Neato Robotics Launches Pet and Allergy Vacuum Cleaner

Latest Neato XV-21 automatic vacuum cleaner features improved ability to pick up pet hair and dirt and reduce allergens on all floor types for cleaner, healthier homes

Newark, Calif., March 12, 2012 – Neato Robotics®, a Silicon Valley company that pioneers new technologies and products to free people from household chores, today announced a new automatic vacuum cleaner that’s designed especially for pet owners and allergy sufferers. The Neato XV-21, which works on all floor types, includes a new bristled brush to improve the pick-up of pet hair, dander and fibers and allows the vacuum cleaner to run more quietly than previous models, especially on hardwood floors. A new filter, which is cleanable and designed for long-term use, provides increased airflow and suction power that allows the Neato XV-21 to pick up and retain more than three times the fine dust particles of the company’s standard filter.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends vacuuming frequently and reducing the amount of pet dander, fur and feathers in the home as two simple steps to help prevent allergy outbreaks. A 2011 study by Quest Diagnostics found that allergies are on the rise in the U.S. with one in five Americans now being affected. Allergies to dust mites, pet dander, ragweed and other allergens now account for more than 17 million visits to the doctor per year, according to the report.

With the Neato XV-21′s ability to automatically clean homes on its own with no human assistance, allergy sufferers can avoid allergens in the air caused by cleaning that can sometimes trigger reactions. Customers can easily set an automatic cleaning schedule for the Neato XV-21 to clean every day, keeping homes neat and healthy and carpets well-groomed. It vacuums close to walls and corners, avoids bumping into furniture and returns automatically to its base to re-charge itself.

“Our customers have increasingly asked us for a better way to pick up even more pet hair, dander and fine dust in their homes,” says Warren Flick, CEO of Neato Robotics, Inc. “The Neato XV-21 delivers on that market need with a combination of increased suction power and airflow and more than three times the fine dust pick-up of our standard filters. We continue to focus on delivering new, innovative products that save customers time and keep homes neat, clean and healthy.”

The Neato XV-21 is available in Misty White with purple highlights and is designed to automatically and intelligently clean homes on a daily basis, ensuring clean floors and more free time for its owners. Using smart path planning and a methodical back-and-forth cleaning pattern, it thoroughly cleans all types of floors and creates that neat, “just cleaned” look on carpets.

Availability and Pricing

The Neato XV-21 will be available for purchase for $429 M.S.R.P. at the end of April through the Neato Robotics website and an expanding list of retail partners.

About Neato Robotics

Based in Silicon Valley, California, Neato Robotics, Inc. was founded on the idea that it’s possible to create robots that are smart enough to perform household chores as intelligently and efficiently as a human. The company is dedicated to improving consumers’ lives, allowing them to spend less time cleaning and more time with their families and friends. The team of Neato engineers has squeezed innovation from commodity computing products – creating a smarter, more powerful automatic vacuum cleaner than any previously seen on the market.

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