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Old 01-12-2012, 06:38 PM   #71
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I'm not worried about the stairs- there is a raised floor piece in the doorway from the first room, into the stairwell (like in every other doorway in the house) so it wouldn't be able to reach the top of the stairs. I'm more worried that it would be more work to maintain the roomba, and shuffle it between the five rooms in my house I would like to use it for than it would be to whip out the cordless stick vac for a quick sweep of the floor. I decided on the dyson cordless stick vac. Picked it up today :) plus I don't want to listen to the roomba vacuuming for hours. I used to have a friend that had one, and they seemed to have it going every time I was there and it was incredibly annoying. Everyone's priorities are different. I can use the stick vac in the bathroom too, and I imagine the roomba wouldn't be very efficient in our tiny maze-like bathrooms lol. Our house has a very odd floor plan
I lock the Roomba in the bathroom and go get it when I think about it. My mom's Roomba is a lot quieter than mine (purchased in 2010). I really like that it goes under furniture...I've jacked up the few pieces using cardboard coasters it couldn't get under. Given that I have dogs, I have to empty mine about every 45 minutes. My mom's will do the entire upstairs without complaining that it needs to be emptied. It only takes a couple of minutes to empty it and clean the brushes.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:52 PM   #72
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If your Roomba falls down the stairs and you pick it up within 5 seconds it doesn't count.
good one, greg!
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:59 PM   #73
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Our roomba detects stairs. There are no tower things, you just have to adjust a couple of sensors on the bottom of the unit so it can tell the difference between floor and stairs. Its amazing. I'm of the "empty every 45 minutes" category as well. Hairy dog, hairy children...nuff said.

GG, LOL to the "5 second rule" on the stairs!
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:10 PM   #74
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we bought my mom, the kitchen neurosurgeon, a shark steamer thing for christmas.

by the 27th, mom had called to tell us how much she loved it!

she did her kitchen and bathroom floors and was astounded at how dirty the pads were, so she did the floors 2 or 3 times more until the pads came out perfectly clean after use, lol.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:31 PM   #75
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we bought my mom, the kitchen neurosurgeon, a shark steamer thing for christmas.

by the 27th, mom had called to tell us how much she loved it!

she did her kitchen and bathroom floors and was astounded at how dirty the pads were, so she did the floors 2 or 3 times more until the pads came out perfectly clean after use, lol.
Buckytom, was looking at some models at Amazon. What model did you get your mother? I have a galley kitchen and a bathroom. Would be perfect for those two areas. I have nice kids who will buy it for me for my birthday in March. I just haven't told them yet.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:01 PM   #77
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Buckytom, was looking at some models at Amazon. What model did you get your mother? I have a galley kitchen and a bathroom. Would be perfect for those two areas. I have nice kids who will buy it for me for my birthday in March. I just haven't told them yet.
Mine's purple--I didn't know there are different models...
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Once food touches the floor it goes in the garbage, no exceptions. Gotta be extra careful with the truffles!
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FINALLY!!! A definitive answer.

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