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iRobot Roomba 自動掃除機 ルンバ560 ブラック/シルバー
アイロボット ロボット掃除機 ルンバ622【国内仕様正規品】R622060
【Amazon.co.jp限定】ルンバ 692 アイロボット ロボット掃除機 グレー R692060 【Alexa対応】
iRobot Roomba 自動掃除機 ルンバ 770
iRobot ロボットクリーナー ルンバ641 ブルーシルバー R641060 R641060
|販売者||B★KAURE SHOP||★WILD WORLD★ 【送料無料】||がんちゃんストア||Amazon.co.jp||B★KAURE SHOP||ワールドプライム|
|カラー||ブラック＆シルバー||ブラック/シルバー||ホワイト||692 グレー 2020年モデル||ブラック||ブルーシルバー|
|パッケージ寸法||45.71 x 43.94 x 12.69 cm||46.59 x 42.99 x 12.59 cm||45.49 x 41.99 x 11.99 cm||46.99 x 40.99 x 14.59 cm||54.59 x 48.19 x 14.39 cm||48.79 x 44.99 x 15.19 cm|
|パッケージの重さ||5.62 kg||5.46 kg||5.75 kg||4.90 kg||6.68 kg||5.48 kg|
● 重量： 約3.7kg（本体+バッテリー）梱包時約5.8kg
● 本体サイズ： 直径340mm×高さ92mm
● 電源方式： 充電式ニッケル水素電池もしくは充電式ニッカド電池（充電時間： 約3時間）
■ 電源： 120V入力（50/60Hz）
1. Quieter than a standard vaccuum
2. Seems to learn the room dimensions quickly. The virtual walls and lighthouse feature are very nice.
3. Is "smart" enough to avoid getting tangled in our area rugs
4. Obviously easy to use as it is just a push of a button (or even better when you program it)
5. Can use everyday to keep the floors spotless
6. Have successfully used it on hard wood, vinyl, carpet and (accidently) concrete
7. Cleans under furniture which is otherwise a pain to do
8. Entertainment value - keeps the dog and baby interested for a while!
Cons (or areas for improvement)
1. Fills up fast - Upon intital cleaning cycles, we had to empty it after about 10 minutes. Further usage proved better as the dust/dog hair was a lot less than before. I suppose this is a good thing as it is picking up dirt that I missed with the regualr vaccum.
2. No warning that it is full. This is the one area that would be a huge improvement. I feel like I need to interrupt it all the time to check if it is full. It would be great if it had some way to gauge how full it is.
3. Battery life - Not sure if I am getting the full specified battery life out of this as it seems to need a recharge after about an hour to an hour and a half (isn't it supposed to last longer?)
4. Automatic docking is iffy. Several times after it was done cleaning, it wandered around aimlessly looking for the docking station. The "lighthouse" feature didn't seem to help much. I ended up moving the dock to a more open area and hopefully that will work better.
So for my first few days playing with this thing, it seems to do its job rather well with just a few annoyances that really do not affect its ability to clean. We plan on running it once a day to keep the dog hair and dust down to a minimum which will hopefully help our allegies.
Well, I've been using the Roomba now for a couple of weeks. I have it run every other day and here is what I think of it now
1. After letting it clean several times, I find I don't have to empty it every 10 minutes. I can now clean three rooms (about 900 square feet) without having to empty it.
2. My wife and I both agree that we seem to breathe better in the house now. Maybe it is due to less dust in the house (especially under the couches) or maybe its in our heads. Either way, we are breathing easier.
3. The self docking is now working great. I think my problems in the past were due to the brushes getting too dirty and requiring frequent cleaning (2 or 3 per run). Now, since the floors are cleaner, this has not been a problem and the Roomba finds its way home with no issues. I use the lighthouse settings to clean each room separately and then I guess they help Roomba find its home. Very nice!
4. Battery life doesn't seem to be a problem. I am getting the stated cleaning times per the manual and it seems to be enough to clean the 3 rooms.
