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hustlertwo wrote:4 C batteries for the Virtual Wall? With the amount it would cost to power those, seems like it'd be a better bet to just throw up something more tangible, like a pet barrier.
The batteries last a long time because the unit turns itself off automatically. I use adapters for AA rechargeable Eneloops in my unit - removing them only if I need to use them elsewhere.
Also I have long hair and using scissors, long handled tweezers, and one of those envelope openers with recessed blade - it takes little time to clean. Much quicker than trying to clean a normal vac.
I've owned the same Roomba since 2006 replaced the original battery last year and replaced filters of course. I deep clean it every couple of month. I have given them as gifts - all of them still working.
My home is cleaner because I run the Roomba very often - much less dusting too. Never thought it would last this long or simplify my life so much. If it did nothing more than go under furniture and beds it would still be worth it.
To address need for virtual walls - I've used rolled up rugs, towels, or even shoes and that works fine. Any thing it can bump against will do the trick.
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I have two longish-haired fuzzcats and one long-haired, high-shedding dog, and I love my Roomba (a 560 that's well over a year old and still going strong). Yes, they do need to be kept clean to work well, as do all vacuums - even my Dyson gets pet hair wrapped around the brush. That's not unique to the Roomba.
What I like about the Roomba is that it can go under the bed and munch on the dustbunnies before they multiply, ditto for the living room sofa and other furniture that's heavy to move, and it makes quick work of the pet hair. It's also a LOT easier to remove the Roomba's brushes for cleaning and then put them back than it is on other vacuums (even my beloved Dyson).
When the brushes need cleaning, I use a stainless-steel nut pick (like from those old-fashioned nut bowl sets) to snag the pet hair from the end fittings on the brush, and then just sweep my hand over the bristles. The whole "clean the brushes" routine actually only takes about two minutes.
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