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Well, it has now been a year since I bought my Roomba, and I can't imagine my first-world life without it...I also bang it in my bedroom and then go out and come...
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Old 01.06.2015, 22:34
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

Having moved into a bigger apartment, I'm thinking of getting one.

My question is, how big a space can it cover? There seems to be a whole bunch of stuff about lighthouses etc. which if I have to set something up, I will, but I was kinda hoping to put it in the corner and have it go and clean the whole place (recharging itself as necessary) without further input.

I have a 5.5 room place and everything is on the same floor, so theoretically, I should be able to leave the doors open and let it do its thing. But with all this lighthouse business mentioned, I gather it is a bit more complex than that?

Anyone successfully got this working in a large single storey flat that can share their tips/tricks?
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

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My question is, how big a space can it cover? There seems to be a whole bunch of stuff about lighthouses etc. which if I have to set something up, I will, but I was kinda hoping to put it in the corner and have it go and clean the whole place (recharging itself as necessary) without further input.

I have a 5.5 room place and everything is on the same floor, so theoretically, I should be able to leave the doors open and let it do its thing.
the Neato will do this. Basically it maps out your appartment/floor and then will cover the entire area once and only once. It will nip back to the base to recharge if it runs out of power and will resume the clean once re-charged. The only thing you have to do is to empty the container each night.

The new Dyson should do something similar. But, this is not going to be launched for a couple more months.
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Old 02.06.2015, 16:54
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

Just got a new Roomba 871 and it does the whole ground floor of the house, no problems. No lighthouses used, just one wall so it doesn't fall down the stairs. Depends on how much stuff and furniture you have though - it spends a lot of time bumping its way around obstacles, so works better if you can clear the floor as much as possible.
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Old 02.06.2015, 17:01
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

Since this thread is active again, I'd just like to mention our LG gave up the ghost a few months back. It would start to clean and then just stop for no reason, despite still having sufficient charge. It lasted all of 4 years or so we won't be getting another one. Maybe when we move into the house, we might be tempted to get the Dyson. It's a bit pricey though .
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

We have a Roomba 770 and it does a decent job, probably cuts out half the vacuuming required. We just hit start when we leave the house and it needs vacuuming, or take it upstairs and do the same.

+ lighthouses are easy, just use them to partition into logical similar sized areas across doorways, then the random cleaning pattern doesn't miss big sections; they also help it find its way home

+ it doesn't fall down stairs, the "cliff sensor" seems to work

++ it cleans underneath our sofas and beds, this bit is brilliant - probably never need to do it manually any more as it doesn't need to be perfect under there and it's so much hassle with the main hoover.

- it's too noisy to use at night; I'd hoped to schedule overnight cleaning, but no way

- it's even noisier on tiles, as the front wheel is small and bumps over every grout line

- it tends to thump off dark coloured furniture it can't see very well

= you have to make cables safe (not a bad idea anyway)

= it can close doors and trap itself

+++ you can tell the kids to tidy their floors, and there's no "can't you vacuum round it" nonsense

On the specific point of doing an entire 5.5 - yes, I reckon it would manage that but you may find it occassionally missed a room due to the random nature unless you buy another lighthouse or two, depending on how complex the shape is.

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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

Got the roomba 880 and it is really great, it does spend some time going around obstacles but we have a Labrador that redirects it too and it gets the job all done and his hair too no bother at all.

We have the lighthouses too and lots of stairs so far we have had no need for the virtual wall/lighthouses and it has great cliff detection never falls over, well unless the dog pushes it and even then it just catches on the edge of the step.

I have not tried the other ones out but the one we have is a keeper.

I am now thinking of a window bot any suggestions?

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Old 02.06.2015, 17:27
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

I have a Roomba 775. He's called Bertie and he's frightened of dark coloured rugs.
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

One thing that annoys me about the later Roomba models 7-series plus is that the bin is a pain to remove, and the two HEPA filters are also more finicky to replace than the bin and single-filter solution of the Roomba 6-series. Im very tempted to sell my 770 and get another 650, as counter-productive as that may seem.
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

the 800 series is great. haven't tried to change filters yet, but everyday cleaning is a lot easier, especially the brushes. And I can really see the difference in cleaning after the 650, although I thought the 650 did a fine job as well.


