The best robot vacuums of 2019 iRobot Roomba vs Neato vs the

first_imgA home that cleans itself has been a dream for ages. Thanks to today’s robot vacuums though, that fantasy sounds less and less far-fetched. Current robot vacuums are packed with loads of sensors, electronic eyes — even lasers — and they pack enhanced computing power to match. Their prices have ballooned, too. A few models will even set you back a staggering four figures. Spending that much is extravagant, but it does net you next-level features. Those include dustbins that empty themselves, multiple room and floor mapping, plus elegantly designed hardware.To zero in on the best robot vacuum cleaners, I spent over 120 hours torture-testing a group of 10 robot vacuums. Among them are brand-new models that have recently launched, flagship products, as well as compelling options offered across numerous online retailers. I excluded older models that likely won’t be sold for long.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.  22 • Tyler Lizenby/CNET Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 18 26 71 36 39 3:43 Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $220 at Amazon Percent soil removed Tyler Lizenby/CNET Here’s a machine that proves you don’t need to blow your budget to purchase a solid robot vacuum cleaner. Even though the Robovac 11s Max costs just $219, it cleans floors effectively. That’s especially the case when tackling hardwood floors. It managed to remove an average of 71 percent of our test sand from this type of surface. The robot didn’t do as well handling carpets, earning sand pickup averages of 21 and 27 percent on low pile and midpile, respectively. And due to this vacuum’s basic navigation system, it took well over an hour to negotiate our test room. Still, the Eufy used its runtime wisely. The vacuum covered the space well, leaving almost no spots untouched.      Electrolux iRobot Neato Amazon Robots Read our first impressions of the Roomba S9 Plus Neato Botvac D7 Connected 83 25 Smart Home Neato Botvac D4 Connected 54 92 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Electrolux Pure i9 Eufy RoboVac 11s Max 38 For half the price of the Roomba S9 Plus, the $647 Neato’s Botvac D7 Connected vacuums up messes almost as well. On average it picked up a greater amount of sand (36 percent) across low-pile carpet than the Roomba did. It narrowly beat the S9 Plus on hardwood floors, too, collecting an average of 95 percent of the sand we put down. The vacuum cleaned sand from midpile less effectively though, notching a pickup average of 47 percent. While it can’t match the Roomba’s prowess at removing pet hair or empty its own dustbin, it navigates more efficiently, yet covers more ground, thanks to built-in lidar laser mapping. You can also control the robot through the Neato app, as well as link it to Alexa and Google Assistant. The app allows you to designate areas of your home as off-limits, too. Legend: Sand from low-pile Sand from hardwood Sand from medium-pile Lasers, sensors and robots, oh my: Some robot vacuums… 87 37 How we test robot vacuumsOur method for evaluating robot vacuums is straightforward, yet grueling. There are two types of tests we run. The first trial is to figure out how well a robot covers the floor. We built an industry-standard testing room, as specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), just for this purpose. The IEC is an international standards body responsible for managing robot vacuum testing procedures, among other things, for vacuum manufacturers. Enlarge ImageObstacles in out test room mimic what robot vacuums run into in the real world. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Inside this room are objects designed to simulate typical obstacles a robot encounters as it cleans. These include table and chair legs, couches, etc., plus floorings of tile, hardwood, and carpet. s9-c-useEnlarge ImageHere’s a coverage photo of the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus as it moved through our test room. You can see it covered the floor well, except for one slight section in the center (left, bottom). Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET We mount LED lights to the top of each vacuum. The dimensions of the lights correspond to the measured nozzle width of each particular robot vacuum we test.  47 Neato Botvac D6 Connected Eufy Robovac 11s Max iRobot Roomba i7 Plus Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected 71 31 Ecovacs Deebot 500center_img 21 The best if you’re loaded 45 iRobot Roomba S9 Plus iRobot Roomba S9 Plus $647 at Amazon Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Share your voice The best midrange robot vacuum 5 27 The best value 28 CNET Smart Home Want more robot vacuum options? Here’s a list of the other robot vacuums we tested besides the models listed above.iRobot Roomba i7 Plus Neato Botvac D6 ConnectedNeato Botvac D4 ConnectedElectrolux Pure i9Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950Ecovacs Deebot 600Ecovacs Deebot 500 Ecovacs Deebot 600 $1,399 at Amazon Neato Botvac D7 Connected Comments 15 Photos 80 Tags 20 19 Note: Results listed are the average percent of total material removed from test surface 88 93 If someone were to give you a blank check and told you to buy a robot vacuum, this is the machine to get. The iRobot Roomba S9 Plus costs a whopping $1,399. For that staggeringly steep sticker price though, this robot delivers superb dirt removal. On hardwood flooring it picked up an average of 93 percent of our test sand, the highest amount in our test group. The Roomba struggled a bit cleaning sand from low-pile carpeting, earning a low average sand pickup of 28 percent. That said, the vacuum removed an average 71 percent of sand from our midpile carpet. Again, this is the best result that we saw on this specific test. It also cleaned up more pet hair than any vacuum in this test group, and it navigates and maps multiple rooms and floors. The robot zipped through our test room in a short average time of 25 minutes, too. You can link the S9 Plus to the Roomba app and your home Wi-Fi as well. Best of all is the Roomba S9 Plus’ CleanBase dock. It both charges the robot’s battery and empties its dustbin automatically. Now that’s convenient. Read Neato Botvac D7 Connected preview Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 71 95 The second type of test reveals exactly how much physical debris a vacuum is able to pick up off of the floor. To mimic dirt of small particle size, we use a mixture of play-sand and landscaping sand. For bigger particle soil, we use grains of uncooked black rice. Robots then run in a straight line across three types of flooring (low-pile carpet, medium-pile carpet, and hardwood).robot-vac-testing-photos-1Enlarge ImageWe test robot vacuums on three types of floor surfaces. Tyler Lizenby/CNET We control for the specific nozzle width of each vacuum, too. We constructed an ajustable tool to soil our test floors. It lets us lay down a strip of precise area of soil to match the nozzle dimensions for every robot. The mass of soil isn’t chosen at random either. We measure a proportional amount that’s related to the flooring material, type of debris, plus each vacuum’s nozzle width.robot-vac-testing-photos-4Enlarge ImageOur custom-built tool lets us match soil area to a robot vacuum’s nozzle width. Tyler Lizenby/CNET We conduct three runs (at minimum) on each floor type. We also test with sand and rice separately. That comes to at least 18 tests per vacuum. We weigh the robot’s dustbin both before and after each run. From there we can calculate the percent of debris pickup for every run, and the average amount of soil a machine manages to remove. Additionally we run anecdotal (visual) pet hair tests for each robot, on all three floor types. robot-vac-testing-photos-8Enlarge ImageWe run robot vacuums in a straight line during the debris pickup tests. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The chart below shows the fine particle cleaning performance data for all of the robot vacuums we tested. It should give you a pretty good idea about their performance on different kinds of flooring. Our rice-based, medium-size particle test didn’t show enough differentiation between units, which says they can all handle larger particles without trouble. For pet hair removal we judged anecdotally. As robots move through the room, a camera overhead captures a long-exposure image of the entire room in low-light. That photo will then have a light trail, created by the LEDs, that shows exactly where the robot traveled (and its nozzle position) during its runtime. We can also see areas of the floor the vacuum may have missed.d7-c-useThis is the coverage pattern created by the Neato Botvac D7 Connected. Its movement through our test room was very orderly, logical, and effective. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET You can see the navigation results of all the robot vacuums in our test group in the gallery below. reading • The best robot vacuums of 2019: iRobot Roomba vs. Neato vs. the rest 38 See All 39 64 CNET Smart Home Some robot vacuums have a better sense of direction than otherslast_img read more

