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Should I get a Roomba?

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sparklytinselbella Mon 01-Dec-08 21:35:24

Advice please!

2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 dc. All hard floors downstairs, carpets upstairs.

Please, please tell me I really need one wink

Deeeja Mon 01-Dec-08 21:38:13

Go on, get one!
I want one, can't justify it though.
Get one, do it!!!

sparklytinselbella Mon 01-Dec-08 21:40:59

I like your sentiment, Deeja.

Just need a wee bit more hard evidence before I present to dh though grin

NotanOtter Mon 01-Dec-08 21:42:58

YES you do - seriously i have had one less than 2 months and it has changed my life ( i should be on commission)

i have bought 2 people them ( one paid me back i hasten to add!) but they are FAB

sparklytinselbella Mon 01-Dec-08 21:44:27

Hey Otter!

You don't fancy buying me one too by any chance? grin

<wonders why she doesn't have any lovely friends like Otter>

MadamDeathstare Mon 01-Dec-08 21:45:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BellaKissedSanta Mon 01-Dec-08 21:51:12

Oooh - only 50% in favour so far.

It's balanced on a knife edge!

Who will tip the balance? grin

NotanOtter Mon 01-Dec-08 22:03:06

cheap in costco

£125 +VAT

wohmum Mon 01-Dec-08 22:05:02

i bought the cheap version - and its ok - but takes FOREVER to hoover a room! was a bit disappointed tbh.

BellaKissedSanta Mon 01-Dec-08 22:09:10

66% against.

33% for.


wheresthehamster Mon 01-Dec-08 22:11:37

I love my roomie.

Quite high maintenance - cleaning out the brushes etc, but you can get on with something else while it's cleaning (or just watch it of course grin).

Best used daily or every other day, then use a normal vac for cobwebs and stairs.

It's also cute and friendly - like a pet, but one that picks up the hairs instead of shedding them

NotanOtter Mon 01-Dec-08 22:11:48

thats the cheap version NOT the roomba

you need to get over to the roomba threads - we HEART Phillip

BellaKissedSanta Mon 01-Dec-08 22:13:55

Who is Phillip?!

EachPeachPearMum Mon 01-Dec-08 22:21:35

Are they good with hair? No pets but DH, DD and I all have long ever-shedding hair

NotanOtter Mon 01-Dec-08 22:28:24

hair not been a problem put it that way...

EachPeachPearMum Mon 01-Dec-08 22:32:34

Can they get right up to the skirting board?

EachPeachPearMum Mon 01-Dec-08 22:33:03

Oh- and can they do hard floors too (thinking of kitchen tiles)

wheresthehamster Mon 01-Dec-08 22:35:08

Well, they flick the dust out from the skirting boards with a set of revolving brushes that stick out the side.

Suedonim Mon 01-Dec-08 22:35:49

I've been impressed with my Roomba, Felicity. She copes with dd's long hair and does a better job on our ancient bedroom carpet than any other vacuum we've had. I got the £99 basic one. The woman in the shop said loads of people had come back in to say how fab Roombas are!

NotanOtter Mon 01-Dec-08 22:35:56

yes and yes

they are not faultless and every fortnight or so you may still wish to use dyson BUT day to day they are fab

take a LOT more charging than i thought BUT i am still very much more pleased with mine than i anticipated

ToughDaddy Mon 01-Dec-08 22:39:40

Researched and bought the Roomba560 on sale for 209 + 39 for 4 year comprehensive cover. Will try the concept and then consider the robot mop.

ToughDaddy Mon 01-Dec-08 22:41:24

Intention is to time the Roomba do work whilst we are out at work.

EachPeachPearMum Mon 01-Dec-08 22:42:33

mmmmm- does anyone know the energy consumption then?
Am trying to be greener <hides brand new US stylee fridge/freezer that arrived today-eek>

NotanOtter Mon 01-Dec-08 23:02:48

costco have 560 for £125 plus vat

cheap leccy dp says

BellaKissedSanta Tue 02-Dec-08 10:38:30

Thanks all!

Have looked for the other Roomba threads with little success, and still dying to meet Phillip wink

Two questions:

1. Will my cats try to kill it and get accidentally sucked in?

2. Is the 560 worth it (and how much is it btw)?


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