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Works as advertised

  • May 19, 2009
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Being a owner of 3 cats, keeping my house clean has always been a major problem..  They shed hair like crazy, and doing vacuum every week or two just doesn't cut it, especially we have a 2-year old boy that does who knows what on the floor all the time.  With the little iRobot vacuum cleaner, I can finally keep our floor nice and clean!

The iRobot came with the little robot vacuum, a docking/charging station, and a couple of virtual "walls" that you can setup to keep the Roomba from going to places you don't want it to.  The first time we let it clean the floor, it would stop every half an hour requesting us to clean it, since there are a lot of cat hair that were hidden under the sofa/bed that we never cleaned before, and they can get stuck in the roller easily, but once we used the vacuum a couple of times, our floor is clean enough and it will go around the house and clean for a couple of hours and went back to its docking station automatically to recharge!  Now I just have it do its cycle pretty much every day when we are not home or was downstairs having dinner, and our floor is now always clean!

There are a few downsides to this little widget, first of all, it takes a LONG time for it to vacuum the floor, this usually is not a problem since I just let it do its job where nobody's there, but if you spilled some dirt and just want to spot clean a place, you probably want to use an old fashioned vacuum cleaner, it's faster and more efficient.  And the Roomba can get stuck sometimes, I would either block off the troubled area, or just rearrange so that it doesn't get stuck anymore.  And it is pretty pricey at $300, you can a very good conventional vacuum cleaner at a lower price.  However, I find that the positives far outweighs the few problems I have with it, and I'd especially recommend it to fellow pet owners out there that want to keep their place as hair free as possible!

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May 19, 2009
I was thinking of getting one of these to clean while we are out. Do you recommend this for both carpet and hardwood floors?
May 19, 2009
Yeah, we use the Roomba to clean both hardwood floors and carpet, it does a pretty good job for both.
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I was originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and I moved to the united states when I was 16 years old. I lived in Champaign, Illinois for 6 years before moving to California and have been here since.   … more
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With an intelligent cleaning system and Dirt Detect technology, this robotic vacuum navigates around furniture and vacuums along walls and in corners for thorough cleaning. 2 virtual wall units keep the vacuum within a desired space for enhanced performance.

Product Features
  • Roomba's automated robotic intelligent cleaning system enables it to navigate around rooms, under furniture, against walls and into corners for deep, thorough cleaning
  • One-touch clean button for simple, reliable operation; cleans up to 3 rooms per cleaning cycle
  • Bagless design saves time and energy with no bags to buy or replace
  • Dirt Detect technology locates and isolates soils and continues cleaning until the soils are removed
  • Antitangle system helps the vacuum avoid cords, carpet fringes and tassels
  • Edge-cleaning capability allows the vacuum to reach deeply into wall edges and hard-to-clean corners to remove dirt and debris with ease
  • Cleaning head automatically adjusts to the surface for seamless transitions from carpet to hard floors
  • Includes 2 virtual wall units (require 2 DD batteries, not included) that conveniently block doorways and other openings using a beam to keep the vacuum within a desired area; autodetects and avoids stairs and other drop-offs for enhanced performance
  • Automatically returns to home charging base (included) when the cleaning cycle is complete
  • Includes home charging base, rechargeable battery, power supply, brush cleaning tool, 2 virtual wall units and extra filter
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