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What do I think about robotic vacuums?
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Post# 380929   11/8/2017 at 10:17 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Post# 380933 , Reply# 1   11/8/2017 at 11:35 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
I have always wanted one

Mostly for the novelty factor. I know they are little more than a powered carpet sweeper.

I also think the idea of a "Cat Chaser" would be fun.

I do think the technology will come along and someday there will be a robotic that has the power to do a real vacuum cleaning job, for now they are in the learning stages.

Post# 380935 , Reply# 2   11/8/2017 at 13:12 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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Most of them are pretty bad . There not meant to replace a full-sized Vacuum.
I was interviewed at a previous employer on the news about the subject.

Post# 380941 , Reply# 3   11/8/2017 at 16:18 by Tseg (World Traveller)        

We vacuum connoisseurs who don't prefer bagless would have the same argument about the robots... the disgust of manually cleaning out a bin of nastiness, just on a smaller scale. Related, I can only imagine a robot's CFM is inferior to that of any bagless upright (much less bagged). It also is not particularly good at above ground cleaning... it wants for quality attachments... it has limited functionality.

So, agreed, it is an interesting novelty, but the reasons many of us are enamored by a variety of vacuums are just not part of the value equation of robots. They certainly will resonate with a different segment of the buying public, those particularly fond of cordless, bagless stick vacs, I imagine.

Post# 380966 , Reply# 4   11/9/2017 at 00:50 by FantomTechGuy (US)        
They are HORRIBLE! And also spy on you!

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Well, over the years I find most people believe the Roombas or other "robot" cleaners are better than the traditional upright vacuum. I am here to say that is complete nonsense! Robot vacuum cleaners only grab the surface dirt, no "robot" vacuum is capable enough to tackle the deeply beaded dirt, sand and grit that can be trapped between the carpet. Some "robot" "vacuums" even state in their manuals that you should use a regular upright before using it to prevent clogs and maintenance. And to add, Roomba has been caught collecting your home's details (Mapping your house). They collect data of the size of the room(s) you have it in! All of that data goes back to Roomba and they sell it to advertisers.

So to end this rant, don't waste your money on ANY "Robot" "Vacuum"

Below is the link to the Roomba spying article


Post# 380967 , Reply# 5   11/9/2017 at 08:13 by singingrainbow (Texas)        

Reading the article, it appears that the roomba mapps your rooms as part of it's cleaninig pattern and this data has the potential to be collected. At this time irobot does not actually collect this data, and it seems they don't have any plans to (especially after the public reaction to the potential). Alarming, but not the reality at this time.

As for robot vacuums in general, I don't mind them. I feel they are overpriced but are useful for what they are. Of course they don't deep clean, I wouldn't expect a cordless stick vac to deep clean so why would I expect a robot to do so?

I have a robot vacuum in my apartment, which I share with three roommates. I don't have time to vacuum the kitchen and living room as frequently as it really needs, so I let the robot do it a couple times a week. The area is all hard floors with one low pile rug. It makes the area look presentable while I work on other things or go to class. Otherwise the area would be a complete mess.

The robot is a neato XV series, and I got it on sale about 3 and a half years ago and it still works perfectly. I've replaced the batteries, filters, and nothing else.

Robot vacuums have come a very long way in the last 15 years, and I believe the technology will continue to improve with time.

Post# 380968 , Reply# 6   11/9/2017 at 08:20 by Hank (Cali)        

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Iíve had a roomba 680 now for 3 years. All Iíve done to it is replace the brushes and filter as needed. It gets used everyday and I dump the almost full bin every 3 days or so. I love it. Use it for my downstairs which is all tile and a couple throw rugs. It does a great job. Honestly Iíll be buying another one when this one stops working entirely.

Post# 380972 , Reply# 7   11/9/2017 at 08:50 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Shaylee and I have several and really enjoy them but mostly for the novelty of it.
They do pick up a lot of surface dirst/pet hair but they don't deep clean anything. All it is is basically a dustbuster motor with a carpet sweeper brush but its effective for whats it's meant for and that's the in between vacuuming. I hate when I hear someone say I don't need a vacuum I have a robot.

Our favorite models that we have are Roomba 560 and miele scout. I really want a neato.

Post# 381058 , Reply# 8   11/10/2017 at 13:06 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
robot vacuums

As has been sttated, they will not take the place of a full size vacuum, but are good for those in between cleaning sessions. I think the Neato robots are the best ones, probably the most powerful and their navigation is very good.

Post# 381062 , Reply# 9   11/10/2017 at 13:11 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My neice had one......................

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and quickly got rid of it. It clogged and did a mind trip on her two dogs!
I just saw the HOOVER version the other day, for only $100.00 As a novelty, or to add to your collection(just to say you have one) might be fun.But, I'll pass. I say another one, non-Hoover, for $150. Once, I saw a "Roomba" on sale for $75.00
I could see my two cats, especially "Harold", with a robotic cleaner!!!!!!

