(Closed) The ROOMBA – your opinions?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Fiance insisted on one, it’s alright, but we don’t use it that much.  I’ve decided that it is a male, named Mr. Roomba.  The cats don’t much care for him.

We got ours refurbished on woot.com, and just after the 90 day limited warranty, one of the sensors died.

It wasn’t too hard to replace, since there are plenty of places telling you how to take apart or otherwise hack your Roomba.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

It’s quieter than a regular full power vacuum, it works pretty well if you remember to clean the brushes/everything before/after each use.  

I mostly run it when I notice crumbs under the counter ledges in the kitchen.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I loved the Roomba when we lived in a house with all hardwood floors.  I’d run it every night, and dog hair was a thing of the past!  It doesn’t work nearly as well on our newly carpeted floors as it did on the hardwoods, and now we almost never use it.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Ours is set ro clean every day.  It is loud, but picks up a lot of dog hair.  It is actually pretty gross when you see how much is in the bin.  I think if you have pets it is a must! 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My mom loves hers (she was even in their commercial a few years ago)!  it saves her from having to vacuum up pet hair everyday.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ours has to be cleaned out twice every time we use it in a two bedroom apartment.  Our stand-up vaccuum is way more effective, and less time consuming.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I used the Roomba and it worked pretty well picking up dog hair, etc. It worked especially well on the hardwood floors opposed to the carpets. My dog is afraid of it though and the arm breaks easily.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We have a house full of hardwood floors and it’s great for maintenance in between actual vacuuming.  I just got mine for Christmas from the hubby, but I love it.  Oh, and mine is named George. 😉

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I have had both a Roomba and a different robot vacuum cleaner, the Neato XV-11. If you have a choice, you should get the Neato. It has a laser eye, so it is able to remember the layout of your room and avoid furniture. Therefore, it is a lot more efficient when it vacuums. When it runs out of batteries, it will go back to the charger and return to where it was working when it stopped. 

The roomba and the neato are excellent for hardwood floors. The Neato is a tad more powerful and can handle carpeting a bit better. Either robot is great for pet hair and dust!

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

we love ours! we have hardwood floors and have lots of dust. we run it three times a week for maintenance. we’re lazy, so it makes me happy to have the floors cleaned while we’re at work.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I used to work for Best Buy and I had someone come in and return it because…. “it doesn’t get the corners”.

So… be wary of that.

*dies of laughter* It took all I had to be serious during that transaction.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

LOL…I didn’t even know what a Roomba was until I read this post.

We’ve got a Dyson, which is frickin’ awesome.  But I could see the appeal of something like this.  Although I’m not sure how mcuh our cats would enjoy it LOL

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have been thinking about getting one, but I have a possibly stupid question… We have hardwood floors with area rugs. Will it just bump into the rug and turn around or does it go onto the rug?

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