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Bobsweep Reviews

Derek HalesBy Derek Hales
Updated December 5, 2017

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Among the upright vacuums, the handheld vacuums, and the robot vacuums, there is Bob, a vacuum personality brought to life by bObsweep. bObsweep is a name that is fairly new to the robot vacuum market; however, bObsweep reviews across Amazon and elsewhere have been generally quite positive.

The bright red aesthetic of a bObsweep robot vacuum cleaner is a visual pop that catches your eye… but how does it do at catching the dirt?

bObsweep PetHair robot vacuum packaging

bObsweep PetHair robot vacuum packaging

This bObsweep reviews guide is going to take a look at the entire line of bObsweep robot vacuums in an effort to help you decide if Bob belongs in your home. There are quite a few models to cover, so let’s get started.

bObsweep Robots Compared

The bObsweep company — based out of Toronto, Canada— launched its first robot vacuum in 2011. The basis of the bObsweep technology is a robot vacuum that can simultaneously vacuum, sweep or mop, and sterilize the floor with UV light.

There are currently six members of the bObsweep family, with a seventh model still in the incubator. Dustin, not shown on this chart, was estimated to launch sometime by the end of 2017, but it has yet to show up on the bObsweep website.

Competitive brands like iRobot’s Roomba or the Neato Botvac offer similar features and capabilities. With unique features like the XL dustbin that can hold up to 1 liter of dirt and debris, as well as the UV light sterilizer, the bObsweep continues to try and break away from the pack of robot vacuum brands.

 JuniorBob StandardBob PetHair Bob PetHair PlusbObi ClassicbObi Pet
Price(approx.)$199$279$249$429$249$279
Runtime (approx.)Up to 60 minsUp to 60 minsUp to 60 minsUp to 60 minsUp to 75 minsUp to 75 mins
UV Sterilizer
Self-Charging
Scheduling
Spot Cleaning
Virtual Barriers (included)
Washable Dustbin
Remote ControlStandard Remote IStandard Remote IIStandard Remote IIAdvanced RemoteLED Screen RemoteLED Screen Remote
2,200 mAh2,200 mAh2,200 mAh2,200 mAh2,200 mAh2,200 mAh
BatteryLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonNickel-Metal HydrideNickel-Metal Hydride
Dustbin Capacity1000 mL1000 mL1000 mL1000 mL350 mL350 mL
Sensors 2 touch sensors, 4 edge sensors, and 5 wall detection sensors80 touch sensors, 4 edge sensors and 5 wall detection sensors80 touch sensors, 4 edge sensors and 5 wall detection sensors
Full Bin IndicatorNoNoNoNoNoNo
Score92%
BuyBuy Buy
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bObsweep Reviews Analyzed

The following table looks at several bObsweep reviews of models that were on Amazon.com. Amazon was chosen primarily due to the quantity of reviews and the general credibility of reviews on Amazon.com.

 Total ReviewsAverage Score (out of 5)Total 5 StarsTotal 1 Star
Junior134(4.3)72%5%
bOb Standard224(3.7)61%63%
bOb PetHair2,220(3.8)63%9%
bOb PetHair Plus97(4.8)92%3%
bObi Classic579(4.2)69%5%
bObi Pet610(4.4)77%3%

That being said, some reviews may be faked or artificially manipulated on Amazon (or elsewhere) in an effort to make a company or product look more reputable and well-liked than it actually may be. To verify that the reviews are honest and true, we crosscheck the credibility using ReviewMeta.com.

This website analyzes Amazon reviews and looks for red flag like unverified purchases, suspicious reviews, quality of content, among other review factors. In the case of bObsweep, there were some definite red flags, as all of the bObsweep models showed signs of unnatural or faked reviews.

bObsweep PetHair robot vacuum review test

bObsweep Reviews analyzed with ReviewMeta.com

The number of bObsweep reviews are a little low, with the one exception being the bObsweep PetHair model, that has 2,220 reviews. But even so, regardless of the number of reviews, all five models we checked received a failing score on ReviewMeta.com. This raises some serious red flags, in my opinion.

bObsweep Features & Performance Similarities

Multi-Level Clean

The bObsweep robot vacuums put a lot of emphasis on their multi-level clean capabilities— which basically means that the vacuum can sweep, vacuum, mop and sterilize the surfaces simultaneously as it runs. Breaking apart these roles, I would argue that the terms “sweep” and “vacuum” are a bit interchangeable.

