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Every home should have one (and will in the future),
This review is from: Neato Robotics XV-25 Pet and Allergy Vacuum (Kitchen & Home)
This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Everyone will have one of these in years to come. Having said that, don't fire the cleaning lady. I see this as an addition to the thorough weekly clean rather than a substitute for it. The other reviews have said it: it doesn't go into corners and of course cannot reach under wardrobes and so forth. Personally, I find its route rather eccentric and the spot clean does not clean up the bit that you want it to clean up because it goes off in the wrong direction. I think it should be reprogrammed to spot clean in such a way that you can put it down in the middle of the mess that you want cleaned up and it should stay there and go back and forth until it is done. I put it down right where the cat litter tray is and it does not successfully clean up the surrounding litter grit, which is a bit disappointing. It does do so on the daily clean, though.
However, it is such a joy that the floors are permanently clean. My cat is horrified by the machine and follows it around the place, watching warily from a distance. So it feels a bit like having a dog around the house, but one that cleans up the mess instead of making one. Occasionally I have to go and help it out of a corner or from under a chair where it has got stuck. I like the little messages, such as "Please clear my path" or "Please empty my dust box". It almost has a personality, and one that is not at all irritating, unlike many other machines.
A bonus is being able to set it to clean at a desired time. I find it a useful addition to my two-tier alarm clock system to ensure that I do wake up when I have an early start. I am amazed that the dust box fills up every day. It just shows how much dust I used to live with.
My verdict is: it is not too noisy, it does clean adequately if not absolutely perfectly, and it gives great satisfaction, adding to my quality of life. I am very happy with it and will look forward to the next Neato version for the very minor niggles to be ironed out.