Technology has greatly changed the way we live over the past two decades. From entertainment to business, everything has been made easier with the invention of computers. Just look at smartphones; not only are they capable of recording video—something that was only possible with camcorders back in the day—but they can also be used as a GPS, heart rate monitor, and more. The world of cleaning has also seen many new innovations. For one thing, we no longer have to clean the floors on our hands and knees; various tools can be used instead—robotic cleaners being one of them.
Nowadays, it’s possible to clean the house with the push of a button—you just have to invest in a cleaning robot. Incredibly convenient, they can be used to vacuum, sweep, and mop, all with minimal supervision. Sure, they might be a bit more expensive than your average vacuum cleaner or mop, but for what it does, I’d say that it’s worth it.
On this page, we will be reviewing one of these robots. More specifically, the Pucrc50 Robot Vacuum Mop by Pure Clean. How strong is the suction? How well does it clean different surfaces? Does it have a tendency of nosediving down the stairs? These are some of the things that we’ll be discussing in our post.
The Pure Clean Pucrc50 Robot Vacuum Mop
Pure Clean is perhaps best known for their line of robotic vacuums, all of which are suitable for hard floors. Designed to make the cleaning process easier, they all come with different features such as the ability to mop, vacuum, and sweep. Some of the fancier models such as the PUCRC660 can even be controlled via a mobile app. Aside from robotic cleaners, the brand also manufactures other products such as handheld vacuum cleaners, steamers, and bidet attachments. As far as we can tell, their products are only available on Amazon at this time.
The Pure Clean PUCRC50 Robot is able to sweep, mop, and vacuum. Small with a low-profile design, it can easily clean underneath furnitures such as beds and dressers. Great for linoleum, tile, vinyl, and other hard floors, the cleaner comes with multiple anti-fall sensors that prevent it from falling down the stairs; it is also smart enough to avoid everyday household objects. Equipped with dual rotating brushes, the robotic vacuum does a wonderful job of removing dirt and debris from the floor. To help keep the air clean, it also comes with a HEPA filter that can be replaced when necessary.
The Pure Clean Pucrc50 Robot Vacuum Mop comes with all of the accessories that you’ll need to start cleaning your home. These include:
- 2 Dual Rotating Brushes
- 1 Mopping Attachment
- 1 Charger/Power Adapter
As noted above, the vacuum robot comes with two rotating brushes that attach to the sides of the device. By rotating, they help to catch dirt and other small particles that are on the floor. Putting them on is easy—just place them on the designated area on the bottom, and tighten it in place with the provided screws. Provided that they’re attached properly, they should not come off when the machine is running. If at any time the side brushes deform, you can return them to their original state by putting them in hot water (that’s what the instruction manual says, anyway).
The other thing that it comes with is a mopping attachment. In addition to dispensing water, it attaches to the cleaning cloth, which is used to mop the floor. At the top, there is also a small hole that acts as the opening for the water reservoir. When you want to mop, just bring the whole thing to the sink and fill it up. Afterwards, close the cap, and secure the washable cloth onto the plate. From there, snap it back on to the robot’s underside, and you’re ready to go.
Last but not least, it comes with a charger, that is obviously used for recharging purposes. As it is, the Pure Clean PUCRC50 does not have a charging dock; in other words, it will not self-dock when the battery runs low. Ultimately, the only way to recharge the device is to manually plug it into the charger. If you’re looking for a robot that knows how to charge itself when it starts to run out of power, you’ll want to get something else.
As you can expect from a robotic vacuum, the Pure Clean PUCRC50 comes with a number of smart features that allow it to clean efficiently.
For one thing, it is equipped with anti-fall sensors at the front, which prevents it from nosediving down the stairs or other drop-offs. As an extra precaution, there is also a protective bumper on the side. Speaking of sensors, it also has a few on the side that enables it to clean around furniture and other household objects.
In addition to that, it comes with a smart navigation system that allows it to clean in a designated pattern (as opposed to randomly). With its “One Room Spot Cleaning” feature, it covers more area than most of the other entry level robots out there in the market. Do note, however, that the robot is not intended for multi-room use; it is also not suitable for carpet.
Potential Issues for Pure Clean PUCRC50 Robot Vacuum Mop
As with most electronics, the Pure Clean PUCRC50 does have a few flaws. We’ll be taking a look at some of the more common ones below.
One of the most common issues that people have with the robot is that it tends to get stuck while it’s cleaning. Even though it has sensors, it simply is not as smart as some of the more expensive units out there. Aside from furnitures such as chairs and dressers, it also has a tendency of getting stuck in corners. As you can imagine, this would defeat the purpose of having a robotic cleaner in the first place. In the end, the only solution is to move some of the objects that it might otherwise get caught in before turning the device on.
Speaking of which, the robot is also prone to bumping into things. According to some of the reviews on Amazon, this seems to happen quite frequently. Again, this is probably due to subpar sensors. If you don’t want it to run into your new coffee table, be sure to set it aside prior to cleaning. Having said that, it is able to dodge furniture from time to time; it’s definitely hit and miss, though.
Another complaint is that the robot turns in circles continuously while it cleans. Despite what it says in the product description about having a smart navigation system, it tends to go wherever it wants to go with no concrete pattern; it does not know where it has gone and where it still needs to clean. As such, it’s not the most efficient device when it comes to cleaning.
