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iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuuming Robot, White
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- Vacuuming robot picks up dirt and debris with the touch of a button
- Easy-to-empty bagless dustbin; fine-filtration system traps allergens
- Anti-tangle technology; gentle-touch bumper system; built-in cliff sensors
- Self-charging Home Base, 2 Virtual Walls, an extra filter, and more included
- Measures 16-3/4 by 21 by 5 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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With dramatically improved navigation, cleaning coverage, vacuum pickup, and particle filtration, the Roomba 530 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 dustbin, 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 won't 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 can. The vacuum also senses dirtier areas and spends more time cleaning them, and it uses built-in cliff sensors to avoid stairs and other drop-offs. In addition, invisible barriers can be set using the unit's Virtual Wall system. To mark off-limit areas, simply place a Virtual Wall at a doorway or other opening and adjust the infrared beam setting to the distance of the opening. The unit automatically detects the beam and will not cross it.
The vacuuming robot returns to its self-charging Home Base to dock and recharge between cleaning cycles or when the battery starts to run low. Its advanced power system consists 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. Other accessories include two Virtual Walls (that require two D batteries each), a brush cleaning tool, and an extra filter. The vacuuming robot measures 16-3/4 by 21 by 5 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.
Yes, It Really Works
This smart, powerful, and autonomous vacuum features iRobot’s proven and patented three-stage cleaning system. First, innovative spinning side brushes grab dirt and debris from corners and along wall edges, then two high-speed, counter-rotating brushes pick up pet hair, food crumbs, and other debris. The powerful vacuum sucks up the debris and deposits it into a large, easy-to-empty bagless dustbin.
The improved fine-filtration system traps dust, pollen, and other allergens inside the robot, reducing infiltration into your living environment. The cleaning head automatically adjusts to transition from wood, tile, and linoleum to carpets and rugs. Improved anti-tangle technology ensures it won’t get stuck on cords and rug fringe. If Roomba begins to pick up a cord or carpet tassel, it will automatically reverse the direction of its brushes to extract the item. Roomba senses dirtier areas and spends more time cleaning them, and it uses built-in cliff sensors to avoid stairs and other drop-offs. When the job is done, Roomba returns to its self-charging Home Base to dock and recharge between cleaning cycles or when the battery is running low.
| Easy to Use |
The Roomba 530 features a friendly and informative audio voice demonstration that walks you through initial setup and alerts you when Roomba requires maintenance or assistance. Starting a cleaning cycle is simple--just press the "Clean" button and Roomba does the rest. First it will calculate the size of the room, the obstacles in the room, and the cleanliness of the floors. Then it goes to work all by itself. At the end of each cleaning cycle, Roomba 530 returns to its Home Base to dock and recharge. Yes, it’s that simple. Routine maintenance is a snap. The large-capacity bagless bin is easy to slide out, empty, and click back into place. The brushes and filters can be easily removed by hand for routine cleaning and maintenance.
| Smart and Efficient |
Roomba calculates the appropriate cleaning time and pattern for each area and adjusts its behavior over 67 times per second to achieve the most thorough cleaning result. On average, Roomba covers every part of the floor four times. A gentle-touch bumper system senses obstacles, so Roomba automatically slows its approach, gently touches the obstacle, then redirects to continue cleaning under or around the object. Because it cleans under furniture, Roomba actually vacuums more of the floor than a standard upright can--and you don’t even have to push it around. Roomba’s Virtual Wall creates an invisible barrier that it will not cross (two Virtual Walls are included with the Roomba 530). To mark off-limit areas, simply place a Virtual Wall at a doorway or other opening and adjust the infrared beam setting to the distance of the opening. Roomba automatically detects the beam and will not cross it. The vacuum's advanced power system consists 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. When the battery is low or when Roomba has completed a cleaning cycle, it automatically returns to the self-charging Home Base to dock and recharge. As a member of the newest generation of Roomba innovation, the Roomba 530 features a more powerful vacuum and redesigned high-speed, counter-rotating brushes that pick up more dirt, pet hair, dander, cat litter, crumbs, leaves, and other debris.
Top Customer Reviews
This product must be cared for, to get the maximum life out of it. This is a piece of machinery with filters, rotating brushes, gears, and a motor. Due to the nature of its job, it WILL get filled with dust and hair constantly. This needs to be cleaned out of the filter, and brushes after each use. If not, you'll be putting a heavy (and unneeded) strain on the gears/motor. Beyond this, roughly every 3-4 months I would suggest completely opening the case, and blowing the dust out. If this isn't done, it'll eventually strain the motor/ruin the gears - and your Roomba won't be running.