Sweeps generally refers to picking up dirt and debris on a hardwood surface while “vacuum” refers to picking up debris on carpeted surfaces. What this does mean, though, is that bObsweep has the technology to adjust and navigate different flooring types and heights. The mop function doesn’t use a continuous flow of water, but instead relies on a clip-on microfiber cloth for damp mopping or dry polishing. Here’s what bObsweep says about the mopping function:

“[bObsweep] functions just fine if the floor is slightly wet, although he is not designed to dry the wetness…”

As for sterilization, there is a light at the base of the vacuum that emits a 400 NM ultra-violet light as it cleans. UV light can be used to decompose and damage the molecules needed for bacterial and viral reproduction. The UV system works in tandem with the HEPA filter, which helps eliminate small particles like mold particles, dirt, or dust mites.

Self-Charging

All of the bObsweep robot vacuum models have the ability to self-charge when their battery gets below 15%. Some of the bObsweep models also have the ability to resume an unfinished cleaning cycle after charging up, although bOBsweep does not explicitly call out which models have this capability on its website.

bObsweep PetHair robot vacuum battery

bObsweep PetHair robot vacuum at the charging station

Schedule Cleaning

All of the current bObsweep robot vacuums have the ability to schedule a clean with the exception of the bObsweep Junior, which can only run manual cleaning cycles. With the bObsweep models, you use the charging station to program a cleaning. The bObi models allow users to schedule a cleaning directly from the remote control.

Spot Clean

There are three main cleaning modes for the bObsweep:

  1. Spiral cleaning
  2. Straight line cleaning
  3. Edge cleaning

The spiral cleaning, also called Spiral Track, instructs the bObsweep to clean in a spiral motion, working its way outward as it goes. This is great for spot cleaning.

For a whole room clean, there is also a mode for straight cleaning, called Waffle Track. When in this mode, the bObsweep vacuum makes straight lines back and forth, working its way across the room until the whole area is clean.

Edge cleaning, also called Wall Track, allows the bObsweep to clean the edges of a room, by traveling around the perimeter only.

For a quick clean, pressing the Auto Pilot button will allow the robot vacuum to clean using modes of its own discretion.

bObsweep PetHair robot vacuum screen detail

bObsweep PetHair robot vacuum screen detail

Virtual Barriers

The bObsweep robot vacuums come with a barrier technology, similar to iRobot’s Roomba virtual barriers. With bObsweep, the system is called the “blOck” and is compatible with most bObsweep models, although it’s unclear which Bobsweep models include a barrier with purchase or whether you must purchase separately.

We did not receive any blOck barriers with our Bobsweep Pet Hair robot vacuum.

Remote Control

All bObsweep robot vacuums come with a remote. The Junior remote is the most basic and has simple features. With the Junior remote, you can:

  • Power the vacuum on / off.
  • Use the auto cleaning cycle.
  • Corner clean.
  • Switch cleaning modes.
  • Send to the charger.
  • Adjust the vacuum speed.
  • Use manuel navigation.
  • Mute the beeping noise.

The Bob Standard and Bob PetHair have slightly more advanced remote, compared to the Junior.  With the standard bObsweep remote control, you can:

  • Power the vacuum on / off.
  • Activate the UV cleaning function.
  • Corner clean.
  • Use the auto cleaning cycle.
  • Spot clean.
  • Send to the charger.
  • Adjust the vacuum speed.
  • Use manuel navigation.

bObsweep remote control review

bObsweep PetHair remote control

The alternate series of robot vacuums offered by bObsweep is the bObi. The bObi remote has a large LED screen which allows you to see the current time as well as scheduled cleanings. With the bObi remote, you can:

  • Power the vacuum on / off.
  • Use the standby mode.
  • Pause a cleaning.
  • Schedule a cleaning.
  • Activate UV cleaning.
  • Check current time.
  • Adjust the vacuum speed.
  • Send to the charger.

