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The global robotic vacuum cleaner market size was USD 9.77 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow from USD 11.97 billion in 2021 to USD 50.65 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 27.2% in the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with these cleaners witnessing a positive demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a stellar growth of 22.5% in 2020. The sudden fall in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
The emergence of industrial robots has popularized the robotic vacuum cleaner trend, thereby augmenting growth over the forecast period. The advancements in the robotics industry have resulted in high demand from applications across various industries such as manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, and others, aiding the expansion of the market size. This vacuum cleaner is an automated cleaning machine with intelligent software programming, a smart navigation system, adjustable suction power, and a scheduling mechanism. The adoption of these cleaners over the traditional vacuums is expected to increase as a result of various benefits such as cost-effectiveness in terms of human resources.
COVID-19 Encumbers the Production & Supply Chain of Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
This type of technology-based robotic cleaning machine has been gaining popularity all over the world with its efficient, clean and healthy environment in residential and commercial spaces. COVID-19 pandemic has spread irrelevantly across the world, causing an unhealthy indoor environment. Due to the sudden shutdown of manufacturing plants, the production rate of these vacuum cleaners has decreased drastically all over the world. As some of these cleaners offer UV sterilization and stable indoor atmospheric conditions, their overall demand was not affected severely. Manufacturing of new vacuum devices have come to a temporary halt, affecting the sales and international export and imports. Countries distressing over this issue are China, India, Germany, the U.K., France, the U.S., and others. Leading market players are focusing on R&D to introduce new advancements such as disinfecting the surfaces using robotic cleaners to kill the bacteria and viruses on aerosols instantly.
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Adoption of Innovative and Smart Automated Systems to Boost Growth
Major applications of a residential robotic vacuum device include mopping, UV sterilization of the household atmosphere, security cameras for security from intruders or fire, and intercom services. Manufacturers are developing devices with the voice recognition ability to receive and interpret spoken commands. Wherein, the voice recognition feature can be used in a Wi-Fi-enabled smart robot vacuum machines embedded with a voice activation system such as Amazon’s Alexa. For instance, iRobot Corporation has developed a residential cleaner called Roomba i7+, having advanced intelligence and automation with smart mapping technology through an Alexa-enabled device.
Adoption of Automated Products across the Residential Sectors to Uplift Products Demand
In order to save time and energy, end-users across the residential sectors are mainly focusing on adopting automated products. With automated cleaners, an inclination towards smart home technology is observed, thereby boding well for the market growth. However, with the development of new electronic technologies and their integration with older systems, traditional building technologies and intelligent home is now becoming a real possibility and attraction. Furthermore, integrating air filters in automated devices for consumers with allergies is expected to drive the market. To avoid exposure to allergens from dust or pets, customers are increasingly shifting their focus on robotic cleaners, thus enhancing the demand for residential automated vacuum cleaners. One of the major socioeconomic factors expected to drive the global robotic vacuum cleaners market growth is increased female employment.
High Maintenance Cost Hampers Market
These vacuum devices are embedded with high-tech automated systems that consist of several sensors and transmitters. Rough usage of these machines minimizes the lifespan of the equipment, thus leading to high maintenance costs. These vacuum devices are integrated with technology; therefore, they require high maintenance. This may deviate consumers and propel them to adopt traditional vacuum machines, thereby hampering the growth of this market.
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Floor Vacuum Cleaner Segment to Witness Highest Growth
The floor type of cleaner segment holds the highest robotic vacuum cleaners market share, owing to the need for smart robotic floor cleaning. The major sale increase in the floor robotic vacuum device is due to its automated features for cleaning, in order to reduce operating complications of the product by offering appropriate cleaning and time-saving. Window and pool vacuum cleaners are expected to witness progressive market growth due to the rising importance of cleanliness in both residential and commercial spaces.
Household Application Segment to Emerge Dominant Owing to Rising Adoption of Automated Technology
The household sector is projected to dominate the market, owing to the growth of the smart home and the adoption of automated technology for the products that are used on a daily basis. Also, investments in new production capacities in the emerging markets, as well as in production modernization, have led to an increase in the number of robotic installations. Across the commercial sector, the offices sub-segment is anticipated to hold the highest share due to the ease of work and modernization across the commercial sector.