Also, the robot has to be manually plugged in when it runs out of battery. Considering this, you’ll likely have to babysit it while it’s cleaning; otherwise, it would just “die” wherever it runs out of juice. Using the power adapter, it will also take around four hours to get to 100%, which is kind of long (many of its competitors charge in two hours or less).
Lastly, the bristles on the side appear to be quite fragile. If anything, they will get tangled when you’re vacuuming the floor—especially carpeted areas. Sure, you can untangle them, but they will only get more and more damaged over time. Before you know it, they’ll be nonusable. As far as I can tell, Pure Clean does not sell replacements of the side brushes. When they die, that will be it.
If at any time, you change your mind about the robotic vacuum, you can get a refund. According to a user on Amazon, though, you will be responsible for the return postage. Given the fact that the product is not particularly light, it can be costly. In the end, you’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not it’s worth it.
Does it Clean Well?
Unfortunately, the Pure Clean robot is not the best when it comes to vacuuming. For one thing, the vacuum opening is fairly small; it will probably not be able to pick up larger particles such as food crumbs; dust and debris, however, should be no problem. There’s more good news—its sleek design allows it to easily go under beds and other furniture that is too heavy to move. Personally, I would use it to vacuum the house in between actual cleaning sessions; it’s probably not a good idea to rely solely on it.
The mopping feature works a little better than its vacuum. Given that you pre-wet the floor with a suitable cleaner (or plain water), it does a good job getting rid of spots and stains; it is also capable of picking up a considerable amount of pet hair. As far as the cleaning pads go, they are a bit thin. Sometimes when they get too wet (the water tank empties pretty quickly, it might get “stuck” on the floor. As long as you keep an eye on the dampness level, though, there shouldn’t be any major problems.
Overall, I’d say that it’s best suited for cleaning small spaces. Let’s face it, it’s no Roomba—it even says in the product description that it’s not meant for multi-room cleaning. If you’re looking for something affordable that can get rid of dirt and dust, however, it is worth considering. As mentioned above, the robot is best suited for sweeping and mopping small areas. For this reason, it’d be a good option for those who are living in small apartments or condos. If you have a large house, you might want to buy something that’s more “heavy duty.”
It’s also worth mentioning that there are two HEPA filters that help to trap in allergens and other fine particles.
How To Use The Pure Clean PUCRC50 Robot Vacuum
The Pure Clean PUCRC50 is pretty straightforward to use. Prior to using it for the first time, you’ll want to charge the device using the adapter; it will take around four hours for the battery to reach 100%. Once it’s charged, you can prep the robot for cleaning—this involves putting on the bristle brushes, attaching the cleaning cloth, and filling in the water tank (if you plan on using the mopping feature, anyway). Depending on the size of your cleaning area, you may have to refill it a few times. As far as battery life goes, one full charge can last up to 100 minutes.
To start cleaning, press on the power button on the top; a blue light should appear. If you want, you can also control the robot using the remote, which gives you a few more options, such as scheduling. When it’s done vacuuming, take out the dustbin from the bottom and empty it over a garbage can. Similarly, you’ll want to empty the water reservoir when it’s finished mopping. As a general reminder, you should always pick up large objects from the floor prior to cleaning.
Cost and Pricing Information
One of the best things about the Pure Clean PUCRC50 Robot Vacuum is its price. At $99.99, it is one of the cheapest robotic vacuums out there that you can get. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the brand’s more inexpensive models. To give you a better idea, most of its competitors (such as those made by iRobot, Evovacs, and ILIFE) sell for over $150. Granted, they are a bit smarter, but still.
For now, the robotic vacuum is only available on Amazon. Unfortunately, this means that you won’t be able to see it in person before making the purchase. However, it also means that you’ll get to enjoy free two-day shipping and a 30-day return window.
After a while, you’ll need to get new cleaning pads. Unfortunately, however, Pure Clean does not sell them on their own. As far as we know, they only sell it as a kit with the mopping attachment and it’s not cheap; at the time of this writing, it’s listed for around $40, which is almost half the price of the device itself. In terms of other replacements, they also sell extra bristle brushes along with the cloths; it is not always in stock, though.
Other than the cloths and brushes, there isn’t much that you’ll need to buy for the robot in the long run. Considering that, it is fairly economical.
The Pure Clean PUCRC50 Robot Mop Review Overall – Is It Worth It?
Easy to Use7
Easily cleans underneath furniture
HEPA filter traps allergens and other fine particles
Tends to get stuck in furniture
Can be loud
Does not auto-dock for recharging
The Pure Clean PUCRC50 is one of the most affordable robotic vacuum mops that you can get. Designed for hard floors, it can be used on tile, vinyl, linoleum, and hardwood. Small and compact with a low-profile design, it easily cleans underneath furniture such as dressers and beds. As you can expect, it also comes with multiple sensors that prevent it from bumping into objects and falling down the stairs. In addition to that, there are two rotating brushes on the side that help to catch dirt and debris. There are a few potential issues with the device, though. For starters, it has a tendency of getting stuck in furniture; it also tends to run into objects, which can be loud. Unlike other models, it also does not auto-dock for charging—you have to manually connect it to the adapter. Still, it is able to get rid of dirt and dust from the floor. For its price, it’s really not all that bad.