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Old 10-20-2020, 08:39 PM   #1
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On Prime Day I bought my first robotic vacuum after reading about them for years. I was a bit skeptical that it would be more than a gimmick but now that Iíve had one for about a week I have to say my quality of life has increased dramatically.

My vacuum is connected to Alexa so each morning I just say ďAlexa start the vacuumĒ and it zips around the house from room to room, bouncing around randomly and sucking up all of the loose dust and dirt in the house. I bought a lower end model so it doesnít have the sophisticated mapping features of the more expensive models, but it really gets the job done. It meanders in and out of the closets and bathroom, travels under the sofa, the beds, and the furniture where normal vacuums canít reach and then wanders back to its base when itís done and recharges itself.

Every few days I empty the dust bin and thatís about the only effort involved. And it really picks up a lot of dust and dirt and keeps the floors looking spotless.

Has anyone else tried on of these?
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Old 10-20-2020, 08:48 PM   #2
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I really enjoy ours. We recently upgraded to a more advanced model and the mapping features are really nice!

I probably never would have justified purchasing one but we got one free from a friend a couple years ago and fell in love.
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Old 10-20-2020, 09:22 PM   #3
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On Prime Day I bought my first robotic vacuum after reading about them for years. I was a bit skeptical that it would be more than a gimmick but now that Iíve had one for about a week I have to say my quality of life has increased dramatically.
Would you mind sharing which unit you purchased?
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Old 10-20-2020, 09:28 PM   #4
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Would you mind sharing which unit you purchased?
I bought this one:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It was on sale for $200 for Prime Days. Iím guessing they will have another similar sale for Black Friday.

I went with a Eufy vacuum because they are manufactured by Anker. Iíve purchased many products from Anker and their customer service is the best Iíve experienced with any product. They have been willing to do whatever it takes to make the customer happy and they are really responsive to any issues with their products. The Roomba products are also very good.
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I bought this one:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It was on sale for $200 for Prime Days. Iím guessing they will have another similar sale for Black Friday.

I went with a Eufy vacuum because they are manufactured by Anker. Iíve purchased many products from Anker and their customer service is the best Iíve experienced with any product. They have been willing to do whatever it takes to make the customer happy and they are really responsive to any issues with their products. The Roomba products are also very good.
Thank you very much!
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Many have additional Amazon coupons on them right now.

This thread just cost me $200 in that I had no thought of ever considering this at all, and now I just bought one!

This is the one I bought:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087C7KJGD

It had a $50 coupon on it and at 4000pa had stronger suction than most others. It also had very good reviews. I then purchased the water tank and replacement accessories on manufacturers website as they were much better priced than Amazon.

We have a "country home" the entryways are always messy, and the dust really builds up around the house before I break out the vacuum - especially under our bed. If this robot can roam around periodically and take care of those, I'll be very happy. Anything more and I'll be ecstatic.
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Many have additional Amazon coupons on them right now.

This thread just cost me $200 in that I had no thought of ever considering this at all, and now I just bought one!

This is the one I bought:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087C7KJGD

It had a $50 coupon on it and at 4000pa had stronger suction than most others. It also had very good reviews. I then purchased the water tank and replacement accessories on manufacturers website as they were much better priced than Amazon.

We have a "country home" the entryways are always messy, and the dust really builds up around the house before I break out the vacuum - especially under our bed. If this robot can roam around periodically and take care of those, I'll be very happy. Anything more and I'll be ecstatic.
That looks like a great unit! Let us know how it works out. I might purchase a second one for the first floor.
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I boubht the same Eufy to replace an aging Roomba that was very old and on its last very noisy legs. Word of warning. After I ordered it from Amazon, I found it cheaper at Walmart.

I replaced my carpets in many rooms with wood flooring almost a decade ago. It still has its gloss for the most part. I attribute that to the Roomba which made it easy to clean off the dust and grit that normally accumulates on a daily basis. The Eufy should continue to do that well. Also, the Eufy is much quieter than my Roomba was even when new.

