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hypergenuis Wed 22-Feb-17 16:55:22

Does anyone have one and do you rate it. We have large rooms tiled or with wooden floor and I'm sick of constantly lugging around my Henry Hoover to get rid of dog hair. Love the thought of just letting a robot do its thing. Am really wary of spending loads of money though on a gimmick that doesn't really do the job. Was looking at a Roomba 620 for about £230.

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Wed 22-Feb-17 16:57:09

We have the basic roomba and find it is really good smile

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Wed 22-Feb-17 16:57:25

No pets here though

Chippednailvarnishing Wed 22-Feb-17 17:00:06

We have too much Lego, I fear I'd spend most of my time rummaging through the dust bag looking for Emmet.

Bluebellwoods123 Wed 22-Feb-17 17:07:08

I have a neato, it's really good. I keep the floors clear, set it going in a room close the door until it's finished. It only has a small dust collector but it compacts the dust. Generally it does each room every 2-3 days. Mine does have a timer feature but I don't use it. My last house had black flag stone floors and it worked really well. Current house it's used on carpets. I'm lazy when it comes to housework but like a clean house.

Squeezed Wed 22-Feb-17 17:07:37

I got a very cheap robot vacuum for £40 as I was tired of the dog hair also, but didn't want to commit more money. Only had it 2 months and it's amazing. It cleans up the tumble weeds and also the bits of weaning crumbs. I use it twice a day. Means that I don't need to vacuum so much.
I don't know how long it will last as it was so cheap, but I truly love it. For the more expensive ones I would expect that the suction is better and it probably charges quicker. One of the best purchases I've made and I'll possibly get a more expensive one next time.

QODRestYeMerryGentlemen Wed 22-Feb-17 17:09:02

Love mine

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WannaBe Wed 22-Feb-17 17:11:37

I have a vileda one which I got on offer for £35, it's £99 full price. I love it, and TBH if you look at the reviews for the cheaper vs the more expensive ones the expensive ones really don't come out any better and are IMO not worth the price difference.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Wed 22-Feb-17 17:15:29

I have one, but it rarely gets used because it has an irritating habit of getting caught either on the fringe of the dining room rug, or under the TV stand, or in any corner it can find.

If I can bear to take the time to clear the kitchen and utility rooms of all bins, furniture etc, and sweep the corners, it will do a reasonable job of hoovering the floor, but it can't be left unsupervised in the front room or dining room.

rawskills Wed 22-Feb-17 17:25:44

We've recently got one of these: botvac It's brilliant! Can't compare it to any others as it's the first we've had, but as it's square at the front, I would imagine it would go into corners much better than a Roomba. As it's so easy, three times a week, I lift a few things out of the way and set it going when I leave for work. Previously I would never have vacuumed three times a week, so the house is generally much cleaner. I just need to teach it to do the stairs and the ironing and then it'll be perfect

acatcalledjohn Wed 22-Feb-17 17:36:05

The vileda one will be at lidl from tomorrow for £69.99 (£99.99 on Amazon with a solid 4 stars). We'll be getting one because we HATE hoovering and we have cats.

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Wed 22-Feb-17 18:18:02

chipped my DSs tidy their Lego away so that Boty doesn't eat it wink

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Wed 22-Feb-17 18:18:59

Roomba do corners fine as they have a little springy brush that comes out.

MissisBoote Wed 22-Feb-17 18:22:13

I have hard floors, but quite thick rugs - can they go from floor to rug quite easily?

Can they be left unsupervised at the top of the stairs?

Sleeperandthespindle Wed 22-Feb-17 18:27:13

We have a Neato - it's great. Top of stairs not a problem - they have sensors and map out the room. Annoying that they can't also tidy up, but they do a great job of hoovering.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 22-Feb-17 19:25:03

Ive got that vileda one, I paid £80 on Amazon.

We had a little play with it but I'm not allowed to use it till the kitchen floors down.

Cat was not impressed with it one bit.

Slightlyperturbedowlagain Wed 22-Feb-17 20:23:08

Top of stairs is fine, normal short tuft rugs fine but the shaggy pile one used to defeat it. It was getting past it anyway so replaced it with a short pile rug so we didn't have to roll it up. Our house has become more minimalist (in a slightly disordered non-interior designed way grin) since we got the roomba.

Couldashouldawoulda Wed 22-Feb-17 21:28:27

I had a Neato - I liked it, but over time it made black lines along all of our skirting boards from bashing into them, so I sent it back in the end. I do miss it though!

user1487834708 Thu 23-Feb-17 07:31:31

When I was choose my first robot vacuum this list was very helpfull:
Here is the list of questions you’ll have to answer before buy robovac.
1. How large is your residential area?
2. Number of rooms in your house/apartment
3. What kind of flooring do you have?
4. Are there any pets in the house and if yes, what are they?
5. Long-haired ones live in the house?

Full article:

Moresaltedcaramel Thu 02-Mar-17 16:15:42

I don't live near a Lidl so couldn't get the Vileda one.
Can anyone recommend another cheap one please?

transeptm Fri 27-Apr-18 11:33:02

I just posted in another thread about this and came across so I thought it would share it here. I have a 690, it does the job with my 2 cavapoos and general family living, but I wouldn't recommend it as a deep cleaner, won't get the job done. I posted this article to the other forum, it can take you through a few options;


oncemoreunto Fri 27-Apr-18 13:49:54

I have a roomba now but I had a much cheaper dust devil one that I actually think was slightly better on wooden floors.

CynthiaBevis Thu 03-May-18 13:16:28

A roomba is a good choice but Neato seems to be slightly better in terms of quality. There's a price difference between the two. I've used both these vacuums and I'm sure Neato will be a better choice. You can also check out camparison of the vacuum's here:
Eufy and Evovacs Deebot are also reliable choices.

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