Myanmar minister to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

first_imgRohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Cox`s Bazar on 22 January 2018. — ReutersA Myanmar minister will tour camps for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, an official said Wednesday, the first such visit since Myanmar’s army drove nearly 700,000 members of the Muslim minority over the border.Bangladesh’s foreign ministry confirmed that Myanmar’s social welfare, relief and resettlement minister Win Myat Aye would visit the congested camps, which are home to nearly one million Rohingya refugees in total.”His programme has not been fixed yet,” Tareque Muhammad, a director-general at the foreign ministry, told AFP. The visit is slated for April 11 or 12.US and UN officials say the military crackdown which began last August in the mainly Buddhist nation, purportedly to flush out guerrillas, amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.Another Bangladeshi official told AFP it would be the first visit by a Myanmar minister to the camps, which have sheltered Rohingya refugees since the early 1990s, for more than a decade.Win Myat Aye is the deputy head of a task force led by Aung San Suu Kyi on the crisis in Rakhine state, and a top official overseeing a stalled agreement with Bangladesh to repatriate some 750,000 refugees.Myanmar has approved several hundred Rohingya from a list of thousands to return to their homeland but not a single one has yet crossed back.Meanwhile Myanmar authorities are accused of bulldozing Rohingya villages in Rakhine and seeking to erase evidence at sites where their troops are accused of atrocities.Myanmar has denied the charge but blocked investigators from visiting an area where thousands of Rohingya, long persecuted in the country, are believed to have been killed.Even before the latest influx began last August, the camps in southeast Bangladesh were home to roughly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled previous waves of violence.Rohingya community leaders in the camps said they would welcome the opportunity to raise their concerns about returning to Rakhine with the visiting Myanmar official.”We would like to meet face-to face with the minister,” Mohibullah told AFP.Many of the displaced Muslims have rejected the prospect of returning, fearing a repeat of the persecution that has forced them off their lands for generations.Refugees demand recognition as a minority, access to health and education and an assurance they can return to their ancestral villages rather than being shunted into resettlement camps in Rakhine.last_img