Self-Drive Vacuum Cleaners to Clutch the Highest CAGR in Global Market
Self-drive vacuum cleaners are anticipated to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast period due to the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI) enabled products. This type is cost-effective and operates the cleaning facilities within a comparatively lesser time duration. Remote control vacuum devices are supposed to depict moderate demand, as they are time-consuming and require constant operation settings such as manual charging to be performed by the user.
Offline Channel is the most Preferred type of Distribution Channel with Highest CAGR
Offline channel held the highest share in 2019, mainly due to the trust factor that has been gained by the offline service companies. At the same time, online sales channels will influence the market trend in the forecast period due to the growth of the e-commerce industry.
Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Ranging below USD 150 to have Highest Demand
Vacuum cleaners below $150 have a higher demand in household applications as they are feasible to clean small to medium workspaces rather than huge commercial spaces. Household vacuum machines are smaller in size and cost-effective. Therefore, vacuum machines below USD 150 have the highest CAGR, compared to the equipment ranging between USD 150 – USD 500.
Asia Pacific Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Market Size, 2020 (USD billion)
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Asia Pacific emerged dominant and is likely to continue the same in the forecast period. China is expected to drive the regional market as a result of the decreased unit price of the robotic vacuum machine. In addition, Japan has also made a notable growth in the global market for robotic vacuum due to the launch of advanced technologies and innovative products. For instance, in 2018, Panasonic launched MC-RS810 and MC-RS310 vacuum cleaners in Japan that cleans the room using obstacle detecting sensors, laser, ultrasonic waves, and infrared rays.
China to Witness Highest CAGR over Forecast Period
China is well known and the largest manufacturing hub across the world, with ample local robotic vacuum machine manufacturers. These manufacturers are also known to offer high-tech products at lower costs and higher productivity. On the other hand, the pollution caused in China, North Korea, and South Korea due to the yellow sand traveling from the Gobi Desert leads to household and commercial pollution. Owing to which the manufacturing and sales of these automated devices are higher in the Asia Pacific region.
Furthermore, manufacturers in the U.S. are developing technologically advanced automated cleaners. For instance, U.S.-based iRobot Corporation has manufactured a residential robotic vacuum device series range, namely Roomba and Braava. As a result, North America is also projected to showcase substantial growth after Asia Pacific region in the global market.
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In Europe, due to larger household spaces and a high rate of carpet usage, the demand for automated vacuum cleaners is increasing. Also, the significant presence of robot manufacturers across Europe is also driving the market. Moreover, in Western Europe, light-weighted and cordless vacuum machines are gaining popularity and are expected to drive product growth in the near future. The Middle East and Africa, and Latin America markets are expected to witness moderate growth, owing to the emphasizing foreign direct investments (FDI) from Europe and North America.
iRobot Corporation and ECOVACS holds a Considerable Market Share in Terms of Revenue
iRobots Corporation is considered to be the major player across the globe and has recorded an estimated sale of more than 20 million units of robotic vacuum machines across the world in 2018. This is mainly due to the company’s capability of enhancing robotic technology across many other types of domestic robot categories such as security systems, lawnmowers, and others. ECOVACS Robotics has a high presence in China and is anticipated to increase its presence and revenue across the other parts of the world. Apart from this, major manufacturers are focusing on introducing robotic vacuum devices with a fast force-feedback control algorithm using artificial intelligence technology to maintain a significant position in the market competition.
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The extensively researched robotic vacuum cleaner market report offers an elaborative analysis of numerous factors affecting the global market. These include opportunities, growth drivers, threats, key developments, and restraints. In addition to this, it further helps in analyzing, segmenting, and defining the market based on different segments such as equipment type and applications. The report strategically analyses several strategies such as product innovations, mergers, alliances, joint ventures, and acquisitions adopted by key players in the industry, along with other market trends.
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2021 – 2028
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Fortune Business Insights says that the market was valued at USD 9.77 billion in 2020.
By 2028, the market is expected to be worth USD 50.65 billion.
Robust growth of 27.2% CAGR will be observed over the forecast period (2021-2028).
Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the dominant region, and it was valued at USD 3.09 billion in 2020.
Within the type criterion, the floor vacuum cleaners sub-segment is expected to be the leading during the forecast period.
The adoption of automated products across the residential sectors is expected to drive market growth.
iRobot Corporation, ECOVACS, and Dyson Ltd. are the key market players.
The household application sub-segment is expected to hold the highest share in the market.
Self-drive vacuum cleaners are expected to grow significantly over the forecast period.
Adoption of innovative and smart automated systems with UV sterilization is the latest market trend.
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