Post# 381099 , Reply# 10   11/10/2017 at 23:29 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Instead of Hoover making robot vacuums, since its 2017, they should make a remake version of the famous convertible upright calling it the Convertible 60, marking it the 60th anniversary of Hoover's best cleaners.👍 Just an idea.

Post# 381110 , Reply# 11   11/11/2017 at 03:55 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Simply-a handless,cordless, self propelled SWEEPER!--NOT a vacuum.They at present form CANNOT replace a traditional vacuum cleaner for deep cleaning!Yes,just use them to amuse your dog or cat.They can make more of a mess-if the robot plows thru a doggy doughnut!-then spreads it around!

Post# 381140 , Reply# 12   11/11/2017 at 13:32 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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That is the most civilized thing (idea) I've heard in a long time!

Post# 381298 , Reply# 13   11/14/2017 at 06:24 by bandstand (FL)        

Common. Even best of them cheaper than actually good vacuum. And average one doesn't stand comparison with top roomba mops. And we're taking here only cleaning ability. But it's to be forgotten that they are f*ing automatic robots!hello here! We're embraced crazy future and you're complaining about it/
And on the top of that, they're evolving and getting better and better. Check what we've got in 2017

Post# 381317 , Reply# 14   11/14/2017 at 13:18 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        
Why I don't care for robotic vacuums?

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Because if I'm not pushing the thing around myself then there's no fun in it!

Post# 381328 , Reply# 15   11/14/2017 at 19:23 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I actually know a friend or two who love their robot vacs. These are parents with kids but no dogs or cats. Both parents work and are constantly running to take the kids to school or hockey or ballet or somewhere, or to shop and run errands...and so the robot vacs in essence replace the light-duty stick vacs that are used to do quick surface cleaning - not high power weekly deep cleaning. While the family is out of the house, the robot vac is picking up cookie crumbs in the living room and spilled salt in the kitchen. It just reduces the litter the parents have to deal with later on the weekend, or helps get a head start on messes between visits by the cleaning lady.

Post# 381335 , Reply# 16   11/14/2017 at 20:09 by Mieles5380leo (Virginia)        
Iíll tell you one thing

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I have had 3 iRobot Roombas. My first was an early model, the 440, next the 530, I currently have a 790 that I got last Christmas and I love it! Itís way more advanced than the other two I had. I also have a NeatoRobotics XV Signature Pro. That thing has had more trouble than anything else. Iíve called customer support to get the same bs I always get. I hate it. It works beautifully for the first year of ownership, then it craps out. And the warranty? Oh, itís only a year. That explains everything. And Iím not the only one, I tell friends, itíll break after a year, then a year later they ask me to fix it. I would get a roomba only because of their over a decade of experience. Go for a 700 or 800 (non WiFi versions). The WiFi models create maps which these companies sell to the black market for other companies to use to ďbetter understand the houses for technology advancements,Ē whatever thatís supposed to mean. Anyway, thatís my long A** story. By the way, they will never replace a house vacuum. The hardware on the neatos are probably the best, but the software sucks. Service sucks too. Never try to service one!!!

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Post# 381400 , Reply# 17   11/15/2017 at 19:40 by yakky (Northern VA)        

I have a couple of roombas, they have their place. They do a good job sweeping crumbs up on a daily basis. Around here a couple of times a year we have ants coming in looking for food. If you have crumbs, they'll help you clean them!

Terrible suction though and they get stuck occasionally.

As for mapping households, go for it, my county (as most any county) lists square footage for my address if anyone needs it.

Post# 381417 , Reply# 18   11/16/2017 at 05:23 by henrydreyfuss (Ohio)        
Been ignoring the nay-sayers for years

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Owning a good robot is a revelation. 98% of robotic vacuums historically have been trash, but once you own a good one, it's a game-changer. It's so nice to come home after a long day, to a freshly-vacuumed home. Run regularly, a good robot can take care of most everyday dirt. My Neato always exceeds expectations. I just wish they lasted longer before they need new batteries, or they start to glitch. Regardless, I'll never go without one, and I welcome further industry improvements.

Owning a real robot vacuum is fantastic, and it's something that needs to be experienced to be believed. I highly recommend the Neato brand. It's still the smartest (their superior navigation system is still patented), and likely still cleans the best.

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Post# 381432 , Reply# 19   11/16/2017 at 10:53 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I guess to me, I'd prefer to come home to a filthy, nasty carpet after a long day of work, and relax while giving it a thorough vacuuming. I'd honestly feel cheated if I came home and the carpet was all vacuumed. I so deeply enjoy running the vacuum that the idea of letting a robot do it is extremely unappealing to me.

Post# 384373 , Reply# 20   1/17/2018 at 01:19 by Megabrain (Los Angeles)        

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