5. The Roomba does require maintenance after each cleaning cycle. This requires emptying the dust bin, removing the brushes and filter to clean and, sometimes, cleaing the sensors that may have dust buildup. The entire process takes no more than 2 minutes and, even though it sounds like a pain, will hopefully keep Roomba problem free for a long time.
I can find no fault with the Roomba right now. I might even consider purchasing a second and third one for the other parts of the house. I suppose I can move Roomba to the back rooms on the first floor or the upstairs but that would require too much effort on my part!
I am also considering the Scooba for my kitchen and bathrooms but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I might wait for the next generation to see if the bugs have been worked out of the current models. Also, if Irobot ever invented one, I would jump at the chance to get a robot that will shampoo carpets! Maybe we will see one soon..
Ran into my first problem with Roomba this past week. The side brush snapped off and I was unable to put it back on. Knowing that these brushes need to be replaced from time to time I decided to order some replacements. Finding them on the Roomba site and ordering them was easy. Problem is that I was informed that they are on backorder for 4 to 6 weeks!! I e-mailed support and they responsed asking me for my mailing address, Roomba number and where I purchased it from. They stated they needed this so they could send me a replacement brush (a free replacement brush). I sent them the information with the hopes that they have some spare brushes ready to ship out but was then informed that it will take 4 to 6 weeks to get it out to me.
So in the end, I am stuck waiting for about $75 worth of brushes that I ordered as well as the free side brush they are sending me for at least 4 weeks. The good news is that Roomba still does her thing but the corners and edges of walls are somewhat neglected without the side brush.
I would still recommend Roomba to those who are thinking about it. Just be forwarned that "due to extremely high demand" replacement parts, including brushes, are currently on backorder for the 500 series.
******Final Update 1/25/2008*******
Thought I'd give one final update now that I have been using Roomba for several months. I am still a believer that Roomba can keep your floors clean but it does take a bit more effort than some people will think. I will try my best to break down the cons for Roomba as the pros are pretty straight forward. You get very clean floors without having to pick up a vaccum. My floors have never looked or felt cleaner and this goes for both the hard wood floors and the area rugs.
Now for the cons (none of which would make me rethink my purchase but I thought it would be informative to those who are still waiting on buying one)
1. Although Roomba does her thing once I hit the clean button, there is still some maintenance that is required. Emptying the dirt bin after each cleaning cycle and keeping the brushes clean have actually been a bit more work that originally described. I have a dog who sheds and the hair gets wrapped around some of the brushes. The tool that is provided in the box to clean the brushes does little to help with this. I find it eaiser to get a pair of scissors and carefully cut the wrapped dog hair off the brushes. For those of you who don't want to get your hands dirty, please keep this in mind!
2. The side brushes break fairly easy. One of the comments I saw in my review is that Irobot now ships some rubber bumpber that helps with this. I haven't looked into getting this yet but I suggest that if you don't have one on yours (like me), be prepared to replace the side brush often. I was able to get a free replacement on my first one but haven't gone back for a second yet.
3. The scheduling aspect of Roomba is useless for me. Because I have a 1 year old who has every toy in the history of toys, I find I need to do a complete sweep of the rooms before Roomba does her thing. If Roomba hits one of these toys, the sensor doesn't always pick up on it and it will try and go over the toy. This usually results in Roomba shutting down until you restart it. Leaving it on schedule means I need to clean up before it goes off. Its just easier for me to set it off manually when I want it to clean.
4. Noise - While quiter than a vaccum, Roomba can still be rather loud. Unless your house is very large, expect the noise to create a bothersome sound if you are watching TV on the same floor or if you are trying to sleep. You will hear it.
5. Auto Docking - Can't seem to figure this one out. Half the time Roomba docks itself with no problem. The other half it wanders around aimlessly with the docking light blinking just a few feet from the station yet it completely ignores it. I've cleaned the sensors and it still does it. I guess it just has a mind of its own sometimes.
6. One minor cleaning issue - Roomba will sometimes leave a big dust ball on the edge of an area rug when it is transitioning from a hard wood floor to the rug. It appears that the dust ball is wrapped around the brushes at one point but gets pulled off by the edge of the rug when it takes that tiny little step up from the floor. If Roomba goes back over that area, great! dust ball gone. If not, your stuck with a dust ball that you have to pick up (again, for me not a big deal but for those that don't want to get their hands dirty....)
