IRobot Roomba 4299 Discovery
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- Robotic floorvac with dirt detection, convenient infra-red cliff sensors, sidebrush, and more
- Auto adjusts to any floor surface; 2-hour continuous cleaning; easy-to-empty debris bin
- Rechargeable APS battery, 3-hour charger, 1 virtual wall, 3 air filters, remote control, and wall mount included
- Remanufactured to "like-new" condition; may contain minor cosmetic blemishes. 90 day manufacturer's warranty.
- Color may vary; may be one of six original model numbers: 4131, 4210, 4130, 4230, 4135, or 4108.
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1. Inconvenience of coming home to a dead battery
2. Difficult to clean
4. Could not focus on dirtier areas; only cleaned randomly.
1. We have gotten into the habit of, as we are walking out the door, putting the Roomba to work. However, we always used to have the problem of coming home to Roomba with a dead battery (inevitably it would die in the worst spots, like under our bed just out of reach). Then we would have to plug him in to our charger (which we had to shell out sixty bucks for) and wait for two hours to use him again. That was complaint one for the old version.
iRobot has fixed the battery issue on the Discovery. The fast charger (which we had to pay for before) is now built in. Secondly, and what has proven to be my favorite new feature of the new Roomba, the little vacuum automatically finds his docking station when his battery is about dead. I do have two recommendations on this note, however. The docking station appears to work just like a virtual wall, Roomba doesn't know that it is there unless it crosses its path, so you make sure that it is in a wide open room where Roomba is sure to cross its path in its waning minutes of power. Secondly, now you have to be extra sure to Roomba-proof the room so that he doesn't get stuck. If he's stuck he won't be able to find his way back to the charger.
2. The new version has gotten much easier to clean, especially the main brush. All the pieces now pop in and out of place easier and there are no screws to remove any of the pieces that need cleaning.Read more ›
The Roomba runs itself under furniture! How cool is that? I doubt my dust bunnies are happy, but I can live with that!
There is always a downside, and this machine does have a couple. While it is easy to clean and detangle hair etc. from the brushes, it does have to be done a lot. Note that no tools are required though - the brushes snap on and off easily.
While it is an excellent supplement to the dirt fighting arsenal, it will never replace the traditional vaccuum. First and foremost, it doesn't do stairs. Second, there are a couple of places in my house where it simply can't reach. It doesn't clean carpets as deeply as the "real" vaccuum does, so high traffic areas still require a little extra attention. And for localized spills, the traditional vac is just plain ol' faster.
Despite all the cons, I can say my house has probably never been cleaner. This does a great job of picking up dirt and pet hair, and it is so accessible and easy to run that I end up using it every day.
I would buy this again in a heartbeat.
a) will it get stuck in our somewhat cluttered house?
b) will it have enough suction power to have any impact?
c) (least important though) will it be easy to use?
After buying the little interactive R2D2 robot from Hasbro [...] my wife and I were more than suspicious of 'miracle artificial intelligence' robots. R2 was interesting, but pretty helpless in our house. He would constantly get stuck and lost in our house and the kids stopped playing with it almost immediately. So naturally we thought that Roomba would have the same limitations (especially after seeing the manufacturer videos which show a clean and clutter free hardwood floor house (ours is pretty much the opposite).
I'm happy to say that it took me all but 10 minutes of time watching Roomba zip around the house to see that this wouldn't be a problem. Roomba has very 'intelligent' escape sequences. He (yes, our Roomba is a 'he') recognizes when he gets stuck and has some nifty moves to free himself. So far (2 weeks of daily use) Roomba has gotten stuck 1 time (read: ONE). And he didn't get stuck because he drove over something, he got stuck on a piece of furniture which didn't have enough headroom for him). So I'd say : Checkmark on a). Roomba certainly finds his way around your house.
Regarding the suction, I'd say Roomba qualifies around the same amount of suction as our Dyson bagless ~$200 vacuumcleaner. As a matter of fact, Roomba sucks up dirt in a single go that our big vacuum had problems with (btw: since we've had Roomba, we don't need our big vacuum anymore). Checkmark on b).
Roomba is extremely easy to use.Read more ›
It arrived! I excitedly opened the box. First impression... The unit was dirty, very heavily scatched and scuffed. Not exactly a good first impression.
I then lifted the Roomba out of the box and I was immediately covered with dirt and dust. The bottom of the box was also filled with dirt and dust and hair. I flipped it over and discovered the brushes covered with dirt, dust and someones (or somethings!) hair.
I was grossed out, but even worse, the other person in the room (who suffers from allergies) started to sneeze violently. I spent the next 20 minutes thoroughly vacuuming the entire room and all other horizontal surfaces I could reach.
I think it is very obvious that NOBODY did anything with this Roomba since the previous owner returned it besides transfer the polystyrene packing box to a new cardboard box that says "Remanufactured" on it!
In summary - BE VERY CAREFUL!!!
If you ordered a "Factory-Reconditioned", be aware that it might be pre-filled with someone elses dust, dirt, hair and who knows what else.
I think I might have to bite the bullet and pay full price. I like the idea of this product, but not the pre-filled one I received!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just noticed that my Roomba will be 10 years soon and thought that I would post a updated review. I have used it about once a week since I bought it refurbished from Amazon on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. W.
If you have shedding pets, it requires a lot of cleaning of the filter, about the same time as vacuuming,Published 7 months ago by Mark D. Anderson
LOVED the Roomba...until the battery wore out WAY too soon! Not worth the price! :(Published 8 months ago by jonnialogy
The roomba works really well at cleaning medium pile carpet. It also works well on tile floors.
It is fun to watch and when finished usually finds it's way back to the... Read more
These are GREAT for a working person: BUT they only last a couple of years. As long as you empty it faithfully, and clean the brushes regularly, it really helps control dust and,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stella
Besides going in circles and into adjoining rooms it keeps crashing into stuff. So that would be OK except that it does an inadequate job of its basic function: vacuuming.Published on July 12, 2013 by Island Cook
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