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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

we were thinking to buy a robotic vacuum but we are not willing to spend a lot of money.. I saw that fust has an offer for primotecq mambo http://www.fust.ch/de/p/haushalt/sta...bo-315030.html and then there is also the m607 with very good reviews in amazon http://www.amazon.de/Dirt-Devil-M607...&keywords=m607

the mambo has mediocre reviews but when it was tested it cost 399CHF, so i guess they were much stricter than if it cost 99
for an appartment 65sqm with hard floor (no carpets at all) and no pets, which one would you suggest? or any other similarly priced?

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Old 09.06.2015, 17:02
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

I have an iRobot Roomba 650. I should have bought the pet hair gobbler one. I have to empty and clean it after each session, this means taking out the rollers, unscrewing the little 3 brush twizzler and pulling out the front roller. The cleaning process takes me about 5 minutes- it is easy.
I have a lot of long blonde hair and am constantly shedding onto a dark brown bamboo floor- looks pretty gross if I don't Roomba. My husband decided our roomba is male and we talk to it like a pet.
Emptying the dust container takes me 3 seconds. Push and slide out, dump, push and slide back in.

Pros- put it on and walk away. It will navigate its way around anything that is wide enough to get into, knows when there is a step but does gently bump things to get up as close as possible to clean. NO BLACK SKID MARKS, like when my kids used to vacuum- Grrr!

It has a slow sweeping action which I like; I find with some vacuum cleaners the exhaust tends to blow the dust up as you go. The dust then settles later which means I have to mop to really get the place dust free. The roomba does not disturb the dust, but sometimes the little triple whisker will shove particles away, this aggravates me, we tend to micro manage it and toe any crumbs back into its path. I should just leave it to do its job- it will come back and pick them up.

You will vacuum more often, as it is just so easy to use and I think uses less electricity than a regular vacuum cleaner.

My place is open plan so I use the gizmo that it comes with to form an infrared beam wall and so get it to do specific areas.
You can program it to 'spot' clean.

Cons- it is round so it does not get into corners, when I want to do a complete job I get the old vacuum cleaner out- don't get rid of your old one. It is much more efficient if you, move furniture out of the way. If you have a small place withe a lot of furniture it will not do a good job as it does not get into nooks and crannies.

It can straddle itself and get caught on things like French door frames, if you leave them open

It can pull the fringes off the ends of rugs. , It pulled the loose ones of my Persian rugs and got snarled up in the Ghilims, then said " Error move Roomba to a new location" It is pretty robust and has never damaged anything.

Makes sure you don't have cables/extension cords that it can get at, just lift them up.

It does not do stairs

It does not respond, not the same as a pet. It does attack your feet.

I get impatient with it finding its docking station, sometimes takes as much as 10 secs even when I give it verbal encouragement.

Finally, yes I love it, I don't really vacuum anymore. I would now like one that dusts, mops and copes with masses of long hair.

Like someone else said earlier- I love the fact that it does under the bed and cupboards high enough.. I also love that I tell people, "I am putting the Roomba in, take everything off the floor that you don't want gobbled" which means they tidy up.

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Old 09.06.2015, 17:28
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

OK. It arrived today and is charging. I can't believe I'm getting exciting about something as stupid as hoovering, but I cleared stuff out of the way in anticipation of the robotic cleaning onslaught when I get back home tonight.

Side effect is that my place is already cleaner due to me having to move a few things about, so already having a positive impact!
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Old 12.06.2015, 11:52
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Just an update. I'm pretty pleased with the results so far. I've used it 3 times:

- first time i stuck it in the living room and scheduled it to go while i was out doing sports. came back to find that it had parked itself and had cleaned the entire room. being a large room, it did miss the odd spot, but probably would have done better than me given my limited patience.

- i tried also in room 1 and watched it a bit. I had to move furniture slightly to allow it to get to the whole room. corners are a problem so i will need to do that by hand. underbed hadn't been done for a while and while the roomba made a valiant attempt, it didn't fully get rid of the dust. one to do by hand and mop afterwards, after which the roomba should keep it good.

- lastly, tried rooms 3 and 4. this time used with the lighthouses to clean one at a time. worked fine.

my only complaint is really the lack of intelligence. ideally, i'd like to park it out of the way and schedule it to clean each room. but instead, i'm having to manually move it from room to room.

maybe with lighthouses, i could get it to do the whole flat in one go and will try that, but i'm not sure it has enough power to do the whole flat in one go, plus i will need to get more to partition the living room as with lighthouses, i believe it will only spend 25 mins on a room - not enough to cover a big room given the random strategy employed.

all in all. a good time-saver and can keep floors clear on a more regular basis. i wish i'd bought one earlier!
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Old 12.06.2015, 12:14
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

I only have a Roomba and the only thing I can say is I have to usually find it when it has run.....it runs out of batteries and cannot find the base due to the layout of my apartment.

And if it could climb stairs, it would do upstairs without me moving it

I find closing doors and clearing the floor helps a lot.
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great post - and timing.

i've actually, just this hour, seen the IRobot Roomba 521 on sale for CHF 240.

i'm a bit of a gadget freak, but have been completely sceptical about letting one of these into my home to wreak havoc in my absence.

however, from what i'm reading, it sounds like they actually work!

this is housework utopia.


Judging from the posts above, the 521 is the old model, and so presumably not as good.

BUT...the later models have a rather more significant price tag....(upwards of CHF 500-600?).


so my question is: are the later models really worth the extra wonga?

I've had two, first a really cheap clone from the Jumbo, which I gave to a kid wanting to make a robot, then since about 5 years a roomba 5 series. Wouldn't live without it.


Even the el cheapo one was _great_.


