Hoover RBC009 Robo.com
As well as being afflicted with the worst gadget name in living memory, this is barely fit for purpose as a vacuum cleaner. Set it away and it'll start vacuuming your floors as usual, but put the slightest obstacle in its path and it gives up, bleeping plaintively to attract your attention, like a trapped boy.
Price: £345 | Argos
NextiRobot Roomba 770
From lightweight to cheap, we cast our eye over five of the best robot vacuum cleaners on the market today and give them a good going over...
Unlike jet-packs and flying cars mere mortals can actually buy these sci-fi gadgets that will run free cleaning your dusty domain. But which of the robo-army should you let loose to exterminate the filth from your house?
We've rounded up five of the best robot vacuum cleaners to consider investing in so you can put your feet up and busy yourself with more pressing matters like a few more games on the Xbox for instance.