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Location: Villa Park, IL.
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iRobot Roomba 530
I've been using our Roomba for about a year, and it still works great. With enough use under it's belt, I can now give a full review of the pros and cons with it.
1. There is the obvious point that it robotically goes about cleaning your house for you; it's nice to sit back and let it clean for you, or you can be doing another chore while the vacuuming gets done. It does a decent job, randomly criss-crossing all over each room and hugging the walls until the floor is clean.
2. It's quieter than most other vacuums. You can turn up the TV volume a few notches, and still watch while sitting in the same room. It also doesn't scare the animals as much as other vacuums. You can still hear the telephone, doorbell, etc... while it's running.
3. It fits under furniture, so it gets all the hair from under tables, sofas, beds, dressers, etc... Instead of moving the sofa or bed, just turn loose the roomba.
4. It is very good around obstacles and stairs. It has sensors that let it know it's approaching a drop off, and it spins back the other direction. It also has a soft touch bumper that stops it and it rotates off another direction.
5. It automatically adjusts it's vacuuming height as it transitions from carpet to floors.
6. It has a rotating side brush that does a great job getting dirt and hair right up against the wall. This is especially nice in the kitchen, where we have cabinets that have an overhang of a couple inches. The roomba moves along hugging the wall using a side sensor, and the side brush sweeps debris under the vac where it gets sucked into the bin.
7. It will make it's way back to it's docking station when the battery is low, and recharge itself.
1. The bin has to be emptied after every use. Also, if you have long-haired pets, like say...a Golden Retriever, both rollers have to be cleared of tangled hair after every use, this is a pain in the butt. This takes a few minutes, and if you blow off this routine maintenance, your roomba will stop itself and literally tell you to "clean the brushes".
2. Yeah you can set the vacuum to take off on it's own every day, but keep in mind you have to clear the bin and brushes daily. So if you forget to empty the bin, the roomba will take off and vacuum until it's sensor reads a full bin, and it quits somewhere in your house. Then you have to go hunting for it.
My wife, myself, and Walter (who isn't scared by it; he just stays out of it's way) love it, and would recommend it to anyone.