We have a cat that sometimes has problems keeping his lunch down… Then we heard about this great thing called a Spot Bot, and we were sold! That was the original version they came out with, at least 5 and possibly coming up on 10 years ago now…
As the name implies, it’s really only good for doing a spot — something smaller than the diameter of it’s hood — say around 6 inches across. And for that, it works extremely well. It’s really one of the best purchases we’ve made, but we have quite a bit of carpet in our house.
If your carpet is clean, it works great.
The first thing we noticed was that it left these little “clean” circles in our carpet, which we hadn’t cleaned for probably at least a year or maybe two before getting it. So, it made it obvious that we really just needed to clean the whole thing. We now rent a big machine and do a full cleaning about once every 6 to 9 months and use the spot bot for the spots, particularly the pet spots, in between.
It also works very poorly on big dirty spots. The cleaning area is surrounded by a hood, and dirty water ends up collecting on this hood and so a large dirty area that you try to “divide and conquer” using the Spot Bot tends to just leave a bunch of clean areas with dirty rings around the inner edge of the hood. You can use it to clean up pet spots that are maybe 12 inches by 4 or 6 inches, but cleaning a foot by foot dirty section I’ve never been happy with the results, even after 8 or more application.
The other thing I found was that the cleaned areas it kind of “perked up” the carpet in, so we had these circles where the carpet was standing up — even if it was clean the circles were noticeable. Then I started vacuuming the area after the Spot Bot worked them… That’s the key! Vacuum after the spot bot, and the area doesn’t stand up so much.
They market the Spot Bot as “put it down and walk away”, which is true but is only part of the truth. You can’t just leave the house. Since it’s got a hood covering the area that it’s cleaned, it won’t dry properly if you just leave it there. So when it’s done, it will keep beeping, reminding you to move it. I really wish it had a fan in it so you could set it up, run it, and then leave it and it would run the fan on the area after the cleaning was done. Or it had a little track or arm or something that would move it slightly out of the way. Then it would truly be a robot! :-)
The other minor complaint I have about it is that it doesn’t hold that much fluid. It will do around 4 cleanings, and then it needs to be emptied and refilled. However, it looks like they have a new model that has twice the capacity, that might be nice. But, on the other hand, I wonder if that would be too big, the current unit is nice and compact, so it may be one of those “be careful what you wish for” situations. I will, probably, end up buying one of those new units.
Obviously, it’s built really well. We’ve had it for quite a long time with absolutely no problems.
Over all, I’d highly recommend the Spot Bot.