Roomba vacuum recommendations

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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wildflowerz : I have long hair and I lose hair like crazy. My one did not cope well with my hair and cleaning the tangled hair from the brushes was a pain. I’d have to pretty much do it after every clean because if I didn’t it would have a sad  and stop half way through telling me to clean the brushes. Sometimes I’d clean the brushes and my machine would still have a sad and keep telling me to clean the brushes. It would take me about ten minutes of reinserting the brushes repeatedly for it to register that the brushes were clean.

They learn the layout of your house but after a while it gets majorly confused and had a breakdown and keeps bashing itself into your furniture repeatedly even if that chair has never moved from that location. It’s a pretty common complaint with these machines. You can reset them but it never quite goes back to the way it was in the beginning. To be honest, I stopped using it after a while because it was getting to be too much work for something that was supposed to save my time and energy. I was also getting chips in wooden furniture where the damn thing would keep bashing itself into because in its memory the furniture wasn’t supposed to be there… 🙄

Post # 3
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Newbee

I have a Neato and LOVE it. If you use the plastic roller and not the roller brush, it handles long hair well. It goes over area rugs unless they are really flimsy and roll up. It will not go over a raised threshold. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

My hair always got caught in the vaccum and would jam it. I definitely don’t recommend it. We also have a cat and it never vaccuumed the liter as I would have liked, it ended up being more work going back and revacumming everything it missed. It did a better job of spreading out the garbage than actually sucking it up. We replaced it with the dyson and it’s the best one I’ve had. Wireless, very light but with the power of a full on vacuum. 

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Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We have a EcoVacs Deebot. We did a bunch of research and really didn’t want to pay Roomba prices.

We love our Deebot. It doesn’t have the fancy mapping GPS things like a roomba so it basically just wanders one direction until it senses an obstacle and then turns and keeps moving. The fact that it doesn’t “train” doesn’t really bother us. It seldom gets stuck but it does have issue with thinner rugs or rugs w fringe, but not our heavy living room rug.

We use it in our downstairs. It’s an older home, so not open concept, seperate living, kitchen, dining rooms as well as a full bath. It’s able to cross the threshold from the wood floor into the tiled bathroom just fine, but we typically don’t have it do the bathroom as it once got in there, bumped the door shut, and then was stuck. Cleanest bathroom ever that day.

I shed constantly and we got a Cardigan Corgi last year and he SHEDS. We got the robot bc DH and I were bickering over the dog fur tumbleweeds. and now, I don’t notice them.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I have a Eufy and I love it. Between my and my daughter’s long thick hair, my husband’s beard, and our two long-haired cats, we have a crap ton of hair that ends up on our floor and it picks it all up really well. I was actually surprised how well it worked. Also goes from hard floor to carpet easily. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We were gifted a Roomba for our wedding and we love it! It’s so easy to just hit the “clean” button and let it do its thing. It cleans area rugs and goes over thresholds just fine.

Of course, it probably only cleans about 80% as well as a real vacuum. Obviously, it can’t move furniture to vacuum under it (like a human would do), and it doesn’t leave a floor 100% spotless. But my husband and I both HATE to vacuum, so without the Roomba, we know that we wouldn’t vacuum our house often enough. So it’s a matter of whether 80% clean (via Roomba) is better than 0% clean (during weeks when hubby and I wouldn’t actually bother to vacuum), so the Roomba is a clear winner!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

We have a Roomba and I love it, but I can definitely see how it wouldn’t work for all houses. We live in a 700sq ft open floor plan apartment, so it’s really easy for ours to maneuver around and get the dust. Really the only complaint I have is it doesn’t go on our area rug. It only makes it onto the rug if it hits it at a specific angle, and I don’t think it cleans the rug as well as the hardwoods.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

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wildflowerz :  we have dark floors and we have one. I love it but you need to run it daily for the floors to stay clean with a dog. When we first ordered it I left the floors dirty for a few days to see how well it works and it missed a few spots on its first run BUT when we run it daily or at least every other day the floors stay very clean. It manages to go over our thresholds but we don’t have rugs so not sure how well it cleans those. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I don’t personally think that they are very good (didn’t have the expensive/trainable one lol). I mean it’s probably better than not vacuuming at all but nowhere near as good as just vacuuming in the normal manner.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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wildflowerz :  I have a Eufy too and I love it. We live with two cats in a single story house with hardwood flooring in the common areas. It’s not as advanced in terms of mapping the house etc but it does an amazing job picking up cat hair and navigating itself around everything. We just have to make sure there are no wires or objects in the way.

At times, it gets stuck under my bathroom counter but other than that, it’s great. We have it set to run every night when we’re at home so we can rescue it if we need to.

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