iRobot Roomba 5th Generation Vacuum Cleaning Robot
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- Automatically returns to its Home Base to recharge between cleanings.
- Virtual Wall Lighthouse keeps Roomba cleaning in one room, then guides it to the next
- Robot intelligence easily cleans hard to reach places, under beds and around furniture.
- Senses dirtier areas and cleans more thoroughly in those spots. Side brush reaches into corners and along edges to remove dust, dirt and debris.
- Self-adjusting cleaning head automatically adjusts to cleam carpets to hard floors.
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Top Customer Reviews
Roomba vacuumed under a challenging queen bed, navigating over some cords, between two underbed boxes and six box-spring support pillars, and still getting out to the edge of the baseboard under the head of the bed-- great since I don't exactly move an oak bed around very often. Roomba covered the floorplan of a fairly complicated floor layout completely in the MBR, found the MBath, and cleaned up the tile floor very well, navigated back out (not using the included lighthouse yet) and discovered the hallway and one of the kids rooms as well as the kids' tile bathroom; it did a nice job on all. I did shut off the closet doors before starting Roomba. It navigated itself into and out of some pretty tight corners.
Roomba bumped into a balled up shirt on my son's floor and navigated around it rather than trying to eat it, though I don't recommend that approach routinely.
Roomba did have a couple of difficulties, which I found to be minor, compared to actually vacuuming:
*Now, I have not yet used the included lighthouse to mark off the rooms and help Roomba navigate-- but Roomba has not yet managed to navigate itself back to its base for recharging-- I have to go find it after it's done and take it home.Read more ›
Seems to do a really good job vacuuming our living room (carpet) and kitchen (hardwood) in one shot.
It almost always finds it's charging station at the end, and even sings a little happy song when it does.
Has not once gotten tangled or hung up on anything
It's low enough that it fits under all our furniture, including couches, which is nice.
The little spinning side brush really pulls in debris from the corners
It slows down before it bumps into stuff. Like when it approached the flap on the couch, it slows down and then tries to gently push through. If it encounters a leg or something, it turns around.
It's fun to watch. Really, it's pretty cool. I was surprised when it went under the couch the first time and I couldn't hear it, then it popped out on the side.
Not too loud. Yeah it makes noise, but not keep you up at night kind of noise.
Pets seem OK with it. Our two dogs just get up and move when it comes near them. I was worried they would try to eat it, but so far, so good. Luckily there is not much sticking out they could actually get their mouths around.
Virtual wall works
Came with a sticker saying if I feel like getting my geek on and hacking the Roomba software, Go For It!! How cool! (more below)
Brushes need to be cleaned after EVERY run (more on this below)
Bin capacity is pretty small. Only enough to hold one pass.Read more ›
I read mixed reviews about the Roomba from several sites as well as love it/hate it stories from co-workers. Hence, I was skeptical about spending money on something that was either hated or loved by others. I took a leap of faith and bought it!
I've had it for 3 months now and use it about 3 X a week. I own 2 dogs, one of them sheds a lot! The roomba has been a blessing for me. Not only does it do the job of cleaning my tiled floors by itself, it actually does it better than I do.
My husband and I were amazed at how well it cleaned. I had my mother in law over for Thanksgiving and she was equally amazed at the job it did. I haven't tried it on carpet. It might be a different experience all together and I'm guessing this is were the problem comes for dissatisfied customers.
In regard to other reviews, I don't find any of the maintenance on this little vacuum an inconvenience. Yes, we have to empty the dirt from the storage compartment after each cleaning, but that's something I would do with any other vacuum cleaner. A big bonus for me is that it gives me time to do other stuff, without having to pay someone else to clean my house.
I would highly recommend it to my dearest friends, provided they don't expect the machine to empty the dirt in their garbage after cleaning.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It looks fine.....but no one seems to know how to put it together. Idf you have any suggestions I'd greatly appreciate them. K. StewartPublished on December 10, 2012 by Kathryn Stewart
First off this didn't replace my regular vacuum but it sure did spread out its uses. It is awesome. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I have had my Roomba for about three months now, and I can't say enough good things about it. We use it two or three times a week, and have not had a single problem. Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I've owned several Roomba products and they have worked great. I purchased the Roomba 540 as it was on sale, and as I've stated I've had good luck with their products. Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by BStahr
After some research I purchased the irobot rhoomba 5th generation vacuum.
I am not a high tech person so I selected a unit without remote control. Read more
I have waited about a month to write this review. I was pleased with my Roomba as soon as I started useing it. Read morePublished on December 24, 2010 by Scott D. Mognet
I have 2200 sqft home and initially bought a 562 model for $340. I thought that automatic scheduler is an useful feature but then after using it for few days I noticed that the... Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by KP
Item came in as stated (New) condition in a timely manner. It works as expected and I am satisfied.Published on September 26, 2010 by Richard A. Constable
This little robot is a great time saver. It works best if I prepare the way by removing uneccessary furniture and small scatter rugs from the area. I think it cleans well. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by macky
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