I have a roomba Sage 4100. And 2 dogs and 3 cats.
The little beast picks up pet hair quite nicely!
If I am more than 2 rooms away, I rarely hear it running.
I can run it 2 times (big living room and kitchen, no carpets)
before I need to recharge.
The new models (5000 series) have bigger dustbins, better programming,
better edge sweeping brushes, and supposedly don't get tangled in cords.
Drawback with pets is that I have to clean the roller brushes fairly often.
But that is much better then vacuuming.
If you are anal about your vacuuming, don't get a Roomba. If you are happy
with a good not great job... you will love them. I highly recommend a charging
Oh, I have a Scooba too. It is the floor mopping model. Love it too.
And I-Robot, maker of roombas, has superb customer service. My Scooba
battery died... they sent me a new one and a program update to improve
My Roomba died 5 days outside the warranty and they still sent me a new
one. Supposedly both issues have been fixed in the newer models.
edit to add: My model goes from hardwood floor to area rug with no problems. It regularly bumps
itself over a 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch metal bar at the bottom of a chair too. Gets stuck on that
So if you get a 30 day free trial, it would be (IMHO) worth it.
For pet owners, you need to pre-clean once, then run the beast at least every other day
to keep the tumblehairs away.!