Post # 1
My DH has a cat. Said husband apparently has defective eyesight and touch, because he does not notice the cat litter the cat tracks all over the apartment or the cat hair. The litter tracks more than most because for the health of his cat, he refuses to get clay litter. I’m frustrated at either sweeping daily and vacuuming frequently, or living with the mess. In general, we’ve been having a lot of “discussions” about appropriate balance of household chores between the two of us. DH does not think we ought to clean as frequently as I do. I am by no stretch of the imagination a neat freak, he just doesn’t want to clean ever. e.g Before we dated, he had not cleaned his tub since he bought the place…five years prior. Yeah… I try to clean it about once a month (or really, whenever I decide I want a bath and realize it has dirt/soap build up).
So I thought a Rooma might be perfect – I don’t get frustrated being the only one doing this chore, he doesn’t have to do the work (I suspect I will clean the filters), the place is clean, the cat is not served for dinner. Not to mention it may help my friends and family who are allergic to the cat (apparently, DH’s friends are not) if we kept the place cleaner. But…we’re reasonably frugal people who don’t like to spend much w/o carefully researching it, and this is expensive. When I suggested as a marital harmony solution, he said it was too expensive. (We can definitely afford it.)
I’m also feeling a bit guilty if I do this because we just registered for and received a new vacuum to replace our broken one 6 months ago. (That said, we are looking to buy a much larger place in a year or two, so it’d get a workout then.) I read a bunch of reviews and I’m on the fence still. We have hardwood floors, tile in the kitchen/bathroom (but it may not get over the doorway bump), and a thinner area rug.
Is the Roomba worth it? Would you do it again?
I’m looking at the 560 model.
ETA: Our vacuum does a good enough job getting main areas done, I am not suggesting the Roomba bc our vacuum is bad…but the problem is it requires me to operate it (as noted above, husband won’t). It also does not get under furniture like our coffee tables or sofas.
Post # 3
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My mother has one. Stuff gets stuck in it all the time and it makes the most annoying noises when that happens. Also, if you are talking about pet hair, it’ll get filled so fast.
I wouldn’t buy one.
We invested in a Dyson canister. I love it.
Post # 4
Interesting…we have a shedding dog and I’ve wondered if Roombas are worth the cost.
Post # 5
@floridagirlblue: I wouldn’t consider paying the $400-500 that some of them cost, but it’s $270 for the deal right now, which is still a lot, but makes it tempting.
Post # 6
I think it depends on the size of the area you want to use it for. I have a 1 bedroom apartment and I think it’s a lifesaver. I have a cat and I don’t think it gets filled up that fast. I also don’t think stuff gets stuck in ours. I’m shocked sometimes at what it can pick up when I empty it. I find twist ties, my elastics, pennies, etc and they don’t get stuck at all. We usually start it when we leave for work. One day we’ll do the kitchen/living room. The next day we’ll do the bedroom/hallway. I think it would be a good solution for you since you obviously have another vacuum that works, but who vacuums is obviously the issue. I’m not sure what model it is we have, but I’d definitely get one that you can schedule it. We didn’t and I regret it.
Post # 7
@Krises: Large one bedroom apartment, but we block off the bedroom from the cat, so it’d only clean the main room, the hallway to the bedroom, the foyer + kitchen (if it can get over the kitchen lip). The apartment is 931 square feet, bedroom 15×17 so about 650 square feet?
Post # 8
@kay01: That would definitely work. Our apartment is slightly smaller but I think it could handle more. I just wouldn’t necesarily recommend it for anything bigger than a condo. I looked up the 560 model and it has the scheduling feature which is what I would want if i had to buy it over again. I’d definitely recommend it, if for no other reason than your sanity. It’s nice to be able to come home to clean floors without lifting a finger.
Post # 9
We love ours. My MIL has the Pet edition, and is happy. She still does a deep vacuum here and there, but she said it definitely helps with the pet hair (two cats, one dog).
Post # 10
Yes, we have the pet version and we love it. We schedule it to run during the day while we’re at work. There’s also the added benefit of entertainment if you get lucky…
Post # 11
Have you considered changing your litter box? My kitties used to track litter (or kick it straight out of the box) all over the place. We changed all our litter boxes and haven’t had a real problem since. We also use non-clay litter, either wheat or corn.
There’s top entry boxes: http://www.amazon.com/Clevercat-77000-Top-Entry-Litterbox/dp/B0002ZS20I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1350175028&sr=8-3&keywords=litter+box
Or boxes with a long entry: http://www.amazon.com/Booda-Dome-Cleanstep-Cat-Titanium/dp/B0002DH8L4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1350175028&sr=8-5&keywords=litter+box
We have both, and both work wonderfully for controlling litter. We also have a little “litter house” to hold their food bowls since one is a messy eater as well. It looks exactly like this one, but dark wood and I got it for 20 bucks at Ross. http://www.amazon.com/Merry-Washroom-Night-Stand-House/dp/B000JZOQO2/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1350175179&sr=1-1&keywords=litter+house
Post # 12
I’ve been bugging DH about that too! We have 3 freakin cats and I am home with the baby… I do most chores, but we have 3 floors and the baby is scared at the vacuum noise… I’d love to buy a roomba and have it run on each floor twice per week.
Hope to read interesting reviews here!
Post # 13
On the litter, have you heard of the World’s Best cat litter (actual brand name haha)? It’s made from corn and it is naturally odor absorbent. It still tracks as will any type of litter, but I find it usually stays at least within a few ft of the box so it doesnt get all over the house like other litters we’ve used in the past. The roomba does a great job of picking up what the cat does manage to track around the litter box though so extra points for the roomba. Can you tell I’m a huge fan?
Post # 14
Does the cat always always ALWAYS use the litter box with no accidents? One of our friends had a Roomba, and their dog had an accident while it was running…and the Roomba ran through the dog poo and then proceeded to track it all over the house. Hysterical, yes…but still, just a warning…lol. If you cat is good with the litter box, then I would say go for it. 🙂
Post # 15
Nope, we have one and we barely use it now. My husband also bought one for his mother a few years ago and her doesnt get used either. For both of us, stuff (mostly hair, anything longer than an inch and a half) gets so stuck in the gears after too short a time and needs a good cleaning. For me, mine kept gettng stuck under the couch, or behind a chair or pushing things around. I think its less hassle to just use a quick stick vac that watch and make sure the rooma is doing its job.
Post # 16
@saraja87: Thanks so much for this!! Is there a brand of litter you recommend? Why wheat and why corn? =) Do major stores sell the CleverCat? Ordering online seems ok for price but I know I”ll get killed by shipping.