None of these complaints or even the sum of them all give me enough reason to question my purchase. Since 95% of the dirt is removed including under furniture (which frankly, I never cleaned prior to Roomba!) these minor issues really don't amount to much in my opinion. Yes, it can be rather disgusting to clean the brushes when they get clogged and I need to make sure all toys are off the floor but that all translates into a very clean house! Keeps the wife happy!!
I'll check comments from time to time so if anyone has any additional questions, just drop them in and I will try and help.
********One More Update - May 20, 2008**************
Had to post this as it has been somewhat of a minor/major issue with my Roomba. The side brush that spins around has not been the best design I've ever seen. I've mentioned that it has broken off before and Irobot sent me some free replacements. Well, this continues to be a problem.
It seems that the side brush likes to get caught on things like corners or furniture which then causes it to break off or snap off an arm. I contacted Irobot about it again asking if they could send me some of those rubber bumbers one person mentioned in the comments section. The response was that they found the rubber bumber to have little to no impact on the side brush so they are no longer using them.
They did send me 3 additional brushes at no charge (thank you very much) but this won't fix the design problem of the brush itself. So I caution people here that are looking to purchase this robot that do not want to fork over additional money for new brushes every coupole of months. I'm Ok with it because I just consider the brushes to be the cost of vacuum bags (and the free ones don't hurt either!) but in this economy, some people might not have the money to pick these up when they need replacing.
I sitll love my Roomba because of the great job it does and the fact it covers areas I could never reach. In fact, I now have a Scooba to wash my floors and love the job that does as well (although that has an entire other set of issues!!)
*****Update November 8, 2009*****
Oh boy! Changed my rating down to 3 stars. For the last few months, I noticed that Roomba was not picking up as much stuff as before. I changed brushes. cleaned it, took it apart and cleaned it but it still wasn't picking up anything. All I was getting was balls of dust being left behind.
Went online to find some ideas and followed a few tricks and found that my brushes were not moving. Upon trying everything under the sun to get this working, the end result is the the cleaning head module (CHD) has died. Great news, however, is that Irobot sells these for $49.99!!! Yay, I get to spend even more money to keep Roomba running. I am beginning to believe that the 560 model I bought was the beta version since the side brush and now the entire CHD have been redesigned. Yes, you heard that right, the CHD I decided to order is a redesign that apparently fixes the issues that the original one had.
Since I am in this for so much money already, what's another $49.99? The original cost was about $380 plus another $100 or so on replacement brushes plus this $50 brings my total to the cost of a high end Dyson vaccuum. Well, at least it does a great job when it is running.
While I love Roomba when it is working, I am finding the the cost and effort required to keep it running (the constant cleaning and taking it apart)might be too much for most people. I've read all the forums out there and the problems I have had are very common. And since Irobot keeps redesigning this piece by piece, I assume they are aware of all the issues as well. Hopefully, by the time I am done putting all the new pieces together, I will have a Roomba that will last for a long time before breaking down.
I understand that technology requires maintenance and repair but 2 years should not be considered the life cycle of a vaccuum. I guess gadgets of today are not made as well as they were "back in the day" as my parents woudl say. I will update once I get my new CHD and let everyone know how it works.
****Another Update 11/23/2009******
I got my new cleaning head module and it looks like Irobot has fixed the issues where dirt and paet hair could get stuck in the motor. Only time will tell if this will last but it is doing a great job for me again.
HOWEVER....my battery would not hold a charge for longer than 30 minutes and all attempts to "fix" it per the forums and tech support failed. The end result was a new battery purchase..yes, more money spent. rather than buy directly from Irobot, I decided to pick up a generic one sold here on amazon. I believe I paid about $65 for a generic battery that is equal to the $99 battery on the Irobot store. It is supposed to last longer than the stock battery but I haven't noticed much of a difference in the 2 Roomba runs since I got it.
