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iRobot Roomba 510 Vacuuming Robot

3.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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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
  • 1 Virtual Wall, extra filter, and more included
  • Measures 16-3/4 by 21 by 5 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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500 Series robots feature that latest robot technologies from iRobot, including an updated cleaning system and coverage patterns. Includes one Virutal Walls that tells Roomba where to clean by restricting off-limit areas. Roomba efficiently cleans the whole floor, under and around furniture and along walls, and automatically adjusts from carpets to hard floors. ¿ 1 iRobot Roomba 510 ¿ 1 Virtual Wall® * ¿ 1 Power Supply (3 hour charge time) ¿ 1 Brush Cleaning Tool ¿ 1 Rechargeable Battery ¿ 1 Extra Filter ¿ 1 Bumper Extension ¿ 1 Year Limited Warranty * Requires 2 D batteries (not included)

Product Information

Product Dimensions 16 x 17 x 5 inches
Item Weight 11 pounds
Shipping Weight 11 pounds
Manufacturer iRobot
Item model number 51001
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3.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,217,388 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
#715 in Home & Kitchen > Vacuums & Floor Care > Vacuums > Robotic Vacuums

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By esanta TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2008
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No, this is not going to be a review telling you how awful the Roomba is. Actually, the 510 is a really wonderful maintenance robot. The problem is that for just a little more you can get the Roomba 530 which comes with the Home Base. What that means is you never have to plug in your Roomba to recharge it: whenever it's done cleaning it automatically goes back to the home base for charging. Although the Home Base is available separately, it is not compatible with this model, leaving you with no upgrade path should you ever want this extremely convenient feature.
More expensive models have a timer for programmable operation (Roomba 560) and even a remote control (Roomba 580t).
All models are identical in terms of performance. The diminutive size and quiet operation would lead you to believe these are little toys akin to hand vacs... until you get back to a thoroughly cleaned room.
I set the 510 loose on the cats room, where the little devils send litter flying everywhere. The room has hardwood floors and an area rug. When I came back, the Roomba was sitting proudly in the middle of the room, and the rug was spotless. There was hardly a trace of litter or cat hair on the hardwood floors, either.
So, the Roomba is definitely a thumbs up. However, I wish I had paid more attention to the product line and at least picked the model that docks back to the home base. The 510 is potentially a tripping hazard, so it's well worth the extra fifty dollars to move up to the model 530.
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I have my Roomba for about a month now, and I'm generally pleased with him. I reduced my vacuuming chores at least in half. I 'm gonna say right away: Roomba is a good robot, and just an okay vacuum. Convenience between doing your own cleaning is THE ONLY factor that you should be looking for when considering Roomba. If you are looking for a superior suction and a super clean job - this vacuum is NOT going to deliver that! Go buy a normal vacuum that you push yourself.

- he is VERY easy to operate
- virtual wall works 100%
- he's very smart: knows when to slow down, when to stop (e.g. a step next to the lower area of the house), when to turn around the corner or a table leg. He knows when to circle around an exceptionally dusty area
- He DUSTS pretty well, picking about 85-90% of dust, small leaves and small particles, including metal nuts. I have two dogs, and Roomba sucks up the dog hair fairly good.
- he is exceptionally good on berber-type rugs
- he cleans one huge room on one charge.Sometimes two rooms
- although he seems to be moving in a random pattern, after 45 minutes he covers the whole room. Don't watch him. Leave him alone and just come back later, you will notice the difference
- emptying dust container is easy
- he never got stuck on any room and rug transition areas

- Roomba needs a room to roam: if you have tight spaces with bunch of furniture, planters, stuff on the floor- Roomba will be less efficient in cleaning your house, because his patterns are affected by the amount of bumping he will be doing.
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I purchased the Roomba and loved it. Shortly after the purchase the roomba began malfunctioning. I contacted IRobot for service and after an enormous hassle was finally told that I had a model with a bad program. To accomplish the reprogram I was sent a firmware update tool. It took over three months for the tool to arrive.

After the three month wait and reprogramming the unit it worked but only for a short period of time. I then recontacted IRobot for further repair or replacement. They do not repair their product and as far as replacement they offered me a discount. I refused, so they suggested cleaning the unit.

I went through the cleaning process and again the Roomba worked for a short period (just long enough for me to tell them my problem was resolved). The roomba began malfunctioning again. I tried to clean it on several other occasions and to date I cannot get it working.

IRobot refuses to either repair or replace the unit even though I have agreed to pay to ship it to them.

DO NOT BUY, unless you don't think you will need customer support from them, as they will never take responsibility for repair.

I have spent hours with customer service, via chat, e-mail and phone, to no avail and their final comments to me are as follows:

"we unfortunately will not be able to replace the unit free of charge"

Again not what I requested and not helpful.
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We had a Roomba Discovery for about 3 years and recently upgraded to this model. This model is wonderful. It will automatically stop when the brushes need cleaning or the bin needs dumping, which I hope will help with the life cycle of the machine. This is great if you have pets. We run ours everyday for cat hair maintenance, and our house has never looked better. I've also noticed that my allergies have improved. My Mom liked mine so much, she got one of her own and loves it as well. We bought one for a friend, but they don't use it much. If you have a cluttered house with lots of "eatables" on the floor, this may not be for you. We had to learn what things the Roomba would and would not "eat" and then adjust. We can't leave certain cat toys or wires and chords on the floor, but that has helped us learn to pick up after ourselves! The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of five is because the scheduler kit I had for the Discovery is not compatable. I miss being able to set the Roomba to clean after I've left the house. I heart my Roomba!
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