which took six hours to finish the primary full battery cost, I put in the Shark Clear app and related the gadget to Alexa for voice management.

Sure, it empties by itself and it is fairly cute

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I can hear the grime being sucked out of the robotic each time the robotic interacts with the docking station. The emptying station can also be bagless, so I haven’t got to fret about alternative luggage or environmental harm from plastic.

Because of the self-draining bagless know-how, I can depart the vacuum alone for a few month. When it is lastly time to empty the grime, I simply decide up the bin and press a button to throw mud and grime right into a trash can.

Significantly better mapping than earlier Shark robots

Earlier Shark robotic vacuums just like the ION R85 weren’t significantly good at card know-how. The R85 has clever sensor navigation that allows it to keep away from objects and transfer round the home. Nevertheless, it doesn’t have a visible mapping.

The brand new Shark IQ Robotic is means forward of the ION R85 on this regard. It would not repeatedly drive over areas that it has already cleaned, and it creates a map of your home within the app that lets you choose particular areas for the robotic to wash. For instance, you’ll be able to inform the robotic to solely clear the main bedroom or lounge and it’ll know precisely the place to go.

Highly effective shark suction

This vacuum has superb suction energy. The suction energy is best than most upright models I’ve come throughout. In consequence, my flooring had been fully freed from mud, grime and canine hair. Nevertheless, what actually impressed me in regards to the IQ robotic was its capability to select up giant particles. We have now loads of bushes on our property, so my household and I chase loads of dried leaves. The robotic picked up all of the final leaves, crumbs and scraps of meals that had been left on the ground from the day.

The IQ robotic comes with eight ft of magnetic strips that I can use to dam areas the place the robotic ought to completely not drive. I reduce the magnetic strips into smaller items and positioned the strips in entrance of my canine’s crate, round their feeding space, and in entrance of an space that has a number of cords and charging cables. This manner I haven’t got to maneuver something earlier than vacuuming or cleansing up, which defeats the aim of automated cleansing.

Scheduling, auto-topping, and extra

I can set the IQ robotic to wash on a schedule. Usually, the robotic vacuum scheduling options aren’t all that helpful because the consumer has to empty the trash can and put together the cleansing space between cleanings. The IQ robotic’s self-draining capability mixed with its capability to solely clear sure areas permits me to set a schedule for 30 days and have a very automated cleansing expertise. The robotic has a battery lifetime of 90 minutes on a single cost. Nevertheless, if the robotic runs out of battery juice or the mud bin fills up whereas cleansing, it’s going to return to the station for extra battery energy or to empty itself after which resume cleansing.

The robotic additionally speaks and lets me know if there are any issues. If I can not discover the robotic, there’s a characteristic within the app to seek out my robotic that may make the robotic beep in order that I can discover the gadget if it is caught underneath a sofa or in a closet. Since it’s appropriate with Alexa and Google Dwelling, I also can use voice instructions to regulate the IQ robotic.

The robotic is a little bit noisy

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This vacuum makes loads of noise. It is louder throughout operation than another robotic vacuum I’ve used. It is also extraordinarily noisy when the robotic dumps the grime into the self-draining base. When it empties it feels like a type of vacuums within the automobile wash. It scared my canine ​​the primary few occasions, and now she seems on the robotic each time it approaches the docking station and waits for it to make the loud noise.

For me, the quantity on the gadget wasn’t an excessive amount of of a difficulty as I can simply pause my Hulu present when the vacuum approaches. However for individuals who have younger kids or in a house scenario the place they want a robotic vacuum cleaner that works quietly, this might be a difficulty.

A helpful map of your house

After I examined the IQ Robotic for the primary time, it was simply launching and had some mapping points that took me some time to get to know its environment. Since then, Shark has made enhancements to the mapping, and I’ve retested the gadget since these enhancements.

The gadget needed to vacuum my home for 3 days (three scheduled cleansing cycles) earlier than it created a full map of my home. As soon as the map was prepared I used to be capable of set the robotic to solely clear sure rooms.

The robotic had no drawback discovering the dock whereas it was nonetheless studying my dwelling, and it cleaned effectively in an S-pattern, fully choosing up grime from every room. It cleaned edges, corners, carpets and underneath tables. It did not get caught anyplace and had no issues discovering its means round on chairs and tables.

Guarantee data

The Shark IQ robotic is assured for one yr.

Our opinion

The sensible and highly effective Shark IQ robotic solves a lot of the issues prospects have with robotic vacuum cleaners. There are some downsides – notably the truth that the gadget works so loudly – however because the IQ robotic is cheaper than different robots in its class, I am nonetheless proud of the gadget total.

Are there any higher alternate options?

The principle competitor to the IQ Robotic is the iRobot Roomba i7 Plus, a wonderful machine with wonderful mapping capabilities and distinctive cleansing efficiency. The 2 essential variations between the IQ robotic and the i7 Plus are the value and the truth that the IQ robotic is bagless.

You should purchase the IQ Robotic for $ 600. We observed that the value was a little bit decrease over the yr. Due to this fact, you need to test commonly each week to see if a reduction is on the market. In the meantime, iRobot’s i7 Plus will price you round $ 800. The i7 Plus can also be self-emptying, however the emptying station accommodates disposable luggage. The shopper should change the bag after the bin has been emptied 30 occasions. Extra not too long ago, we have seen some who use synthetic intelligence and cameras to make use of imaginative and prescient to higher navigate objects and areas. The Roborock S6 MaxV is considered one of them that may mop for $ 750 as effectively.

How lengthy it’s going to take?

With visible mapping and sensible dwelling compatibility, this robotic is technologically precisely the place it must be. Options like self-draining and the flexibility to pick particular cleansing areas make it even higher and take it a little bit off the bend. The IQ robotic is effectively constructed, however feels a bit three-dimensional. Different robots I’ve examined really feel extra stable, however the Shark IQ nonetheless seems like a top quality unit.

There is no such thing as a cause to imagine that the Companion app (Shark Clear) will finish its assist for the IQ Robotic anytime quickly.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. If you happen to do not wish to fear about vacuuming in any respect, this robotic is an efficient funding.

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