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Infinuvo CleanMate QQ5The competition leaves this robot vacuum in the dust.
Hi. I'm Katie Pilkington for cnet.com and I'm standing in front of the Infinuvo CleanMate QQ5 Plus. Compared to other robot vacuums in the field, the Infinuvo could be considered a budget vacuum with a price point of $349 on most websites, though you can't find it cheaper on Amazon. I had high hopes for this machine because a lot of the robot vacuums are in a price point that's far beyond what most consumers are looking for when they're shopping for a vacuum cleaner. At over $500, many of them are just out of that price range that is reasonable for the average consumer. The Infinuvo at $349 seemed to be a really answer to that. But unfortunately, it seems in this case that you got what you pay for. Like many of the other robot vacuums we tested, the Infinuvo features a wall doc and a remote control and it's fully programmable. You can program it to turn on at different times on different days of the way. The one glitch about this as opposed to the others is that you have to go fully through the programming sequence for all 7 days before the robot will recognize it that it has been programmed. So it takes more time and it's a little bit more finitude than the other robots that we attempted to program. The remote is small. Easily understand and [unk] in the top of the machine, which is a nice feature because you'll always know where it is. One of the things we didn't like about this vacuum as compared to other robot vacuums is that many of the other's brand on the sensor, which means that they will clean the room and sense when they have been everywhere in the case incognito or when the debris is gone, which is the case with the room back. This however runs on a timer and if you're the user, do not program it differently. It will run automatically on an 80-minute timer, which is a long time for a robot likely to run in one room. One of the other things we didn't like about this vacuum initially is that it is program do not collide anything on its default settings and that you have to as the user interfere and reprogram with the use of the remote into what's called soft-collide mode, where it will run into things. But if you don't do that, if you don't interferes the users, it won't get within 8 inches of any of the things in your room. So if you're using it in a living room for example, it will stay in the open areas but not really go up against your furniture or your baseboards. In all of our tests, the Infinuvo under-perform significantly all of the other robot vacuums in the series. We tested it picking up rice, pet hair and a sand and saw dust mixture. With the cast of our pet hair tests, all of the pet hair that looked as if it had been picked up by the robot vacuum was in fact jammed underneath the roller wheels and under the front guide wheel of the machine which took about 10 minutes to clean out every single time. In our test involving rice, the Infinuvo scattered it creating more work again a with the pet hair. I think it's important to know that these machines are generally intended to make your life easier within your home and its maintenance. And I can honestly say that this created more work that it saved for me and all of our tests across the board. We also didn't like the dust pan at all. It seems poorly designed. As soon as you pull it out of the machine, most of the contents are forced forward out of slits in the front of the bend. So it doesn't hang on to anything that it picks up either, which again, creates more work. Unlike many of the other machines we looked at, the Infinuvo both the UV light, which in theory would kill dust mites and bacteria in your carpet. One of the things we were interested in testing with all of these robot vacuums was how they behaved with their sensors towards ledge, for example, if you're using it on a top floor of your home and don't want it to go down the stairs, the Infinuvo failed the cliff test pretty miserably, but did, as well as we would have hoped, any of the machines were to perform on the stairs, it sensed the stairs and didn't go over the ledge. So the results were rather inconclusive on how its sensors work. I think it depends on the landscape of your house. After running numerous test on this machine, I can't in good conscience recommend this to you when the [unk] for a $100 more out-performed it significantly in all areas. For cnet.com. I'm Katie Pilkington with the Infinuvo CleanMate QQ5 Plus.