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Old 03-13-2007, 09:48 PM   #1
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Roomba - Robot Vacuum

Does anyone own one? Which model do you have? What do you like or dislike about it?

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Old 03-13-2007, 11:43 PM   #2
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No Gb I don't. My bf's aunt has one. Not sure of the model but she likes it. I think it would be annoying after awhile.
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Old 03-14-2007, 01:57 AM   #3
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I bought a Roomba, when it first came out. I liked it but, it did not hold a charge & did not come with a charging station. It died w/i the first year.

I have an I-Robot now, and am very pleased. It has a charging station, so it's always ready to go (along w a remote & virtual walls). The only down side is, imo, it is notas sturdy as the Roomba, & doesn't go over my area rug (I have to lift it) - but, no biggie. Didn't get the programmable model, as I didn't see much of a need to pay a higher price for a function I don't need. I have had to replace the brush (my long hair somehow get's tangeled up in the bristles. Again, no biggie, as I bought another brush on ebay for a few $. For me, it's worth every penny. I have a backup vac, but haven't had to use it.
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:48 AM   #4
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How is the volume level mish? Are they loud?

I do't know anything about I-Robot so I will have to go look at those. Thanks
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:31 AM   #5
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I have an early Roomba--the best I can say about it is that it is cute.

It takes longer to empty all the little dust pans, clean the brush and the filter than it would to acutally do the vaccuuming.

You also have to pick up all the cords and rugs with fringes, and then "rescue" the little guy when he gets stuck, which happens a lot in my house.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:02 AM   #6
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How is the volume level mish? Are they loud?

I do't know anything about I-Robot so I will have to go look at those. Thanks
Never thought about the volume. No louder than a vacuum cleaner. You can set it down in an unoccupied room and close the door - or leave the house. It will get stuck if it's trapped between furniture - so I use while at home.

I prefer it to a vac because - it's light weight & small, can be stored any where, no bags & broken belts. I don't mind emptying a dust cup, tapping on the filter & a little internal cleaning. I was surprised at the dust that was picked up. It will go under the bed & places hard to reach w a vac & clean up any crumbs/particles on the floors. It will do everything it claims to do, and go along the baseboard.

The first, roomba, I bought at Bed B&B or Linens & things w the 20% off coupon. The I-robot (I have now), I bought on ebay - NEW & from a dealer that sells their products. It's a matter of convenience, for me. I had a Hoover that was as old as Hoover It did an excellent job, but too heavy for me.

An improvement I would like to see, is a better brush. The bristles are a little flimsy.

You could buy one from a BB&B or Linens & Things & try it out for a few days. Keep the receipt & if you're not pleased, you can return it.
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I think it would make our dogs go totally crazy.
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Bumping an old thread for more opinions...
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:09 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:11 AM   #10
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Cool. I didn't see this thread the first time around.

I just received an ad for a Roomba the other week. The 580 I think. Use it for 30 days free....
I went to Amazon and read reviews on the older models and the opinions seem to be split. I am a bit neglectful when it comes to vacuuming, and with three dogs and a cat I am always picking up "tumbleweeds" that make it onto a hard floor.
I called Roomba about the ad and of course they wanted to ship me one instead of answer my questions. My main concern was these half thresholds I have where a rug meets a hard floor. The kind that fold over the rug's edge. They said the Roomba would not be able to get over the bump.
Still, if I could set it to do one room every night as I went to bed.....
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