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Robot vacuum Neato XV21 review.

Old 12-19-2013, 02:26 AM
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Default Robot vacuum Neato XV21 review.

We hate vacuuming the house so I decided to buy one of these Neato vacuum's. I found them online for around $400 but Amazon had them on sale for $289 so I bought one. I bought this one because of the online reviews and because of comments on this forum.

It took me a couple of times to figure out how it worked but now that I have it all figured out we love this thing. It does a shockingly good job, way better than I had even hoped it would do. There are a few places in the house that it gets hung up on so I am going to block these areas off. We can't help but watch the thing, it's pretty amazing how it senses things. We have 8 rooms upstairs so it can't completely do everything without charging. You don't have to do anything, it goes back to it's charging base and the display on the vacuum says "CLEANING SUSPENDED FOR CHARGING". Then after it charges it goes right back to where it quit vacuuming. I have it programmed to vacuum the upstairs on Tues & Fri. For the downstairs I just bring it down and push the "CLEAN HOUSE" button and away it goes.

I should have bought one of these 20 years ago! I would rate it a 9 out of 10 and that's only because it has gotten hung up a couple of times. You can tell how well it works when you empty the dirt tray and filter.

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I just ordered one a few days ago. Thanks.
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How does it work if there is stuff on the ground like dog toys or a blanket? also how well does it work in corners and against the walls?
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Its not a substitute for a real vacuum. I see it as a way to keep things tidy and we have two cats that shed. We have all hardwood and tile with a couple area rugs so I thing it will work well for us.
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They have no problem transitioning from hardwood to carpet? What about a 1" height difference from hardwood to tile?

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Originally Posted by chad13 View Post
How does it work if there is stuff on the ground like dog toys or a blanket? also how well does it work in corners and against the walls?
Dog hair, walls, corners.

Does it work well?

Been looking at these for a while.

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Yeah I would be interested in how it does with dog hair, my collies shed like crazy. I also have 2 parrots that love throwing bird seed. Seems we are vacuuming constantly. Also how loud are these?
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I want one of these as my wife apparently has a fear of the broom and dustpan. Does anyone know anything about the iRobot Roomba? The 630 has good reviews.
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I have one as well....they work great! Does an amazing job on carpet and hardwood floors. Sometimes it gets caught under bar stools but other than that they are perfect!
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We have two cats and a dog, it's amazing how the dustbin is completely filled with animal hair. It gets right into corners better than you would with the sweeper. It also goes under tables under your bed and anywhere it can fit under in areas where you wouldn't clean. We have some heavy rugs in the house along with two transition areas from tile to carpet and it has had no problems going over them.


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I want one of these as my wife apparently has a fear of the broom and dustpan. Does anyone know anything about the iRobot Roomba? The 630 has good reviews.
My dad has one and he really likes it - which is saying something for him. I've got tons of crap that he bought over the years that he didn't like and loads up my truck with every time I go to visit with him.
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ok...this thing is going on the list of needed items
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
Yeah I would be interested in how it does with dog hair, my collies shed like crazy. I also have 2 parrots that love throwing bird seed. Seems we are vacuuming constantly. Also how loud are these?
They aren't loud at all. I have left it run in the same room I'm watching TV. It's not even close to being as loud as the regular vacuum.
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Have had one since June and like it, don't love it

Gets hung up on throw rugs and the bottom of tubular bar stools.

The company just sent me a replacement set of batteries to replace a set that died

Definitely not a replacement for vacuuming, but it does stay on top of the dog hair on a daily basis
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Glad you got one and like it.

Remember you mentioning you would.

Congrats.
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Have had one since June and like it, don't love it

Gets hung up on throw rugs and the bottom of tubular bar stools.

The company just sent me a replacement set of batteries to replace a set that died

Definitely not a replacement for vacuuming, but it does stay on top of the dog hair on a daily basis
How old is the one you have? Is it the same one I bought XV21? I now have it set up to vacuum on Mon, Weds, Fri and I know how well it's working when I empty the dust bin. In just a couple of days the bin is literally full of animal hair. It picks up just about everything and the only thing we have used the regular vacuum for since we bought this Neato is when doing the stairs.

Maybe the design has been changed since you bought yours?

I think it's great, but I'm sure not everyone will.

The video's are funny! That is one thing different about the Neato -vs- Roomba or other brands is that the Neato doesn't just drive around willy nilly. It vacuum's in a pattern like you do when cutting the grass. It is really remarkable how it controls itself.
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Bought one last year, from Wal-Mart for our condo in Gulf Shores; they had a package deal that included the pet brush and extra filters. As a trial, we vacuumed a carpeted room with the Electrolux, then turned Neato loose in the same room. You could have knitted a sweater with the Brittany hair it picked up.
It transitions seamlessly between carpet, hardwood, and tile floors. The only problem we have had is that it got hung up on the fringe of a throw rug in the kitchen; I just move the throw rug when we release Neato as we're headed out.
According to the reviews I read prior to purchase, Neato has a better algorithm for determining how to clean an area than the iRobot. Also, the Neato pet model is duplicated by the "base" model plus the pet brush. Wal-Mart saved us over $100, and they shipped to store in 2 days.
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