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Old 09-11-2014, 04:01 PM
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Robot Vacuums?

Yes, way off topic!

I've looked around for something to help with the constant shedding of our Lab. Hair just seems to float off of him everytime he walks by and my wife is NOT liking it too much. Found some "robot" vacuums that are suppose to work, but I've been exceedingly unlucky so far.

We got a Neato Botvac 85 out of a lot of positive reviews. It's suppose to basically run on a grid, cleaning path. Whereas the competitor's is more random......the other alternative is a Roomba 780 (is suppose to have the most coverage of all the Roombas).

My problem, I've now recieved the 3rd Neato unit that doesn't work. Either they are junk, terrible manufacturing control, or just terrible luck. CNet gave it a very favorable review compared to the Roomba and recommended it over the Roomba.

Anyone else try either of these two machines and any success stories??
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:08 PM
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sorry i can't help but look forward to some input.

but when you say off topic, i did start the dyson thread!
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:09 PM
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I had a fraud purchase from Brookstone on my Amex. It was a $700 robotic vacuum. When UPS never showed to pick it up, I put it back inside. I got my credit from Amex. After 4 months we figured they weren't coming so we tried it. My wife is a clean freak. All hardwood floors, no pets, and she vacuums every day with our central vac. She still loves the robotic doing the vacuuming as well. It gets under all the beds and sofas and chairs with legs that we can't get to without moving furniture. She told me last week that when it dies she wants another one. I don't remember which one it is, but I'll take a pic tonight and post it.
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:10 PM
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dyson is coming out with one next year. Only a 1k price tag!
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:31 PM
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Price is definitely up there but with a 20% off coupon at Bed/Bath/Beyond, it makes it manageable.

I just keep trying to make this Neato work because it's $100 cheaper than the Roomba.

However, first one DOA. Bumper stuck and battery wouldn't hold charge.
Second one, DOA. Bumper stuck.
Third one, better but was making noise last night and more error messages. Bumper works though!
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:14 PM
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I have a roomba from my bachelor days, and it's pretty much worthless for our one 22lb Cavalier King Charles. That being said, it's easily 8 years old, on it's second battery and still runs great. For it to be an effective vacuum, you pretty much have to run it everyday. It worked great for my 2br condo back in the day, but it's no competition for a large house. I'm sure the technology has improved over the years.
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:47 PM
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I had a Roomba about 12-15 years ago. Like Dylan, not too impressive, but I've been wondering if they've improve since then. When the battery died (wouldn't hold a charge) on the old one, I didn't bother replacing it. Just chucked the whole unit.

A regular stand-up vacuum with the optional wife attachment works much better, though I have less control over scheduling...
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:21 PM
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:24 PM
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Need to get something like this for my apartment. my roommate sheds like a mother, leaves food crumbs everywhere, and can't keep his head out of the cats litter box. luckily, he's a dog. lol. these work good on thick carpet and long 65lb golden retriever hair?
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:43 PM
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Here is the one we got courtesy Brookstone's fraud dept: I think it was more like $450, not the $700 I posted above. It works great and is programmable for start time. The only carpets in our house are wool "throw rugs" so I don't know how it works on full wall to wall carpet. But it works well on the throw rugs, fwiw. As I said, my better half has clean house ocd, and would buy one tomorrow if this one died.

Years ago in a former life I had a rhoomba. Ex wife liked it. That got tossed when it ran through wet doggie diarrhea in our basement. No way I was dismantling machine to clean that mess. Glad to be pet free these days.

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