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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Roomba ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 11/1/06 7:21 PM

We just got one last night and have been playing with it. We named it "Robbie." The cats don't know what to make of the new family member. I'm waiting for Felix to smack it like he does the other cats but I think he's a bit afraid of it. It's kind of funny to watch "Robbie" go around bumping into things and then go off in another direction, all the while cleaning up the cat hair, crumbs, and dust bunnies. He just does his thing and the floors get cleaned (well, cleaner - we won't be getting rid of our primary vacuum).

Our one dilema is our oriental rugs. Roombas (and most vacuums) don't like fringe. Since the Roombas do better on hardwood floors and tile anyway, we're fine with keeping Robbie to the barefloor areas and will continue to vacuum the rugs the "old fashioned" way. They're a bit tough to vacuum anyway since we have 4 very hairy cats - or rather very hair-dropping cats

We bought the kind with a scheduler (from Costco in anyone's interested) so Robbie can sweep the floors while we're at work.

Just curious if anyone else has one. From the reviews I read we need to make sure to clean it almost daily - empty the dust bin and make sure the wheels and brush aren't caught up in hair or string. In case you're wondering, no, Robbie won't be sweeping the sewing room. Too many threads and pins I might have missed but mostly because there's a rug with fringe in there and it's not easy to move.

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Date: 11/1/06 8:34 PM

The minute I saw a Roomba I was online ordering one. That was a few years ago. I hate to vacuum. I loved my Roomba. My cat, who hates all other vacuums wasn’t bothered by it at all. It also seemed to do a good job of picking up the cat hair from my thick piled oriental rug. I also made sure to clean it well after each use.

Unfortunately Roomba died after 2 years. I would turn him on & he would run for 15 seconds & die. Got a new battery & it didn’t help. I think I bought it before they had worked all the kinks out of it. I’m thinking of getting a new one though.

To help with the fringe problem I got a door jamb? I think that is what it is called. It is a long strip of metal about 4” or 5” wide, 1” high & slanted on both sides. I put that over the fringe & put something heavy in the middle of it & Roomba would just climb over it to vacuum the rest of the room. I think Roomba would be ok with pins too.

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Date: 11/2/06 12:01 PM

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To help with the fringe problem I got a door jamb? I think that is what it is called. It is a long strip of metal about 4” or 5” wide, 1” high & slanted on both sides. I put that over the fringe & put something heavy in the middle of it & Roomba would just climb over it to vacuum the rest of the room.

That's a fantastic idea about the putting something on top of the fringe. We might look into doing that so we can let Roomba into the dining room, although I don't know if it will do very well in there with all the chairs to bump into.

Last night was our first test of the Roomba on its own during the day. At some point it got stuck in the bathroom. Apparently it went in there and bumped the door closed enough that it couldn't get out. So we're still working out the kinks to see how it behaves and what gets it into trouble.

So far we're quite pleased. The floors are noticeably cleaner!

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Date: 11/2/06 12:07 PM

i was looking at one at sam's club on sunday ($200). i would love to be able to turn it on right before bed and have it do the whole downstairs -- do you think it could? carpet in the living/dining room, tile in the kitchen/back entry, and slate in the hallway/front entry with two little rugs in the front.

we have a hairy beasties too, though dh says my hair is the worst.

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Date: 11/2/06 12:33 PM

Hi Lori,

How loud is this thing? We have very timid (and hairy:-) cats. I presume its quieter than a reg vacuum. About the sound of a mechanical fan? Or what else would you compare it to?

Thanks,
Nina

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Date: 11/2/06 12:51 PM

The sound of the Roomba is a very mechanical one, rather than the usual sound of a vacuum. It's much like that of a remote control car.

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Date: 11/2/06 12:59 PM

My DH also comments about finding my hair everywhere! It's long and tends to get wrapped around any vacuum's brushes.

I think a Roomba might work for you. You probably want to watch it for the first few times you use it to find anything it can get tangled up on or places where it can get trapped (like what happened in our bathroom). Being that it's downstairs the noise might not be an issue.

It seems to do a great job on the cat hair. We ran it the first night in our family room, which has hardwood floors and the next night we ran it again for alittle while and it still picked up hair, even though the floor looked clean from the first pass on the first night.

One thing to note is that the Roomba really "does its own thing" as far as the path it follows. You will look at it and think that it's not efficient because it passes over one area and then wanders over to another and seems not to have any direction at all - not at all how you would vacuum. But eventually it does cover pretty much everything. We have found too that it's getting under things and into places that we tend to skip when we vacuum.

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Date: 11/2/06 2:23 PM

Like under couches????? That would be wonderful:-) Will it go into every room on one floor if you don't program it not to?

Nina

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Date: 11/2/06 2:23 PM

Just wondering - how good does it handle corners and along wall edges? Does it re-direct itself should it find itself trying to get behind the couch or under a chair rung? Does it go from room to room? Do you need to block off stairs so it won't tumble down them?

I've heard of them but I stayed away thinking it was "gimmicky" and wouldn't work well, but I would love to get one if it's worth it.

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Date: 11/2/06 4:09 PM

I, too, got one of the early Roombas and loved, loved, loved it! It also no longer goes for long, and I've thought I should try a new battery.

It was great when my daughter was a baby: If she was napping, and I had the clothes dryer and the dishwasher and the Roomba running, I didn't feel the least bit guilty about reading or something for a while.

Do note that he will only vacuum areas large enough to fit into. If you have 3-4 inches or more clearance under your couch, he will get under there, but if it sits lower he can't. An arc is missed in the corners. Very large areas need to be done more frequently, because his collection tray is not very big. You will still need to drag out the big vacuum once in a while, but for day-to-day maintenance of pet hair and those scattered bits of cat litter, having a Roomba is great. (and it is very difficult NOT to personify it/him!!)

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