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iRobot 500 Series Roomba Vacuum-Cleaning Robot with On-Board Scheduling

by iRobot

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  • Vacuum-cleaning robot with on-board scheduling for all floor surfaces
  • 2 high-speed, counter-rotating brushes; anti-tangle technology; side brushes
  • Gentle-touch bumper; dirt sensor; built-in cliff sensors; self-charging Home Base
  • Includes bumper extension, cleaning tool, power adapter, rechargeable battery, 3 extra filters, 2 Virtual Walls, and batteries
  • Measures approximately 13 by 13 by 4 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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Product Description

The 500 series Roomba cleans routinely… so you don’t have to. 500 Series robots offers the latest innovations from iRobot with unprecedented efficiency, coverage and cleaning performance. Roomba navigates and cleans rooms systematically, then returns to its Home Base™ to recharge. Roomba efficiently vacuums the entire floor, under and around furniture and along walls and automatically adjusts from carpets to hard floors. Virtual Wall™ Lighthouses confine and guide Roomba from room to room, then direct it to the Home Base to dock and recharge between cleanings.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 5.5 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000WSSGLA
  • Item model number: 550
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,896 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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214 of 216 people found the following review helpful By Burns Fisher on November 24, 2008
First let me say that I agree with people who say that the robot does a competent job of cleaning. You should SEE the dust bin after vacuuming! I am also in awe etc etc, but I'm going to try to focus on things that others have not mentioned.

My 550 (560 actually, I think...it came with a few more odds and ends in the box) is actually my second Roomba. The first was the Discovery SE, one of the 400 series. The 400 was pretty good with two exceptions: 1) It would not work on rug fringe. It gets hopelessly tangled in less time that it takes to say "Wait!" The second problem with the older 400 series is that the battery dies fairly quickly if you do not use it VERY frequently. I use it once/week and by second battery is showing its age.

In any case, the 500 series is advertised to be able to deal with rug fringe, and indeed it does so reasonably well. It is also supposed to be able to do 4 rooms using these "lighthouses" that have been previously mentioned. To summarize, these are little gadgets that put out an IR (UV?) beam that the robot can see; it generally will not cross the beam, so you can use the beam to mark off rooms. After a certain amount of time, the robot sends out an RF signal to the lighthouse, and the LH lets it through into the next room. Repeat for 4 rooms if desired. Then the robot knows how to find its way back to where it started to plug itself back in to recharge. Cool.

Here are the problems with the lighthouse scheme: First, the beam gets wider very quickly. So there is a fan-shaped area in front of each lighthouse that never gets cleaned. In other words, when moving between the two rooms, the beam gets shut off but when cleaning either side, the robot will not enter the fan shaped area that the beam covers.
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150 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Wade Fulp on October 21, 2007
I purchased one of these from Costco. Two days later I bought a second for the upstairs since I was so impressed with it. I couldn't believe how well it picked things up, especially cat hair. I love the fact I can schedule it to clean our downstairs everyday at 3am and it's quiet enough now to disturb our sleep. I can come down in the morning to find crumbs from the kids gone, cat litter that spilled out of the litter box gone, etc. It only takes a minute to dump the bin and clean the rollers. The first view runs it was packed with cat hair, etc, but since it's been running daily it has less in it and it's obvious to see why when you look around the house and see how clean everything is.

Another plus is the unit returns to it's charging base when it's done, or if it needs to recharge during it's cleaning cycle. I was blown away by how well it gets around my place. I was prepared to return it when I bought it thinking it would have trouble getting from room to room as we are in an older home and there are un-even door jams, area rugs, etc. This thing makes it over everything. I was impressed again today when our upstairs unit made it over a marble door jam that I thought might be a bit too high, but it wasn't. Then I was impressed again when it went over our thick bathroom mats and dealt with them with robotic prescision. :) Also the fact that it won't go down the stairs is nice as you don't have to worry about blocking the stairs with something, it goes up to the edge and sees the drop, and stops and goes the other way.

I will still probably bring out the big vacuum, but I won't have to vacuum as frequently. It's nice to know bits of food from the kids, and cat hair from the pets, will be taken care of daily! This is such a time saver.
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By C. V. Woods on November 28, 2007
This is our second Roomba, we had a Disco series (biglots $149, we got it on sale for $109) before this for two years. After over 600+ uses our R2 unit decided to join the angels :(

We love the roombas and they have been very useful in our house.

The 500 series irobots are about 50% as loud(not very loud) as the 400 series (discovery)and have a few cool new features. Examples are: better suction, better main brush, digital display, onboard scheduling... and a talking lady that actually tells you what the error might be, such as "please clean the main brushes". FYI, the older robots worked off "beeps" (e.g. - 1 beep after the uh-oh beep meant to clean the brushes). It should be noted that the Disco we had got stuck from time to time and could not dock with the charging station 99% of the time, however the 500 series (550 - from Costco $269) seems to always find its home and amazingly has never gotten stuck! The future is now.(har d har)

For those people who have never had a roomba, YES they really do work and no I don't have stock in the company (hmmm, are they publicly traded?). However it should be noted that our house is 80% hardwood and really does not have alot of obstacles.

Lastly, I tell you this... our robot runs everyday and still manages to find all sorts of dust bunnies and debris... it's actually kind of gross.

C & N
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Birdieman on December 9, 2007
We've had our 550 for about a week. So far it works great. We have a large open dining room, living room and kitchen (about 1000 sq. ft.) and the 550 can clean the whole area in about 1 hour.

Pluses: The 550 is quiet; one can easily talk on the phone or watch TV while it is running. Docks itself when done. Gets under furniture that is hard to move. Moves back and forward between and cleans well on hard tile surfaces and carpets.

Minuses: We have Pony Tail Palm tree with long leaves and we have to make sure none of the leaves are hanging down for the 550 to tangle itself in. We have a coffee table that has the same clearance as the height of the 550 and it gets wedged under the edge. The 550 nicely shuts itself off and waits for help.

With our open floor plan, we are still trying the determine the best placement for the Virtual Wall Lighthouses.

Would we buy the 550 again, at this point the answer is a big Yes.
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