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Best Rated Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

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Product Description
Product Features

The Haier XShuai T370 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Works with Amazon Alexa. Currently it is the best rated robotic vacuum cleaner. It is:

  • Wi-Fi Connected
  • Self-Charging
  • With Gyroscope Navigation
  • 1500Pa Powerful Suction
  • HEPA Filter
  • Pet Hair and Allergies Friendly

Alexa Voice Control Option

Enjoy the comfort of speaking your wishes for a clean home! Simply connect the App with Alexa (Amazon Voice Service) and you’re good to go.

The T370 can understand your instructions and your floors will keep up their good appearances with little effort on your part.

Future software updates will bring more command choices.

The T370 is able to operate in two modes – sweep (dry) and mop (wet) individually or simultaneously, depending on what you want at the time.

The T370 automatically navigates in a methodical pattern, making sure it covers every area of your unique home.

Spot mode focuses on removing stubborn stains with repetitive cleaning.

Edge Mode gently cleans wall edges and gets into corners.

You can opt to manually control T370 or just let it go to do its thing!

The details of the Product Specifications can be found by clicking through to its Amazon page.

Like History?

The first vacuum cleaners used bellows to blow dust into collector bags. They were developed in the 1860s. Motorized designs hit the markets at the turn of the 20th century, achieving commercial success in the first decade.

In 1860 Daniel Hess of West Union, Iowa designed a carpet sweeper with a rotating brush to capture the dust. A bellows created the suction.

An 1869 model, the “Whirlwind”, was invented in Chicago in 1868 by Ives W. McGaffey. It was a bulky hand cranked machine that was difficult to operate, yet it achieved some commercial success. [

In 1876 A similar cleaner was constructed by Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids, Michigan, whose company also manufactured carpet sweepers. Bissell remains a popular name, today.

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In 1898 John S. Thurman of St. Louis, Missouri submitted a patent (US No. 634,042) for a “pneumatic carpet renovator”. This machine was to blow dust into a receptacle.

Cleaning services would bring such machines to their customers’ residences on a horse-drawn wagon as part of a door to door house cleaning convenience.

In 1901 American inventor David T. Kenney designed an elaborate 4,000 lb. steam engine driven system equipped with pipes and hoses inserted into all parts of a home or building.

antique vacuum cleaner

Eckernfoerde, Germany, 2014 Museum Photo by THomas Quine

The first portable vacuum cleaner aimed at the domestic market was designed in 1905 by Walter Griffiths.

Of note, in 1906 James B. Kirby created his first of a continuing line of vacuums. His “Domestic Cyclone” used water as a dirt filter.

Daisy vacuum cleaner

By Thomas Quine – Antique Daisy vacuum cleaner

Other early portable vacuum cleaner developers were William Henry Hoover in America and Electrolux in Sweden.

Hoover, Kirby, Bissell and Elecrolux are names that we know well today.

Fast forward to 1997. Electrolux of Sweden presented the Electrolux Trilobite, the first cordless robotic vacuum cleaner on the BBC-TV program Tomorrow’ World. It appeared on the consumer market in 2001.

This vacuum cleaner history is from Wikipedia.

Busy working peeps and especially working moms now have the automatic laundry washers and dryers, dish washers, crock pots and coffee pots that can be set to make the coffee without attendance.

So why not a robotic vacuum, and especially one of the smart home devices that work with Alexa?


