questionsis a roomba really worth it?

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@Wickedd365: I'm going to ride your question's coat tails if you don't mind..

What about the scooba? that thing looks amazing--if it works.. any owners?

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I have already planned on making him a DJ from the get go. Just need to know if he actually cleans while laying dope tracks.

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We had one for awhile. It was way too noisy, but really fun to watch the cat be tortured.

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I've owned my Roomba for about a year or so. Actually, I purchased it from Woot (go figure?). I must say that I really like it.

I run it about 3 times a week and find that it does a really great job. This will depend on how much space you have to clean though, and what sort of setup you get. I have a Roomba (older model) with no home/base charger or scheduler and my apartment is about 1000sqft. I find that it gets the job done in about one run, which is about 45min.

I think the optimal setup, especially if you have a larger area to clean, would be to get a Roomba that also has the home/base charger and scheduler. Also virtual/light walls (if you need them). This way, you can tell your Roomba to clear during certain times of day, and when it's low on power, it will go back and charge for a while, and then go back out and clean.

These are my thoughts, let me know if you have any more questions. And let us know if you decide to take the plunge!

Good luck, and cheers!

Matt

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What you need is a Neato Vacuum, which is smarter than your average roomba. It has laser room mapping!: http://www.robotshop.com/neato-robotics-xv-11-vacuum-cleaner.html

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I bought one from woot, it worked, but little people tend to play with it. It was good at cleaning the wide open areas of the TV room, but around the furniture it was not all that thorough. I did not like having to dump it every run it made, but it was doing a very large room and little people tend to be messy. Not a negative review.

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I like them, and have bought a couple from Woot. They go under furniture if there is enought clearance which I think is a great feature. Plus they have bunches of personality and charisma!

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I have 10 of them and have a demolition derby every night

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No. I went through about 5 in a year. They break constantly, the batteries are pitiful and expensive, and Roomba customer support is AWFUL. They don't actually vacuum, they are more like carpet sweepers; they're very loud; and mine always would concentrate on certain parts of the floor and ignore others.

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I had one, but after the second battery died, I gave up on it. And cleaning them out was a pita.

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Roomba is totally worth it. I own 2 of them, which I have purchased from Woot. The battery life was terrible in one of them, so I called the company and they sent me out a new one for free. (Customer service was quick and easy for me) I haven't had an issues since.

I use one upstairs and downstairs and love them. They do leave random patterns in the carpet, but they do a good job picking up dirt. I clean mine after every use. If you have the right tools, it only takes about 5 minutes a unit.

I don't have any pets, but I don't know if I would recommend one if you did. My wife has long hair, and sometimes (rarely) the Roomba will get clogged with just her hair. I can't imagine what it would be like if I had multiple animals all shedding at the same time. I have a Roomba 530 by the way.

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I've owned 3 roombas and a scooba. Only one of the roombas is still functional, and that's probably because it's relatively new. I just bought an upright vacuum a couple of months ago and don't use the last roomba anymore except for getting under beds. I can "clean" a room using multiple passes of the roomba and then go over it in 5 minutes with the upright (a refurb shark navigator) and pick up 5 times as much dirt.

I don't feel like roombas ever saved me any time. I've spent so much time and money in the last 4-5 years keeping them useable that they really weren't worth it.

The scooba was really good in the 6 months or so it lasted, but once it starts having problems it's so much easier to just get a mop.

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As a few other posters have noted, it's quite loud. Therefore, we don't use it too often. It looks very attractive constantly charging in the corner of our family room. I've been happy when I've run it, but the noise is fairly prohibitive with a non-roomba-riding cat around.

On the plus side, our little boy loves it. I think "roomba" was his 7th word. It's also entertaining (in a bad-mommy-type way) when he accidentally turns it on. First the surprise, then the realization roomba is going to play chase is fun to watch.

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I love the Roomba. Have to agree with others that battery won't matter as long as you get the one with the home base charger. I hit the start button on the way out the door and let it vacuum while I'm out. My wife freaked out the first time she saw that it had returned to its base by itself. My 2 year old daughter now loves to sneak up to it and push the button and then run away in terror as she screams "Robot, Robot!"
Oh, and it cleans floors, too.

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They are never going to be quite as good as getting out the old upright, but it does a good job of keeping floors clean in the mean time. I use mine to clean my kitchen and living room on a fairly regular basis. I would consider getting another one for my down stairs area, but i have too much crap around there that the roomba would probably get stuck.

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I own the Roomba 550 (purchased from Costco due to their excellent return policy), and i cant tell you how nice it is to have it around. This is the model which self-docks/charges and has the scheduler built in so it goes out at a set time 7 days a week... With roomba cruising around you can hardly tell i own a long-haired dog, that tends to drop her hair in clumps. It transverses from tile to carpet without a hitch and it doesnt commit suicide down the many flights of stairs around the house... At first i will admit i was a bit upset on spending $250 for a vacuum, but after a few days of coming home to a clean floor i began sleeping with ease again... now im half-ass considering purchasing another one for the upstairs so i dont have to move it around anymore. lol. I was even able to convince my employer to purchase one for the workplace! Easy to use, easy to fix... Makes my life easier... No complaints here, I Highly reccomend purchasing one if youre even remotely thinking about it.

