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Better than watching the TV,
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This review is from: iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot (Kitchen & Home)
This product does come with a hefty price tag, but when you see the performance of cheaper alternatives you'll be grateful for spending the extra.
We have it running 4 nights a week, when it hits the scheduled time it heads off and does it's thing, taking anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour to complete it's tasks. Initially the route it takes appears completely random, but over time you see that it does follow some kind of pattern. People like to test ours by leaving bits of rubbish on our floor and so far the Roomba has not disappointed in collecting everything that has been left.
The scheduling does work very well. If you have any 'no go' areas in your house then you'll need to use one or both of the 'lighthouses' that act as a virtual wall. There was an incident when one of these switched off whilst it was operating, but that has happened only once in a few months. The Roomba will try and climb over things, this can make a bit of noise when it is attempting to climb over the base of a clothes drier or something like that. We did have a problem that it would get wedged under the corner of one of the radiators, so we block that bit with a chair leg. It also regularly opens one of the kitchen cupboards, I had no idea these things would need feeding :) It can sometimes pull some of the cables around the back of the TV, but they never get tangled in the Roomba, when they get sucked in the brushes reverse to release it.
As mentioned, we don't notice that it misses anywhere. It gets round chair legs, under tables and other places without any problem. After a time the 'dock' indicator lights up which means that the next time it passes the dock it will return and charge. Only once has it failed to make it back to the dock.
Some people have mentioned that the Roomba needs to be emptied regularly. We have it running through three rooms (kitchen, dining room, lounge) so there isn't such a massive amount of space covered. About once or twice a month the little full indicator is displayed. Emptying is easy and really not very messy.
All in all it's a great purchase for anyone that prefers not to be vacuuming. It isn't the quietest thing in the world, but not as loud as a normal vacuum. You will still have to clean under the sofa yourself. It tolerates us leaving lots of different things out every night (prams, shoes, etc). We don't tend to leave small items on the floor. We have mostly wooden floors and some rugs, so it is probably easy work for the Roomba.
I have given only 4 stars purely because of the cost. Functionally it is excellent. In the box you'll find spare brushes and two of the lighthouses, but the latter are lacking batteries, which is a bit annoying.
Finally, it IS very hard to not refer to it as a 'he', especially when you've given it a name. When it is running you'll find yourself watching it, it really is better than what's on the TV most of the time!