As a side benefit, when my grand kid was two years old she spent many happy hours playing with the Roomba, making it change directions and outrunning it. The child did learn very quickly not to let it vacuum the toes.
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I have always wanted to get one as we have 2 cats, one of whom sheds a lot. I've been concerned how it handles hardwood floors. Is there a chance it would scratch them? They cost us a fortune to install. Does the vacuum easily move from hardwood floors to the area rugs?
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I bought a Roomba as a Christmas present for my wife about 5 years ago. I know what some of you are thinking but that is what she wanted. Really. I thought, "Great! She will be able to run it every day if she wants and not have to vacuum ever again". Actually I used the vacuum more than she did but the Roomba makes her happy. I notice she only runs it about once a week since our floors are either tile or wood. We also run air cleaners so there isn't much dirt or dust to accumulate anyway. I think they are great for us. I don't know how well they would work on carpet but it would seem to me that it would challenge the efficacy of the vacuum.

Now she has a cleaning service come in once a month. Go figure. That is nice but it causes me more work to put things away before they get here. Not sure what the answer is anymore.



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I have always wanted to get one as we have 2 cats, one of whom sheds a lot. I've been concerned how it handles hardwood floors. Is there a chance it would scratch them? They cost us a fortune to install. Does the vacuum easily move from hardwood floors to the area rugs?
We have hardwood floors in most of our house and the vacuum is very gentle on them. Because the wood is dark, dust is very visible on them. The vacuum sucks up a major amount of dust every day from the wood floors and keeps them spotless. I never plan to manually vacuum the house again for the rest of my life.
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How many of you have a robo-vacuum with some smarts in it (like with room mapping capabilities and avoiding certain areas, etc)? Mine was a dumb one that went places randomly, and it got too annoying for me after a while as it vacuumed some places over and over but didn't vacuum some areas, and had to be rescued as it wanted to go to places it couldn't handle.
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We have hardwood floors in most of our house and the vacuum is very gentle on them. Because the wood is dark, dust is very visible on them. The vacuum sucks up a major amount of dust every day from the wood floors and keeps them spotless. I never plan to manually vacuum the house again for the rest of my life.
Thank you.

A couple of other questions come to mind:

1. we have alpalca rugs bedside. Will the vacuum try to eat the fibers? Should we simply put the rugs away when running the vacuum?

2. I'm assuming unless the vacuum is small enough it won't vacuum under dining chairs or similar?
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I had a Roomba 15 years or so ago. By the time I'd pick up cat toys, shoes, a fringe rug, cords, and anything else that might be on the floor, plus set up the barriers to keep it from falling down the stairs, I might as well have vacuumed it up myself. Plus the battery capacity went down quickly. I'm sure that's less of a problem now, but I just do it myself now. I get mildly tempted to try again when threads like this come up, but so far I've resisted.
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I would love to have one of those but we have several Oriental carpets with fringes. If I could program the vacuum to not vacuum those fringes they would have a happy customer.
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... She will be able to run it every day if she wants and not have to vacuum ever again". Actually I used the vacuum more than she did but the Roomba makes her happy. I notice she only runs it about once a week since our floors are either tile or wood. ...
How did you convince her to any cleaning tasks? The cleaning tasks are mine, be it vacuum the floor, rubbing the shower, bathtub, wash the cars etc...
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Question: does it mar or scratch door trim, furniture legs etc? I have a fear of a scrape line uniformly 4 inches off the ground on everything on my home. And hiw dies it handle transitions over rugs?
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I would love to have one of those but we have several Oriental carpets with fringes. If I could program the vacuum to not vacuum those fringes they would have a happy customer.
Yes, they are very smart now. I just bought a Roborock S6, it has mapping capability and also mopping function. After it mapped out our home (with the first run), we can setup 'no go zone' and/or 'no mop zone' - It is smart enough that if I insert the water tank and mopping pad, it knows that I am going to want it to vacuum and mop, then it will not go to the 'no mop zone'. It also has something call virtual wall, meaning you draw a line in the map and it will see the line as a wall and bounce back.

Very nice toy.
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Question: does it mar or scratch door trim, furniture legs etc? I have a fear of a scrape line uniformly 4 inches off the ground on everything on my home. And hiw dies it handle transitions over rugs?
It's much more gentle on furniture, doors, etc. than I am when I bang the vacuum into them.
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Word of warning. After I ordered it from Amazon, I found it cheaper at Walmart.
Thanks for that - I checked Walmart.com and sure enough manufacturer was selling direct there and price was $20 cheaper than the Amazon price even after the $50 coupon. I was able to cancel my Amazon order and re-place with Walmart.com.
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