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So, anyone got an iRobot Roomba or other robot vacuum cleaner?

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Richdog, 22 Jun 2013.

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  1. Hilly

    Don

    Joined: 17 May 2004

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    Location: Telford, Shropshire

    S5 Max here - used the mopping function a few times (hallway has tiles, kitchen diner is fully tiled and utility is tiled). Although it does a good job mopping, it isn't perfect. If you have stains on the floor, such as coffee / tea, it won't really budge that, but for mud and such it removes it pretty easily.

    It does multi floor mapping - but yet to test it upstairs, but it's something I'll get around too at some point!

    Love mine, it's been a really impressive addition to the house.
     
  2. rexehuk

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Jun 2009

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    It really is good no? I've not tried.the mop function yet but overall as.peice of technology I have to said it's.proabably the most transformative I've ever bought.

    We've been able.to stop vacuuming a floor of the house cause it does such a good job! Most of all like it cleaning up crumbs and things dropped in the kitchen.
     
  3. Minstadave

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Jan 2004

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    Location: Rutland

    Weve got the S5 Max, does a great job on hard floors but on carpet it's doesn't achieve that much.

    Mopping is underwhelming.
     
  4. rexehuk

    Mobster

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    Try turn up the suction mode, I run mine in one up from normal and it seems to do decent job on my rug.
     
  5. Hilly

    Don

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    Location: Telford, Shropshire

    It's amazing, I love it!

    As mentioned I've got a newish born, so actually finding time to do stuff such as vacuuming and mopping is harder than it sounds! With the robot vacuum we can set it off at any time (or schedule it and it'll be done by the time we get back).
     
  6. Richdog

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

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    Location: Utopia

    On my S6 in the settings you can set it to automatically turn to Turbo on carpets. Check if you can do that too.
     
  7. firstborn

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Nottingham

    What should I be looking at with a budget of 500 to 600?
    Downstairs all hard floors and one rug, upstairs 50/50 carpet and hard floor.
     
  8. Richdog

    Caporegime

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    Get 2x robots, one for each floor if you have that kind of budget. That way there will be no faffing around. You can get 2x of these Xiaomi Mi Robots and they will do the job brilliantly. They have LIDAR and SLAM navigation and a great app to go with it. That's all you need. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Xiaomi-M...865553?hash=item1ceb9aa7d1:g:XF8AAOSwsChe2I2M

    I will only ever buy Xiaomi as long as they continue making such amazing vacuum robots.
     
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  9. gailjon

    Hitman

    Joined: 10 Nov 2015

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    I would also recommend getting two. You could get an Osmo T8 AIVI, or look at getting two cheaper models, but still with Lidar, etc.
     
  10. jamief

    Soldato

    Joined: 23 Sep 2005

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    Location: Dundee

    S6? It has multi level mapping.
     
  11. Richdog

    Caporegime

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    It doesn't climb stairs though. Transporting a robot hoover up and down stairs is a a pain in the arse, better to have a decent one for each floor.
     
  12. jamief

    Soldato

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    Location: Dundee

    I don't find it a big issue, carry it up when I'm going up, turn it on, done. I'd rather have one great robot vacuum rather than 2 not so good ones.
     
  13. bloodiedathame

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 11 May 2007

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    Location: Surrey

    First world problems to a tee :D

    I did actually have a funny though about building the charger into a Stannah stairlift-type system. Total overkill.
     
  14. Richdog

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

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    It's not first world problems, it's just basic convenience and common sense for a particular topic. The big appeal of a robot hoover is that it can be left to do its job all week without you having to do much of anything. If you have to remember to carry it up stairs every time it hoovers then you have already lost a big factor in convenience of having one. One good robovac on each floor that can be left do their jobs 3x per week until the poop needs scooping, are better than one £500 vacuum that needs nannying up and down stairs. Every. Single. Time.

    And sorry jamie but the Xiaomi Mi Robot with SLAM and LIDAR that I linked to are very good, so no idea why you think they are "not so good". They just aren't the 'top' models. :p
     
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  15. JRJ

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Oct 2010

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    I'm going to be in the market for one of these in about 6 months time, how quick is the technology developing or is it worth starting to look out for decent deals now?
     
  16. Psycho Sonny

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    Pointless all the good deals are dead now thanks to Brexit.

    The one I was looking at was £150 from China. Now £300.

    Cheaper buying it from UK now but where it was £150 before is now £250.

    Deals compared to those available a month ago are terrible in comparison.
     
  17. Martynt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Feb 2004

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    Location: Higher Walton

    I've not really looked but how come it's made such an impact? Presumably any purchases from China have always incurred import duties etc the same as now. Granted i've been fortunate with most items not incurring anything, but i just assumed that was luck rather than anything else.

    Is it not just the horrendous shipping costs which have ramped up the prices?
     
  18. b0rn2sk8

    Sgarrista

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    All of the above ;)

    VAT changes, import changes and general shipping chaos that built up back in October/November at the ports.
     
  19. Psycho Sonny

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    Used to go under the radar before. Now shipping, vat and import being tacked on prices have shot up in this case it's horrific as it's doubled. More expensive Hoover's will have only went up by £150-£250 but it's significantly worse now.

    In fact supply is now an issue for some reason I can't even see the roborock e4 on AliExpress anymore and the single listing there is they want £1250 for it and it was £150 before.
     
  20. Dave85

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    If you look on Ebay you can get Deebot T8 AIVI for under 550 or the Non AIVI with auto empty even cheaper and the ozmo mop. Top end cleaners.