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#2401771 - 11/11/17 05:33 AM Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please
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What's out there that's good. I would prefer one that auto docks to recharge, but that's not a deal breaker. Some other features may be: scheduled times, remote connectivity, carpet and pergo capable, block off areas, and performance is always good. Wife was looking into them and I'm totally lost. We have 2 dogs that are in the crate when we're not home and 3 cats that roam free (one of them hates the vacuum cleaner). I am thinking she mainly wants it for the cat tumbleweeds on the pergo, but not positive. We do have a transition piece from the main living room to the kitchen area, but both are pergo. Waht's out there that you personally have experiences with, pros, cons, features, etc.

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#2401932 - 11/11/17 12:16 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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#2401938 - 11/11/17 12:20 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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Originally Posted By MI_Custumz
What's out there that's good. I would prefer one that auto docks to recharge, but that's not a deal breaker. Some other features may be: scheduled times, remote connectivity, carpet and pergo capable, block off areas, and performance is always good. Wife was looking into them and I'm totally lost. We have 2 dogs that are in the crate when we're not home and 3 cats that roam free (one of them hates the vacuum cleaner). I am thinking she mainly wants it for the cat tumbleweeds on the pergo, but not positive. We do have a transition piece from the main living room to the kitchen area, but both are pergo. Waht's out there that you personally have experiences with, pros, cons, features, etc.


Why the cats roam free and not the dogs ?

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#2401942 - 11/11/17 12:23 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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Yeah, it don't matter how fancy it gets, you're limited by the size of it's holding tank. With that many animals shedding you'll fill it real fast. We have a Deebot and it's ok, was a gift.
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#2401967 - 11/11/17 12:46 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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#2402032 - 11/11/17 03:27 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: ScottSmith_Harms]
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#2402304 - 11/11/17 10:05 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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I wouldn't own one with pets. 2 reasons. Pets shed hair. Hair fills vacuums fast. My upright has a container that holds about a gallon of volume, and I dump that much hair every time I vacuum--which is 2-3 times a week. 2nd reason. Pets have accidents. Cats vomit up hair balls, dogs can't walkways wait till you get home.
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#2402330 - 11/11/17 11:09 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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We have had a Roomba 770 for about 18 months.

I like it a lot. It has no problems transitioning between different surfaces. It came with two "beacons" that can be placed to keep it out of any area you don't want it to go.

It has a docking station and finds its way back most of the time.

The newer 900 series models are more sophisticated and follow more of an orderly pattern where ours basically just wanders around until it has covered everything.

However its not a set and forget. In our case it needs to be serviced. The bin needs to be emptied and the dust knocked out of the hepa filters. We have two cats so there is often fur wrapped around places it should not be. Some parts such as the beater bar, the side brush and the main brush are replaced from time to time.

I would recommend them and will probably get one of the more powerful, more sophistated models they have come out with since we got ours

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#2402424 - 11/12/17 08:54 AM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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Picked up a basic Roomba (614 I think was the model number) for $200 on the AAFES site (no tax and free shipping). Lowe's had a 21% off coupon, but was still more when it was said and done. I figure start with the basic model that returns to the charging dock when it's done. We would use it for the light cleaning for pet hair. The one cat doesn't shed and the dogs don't either. Well, maybe a little, but not much. I figure I can put things in it's way to keep it contained in the rooms we want and go from there as far as learning how it works. Will probably be using it when we're home at first to see how it goes. Dogs get locked into the laundry room with a doggie door leading out into a pen so no accidents when we're not home. They do sometimes have accidents when we are at home, but would do a quick walk around to make sure it's a clear path for the Roomba. I plan on using the regular vacuum for the house, but this will be a quick touch up type deal.

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#2402445 - 11/12/17 09:59 AM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: 340Cuda]
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Originally Posted By 340Cuda
We have had a Roomba 770 for about 18 months.

I like it a lot. It has no problems transitioning between different surfaces. It came with two "beacons" that can be placed to keep it out of any area you don't want it to go.

It has a docking station and finds its way back most of the time.

The newer 900 series models are more sophisticated and follow more of an orderly pattern where ours basically just wanders around until it has covered everything.

