Neato Robotics XV-11 —

Finally ROBOTS People!!!

Give me a Clean Carpet…

I have an obsession with freshly vacuumed carpets. I love the groomed lines, back and forth, across my living room — like the lawn of a meticulously trimmed golf course.

I instantly feel calmed, as if one part of my life has order.

But. I hate vacuuming.

Neato Robotics XV-11 Robotic Vacuum

Neato Robotics XV-11 Robotic Vacuum

I challenge you to find a woman on this planet who would choose to give up her coveted time to vacuum.


Yes, finally we can get some help from the promised robots!

We have wanted Rosie the Robot since we saw her on The Jetsons. It was the way of the future. It was what we were waiting for — and I am still looking for my commuter spaceship!

Now, I admit, the diminutive Neato Robotics XV-11 robotic vacuum (retail $399) doesn’t quite compare with Rosie. It isn’t dusting or producing breakfast on a platter. (It also isn’t talking back!)

But the little machine IS taking care of a serious chore! It is a laser guided (YES people this thing is guided by LASERS! I don’t think Rosie had lasers!) to not only effectively clean our floors, but it learns the floor plan to master cleaning it more efficiently! And no worries — this laser is a Class 1, which means that it is safe under all conditions of normal use for humans and pets.

This robotic vacuum isn’t just bumping into walls, redirecting and haphazardly hoping to eventually cover the majority of your floors. No, the Neato Robotics XV-11 robotic vacuum is mapping out the space and getting the job done. And if it is senses it is running out of power, it immediately returns to its charging station to recharge before returning to the job. (If only our kids did that!)

Here is a short video I took of the Neato Robotics XV-11 vacuuming my son’s room. To really test out the Neato Robotics XV-11, I covered the floor in crushed goldfish crackers — yes, true reality cleaning! In the end, the carpet was remarkably clean with only about five or so crumbs or pieces in different corners or along the wall that the Neato Robotics XV-11 had missed.

I know. This is serious ladies. Neato is ON to something. I mean HOW LONG have we been asking for the robots to get in here and HELP us mothers?!?

We can’t get rid of our manual vacuum cleaners completely. So don’t get too excited. This baby will do 95% of the job, but alas, it can’t compare to a human getting into the corners. You may have to help out once and awhile.

However, as a regular helper, the Neato Robotics XV-11 robotic vacuum will keep your house looking vacuumed — it even makes those fabulous, freshly vacuumed straight lines across your room! — and significantly reduce the amount of time YOU have to spend vacuuming.

YES — let’s hear it for the ROBOTS!

Enter to Win a Neato Robotics XV-11 robotic vacuum!

To win your own robotic vacuum by Neato, just leave a commment telling me what household task you would most want to automate.

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Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom. Talk with me: @5minutesformom and


  1. says

    Can I say diaper-changing? Because I’d love to automate that. But I guess for household, it would have to be washing dishes. I stuff everything I can into the dishwasher, but I’d love a way to take care of everything else! This robotic vacuum would be amazing to have though, what a time-saver!

  2. ~Lana B~ says

    O please automate cleaning the toilet! Makes me just gag!! lol I could totally put this robot to use w/ 2 dogs and 3 (i mean 2) children!
    Thanks so much!

  3. AutumH says

    The task I would most like automated…How about scrubbing the toilets. I have a household of boys and I about die every time I attempt to clean their bathroom. ;b

  4. Melanie says

    Please send me a laundry robot! For some reason, I just hate doing laundry. But hey, I would definitely settle for a robotic vacuum. lol

  5. abbi says

    Oh my! How cool is that…I would want mopping the floor. I still mop old style….on the hands and knees….im getting to old for that
    kidpack05 at yahoo dt com

  6. says

    I would love to automate the task of laundry going from the washer to the dryer. It never fails that I forget to transfer the clothes and they end up smelling grungy.

  7. Lisa says

    I “Like” you on FB!

    I totally would choose to automate the mopping… get all the corners please!! Also toilets!! They should really clean themselves!!

  8. says

    I absolutely, positively, hate doing dishes.
    But, since there isn’t a dish washing robot out yet, I’d be happy to give a vacuuming robot a place to live! :)

  9. Rebecca says

    I previously “liked” you on FB. I just subscribed to your newsletter and reader – so excited to get more great info!

  10. says

    Can I automate dish washing? Yes I have a dishwasher, but I mean the whole process, and the stuff that doesn’t go in the dishwasher… it’s the only household chore I simply detest.

  11. Amy L says

    I would LOVE to automate cleaning the bathrooms. (Sorry, I posted my first comment that I subscribe to your newsletter before I answered this question.)

  12. Brianna Beers says

    I want to automate dishwashing, I dont have room in my kitchen for a dishwasher and I cant afford one but I dread it everytime.

  13. says

    Dishes. I mean, we have a dishwasher, but pots and pans can’t go in there, and plus, putting it all away? I really wish something could do that for me! Oh, and it could put the laundry away, too; I wouldn’t mind at all!

  14. says

    Oh my goodness…. If someone could automate the laundry, no…the dusting, no… cleaning the BATHROOMS!!!! Ugggghhhh!! :-)

    Thanks for the great giveaway!! :-)

  15. says

    I would love the hanging of the laundry automated but since that doesn’t seem even close to an invention maybe the floors, in addition to a ton of carpeting we have some wood….they never seem quite clean enough for my taste :)
    this is the coolest thing…I love the concept of this robot, it would make my hubby jealous how much I would cherish this! ha.

  16. says

    I would be happy if they could automate washing the laundry, and loading the dishwasher. Of course, they are really already ‘automated’ arent they? LOL. Better than beating your clothes clean with a rock or washing the dishes by hand, right?!

    theblackat at hotmail dot com

  17. Debbie C says

    I want to automate it ALL. ALL! OK, greedy, lazy, whatever. If I have to choose one, it really, really is the floors. Every time I look at a floor, even if I just swept, I see crumbs, or dratted mini dustbunnies or just unidentifiable floor flotsam. It would be so nice to have something automatically caring for the floors.

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

  18. says

    The Neato Robotic Vacuum would be awesome in our RV. It’s compact, portable, and it cleans w/out help from my muscles or my schedule. That is my kind of cleaning! 😉

  19. Eileen says

    i WISH I could have an automated robotic cleaner to have it clean my fridge out…I’d rather clean toilets than that!

  20. trixx says

    I wish I could have my bathroom cleaning tasks automated. Either that or something to pick up my daughters toys all over the floor!

  21. Britney says

    I am so excited to see this giveaway! I have liked your page on Facebook, Subscribed to the newsletter, and the feed! This summer I was diagnosed with cancer after my first surgery, the medicines made me very dizzy and I passed out and broke my right leg. Since I can’t work right now… or drive anywhere, I try to keep the house clean and keep up with laundry as much as possible. Vacuuming is just not in the cards for me right now… I have a very heavy vacuum that is impossible to push and pull while on crutches, so that is by far my least favorite task. I should be downgraded from the cast to a boot before long, but have more surgeries in my future. This vacuum would be amazing for me! Thank you for running the sweepstakes!!

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