Vacuuming is one of those things that nobody likes to do, but that’s nonetheless a necessity of life. Like dusting, sweeping, and sealing your driveway, it takes time out of your busy schedule, and you get sweaty and sticky in the process. But what’s the alternative? Just let dust and dirt collect ad infinatum?
Thankfully, in recent years, automatic vacuums have started replacing old-school upright vacuums. As with most new technology, the first products on the market were relatively pricey; the first Roombas cost as much as a used motorcycle. But as time has gone on, more and more companies have produced their own automatic vacuums, and prices have gone down with competition. One of the newer models on the market is the Bagotte BG700, and it’s what we’ll be looking at today.
The BG700 has quickly become one of the most popular automatic vacuums online. Its performance is comparable to many pricier models, and while it’s not cheap – it costs around average for this type of product – it far outperforms the price tag. Moreover, it works on all types of flooring, so your house will stay clean whether your floors are carpeted, tiled, or hardwood. No wonder people like the BG700 so much!
But let’s not get caught up too much in the online hype. Instead, we’re going to take a close look at the Bagotte’s features, and go over everything that it has to offer. We’ll take a look at its power, how it charges, the battery life, and how well it navigates. But we’ll start by looking at the basic design, since that’s where quality begins. Let’s get started!
Design and Construction
To begin with, the Bagotte BG700 has a circular design. This has been the standard for just about every automatic vacuum since the Roomba, and it makes sense if you think about it for a minute. A square vacuum would have hard edges and corners, which would make it prone to damage. Corners are weak points, after all. With a circular design, a vacuum can bump harmlessly off table legs, walls, and other obstructions, without the risk of them getting damaged. It also means the vacuum can more efficiently navigate around furniture, which is important, since otherwise you’d have a squeaky clean carpet with a big dirty spot under your coffee table.
The BG700 has a slim design, just under three inches in thickness. This makes it well suited for navigating under sofas, low bed frames, and even household shelving that sits a few inches off the floor. It’s also great around kitchen chairs, which often have cross-braces between the legs. It’s also relatively narrow, less than 13 inches in diameter. This only makes it more versatile, although it does mean that the BG700 will require more passes than a wider vacuum to clean a similar area of floor. Then again, why worry about time? This vacuum is automatic, so whether it takes one or two hours to clean your living room is irrelevant.
This vacuum may look like a featherweight, but it’s heavier than you’d think. At 11 pounds, it weighs more than a gallon of milk. This is due to the battery and motor, both of which add a significant amount of weight. That said, it’s not too heavy to handle, and you’ll rarely need to move it around by hand anyway.
The BG700 comes with a base for charging. The base is small and unobtrusive, only about six inches wide, and it only sticks out about four inches from your wall. Find a location where you’re not liable to kick it, plug it in, and forget about it. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
All of that being said, a good design will only get you so far. To effectively clean your floor, you’re going to need plenty of suction power. In this regard, the Bagotte BG700 delivers the goods in spades. The motor offers 15 kilopascals (kPa) of suction power. By comparison, a typical name brand upright vacuum offers around 20 kPa. But keep in mind that an upright vacuum has a lot more space for a big motor and vacuum pump.
For a small vacuum, the BG700 is exceptionally powerful. Whether you’re dealing with spills, everyday dust, cat dander, or a shedding dog, this vacuum will suck it all up with no problem. It especially excels at picking up larger objects like popcorn, rock salt, and pebbles you’ve carried in on your shoes. This makes it significantly more powerful than your typical automatic vac, so you can better rely on it to keep your floor pristine, and you won’t have to follow up afterwards with an upright vacuum.
Another thing we appreciated was just how quiet the BG700 is. And we don’t just mean “slightly quieter than your average dump truck”. We mean quiet. It only produces 55 decibels of sound during operation. By way of comparison, a normal, everyday conversation measures at an average of 60 decibels. So you can literally talk over this vacuum without raising your voice. When you think about your typical vacuum, it’s loud enough to frighten domestic animals, and you stand as much chance of carrying on a conversation around it as you do of growing wings and flying around the house like a bat. If you’re looking for a vacuum that’s easy on your ears, this model is an excellent choice.
WiFi “Smart” Enabled
One of the most impressive and sought after features is its ability to be controlled via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant with voice commands. In addition, you can utilize the free “BG Smart App” to customize and program cleaning at anytime of the day, all from your smartphone. You can start, stop or design the ideal schedule for it to perform. We like having this feature as it integrates today’s latest technologies into an easy-to-use application.
