I ordered the scooba I380 from the website today. They list them for
450 and they throw in a roomba 4000 for a bonus. I paid an extra 100
and instead of the roomba 4000, they sent me the roomba with the
scheduler. It is supposed to be a much nicer model. Any thoughts or
recommendations? Should I have paid the extra 100 dollars? If you have
a scooba / roomba, How do you like it? is it worth the money?
My house is about 1700 square feet and I have hard wood floors through
out. I dont even have throw rugs. I do have about a 1/2 inch high
transition going from the hard wood in the dining room to the linoleum
in the kitchen. Will the unit be able to cross that?
Thanks for any advice
I have one and have used it often in the past three years. I have both
carpet and tiled floors It can get it's little self up on the throw rugs
with no problems. A couple months ago it began running in circles. All the
time. I got in touch with the company and they send me a thingy I attached
with no problem to reprogram the machine. I mailed it back after a week or
so and have no problems since.
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LOL...as far as the room transition goes, I can live with it either
way. If I need to, I will do each room on different days. The main
reason for the post is that I have 30 days to return it for a full
refund. So if I hear that there is basically no difference between the
old model and the new, I will return it and purchase the old model
because it is 200 dollars cheaper.
Keep us posted on how this works for you. I often wondered are these useful
devices, or simply a waste. Seems like yo may be happy with it. I have
hardwood floors and maybe this would be a reasonable approach to keeping
these clean of surface dirt?
I second Jacque's post. Definitely tell us how you like it. I've always
sort of wanted one, but have been suspicious that they can't possibly work
well enough to justify the price. So report back, if you would. Enquiring
minds, and all that. :)
I don't understand the popularity of these devices. How do they vacuum
ledges, door jambs, skirtings and furnishings? if they only do half a job
and one has to resort to other means to clean those areas then one may as
well get a vacuum out with attachments in the first place, the floor takes
no time at all anyway with a decent vacuum as long as it's a clutter free
This may come as a shock, but a lot of us don't vacuum ledges, jambs,
skirtings, and furnishings every time. I agree that you still need
another vacuum to do deep cleaning on a regular basis, but it sure is
nice having a Roomba to keep the floors nice in the meantime.
They can't. For example, once a month I use the crevice attachment on
the baseboards, the staircase, and under the refrigerator. And I use
the soft brush attachment in the theater room (chairs, speaker grills,
and draperies). What the robot can do, I can do faster with my
upright. When a robot can do that and at a reasonable cost, I'll
Speaking of electronic gadgets... I splurged this year and bought a
Philco Sonic toothbrush (over $130). I considered it a gadget but got
it anyway at the recommendation of my dental hygienist and use it
three times a day. I still use my Waterpik and alcohol-based
mouthwash in addition to this. Phish absolutely hates to floss but
makes unusual New-Years resolutions.
I had a Sonic toothbrush but to be quite frank I preferred my Braun. The
sonic's replacement heads were a frightful price and also they were too big
for my mouth. Perhaps you have a smaller one Phish?
I didn't notice any difference after a year of use. Sadly I am without a
dentist. Despite paying National Insurance it is nigh on impossible in some
areas to get a dentist unless one goes private and that is beyond my means
at this present time.
Perhaps I should look into this Waterpik? I'm not sure what it is but if it
The Phillips Sonic comes with two heads, one small, one large. I
bought mine on Amazon and they also have just the replacement heads.
The Waterpik has been around for many years and recently has been
upgraded and (thankfully) made less noisy. There are other brands and
I'm sure they are good as well and very affordable. You fill the
machine with warm water and it pulsates a jet stream of water through
a small plastic tube which you move between the teeth and over the
gums. It is amazing how much debris is removed after regular
brushing. It is not a substitute for the dental cleanings, but
certainly help keep your teeth cleaner and help prevent decay. Without
insurance, you may be able to get checkups at a dental school for
little money and since the student are graded they usually do a better
job than regular dental hygienists.
The question is not if you can do it faster than the robot, but if you
can do it faster than the time it takes to start the robot. If it was
necessary to stand and watch while the robot was working then there
wouldn't be much point. If I spend 30 minutes vacuuming each week and
can save that with a robot, then at $15 per hour its less than a year
to pay off the most expensive model ($350). I think it sounds great,
and I'm not sure what the value of having freshly vacuumed floors
everyday instead of only once a week would be, but then it's probably
paid off a whole lot sooner. I look forward to hearing more from
I could not sit in my lounge looking at a newly vacummed carpet and see the
skirting board with dust on plus the edges of everything with legs
unvacummed because the Roomba can't reach into those spots. I would have to
get the feather duster and attachments out.
Before one starts the Roomba I am told the room must be cleared of clutter.
I can push a vacuum around and move things at the same time so like Phish I
too can do it faster than a Roomba, it is NOT just a start button.
I have one. It does a reasonable job picking up dog hair on hardwood
and vinyl floors. I do one space at a time, taking out the kitchen or
dining room chairs so it can move around freely. I don't use the scheduler.
Jacque Asse wrote:
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