However its not a set and forget. In our case it needs to be serviced. The bin needs to be emptied and the dust knocked out of the hepa filters. We have two cats so there is often fur wrapped around places it should not be. Some parts such as the beater bar, the side brush and the main brush are replaced from time to time.

I would recommend them and will probably get one of the more powerful, more sophistated models they have come out with since we got ours


x2 on all of this. We've gone through 2 of them so far but have had roombas for about 6 years now. The first one died due to a design flaw, if you tried plugging in the roomba instead of it's dock to keep it from vacuuming something fails internally. The newer ones don't allow you to do that. Our 2nd one has been around for at least 4 years. We let it vacuum 3 times per week right after we go to work. Even with only 1 dog that doesn't shed too badly the bin has to be emptied after every cleaning.

I'd definitely recommend them. Just get used to emptying the bin.

I also had an incident once... the dog went through a spell where she was getting frightened by a beeping noise in the house. Sometime between when I left for work and when the roomba started it's vacuum cycle, Cleo the dog peed slightly on the wood floor in the living room... and then the roomba smeared it around. It wasn't that bad. The roomba manufacturer suggested just buying a new one, don't run additional liquids through it to clean it. I disregarded that and tried using a little bit of soap and water, it's been fine for the last year since the pee spreading disaster.
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#2402501 - 11/12/17 11:20 AM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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Many reasons not to own a Roomba.....if you have pets.






Edited by Dragula (11/12/17 11:22 AM)
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#2402705 - 11/12/17 05:39 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: Blusmbl]
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Originally Posted By Blusmbl
[quote=340Cuda]

I also had an incident once... the dog went through a spell where she was getting frightened by a beeping noise in the house.


Usually the cause is a smoke detector with a battery that is getting low.. The detector lets out a high pitched chirp every couple of minutes that seems to drive dogs nuts...

I saw a dog break a patio door once ( a neighbor) over this chirping....


Edited by minivan (11/12/17 05:40 PM)

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#2402916 - 11/13/17 06:23 AM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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The plan is to get it to run manually when the dogs are locked up or we are home with them and the floors don't have any pee/poop/vomit on them. A quick walk around to get that cleaned up if need be, and let it run. May cut some 2x4's and lay in the entry ways to rooms we want off limits if it wants to go into them. Laundry room is the animals safe place with their beds, so maybe block that one off for now. Will definitely run it when we are home to monitor how it works and go from there.

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#2402965 - 11/13/17 09:37 AM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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Scroll over to the last item, Roomba

https://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx

and don't forget to check out Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum Cleaner Robot. No experience with either but kinda shopping.

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#2403204 - 11/13/17 05:27 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: minivan]
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Originally Posted By minivan
Usually the cause is a smoke detector with a battery that is getting low.. The detector lets out a high pitched chirp every couple of minutes that seems to drive dogs nuts...


Yep, that's usually what sets her off. It's now extended to similar beeping noises on the TV.
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#2403269 - 11/13/17 07:43 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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We have a Roomba 650 and like it. Does better than we thought it would. Still need to do conventional vacuming, but it helps to keep up with the dog hair.
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#2403417 - 11/14/17 05:59 AM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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I want the coming weed pulling Roomba for the garden.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NDE92HNvegM

Instead of making a new Aiba robot dog,

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lhESLovHII4


Sony needs to build
a robot Goat
That will roam about eating Kudzu.

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#2403422 - 11/14/17 06:33 AM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: BSB67]
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Originally Posted By BSB67
We have a Roomba 650 and like it. Does better than we thought it would. Still need to do conventional vacuming, but it helps to keep up with the dog hair.
That's the plan, just a quick sweep of the pergo floors to keep the pet hair down in between regular vacuuming.

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#2404589 - 11/16/17 04:43 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: MI_Custumz]
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Here is one for the shop or the home
https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/DRC200PT
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#2404594 - 11/16/17 04:57 PM Re: Roomba, iRobot, automatic vacuum recommendations please [Re: PLUM_72]
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Originally Posted By PLUM_72
Here is one for the shop or the home
https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/DRC200PT


At that price it had better be wearing a French Maid's outfit.
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