Allen West Says Hes Exploring A Run For Texas GOP Chair

first_imgBy Defender News ServiceAllen West, the former Florida congressman who now lives in Texas, announced Wednesday evening that he is exploring a run for Texas GOP chair, setting up a potential challenge to the party’s current leader, James Dickey.“As I look ahead as to how I can continue my service to this constitutional republic and the great state of Texas, my family and I … have decided to explore the opportunity to be the next chairman of the Republican Party of Texas,” West said in a live YouTube broadcast.DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Allen West, the former Florida congressman who now lives in Texas, announced Wednesday evening that he is exploring a run for Texas GOP chair, setting up a potential challenge to the party’s current leader, James Dickey.Delegates will elect the next chair of the Republican Party of Texas at its 2020 convention, which is scheduled for May 14-16 in Houston. Dickey first won the job in 2017 after the previous chair resigned, and he was reelected a year later — both were contentious races.After West’s announcement, Dickey issued a statement making clear he is running for re-election next year — and warning against intra-party conflict during a critical cycle for Texas Republicans.“We are on an incredible path and we must not waver,” Dickey said. “Division in Texas amongst our base is not what we need to defeat what will be next year the greatest Democrat onslaught that we have seen in decades.”West’s announcement was closely watched in the Texas political world. He had said in advance that he would announce whether he was running for one of three offices: the 32nd Congressional District, U.S. Senate or state party chair.He acknowledged that he may be letting down some supporters by not seeking a return to Capitol Hill. “But if the soul of Texas is lost, then what gain do I have in that personal accomplishment or achievement?” West asked.His potential candidacy for the 32nd District drew particular attention. The incumbent — freshman U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas — flipped the seat last year, and Democrats were salivating at the prospect of facing a conservative firebrand like West in a battleground district.West’s re-emergence on the political stage still gives fodder to Texas Democrats, and the state party reacted to his potential chairmanship bid by highlighting the GOP’s array of down-ballot losses last year.“With that record of mounting failure, it’s no surprise that right-wing conspiracy theorist and ousted Florida Congressman Allen West would see these results and decide to run for Texas’ Trump Republican Party Chair,” the Texas Democratic Party’s executive director, Manny Garcia, said in a statement.West represented Florida’s 22nd District from 2011-13. After redistricting, West chose to run in a different district in 2012 and lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy in a pricy, high-profile battle.West moved to North Texas in 2014 after being named CEO of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis. The next year, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed West to a spot on the state’s Sunset Commission, which periodically reviews the operation and efficiency of state agencies.West has remained active in conservative circles, regularly appearing as a pundit on Fox News and joining the Texas Public Policy Foundation last year to lead a new initiative there. TPPF announced Monday that West had left the job.This article originally appeared in the Defender News Network.last_img read more

State declares holiday for Chhath Puja today

first_imgKolkata: The state government has declared a holiday on Tuesday for Chhath Puja and sectional holiday for the same on Wednesday. While addressing a gathering at the inaugural ceremony of Jagaddhatri Puja at Posta, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “The state government has declared holiday on Tuesday for Chhath Puja and there will be sectional holiday on Wednesday as well.” It may be mentioned that Banerjee will be attending a programme on the eve of Chhath Puja at Dahi Ghat in Kidderpore on Tuesday. It has been stated in the notification in connection with the holiday that “the state government has already declared holiday on November 13 for state government officers, boards, corporations, undertakings and educational institutions all over the state…In view of this, the Governor is pleased to further declare November 14 as sectional holiday for Chhath Puja.” People who perform Chhath Puja have appreciated the move. It may be mentioned that the state government has already issued a notification declaring holidays for the year 2019. There will be a holiday for 13 days at a stretch during Durga Puja. There will be an “additional day” holiday on February 11 for Saraswati Puja apart from the offices of the Registrar of Assurances, Kolkata, the Collector of Stamp Revenue, Kolkata and the West Bengal Beverages Corporation Limited.last_img read more