After downloading and installing the app, it’s quite easy to integrate it into your smart home. Since it can be added to Alexa or Google Assitant, you can literally control it by speaking to it. Pretty awesome if you ask us! Best of all, the way that they’ve integrated this technology is seamless and issue-free. We were up and running with a bit of common sense in under 3 minutes from unboxing.
Ease of Use
Now that we know a thing or two about the BG700’s power, it’s time to talk about how it works. There are 6 different cleaning modes, and each one works a little bit differently.
Single room cleaning is what it sounds like. You set up your vacuum in a single room, and it will clean that specific room, avoiding doorways.
Auto cleaning means that your BG700 will clean the entire house automatically. It will use its sensors to ensure that it’s gone over the entire floor.
Spot cleaning is designed for cleaning up spills, or for getting extra coverage on high-traffic areas, like in front of a doorway. To spot clean, you’ll need to set your vacuum in the middle of the area you want to clean, set it to spot clean mode, and turn it on.
Time scheduling allows you to set your BG700 to clean at a particular time of day. In this mode, you can have the vacuum clean while you’re at work, so it won’t get in your way while you’re home. Simply set the local time, tell the vacuum when you want it to clean, and you won’t need to worry about it again.
Edge cleaning allows you to specifically target the edges of a room. Since automatic vacuums travel in a random pattern, they generally do a great job of covering the middle of the room, and you don’t get as much coverage on the outside. By running an edge cleaning once a week, you can fix this imbalance and get the sides of your room as clean as the middle.
Max power mode is ideal for tough messes or badly soiled rooms. It will drain the battery faster, though, so use this mode with discretion.
To run the vacuum on demand, simply press the power button. This allows you to clean your floor whenever you like, without interrupting any scheduled cleanings. Of course, there are other features that make the BG700 well worth buying. Here are a few of them.
Omni directional infrared sensors allow the vacuum to avoid obstacles. This will significantly improve its durability, since many automatic vacuums are constantly bumping into walls and furniture. Meanwhile, the BG700 will clean right up to the wall or furniture legs, but it won’t bump into them. Better yet, the sensors will also detect drop-offs like balconies and stairs. This can save you a ton of wear and tear, since your vacuum won’t suddenly tumble off an edge.
Doorway magnetic strips ship with the BG700. These allow you to limit the vacuum to a single room for single room cleaning mode. Simply lay them across the doorway, and the BG700 will turn back before hitting it, just as if it were a wall. And the strip is very thin, so you won’t catch your toes on it and trip. Now, most people don’t have a bunch of large magnets lying around their house, but keep in mind that magnetic toys and other magnets can confuse the BG700 when it’s operating in single room mode.
Cleans any floor type. We’ve already talked about how the BG700 works on any type of floor, but it also has thick, rubbery wheels that can cross transitions with ease. This means it can transit on and off of area rugs without interruption.
Before we wrap up, here’s a quick overview of the BG700’s technical specifications. If you’re concerned about power input or other issues, we’ve got you covered.
- 15 kPa of cleaning power
- 100 minutes of battery life
- Control with voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant or via smartphone with the BG Smart app.
- 5-6 hour charge time
- 0.6-liter dust collector capacity
- 2,600 mAh 14.4-volt, Lithium ion battery
- 28-watt power consumption
- 100 to 120-volt power input (North American standard)
- Dimensions: 12.8” diameter x 2.7” high
- Weight: 11 pounds
As you’ve probably guessed, the Bagotte BG700 has earned our seal of approval. To begin with, it’s compact, and has a durable design that effectively navigates around obstacles. It’s also easy to maintain. Since it charges itself, all you’ll need to worry about is emptying the dust collector from time to time. Additionally, the “smart” WiFi features make it perfect for today’s modern smart home.
You’ll also appreciate the ability to run multiple cleaning modes. Whether you want your vacuum to clean a single room, the entire house, or you want to manually control it, you’ll have plenty of options. And while it’s running automatically, the built-in infrared sensor will ensure that it doesn’t tumble down the stairs or off a balcony.
Finally, the BG700 is nearly whisper quiet. Whether you want to carry on a conversation, or whether you just don’t want to terrify your dog every time the vacuum runs, that’s a great feature. All in all, there’s a lot to like about this vacuum, especially considering the mid-range price. The only question you should be asking is whether to buy one now or wait for the holidays.