So my Roomba is happily working again, just in time for the holidays, and I am hoping that I am done replacing faulty designed parts. I must be right???
******Maybe my Final Update?? 1/7/2011*******
Its been a while since my last update to this review. I guess that is because I haven't had any issues since I replaced the cleaning head module and battery in late 2009. The newer white side brushes seem to stay in place, the newer style brushes don't get as clogged as the old ones and my battery (an aftermarket brand) gives me a good hour and forty five minutes (or more) before it needs a charge.
I now have a 1 year old boy to go along with my 4 year boy so my house is in pretty rough shape after the two of them are done destroying it. So I am routinely running Roomba around those play areas so I can avoid bringing out the big vacuum. It has worked well...knock on wood!
I think I have nothing more to say! (unless of course something else breaks!)
With the holidays approaching fast, I figured I'd drop in and give a quick update. It's been almost a year since my last update and I am proud to say the Roomba has not given me any issues since the new cleaning module was installed back in 2009. I have swapped out various brushes from time to time but that is part of the regular maintenance that everyone has to do (part of the ongoing cost to keep Roomba happy).
I don't get to run Roomba as often as I would like as my almost 2 year old is petrified whenever Roomba turns on. I basically have to wait until my wife takes him out for a bit so I can let Roomba clean. My almsot 5 year old could care less when Roomba is running but does complian about the noise if he is trying to watcgh TV. It makes it a bit harder as the cleaning cycles are farther apart from one another so human intervention is needed to clean out the dust bin at least once during the cycle.
Hopefully my writing this update doesn't jinx me in some way and Roomba will decide to quit on me this week! Overall, I'm still very happy that I have this machine to help with the never ending cleaning of my house (amazing how much 2 boys can ruin in such a short amount of time!!)
*****Update June 19, 2012*****
Thanks to one of the commenters, John, I wanted to update this to point out that Irobot has changed the 560 model from what I originally bought. It seems that the marketing is still listing the 560 model as the 560 but it is really the 561 model which replaces the lighthouse technology with virtual wall technology (a downgrade in my opinion). Not sure why irobot did this and kept the 560 box and marketing the same but I find it a bit misleading. To amazon's credit, the description does state virtual walls rather than lighthouses but most people read reviews so others commenting on the lighthouse technology will just confuse people.
Irobot should consider re-branding the 560 as the 561 to stop the confusion.
After having her a few weeks I still find myself watching her at work. There's something appealing about the cruising and tapping, spinning and reversing, climbing up onto rugs and appearing from under the bed.
I peeked under the bed the next morning looking for my glasses and paused to marvel at how CLEAN it was under there! I have hardwood floors and cats so clean under the bed happened maybe a couple times a year. Now the floors are clean all the time. Next step will be one that mops up.
I've gotten a feel for the bin capacity over these past few weeks. I'll press the pause button, slide out the bin, empty it quick and start her up again if the room she's doing hasn't been done for a while or looks like a big job. Running out of battery hasn't been a big deal; it doesn't happen very often. It returns itself to the charging base on its own . . . if it hasn't wandered a couple rooms away from it when it happens. Honestly, twenty minutes or so of listening to her work is about my limit anyway. It's more than long enough to get a lot done; there's always another day.
One last thing about the "refurbished" part of this purchase. It was like new - I wouldn't have known it was refurbished by the packaging or condition.
CONS: Sometimes it goes into a room, gets behind the door and nudges it closed just enough that it can't get out again. If she encounters a bath towel on the floor she usually gets hopelessly muddled up in it though to her credit she doesn't give up. Rugs are ok, wires are ok, but a bathtowel will defeat her.
The red simple models are great. Do they pickup everything, no. Are they pretty reliable, yes. I have one that is five or six years old and all I have done is replace the battery. One other red one just went insane and died after two years.
The scooba... well that was just a mess. It tried hard but could tell even when new it was just waiting to freak out and break down. Gave it away couldnt face the future loss as you do tend to get attached to them slinking around the house.
