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VRooooomba! VRooooomba! You should see this little guy go!

  • May 1, 2008
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VRooooooooomba! VRooooooooooomba! Seeing Roomba--the iRobot 560 vacuum cleaner--run around my daughter's house like "The Little Engine That Could" makes me smile. In fact, when they first got it, the whole family gathered around to watch it suck up the dirt and see what happened when it approached obstacles and how easily navigable it is. An added treat was watching their little black dachshund, Molly, chase it around as though it were her new playmate. What a riot! We laughed like crazy!

When Debbie first phoned to tell me she had bought an iRobot, I laughed out loud. I had seen the early versions of the robot vacuum and was not impressed. The suction wasn't that good and navigation almost nil. What did she want with something like that when she has a $1600 precision-made German model ... full size? Another toy? Just another "conversation piece," an item that would be fun but rather useless?

Deb has always liked gadgets, the newest playthings, and after the novelty wore off, I figured this latest one would be stuck in the closet along with other products she'd purchased from Sharper Images through the years. Oh, well, it's her money, and to each her own.

How wrong I was! She's very pleased with the dramatically improved navigation, cleaning coverage, particle filtration, and the amount of dirt and debris the Roomba 560 vacuuming robot sucks up--with a simple touch of a button. To hear her tell it, Roomba sucks up more dirt than an octopus sucks up sea water with all eight tentacles operating simultaneously.

Another feature she finds indispensable is the easy-to-empty bagless dustbin, always a popular feature in a vacuum. Roomba also returns to its self-charging home-base to dock and recharge between cleaning cycles or when the battery starts to run low. (No, it doesn't go there on its own, the owner has to place it there. It's smart, but not THAT smart. ... lol ...) Its home base is an advanced power system consisting of a fast-charging battery, a three-hour charger, and a power source that supercharges the unit for up to 120 minutes of continuous cleaning, covering about three to four average-size rooms on a single charge. And those are only a few of the Roomba 560's innovative features; for full features, please check under DESCRIPTION on the product page.

Debbie still uses her regular vacuum once weekly, but swears by Roomba for all clean-ups in between. She says she would feel safe in relying on her robot full-time, but in using both, she's adding to their life spans. That seems sensible to me.

The Roomba is quiet and programmable too, and once it learns the dimensions of a room, you should see this little guy go. It's just as determined to do its job as the little choo-choo in "The Little Engine That Could." VRooooooooooooomba! VRoooooooooooooomba!

Reviewed by: Betty Dravis, 2008
author of: Millennium Babe: The Prophecy

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August 07, 2010
I can picture my daughter chasing the Roomba just like Molly! :) This is just the thing I need with a toddler, I feel like I need to vacuum every three hours with her running around with crackers, cookies, and snacks! @CuteChihuahua also loves her Roomba 400. Thanks for the review Betty!
August 07, 2010
Thanks, Eco, I am really surprised how well this little guy works. Yes, it would ease your work to have this robot eating your toddler's leftovers. lol
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I'm editing my review because I am so diappointed with this product. I had it under 16 months when it started acting up - would jerk around in a circle and never go forward. I contacted iRobot through their tech support on the internet and after some back and forth was told I would have to replace it, that it could not be fixed. We paid almost $600 for this product and it didn't even last two years. iRobot offered to sell me another one at a discount and I refused. Then they coudn't seem to understand …
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With dramatically improved navigation, cleaning coverage, vacuum pickup, and particle filtration, the Roomba 560 vacuuming robot picks up amazing amounts of dirt and debris with the simple touch of a button. The powerful unit features innovative spinning side brushes that grab dirt and dust from corners and along wall edges, as well as two high-speed, counter-rotating brushes that pick up pet hair, cat litter, food crumbs, and other debris from floors. The vacuum sucks up the debris and deposits it into a large, easy-to-empty, bagless dust bin, and its improved fine-filtration system traps dust, pollen, and other allergens inside the unit, reducing infiltration into the living environment.

For added convenience, the vacuum's cleaning head automatically adjusts to transition from wood, tile, and linoleum to carpets and rugs, while improved anti-tangle technology ensures it will not get stuck on cords and rug fringe. If the unit begins to pick up a cord or carpet tassel, it will automatically reverse the direction of its brushes to extract the item. A gentle-touch bumper system senses obstacles so the vacuum automatically slows its approach, gently touches the obstacle, then redirects to continue cleaning under or around the object. Because it cleans under beds, couches, and other hard-to-reach areas, it actually vacuums more of the floor than a standard upright. The vacuum also senses dirtier areas and spends more time cleaning them, and it uses built-in cliff sensors to avoid...

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