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I don't know if we've gotten really lucky, or if maybe people are exaggerating, but I have nothing but praises for this little guy.
We got a refurb of the same model off a past Woot and I love it. I have 3 cats and a CatGenie (so little plastic pellets make it to my floor with regular frequency) and this Roomba has done a fabulous job keeping my floors clean. Picks up all the hair and pellets with no trouble.
I'm really convinced a lot of bad reviews are people who expect robots to do EVERYTHING. Yes, you still have to empty the bin every time, like you would a "real" vacuum. Yeah, the brushes got clogged once and we had to clean them, but about 20 minutes later it was running perfect again. I don't think that warrants giving it a negative review considering ALL the time I've saved by not having to run my "real" vacuum on a daily basis.
Also, I LOVE the little fanfare at the end of the cleaning cycle.
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GregoryOR wrote:I have a love/hate thing with Roomba. I have never bought one brand new, but have owned a couple of refurbs and several off of Ebay, from the 530 back to the original.
The biggest con is that they are not very reliable. Get ready to replace a $50 battery every year or so, and do serious troubleshooting on sensors and the like. You have to REALLY want a robot to put up with the maintenance these things require.
Two minor drawbacks are that it does miss a few things, as others have noted, and is just the right height to get stuck under the cabinet and dishwasher overhangs.
However, if you're good at prepping a room and don't mind the maintenance, they're awesome. It's no thing to vacuum daily. Especially if the home base is in the room you are vacuuming. I leave mine in the kitchen, and it's super easy to set up the virtual walls and push start and go off to do what I want while it vacuums.
It's also great for the bedroom. I have allergies, and Roomba always vacuums under the bed when it does the floor.
You can get a battery for $30 on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Tenergy-Replacement-Battery-iRobot®-14-4V/dp/B003MXMWQ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338047457&sr=8-1
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Headline: Google Buys iRobot, renames the product "Goomba."
Like Lake Wobegon, but without the lake.