The 560 was a complete dog. It started having nervous issues after only two months then the battery went. Replaced battery then all the warning issues began. This one talks to you so she was always telling me her problems and what she needed and what she cant do. Im guessing just like a real maid that is high strung and bad temperament. Dead with the fatal error code 3 AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Well that was three hundred bucks I will never see again. (insert sound of toilet flush).
So it looks like all the new models die just after the warranty is up by a few days. So now I have three dead ones the others were trashed. The quality does not seem to be improving as fast as the complications. The more advanced the higher the chance of failure.
The newest model, 650, is a little heavier than the 560 here that I have (may she rest in peace). Everything about the 560 is the same as the 650. The 650 has better hair pickup than the 560 and a few more bells and whistles but it should for four hundred dollars. With the reliability track record I dont think i would spend he dinero on a 650 and just get a working 560. Find it on sale if you must. Just not comfortable with the longevity any more and customer service at irobot while friendly is not much help. There are lots of forums that will help you trouble shoot your issues. Maybe too many.
My 650 so far its working as intended. We shall see how long it lasts. Old red roomba and 560 sitting in garage awaiting burial. Still have one red going strong just had to replace the battery. (ebay seems to be about the best deal for batteries, sometimes an Amazon seller has some at a good price, its all timing.)
In the end I think irobot should FOCUS on making them better vacuums and less on new features and gimmicks. They could do it if they want to, and make them less complicated so they will last longer. As always if you have any questions just ask me.
Our use case is 75% wood/tile, 25% carpet; two humans+one feline. The combination of a long haired human and a fine haired pet means the Roomba needs its brushes cleaned about as often as we use it (every week or two).
Things you might not think of before buying:
- We find the scheduling feature less practical than I'd hoped - we're afraid of the potential for cat barf being spread all over the house (we've not had this happen - yet).
- We had to move fragile ceramic floor decorations because we were worried about the potential for damage.
Here are my 2nd hand pros/cons that she's given me.
Does a really thorough job and will cover every square foot of your house
Can set it on a timer/schedule
So far, no issues with quality of product, breaking, performance issues, etc.
Relatively maintenance free; will take itself to the docking station & charge itself
Trash bin is a good size, don't have issues with it being too full. Which seems impressive to me with a 3 year old running around
It's pretty entertaining to watch in action. Especially when my little niece shows me on Skype how to turn it on & helps the iRobot by picking up the room so it can vacuum everything
Not cheap (Main reason I didn't give it 5 stars. But considering my sister works full time, I thought it was worth it so she could spend her free time with her family instead of cleaning.)
Not completely maintenance free; will get stuck under the sofa (depending on sofa height), tangled up in wires/power cords from electronics on the floor and transitioning from hard wood floors to a thick rug. Solution; blocking off certain parts of a room. My sister says she puts pillows down to block it. She also has to move the dining room chairs when it's doing the dining room. And any of my nieces toys & just make sure the room is picked up before.
In summary, I think it's all relative whether it's a good purchase or not and will be different for a lot of people. It could either be an unnecessary and fancy gadget that isn't worth the price. For example; if you have a ton of kids or are super messy and never end up using it because you can't pick up your house; not worth it when it sits there and collects dust. But if it's going to help save you an extra hour a week of house work or you don't have any concerns with furniture layout or things for it to get caught up in; it's a good investment.
Pros: Sweeps up carpet and hard floors alike.
Week long schedule allows to set daily cleaning times. Units makes a run before returning to charge base.
Antonymous once schedule in place.
Wall tracking cleans crevices. Wall sensing slows before collision. Step sensing stops from falling down stairs/ ledges. Dirt sensor spends more time in needed areas. Goes under beds and couches (as floor height allows). Comes with 2 virtual walls for added privacy.
Runs for an hour and reaches an impressive area, will manage 2-3 moderate sized rooms or one apartment.
Press the button anytime for an extra run. Fully recharges in an hour.
Charged and ready to run out of the box.
Fun to watch!
Cons: Sweeping rotor can get caught on thread/ string/ wire, which stops unit and awaits rescue.
Does not replace hand vacuuming and mopping for larger mess.
Loud unit: cannot run in bedroom at night. I only run when out.
