Friday, November 21, 2014

It's an EPIC Giveaway! #NeatoBestPetVacuum

This post is sponsored by Neato Robot Vacuums and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. We are being compensated to help spread the word about Neato Robot Vacuums, but A Tonk's Tail only shares information that is relevant to our readers. Neato Robotics is not responsible for the content of this article.
If you've followed us for any amount of time, you know that we're real geeks at our house. Kinda comes with the whole "I'm married to a physicist" territory.

That basically means that if it's got a cool tech or scientific angle, we're all over it.

(Yeah, we're the ones with the Geiger counter stored in the kitchen cabinet, remember?)

So we were all sorts of excited to be chosen as one of the bloggers for the Neato Best Pet Vacuum campaign.

(TIP: you'll want to read to the end of this post, I guarantee. Can you say Giveaway??? Woot!)

Do I want one? Heck, yeah!

Geek-Out Time

Why do I want a Neato Vacuum?

Reason #1: Serious cleaning power.
Plush dust mite.
Because a real one?
That's just GROSS.

Most top performing vacuums specializing in allergens and pet filtration feature particle removal down to 0.5 microns in size. That's what two of our three upright vacuums do.

To give you a feel for the scale of the micron, this dot right here ( . ) is 615 microns, give or take, depending on the font size your browser loads it.  

My uprights will pick up things like dust bunnies, human hair and dust mites. Gee, who knew those suckers were so big? They weigh in at a whopping 100 microns! (okay, so object in photo may or may not be larger than life.) They'll even pick up mold spores, at 10 microns.

Neato Robotics Botvac 85
But they can miss out on some of the more critical particles, like insecticide dusts we track in with our shoes. Or tobacco particles in homes with smokers.

That's the realm of top-tier of performance vacuums, the ones with the highest stated filtration: 0.3 microns. These vacuums can even pick up some viruses.

Yes, you guessed it: a Neato Vacuum falls into that top tier. That's the very best you can get from any commercial vacuum, anywhere.

Oh, and they filter out radioactive fallout, too. You know. In case you were wondering. (Geiger counter, remember?)

Reason #2: It's a nice time-saver. And it's pattern doesn't drive me nuts.

The time saver part is a slam-dunk. You program it once and walk away. The pattern thing is because, I admit, I'm a bit anal. Have you seen those Shark Cat videos? Have you watched how haphazard the pattern is on that thing he's riding? It would drive me nuts to see that. With the Neato Botvac, though, you get nice, neat rows. Now there's something I can appreciate.

And, of course, like Maxwell said in our last post, #BecauseLasers. BOOM.

Reason #3: I don't think it will scare the cats. Really, I don't.

I know we had a lively discussion in our last post's comments about whether or not the sound of a Neato Botvac would freak out a cat. Possibly, at first. And true, every cat has different "monsters under the bed" they deal with. But with ours, I think it's tied to the intimidating size of an upright.

To support my position, I referenced how our cats react to the loud noise of a remote-controlled drone flying inside our kitchen.

I can't imagine the Neato would be louder than this:

I think what intrigues the cats about the drone is how it moves. They are fascinated by them and love to chase them.

I can totally see our three doing the same with a Neato vacuum. (And yeah, I'd love to see Faraday riding it, too - if only for the photo opportunities!)

In addition to the Botvac 85 they're giving away, the guys over at Neato thought you might be interested in some helpful tips on how to manage pet shedding. You can find them in this online PDF file written by PetMD and Pet360, and sponsored by Neato Robotics. In this helpful guide, you'll read about shedding problems, nutrition to promote a healthy coat, and coat care tips.

Giveaway Time!

If you are interested in owning a Neato Robotics vacuum, here's your chance. Just fill in your name and contact info in the form below. You can enter once a day, and you have until 11:59 PM on December 2nd to enter.

Interested in another opportunity to win? There's a second sweepstakes hosted on Neato Robotic's web site. But you only have a few days to submit your entry there. That one ends at 11:59 PM, November 25th! Click here to enter.


  1. What an awesome giveaway! And that sure sounds like an effective vacuum for getting EVERYTHING up from the floor.

    1. That drone is amazing!! I think the Neato best car and pet Vacuum would make the best ride ever!!

  2. We would LOVE one of these since our 2nd Roomba went to the vacuum Bridge.

    Dad has quadcopters and we love watching them when he flies them in the house.

    The Florida Furkids

    1. MOL! Vacuum Bridge! Can we send our big scary uprights there too? Like, NOW?

  3. I entered! If I don't win, can I have a drone as a consolation prize? It looks like fun!

  4. That drone is amazing!! I think the NeatoBestPetVacuum would make the best ride ever!!

  5. Oh no, US only ! That Neato Best Pet Vacuum look terrific ! Good luck US friends ! Purrs

  6. Loved watching the kitties try to down the helicopter!

  7. We would love to win this. Just think of all the cool blog posts we could have! ;)

  8. Genius idea adding the string to the copter! The Neato Botvac 85 sounds pretty genius too. :)

  9. I still don’t understand that entry widget. I keep visiting the site and the number of entries doesn’t go up. Same with Tweeting. Pop wants to get me one of those remove controlled planes for Christmas but hes been saying that for years. I run after those cardboard planes that you shoot with a rubber band.

  10. Mom would be so excited to win one of these 'cause our house needs to be vacuumed way more often than it is now. Hope you will join us for our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth ad Calista Jo

  11. How very cool! With my gang of seven shedding felines, it sure would be nice to have this! Purrs from Deb and the Zee and Zoey Gang!

  12. Oh yeah I want one :) Thanks so much for sharing :)

  13. A plush dust mite? MOUSES! You think the plush me has those? Just somethin' to ponder, I suppose...


  14. We SOOOO want a Neato!!! ...and now we have to have one of those plush dust mites too!


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