Neither of them like small Speaker/phone cables and such, so you need to get them tidied away somehow (Jumbo has square cable channels you can put the cables into then glue/tape/screw to the skirting). Extension Cords are fine, but don't leave your Laptop on the coffee table with the charger plugged in - it won't harm the Roomba, but the skydiving won't do the Laptop any good.


My Roomba has bumper switches and an optical obstacle sensor, but it has a blind spot just at the gap between the toilet bowl and floor, and gets itself jammed in there if I forget to close the bathroom doors.


I use the timer program and run it weekdays while I am out.


I have a Dyson, no pets, and the area is relatively dust free. Even at the height of the pollen season I only use the dyson about once a month to get the Corners where the Roomba can't reach.



If only someone made an ironing Robot and a self emptying dishwasher...
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If only someone made an ironing Robot and a self emptying dishwasher...

They do, i think you need to search under "wife"
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they do carpets also, but dont expect the same results as a normal household vac.

I am looking to get 1 because :
  • we have a dusty apartment
  • basel is dusty
  • windows open 24/7
  • i have birds so constant feathers on the floor.
i think i could have stuffed a pillow with the feathers by now!

so a scoot around by the machine when i am at work will be great but of course it will still need a weekly vac with the proper machine


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Old 25.06.2015, 21:37
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Do the math... the Recycling Gebühr on wives is SIGNIFICANT, with electronics it is included in the purchase Price.


Not to mention the fact that there all kinds of useful bits in electromechanical devices that no longer work.


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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

got one from fust a few days ago (279 CHF for the 620 model)
pros:
cleaned up my small apartment in 2 sessions. it really is amazing
charges on his own once finished cleaning (yes its a he, i named him Alfred)
filter works well on cat hair

cons
no scheduling option
no remote control

overall im extremely pleased with the purchase and would recommend it to anyone.
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Re: who has a robot vacuum roomba/samsung

I'm hesitating whether I should opt for the 980 with it's 'resume cleaning after charge' function.


Would this be worthwhile for a floor with a big L shaped living room kitchen, one bedroom/ensuite, and one bathroom? ~120 m2
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I'm hesitating whether I should opt for the 980 with it's 'resume cleaning after charge' function.

Would this be worthwhile for a floor with a big L shaped living room kitchen, one bedroom/ensuite, and one bathroom? ~120 m2
And the price difference vs a Roomba 635 is...?
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And the price difference vs a Roomba 635 is...?
about double from my quick search ~400 francs
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about double from my quick search ~400 francs
Then I would buy two 635's and use them for different areas of the house. The 6xx series are also much easier to maintain.
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Then I would buy two 635's and use them for different areas of the house. The 6xx series are also much easier to maintain.


The one concern with the 6xx series is lack of 'tangle-free' debris extractor.


I have to deal with A LOT of very long, very curly hair.


How easy is it to define 'areas' of the house? the majority of the space is L-shaped, so I'm not sure if it will be treated as one room or 2?
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How easy is it to define 'areas' of the house? the majority of the space is L-shaped, so I'm not sure if it will be treated as one room or 2?
I'd use a lighthouse in virtual wall mode to split the L into two zones.
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I'd use a lighthouse in virtual wall mode to split the L into two zones.
With the 980, you wouldn't need to use a lighthouse (and certainly not in virtual wall mode, that's a solid barrier to a Roomba!). The resume cleaning after recharge function -- plus the new non-random cleaning pattern -- means that the 980 covers the whole area, even 120 sq m, very efficiently.

I would definitely buy the 980; actually, I did, scheduled to operate every day on the ground floor of my house, which has three separate areas which altogether are too much for my 880 to manage in a single go -- so the 880 is stationed upstairs, where it happily (if haphazardly) cleans the entire floor every day per the automatic schedule, and I have a cheapo 6-something in the basement which I use on demand to sort out the cat litter that the felines spray around the floor there. No substantial hair issues in the basement, so the brushes don't need much maintenance, while the rubber brushes on the 880 and 980 are frankly fantastic.

The only issues I have with all three are that you do need to extract the front roller and the brushes every now and again to free them of trapped "stuff" (usually hair), and that the bins need to be emptied -- it's outrageous that Roomba hasn't developed a self-emptying model yet! (I never cease to be impressed by the huge amount of dust these things pick up every day -- and correspondingly, how little ducting needs to be done around the house, given that so much dust is removed from the floors every day.) Also, if you live in a multi-level place, it's a good idea to wipe the cliff sensors clean once a week or so to stop the Roomba falling down stairs.
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after some feedback from anyone that has a robot vac and especially if you have an irobot roomba or any samsung models..

does the roomba still crash into things then move around the item or does it sense and avoid?
I had a Roomba but I had to sell it as it was not compatible with my cats, they were completely scared of this strange thing going around and disappointed by the constant noise!
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I had a Roomba but I had to sell it as it was not compatible with my cats, they were completely scared of this strange thing going around and disappointed by the constant noise!
I have two cats and a dog -- all the more reason to have a Roomba. They got used to it very quickly. Some even enjoy the company.



As for noise, most Roombas -- certainly all the later models -- can be scheduled to operate automatically at the time of your choosing. I schedule mine to clean when I'm at work.
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so a scoot around by the machine when i am at work will be great but of course it will still need a weekly vac with the proper machine

This is exactly what we do. Before we leave for work in the morning we set it running and then once a week (or bi-weekly, because we're lazy) the real vacuum comes out.


It is a bit of a pain to "prep" the room for the roomba: cables need to be off the floor, we put the chairs up on the table so the legs are out of the way, I have to pick up the cats' toys... but overall, it does a good job.
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