ppbourke wrote:So we have little kids that leave little kid crap everywhere - barbie clothes, legos, torn up school assignments, etc, etc. I'm guessing this thing is pretty indiscriminate & picks up everything. What size crap does it pick up, and what does it leave behind for the billy lids to pick up?
I find that it tends to push small things like that under my furniture, rather than picking them up. It'll pick up pet hair, dirt, etc., but anything that's larger than, say, cereal just seems to end up pushed under my furniture. No kids here, but three kittens with lots of toys. I've only had one cat toy sucked up by the Neato, and it was a small, soft ring akin to a hair elastic. All the other toys, I find under furniture after the Neato has made its rounds.
I still use a regular vacuum on the weekends to get under the things that the neato can't, but it does a great job at daily pick-up. I have noticed two issues with it, however:
1. At first, it kept insisting on trying to go underneath a TV stand where it would get stuck. I fixed that by putting a flat wood carving about the size of a large book under the TV stand, which somehow taught the Neato that it couldn't fit under there. If that hadn't worked, I would've used the black strip material that they send to mark areas as off limits.
2. The Neato has regular standoffs with my wine refrigerator. It will bump into the refrigerator, back up, change its angle by about 5 degrees, then ram into the refrigerator again. It does this over and over, and rather than rotating in one direction so that it eventually turns around and leaves the refrigerator alone, it mostly goes back and forth in the 5 degree increments, which means that it just keeps hitting the refrigerator. It will also occasionally just have standoffs with the wine refrigerator, where it will just sit in front of the fridge, bleating at me to move the object in its way. I suspect there may be either a crush or some territorial issues between the two.
Edit: After reading about the software updates, I just updated my Neato's software from v2.4 to v2.6. Hopefully tomorrow will bring a friendlier relationship between Neato and my wine refrigerator.