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Not a silver bullet, but keep the house looking clean
on April 25, 2016
My husband and I purchased this Roomba on "Prime Day" last summer in an effort to help us combat the exhaustive amount of pet hair that accumulates from our four cats and two dogs. The goal was to find a vacuum "assistant" to prevent us from having to deeply vacuum every other day. To give prospective purchasers an idea of the area we were looking to cover, we have a combination of normal-height carpet and tile floors, with a shag area carpet in the middle of the living room, a total of approximately 1,500 square feet of space.
The attached photos are of what the undercarriage of the Roomba looks like 9 months after purchase, as well as the tools I have found are better for regular cleaning and maintenance.
Though a hefty price tag, I definitely think the Roomba is worth the cost, assuming you know what comes along with ownership. The Roomba drastically reduced the amount of time we have to spend regularly vacuuming the house, keeping our house looking much cleaner and making our weekend deep-cleaning much easier. It's very nice to come home to a house with a clean-looking floor, and I can definitely tell if the Roomba didn't get all the way done. It's not a "set and forget" kind of machine, though. Regular maintenance is required to keep the Roomba operating efficiently.
*Good coverage and ability to clean both hard surfaces and tile - The Roomba runs for a little less than two hours on a fully charged battery, and it seemed to completely cover the whole house at least once.
*Easy to work - The accompanying DVD provided all the necessary information, including how to set the schedule. So far, no questions we couldn't answer.
*The schedule - I love the scheduler. I have ours set to run Mon, Wed, Fri at 10:30 AM after we have all left to go to work.
*Navigation - The Roomba easily maneuvered its way from the tile to carpet with no trouble, and can even get up on the brick work in front of the fireplace! The high shag of the area carpet is too much for it, so it just goes around it. Makes it an excellent place to toss dog toys so they don't accidentally get sucked up.
* Noise - This thing is NOT quiet, particularly on hard floors! Maybe not quite as loud as a normal vacuum, but be prepared to have to turn up the sound on the TV if you want to run it while you're around.
* Sensors - I sometimes can't understand why the Roomba takes the path it does around the house. Eventually everything gets clean, but watching it move can be really frustrating!
*Pre-clean - After coming home a few times to see the Roomba sitting in the middle of the living room with an error symbol because a dog or cat toy got caught in the spinner, I realized I would have to scan the house to pick up anything that could get caught in the brushes. I also adjusted the chairs of our dining and kitchen tables to ensure easy movement around them. It's a time-waster and battery-suck for the Roomba to have to slooooowly navigate between all of them.
*Roomba maintenance - I hadn't really considered how much cleaning and maintenance this thing would need. If someone in the house has long hair (like me) or quite a few pets (also like me), a Roomba will need regular cleaning to ensure proper performance. About once every two weeks, I flip the Roomba over, remove the brushes, and clean everything out. (Photo is attached). It takes about 15 minutes to cut away all the hair that has gotten wound up in the brushes and along the connections. If you don't have pets or anyone with long hair, you might not have to do it as often, and it likely won't take as long.
*Internal filter replacement is NECESSARY to ensure optimal performance. I had admittedly forgotten about those two yellow filters inside the waste bin, and once I changed them out, the suction and dirt-pulling drastically improved.
*Filter and brush replacements cost about $20 for 6 months worth of supplies.
*Getting back to home station - Almost never does the Roomba get back to the charging station before the battery runs out, meaning a "find the Roomba" game I have to play three times per week. It's usually just sitting in the middle of a room somewhere....lol
*Cleaning tools - Our Roomba came with extra brushes, filters, and a cleaning tool. The cleaning tool is useless! I found that a small Exacto knife and a plastic comb to be the best tools to clean the Roomba (photo attached). Be sure to also have a tiny screwdriver (like one for eyeglasses) to unscrew the plastic outside brush. So much hair got caught in there that it had stopped spinning!