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The Little Vacuum With a Big Personality
on December 11, 2013
I purchased this for my mother's birthday present and she has been thrilled with it. My parents have hardwood and stone tile floor throughout most of their house. The stone tile floor collects dust in the grout areas which is very difficult to clean with a broom or even a standard vacuum. Any dirt on the hardwood floor tends to just blow around and eventually collect under the furniture.
She uses a standard canister vacuum twice a week, and still when she first set this robot in motion, it completely filled the dust bin during its initial cleaning cycle. The robot works exactly as advertised, running through predefined patterns and avoiding obstacles. She has several stair drop-off points and it has never fallen over the edge; it will clean directly to the edge then turn around and head the other way. Depending on the pattern mode it is currently running in will determine what it does when it encounters an obstacle - generally it will either turn completely around or it will start searching for the edge of what it ran. It took some time to convince her not to interfere with the cycles, but eventually she realized that it will cover the entire room if you just leave it alone to let it do its own thing. At the end of the cleaning cycle, it will in theory return to its charging base, and I would say about 50% of the time it would succeed. Eventually we removed the charging base and just started plugging the unit into the charger because the base was never able to be plugged into a convenient spot that was easy for the vacuum to find. It wasn't a feature I had high expectations of based on a previous robot vacuum I owned, and this one had equal amounts of difficulty trying to find its way "home" to charge.
It is incredibly simple to empty the dustbin, the remote works very well, the cleaning quality is amazing, and the battery life is very close to what it advertizes. By far the most attractive part is the price when compared to the more expensive brands. I had one of the most expensive ones a few years ago and this one does a much better job for a whole lot less money. Based on three months of hearing how wonderful this vacuum is from my parents, I highly recommend it to anyone considering a robotic vacuum!