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Also...as others have stated before it is a loud little bugger, but with the new scheduler you ideally set it to clean when youre not around so you dont have to deal with any of that. That way you get to come home to a nice clean home and hopefully some peace and quiet...

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@erinaine: they new ones are actually a vacuum, they have the new aero-vac bins which do a pretty decent job sucking... i have to use compressed gas to blow out the filter because it becomes caked with the fine powder/dust that it SUCKS up... not so much the glorified sweepers they used to be. Also, have you ever tried opening up any of your 5 roombas? they are VERY easy to work on/replace parts, and i gurantee you could have fixed them instead of blowing your money away again, especially with 5, you should have all the parts you need to make atleast 1-3 good working roombas. On top of it all, if you call the customer service they are more than willing to figure out a way to make you a satisfied customer, very helpful... But hell go out and waste your money, go buy another 5 roombas. Ignorance is bliss!

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I read a lot of reviews before buying my roomba recently. Overall everyone seemed to love it, but the negatives all pointed to a battery dying. Some pretty immediate or years later outside the warranty. The batteries can run about 40 bucks and up to replace.

Given this I recommend going to squaretrade.com and getting a three year warranty, or purchase it on a credit card that offers an extra year. I love using squaretrade, and they almost always have a coupon for 20-30% off at retailmenot.com. I got one for about 15 bucks for three years, but my roomba is one of the cheaper ones.

Again, reviews are very positive. Some people like to use a vaccuum once a month for an extra thorough clean or hand vac every now and then just to get into corners and edges it can't get. Using it every day really helps to consistently keep your floor clean and helps you keep junk off the floor.

Just be sure to do your research and get a roomba made to clean the size of your space. Enjoy!

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I have to agree with adonisseraph. The Roombas are a blast to take apart. The parts are color coded and very easy to move around. I had a side brush motor stop and customer service people sent one out very quick. This was a unit bought from woot too, so it was refurb and not brand new. If you're into hacking, there is so much that you can do with one of these and the manufacture encourages it.

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I have owned and used a Roomba for the past three years. They are great on hardwood floors and do ok on carpet. I just had to throw mine out but not because it broke on its own, it broke when my dog decided to try and eat it. I will be buying another one very soon, vacuuming by hand really sucks now even when using my Dyson that was bought from Woot.

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I've had a roomba for several years and love it. I set it to run while I'm at work, so noise isn't really a problem. I've replaced the battery once, which is a pain because it's expensive and seems like it should last longer, but if that's the only downside to never vacuuming again, I think I can live with it.

I love Robots!

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I had three indoor cats and a low pile rug. I love my roomba. It was able to pick up the car fur, cat talons, etc. It is still going strong after a year. I picked up one for my camper.

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2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds, laminate flooring and 1 roomba. It will never do an absolutely perfect job but it allows you to keep up. It run and brings its self back to home. However, I have heard excellent things about the new square one from another manufacturer.
I also have a litter robot that all my cats use that I would NEVER live without. It depends on how much time have. Everyone in my house is busy. Getting someone to sweep the floor the numerous times I need it done just isn't going to happen.

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@foggynights: Does the litter robot follow your cat everywhere?

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I received one as a gift. Barely use it after trying it out for a month. I mainly have polished concrete floors with rugs. When the roomba moves from one surface to the other, the edge of the rug basically "scrapes" the hair and dust bunnies from the roomba brushes and I end up having clumps of junk around the edges of my rugs. Also, it's suppose to take normally 45 minutes to do an average room (if I remember correctly) and yet it has run for over and hour and a half in my tiny living room going over the same clean areas several times and missing other areas completely. I can vacuum my living room in about 5 minutes so for me, totally not worth it and glad I didn't buy it myself.

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I gladly paid extra to Upgrade from a Roomba to a Neato. The Neato does the job at least twice as fast as the Roomba and it's got a freakin smart brain. It uses lasers to map the room and find it's way back to the charger. I can turn it on and it will clean a few rooms of the house, come back to the dock and recharge, then continue cleaning the house and when it's done it always finds its way back to the dock, which the Roomba rarely did. Yes, it's not cheap, but it is the vacuum you really fall in love with.

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Well worth it. Gets the job done but I still have to do some cleanup due to our high gloss wood floors and 2 cats.

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I'll chime in, too.

I'm on my second Roomba and first Scooba.

I don't have pets or kids, so I'll run the Roomba once every few days to 'sweep up'. It's great for in between real vacuumings - especially if you turn it on before leaving the house. It doesn't get the deep down dirt...

My first Roomba was a refurb (those stinkers are way too expensive and 'delicate' to buy new) and it lasted two years (had to buy a new battery each year) and probably needs a new battery now. My second Roomba (I so wish I had model numbers handy for you right now) we've had for only about 8 months. We've found that it's more finicky than my first Roomba (number two thinks our black rug is a scary endless deadly abyss) however the wheels are bigger and seem to go over our shag rugs much more efficiently.

