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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

Will your next purchase be a robot to clean your windows?
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Old 28.06.2010, 08:43
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

I would definitely buy a window cleaning robot if there was one

Anyway: tried the robot and find it brilliant!!! It hoovered up so much dog hair, it was almost embarassing to think all that was on my floor

Then it went back to its "house" and recharged.

Now it is doing its daily duty...

Net, so far so good and I am happy of my purchase!

The only downside is that it is a bit noisy...

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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

The trick is to run it when you're not at home. We set the Roomba on its way when we leave the house each morning. It does a great job.
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

How much do they cost?
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

got my roomba 581 today. found too many mixed responses here but looking forward positively to the use . with a small crawling baby at home, need to clean the house almost everyday was growing and equually was decreasing the energy n time to do that, so just invested in this. sofar have seen this at a friend's place n liked it n she is quite happy with it. Keeping my finger's crossed
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

New baby? This would have been the cheaper alternative:

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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

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Our 581 arrived today. The cats are simultaneously baffled, curious and terrified.

I'll report back after we've had a few weeks' experience.
So can you give me some good feedback of how its doing after 4 months? Advantages, disadvantages, and useful info like how big a bump it can get over for going into other rooms? Some of my doorways have around 3/4 of an inch, so if it could get up that it would be great.

Seen one for 475 chuffs, and reviews seem really really good. What's amusing is that in the UK it is around £460... so actually costs around 30% less in CH!

The thought of leaving it to wander around my apartment cleaning while im at work and then coming home to a clean floor is very, veyr nice... especially seeing as my bedroom gets pretty dusty.

Plus, I want my own Mini R2D2.
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

We don't have any bumps for the Roomba to navigate, so can't comment on that. It gets onto our area rugs (1cm high, I guess) with no problems at all.

The Roomba picks up tons of dirt, much more than a normal vacuum. It is more thorough (passing over places multiple times) and more agile (getting under furniture) than I ever would be.

It seems to take ages to finish a room, which irritates me, but the solution is simple enough -- I set it to run when I'm not home so I don't notice how much time it takes.

It's not 100% effort-free. To work at its best, you need to do a little pre-work, removing cords, putting dining chairs on the table, etc. You can leave the chairs down but it takes much longer for Roomba to do its thing, meaning the battery runs down quicker.

Overall, I reckon we do 5-10 minutes prep (pick up loose objects, set lighthouses/virtual walls, move cords) in order for Roomba to clean an entire floor of our house. After it recharges, we take it upstairs and repeat. Our Roomba can cover about 100m sq on a single charge.

We also use the Roomba to keep places I'd never vacuum clean -- the storage room, the laundry room, etc. It's small and light enough that it's easy to take downstairs and set loose!

All in all, I'm happy with it and would buy another one.
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Old 15.10.2010, 11:08
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

Agree with the above post, we have now had our Roomba for a while and it's brilliant. I can't use ours when I'm away yet as the puppes still have occasional accidents, but it's still good - I get home, hit the button and the little critter does his job while I can do something else. And it's very efficient. I haven't bothered with the virtual walls, if I don't want it in some room i just close the door. And no more pet-hair tumbleweed.
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

How about the Scooba robot? Any feedback, anyone?

We plan to get one for our 2 bedroom apartment. Tile floors everywhere, so there shouldn't be a problem... Or is there?
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Old 10.10.2011, 13:38
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How about the Scooba robot? Any feedback, anyone?

We plan to get one for our 2 bedroom apartment. Tile floors everywhere, so there shouldn't be a problem... Or is there?

we also have a scooba, used it on tiled floors not problem at all.

only issue we had with it was something broke in the water tank, mediamarkt did a total amateur repair on it, so that would be my only complaint, they seem to be a little fragile.
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Old 10.10.2011, 13:42
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

i thought about it, but i figured that it would be just as easy to vacuum without the gadget. after all, it doesn't take that long.
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got my roomba 581 today. found too many mixed responses here but looking forward positively to the use . with a small crawling baby at home, need to clean the house almost everyday was growing and equually was decreasing the energy n time to do that, so just invested in this. sofar have seen this at a friend's place n liked it n she is quite happy with it. Keeping my finger's crossed
I've been wanting to get the Roomba 581 but I wasn't impressed with a demo I saw at a messe. How does it cope with food bits? Does it work with crumbs and food bits like rice? Is dust/sand hoovered up or just pushed around?

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Old 10.10.2011, 22:25
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

Roomba 581 here, programmed for a daily clean and after 5 months I couldn't do without it. Picks up sand, sugar, rice just fine, off wooden floors and rugs so I would expect short pile carpet too.
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

Thanks all for the feedback

Did some research yesterday and we'll probaly get Roomba 770 together with Scooba 385.
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

Trying to fight the Roomba 770 urge... Friends of ours swear by their Roomba, bought December last year.
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Old 18.10.2011, 18:30
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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

We finally got a Samsung one so cannot comment on the Roomba but overall on the hoover 1 yr on: it is GREAT!

We love it! it runs daily and picks up so much dirt and grit makes me ashamed to think it was on our floors before...

One thing only: buy a top level one, the 300 CHF models are just not as good IMHO

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Re: Roomba Pet - any opinions?

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They are cheaper than a maid, but only just. But much more than a slave, though.

Against:
Noisy. Should be used only when you are not at home. This can be done with models with a timer.

Batteries don't last. Especially if not used regularly. We got 18 month out of ours.

External horizontal rotating brush easily destroyed. Bought replacements from USA on eBay.

Dust bin too small. This is my biggest complaint and one there is no obvious way round. Essentially after an hour's use this is full and needs cleaning out and the best way is with a vacuum cleaner...
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