Dyson’s Robo-Vacuum Is Powerful, But It’s No Match for Skittles

Arobotic vacuum cleaner generally sacrifices power for convenience, so don’t expectDysons 360 Eyeto replacea full-fledged dirt-sucker. LikeRoomba, its built for light daily clean. Still, with a 78,000 RPM motor, Dyson claims it should provide twice the suction of theaverage robo-cleaner.

Cooler still, it has an all-seeing eyeball. The 360 Eye is named for theR2-D 2-like dome and the 360 -degree camera inside. The’ bot uses thecamera to map cleaning patterns of concentric squares and straight lines, unlike the Roomba’s more chaotic roads. Use the Dyson Link app to schedule cleans and assure a map of what has and hasn’t been cleaned.

The brush goes right to the edges of the machine, letting the 360 Eye clean closer to walls, and cone elements inside whip clay into a cyclone. The suction is augmented by carbon fiber and nylon brushes that dig deep to loosen grit.

Dyson says all of thismakes the 360 Eye more effective on hard floors and carpets, and tank treads help it move between the two. As our video indicates, however, it won’t work miracles. Althoughpowerful for its size and type, it’s not nearly as potent as Dyson’s 110, 000 RPM handheld V8 vacuum.

While its lighter and smaller around, the vacuum is taller than a Roomba. Thats something to keep in mind if you have low-slung furniture. And you’ll get abouta half-hour of cleaning from the battery, compared to an hour-plus from the Roomba–but itll return to its dock totop off before finishing the job. Its bin is smaller than those of the higher-end Roombas, and twice the suction power means youll likely empty it more often. 1

It’ll set you back $1,000, which entails the 360 Eye costs $100 more than the top-of-the-line Roomba 980. As to whether its as fun to ride, cats did not respond to a request for comment.

1 UPDATE 7/28/ 2016: This narrative has been updated to correct information about the size of the Dyson Eye 360′ s dust bin .

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