Just Ordered One Of Those Robot Vacuums, an iRobot Roomba 980

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    Oct 01, 2015 11:19 PM GMT
    Should be here early next week. This time I didn't bother asking anyone on RJ for opinions first, because whenever I do that I just get shit remarks, like happened with my Apple Watch.

    But I'll still share my experiences with it here, for anyone who's considering one. We have entirely ceramic tile floors, typical in Florida, with a few area rugs, which should be no challenge for it. So I thought this thing would do a good job for what is basically simple dusting and picking up loose litter.

    We do have a cleaning lady who comes in weekly, who does a good job, but the other 6 days I hate seeing loose stuff on the floor, especially if friends drop by. And with our bad backs we really can't do much about it ourselves, otherwise we wouldn't have a cleaning lady in the first place.

    If this gizmo does the job she'll probably be amazed we kept the floor so clean between her visits. We still need her for our bathrooms and the kitchen, and to make our bed. They haven't got a robot yet that can do all that.

    http://store.irobot.com/irobot-roomba-980/product.jsp?productId=68167956&cp=2501652&utm_campaign=Bing_US_Roomba&utm_source=bing&utm_term=rooba&s=A-ProductAge&utm_medium=cpc&parentPage=family
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    Oct 01, 2015 11:39 PM GMT
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    Oct 01, 2015 11:43 PM GMT
    DefensiveEnd saidty-wilson-the-rhumba.jpg

    It's Roomba, not Rumba.

    LOL!
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    Oct 01, 2015 11:44 PM GMT
    I just attach rags to my shoes while I rhumba and my floors are spotless.
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    Oct 01, 2015 11:51 PM GMT
    Roomba needs to make a shop vac version that would suck the water out of flooded basements.
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    Oct 01, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
    DefensiveEnd saidI just attach rags to my shoes while I rhumba and my floors are spotless.

    LOL! Actually that's what our cleaning lady does. She has us put all our rags in a bag, and she goes over our floors in her bare feet with the rags under them. The problem is the other 6 days of the week, when we're trashing the floors.
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:01 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidNine hundred dollars for a robot vacuum?

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    Why not? $1000 is almost nothing these days. I paid almost that for an Electrolux canister vac in the 1980s. I'll always pay for quality and special features, if I get them. I will shortly find out if I did with the Roomba. Or if I wasted my money.
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:25 AM GMT
    Samsung makes the exact same one for less i think.
    I have a dyson had it for 5 years and thats how long the warranty lasts.
    Too expensive but great design
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:27 AM GMT
    venue35 saidSamsung makes the exact same one for less i think.
    I have a dyson had it for 5 years and thats how long the warranty lasts.
    Too expensive but great design

    I checked a little online. The Roomba gets good reviews, versus other robot vacuums that did less well.

    Oh, well, I will soon find out. Stand by, if you were considering one.
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:42 AM GMT
    ROFL thats one thing on my list of what not to buy.
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:46 AM GMT
    The dyson cost 500 dollars which is already too much for a vacuum cleaner i think. 900 dollars could be spent on something else like a super thin laptop.
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:48 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    venue35 saidSamsung makes the exact same one for less i think.
    I have a dyson had it for 5 years and thats how long the warranty lasts.
    Too expensive but great design


    If I'm not mistaken, amazon's reviews for the Dyson vacuum complained of the product breaking down just shortly after the warranty expired.

    Well 5 years is a long time most bag based vacuums start having problems much sooner. Also a product cant be designed to start malfunctioning immediately after its warranty has expired. My warranty ends in 5 days so i'll let you know...
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:59 AM GMT
    I've had my Roomba for a year now. I got the Pet Series and love it. It's designed for dog hair which I'm allergic to. It's never broken down and all I do is empty the filter. It has a sweeper arm that gets right up against the wall and goes over small humps easily. It's also pretty good about untangling itself from cords. The amount of dust and hair it picks up is incredible.
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    Oct 02, 2015 1:07 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    venue35 said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    venue35 saidSamsung makes the exact same one for less i think.
    I have a dyson had it for 5 years and thats how long the warranty lasts.
    Too expensive but great design


    If I'm not mistaken, amazon's reviews for the Dyson vacuum complained of the product breaking down just shortly after the warranty expired.

    Well 5 years is a long time most bag based vacuums start having problems much sooner. Also a product cant be designed to start malfunctioning immediately after its warranty has expired. My warranty ends in 5 days so i'll let you know...


    Things nowadays aren't built to last. They're intentionally designed to have a finite working functionality so that you continually buy more crap.

