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AndrewC 05-10-2012 09:01 AM

iRobot Roombaź 540 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
 
Did anyone use it? Any comment?

http://store.irobot.com/product/inde...uctId=11033987

no driver 05-10-2012 10:02 AM

We've got a 535, which has some fewer features than the 540 you linked to, but I can't remember what the differences are anymore. It does a decent enough job but our kids like to play with it when it's running and so we haven't used it much. We bought it several years ago and it has been sitting on the charger most of that time.

When it runs it stays in the same area (closed off room or limited by a virtual wall) for about 30 minutes, running in random directions. When it is done it either turns off, or if you're using a virtual wall/lighthouse it will direct itself into the next area and run in there. We never used the lighthouse feature because our floorplan was either too open or already closed off, but we just moved to a new house and were planning to get another virtual wall/lighthouse so that we could start using that feature.

However, I tried starting it a few weeks ago and the battery is shot; even though it says it has a full charge it dies almost immediately. Since we haven't really used it, I am split between ordering a replacement and just leaving it alone. Procrastination is helping me lean toward leaving it alone. And yes, I know that I shouldn't have left it on the charger all that time if it wasn't being used. Procrastination helped me kill the battery too. So it goes.

Aeitra 05-10-2012 11:27 AM

From my experience, it (i dont remember what model we had) did a decent job of vaccuming. Something along the lines of if you had a slightly ADD child vaccuming a room.

Has a much higher entertainment value then a usefullness value. especially if you have animals that will play with it.

E 05-10-2012 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aeitra (Post 6000810)
From my experience, it (i dont remember what model we had) did a decent job of vaccuming. Something along the lines of if you had a slightly ADD child vaccuming a room.

Has a much higher entertainment value then a usefullness value. especially if you have animals that will play with it.

Or trip over it in the middle of the night.

wooHoo 05-11-2012 04:22 PM

I have one but it is an old one with the scheduling. I've had it for years. At one point I bought a replacement battery off of ebay. Another time - out of warranty, I had to get it repaired, so I bought a shell from irobot for some $ amount less than the cost of a new one.

It works decently for our 1100 sq foot apartment .

The scheduling feature is good if you can find one available. We use it for our kitchen and living room and bedroom. Occasionally other rooms too.

Also, it is on woot! every once in a while so you may want to wait around for that.

E 05-11-2012 04:27 PM

My dog does a reasonably good job of cleaning up spills.

AEG 05-15-2012 09:20 AM

My mom uses it, it really does a decent job vacuuming the house but, since my mom freaks out even when she sees a tiny bit of dust, I can't say she is content with the job it does.

It would be great for me, but she refuses to let me have it.

Oh and it scares the crap out of cats and is funny to watch. Sometimes I turn it on just to entertain myself when I am visiting parents.

It is a great help if your house doesn't tend to get too dirty. (ie: kids spilling stuff, too many plants etc.)

Egghead 09-11-2018 05:10 PM

Just bought two robot vacuums. It's interesting to see how these have evolved.

Got the Roomba 985 (Costco's version of the 980) for my dad and stepmom. Both are having a lot of health problems, and it's now painful for them to vacuum. The accumulating dust on their dark hardwood floors was really weighing on them. My stepsister came over and cleaned up, and a few days later I set up the Roomba. They love it. Does a great job on hard floors, especially since they don't track in much.

I bought a Roborock S5 myself, shipped directly from China for less than $400. Uses a laser to map out the layout of the floor, and then vacuums in straight, overlapping lines. I can also tell it to go back and redo certain rooms multiple times.

Neither is as powerful as a push vacuum, but they're certainly better than my old Roomba. And as the owner of a golden retriever, daily vacuuming is a must.

yoyo 09-23-2018 10:32 AM

how are they better? we have a 500 series (i think) and it's showing its age.

how does the chinese model compare to the roomba?

Egghead 09-24-2018 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by yoyo (Post 9433896)
how are they better? we have a 500 series (i think) and it's showing its age.

how does the chinese model compare to the roomba?

Both have HEPA filters, which seem to do a more effective job than standard filters.

Both are quieter than my old Roomba.

I believe both models can do mapping of your house, but the Chinese one lets you send the vacuum back to certain rooms to go over them again, and you can say whether you want that room done once, twice or three times. Some websites say it does a better job of climbing up on thick rugs or carpets.

The new Roomba was better for my dad, because it's super easy to use. They just push the big "clean" button before they leave the house, and they return to a clean home every time.


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