I've got 3 questions I'm hoping people can help me with.
Anybody had one of these long enough to comment on how long batteries last before needing to be replaced? That is, not how long a charge will last, but how long before they will no longer hold a charge. I've got 3 Roombas that I like just fine as far as operation, except they seem to need new batteries about every 8 months to a year, and about $50 per battery, for 3 of them, I've given up. I ran my Roombas once a week, and on carpet, which I know will use more battery than I saw the one comment from somebody who said theirs about 10 months (Oct through the following August) and Neato replaced their battery for free, but I doubt they'll do that beyond the 1 year warranty. And on their web site it looks like replacement batteries are $80, which they don't even have in stock right now.
2nd, how do you stop these from going into another area? The Roomba had those ifrared stations you could place around. I see this comes with a 6' "barrier" but I'm not sure how that works. And I would need a couple of them, and 6' isn't long enough for one of them. I have a couple of stairs I need to protect it against. I'm sure it has a stair detector, as did the Roomba, but it's not very good on the Roomba. It's carpeted stairs which aren't a hard corner for it to detect, and if it hit the stairs at the wrong angle the stair detection wouldn't catch it in time to stop it tumbling over. One of my stairs is an entry way up from the front door that is about 10' wide. And I have another set of stairs down to another area (split level house) in the same area.
Last, I see it says it has different brushes for carpet vs. hardwood/linoleum. My main floor is a combination of both (carpet in living & dining rooms, linoleum in kitchen, a circular path in the main floor of the house). With its ability to do multiple rooms by returning and charging and going out again, will it do well on the other floor surface with the same brush? And in that case, any recommendations on which brush to use? (I'm sure I can do trial and error, but just wondering if anyone has experience with this.) Or will I need to block off the kitchen and have it do the the carpet one day, swap out the brush and do the kitchen another day? In which case, I'm going to need even more barriers.
All in all, I had the 3 roombas (at $199 each for 2, and the 3rd somebody gave me) and enough of the infrared markers, I just placed them set them on a schedule, and it did everything itself, other than having to empty the dirt bin. This sounds like I may have to be changing brushes and moving barriers on a regular basis. And might have to spend a bunch of money on additional barriers too.
Thanks for any comments based on experience.