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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. bloodiedathame

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 11 May 2007

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    Location: Surrey

    The vibrating mop and the up/down features are great ideas. Self emptying I don't really see the point of. You'll have to empty it manually sooner or later. I quite enjoy emptying mine... 'ooh look how much it got'.
     
  2. Richdog

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

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    Location: Utopia

    I never used the mop on my S6, I just knew it would be crap. I have a steam mop and that is the only thing I trust to clean my floor because no robot I have yet seen seems to be able to do a good job when it comes to mopping

    Well yes of course you have to empty it manually 'sooner or later', but the point is that you will have to do it less, maybe every 2 or 3 weeks instead of every week. It's a pure convenience thing. :)
     
  3. funguST

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Sep 2008

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    Thinking of picking a robot vacuum up soon.

    Anyone using a roborock s7? Where are people buying them from? the normal trusted places seem to be lacking roborocks at the moment, lots in the US.

    https://www.myrobotcenter.co.uk/en_gb/roborock-s7 any good?
     
  4. gpuerrilla

    Capodecina

    Joined: 21 Jul 2005

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    Location: N.Ireland

    I couldn't help but chuckle at this, thanks for sharing! :cry::cry:

    I am warming to the idea of having one but it would have to be better at vacuuming the carpet/tiles if some are saying it misses spots but I understand the tech is bound to get there eventually.
     
  5. NeilF

    Capodecina

    Joined: 15 Nov 2003

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    Location: Marlow

    My old Xiaomi does a good job on hard surfaces and carpets, obviously with harder surfaces being easier to clean. I'd say its faults are:-
    1) It can leave tire/tread marks on carpets. These are not permanent, but because the unit goes down the same path over and over, it pushes the carpet in the same direction under the tires over and over. So you can see a subtle mark around some areas. These disappear with any movement. eg: A regular vacuum.
    2) Cleaning at the edges can sometimes not be idea, especially with carpets. But this is minor.
    3) Unit height. I let a friend borrow my unit, and come cupboards were at exactly the wrong height so it thought it could go under it, but it wedged.
    4) Bar stools. If you've got those round bar stools which slope up in a round base, these confuse the heck out of it. I either move ours out of the way, or I'm trialing magnetic strips under the base to tell the unit not to go there.
     
  6. ganesh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Sep 2006

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    Location: Wiltshire

    The tech is already there, a roomba 650 is not a good example as it doesn’t have intelligent mapping. If you have a robot with decent intelligent mapping (like a roborock) then it doesn’t get stuck, doesn’t miss spots and always finds its way home.
    Robots without it work on a principle of random cleaning, and in theory if you leave it cleaning long enough then it should cover the whole area, but in doing so it may clean one spot 10 times and another just once. Or it could miss corners or whole rooms entirely.

    I’d steer clear of all iRobot/roomba models, they're incredibly overpriced and functionality is mediocre. A colleague bought the top of the range i9+ for £1200 last year, and yet she constantly has problems with it getting lost or not docking properly, my 3 year old roborock s50 doesn’t have any of these problems,
     
  7. Robert

    Capodecina

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    did you get one? Was going to replace our broken dyson with another hand held, but tempted by the s7
     
  8. funguST

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Sep 2008

    Posts: 976

    Not yet. Looking towards the end of August now. I'll probably get the s7 not sure where from yet.
     
  9. Charlie Bravo

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Chelmsford

    I recently purchased a Roidmi Eve Plus, another product also under the Xiaomi umbrella.

    Having spent ages considering the various options available, I'm glad I went with the Eve Plus as it has so far proved to be fantastic.
     
  10. pioneer2000

    Soldato

    Joined: 20 Jun 2004

    Posts: 5,776

    Location: Essex

    Anyone know where you can get a Roborock S7 (ideally with the bin add-on) in the UK? Currently have a S5 which has been great but looking to replace that soon.
     
  11. funguST

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Sep 2008

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    Not seen one yet but seems it might not be out just yet.

    https://www.myrobotcenter.co.uk/en_gb/roborock-s7 seem to suggest September, although i am pretty sure this was saying August before. So i dont really know. I'd be interested if anyone knows aswell. There is 1 seller on fleabay with UK stock, unsure if the price is right though.
     
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  12. R.O.S.S.I

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    Does anyone know if the Eufy or ECOVACS Robotics ones on Amazon are any good? Contemplating getting the mother one for Xmas.

    Currently can't decide between the Eufy BoostIQ 15C MAX or the ECOVAC Robotics Deebot N79S. Both are around the £130 mark down from £250ish.

    Also does anyone know if it needs a wifi connection throughout the entire clean? My mums bungalow doesn't get WIFI at the back of the kitchen and was wondering if they are intelligent enough to carry on without wifi.
     
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  13. gailjon

    Hitman

    Joined: 10 Nov 2015

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    We have an Ecovacs Deebot Osmo 920 purchased from Amazon last Black Friday 2020 and it is great. Lidar mapping, multi floor maps, scheduled cleaning, area/custom/auto cleaning, etc and easy to get spares brushes, etc for. I would say that you really should get a robot with lidar for intelligent cleaning, otherwise they just bounce around randomly to clean. It may cost more but is definitely worth it.

    I don't think it needs wifi for the entire clean but will need it where it has the docking station. This would need confirming though to be certain.
     
  14. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

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    Location: Llaneirwg

    Same Boat.
    My Old cheap one is dead. The 30c gets great reviews.

    Lot of models. No idea what to get
     
  15. R.O.S.S.I

    Capodecina

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    Thanks mate. Will have a look around for once that have the mapping feature but think the price jumps up quite a bit when you get to that. They also start to do mopping and what not which i'm not that fussed about.
     
  16. R.O.S.S.I

    Capodecina

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    I couldnt quite figure out what the main differences were between the 15C Max and the 30C.
     
  17. 413x

    Capodecina

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    No I couldn't figure this out. Not much online.

    I'm also thinking thr price of the mapping isn't worth it for me. Plan to have mine do kitchen mainly as it get the messiest. Hall and living room. As long as it manages that that's all I'm worried about
     
  18. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Got a eufy g30 verge.
    Paid 200 for it.

    This one has temporary mapping. By that I mean I knows where it started and builds a map as it goes. It also goes in very straight lines. It also know when it's done the whole area.

    It finishes the kitchen, hall and living room in 35 mins. And goes absolutely everywhere. It's quicker and better than me!

    This is much better than the old original first gen I had that died. It was just a random one.

    Definitely echo the advice to get one with some sort of mapping.
    I definitely do not need the lidar. But this basic mapping really helps.

    Works with Google assistant too.
     
  19. Richdog

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

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    Location: Utopia

    Has anyone elses Roborock started to clean in weird patterns since recent updates? My S6 now approaches its cleaning route in a differnet way and isn't as good at getting the edges of the room, it seems to do a more superficial and less thorough job than before in my bedroom. Very annoying. :(
    EDIT - Seems deleting and re-adding the map may help. I^ll try it. https://www.reddit.com/r/Roborock/comments/jjdit0/updated_firmware_no_more_straight_lines_clean/

    EDIT EDIT - Deleting the map and then letting it re-create the map seems to have worked a treat! :D
     
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