kmurphy4000 wrote:Is it as loud as a full-size upright vacuum?
Will it bother my apartment neighbors if I set it to run daily?
I bought one of these about 4 weeks ago the last time they were up on Woot.
In my opinion it's nowhere near as loud as a regular upright, but it's certainly not quiet. You can't watch TV in the room for sure, but when I'm upstairs (the Neato really just does downstairs) I can tell its on but it's not bothersome in the slightest -- and that's with an open stairway to downstairs that obviously your neighbors wouldn't have.
Now... for my general opinion...
At first I was disapointed with the Neato. It had a hard time finding its way back to its dock, it would get stuck frequently, and would rarely do a cleaning cycle without me having to help it in some way or another.
BUT. Once you figure out what it 'likes', it does an amazing job.
1> Keep the dock a good 2-3 feet away from anything else. It isn't the most attractive thing in the world, and it would be nice if you could tuck it beside a cabinet or something, but the Neato greatly prefers more room around its dock in order to find its way back.
2> Keep your floor free of clutter. This was the hard one. But the Neato really forces you to keep your floors clean of wires, dog toys, any of that little stuff. It's actually a really nice benefit of forcing a little more cleanliness on you -- just takes some getting used to.
3> Use that barrier tape they provide. The Neato kept getting stuck navigating around my couch. From just the right angle it could get under the sofa and get itself stuck. Roll out that tape (you can keep it just under the edge of the sofa, so you can't even see it) and it'll stay out of areas you don't want it just perfectly.
After about 10 days of figuring out what it likes and doesn't, the Neato can now clean my entire downstairs without issue the vast majority of the time. Every once in a while it'll get itself stuck somewhere and need help, but that's a small price to pay for floors that are constantly clean.
My only complaint is just how long it takes to clean. My downstairs (of which I have the Neato clean about 1500sqft) takes it 3-4 cleaning cycles which takes about 6 hours for it to do. That's surprising considering about 2/3rds of that space is hardwood which shouldn't take much power. My problem seems to center on just how large my rooms are -- all that space is really just 4 rooms, and 2 of them are a solid 85% of that 1500sqft, including a "Great Room" that's about 40x26, and a Master Bedroom that's 28x20. When the room is that large, the Neato brings them up into pieces. And it seems to do so in a manner that's not the most logical. The Hallway for example, rather than go back and forth the long way and knock it out in about 5 passes, it instead goes back and forth the shortway, having to turn several dozen times in the process. It does this odd behavior for every 'virtual' room that its created. But it gets it all done -- so if it wants to take its own time to do it the long way, that's its problem, not mine.
But, it does a really good job of cleaning, does it every day, and the house is always looking nice. And coming home to the perfect little vaccuum rows in the carpet is a nice feeling.
Does it clean as well at the Dyson Animal I've got -- no. of course not. But it's also cleaning every single day before the stuff is getting hammered into the carpets. With 2 cats and a dog, the Neato can fill up its entire bin in a day. If I use the Dyson once a month (and honestly, I wouldn't even do that much) it's sure as heck not getting 30 times as much in its bin, so it's leaving quite a bin that's really been worked into the carpets over that much. So, in a round-about way, the Neato is actually doing a BETTER job than the Dyson does.
EDIT: And for those worried about transitions -- I've got transitions from Hardwood to Tile and Hardwood to Carpet, that are nearly a full INCH in height. And the Neato has not once balked at them. It can pop itself up a fair bit on its wheels, and it's smart enough to take them at an angle.