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noddyholder Thu 03-Sep-09 17:57:33

Yes or no?
Pros and cons?
I hate hoovering and have an awkward shaped open plan space will it work?

jeminthecellar Thu 03-Sep-09 18:00:33

wHAT IS A ROOMBA?

noddyholder Thu 03-Sep-09 18:01:15

It is a little hoover that does all teh work!

jeminthecellar Thu 03-Sep-09 18:01:44

Oh, of course, sorry!

brimfull Thu 03-Sep-09 18:02:28

I have open plan and roomba

it is more efficient if you get it to do one section at a time and you can shut it out of areas using the lighthouse thingys

I am not that enamoured by mine.

Wish I had just bought a new hoover it's much quicker.

noddyholder Thu 03-Sep-09 18:04:01

My dp not keen either I have used our miele for too many renovations and it along with a dyson are both knackered.I thought this may be my prayers answered but not sounding hopeful.Also have 2 long haired cats so may not be powerful enough

Makingchanges Thu 03-Sep-09 18:48:21

I have one - I have programmed it to clean the lounge while DD is at nursery 3 times a week - Its great to come back to a clean house and that all the bits of paper / play dough etc are cleaned up.

I have mine living in the living room (but have to remember to pick up all the bits if I programme him or else he gets stuck) when I want another room doing I just pick him up and pop him in there. I think its great, however sometimes I have to use the big hoover on more messy areas. That said, probably only once or twice in the last 6 months or so.

trellism Thu 03-Sep-09 19:03:17

We have one. It lives in the shed. I took it out and cleaned it up a few weeks ago and set it loose.

It's back in the shed.

hocuspontas Thu 03-Sep-09 19:07:27

Don't use it if you want it done quickly. Use it if you like sprawling on the sofa while someone else does the housework. I LOVE mine grin and I love his little noises

Hulababy Thu 03-Sep-09 19:12:24

I keep looking at these. I want to programme it to do a floor at a time whilst I am out at work.

One of DD's firends hve one of these and they really like theirs.

Owls Thu 03-Sep-09 19:27:10

They're a great quick fix but will never replace proper vacuuming. I use mine for a day to day pick up of dog hair on the hard floors downstairs. Was hoping when I bought it that I would never have to get the Miele out ever again but alas not so.

If it's to be your only vacuum then I'd say no.

fatzak Thu 03-Sep-09 19:33:28

Are they any good on wooden floors?

OurLadyOfPerpetualSupper Thu 03-Sep-09 19:40:53

I'd like to know how they cope with an uneven stone floor.

brimfull Thu 03-Sep-09 19:43:17

the are fine on wooden floor

FritesMenthe Thu 03-Sep-09 19:45:26

I have a basic one, and I let it loose whilst I get on with other things. Can't have it on while out in case it sets off the burglar alarm. I love it. It does a good job. Just have to do the edges of the room with the normal hoover occasionally.

noddyholder Thu 03-Sep-09 20:10:21

A new miele it is!I don't want to have to have another hoover tbh.If i could afford it I would but am only buying one!I have a little hand held dyson aswell so that will be it.

Owls Thu 03-Sep-09 21:14:16

Ourlady, I use it on an uneven stone floor in the utility room where the dogs' beds are and have to say it is fine. Sometimes stops and whinges about needing it's brushes cleaned but otherwise ok.

Noddy, yep agree if it's to be the only vacuum I'd go for a Miele Cat and Dog if I were you.

IlanaK Thu 03-Sep-09 21:32:58

I have been thinking of getting one of these. I have a flat (no stairs) with laminate floors throughout. I am a bit obsessive about the floors, and don't like any crumbs, hairs (human - no pets) etc on it. So I end up hoovering every other day and mopping at least twice a week. WOuld the roomba work for the day to day stuff (particularly crums in the living/dining room) and I can just hoover/mop at the weekend?

Owls Thu 03-Sep-09 21:43:05

IlanaK, Roomba should be fine for that. As long as you are not too obsessive......smile

I use it as a back up for dog hairs and bits. Two Labs that seem to leave more hair on the floor than they have on their whole bodies.

noddyholder Thu 03-Sep-09 21:43:42

I have a cat and dog atm and it has been brilliant just got trashed by builders but agree they are best!I love the roomba though

NotanOtter Thu 03-Sep-09 21:44:26

YES - but it will drive you nuts
they break
they whinge
they fuss

but they are a help

noddyholder Thu 03-Sep-09 21:49:23

Do they just whizz round while you do other stuff or do you have to programme them/

IlanaK Thu 03-Sep-09 21:52:19

Ok, I just got dh to agree to buy me one for christmas. I think I only need the basic (not the very basic, but the next one up - £299) that returns to its charging place. Do any of you have that one, or do you have the more expensive ones?

NotanOtter Thu 03-Sep-09 21:55:02

i have that one ilanak

it is fine

one year on i still love roomba but he does drive me nuts

flicks bits about a lot before picking up
i love them in bedrooms as they go under all furniture beds etc

Owls Thu 03-Sep-09 21:59:11

I've got the 560 which can be programmed but tbh after we had a few power cuts I couldn't be bothered to keep re-setting so just put it on as needed. It does go back to base unit when finished.

Agree, it is a helper.

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