questionsdoes a roomba clean well?

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I've owned several. If you're single, or there are only adults, and you don't have a complicated house (with fringed rugs, or lots of wires on the floor), they work pretty well. Here's the number one thing that may push you over to the Dyson, though.

You can't just use the Roomba. Sooner or later, to get in those pesky corners, or other hard to reach places, you'll need an actual vacuum. I had all hardwood floors in a previous house (and I lived alone), and the Roomba was wonderful for getting under furniture. My current home is two stories, and (only) the stairs are carpeted. You might think that a Roomba wouldn't do well on that. ;-}

I long ago gave my last Roomba to a friend who has used it for countless projects. I have a Shark refurb from Woot (which I bought because it was a light purple, and because I needed a vacuum). I don't know about Dysons, but people seem to like them.

HTH

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I have not owned a Roomba, so I can't comment on that, but I would also look at Shark vacuum cleaners if you're looking for a vacuum. They have good reviews everywhere I've seen, and I own one and it has been great. They have similar features to Dysons. Dysons are maybe a little better/nicer, but Sharks are around half the price.

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Me and my room mate use to have one. so anyone who has hardwood floors, knows that you either have to sweep them twice a day, or put up with the fact that if you go barefoot you will always feel grit and debris under your feet. Especially if you have cats and they track kitty litter in their paws and it finds its way onto the floor. a roomba is great at providing a kind of "half asssed once over" of any hard surface. it will pick up alot of random specks of sand/dirt/kitty litter etc.... but don't expect it to clean as well as a human with an actual vacuum. if you have hard wood and are tired of having to sweep daily, this will help. if you have carpets (or like someone said, lots of rugs with fringe) you're better off just getting your hands dirty.

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Is it safe to say a dining room's ceramic tile floor with uneven surface due to below level grout, that has chairs would cause issues for the roomba? Like this but with 6 chairs.

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@caffeine_dude: The uneven grout won't be a problem. The Roomba sorta self adjusts between different floor heights. (it can go from carpet to tile and back to problem) The obstacles like tables and chairs just make it take longer to clean, but given enough time, the roomba should find its way around everything assuming there is enough width for it to fit. If you could fit a normal vacuum in there without pulling the chairs out, the roomba should "feel" its way around and get the job done.
It can get wedged under low things if the gap is essentially the same height of the roomba. It will try to go in reverse to save itself, but sometimes it hits with too much speed and gets jammed in there.

Edit: just thought I would add that the Roomba does clean pretty well. It does a good job getting cat hair up. As a consequence, I spend lots of time cleaning the brush heads out. I just saw they're coming out with a brush-less one. That'd be nice.

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@tjfrit01: I agree. Shark vacuums are the balls.

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I have two. They work great for hard floors. They will not clean like an upright, but you'll use it more. If you have kids, the utility lessens. Picking up a hundred little roomba killers takes time, things you could go around with an upright have to be put up/picked up for the roomba. My roombas especially like to eat kids socks. That being said, I use it more than I would an upright because it's easier, and it motivates me/the kids to clean up their messes.

Using it more means it doesn't have to clean as well in one pass, or even one use. If you have a house where you can run it daily, you'll probably only get out the upright when you have a particularly big mess.

Carpets kill the run time, it'll do 1-2 rooms with carpet or it'll do a thousand square feet of hardwood floors with obstacles hallways, bathrooms etc... I love it for the novelty, but the functionality is there - just hard to gauge. Edit: no problems with grout/transitions. Mine has jumped on the hearth ~1.5"

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These are not ringing endorsements for the Roomba. It sounds like they're "'eh"

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For the price of a Roomba, I'd rather get a nice vacuum cleaner and just vacuum once a week. I've had one but my house has a lot of traffic so it didn't really keep up. It's more of a novelty appliance that makes guests go "Oooh...wow...gee whiz". Manually vacuuming is always going to be cleaner since you can get to areas Roomba cannot. I would think the Roomba would be better for wood or ceramic floors (my house is all carpet though).

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We have had a Roomba for several years, and they do clean pretty well, but they are not a replacement for a "real" vacuum cleaner. The most frustrating thing about my Roomba is the amount of maintenance I have to do on mine. Things like little plastic gear boxes aren't sealed well and so once a month (sometimes more) the Roomba will start "limping" and I have to open the thing up and clean all the dust and cat hair out out of the gear box. It's not difficult, just a dozen or so screws to remove, but it was daunting the first couple of times figuring out what was wrong. Now I'm like a Roomba pit-crew (not saying that's a good thing).

tl;dr - They do a pretty good job, but I wouldn't buy another one.

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I've always felt a bit unfaithful for not LOVING my Rosie.

We have mostly hard surface floors and several pets. Rosie does a decent job, but I spend time moving things around so she can get behind or between them (Potted plants, piano bench, low chests, etc.) I guess I would use her more often if I could just ignore all that stuff.

BTW, I recently had to replace the battery and performance increased TREMENDOUSLY. (My Roomba really sucks, now!) Seriously, with the replacement battery the suction is better and it seems to even clog up with pet hair less often. It probably helps that I took the entire thing apart and cleaned all of the critter hair out of the deep recesses.

As others have said, it's great for daily maintenance, novelty, and cat entertainment, but you will probably still need a regular vacuum to get to some spots and to do heavy vacuuming of rugs and carpets.

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They are great, I have owned many, neato robot is much better on carpet, but roomba does much better on floors and tile

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It depends what you're cleaning. In my case, yes. I use mine on my first floor, which is all hardwood aside an area rug. It does a great job of keeping the balls of fur picked up, and general dirt that gets tracked in. I still need to do a regular vacuuming every 8-10 days or so. But, I've tested it and turned it off, and without it I need to vacuum roughly every 5 days. To me, that's a win.

I have mine scheduled to run every M/W/F at noon.

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I've had ups and downs with my Roomba.

Good Stuff
- It vacuums when you're lazy/busy to vacuum yourself

Bad Stuff
- It tends to get stuck on furniture a lot.
- High maintenance = clean out brushes, "tank", rollers, etc. after every run
- Low run-time ~30 minutes.
- Doesn't pick up everything, It doesn't exactly cover an entire room. You're better off putting the Roomba right next to where you want to vacuum yourself.

So yeah, its not exactly a smart robot. Plus you need to make sure your house if 100% free of obstacles such as furniture, wires, etc. I think the best place to have this would be the kitchen and hallways.

Would be awesome though if there was a Wi-Fi powered Roomba that you can control from your computer or device. Kind of like an RC car but cleans at the same time. That's something I would wait for and use.