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June 16, 2016
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June 16, 2016


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One of the first consumer robots was the Roomba. The Roomba is an artificially intelligent vacuum that you can use hands free. However, does it live up to the hype? Can it truly replace a vacuum cleaner?

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The Roomba is a robot that vacuums your floor without you having to do much of anything. You simply set it to how many times you want your room vacuumed, up to once a day, and the time you want it vacuumed. You could have your home cleaned while you’re away. If you have the Roomba app, you can adjust the settings away from home. If your Roomba needs charging, provided it’s in the same room as the charger, the robot will roll right to the charging station. It can clean up to 1000 feet per charge. It is also possible that the robot will run out of power before it gets to the charger though. Not to worry. The robot is lightweight so you can easily pick it up yourself if you have to bring it back to the charger. This may happen in your first couple runs as you lean what the best routine is for your Roomba. This is definitely lighter and easier to operate than most vacuum cleaners. There is part of that ease comes from the lack of a cord. While old vacuums would require you to struggle to wrap a cord for each use, or when you have to change rooms as you reach a cord’s maximum extent, the Roomba’s battery means that you lose this inconvenience.

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Roomba has complex sensors. The sensors target the dirtiest areas of the room you have set it to clean and go straight to them. The brushes (that can be easily removed for cleaning or changing) and the high quality vacuum do a reasonable job of getting your carpets clean. The Roomba’s small shape allows getting close to walls and under furniture (the bane of other vacuum cleaners) all without you having to lift stuff.  That said, you should not rule out an occasional visit from a professional carpet cleaner. The sensors also allow it to avoid stairs so you won’t have to go around rescuing it. It is also highly adaptable and can adjust to another major plus is that the Roomba is quieter than other vacuums. It’s about as noisy as a computer booting up. It’s definitely nice not to have to shout over someone running a vacuum in the next room, or trying to concentrate on another task. It doesn’t frighten pets nearly as much. It’s also great if you’re disabled. Many disabled users will like not having to struggle with heavy vacuums, cords, and bags while being able to get their carpets cleaned without needing the aid of another person.


However, there are a few issues. While its small size can be a blessing, it can be a bit of a curse too. You may find you have to empty the dust bin frequently though if you have issues working vacuum bags, you may be inclined to forgive it. However, it could become an issue if you tend to have it run while you aren’t home. It’s also a bit pricey for a vacuum. The cheapest version, costs over $350. Thankfully, it comes with a charger out of the box. A replacement charger can run about $60. It’s also worth noting that while it’s usually good at dodging stairs, on rare occasions, it won’t. It leaves a bit to be desired in the durability department.


In conclusion, the Roomba’s positives are vastly outweighing the negatives. Compared to the struggles of using regular vacuums, this little robot is a breath of fresh air.