It does take time to open it up and clean the dust and dirt out every so often, so the amount of time I 'saved' is partially reinvested there, however, I do love the thing...

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Alot of very solid responses. Looks like they are good, but the Neato sounds like the way to go.

Thanks everyone. Keep it coming.

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Love mine. Her name is Pat. Have found that she never complains that it's not her turn to vacuum. Running Pat 2 - 3 times a week has helped immeasurably with allergies at our house, so she has a permanent place here. No battery issues and it takes only a minute or two to clean, so highly recommended.

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The Roomba is not going to do all of your cleaning for you, and I think the majority of people who dislike theirs expected it to.

When you get it, you'll want to use your old-fashioned vacuum right away. Then, if you run it every day (when you leave in the morning, etc.), you'll keep pretty clean. Depending on the room, you may need to touch-up on your own (under radiators and other areas the Roomba can't do).

You'll still need to vacuum once a month or so.

Reading that the new ones actually have a vacuum makes me want to upgrade. Mine (a 410) is over two years old, purchased from Woot, and the battery still lasts an entire cycle (the bin is full before the battery dies). I wish they would make them a little more dust-proof. Dirt gets into a lot of places it shouldn't with the way mine is built, which means I need to take it apart to clean out on occasion.

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@rsumrall: Never heard of the Neato before and looked it up and looks like a solid machine.

You all have to watch the kick arse video with neato's laser visualization from amazon...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/m3DG6QWQ80SS44

EDIT: saw the video was posted above, this one is just a shorter version.

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The Roomba I had did an okay job with cleaning but missed a lot of spots. Unfortunately, it only lasted for about 1 year and 1 week and then developed a "death spiral" which Roomba customer service said was not repairable. Boo! Needless to say, I won't be buying another Roomba.

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@adonisseraph: There's really no call for calling me ignorant; you don't even know me. Of those 5, 3 were replacements for brokens. I bought 2 and both had to be replaced, one twice. Perhaps I was exceptionally unlucky. I also spoke with customer service by phone and via email and did not feel helped; though I did eventually get what I needed out of them, it was a time-consuming and frustrating experience.

And, really, whether it's fun or not to work on, should I be required to frankenstein together a working machine from broken ones, inside of a year?

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I LOVE my roomba! though they do break on occation (yearly for me due to use). So i recommend buying from hammacher schlemmer du eto lifetime warrenty and they will replace the bot anytime it is broken for free. They also have scoobas - we sent our broken scooba we paid $400 for and they sent us a check back du eto the newer and bigger model was comming out on 30 days for only $200 - we made bank!

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I got TWO Roombas! The Wife sweeps corners and a few other things and then I turn em loose. A Roomba will find dirt that regular sweeping misses. I value them more than my Honeywell air cleaner!

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@thilderbrand20: Simple answer, no. I bought one a while back for our kitchen and great room and it doesn't do near the job that our swiffer did. Maybe if you ran it once everyday it would be able to keep up with keeping the floor clean, but if you are like me you don't really have time to babysit the robot, when you are never home.

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@nickinaround: ahhh.. right on.. that's what i figured.. too bad, a fully effective "scooba" would be amazing.. god im lazy

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I had the kind that you could schedule and it had the home base charger. Here is what is wrong with the thing: If you have any furniture that is slightly close to the floor, Roomba will get stuck and scream for help. If you are not home, he will run his battery down screaming for help. 50% of the time he cannot find the charger and it is actually hard to get the thing in the charger. I was very disappointed.

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YES!!!!!! I love my roombas and have bought several as gifts for people. The type of floor/carpet you have makes a difference in the performance, but the only regular vacuum I've had that bested it was a Kirby(but that sure as hell wasn't getting under a table.). The 5 series is better and quieter than the 4 series, but it is a vacuum, it will make noise. As far as durability, it will outlast and outclean a dyson. Regular maintenance does require the bin to be emptied each usage(just like any other bagless) and the brushes to be cleaned as needed. Battery life is not an issue if you refresh the charge calculation in the roomba as per instructions when the runtime starts getting shorter.

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No!!! I bought two Roombas and one Dirt Dog or whatever they call the version for the garage. The batteries haven't lasted a year and then you're looking at $80+/- to replace. I did that - twice. The worst Roomba only ran about 2 months on the new battery. Customer service was slim or none. "We can send you another battery..." I'm not paying $40 per month for Roomba batteries! Switched it with the one that works to try the charger, battery, etc. Sure enough, battery was bad but so was the Roomba. "So sorry, out of warranty." So I paid a local to take a look at it. Dead in the water. He said he gets a ton of those things all the time and they are rarely fixable. Good idea, bad product, never again.

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I have a roomba, and the thing you have to know about them is they are a small vacuum, they are not for deep cleaning or a big job (say you never sweep or vac) they are for just inbetween jobs. I vacuum in the morning and then let the roomba go later on in the day. I have a 1yr old and 2 large dogs. It is a small jobs machine, just so you don't have to vacuum all the time