Still requires routine collection emptying.
Clutter is the enemy, as unit will just bounce off and go around.
Overall: great cleaning adjunct to maintain a clean carpet/ floor. Still requires very routine/ daily chamber emptying and some intermittent maintenance. Satisfaction of coming home to a full collection chamber daily.
I purchased 3 refurbished models for 100$ off new price (so 200$ off retail price). They've all been running flawlessly for about 2 months.
Bot is such a big help and allows me to keep something in this house relatively clean--on the floors at least. It does both carpeted and wood floors, so it means much less sweeping, and since we only have 2 rooms of carpet, we only have a hand vac in addition to Bot. It hasn't been a problem for the past year, and we are happy with what the combination does.
The corners that Bot doesn't get isn't a big deal at all to me. I sweep out the edges of the corners every now and then in a few places where it's tight, but there is a spinning brush that gets into the less tight corners pretty well. I haven't been bothered much at all by it. He doesn't fall down the stairs, but he doesn't sweep them either, so I have to do that--again, not a big deal (and not something I was expecting), but just more general things you'll still have to do.
I love the scheduling function. I set it to go off a 1 AM every day on our main floor, and then do a quick review of the floor to get anything that might get him stuck off the ground (blankets, socks, washcloths, etc.) He does his thing in the dark of the night and returns to his charger so he's ready for more work when we get up. I wake up in the morning to swept floors and empty him out before I take him to do his work for the day. We have a general schedule that gets bedrooms done once a week and the playroom and family room done twice a week, and then the main floor is every day. Plus if I leave the house, I often set him to go while we're gone just because I'm amazed with the dust and dirt he finds every night! He might miss a spot sometimes, but he'll get it the next time, so it works out well. The virtual walls keep him away from where he shouldn't go. He has a dirt sensor to hit the dirtier parts for longer. The first few times I ran him here, he filled up pretty quickly, especially on carpet. Now he can bot til he drops and then I'll empty him out. He's got an air filter, too, and the brushes and filters are easy to replace when needed.
It is a little loud, probably comparable to a regular vacuum cleaner. But we don't wake up from him doing his thing at night, and during the day, we just plan around anything that needs to be done. He's taking care of my room as I type this now!
I'm not sure how long these little machines should last, but Bot seems to be fine after a year despite daily use (often more than once since I run him every night and then usually one or two rooms most days.) And Bot has been ridden on and well loved by the small people in our house--although we try to keep him above the fray. He is even the star of my kids' Rescue Bot stories!
We did have a problem with it a while ago--the brushes stopped turning reliably. I contacted customer service via e-mail (within the 1 year warranty) and they had me try some things, and then sent me out the easy-to-replace part within a few days. The battery was damaged because of how hard it was working to get those brushes going, and after replacing the part, was still running for only about 30 minutes (should be 90). They sent me out a replacement battery and something to update the software--all at no cost to me. Very easy and customer service was great.
Other than that one issue--caused by repeated things getting stuck over the course of the past year, usually socks pulled from under the couch, I think-- we've had no problems. It has been well worth the cost, and if something goes wrong, we will absolutely buy another. They do go on sale periodically, and we find it well worth the price!
We LOVE our Bot!
15 year old Orek upright and handheld vacuum
10 year old Sears Shop Vac
2 month old AmorAll mini-shop vac
Standard whisk broom, dust pan and brush
I fully charged the battery in accordance with the instructions and set out to see just how well a $300+ vacuum compares to the old stand-by's.
The long and short of this evaluation is the iRobot 560 Roomba did well in cleaning lightly dirty floors (sand, cat litter, dry cat food, etc.) on the hardwood and vinyl floors. It did however have major difficulty in cleaning along the baseboards and in the corners.
On carpeted floors it did clean the top most layer of dirt (those nasty facial tissue shards left behind when not removed from pockets prior to washing and drying clothes, dryer lint, Christmas glitter, etc.) but anything below the top was left behind. What was most unusual was the battery life on carpeting. It was less than half that compared to the two other floors. I can only assume it was due to the increased rolling resistance encountered on carpet. The battery lasted for approximately 30 minutes on the hardwood-vinyl flooring but barely 13 minutes on the carpeting.
