I have had the discovery, the cheap one, for about a year at this point and
for someone adverse to housework it has been great. I do have to de-clutter
the room to remove any traps for the robot, things like shoes or bed covers
hanging onto the floor. It takes 2 minutes to clear stuff max. and then I
can let the vac go. It is kind of like dealing with kids in that you listen
with half an ear and if you hear something that you shouldn't you go and
investigate, but generally it does a very nice job of cleaning carpets and
vinyl floors. It does not have a large dirt cup, but is so easy that I just
run it everyday so there is not as much dirt to collect
Since I do not have to actively vacuum, time is not a problem as I do other
things while it is running. Overall I would certainly get one again as it
was less than an upright vac and does as well at cleaning (making up for
lessor deep cleaning by doing it much more often) and since it is very easy
to do, I tend not to put it off.
Just my two cents.
I recently got a Roomba DirtDog robotic sweeper from Fry's for $90, shipping
included. Very impressive. Clearly this is an evolutionary product. It's
not a vacuum, like other Roombas, more like a mechanical carpet sweeper.
It's meant for concrete workshop floors and picking up spilled nuts, screws
and nails. It worked so well I took it upstairs to do the hardware floor,
kitchen tile and pretty flat carpet. I've got two dogs that love to shred
paper and plastic and wood and rope and wire and well you get the idea! The
DirtDog picked up after them the way only a powerful vacuum with a beater
brush could. And with no effort from me! I'll bet it consumed 1/100 the
power of an average powerbrush vacuum as well. Sleek, smart and
They've got a spinning corner "whip" brush that does an adequate (although
spectacular) job of get stuff of corners. The next version needs at least
one on the other side, if not two or three more little. It swept up cloth
shells, bottle caps, tissues, dog kibble, tons of dog hair and other debris
without incident. Choked on a whole paper towel, though.
NiMH quick charging battery pack, a much larger bin than the first units I
saw, cliff sensors, status beeps, very interestingly designed spring-loaded
wheels, each with their own motor. Has a bad tendency to crawl under things
and die, though. I had to fish it out from under the bed where it was
copulating in one shuddering frenzy with a pair of shorts that it had pushed
under the bed. It beeps mournfully when it's in trouble, but eventually it
just powers down and you have to hunt it down.
The dogs just love it because it "bumps" them and "runs away" and steals
food from them as it sweeps up around their dog bowls. They don't want it
when it's lying there, but when the DirtDog goes after the spillage, they
assert their ownership!
It can sweep up 1/4-20 bolts and nuts with ease. The brushes take up the
kind of stuff that nothing short of a multi-HP shopvac will retrieve. The
bin's too small to suck up mounds of saw dust but it does a pretty good job
of clearing wire scraps, nails, staples, screws and nuts. Unlike the brush
attachments for the B&D battery powered upright I have, it doesn't get all
bogged down on pieces of phone wire or twist'ems. They do get wrapped
around the brush drum and it seems after five or six scraps of phone wire it
really bogged down, but that's actually pretty good compared to other
powered roller brushes I've used that gag on just one scrap of wire.
It does need cleaning almost every time but that's OK since it saves a lot
of time otherwise and the small bin encourages me to dump the contents in a
small tray to make sure no diamond earrings or other valuables get swept
I didn't get the electronic fence or the home base recharger but if it
survives more than a month, I think I will. It works on carpet, too, but
not anything very deep. I was astounded at how much dog hair it beat out of
the living room carpet. The dogs don't know what to make of it, because if
they get too close, the little rotating corner whip brush bops them on the
nose. It's hysterical because after bouncing back and forth with them for a
while, it will appear to take straight off after one of them. It's worth it
just for the entertainment value.
It's pretty noisy but that's not a big issue. The weakest part is how it
handles the corners. Ten years from now it will come mounted with a robotic
vision system that will go after every last bit of dirt but for now, it will
do, especially at a price under $100. When they first came out I didn't
think they were worth the steep price but this little gem is going to get a
brother soon because I want to have one per floor.
It's astounding how much dog hair it beats out of the carpet on each
cleaning run. I think it's actually collecting dark matter from a parallel
universe because it beats out dirt that the upright Hoover doesn't appear to
be able to capture. Each time I empty the bin I ask myself "where is this
coming from?" It's a cleaning machine, for sure. I think it's the cleaner
to own, and not the vacuum version.
Best part? It cleans under the bed without moving it!!
Worst part? It pushes slippers waaaay under the bed if you don't pick them
No financial interest but I am thinking of opening up a robot store. This
might be Roomba's home run. Not many other cleaners, even human guided, can
pick up the variety of junk it can capture nor give a *very* short pile
carpet the kind of "beating" clean that the DirtDog does. I've paid
cleaning services more for just one visit and the floors looked equally
clean on each occasion.
I have a scheduler (discovery) roomba and I love it!!! I does a great job
and I don't have to be at home when it is working, although I do have to pick
up the room first. After it has finished, it goes back to re-charge. As to
the other parts of the house that require a standard vacuum, I now have more
time to do them.
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