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Love it...wish I hadn't waited so long to get one.,
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I don't have to vacuum anymore and my floors have never been so clean. I scheduled it to run every day. It is amazing how much dust and other debris this thing picks up. All it takes is a 5 minute clean up of the Roomba each day-dump the bin, shake out the filter and clean the 2 rollers. It runs just over an hour before going back to base to charge. I have a large house, I run it in the main living area each day, and I move it manually to other parts of my house about 2x a month. My father bought one instanty after seeing how well mine cleaned-he is very critical of everything, but has no complaints about his 650. My 3 year old daughter & I named it Rico-she loves watching daddy's "robot" run around the house. It is much quieter than a conventional vacuum-I can watch TV while it runs, but I schedule it to run after I leave in the morning.
A couple of tips:
Vacuum one time yourself before setting this thing loose-it makes a world of difference in the performance.
Pick up blankets and things that you would normally get off the floor to vacuum.
Confine it it to 2 or 3 rooms at a time.
Make sure you clean the bin and rollers after each run.
Run it as often as possible-schedule it for every day.
Clean it once a month by blowing everything out an air compressor.
Kick back with cold one and enjoy your new found free time...
Update 7/2013-Still running Rico every day except on the weekend, battery life is still good. The vacuum is still cleaning very well, I replaced the side brush once and I swap the filter while I'm cleaning the other one. I don't clean it as often but at least 2 times a week, I do empty the bin and shake out the filter after every run. I'm still very pleased with the peformance. I'm still amazed at how much dust this thing collects. We've had a baby since the first review and I'm very happy that the floor he crawls around on is vacuumed every day-gives me great piece of mind since everything he picks up goes straight to his mouth.
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2012, 11:56:10 AM PST
Thank you for your review and tips! I have 3 very short-haired cats that shed very little, but 2 litter boxes with "no tracking" litter, which is a joke! Entire home is hardwood or tile with throw rugs in heavy traffic areas. This product sounds like the answer to my wishes. The price is a bit high, but I have Amazon gift certificates that are burning a hole in my pocket! :) This will be the perfect item to spend those cards on.
Posted on Dec 23, 2015, 8:15:02 AM PST
Are you saying that one should vacuum the area before you set the Roomba loose? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of why you would get a Roomba?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2016, 10:11:37 AM PST
Aaron Cummins says:
I would assume they meant vacuum once before you let this thing loose for the first time.
That would make sense. Do a thorough vacuum once, and then let this thing run as "upkeep" every day, or every few days.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2016, 5:33:09 AM PST
Yes, that's what I meant. Vacuum once, then let the Roomba take over going forward.
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