MrEricSir wrote:To be fair my 800 series Roomba has these issues as well and it cost significantly more.
At this price point I'd be more worried about damaging furniture or battery problems while unattended.
I 2nd that. After burning through 2 Neatos and a Scooba in the past 8 years, you are right they ALL have issues. My current fleet of vac's, Samsung V9000 series, XV11 and Neato 80 will make one run, no problems (I did retire a XV21 (RSP errors and Right Wheel insisted it was stuck so it's my spar parts device). But seems every other run, when I used the Samsung on the 1st floor, I was having to hunt it down. Once it felt it would do me a favor and do my stairs, which it rolled down 6 steps before it landed on the mid-landing. If not for that, I'm sure it would have exploded once it rolled down the other 15 just like in those car over the cliff movies, the 11 has a moment and has an anxiety attack near a couch or speaker stand and swears something's blocking it's way (I try to assure it its not) and the 80 keeps loosing it's little brush which requires a two team rescue unit to find it. It seems to loose the brush in the most darkest and od places. I have a carpeted basement, where the 11 is. 80 does the 1st floor, all hardwood/area rugs, about 1800sqft, Samsung does the 2nd floor walkway/bridge and if leave 1 of the 4 bed room doors open, including the bathrooms, it will more then happy go in and get lost (but vacuum while it's trying to fight it's way out). Hands down though, for suction on carpet and hardwood flooring, Samsung wins (2nd floor is all carpet w/exception of 3 bathrooms (but it beats the crap out of the little throw rugs and hates tassels). The 80 so far is the most trouble free (except for it's magnetic attached brush).
I have 2 cats so at least once a month, I pull out the hose for the whole house system and do a once over. The robots are just for maintenance and annoyance (see above rant). If had to spend the money and choose, I'd go neato. Dont' get me started on my Scooba. 1st one went about 3 years before the pump died out. The 2nd version I got beats the CRAP out of my furniture. It not only bumps into it, it backs up and tries two or three more times. Then, not being deterred, it turns, makes a circle, and runs full speed right back into the same spot. Keep black and brown permanent markers at the ready if you have one of these beasts. I think the navigation programmer must have had a bad experience as a child in a furniture store and is getting his/her revenge at our expense.
So, anyone buying these devices, remember, they are good for two or three times a week keeping things looking tidy. Corners and under couches, you need a hand vac for that. Also, budget for a new set of batteries every 12 months or so.
Sorry for the rant. Happy Holidays..