Dust Bin Details

One unique feature of some bObsweep robot vacuum models is the XL dust bin, which is included for all of the current bObsweep model (Junior, Standard, PetHair, and PetHair Plus).  The bOBsweep vacuum dust bins hold up to 1000 mL of dirt, dust, and debris. The bObi is a bit smaller so it’s capacity is only 350 mL.  As a comparison, the iLife A4s robot vacuum, which is a comparably sized vacuum, holds 400 mL of debris.

In addition, the dust bin is also washable with the bObi models, which helps to prevent dirt build-up or the spread of allergens between cleaning cycles.

bObsweep Models

There are currently six different models of bObsweep robot vacuums, which are divided up into three categories: Junior, Bob, and bObi.

Junior Robot Vacuum

The Junior model is the simplest model that bObsweep makes and the least expensive. Junior lacks the bells and whistles of Bob and bObi, but includes features like self-charging, the XL dust bin , mopping pad, and compatibility with the blOck barrier.

bObsweep Junior robot vacuum review

bObsweep Robot Vacuums

The Bob robot vacuums feature a large LED screen which shows a variety of features, ranging from battery power, to scheduled cleanings, to maintenance items. Within the Bob line, there are three robot vacuums available: Bob Standard, Bob PetHair, and Bob PetHair Plus.

Bob Standard

The Bob Standard robot vacuum offers the multi-level clean (sweep, vacuum mop, UV sterilization), self-charging, HEPA filter, XL dust bin, and scheduling. The Standard also comes equipped with three cleaning modes: Spiral, Waffle, and Wall Track.

There is a small round LED screen for settings and scheduling a clean is completed using the charging station. The Bob Standard model is compatible with the virtual blOck barriers (although none are included). Bob Standard is available in champagne or red.

bObsweep Standard robot vacuum review

Bob PetHair

The PetHair robot vacuum has all of the same features as the standard Bob, but swaps out the smaller LED screen for a large 3x5″ screen size. The PetHair model is compatible with the virtual blOck barriers (although none are included). Bob PetHair is available in champagne or red.

bObsweep PetHair robot vacuum review

Bob Pet Hair Plus

The Bob Pet Hair Plus model is compatible with the virtual blOck barriers (although none are included). Bob Pet Hair is available in four colors: red, blue, champagne, or silver.

bObsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum review

bObi Robot Vacuums

The bObi line features quite a few changes from the bObsweep models. Some improvements include:

  • Slimmer height (3.5″ on bObi vs. 3.9″ on bObsweep)
  • More brushes (dual brushes on bObi vs. dingle brush on bObsweep)
  • Smaller dust bin (350 mL on bObi vs. 1000mL on bObsweep)
  • Longer run-time (nickel-metal hydride battery on bObi vs. lithium-ion battery on bObsweep)
  • More touch sensors (80 on bObi vs. 2 on bObsweep)
  • Simpler aesthetic (No screen on bObi)

Within the bObi line, there are two robot vacuums available: bObi Classic and bObi Pet.

bObi Classic

The bObi Classic robot vacuum offers self-charging, a programmable cleaning schedule, and the added bells and whistles listed above. Unlike the bObsweep robot vacuums, where you use the charging station to schedule a clean, the bObi uses the remote control for scheduling. The bObi Classic only comes in white.

bObi Classic robot vacuum review

bObi Pet

The bObi Pet robot vacuum offers many of the same features as the bObi Classic, but has a stronger suction (11,500 rpm vs. 10,000 rpm) and also includes the bObi blOck, making it the only model (currently) where this is included.

bObi Pet robot vacuum review

Still not sure which Bobsweep robot vacuum is best for you? Drop us an email via our contact form. We’re always happy to help our readers!

Last Updated - February 26, 2018

The following logs all major updates and changes made to this page.

  • February 26, 2018 – Clarified information around the Bobsweep barrier system.
Derek Hales

Derek Hales

Editor-in-Chief

Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ModernCastle.com. He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, and poodle, Tibbers.

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