Robot vacuum cleaner

  simonjary 09:00 30 Oct 2011

Anyone tried out a robot vacuum cleaner?

I have one to review for PC Advisor, and was wondering if anyone actually uses one of these.

Cheers! Simon

  Crosstrainer2 09:23 30 Oct 2011


Being Mr Geek, I bought one of the originals, It was great at getting around, but pretty useless at actual cleaning. I'm sure that the new breed are better, Which one are you proposing?

It would be a great buns if it does actually pick up dirt.

For now, I have a Dyson.

  octal 10:49 30 Oct 2011

Are you going to let thing lose in the office Simon? If you are, can I come and watch please? I'll buy the Popcorn and Coca Cola.

  gengiscant 10:52 30 Oct 2011

PCadvisor magazine and a vacuum cleaner review?

  Aitchbee 15:22 30 Oct 2011

A 'Transporter' machine to empty my house of all the junk contained in it would be useful.

"...set coordinates to Polmadie Public Recycling Depot, Glasgow...engage...! "

  simonjary 15:26 30 Oct 2011

It's a Neato.

I know it's not a PC but we're interested in all sorts of home technology. Doesn't mean we're neglecting our core product groups.

  lotvic 15:55 30 Oct 2011

My son uses one, got it about 4 years ago. He does use it, but I can't see how it saves time and effort as you have to prepare the room first and it doesn't hold much before it beeps and wants emptying. Youngest grandson is terrified of it. He has a normal vac as well for a more thorough cleaning.

  spuds 16:19 30 Oct 2011

If its the Neato XV-15, then one of your computer magazine competitors did a review a few days ago, including speeded-up video

In our household, we have had a robotic vacuum cleaner for years- its me!.

  Forum Editor 17:19 30 Oct 2011

I've no experience of robot vacuum cleaners. I did play with a robot lawn mower once; it was a complete and utter waste of time.

  morddwyd 19:58 30 Oct 2011

Have used one, a Roomba, for some months.

Absolutely superb.

Obviously,being circular, there are edge areas which occasionally have to be covered with a conventional cleaner, but but only very occasionally (like once since February).

Highly recommended.

Our method is that for a routine clean we switch it on when we go out and it does its thing for an hour or so. Every so often, for a deeper clean, we prepare the room a little, make sure all wires are out of the way, and there are clear paths.

Because the dust compartment is small we find little (like one or two rooms at a time, rather than the whole floor) and often the best way.

Much of the criticism of these cleaners is due to over expectation.

If you have a dining room table with four chairs tucked in around it do not expect a very good clean under the table!

Used it earlier today and if it had broken down I would have already had a new one on order from Amazon.

  ams4127 23:11 30 Oct 2011

I am looking to buy another cleaner within the next week or so but had no considered a robotic type.

Ho hum! I shall look into this though am not too hopeful as the one I want will be replacing a Dyson Animal which I have had for about 8 years. It was excellent when new but is now useless (many parts replaced). It's a very clever design - perhaps too clever, because it is easy to take apart since it all just clips together. Trouble is that over the years all those parts no longer mesh together quite so firmly leading to more leaks than any government department and a total lack of suction.

Currently looking at VAX models.

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