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A High-Tech Servant to Clean Your Home

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The holidays are right around the corner -- and with them come the parties and, unfortunately, the many pairs of boots tracking in leaves, dirt, grime, and probably snow. No one likes the clean-up that inevitably accompanies the get-togethers. But like any chores, floor and carpet cleaning is far less arduous when someone else does it. And in the season of giving, what could be a better gift for your employees than a robot to handle the mopping and vacuuming?

Happily, there are now plenty of robot vacuum cleaners to choose from while your top performers sit back and the mop in their closet gather dust.

A great entry-level product is the iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop. This is a hard-floor vacuum that can mop and sweep hardwood, title, and stone. It has a jet spray for particularly tough dirt stains and it search for obstacles before spraying, so it won't damage rugs or furniture. Its underside includes a vacillating scrubber, and it is designed to maneuver around furniture, corners, and other obstacles to clean even the hard-to-reach places.

The Braava'a three modes include a wet mop for stains on sealed floors, a damp sweep for dust, and a dry sweep.

A step up is the Hoover Quest 700, a Bluetooth-enabled robot vac that uses a side brush and roller brush to suction up dirt and grime across different types of floor surfaces, including area rugs, low carpets, and hard floors. It maneuvers around furniture and walls and, when its mission is completed, returns to its recharging station.

Meanwhile, Hoover's Rogue 970 Smart Robot Vacuum is another step up. It has a lot of the same features as the Quest 700 -- including a similar cleaning system - but also has high-tech memory navigation, meaning it uses a laser to navigate a home and can map the floorplan to create an optimized cleaning path. It's also voice-controlled, so users can command the Rogue 970 with Amazon Alexa or Google Home.

The iRobot and both Hoover models are available through Hinda Incentives.

If you want the top-of-the-line robot vacuum, however, there's iRobot's Roomba 980, available through Harco Incentives.

The 980 cleans all floor types, from hardwood to carpets, and when it needs a particularly strong suction it can turn to a power boost mode that's 10 times more powerful than other Roomba models. It can also navigate an entire home and keep track of its location, so there's no way it's going to get lost in a corner. And, it runs continuously for up to 120 minutes, at which point it'll recharge itself and resume its tasks. And like the premium Hoover Rogue 970, the Roomba 980 is also compatible with Alexa and Google Home.