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Old 10-01-2013, 09:56 AM
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Default iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot anyone???

Was looking for a canister vacuum and came across this

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It is just another gimmick or do they really work?

Pros? Cons?

My house is one story and all floors are tiled. Most are porcelain with a few rooms having mexican tile...

The kitchen/living room are the two areas we used the most.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:00 AM
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There was a thread here awhile back.

There's another brand that apparently is much better, for $200.

It's a square one. Target has them.

I'll look for name.
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It's called 'Neato'.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:04 AM
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Never tried a Neato, but we have a Roomba and it works pretty slick. Only room I don't use it in has fringed rugs, and the fringes get all wound up in the brushes. Otherwise, we've been very happy with it. Happy to answer any specific questions you have.
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We've had a Roomba for about 5 years. The battery now won't hardly hold a charge, but when it's working it works great.
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My buddy has the neato version, he says it does a good job with the dog fur. It did roll through some dog shit once and made a mess, other than that he likes it.
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I've got one and my mother has one. Works fine on hardwoods, tile, carpet, transitions to rugs and such. You can set up boundaries if you want it to work in an area of the house you're not in. If i were to buy another, I would probably try one of the more expensive ones with more features that runs on a timer and just starts and stops while you're at work and you don't even have to start it yourself. You really do get lazier the less you do.
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I've had them for years.. I like'm but they aren't flawless and they don't last forever. Current one does everything well going on two years.
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There is one model in consumer reports they recommend-21 is $400 and they said it was bad and loud.

I think the advantage is if you use them every day it will keep the house cleaner then you doing the job 2 or 3 days a week.
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We have the Swiffer rechargeable vacuum. Handy little unit.

Plus the Swiffer that squirts is great also.
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I got a Roomba for Christmas years ago. Used it twice.

It will tear up any fridges on your rugs. Also will eat blankets or sheets on your bed if they're too close to the floor.
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We have one with only hardwoods and tile floors. Its great with dog fur and above average on everything else. Needs to be cleaned properly often and emptied. Neither of those concepts concern my wife. But it has made it almost a year an no regrets.
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I bought a Neato for my wife. I got the one that is supposed to be good for allergies which I suffer. It cleans good. You have to clear some wires and rugs with fringes according to my wife. It is loud. I watched it for a little while and it covers the area well.
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Got the Roomba. It's awesome.

When it's done you can clean out its little dirt collect compartment and see all the crap it picked up,,,,every time.

There's a brush thing too that gets up hair. A no brainer IMHO.

Let it work when you're not home, gets tired, it goes back to recharge, etc. You never see it until it's time to change his diaper.
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I was a skeptic but bought one because we have a golden retriever and wife was sick of fur balls everywhere. Works great going on 1.5 yrs and you do need to keep up with emptying canister every time and cleaning brushes about 1x per month. I would def recommend.
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Here is the thread I posted back in May when we got our Neato. It's been 4+ months and I have to say I am pretty impressed. We installed dark hardwood floors and the Yellow Lab makes an absolute mess of them in no time with the fur.

We set the Neato to clean when we are not in and it does the job. Goes under furniture, around table legs and will clean along the baseboards.

If it runs low on battery it will head for the barn and re-charge then once it is charged it will return to the place it left off and continue on until finished.

It is perfect if you have hardwood floors. It is a bit noisy and does not do well with fringe rugs.

Yes it was worth the $400.

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Originally Posted by D.Lew View Post
I've got one and my mother has one. Works fine on hardwoods, tile, carpet, transitions to rugs and such. You can set up boundaries if you want it to work in an area of the house you're not in. If i were to buy another, I would probably try one of the more expensive ones with more features that runs on a timer and just starts and stops while you're at work and you don't even have to start it yourself. You really do get lazier the less you do.
They do work on carpet? I looked at one of these about 5 years ago and the sales women told me they aren't made to vacuum carpet. We have pretty think carpet and if this thing works I will buy one tomorrow because we both hate sweeping the floors.

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Maybe not a huge deep shag rug with all those very long strands but all other carpets it works great on.

If it doesn't work well on those, just return it.

You'll be amazed at how much crap it picks up, guarantee it.
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Get the Neato with the pet brush; it is amazing. We have one in our place in Gulf Shores, which has a variety of surfaces (carpet, hardwood, tile, and rugs. We set it when we leave, and come back to a clean house and the Neato charging itself. Some of the reviewers complained about noise, but it is quieter than an ordinary vacuum. We tried it after we had vacuumed a room, and could not believe the amount of stuff it picked up. We got ours from Walmart.com, and the pet brush accessory was much cheaper than anyone else had one with the pet brush already installed.
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Originally Posted by Esuomm1 View Post
Maybe not a huge deep shag rug with all those very long strands but all other carpets it works great on.

If it doesn't work well on those, just return it.

You'll be amazed at how much crap it picks up, guarantee it.
OK I'm sold. Funny that I drug the sweeper out a couple of hours ago and it's sitting right in front of me but I haven't done anything with it because I hate running the freakin sweeper. My wife does the upstairs and I do the downstairs because she hates it too.

How about doors, will it go through an open door? What if it gets trapped, does have some kind of shut down?

Which model do you guys have that works best on carpet? For sure I need the pet brush, black lab and 2 cats in the house. I checked on eBay and they are about half the price that Target is charging, any one buy on eBay?

Thanks for the info.

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