iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum
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- Automatically cleans your floors while you enjoy life
- Safely and quietly sweeps and vacuums hard wood, carpet, and tile floors
- Great on pet hair and all kinds of dirt and debris
- Rechargable battery and charger included along with Virtual Wall and Smart Sensors to keep Roomba cleaning where you want it
- 8.82 pounds, 3.63-H, 13.4-W, 13.4-D
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Relax, enjoy life and let the Roomba Intelligent FloorVac do the work. Roomba is the first automatic vacuum available in the USA, using intelligent navigation technology to automatically clean nearly all household floor surfaces without human direction. It's easy to operate: Just press a button and then walk away. While you do other things Roomba meticulously cleans in an ongoing spiral motion most common floor surfaces such as linoleum, carpet, wood and tile, while the side brush thoroughly cleans next to walls and tough-to-reach spots. A virtual wall unit blocks open doorways up to 20-ft. wide keeping Roomba in the room you want cleaned. It automatically avoids falling down stairs and is safe to use around children and pets. Features automatic shut-off when finished or picked up by its easy-to-grab handle. Includes 2 replacement filters, battery life indicator, removable particle bin and a rechargeable NiMH battery pack. Imported.
Early Adopters Pick: March 2003. The first automatic vacuum available in the U.S.; introduced by iRobot, pioneers of artificial intelligence.
Roomba, the first automatic vacuum available in the U.S., is an intelligent vacuum that uses robotic technology to deliver both clean floors and personal time. Roomba uses artificial intelligence algorithms to clean efficiently and was introduced by iRobot, pioneers in artificial intelligence who have built numerous products for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. military, and toy and energy companies. Thirteen inches in diameter and lighter than your average bowling ball, this innovative vacuum roams the room devouring dust, dirt, and tidbits left behind from everyday living.
Setting up your Roomba for its first sashay through the living room is fairly easy. You'll want to move any clothing, papers, cords, and fragile items off the floor before you start. You may choose to set up the Virtual Wall unit, which emits a beam to redirect the Roomba, keeping it out of unwanted areas. Make sure the rechargeable battery is fired up by checking the indicator light, set the Roomba in the center of the room, and press the corresponding button for a small (10 by 12 feet), medium (14 by 16 feet), or large (15 by 20 feet) room. When Roomba starts cleaning, it travels around the floor in a spiral pattern. When its bumper touches a wall, Roomba follows the wall for a short time, utilizing its spinning side brush to move objects away from the wall and into the vacuum's path. Then Roomba crosses the room in straight lines. It repeats this pattern until its cleaning time has elapsed, providing maximum cleaning coverage.
Although it may look more like a Frisbee than a vacuum, the Roomba cleans carpet, wood, linoleum, and tile, and comes with many of the usual vacuum accoutrements. The agitator brush roll picks up large debris, sucking it into the removable particle bin with filter. An edge-cleaning brush helps get into corners and angular areas. All the brushes and compartments can be removed for regular cleaning maintenance, and the unit comes with two replacement filters. Additional Virtual Wall units, battery packs, and a rapid charger can be purchased separately. The Roomba is covered by a 90-day parts and labor warranty. --Rhonda LangdonSee all Product description
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By month 5, I was convinced it was a faulty motor. No amount of cleaning (of the Roomba's parts) was doing any good, and the online FAQs had no help for me. On looking over the warranty information, though, I noticed one key thing I hadn't paid attention to when I bought this machine:
The warranty is only for 90 days.
Based on that fact, I'm guessing the Roomba folks are pretty clear on how long their machines will run reliably. So I'm stuck with a useless little vacuum, plus the extra battery pack and rapid charger -- a hefty amount of money for 3 months of cleaning. If I ever consider a future Roomba model, I'm going to check that warranty info very carefully.
We have maid service once a week and 3 cats. By midweek, the pet hair is annoying, so at my wife's request I agreed we could try a Roomba. I figured it would do about as well as a Dust Buster (ie., not very well), but it is oh so much better. Our carpeting is plush and much of it is white, so almost any surface debris shows. The cats particularly like to get under our bed where the maid service never goes. To my great surprise, Roomba cheerfully wanders in and out under the bed, going right under the dust skirt and navigating the plethora of boxes. The amount of stuff it pulls out is enough to convince me that this is a serious product. It rambles up and down our 2nd floor hall cleaning right to the edge of the stairs and never has gone over. My wife is so thrilled she wants to know why they haven't made one just to do the stairs (hear that Roomba people?). I gather one can get a rapid charger for it, but we haven't had the need. I'm more inclined to get a 2nd unit.
If you decide to buy one of these, note that it isn't a substitute for having a full size vacuum cleaner ... think light surface debris that the dust devil kind of cleaner is supposed to pick up. It's very easy to use, and emptying is the same drill as for the old dust buster (no bag), very easy but a bit messy. You also should pull hair out of the rollers periodically, but in my experience that is a problem with any vacuum that uses rotating brushes. The battery lasts about an hour under full use, which works fine for us, because we turn it loose in a room and leave for work, recharge it overnight, and if we remember, repeat the next day on another room or the upstairs hall, whatever looks like it could use a surface cleaning. Note that it is smart enough to turn itself off if it should get jammed by something we failed pick up.
The design has a lot of clever details and some features that probably should also be on full size machines. We haven't had it long enough to rate its durability. In the rooms in which we use it (those without a lot of miscellany strewn about), it manages to visit everywhere on the floor that is clear, and it can go places that heretofore were only addressed in Spring cleaning.
When I first looked at this product, my reaction was "yeah, right, another high tech gadget that will end up on a shelf". I was wrong. Now I'm ready for their next generation product (maybe one that will park itself for recharging, empty its trash by itself, and ask you if you're ready for it to clean the room). My wife would settle for having one designed for the stairs.
Others have mentioned issues like low battery life, the fact that the virtual wall does not switch off or is not rechargeable which means it continues to suck up battery power even after roomba is done, and the need to frequently empty the bin before each cleaning. I can live with these issues. I am disappointed with the time needed for the detailed cleaning that roomba takes. Without this cleaning, roomba won't work when dirty.
Update: I gave up using this product 4 months after purchase. It was too impractical to use and it broke down too often. My Golden Retriever Pup liked to chase it and bark at it and I used it as a toy for her for a couple of weeks. After that, the pup moved on to other toys and Roomba found a permanent home in the garage.
You MUST pick up for Roomba which actually isn't a bad thing. I start roomba and then do a quick run around all the rooms to make sure the little guy won't get stuck. If I'm in a hurry I throw the clutter onto the sofa/chairs/table. If I have more time I actually put things away.
Roomba will NOT replace vacuuming. At best it will reduce frequency of vacuuming.
I've seen other comments about emptying the dust bin. This is NOT a big pain, but what is arguably a design flaw with the dust bin requires you to dirty your hands emptying it. I empty it nearly every time I run Roomba. The plus side is it pleases me to see how much dirt Roomba picked up.
Tassles will trap Roomba and you will probably find a few changes to furniture arrangement that you will need to make to accomodate it. After you find it trapped a few times you'll know what to tweak. And, if you leave a sock on the floor and Roomba gets stuck... no worries! Roomba will get another crack at redemption soon.
Roomba is gentle on carpets. (unlike my vacuum)
The more you use it, the more you'll like it. Find a nice handy place to store it so vacuuming really "feels" as easy as pushing a button and walking away. (you'll still have to pick up clutter and empty the dust bin, but somehow using Roomba FEELS SO MUCH easier than fetching the vacuum from the closet.)
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