I thoroughly cleaned the collection bin, filter and rotating brush and recharged the battery. Using the same type of typical dirt encountered in a home environment I repeated the cleaning test. The results were the same.
To be completely fair, I again cleaned the Roomba and recharged the battery and repeated the test a third time. Results were the same.
While the Roomba is a technology marvel in being able to navigate its way around a room and sweep up light soil it does have some serious drawbacks:
It cannot adequately clean along the baseboards and corners (although I will credit it for trying)
It did a fairly good job of collecting typical tracked in dirt on the hardwood-vinyl flooring it did have a particularly difficult time in sweeping up baking flour and body powder. I attribute this to the fine nature of the powder that actually seemed to blow past the rotating brush.
Large dirt particles (glitter, dryer lint, cat litter, facial tissue shards) quickly clogged the filter and caused a rapid reduction in vacuum. I'm sure this was due to the rather small dirt collection bin and with careful watching/listening and cleaning the bin frequently would prevent this.
Battery life was adequate on hardwood/vinyl flooring but with the increased rolling mass/resistance found with carpeting battery drain was quick; much too quick if you have carpeting throughout your house.
I give the iRobot 4-Stars for technology. It's brilliant at snaking its way through and around obstacles and collecting light soil.
But when it comes to actual real-life cleaning on a variety of floor types, especially battery life on carpeting and cleaning along baseboard and corners (where dirt just seems to gather in mobs) the best I can give the iRobot is 2-stars.
My Orek upright and handheld does a much better job at cleaning on all floor types and when the baseboards and corners do stymie them the two shop-vacs make short shrift of the work. Even my trusty old sweep broom, dustpan and brush does a better job at cleaning out corners and gathering up the finer powdery types of dirt.
For $300+ initial cost, plus filters and eventually a new battery I would save my money and purchase a good quality 'standard' vacuum cleaner and although, it does require you to slog it about room to room throughout the house in the long run it does a far superior job.
I have scheduled the Roomba to run twice a week for my bedrooms upstairs - I've place one of the walls (on Auto) at the start of the stairs. The Roomba starts when scheduled from its' power base (which is on a carpeted floor - it also returns automatically to the power base when done) and goes around in some random fashion to cover the master bedroom, two other bedrooms and two bathrooms. I like the fact that it is able to fit under all the furniture and it is not as loud as claimed by other reviewers - you can sit and watch TV while it is doing it's thing - however, I choose to let it run when I'm either downstairs or out of the house. It does not interfere with my motion detecting burglar alarm as it is running upstairs.
I have cleaned the Rooma once per month - this is the only reason I'm giving it 4 stars - it is a bit messy (especially the first time - I wish Roomba comes up with an easier way to clean out the beater brush) - but it gets better every subsequent time you clean it out. If you have pets, you might have issues with how often it needs to be cleaned.
So far it has run flawlessly and I am very pleased with purchasing it. I wouldn't say that the Rooma is a substitute for regular vacuuming (I have a service that comes once a month) - but it is perfect for all those in-between periods and it does manage to extract quite a bit of loose fluff and dirt. One has to be careful that you don't leave small pieces of paper or wired cords on the floor - the wheels can get tangled or hung-up - but other than that the "Wall" works well - this vacuum has never fallen down the stairs - it stops short of the virtual "Wall" and then goes off in some random pattern.
I pulled all 12 chairs out from the dining table, set bathroom trash cans on the counter, etc., to quickly clear the floors of clutter, then pushed the "clean" button.
This crazy machine was AMAZING. It detached itself from its charging base and got right to work. The cleaning patterns appeared almost random, but I left it alone to see what the results would be. To my surprise--I'm a rather jaded consumer--the result was a VERY clean floor! Since the floors were thick with dog hair I had to empty the bin a couple times over the 3 hour period it roamed the downstairs, but it got to every room, including the bathrooms. Yes, I was impressed!
