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Cut housekeeping stress with Philips’ clever and designdriven vacuum cleaners that clean and mop in one go.

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Cut housekeeping stress with Philips’ clever and designdriven vacuum cleaners that clean and mop in one go.

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More women are employed than ever before, but to flourish in your working life you need to stay on top of your household chores. Although you can’t wish for these labourious tasks, like vacuuming and mopping the floor, to disappear; there are innovative solutions to help you breeze through the cleaning duties with ease. You’ll have more time to enjoy what you love doing or simply rest and relax.


Think you need a helper? Here’s one that works without complaint or needing a day off. The Philips SmartPro Active robot vacuum cleaner FC8820 cleans on your behalf. It has a smart detection system to navigate through any home environment, six infrared sensors to avoid walls, furniture and stairs, and works constantly up to 120 minutes on a full charge.

The Philips Smart Pro Active robot vacuum cleaner FC8820 combines a threestep cleaning system to ensure your home is spick and span. First, its two long brushes swipe dirt and dust into its path. Then, the nozzle’s contoured design to suit uneven floors like tiles – picks them up. Finally, its mopping pad wipes your floor clean, removing even fine dust.

It’s easy to incorporate the Philips Smart Pro Active robot vacuum cleaner FC8820 into your daily and weekly housekeeping regime: Simply programme a daily or weekly session up to one week in advance, and the robot gets cracking even when you’re not at home. So it’s no surprise that it automatically returns to the base station when running low on battery. What’s more, it has a dust sensor feature that recognises dustiest corners and will linger in those spots for deeper cleaning.

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• Three-step cleaning system, including dry mopping function, plus an automatic intensive cleaning mode.

• Smart detection system and infrared sensors cleans any indoor terrains and avoid obstacles and stairs.

• 120 minutes running time with auto return to base to charge.

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A cordless vacuum cleaner is so important as it’s handy when you need to remove cookie crumbs, or give the floor a quick freshenup without putting your life on hiatus in the process. The proof is in this amazingly easyto- use Philips PowerPro Aqua Stick cordless vacuum cleaner FC6401 which vacuums and mops at the same time.

This cordless vacuum has an innovative mopping system that controls water release to ensure it’s wet enough to clean even hard floors. For convenience, its water tank has magnets on both sides to let you click on and off easily.

The Philips PowerPro Aqua Stick vacuum cleaner will make it seem like the only manual vacuuming you ever need to do. Built with PowerCyclone technology, the machine delivers a rapid suction force that’s equivalent to a conventional canister vacuum cleaner. Without having to plug and unplug the power cord, you are free to use the PowerPro Aqua Stick anywhere around the house for up to 40 minutes on a full charge.

Dust is conveniently ejected from the bagless Power Pro Aqua Dust by pressing a button without touching the dirt. And to keep your home free of germs, its German-technology three-layer filter can capture particles as tiny as 0.3 micron, and is washable, too.

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• Unique mopping system controls water release.

• Washable German-technology* filter that traps particles as small as 0.3 micron.

• PowerCyclone technology for high vacuum cleaning performance.

The Philips SmartPro Active robot vacuum cleaner and the PowerPro Aqua Stick vacuum cleaner, are sold at $799 (UP $899) and $499 (UP $599) respectively, from major electronics stores.

*Captures more than 95 per cent ultra fine particles and micro-organisms like bacteria, allergens and pollen that are as small as 0.3 microns.