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Old 02-19-2008, 10:09 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Default Is I-Robot Rumba Vacuum worth the money?

Anyone have any experience with this? I have dogs that shed!
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:18 AM
 
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Yes, I love mine. I have 2 IRobots now and the Scooba. The Scooba is still questionable to me if it's worth the money (a little more of a pain) but my IRobots were definitely worth it.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:15 AM
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Location: The 12th State
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Anyone have any experience with this? I have dogs that shed!
You will still have to clean out the hair from the brushes just like a regular vacuum. It does not get deep down dirt on carpet. It more effective if you run it daily instead of once a week or their is to much hair on the floor.
The tray that the dirt goes in is rather small.

Since it just sweeps the floor it doesnt have filters get vacuum up the allergins.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:57 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Yeah, I know it's not perfect buy I was hoping it would help. I work 50 hours a week, am in school full time, try to volunteer, take exercise classes on the weekends, etc. I don't have time to vacuum everyday. I manage about every three days and I feel horrible about it because my canister fills up in one room! It's gross. BTW- not a bad puppy mom, my boyfriend is home with the dogs more often then I am... he just won't vacuum :-)
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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It has reduced the daily trip with Dyson to a biweekly one. Considering long haired cats, owners and a constantly open patio door - does a great job picking up hair even from tile. Yes, you will have to empty the small waste cup frequently and also take the brush out to clean.
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Old 02-19-2008, 03:16 PM
 
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Yeah, I know it's not perfect buy I was hoping it would help. I work 50 hours a week, am in school full time, try to volunteer, take exercise classes on the weekends, etc. I don't have time to vacuum everyday. I manage about every three days and I feel horrible about it because my canister fills up in one room! It's gross. BTW- not a bad puppy mom, my boyfriend is home with the dogs more often then I am... he just won't vacuum :-)
It does keep the crud down (particulates, not fine dust or silt), its a good purchase. My landlady has a dog, 3 long haired cats and barn muck to chase after and it keeps everything to a dull roar. She'll still get 3/4 canister full once a week, but its because she's vacuuming upolstery too, the dander from the rugs is what you'll get with your dyson.

Tips= don't leave this machine completely unsupervised when pets are in the house because pets tend to have 'accidents' and the machine will just mow over it and spread it around the whole house. :X
loose cords, wrong height furniture and throw rugs can hang it up sometimes. Minor adjustments to the house will make it roomba friendly.

Other than that, she's had it over a year now problem free. It inspired her daughter in law to ask for one for christmas, another happy customer. Hope that helps.
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Old 02-19-2008, 04:20 PM
 
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Wow- that's good advice because I was also thinking about buying one and I didn't even think about "accidents" which happen about once a month in my house. Hmmmm... thanks!
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Old 02-20-2008, 06:56 AM
 
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My wife bought one for our new house, and in my opinion it's a total waste of money. That thing could spend 6 hours cruising around the floor of our house and still miss half of the spaces- and that assuming that it doesn't spend most of the time repeatedly banging into chair legs, getting hung up on the entry mat at the front door, or smashing into the kitchen cabinets.
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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Anyone have any experience with this? I have dogs that shed!
Before you decide to buy it I would somehow "test it" with your dogs. I know one of my two would think it was a wonderful new toy just for her which would mean I would spend more time telling her NO. The other one would run from the room everytime it saw the thing.
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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We found it great for picking up animal hair. It is nice to run it whie you are at work and save a little bit of chore time. You will still have to vacuum once in a while, but it picks up the worst of the mess.

We had a lot of trouble with it getting stuck on our area rugs, especially the fringe. We also had a lot of trouble with the batteries not lasting. We now have three dead Roombas that will not take a charge anymore. They each lasted less than fifty cleanings. I looked into replacing the battery, but it was as expensive as buying a new machine on a good sale.
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