    Meanwhile, all this junk winds up in our landfills. icon_sad.gif

    Thats why brands like dyson and bang olufsen exist
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    Oct 02, 2015 1:21 AM GMT
    Good lord, where is Hyacinth Bucket when needed? icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 02, 2015 2:36 AM GMT
    Uh oh, looks like 43shitforbrains has changed it's name. Still stalking Art as usual.
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    Oct 02, 2015 6:46 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    venue35 said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    venue35 saidSamsung makes the exact same one for less i think.
    I have a dyson had it for 5 years and thats how long the warranty lasts.
    Too expensive but great design


    If I'm not mistaken, amazon's reviews for the Dyson vacuum complained of the product breaking down just shortly after the warranty expired.

    Well 5 years is a long time most bag based vacuums start having problems much sooner. Also a product cant be designed to start malfunctioning immediately after its warranty has expired. My warranty ends in 5 days so i'll let you know...


    Things nowadays aren't built to last. They're intentionally designed to have a finite working functionality so that you continually buy more crap.

    Meanwhile, all this junk winds up in our landfills. icon_sad.gif



    I'm all about reducing our landfills, but I am severely allergic to dust and dog dander. And the moment I pick up a broom I start sneezing uncontrollably. And once my allergies flare up I can be sick for several days. So the Roomba has been a God send for me. If I didn't have the allergies, I would much rather just pick up a broom and sweep.
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    Oct 02, 2015 7:08 AM GMT
    FYI, Dyson's are not recommended for natural fiber carpets. They can be too strong. It is not necessary to have that much suction to clean a carpet. They can decrease the lifespan of a carpet if your carpets have been designed to last a long time.

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    Oct 02, 2015 9:01 AM GMT
    3148Columbus saidDrunk again! icon_lol.gif

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    Are you? Poor thing! Just put the bottle down. And place this in an appropriate thread, not one about vacuums.
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    Oct 02, 2015 9:20 AM GMT
    Radd saidI've had my Roomba for a year now. I got the Pet Series and love it. It's designed for dog hair which I'm allergic to. It's never broken down and all I do is empty the filter. It has a sweeper arm that gets right up against the wall and goes over small humps easily. It's also pretty good about untangling itself from cords. The amount of dust and hair it picks up is incredible.

    This Roomba should have an easier job here. We have no pets, and almost entirely hard ceramic tile floors, just a few light throw rugs, no deep piles. That's why I thought something like a battery-powered robot would be adequate, just a sweeping job while we're gone. Apparently I can control it remotely with my iPhone.

    The weekly cleaning lady can take care of the corners it'll miss. I bought her an Oreck canister vac almost 4 years ago, on her recommendation, since she's the one mainly using it. But I wanted a way to have the floors looking tidy the other 6 days, without our having to do it ourselves, given our bad backs.

    Glad to hear your own Roomba has been a success. This one's their latest Model 980. They've dropped the brushes, in favor of some kind of rubber thingies, not sure how that would work with embedded pet hair. But again, all we need is to have our hard floors swept, for which I'm betting this should be ideal.

    http://store.irobot.com/irobot-roomba-980/product.jsp?productId=68167956&cp=2501652&utm_campaign=Bing_US_Roomba&utm_source=bing&utm_term=rooba&s=A-ProductAge&utm_medium=cpc&parentPage=family
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    Oct 02, 2015 9:25 AM GMT
    venue35 saidThe dyson cost 500 dollars which is already too much for a vacuum cleaner i think. 900 dollars could be spent on something else like a super thin laptop.

    Then you do that. But I do have the money for this, so please don't use dollars as a criteria that doesn't apply to me in this case, but evidently does to you.
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:11 PM GMT
    metta saidFYI, Dyson's are not recommended for natural fiber carpets. They can be too strong. It is not necessary to have that much suction to clean a carpet. They can decrease the lifespan of a carpet if your carpets have been designed to last a long time.


    I have no carpeting anywhere in my house..
    I dont like carpets because i feel they house alot of bacteria and are hard to keep like new.
    I like wooden floors and tiles easier to keep clean.

    Dyson i think are the only vacuums that have been certified by the american allergy association for the allergy filters they use.
    I guess i am the only one here who thinks 900 dollars is alot for a for a vacuum...
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:16 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    venue35 saidThe dyson cost 500 dollars which is already too much for a vacuum cleaner i think. 900 dollars could be spent on something else like a super thin laptop.

    Then you do that. But I do have the money for this, so please don't use dollars as a criteria that doesn't apply to me in this case, but evidently does to you.

    Why is it everytime i say you "might" have spent too much on something you freak out...????
    Yet when someone calls you senile or alcoholic
    It doesnt ruffle your feathers as much????

    Haha so Mr Deco insults the wrong person-again.
    And then you wonder why people bully and laugh at you.
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:33 PM GMT
    venue35 said
    I guess i am the only one here who thinks 900 dollars is alot for a for a vacuum...

    $500? That's like 350 sterling.
    Much too much.
  • venue35

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    Oct 02, 2015 12:37 PM GMT
    My vacuum cost 500. Deco's cost 900.
    Am i really having this discussion??? lol