to want a robot cleaner?

(119 Posts)
ChinaSorrows Tue 29-Dec-15 14:29:32

DH thinks I am...
Not exactly like Rosie, the Jetson's robot (see awesome pic attached) but a robot vacuum cleaner.

History...Our vax has given up after 4 years. The seals on all the extendy, reclippy, dust drum bits have spent the last 3 years "screaming" (I wish there was a better description but they scream) and now, the rolly roundy brush has pretty much fallen off.

I think a robot vacuum would clean the floors whilst I was out (it's programmable dammit) and ensure that we come home to fluff free carpets. It's rather exciting! (Also, in my home it will be called Geoffrey, I may or may not be looking for giant googly eyes for Geoffrey and I will also hope to teach him to do laundry)
DH thinks I'm delusional and it will be an expensive waste.
We live in a 2 bed flat.
No stairs for Geoffrey to worry about.

We can afford him. We can't afford to buy him and then a replacement if he turns out to be shite.

Any wise MNers have a robot vacuum?

I'm specifically looking at the iRobot Rooba 651 in John Lewis here

HamaTime Tue 29-Dec-15 14:32:39

Get it. It's the best thing in the world.

MairzyDoats Tue 29-Dec-15 14:37:34

Love love love mine BUT I do have to get out my mini vax every few weeks and do corners/skirting etc. It doesn't come with a hose. Worth it though, for the sensation that someone has magically cleaned my house while I'm out. Also we're much tidier as you have to keep the floors clear so the robot can get round and do its job.

bustraintram Tue 29-Dec-15 14:42:32

We have one. It's amazing. Saves an incredible amount of time

HuckfromScandal Tue 29-Dec-15 14:44:18

Love mine
Wouldn't be without it!!!
Go for it

HPsauciness Tue 29-Dec-15 14:46:08

Which brands have you all got? (wondering whether to purchase one in the sales)

Do you need to spend a lot of money?

Mrsbennington Tue 29-Dec-15 14:46:58

Love mine - and he has googly eyes smile

QuizteamBleakley Tue 29-Dec-15 14:48:19

I got one in autumn last year, from here - cheaper than JL. We put ours on every other day and, on the days I do a slow cooker meal too, we get home all smug... Clean carpets and a ready-cooked meal.
double up my slattern at weekends though

Cerealchanger Tue 29-Dec-15 14:50:42

Do it, best thing ever

CheshireDing Tue 29-Dec-15 15:15:37

Get one, we got one from Aldi for £140 about a year ago. His leg is currently broken and I can't wait until he is fixed.

You do need a normal vac too - although I am going to get one of those stick like ones you hang from the wall and are cordless (so no heaving big vac up and down the stairs).

I find it great for the kitchen dining room as I get one of the DC's to switch it on after dinner and it cleans whilst I am doing bath and bedtime then puts it's self away.

I would say it's on a par with a dishwasher, once you have one you will def not regret it.

JapanNextYear Tue 29-Dec-15 15:39:36

We have one and it's great. Roomba, mid range model. You do have to groom his brushes from time to time....

ChinaSorrows Tue 29-Dec-15 23:08:26

Hold on. You're ALL saying do it?

I was expecting someone to say "bloody overpriced waste.

Can I get away with a duster on skirting boards (and leaving dust for Geoffrey)

Is he likely to be shite at corners? I hoped the licky outy brushes would do that?

Oysterbabe Tue 29-Dec-15 23:14:00

I got one after seeing it on breaking bad. Love it.

IJustLostTheGame Tue 29-Dec-15 23:14:58

I love mine.
Get it.

WorkingBling Tue 29-Dec-15 23:17:29

I want one. So badly. But hey are pricey. There's a £140 ish one on Amazon with good reviews I have in my wish list but currently out of stock. I want to tidy up downstairs before taking kids to bath then put it one while I am upstairs so I can come downstairs to a clean floor. I dream of it and will definitely get one as soon as I can.

emwithme Tue 29-Dec-15 23:28:36

I wanted one but then I saw one working and it put me off. It doesn't go in a nice, neat, regular grid pattern (ie up until it hits a wall, then sideways one unit-width, then down until it hits a wall, and repeat) but kind of skitters every which way. That is just wrong. It actually caused me physical pain watching it.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 30-Dec-15 03:51:01

I found I spent as much time cleaning and sorting Roomie (our Roomba) and I did hoovering before. Although they have improved and tinkering, sat down with tea, is preferable to hoovering anyway.

They are shite at corners.

Whatsinaname2011 Wed 30-Dec-15 03:55:28

We have the latest irobot I think it is Roomba 880

Absolutist the best thing in my life. I love it more than I love DH and my children.

It cleans our whole downstairs every day (automatically, programmed) and it's so meticulous. The dirt bin is rammed full every day whereas when I hoovered with my dyson I was collecting about a third of the dirt.

Get one. Get one get one get one.

ArcticCactus Wed 30-Dec-15 04:06:12

They're great. Get one!

NahItsOkTa Wed 30-Dec-15 07:38:42

I love my roomba very very much. I've got a Neato too that I got off Amazon, but it's shit.

notamum3210 Wed 30-Dec-15 07:45:15

My fiancé has been talking about one all year as we caved just before Christmas. Ours is the cheapest Roomba but it is really excellent - wish they did one they mops the floor too. If you can comfortably afford I say get it!

misscarlar Wed 30-Dec-15 10:22:03

There seems to be alot which do people recommend

scrumptiouscrumpets Wed 30-Dec-15 10:26:01

Get one, they really are great. However, you will still need to get a normal vacuum cleaner out every now and then, because it's not as efficient. It's fab for normal day-to-day cleaning though.

ChinaSorrows Wed 30-Dec-15 10:30:39

notamum
They do a mopping one
And a floor scrubbing one
And a freaking gutter cleaning one
I'm sorry, I'm so so sorry

I've just given DH this thread to read. I think he's convinced!!! SQUEEE!!! I'm now working out if it's a good idea to make Geoffrey a tutu for high days and holidays?!

Alwayslonging Wed 30-Dec-15 10:33:38

Are they good enough to tackle dog hair? My dog sheds so much its lime tumbleweed! Would love for it to just clean this all up.

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