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Robot Vacuum Cleaners
  • We have a couple or Roombas, one upstairs and one down. As a rule, they work pretty well, seldom need much more than emptying, run automatically on a schedule, and we are satisfied with them. They are fascinating to watch, the way they go this way and that, turn, reverse and spin, ease up to a ledge and suddenly back up. They run a very random looking path, yet amazingly cover the entire floor. I do have a cautionary tale, however. Roomba has a Dirt Sensor that makes her (they have a female voice, thus are gendered female) spin in a tight circle, going over the same dirty place repeatedly until it is clean. Usually this is a good thing. Not always. The lady of the house decided that our dog might be lonely during the day and he might enjoy having a new dog in the house. Since we have been very satisfied with Athens Canine Rescue and our first dog from them, we adopted a second dog from them. Said dog was alleged to be housebroken. Perhaps in some other house. Said dog created some dog dirt on the dining room rug. Some time after this excretion, Roomba awoke and went to work. When she found the dirt, she immediately recognized it and started her circling routine. Unfortunately, dog dirt is not a type of dirt that Roomba can pick up, try though she might. From the appearance of the trail left behind, she did try very hard indeed. Roomba pushed it all around the room, all over the rug, especially along the edge fringe, then she took off into the living room, still pushing/dragging/distributing this pile of dog dirt. By now, one would think, the pile would be spread out so much that there was no more left to distribute. Not so. This dog was highly productive. Perhaps a better choice of term would be destructive. At any rate, Roomba is not compatible with dog dirt. So, if you have a dog that is not truly housebroken, or anything else that may create a similar pile of dirt, I do not recommend using Roomba unsupervised. Earlier I said we have two Roombas. Technically true, but we have purchased three, as the one got itself into a such a state that neither of us would clean it, thus it was replaced. The rugs were far too expensive to replace, so we commenced cleaning them. We soon discovered my dear wife had an inability to keep her food down when involved in cleaning that particular type of dirt. So I cleaned the rugs. She returned the dog. Our original dog does indeed seem much happier being an only dog. He has never again tried to convince anyone that he needs a live in playmate.

  • My husband and I bought a Roomba a couple of years ago, thinking it would save us time, you know… set it and forget it! We have hardwood floors throughout our house. However, if you have a dog that sheds, the Roomba is not a good idea. You have to sweep before you use it or else you end up cleaning out the fur jams every 15 minutes. Otherwise, it does a great job. Our Roomba is now probably the dustiest piece of machinery in our house… ironic! I have now invested in a Shark Vac/Steam that I absolutely love.

  • I love Roomba – have had 2 since 2007….the only downfall is the battery it has a tendency to not live that long, the battery runs down after an hour or so. I have animals in my house so I have to clean brushes every time. I love it – I won’t ever have a regular vacuum again.