This thing is so awesome, we’ve even bought a second one.
I know you’re thinking that we’re nut jobs. But we’ve decided we don’t care. Our floors are the cleanest they’ve been since the day we moved in!
This all started last month when we got to trial a Samsung version for a couple of days. Except it cost $1k and well, we weren’t going to pay THAT much. The Roomba iRobot (though in newer models than ours) goes for $599-$799 here in Australia, but we bought a refurb from the US that ended up costing just $350 including delivery and for a converter for the Aussie power point (which we got from Jaycar).
This machine has quite honestly changed our lives. Suddenly vacuuming isn’t always in the “shoulda-woulda-coulda” category. We have them programmed to operate at particular times during the day and it’s so nice to come home from a day in the office to find the floors clean.
Granted, it can’t get into every nook and cranny (and can’t do stairs or the couch), but we still get our barrel vacuum cleaner out for those jobs.
And best of all? Suddenly vacuuming has taken a male-orientated lead in the house. Because it’s a techy gadget, Dan knows how to program it, clean it, understand what it’s varying error codes are (5 = halp! I think I’ve sucked up a cat toy!).
Oh, and there’s a version that can mop the floors, too.
We love ours so much, we’ve even named them: Rosie (named after the cleaning robot from The Jetsons) and R2 (i.e. Roomba2, or Rosie2, and a nod to R2D2). Next, I want to personalise them with stickers or something.
Check out these videos I got of Rosie and R2 in action:
Here, I popped R2 on the dining table so you could get a decent look (warning: it’s over 5 minutes long) and see how it doesn’t fall of the edge:
And here’s what it collects within a couple of rounds of cleaning:
The dust catcher is the clincher for me:
Oh! And the best part is watching it go home to charge, it sounds so happy when it gets there:
Now all we have to do is teach the kittehs to ride them: