It’s full name is Roomba 980 and my husband bought this little devil for me. We are moving soon and our old vacuum cleaner broke down.
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I never thought I would ever want a robot cleaning up our house. I considered this kind of gadgets a luxury. I was alright with the old upright, but it did stop running and my husband said it’s time we get a new one and he, being a man, brought home Roomba.
This thing is a real game changer. Here is my review.
First thing first, it really looks slick. It works with an app and the operating is really intuitive. Just set up the wifi connection and you’re ready to roll by pressing CLEAN.
There is one thing that I think is the most important to mention – Scheduling. You are able to set on which days at what time the Roomba does the cleaning. You don’t have to be there, just schedule it when you’re working and sure enough you come home and the cleaning is done.
Roomba is able to charge itself – it is able to find its way to the docking station, plugs itself in and when it is recharged, it goes back to cleaning, until it’s through. You don’t have to do anything, you don’t have to be there when it’s done. You only need to empty it’s bin and clean it once in a while – and Roomba tells you when, so you don’t have to keep it in mind.
The actual cleaning is very effective. The suction is strong enough and it adjusts automatically when it needs to. There is this Carpet Boost, so it automatically boosts up on carpets and they get cleaned very well. It has a side brush for corners and wall edges and it also works well. There is no problem with chairs, with legs of furniture, wires; all these Roomba handles perfectly.
It learns. Roomba creates a map and when it hits a new obstacle, it pauses for a moment and updates the map. After the first cleaning, Roomba knows the place and chooses the most effective strategy to clean it. The cleaning is very organized – it doesn’t move randomly up and down, but it chooses the most effective path and it remembers where it cleaned already and knows where to go next.
There are two virtual wall barriers – you can use these to prevent Roomba from going where you don’t want it. I use them around cat’s place.
It never stopped at one spot and froze, it never went “crazy” like I expected some robotic errors or whatnot, but it always seems like it knows what it’s doing. When Roomba comes near stairs, it doesn’t fall off them, it just knows it’s stairs.
It doesn’t jam.
It is not completely silent, but I guess that’s well understood. It is, though, less noisy then an upright vacuum cleaner – at least the one we had.
All in all
As I said, I never thought about owning this kind of gadgets, I saw them as something pricey that I can perfectly do without. But now that I see how much time can be saved – because, well, you need to clean up and I used to do it quite often – When you can get the vacuum cleaning out of your way, even for this price, it is worth it.
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Well, guess I’m about to give up my regular job and become rich on these things 😉
*Let’s spend less time cleaning up and focus on more important things, like running!