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Old 06-03-2008, 09:15 AM   #11
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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
station.

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
battery life.
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
occasionally.
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.!
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:40 AM   #12
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I just saw yesterday that they now have a pool cleaning robot. I am curious to know if anyone knows anything about those too.
We have the Maxi Vac for our inground pool. Only thing I don't like about it , it takes so long to do the whole pool.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:42 AM   #13
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I would not mind if it took a long time. I would set it up in the morning before work and let it go all day. I will not be buying one anytime soon though. the ones that are worth it seem to be around $1,000 and I am not spending that much money on one.
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I would not mind if it took a long time. I would set it up in the morning before work and let it go all day. I will not be buying one anytime soon though. the ones that are worth it seem to be around $1,000 and I am not spending that much money on one.
We got ours 20 yrs ago so it wasn't $1000 . They probably make better ones now too. The pool has not be opened for 4 yrs. because hubby didn't feel like doing the work. I've been hinting to him that I would like the pool opened this year... but he seems to have suffered a selective hearing loss.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:12 AM   #15
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I would not mind if it took a long time. I would set it up in the morning before work and let it go all day. I will not be buying one anytime soon though. the ones that are worth it seem to be around $1,000 and I am not spending that much money on one.
Questa max-I-vac / TurboSweep
link shows the pool vac we have, the old one which is white.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:47 AM   #16
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That's some good info GF!

It might be a free trial, but I don't want to take the time to figure the thing out, only to find it doesn't work well enough to justify the cost. Sounds like it may do the job though according to your post.
The one model is $500 and the other $300 for either the 580 or 530 model.... that's a lotta bucks to lay down, but if I can cut down on the dust it would be well worth it. I just don't get it. I can vacuum and dust and the next day I have dust on everything again. Such is the life with carpetting and dogs that run around I guess, but if vacuuming everyday (the Roomba of course) will eliminate my dust battle. Well worth it IMO.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:52 AM   #17
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I'm finding all the different model numbers a little bit confusing. I know that a group of them will be similar with subtle differences (meaning they will make a base model and add/subtract some accessories and give each a different model #). I'm also not sure where the cut-off is for the new versions versus the older ones.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:03 PM   #18
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5000 models are the newest.
Anything in the 4000 or lower is old.

iRobot - Clearance Center: Search for

Clearance models at irobot.com, you might find them cheaper elsewhere.
I have the Sage model.
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5000 models are the newest.
Anything in the 4000 or lower is old.

iRobot - Clearance Center: Search for

Clearance models at irobot.com, you might find them cheaper elsewhere.
I have the Sage model.
Thanks !........
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