Is Miele's robot vacuum cleaner worth £700? Miele Scout RX1 robot vacuum cleaner launched

07 May 2014

Miele Scout RX1 robotic vacuum cleaner

Miele launches robot vacuum cleaner.

Miele has launched its first robot vacuum cleaner - the Miele Scout RX1. It promises to take the hassle out of cleaning your floors, but is this luxury worth £700? 

Miele claims its robot vacuum cleaner sets a new standard for robot vacs, with a smart navigation system that allows it to clean in parallel lines. It says that most robotic vacuum cleaners use navigation systems that either travel through rooms in a random way or don't reliably reach all areas. 

Find out how the Miele Scout fared when we took it for a spin in our first look Miele Scout review.

The Miele Scout RX1

Miele says that the Scout robot vacuum tackles dirt in three ways with rotating side brushes, bristles and powerful motors. It also claims that the Scout RX1 can operate for up to 120 minutes before needing to be recharged. It can also be used with a remote or with a timer.

Which? vacuum cleaner expert Matt Knight says: 'Miele isn't claiming that this will replace a full-sized vacuum. It's hard for a robot vacuum to do this, as it can't be used on stairs and won't have the same range of tools - such as a crevice tool for getting into tight spots.

'A robot vacuum cleaner might take some of the hassle out of keeping your floors clean, but £700 is a lot to spend when you'll likely still need a full-sized vacuum as well.' 

Robot vacuum cleaners

Robots that vacuum have been around for several years and you can now buy cheaper models for substantially less than the first models - with some costing under £300. 

We're keeping an eye on the market, but it's very small at the moment so we are not planning any full-scale lab testing just yet. 

You can take a look at our first look reviews of robot vacuum cleaners to help decide whether it's an appliance that might suit you.

If you're not sure what sort of vacuum you need then check out our guide to how to buy the best vacuum cleaner, which explains the difference between upright, handheld, bagless and cylinder and cordless vacuum cleaners.

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