How Often Should You Run Your Roomba?

Depending on your situation, how often you should run your Roomba can vary from weekly to every day.

To make it simple we’ve compiled a chart to help you better understand how often you should run your robot vacuum.

SituationsTimes Per Week
Single, live by yourself.1
Couple, no kids.1
Family with no pets3
Dusty areas3
Outside job or any dirty job3
If you don’t take shoes off in your home3
If you keep the windows open a lot3
Family with pets7
Anyone with allergies7

How Long To Run Roomba Per Room?

Many robot vacuums you get today are smart enough to learn the room’s floor plan and know when it’s done.

If your robot vacuum doesn’t have mapping tech, then you should let it run at least 10 minutes per room.

It’s impossible for the robot vacuum to get every inch of the room and the truth is that even powerful vacuums don’t suck up all the dirt in one swipe either.

What matters is consistency.

Letting the robot vacuum run every week, day, or whatever your situation is what matters.

If the room is extra dirty, don’t be afraid to trap the Roomba in the room and let it run until it runs out of battery.

How Often To Empty Robot Vacuum Dust Bin?

You should empty your robot vacuum dust bin after one cleaning or after the battery has been drained.

Don’t do multiple cleaning cycles on one dust bin; empty it every time.

Not emptying your robot vacuum cleaner after a cleaning cycle will keep it from working properly as the new dirt won’t have anywhere to go.

Is It Possible To Run Your Robot Vacuum Too Much?

Just like anything in life, robot vacuums do wear out.

But I’ve had robot vacuums run every day for 5 years and not slow down.

To make your robot vacuum last as long as possible, you need to maintain them properly. Check out my guide here to see what maintenance you need to do on your robot vacuum.

Best Time To Run Your Roomba?

Many people like running their robot vacuums when at work, so they don’t have to hear or trip over them.

I’m not too fond of the idea of a robot vacuum running when I’m not home.

The best time to run your robot vacuum is when you’re home or about to come home. So if you come home at 5 pm, I would have the robot vacuum start working around 4:45 pm and no earlier.

I say this from experience.

I’ve come home to the robot vacuum running over poop, and the aftermath was not good.

Not only that, but sometimes robot vacuums do stupid things and get stuck or break things they run into. Of course, over time, you learn the weak points of your house, but even then, things can happen.

So when you can, don’t have the robot vacuum running unless you’re around or about to be home soon. It’s essential you’re aware of your robot vacuum to avoid things like what happened in this video…

Will Running My Robot Vacuum Everyday Use A Lot Of Power?

I’ve done the test to see how much power a robot vacuum uses if you use it every day, and it’s not as much as I thought it would be.

This doesn’t count the maintenance cost of replacement parts like brushes, but even then, it’s not that bad for the service the robot vacuum gives you.

Does Running Your Roomba Everyday Shorten Its Battery Life?

Batteries don’t last forever, and the more you use them and charge them, the shorter it’s life will be.

You can expect about 400 charges out of your robot vacuum battery.

My goto answer is to replace your robot vacuum’s battery every 2 years.

I’ve seen people go over 3 years with the same battery, but they never notice the slow performance degradation. The robot vacuum may work, but its cleaning time gets shorter the more you use it, and replacing it every 2 years gets you the best cleaning.

Does A Robot Vacuum Replace Your Normal Vacuum?

A robot vacuum is not meant to replace your regular vacuum cleaner.

Having a robot vacuum helps with the in-between cleanings.

If you suffer from allergies or have a problem with pet hair all over your home, a robot vacuum is a must. Getting out the big vacuum is a chore where a robot vacuum can be put on a schedule and do a lot of the in-between cleanings.

Robot vacuums don’t have the suction power of the bigger vacuum cleaners, but as the image below shows, they do pick up quite a bit.