Ours is on timer, so starts about an hour after the dog walker has been and dogs have had time to dry and shed all the mud.
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

Thanks for the tips. I put in an order for one. This is my floorplan:



as you can see, it's pretty stupid.

what would you suggest for lighthouse placement?
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What I'd like to know:

Do they actually clean the room though?

What's the biggest thing they will sweep up?

A pea?
A bit of cracker?
Neighbour's cat?

sorry for jumping into your thread, Rob!
I have the Hoover one and it tries to suck up things that are too big for it such as cables and tassles of the rug and ends up beeping pitifully and needing to have those things carefully pried away from it. To avoid this I now move all these items to safety before I start. It works quite well that way, but its always a lot of bother and thus reduces the actual work saved.
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Thanks for the tips. I put in an order for one. This is my floorplan:



as you can see, it's pretty stupid.

what would you suggest for lighthouse placement?
I wouldn't put them anywhere. Get a robot that does laser mapping and then just leave the doors open to the rooms that you want hoovering.

The problems will be your furniture and stuff. Our furniture is quite high, so the robot goes underneath everything OK. But now and then, the kids leave lego bricks and stuff out that stop the robot in its tracks. That will be the problem.
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

I will see how it goes. From what I can gather the irobot has largely a random bump around until everything is clean strategy which probably works great for small widely-connected convex areas, but i guess for multiple rooms, it could end up missing rooms or sections.

I'll probably set up a timelapse cam and see where it wanders the first time
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Thanks for the tips. I put in an order for one. This is my floorplan:



as you can see, it's pretty stupid.

what would you suggest for lighthouse placement?
It depends where "home" is, but assuming it's somewhere in the main living area then from my experience you'd want at least three.

* Zimmer 1
* Zimmer 2
* Zimmer 3/4 area

But to be honest that last area looks like a maze (actually it looks like my first one-bed flat ), and according to everything I've read having lighthouses too close together is bad, so I can't see a better option in that little hallway you'd have to give it a try and experiment.
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It depends where "home" is, but assuming it's somewhere in the main living area then from my experience you'd want at least three.

* Zimmer 1
* Zimmer 2
* Zimmer 3/4 area

But to be honest that last area looks like a maze (actually it looks like my first one-bed flat ), and according to everything I've read having lighthouses too close together is bad, so I can't see a better option in that little hallway you'd have to give it a try and experiment.
Thanks. According to this review, it fails to clean large complex flats:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/irobot...mba-520-page-2
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

For the complex floor plan I would probably just split it into 3:

Room 1
Main and and room 2
Room 3 and 4

I would just close the doors in most cases, this has worked best for me and you should see our floor plan

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Thanks. According to this review, it fails to clean large complex flats:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/irobot...mba-520-page-2
I think that was before lighthouses, in which case I can see why it would have a problem as certain corners and shapes do seem to either attract or repel it.

With the lighthouses you effectively simplify the layout, so it can manage. Same applies to docking - once it's back in the right room, line-of-sight is enough.

It's also the sort of thing that when you watch it, you see it do the same spot a few times and figure it won't work, but if you leave it be it gets there in the end with no effort from you. It's absolutely amazing how it gets out from under a table and chairs.

Regarding lesCA's proposal - it may be fine, and worth a try before buying another lighthouse, but I think the furniture outside the door of room 2 could be an issue in either blocking it or repeatedly sending it back in.
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I will see how it goes. From what I can gather the irobot has largely a random bump around until everything is clean strategy which probably works great for small widely-connected convex areas, but i guess for multiple rooms, it could end up missing rooms or sections.

I'll probably set up a timelapse cam and see where it wanders the first time
If accuracy is an issue you need the Neato as the mapping technology is miles ahead of the Roomba and it is aware of where it has and hasn't cleaned http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neato-Roboti...keywords=neato
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