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Old 01-02-2017, 08:42 AM
 
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if they are worth it, which models perform the best? especially in a household with 2 adults, 4 cats and one dog. we all live in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath rental home with carpeting in all bedrooms

also most robot vacuums are circular in shape. how do they get to the corners? will the square ones do better in that respect?
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Old 01-02-2017, 09:44 AM
 
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My hunch is they are a pure gimmick / fad

If they truly worked as advertised ... they would be flying off the shelves as word spread like wild fire

I will bet they are much better at removing the $$$ from your pocket than dirt off the floor
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Old 01-02-2017, 09:57 AM
 
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They do work pretty well if you run them regularly. If it runs only once a week, it's going to have a hard time keeping up with the dust and dirt. They get into the corners as the side brush comes out to reach them.
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:05 AM
 
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There are a few threads going on about the Roombas. My sister is frail, due to illness, and since her husband is too lazy to vacuum, he bought her a model 880 (I think). It so happens their first one malfunctioned, so the company sent a new one, and BIL was able to get a new part for the first one. So they have one upstairs and one downstairs. They run once a day, and do a great job!
I was very impressed. They have 2 dogs, and a mixture of hard floors, area rugs and carpet. The roombas go off at a time they set, and spend about an hour scooting around the house. Once every few days, one got hung up on something and had to be untrapped somewhere, like behind a door. When it is done, it comes back to the mother ship and recharges. I'm a total fan.
Theirs is one of the pricier models, so I don't know if those models which are down to $300-$400. are as good. I plan to get one, but haven't yet.

As robr2 said, they need to be emptied after every use because the container is small.
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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if they are worth it, which models perform the best? especially in a household with 2 adults, 4 cats and one dog. we all live in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath rental home with carpeting in all bedrooms

also most robot vacuums are circular in shape. how do they get to the corners? will the square ones do better in that respect?
They have spikey brushes that move in a circle, so if the roomba comes to a corner the brush will hit the corner. As I posted above, the roombas are good, but they aren't a substitute for a regular vacuum. You can get by with once a month regular vacuuming, depending on how picky you are.
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:32 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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if they are worth it, which models perform the best? especially in a household with 2 adults, 4 cats and one dog. we all live in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath rental home with carpeting in all bedrooms

also most robot vacuums are circular in shape. how do they get to the corners? will the square ones do better in that respect?
I have a NEATO, as I felt they were more logical than Rooma (A few years ago Roomba did no mapping, just ran around willy nilly). However, they aren't great on long carpet. If you have tight/short carpet, they'll be fine, but anything long and they'll get stuck.

The Neato's have corners and little brushes. We have ONE dog, 2 kids, and our Neato is full everyday. We still have to vacuum with a real vacuum once a week to ensure a great clean, but the Neato really keeps down on dust and hair.

The Neato is slow. It will take hours to clean a home your size- probably 2-4 hours, with recharging in between, but if you're gone at work it will be fine.

Best thing I've ever purchased, even though it's not perfect. It really helps with dog hair!
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Old 01-02-2017, 11:14 AM
 
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We love ours. As stated already, you probably can't totally substitute them for a large manual vacuum, but you manually vacuum way less and keep your house clean. The 800 and 900 series Roombas are better for pet hair (for most people, there is no reason to spend the extra $$ for the 900 though) than the other versions of Roombas. There are some good cheaper deals on the other Roombas, which will also do a good job, but will require more maintenance (cleaning brushes mostly) with 5 pets in the household.

For our needs, the Roomba was much better than the Neato, as we use the virtual walls and lighthouses a lot, and weren't going to run strips all over the floor. If you aren't trying to "close off" open areas, that won't be important to you and will open up the choices and both will likely suite your needs.

I think with that household you'll be very glad to have one to keep things cleaner as they can run daily. Just don't go in expecting a complete miracle where they work flawlessly every day and you never touch a vacuum again.
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Old 01-02-2017, 11:57 AM
 
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We have an iLife A4 and love it. We have 4 pets and a child (with usually 2-3 other boys running through the house on any given day) and it works wonders. It actually picks up more than our regular vacuum. Our cleaning ladies vacuum with a regular vacuum every other week but I've started solely using the ilife. Run it every night and remember to empty it out as the bin isn't very large. Once in a while you have to unclog it not unlike with any other vacuum if you have pets. But seriously, get one.
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Old 01-02-2017, 12:17 PM
 
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if they are worth it, which models perform the best? especially in a household with 2 adults, 4 cats and one dog. we all live in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath rental home with carpeting in all bedrooms

also most robot vacuums are circular in shape. how do they get to the corners? will the square ones do better in that respect?
I don't recommend them if you have pets.

Just imagine that one in a 100 poo accident on the floor. Now it is run over by the roomba and spread all over the house.
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Old 01-02-2017, 12:28 PM
 
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I don't recommend them if you have pets.

Just imagine that one in a 100 poo accident on the floor. Now it is run over by the roomba and spread all over the house.
no models yet that can sense something of that composition and avoid it? anything liquidy or too solid in composition?
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