flashburn02 wrote:I don't know which one to buy. I've decided to take the robot-plunge but I'm not sure what will be best for me. I have a cat that doesn't shed a whole lot. So should I get a regular suction unit or the pet unit?
Also, does anyone with experience recommend the 3 year service plan? I would assume batteries probably only last a year so the service plan me pay off?
I own the Neato XV-21 Pet and Allergy Robot Vacuum and it is amazing. It seems to get smarter as it learns my apartment.
With that being said, you need to do some work to get Neato in a position to succeed. He will go under your couch and get stuck if there is enough clearance. He will run out the front door / back door if you leave it open. (yes this has happened to me, and yes my porch was cleaned well)
I am amazed by how well he picks up my dog's hair. I notice a difference in the appearance of the carpet when he hasn't cleaned for a few weeks.
A few notable issues, if the Neato becomes disconnected from the charging base for long enough to die, you need to reset its clock, or else it won't clean on the schedule you set.
Sometimes neato spends 3 hours cleaning and i wanna yell at him cause he has ADD and wont stop cleaning.
Sometimes he thinks his charging base is a few feet away from where he is trying to dock, and he ends up throwing an error message like 'unable to locate charging base'
The magnetic strips certainly work, but i've heard rumors you need to purchase their 30$ version as a standard magnet is not strong enough.
There is a good amount of shuffling of furnature that need to be done if you want him to clean fast and efficiently. I put my chairs on top of my kitchen table so he can breeze through and get the job done.
I block the couch with a ottoman, so he doesn't go under there.
I need to pick up my dog's toys and cotton stuffing, while Neato can handle the stuffing, after a while you'll spend an hour picking it out of his brush.
My 1 Neato can 3 bedrooms, livingroom, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen if he's on a roll.
My 1 Neato can also get stuck 5 minutes into cleaning cause he backs up onto a chair and then wedges himself inbetween the legs trying to get unstuck.
overall, its my favorite woot purchase, but i do spend effort to clean so Neato can clean.