These Star Wars robot vacuums ARE the droids you’re looking for


Samsung has just released a pair of limited edition Star Wars POWERbot™ vacuums that pay homage to the iconic franchise in a pretty awesome way. Available for pre-order starting Oct. 10, these Darth Vader and Stormtrooper robotic vacuums are poised to be the next coveted item for any Star Wars super fan. (The vacuums will officially go on sale in early November.) Lucky for you —and everyone who sits by me at Mashable — I was able to test them out prior to release. 

The best part about these vacuums? They play music and talk, using key Star Wars phrases and sound effects. Check it out:

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There’s been a novelty factor to robot vacuums like the POWERbot™ for the last few years, but with each model that’s released we are propelled into a future where it’s less about having “the cool new thing” and more about making our lives better through technology. That’s definitely true of the Samsung POWERbot™. That said, they are also 100 percent “the cool new thing.”

POWER

These are still the same powerful vacuums as the VR7000, except with the added Star Wars design. The POWERbot™ VR7000 won , and for good reason. It’s chock full of features, like a suction power capacity of 10 watts and a 290mm-wide brush — that’s 42 percent larger than conventional 204mm brushes. 

The vacuum includes CycloneForce technology, which produces a centrifugal force that helps to circulate dust particles through an inner chamber while dirt and debris are sent to an outer chamber. The result is a bagless filter that stays cleaner for longer and helps to prevent clogging — and is easy to clean. 

A sensor scans the room and then maps out the space to calculate the most efficient path.

SMART FEATURES

I took one of the vacuums home to test in my apartment for the weekend, and was pretty impressed with how well it cleaned. I have this weird 1-inch step from my living room into my kitchen and it could even climb/descend that with ease, plus the edge cleaning technology meant it could take care of all those weird kitchen crumbs that are otherwise hard to get.

A sensor on the top of the vacuum scans the room and then maps out the space to calculate the most efficient path, plus when it gets low on battery it automatically goes back to the docking station and can pick up where it left off later.

I had a challenging time getting the app to work, which in fairness could be user error or could have something to do with the fact that I was testing out the product before it hit the market. Worth noting though that the vacuum can also be controlled remotely using voice commands via Amazon Alexa. I don’t have an Alexa (I know, I know) so I wasn’t able to test this out.

DESIGN

From a visual standpoint, there is a subtle artistry to the way these vacuums have been designed. Both versions feature a glossy finish and play up the fact that the shape mimics the helmets worn by Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. If it wasn’t a vacuum, it could almost pass for a kind of semi-abstract art piece. 

THE ‘SUPER FAN FACTOR’

Not since R2-D2 projected Princess Leia’s plea to Obi-Wan in A New Hope has a droid, I mean robotic vacuum, captured my heart this much. I’ve never felt this kind of adoration about a vacuum before. (And yes, I know how weird that sounds.) But when I turned on the POWERbot™ and it launched into the iconic notes of the Star Wars Main Theme, I had to giggle with delight — and many of my coworkers did the same.

In addition to the music, both editions have a string of catch phrases and other audio you’ll hear while they go about their business. For example, when the Darth Vader model is powered on, it makes a lightsaber sound. When the Stormtrooper starts to clean it says, “Let’s go.” The best part though is by far Darth’s seemingly random heavy breathing.

Fans of the franchise had input on the design to make sure it felt authentic to the Star Wars community — and it certainly shows. 

THE VERDICT

Not only is this a great vacuum, but it’s also beautifully designed. What makes this iteration of the POWERbot™ even cooler though — and worth the $699-$799 price tag — is that these vacuums are truly designed for people who love Star Wars. It actually brought a smile to my face to watch a Stormtrooper vacuum my apartment. 

So yes, in fact, these are the droids you’re looking for. (You had to know that was coming, right?)

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