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Old 05-10-2012, 09:01 AM
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Default iRobot Roombaź 540 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Did anyone use it? Any comment?

http://store.irobot.com/product/inde...uctId=11033987
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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.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:27 AM
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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.
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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.
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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.
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My dog does a reasonably good job of cleaning up spills.
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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.)
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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.
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{yadda}{yadda}{yadda} Roomba. And as the owner of a golden retriever, daily vacuuming is a must.
And as the owner of a "mixed breed" labra-mutt, daily vacuuming is a must.


I splurged on a Dyson V8-Animal this summer. (Just weeks before the new Dyson V10 premiered I should have waited.) It is pretty darn cool. It is about as powerful as my corded hoover. It is easy to clean& empty, easy to charge, and very light to carry around. It was expensive,and I still have to do the vacuuming myself, but it's a lot easier now that I am not tethered by a power cord and the vacuum itself is about a quarter of the weight of my old one.
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And as the owner of a "mixed breed" labra-mutt, daily vacuuming is a must.


I splurged on a Dyson V8-Animal this summer. (Just weeks before the new Dyson V10 premiered I should have waited.) It is pretty darn cool. It is about as powerful as my corded hoover. It is easy to clean& empty, easy to charge, and very light to carry around. It was expensive,and I still have to do the vacuuming myself, but it's a lot easier now that I am not tethered by a power cord and the vacuum itself is about a quarter of the weight of my old one.
We still have our heavy upright that we use for more thorough vacuuming. But the robot vacuum does a great job of maintaining daily. The dog hair seems to mainly sit up on top, where it can be effectively picked up by the robot. But, yeah, there's no substitute for a more powerful vacuum.
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