I didn't use either of the "invisible walls" that were included since I didn't have any C batteries on hand, so this was truly a test of the Roomba's abilities left to its own devices. It did great.
The only downside was that I found myself just watching it meander around instead of getting on with chores. A bit hypnotic... it even found its "home base" and plugged itself in to recharge itself when the battery finally got low! But it ran a good 3+ hours on the initial charge and did a creditable job vacuuming about a 900 sq ft area. (No carpet, just wood and slate.)
If it's robust enough to work at least 2 - 3 years with minimal dysfunctions and only inexpensive maintenance/replacement items, I'll consider the cost justified. Time will tell.
UPDATE 5/5/2013: Guess what? My roomba is still going strong and working like a champ. It has officially earned its keep. I love it.
- strong sucking power.
- cleans corners, maneuvers around & under chairs, sofa, tables, entertainment center, etc. very well. it will go under anything with at least 4 in. clearance.
- good coverage - so far I haven't found a missed spot, but others say they have.
- converts from "bare floor mode" to "rug mode" and back (and back again....) automatically.
- detects "dirty" areas - like under the dining table/chairs and around the litter box - and does concentrated vacuuming there.
- easy to use - just turn it on and it does it's job and returns to the dock when finished (or to recharge if not finished).
#1 - in less open areas (like a hallway with bedrooms which come off) i have to confine it to clean one room at a time. my kitchen/dining/den are open and it does fine cleaning that area in a single cleaning, but not my bedrooms and bathrooms which come off a hall.
- as others have noted, it *bangs* into things. it doesn't seem to hurt the furniture (mostly wooden legs), but i can't help but wonder how good that is for the internals of the roomba. also can't run it after the kids go to bed because the banging wakes them.
- has trouble with a "tall" rug in my game room. the pile is shag-like, and the roomba sometimes thinks it's a wall and turns away from it. my solution: use the lighthouses to keep it on the rug. kind of a pain.
- and this is obvious, but i decided to list it anyway: it can't go in areas which are smaller than it's physical size, for example, behind the commode.
The pros definitely outweigh the cons. My biggest complaint is that it DOES require manual intervention (#1 con above) - I can't turn it on in the morning, leave for work, and it vacuum the whole house while I'm gone. That being said, I still like the roomba so much I am considering the scooba (to "mop" after the roomba finishes vacuuming), but am going to give it 6 months just to be sure. If anything changes, I'll amend my review.
It cleans real well, but don't expect a perfectly clean carpet the first day. Like any vacuum cleaner, it will miss spots. But after a few days, the carpet looks much better than it did before. It does a great job of doing near the edges and around chair legs.
I did have a problem with the brush motor going out after a month. But, in my opinion, someone will have the bad luck to have something go wrong with their machine. My bad luck. However, I called Irobot directly and they had the part to me in 3 days at no cost and with no hassle.
If you get one, register it immediately at the IRobot site and it will likely make things easier.
The battery, brushes and all parts are under complete warranty for a year.
It takes about an hour and a half to do my downstairs which is about 1,500 sq. feet or so. I don't use the light houses. It just wanders around and does its thing. Most of the time it finds its way home. It does this on one charge.
I look at it this way. I'd gladly pay someone a dollar a day to vacuum the carpets every day for a year. If the Roomba 560 wears out in a year, it will be worth it. If it wears out before a year, it's still under warranty.
But all the moving parts are modular construction. (I'm not sure about the main drive motor.) They can be replaced as they break and taking it apart is pretty easy for those who aren't afraid to do this sort of thing.
Cleaning it is easier than cleaning my old bagless vacuum cleaner which was a pain in the neck. The bin slides out easily. The brushes come out easily also. A couple minutes is all it takes to do a good job cleaning.
I'm very happy I bought the Roomba 560 instead of a conventional vacuum cleaner and I'd do it again.
Added on 11/20/2010.
I still love the Roomba. I'd just add one recommendation. After using it, take a second to wipe the dust off the outside or it will eventually start to leave dust on fabric furniture. Cleaning the Roomba after each use doesn't take as long as it sounds. It's easier than emptying one of those bagless vacuum cleaners.