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    Does anyone have a Roomba? My wife wants one, but I can just imagine the thing getting stuck in a loop and vacuuming the same patch of the floor 100s of times.

    We have about as much travertine in the house as carpet, probably more, so it would be handy there. And the carpet itself, is tightly woven with a pattern. So the Roomba wouldn't get stuck on any shag.

    On the other hand, my kids leave their crap all over the place. I'm not sure how they deal with Shopkins and Thomas the Train toys.
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    I think it's smart enough to give the floor a once-over and then return to its charging station for the day without vacuuming up toys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commando View Post
    I think it's smart enough to give the floor a once-over and then return to its charging station for the day without vacuuming up toys.
    So you're saying this little automated robot vacuum thingy is smarter than most of my kids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commando View Post
    I think it's smart enough to give the floor a once-over and then return to its charging station for the day without vacuuming up toys.
    I'm not worried about vacuuming up toys. I'm worried about it thinking that the toy is a leg of a table and stays clear of it, but the vacuum thinks there's about 20 table legs and can't get anything done in between.
    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color Me Badd Fan View Post
    I'm not worried about vacuuming up toys. I'm worried about it thinking that the toy is a leg of a table and stays clear of it, but the vacuum thinks there's about 20 table legs and can't get anything done in between.
    Good news. I found a feature article written just for your query.

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/29/1...a-neato-deebot
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    We have the Roomba 880; it's not a bad little device. It's fairly dumb, but is smarter than the one other brand we tried (and ultimately sent back). It will wedge itself under the hutch or this one sofa in our living room... both of which must have a clearance height that exactly matches the height of the Roomba I guess. That's a bit annoying. I guess the wi-fi version of the thing will ping your phone if it gets stuck, but that's seems a bit gimmicky and not worth the $900 price point. We borrowed a 650 from a friend to give it a whirl before we bought our own. I recommend you do the same (if you have a friend that already has one), so that you can get a feel for it and see if it will meet your expectations. The 880 has a bigger bin, more power, and better battery life than the 650.

    The vacuum does a pretty good job at nav'ing around obstacles like books and toys and crap. But anything like headphones, phone charging cables, et al will wrap around the little brush and create a fault and cause it to stop. We try to always tidy up the area before we set it loose (or make the kids do it), but now and again it finds a necklace or a doodad (like under a bed) that it can't handle. Speaking of under beds... it does a great job hitting those places that you might otherwise overlook. Obviously if the space under a bed is stuffed full of crap (that you should probably throw away anyway), then that doesn't apply.

    It does seems to be hard on the corners of our tufted area rugs. I've noticed some abnormal wear on a couple of corners of the area rug underneath the pool table (it could be normal traffic, but I hadn't noticed it until after we bought the Roomba). The rugs shed normally, but the bin on the Roomba fills up quickly with the rug fibers. Not sure that is a good thing. Those rugs are all on the third level, which is entirely floored with hard wood. We don't put the Roomba up there anymore.

    I dunno if I'd recommend it or not. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with it, but the wife doesn't regret buying it in the least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    We have the Roomba 880; it's not a bad little device. It's fairly dumb, but is smarter than the one other brand we tried (and ultimately sent back). It will wedge itself under the hutch or this one sofa in our living room... both of which must have a clearance height that exactly matches the height of the Roomba I guess. That's a bit annoying. I guess the wi-fi version of the thing will ping your phone if it gets stuck, but that's seems a bit gimmicky and not worth the $900 price point. We borrowed a 650 from a friend to give it a whirl before we bought our own. I recommend you do the same (if you have a friend that already has one), so that you can get a feel for it and see if it will meet your expectations. The 880 has a bigger bin, more power, and better battery life than the 650.

    The vacuum does a pretty good job at nav'ing around obstacles like books and toys and crap. But anything like headphones, phone charging cables, et al will wrap around the little brush and create a fault and cause it to stop. We try to always tidy up the area before we set it loose (or make the kids do it), but now and again it finds a necklace or a doodad (like under a bed) that it can't handle. Speaking of under beds... it does a great job hitting those places that you might otherwise overlook. Obviously if the space under a bed is stuffed full of crap (that you should probably throw away anyway), then that doesn't apply.

    It does seems to be hard on the corners of our tufted area rugs. I've noticed some abnormal wear on a couple of corners of the area rug underneath the pool table (it could be normal traffic, but I hadn't noticed it until after we bought the Roomba). The rugs shed normally, but the bin on the Roomba fills up quickly with the rug fibers. Not sure that is a good thing. Those rugs are all on the third level, which is entirely floored with hard wood. We don't put the Roomba up there anymore.

    I dunno if I'd recommend it or not. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with it, but the wife doesn't regret buying it in the least.

    But does it do windows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    But does it do windows?

    Ha, he finishes the review by pulling out a squeegee and a bucket and says those are far more simple and easier than the window bot. Really, what's the point of that?
    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    Lot's of Roomba and dog poop fiasco stories and videos out there.

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    That reminds me of this SNL commercial:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color Me Badd Fan View Post
    Does anyone have a Roomba? My wife wants one, but I can just imagine the thing getting stuck in a loop and vacuuming the same patch of the floor 100s of times.

    We have about as much travertine in the house as carpet, probably more, so it would be handy there. And the carpet itself, is tightly woven with a pattern. So the Roomba wouldn't get stuck on any shag.

    On the other hand, my kids leave their crap all over the place. I'm not sure how they deal with Shopkins and Thomas the Train toys.
    I like our Roomba, but my wife thinks it is possessed and out to get her.

    It has a sensor in front - infrared, I think - that makes it slow down and brace for impact with walls and furniture. It's able to push small toys out of its own way.

    We don't have a dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    I like our Roomba, but my wife thinks it is possessed and out to get her.

    It has a sensor in front - infrared, I think - that makes it slow down and brace for impact with walls and furniture. It's able to push small toys out of its own way.

    We don't have a dog.
    How about a chicken?

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    Monoprice has their version of he Roomba:https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=21714

    The have a $99 version as well.

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    My wife has a ceramic rooster that belonged to her grandmother. Does that count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    How about a chicken?

    I have to think if you are living with poultry that cleanliness isn't high on your priority list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    Lot's of Roomba and dog poop fiasco stories and videos out there.
    This happened to us. I will say this... the Roomba is very well designed; completely modular, easy to disassemble and clean.
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