The only thing more difficult than quarantining with a partner is quarantining with a particularly messy partner. And while a stray sock or dirty dish might not be enough to upend a relationship, there are certain dreaded household chores, like vacuuming, that can. Strategist writer Liza Corsillo bought this small-but-mighty robot vacuum way (way) back in 2019 for this very reason: She found that vacuuming was the origin of “a lot of our stupidest fights.” And instead of pursuing couples therapy, Liza purchased this Eufy model to vacuum for the both of them — an investment that’s since “saved” both her relationship and her hardwood floors. It’s “smart enough to avoid ledges and other obstacles,” she says, and has pressure-sensitive wheels, so it can “roll over uneven surfaces like a tiny off-roading tank.” Her apartment has “never been cleaner,” she writes, and her “life as a couple” never happier. It’s normally $240, but today you can score the renewed version (it’s pre-owned but retested) for half the price. And if you prefer one that’s fresh out of the box, new models are on sale, too.
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