The CleanMate QQ-1 and QQ-2 were second-generation robotic vacuum cleaners designed and manufactured by Infinuvo, a private company based out of San Jose. From the basic website it was obvious the company was quite small and would find it challenging to compete with iRobot’s Roomba product series. Infinuvo CleanMate products were distributed by Metapo, but were also sold at Amazon.com and various other sites. Below is a comparison of the iRobot Roomba products with the Infinuvo CleanMate products (as of 2012):
|Product||Roomba 410||CleanMate QQ-1||Roomba 530||CleanMate QQ-2||Roomba 532 and above|
|Best Price||$149.99||$114.99||$269.98||114.99||$299.99 and up.|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year for parts. 6-months for battery.||1 year.||1 year for parts. 6-months for battery.||1 year except for 610 professional which has 2 years.|
|Measurements||13 by 4 inches||14 by 3.6 inches||16.75 by 21 by 5 inches||14 by 3.5 inch||16.75 by 21 by 5 inches|
|Battery Type||14.4V 3.0Ah NiMH||14.4V 2.5 Ah NiCd||14.4V 3.3Ah NiMH||14.4V NiMH 2.5 Ah||14.4V 3.3Ah NiMH|
|Battery Charging Time||7 hours||2.5 hours||3 hours||3.5 hours||3 hours|
|Self-Charging Home Base||No – optional accessory||No.||Yes||Yes.||Yes.|
|Dirt Detection – spends more time cleaning dirtier areas||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Cleaning Times||120 minutes||60 minutes||120 minutes||70 minutes PLUS additional 40 minutes after recharge.||120 minutes except 610 professional which has a max mode.|
|Remote||No||Standard||No||Standard||Roomba 570 & 580 only. Optional $59 accessory with Roomba 535 and up.|
|Virtual Wall – Allows blocking off-limit areas.||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Light House – directs Roomba back to the home-base from up to 4 rooms||No||No||No||No||Yes except 532.|
|On board scheduling||No||No||No||No||Roomba 550 and up|
|UV light based disinfection||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Motor Cleaning Movement Design||Counter-Rotating – but a generation behind compared to 5-series technology.||5-step repetitive||Counter-Rotating||5-step repetitive||Counter-Rotating|
|Supported Floor Types||No published limits||Not suitable for plush and long fur carpets.||No published limits||Not suitable for plush and long fur carpets.||No published limits.|
|Odor Removal||None||Fragrance Slot.||None||Fragrance slot.||None.|
|Motor Details||Quiet and Slow||Less Quiet and Faster.||Quiet and Slow||Less Quiet and Faster.||Quiet and Slow.|
|Auto Resume After Recharge||No||No.||No||Yes.||No.|
|Under-bed Sensor – Moves out of a dark area when battery is closed to being drained.||No||No.||No||Yes||No|
The Infinuvo product closely resembled iRobot’s Roomba 410 product and the features were very comparable though there were exceptions. Given iRobot’s large technology patent portfolio it was reasonable to categorize this as a knock-off. As mentioned in our review of iRobot, they were successful in driving out knock-offs, specifically the KoolVac product from Koolatron. To Infinuvo’s credit, they stayed clear of some of the patented features of the Roomba such as the virtual wall and the lighthouse. At the same time, they added a couple of innovative features – the UV light based disinfection and the under bed sensor. The under bed sensor prevented CleanMate QQ-2 from getting caught in inaccessible areas once the cleaning cycle was completed. This handy feature allowed it to be used in rooms without the charger or home base.
As of late 2012, the Infinuvo website had a disclaimer stating not to use the robot on plush or long fur carpet. They also listed new variants of their flagship product called the Cleanmate QQ-2 Plus and Cleanmate QQ-2 LT - the former added scheduling and sold for $169 while the latter added an LCD panel for $10 more. The scheduler allowed programming for up to 7 days per week and worked for 70 minutes on a single charge. Infinuvo also listed a brand-new version called the Cleanmate QQ-3 which had two-stage cleaning, handled pet hair, worked 100 minutes on a single charge, and had an optional sonic wall (similar to virtual wall). It sold for around $200.
As of late 2014, their newest upgrades are the Hovo 510 and the Hovo 520.
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- Infinuvo CleanMate QQ-1, QQ-2 – An Alternative To The iRobot Roomba Robotic Vacuums – Comparison and Review!.
- iRobot Roomba 5-series Robotic Vacuum Part/Accessory Replacement (Side Brushes) – Customer Support/Warranty Coverage Experience
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