  • 3 CLEANING MODES: Z-shaped cleaning (gyroscope navigation system ensures it covers every corner of your home), spot cleaning, edge cleaning; capable of manual/ random cleaning; 1500Pa powerful suction; supports both sweeping and mopping
  • AUTOMATIC SELF-CHARGING: automatically returns to the charging dock and recharges itself when running low on power; works up to 120min (90min for cleaning, 30min for returning to charging dock), covers 100-200 square meters, 4-5h charging time
  • MULTIPLE REMOTE CONTROL: you can easily control the direction, choose the cleaning mode or set a cleaning schedule with Alexa Voice Control, iOS/ Android App, included remote controller
  • HIGH MOBILITY: moves smoothly on hardwood, carpet and tiles; climbs up to 15-degree slope; embedded anti-drop sensor avoids falling; rubber bumper and wheels protect furniture and floor from damage or scratches
  • LOW PROFILE & PET FRIENDLY: cleans under the bed, around the clutter, along the wall side, leaves no dirty spot; installed HEPA protects you from pet hair allergies
smart home devices that work with Alexa

Smart Home Devices That Work With Alexa

Smart Home Devices That Work With Alexa

There are many smart home devices that work with Alexa, and I’m going to post about security devices first. There are so many concerns now in most urban neighborhoods regarding parcel theft, and home burglaries performed by well dressed people arriving in posh cars.

The EZVIZ Mini 360 Plus 1080p HD Home Security Camera can pan,tilt and zoom. It is a WiFi Surveillance System that works with Alexa. It has motion tracking capability, Night Vision, and Image Touch Navigation.

This can also be set up with an ethernet cable if you prefer.

The Mini 360 Plus’s panoramic 360° touch navigation controls what you see easily. You can virtually “Look around the room”!

Just speak your command! “Alexa Show me the Living Room”.
With the EZVIZ skill and Alexa, you can now interact with your Mini 360 Plus using your voice through Alexa and Echo Show.

One happy reviewer said “Worked great. All functions were available and worked well, even from USA to China. Solid device with good features and quality. Pan and tilt camera with digital zoom, and two-way voice all worked very well.”

Here’s a quick list of more features:

  • HD 1080p resolution
  • Wide-angle 92° lens
  • Flexibility to locate the Mini 360 Plus either mounted or sitting
  • Two way talking with family or pets
  • Motion alerts on your phone
  • Free Cloud and local storage
  • Access content and history anytime
  • Add more cameras as you want all in one appRequirements
    High-Speed Internet Connection
    Mobile OS: iOS 7.0+ (iPhone, iPad), Android 4.0+
    Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz (802.11 b/g/n) or Wired Ethernet
    Please Note: Does not support Wi-Fi 5GHz


Go HERE for complete instructions on the set up steps.


Amazon Alexa Security Concerns

Concerned about Alexa listening and recording your home’s activity? Here is a tip list from Naked Security.

Defensive measures

Those who choose to use this technology can’t and shouldn’t expect 100% privacy. If not for the ability of Amazon Echo and Google Home to listen, these things would become nothing more than doorstoppers and paperweights.

But there are certainly things users can do to limit the risk of unintended consequences. Here are just a few examples:

  • Not currently using your Echo? Mute it The mute/unmute button is right on top of the device. The “always listening” microphone will shut off until you’re ready to turn it back on.
  • Don’t connect sensitive accounts to Echo On more than a few occasions, daisy chaining multiple accounts together has ended in tears for the user.
  • Erase old recordings If you use an Echo, then surely you have an Amazon account. If you go on Amazon’s website and look under “Manage my device” there’s a handy dashboard where you can delete individual queries or clear the entire search history.”

You are always in control of your settings. Aim for the highest degree of privacy that you can possibly get.

Check out this fantastic doorbell! The Ring enables you to view your front smart home devices that work with Alexadoor so you can see who has rung the bell, or is perhaps lurking, or looking through the window.

It will alert you on your phone, tablet or PC when motion is registered. You can speak to the person at your door and have a two conversation.

You can also angle it when you install it so as to see more of your porch/doorway area.

This is a best seller for smart home security monitoring that works with Alexa.

Just to remind you, you don’t need an expensive smart phone to use these devices. The Kindle Fire 8 and Kindle Fire 7 (your best cheaper ereader) now come with Alexa.

More security systems.

Essential oil diffusers, wonderful self nurturing and pampering items!

Smart light bulbs!

It’s kind of dazzling – the scope of these devices!