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Woot: iRobot Roomba

So, today’s Woot Off was the iRobot Roomba 4296 Remote Scheduler Robotic Vacuum.  I have been looking into the Roomba/Scooba to make my cleaning chores a bit manageable.  I did some quick research on it, and it seems as though it will handle the sweeping chore quite nicely while I am gone during the day.

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The price was awesome, $105 shipped.  I bought it, and I cannot wait to see it run around the house.

18 Comments

  1. I bought a different Roomba model recently. It works reasonably well, not great it won’t replace a regular vacuuming but it does help keep the dust down. I am hoping that come spring it will help cut down on the amount of cat hair about.

  2. I bought a different Roomba model recently. It works reasonably well, not great it won’t replace a regular vacuuming but it does help keep the dust down. I am hoping that come spring it will help cut down on the amount of cat hair about.

  3. I paid $135 (shipped) for one about a year ago off of woot, and I’d happily pay it again.

  4. I paid $135 (shipped) for one about a year ago off of woot, and I’d happily pay it again.

  5. My question to both of you: How does it do on hardwood floors?

  6. My question to both of you: How does it do on hardwood floors?

  7. All I have is hardwood floors and I think it works well enough. I tested it out on Monday to see how well it would pick up bits of cardboard from the scratching boxes the cats use. It picked up al the little bits.

    I was also impressed that it can maneuver around my dining room chairs.

    I only have two complaints. One because I went for a cheap model it isn’t as automated as I might like. Mine can’t be scheduled out of the box and needs to be plugged in manually to re-charge it. Of course this also means I don’t have to worry about it becoming self aware and joining the robot uprising….:-)

    My other complaint is battery life. I would have liked it to be able to get my dining room and living room in once charge but it can’t. I think park of that might be how it functions (the spinning and repeated patterns to assure it gets an entire room) and with a dinning room set there are more obstacles which also increases the amount it has to work.

    I’m willing to live with both of the limitations and just got 2 more virtual walls to be able to easily have it clean my downstairs one room at a time.

    Like I said in my original comment it won’t replace regular vacuuming but will help you keep you place tidier.

  8. All I have is hardwood floors and I think it works well enough. I tested it out on Monday to see how well it would pick up bits of cardboard from the scratching boxes the cats use. It picked up al the little bits.

    I was also impressed that it can maneuver around my dining room chairs.

    I only have two complaints. One because I went for a cheap model it isn’t as automated as I might like. Mine can’t be scheduled out of the box and needs to be plugged in manually to re-charge it. Of course this also means I don’t have to worry about it becoming self aware and joining the robot uprising….:-)

    My other complaint is battery life. I would have liked it to be able to get my dining room and living room in once charge but it can’t. I think park of that might be how it functions (the spinning and repeated patterns to assure it gets an entire room) and with a dinning room set there are more obstacles which also increases the amount it has to work.

    I’m willing to live with both of the limitations and just got 2 more virtual walls to be able to easily have it clean my downstairs one room at a time.

    Like I said in my original comment it won’t replace regular vacuuming but will help you keep you place tidier.

  9. I have laminate floors, and the roomba cleans about 600 sq feet every day. My situation is slightly different than Paul’s. We got 2 scheduler walls with the roomba, and have been using them since day one. The battery life can be extended by running the roomba every day and letting it fully charge before the next run. Also, it’s important to clean the wheels every few days because trapped dirt and hair will clog the wheels and wear down the battery. We never vacuum anymore unless people are coming over. The roomba has been completely awesome in that regard. I’m especially happy at how well it does on cat hair, but you don’t really need to worry about that.

  10. I have laminate floors, and the roomba cleans about 600 sq feet every day. My situation is slightly different than Paul’s. We got 2 scheduler walls with the roomba, and have been using them since day one. The battery life can be extended by running the roomba every day and letting it fully charge before the next run. Also, it’s important to clean the wheels every few days because trapped dirt and hair will clog the wheels and wear down the battery. We never vacuum anymore unless people are coming over. The roomba has been completely awesome in that regard. I’m especially happy at how well it does on cat hair, but you don’t really need to worry about that.

  11. So have you hacked the roomba yet?

  12. So have you hacked the roomba yet?

  13. I haven’t and it is pretty low on my list of things to do actually.

  14. I haven’t and it is pretty low on my list of things to do actually.

  15. I just let my roomba loose in the kitchen for the first time and noticed a nice feature. It got trapped a shoe rack I have from IKEA and instead of just spending its battery up trying to get loose it cycled off and on hoping that it would get loose that way and not use the entire battery. I have no idea if it would have worked in the long run because I noticed it and took steps to fix the problem but still a nice added feature I wasn’t expecting.

  16. I just let my roomba loose in the kitchen for the first time and noticed a nice feature. It got trapped a shoe rack I have from IKEA and instead of just spending its battery up trying to get loose it cycled off and on hoping that it would get loose that way and not use the entire battery. I have no idea if it would have worked in the long run because I noticed it and took steps to fix the problem but still a nice added feature I wasn’t expecting.

  17. Mine does pretty well the two times I have let him roam free on my first floor. I will probably look into getting a second one for upstairs if I see this offer, but I am impressed. I want to run it one more time to see how it does, but I am impressed thus far.

    As for hacking, maybe I will keep it simple–like make my Roomba internet-connected. I will do that, though, after my warranty lapses.

  18. Mine does pretty well the two times I have let him roam free on my first floor. I will probably look into getting a second one for upstairs if I see this offer, but I am impressed. I want to run it one more time to see how it does, but I am impressed thus far.

    As for hacking, maybe I will keep it simple–like make my Roomba internet-connected. I will do that, though, after my warranty lapses.

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