If you are thinking of getting one of these IRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners for mum or dad as a father’s or mother’s day gift, you may want to find out more before committing a few hundred dollars for these automated machines.
I have the IRobot Roomba 580 vaccum cleaning robot, so I shall tell you what I think of this machine. First the features: It is able to cover 4 rooms on a single battery charge, a Wireless Command Center which is the same as a remote control, on-board scheduling, self-charging home base, comes with 11 brushes and 7 filters. This is the latest generation of robots developed by the company which has improved performance and durability compared to its predecessors. The on-board scheduling feature allows you to preset up to seven cleaning times per week for the robot to clean your carpet whether you are at home or not. The Roomba is able to clean four rooms on a single charge, gets into difficult areas like wall edges and beneath furniture. The Roomba automatically adjusts from carpets to hard floors and back again. There is a Virtual Wall Lighthouse feature that confines Roomba to one room until the entire floor is vacuumed before moving on to the next room. Isn’t that cool?
When its battery is running low, or when the carpet cleaning job is complete, Roomba automatically returns to the self-charging Home Base to dock and recharge. If you feel like ‘playing’ with the Roomba, you can control and steer Roomba remotely using the Wireless Command Center. The 580 model also has a silver faceplate so you can change Roomba’s look to match your home decor.
So what’s good about the IRobot Roomba 580 vacuum cleaner? It cleans effectively, cleans under furniture, is able to cover the whole room, pet friendly, hassle free operation, long battery life or should I say sufficient battery life for the entire house. For dog or cat owners, having the Roomba is bliss as it effectively takes in all the hair and fur. This vacuum cleaner robot does not get tired and it feeds itself when it is power hungry. I think the best use of the Roomba is for the handicapped or the elderly. Vacuuming the carpet or floor can be a tedious job especially when you are unable to stand for long.
The cons? It is a little noisy and it may sometimes get stuck and unable to maneuver itself out, especially at corners. It is unable to clean the stairs, so IRobot engineers need to develop some form of legs for this cleaner. It is also a little pricey but you can get a discounted one from carpet cleaning supplies store.