I hate to vacuum. Hate. It.
And my hatred grew after having Henry. I didn’t want to “waste” my time vacuuming the house, but as Henry got bigger and mobile, it was necessary to vacuum nearly every day. Otherwise, Henry would be always wearing a pug fur coat. It’s very stylish.
It probably didn’t help that I got very spoiled when my mom watched Henry when I returned to work. She vacuumed every day. Yeah. Our floors probably didn’t know what hit them.
Anyhoo, when my mom stopped watching Henry, our floors grew a winter coat. So, for Christmas, I asked for a Roomba. I have several friends who recommended it (including my blog buddy Cindy), and because I’m incredibly spoiled, I opened up the Roomba 650 from Santa. Actually, it was better than Santa. I received the Roomba from my in-laws.
I may have danced a jig. A “I’m never going to vacuum again” jig. Because – be honest – everyone wants her own robot.
So, we’ve had the Roomba hooked up since Dec. 26, and several of you have asked how we like it. So here’s my two (or ten) cents.
The Roomba is AWESOME.
The bottom line. The Roomba is pretty awesome. We have it set up to vacuum our downstairs (living room, dining room and kitchen) every morning.
We have hardwoods throughout our main level and large rugs. The Roomba takes care of all of it beautifully and goes from one flooring to another with ease. It also does a great job on corners and tight spaces, which is something I wondered about. It even goes under the coffee table and dining chairs. Since running it daily, I haven’t been plagued by dog hair in corners. And we’re on the floor constantly with Henry and we aren’t covered in dog hair. (That’s a small miracle.)
The truth is, this little robot does a better job than I do. Because I wasn’t consistent about vacuuming every day. But it is.
When it’s done vacuuming the first level, it (usually) finds its way back to its docking station to clean my floors the next day. Then it charges back up,
The Roomba requires a little maintenance.
I’m not a clean freak, but I do like things picked up. This is the perfect attitude if you have a Roomba. To do its job, your house must be picked up. That means no “junk” on the floor. I usually do this before going to bed – put away toys and pick up throw pillows and move cords. (It will free itself of cords, but I usually try to pick up computer cables and cords if I can.)
The positive of this – picking up as you go means your house is already a little more presentable anyhow. Go, Roomba.
In addition to picking up, you’ll need to clean out the canister on a regular basis. We try to empty it daily. (And it actually fills up almost every day. Which is insane.) It doesn’t need bags, but does take a filter, which can be washed periodically and reused. (I think there were extras to use when you rinse it, but I haven’t dealt with that.) It also comes with a comb to use on the brush. It’s recommended to use it regularly.
The Roomba is not perfect.
The Roomba isn’t right for everyone. It’s not cheap. But I figure that most nice vacuums are several hundred dollars. And they don’t do the vacuuming for me.
Our Roomba also has a tendency to get stuck, especially under the couch. It bothers me very little because it does a good job and it’s cleaning every day and it’s better than me having to vacuum. If I notice it’s not on the dock when we get home, we play a game called “Find the Roomba.”
The Roomba also needs a place to dock. If you have a small home with little space, this could be an issue. Our Roomba lives in the dining room next to the hutch. It’s not HUGE, but it’s big enough to steal some extra floor space.
The Roomba is also sort of silly. It takes a lot longer for the robot to clean my floors than it would for me to clean my floors. (Albeit probably not as well.) It bounces around and runs into things and redirects and runs into more things. I would say it runs for an hour or so every day for three rooms. But, I think that even though it looks inefficient, it’s covering more area (and better) than I would have. The full canister everyday proves it.
The Roomba doesn’t completely replace your vacuum.
This is pretty obvious, but the Roomba doesn’t do everything a vacuum would do. It doesn’t do stairs. It doesn’t do furniture. And we don’t use it upstairs. So, we still have our other vacuum for those uses. However, we spend the vast majority of our time downstairs and our dogs are downstairs 99.9 percent of the time. So, this is where the heavy vacuuming is needed.
The skinny on the Roomba
All in all, I’d definitely recommend the Roomba to you if you are someone who hates vacuuming but wants clean rugs and floors. I think it’s particularly great for homes with little ones, where they are down on the floor often. I also think it’s great for home with pets. It really takes care of dog hair.
Something to keep in mind – not all Roombas are created equal. Those with the lowest price tags often don’t have a scheduling option. For me, this was something I really wanted. I love that it automatically runs every day, even when I’d forget. I think that’s worth the extra money for a more expensive option.
If you are interested, keep your eyes open for coupons. They are sold at Bed Bath and Beyond (and we all love those 20 percent coupons), and I often see them in the sales ads around the holidays.
And that, my friends, is my unbiased Roomba review. I have not been compensated to tell you about it. But, if iRobot wants to send me another Roomba for upstairs, I’d be more than happy to accept. I mean, it would be hard for me, but since it would be for research purposes.
Seriously. I could use another one upstairs. And also a robot to do my stairs and my furniture. And possibly my cooking. Any takers?