Not a typo: This top-rated robovac is on sale for just $73 — it's nearly 45 percent off!

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This robovac will give your dirt, dust and dander the brush-off...but at this price it's sucking up to you big-time. (Photo: Walmart)
This robovac will give your dirt, dust and dander the brush-off...but at this price it's sucking up to you big-time. (Photo: Walmart)

There's a little bit of a technophobe in most of us, no? We'll hear about a great new electronic, digital or remote-controlled gadget, appliance or component. We'll see commercials, listen to friends extol its virtues, watch it in action on a TV show...and yet, we're hesitant. Usually because 1) Said product sounds too good to be true and/or 2) It looks like it requires tech know-how we just don't have. Given that, we'll also think 3) The usually hefty price tag on many of these items makes it too risky to give it a try.

Robot vacuums are a prime target of this kind of skepticism: How can this flat little disc-like thing get, and keep, my floors wall-to-wall clean? And: I'm not about to shell out hundreds of dollars only to be disappointed.

Well, we're here to get you over the hump. Meet the Bowai OB8S Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, your gateway to the wonderful, labor-saving world of robovacs. It's powerful, versatile, dependable...and now it's on sale at Walmart for just $73 — that's nearly 45 percent off its usual price of $130. If the question has been "What are you waiting for?" this is your answer.

Its low profile means it can grab all kinds of nasties from spots you'd rather not look at.  (Photo: Walmart)
Its low profile means it can grab all kinds of nasties from spots you'd rather not look at. (Photo: Walmart)

This sleek little wonder can tackle any surface in your home, from hardwood to tile, carpeting to marble. It packs a sucking power of 1,800 Pa (fun fact: that stands for Pascals, the metric used to measure such things). And, yes, 1800's a hefty amount of suck-age. Its dual rotating brushes can reach a speed of 3,000 rpm. Those two stats combine to mean that it can whoosh dust, dirt and pet hair off your floors like nobody's business.

And it'll go anywhere your mess can: Its large wheels allow it to transition from flat floors to more textured ones and surmount doorway saddles effortlessly, while its low profile (just 2.7 inches) enables it to get under beds, armchairs, sofas and other four-legged furniture.

When it's done for the day, just hook up its USB charger and let 'er juice back up — two and a half hours later, it's ready for another 100 minutes of detritus-busting action.

"I'm not a fan of housekeeping, so this is a life changer," said one very happy customer. "My upright vac died the same day this arrived. So, my little robot has had full duty...It does an amazing job of keeping the floors clean. Because it goes under low furniture, it's cleaning up areas that seldom get vacuumed."

Leery Luddites need not worry, either: The Bowai OB8S couldn't be easier to operate. If you want to go old-school, you can just press the power button on the unit or use the included remote control. That'll allow you to pre-set cleaning modes and cleaning times. But why not take this chance to go even "smart"-er and sync it up with your smartphone? It's as easy as one, two, clean!

Know how you can tell a customer is really smitten with a product? They've named it! "This little robot, Bob, has been a life saver!" says one such satisfied shopper. "I love it! When my husband first purchased it, I was very skeptical, thinking it would only half clean up the hair and dust....We have a dog that sheds pretty bad at times and I have super long hair that gets everywhere and Bob gets it all."

So, go ahead and take the plunge: A brave new world of low-stress, high-tech (and wallet-friendly) robo-vacuuming awaits!

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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