Connecting moms in Polk County, Fla.
I'm seriously thinking of taking the plunge. Robotic vacuuming just seems to make sense for me. I doubt very seriously I would replace robotic vacuuming completely from the standard manual vacuuming and broom and dustpan use, but I do think it could help for the in between jobs.
My parents live on the water in Port Charlotte and my father loves to go fishing often- read, my dad tracks in a lot of sand. My mom has the roomba and LOVES it. So, yes, I have that review, but that's it. I've not heard good or bad from anyone else. And I would love to hear of a review that is more equal to my household. My parents don't have children at home or pets. I have 3 of each. :)
Both brands above have several models to choose from. If you think some models are better than others, I would love to hear that, too.
Have you considered an automatic sweeper too?
I considered an automatic sweeper and after reading reviews and hearing from a friend who had it, I decided against it. Google the reviews and see how you feel and what you come up with. I just upgraded my vacuum and went with a Miele. Paid a pretty penny for it but we have 3 kids, 2 dogs and live surrounded by trees so the kids and dogs are always trailing stuff into the house. I did ALOT of research. I started my research totally sold on a Dyson but after reading quickly changed my mind. I only have Hardwood and tile, no carpet and Dyson is more for carpet. Good luck on your review searches!
Thanks for the suggestions. I have only wood and tile floors so I won't need a vac for carpets but I do have a vac that I use for my hard floors and still plan to use it for deep cleaning. I don't want the robot as my sole and only source for cleaning. I really want to use both but have the robot to hopefully prolong my deep cleaning. :)
Now, my mother does have the roombo for sole cleaning, and I know some of the reviews I've read online say they use the product as their only source of floor cleaning. I'm more realistic and do not expect those type of results. Honestly, most of the reviews I've read online have been pretty upbeat on these products. Like I said, I would rather chat it out with you all though. Some of these reviews are with single people with 400 sq foot apartments, nothing like my living arrangements. :)
We have an older Roomba. If I lived in a small apartment without lots of stuff, it would be great. In a larger home, I find it to be more trouble than it's worth.
It always falls and gets stuck in the grooves of the sliding glass doors. It can get caught up on other things too. It only came with one of those laser barrier things...we would need like 4 of them to do one area, due to steps, doors, too many rooms, etc. The battery power wasn't that great either. My home is large and open...and it would probably run out of battery before it finished cleaning. The compartment that holds the dirt would fill up quickly too, with all the dog hair, etc.
Perhaps the newer models have worked out some of these kinks. I know people who love it, so maybe it's just me.