If you're not interested in maintaining this product, you'll be in for a bad time (and may as well stick with traditional vacuuming - which requires just as much maintenance of filters/cleaning bins). Beyond this people have commented on the noise level. It can be noisy, and you won't find yourself sitting and watching TV in the same room it is cleaning. Don't forget this product is a vacuum cleaner. It is using fans, at high speed, to pull dust and debris into it.
To anyone considering buying a Roomba, I would very highly suggest it. If you have doubts as listed above, from other users feedback - I hope to have eased them somewhat. Look after your little beasty, and you won't have any issues - just nice clean floors with minimal effort!
Edit: Just putting an update here - It's now May 2015. I haven't needed to replace anything on my Roomba. The battery, motor - all still the original and running since 2011.
I'm VERY impressed with this Roomba. The side brush is only just now starting to wear. I should also note, I do use it moderately - 3-4 times a week.
Three introductory points: First, we live in the desert with sand, dust and wind. Oh, and a long haired Papillon (yes, they do shed, long black and white hairs). Second, I'm getting more "mature" every day. Three, we have floor tile and thick carpet, two height extremes of floor covering. So, vacuuming my house is getting to be more of a chore than it's ever been before. Since I do like fairly clean floors, that's been my job.
I chose this vacuum as it seemed very convenient and the reviews were good. So far, I agree with both. I'm impressed with the overall quality of the product and am happy to keep using it.
However, nothing is truly perfect. Don't be put-off by the following, as it seems like a lot, but it's what I've learned about it after about 3 months using it. I did still give it 4 stars!
Downside: I take care of my tools, wiping, cleaning, putting away ready for the next job, etc. What I've found with this vacuum is that it takes more maintenance than a standard vacuum. Its dirt compartment is fairly small, the small filter does get coated with stuff, and generally speaking, it really needs to be partially disassembled and thoroughly cleaned after half the house is done. So, I spend about twice the time cleaning it and getting it ready for the next job than I used to do with my old traditional upright vacuum.
It really doesn't "remember" where it's vacuumed, or the shape of the room. It seems to go in fairly random directions, which does cover a single room well. But, a few times, it has just missed part of the room it's in. The larger the room you want it to vacuum, the more likely it is to miss sections.
It can get trapped inside of barstool and end table type legs. Due to not remembering obstacles like these, it will keep trying to escape until it either does or runs out of energy. It does get stuck under things that are too low, and can't go over some things that have a kind of ramp up, but which tip it so that its sensors shut it down. So, if you buy one, expect to do some re-vacuuming when needed, or to move some things out of the vacuuming area.
It can't get into spaces narrower than it is (duh). But this means that you'll still do some vacuuming with your old vacuum, so don't get rid of it.
It has to be able to "see" the dock, to dock itself. If it can't, it won't go there and will just shut off, leaving itself out in the room. So, expect to carry it back.
I really needed 4 of the electronic "walls" to keep the room size from getting too large, and keep it from heading off to neverland. They aren't cheap, but work well.
Summary: I've accomodated my floors to some of its limitations by moving and adjusting some things in the house to minimize some of the places it's gotten stuck or caused it to shut down early. That's ok, it's to be expected.
I was gratified that the varying heights of our tile floors and thick carpeting in one room didn't cause it to shut down. I'm also impressed with the sensors that keep it out of most troubles.
Overall, I'm spending noticeably less time pushing my old vacuum around (main objective in buying one), probably only use the old one about 5% of the time I used to. The house is neater, with fewer things laying around on the floor (secondary objective). It does pick up the hairs, small grit, dust, and miscellaneous stuff well. So, I'm saving a lot of time, even though cleaning it does take a lot more time than an old vacuum.
And, I'd buy it again.
------ Update June 2013
After 7 months of regular use, I'd still buy it again. Use: it's for light to medium dirty floors. For heavier dirt and carpet deeper cleaning, use a regular vacuum with a beater brush. Requires frequent cleaning, more often than a traditional vacuum with bags or container. Cleaning it is slightly more difficult and time consuming than traditional vacuum.
I don't like the orange round brush cleaner that it comes with. Tore the rubber flaps internal to the brush. So I bought a cheap large hair comb and use that.
We live in a sandy area, so sometimes the brushes don't pick up the small sand stones we track in, especially if they get in the floor tile grout groove.
We have a long-haired dog, and this hair gets wound around the brush ends. Not hard to remove, just takes a little more time.
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