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#1 MelbMom

Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:45 PM

Hi everyone, I am going to be bringing a newborn home soon and also have a couple of other babies in the form of furry pets (cats).  We vacuum weekends but find this is not enough as fur builds up during the week so I was thinking of getting a robot vacuum that would run on auto timer during the week before our full clean on the weekend.

My question is whether anyone else has one and whether they have found it works well?  I would like mine predominantly for the kitchen and lounge which is tiles/floorboards as I don't think it is strong enough to be used on the carpet (bonus if it does).

If you have had any positive or negative experiences, could you please let me know which brand/model.  I am leaning towards the iRobot Roomba but the guy at Harveys was trying to push me towards the LG.

Many thanks!

#2 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:51 PM

I've heard the LG ones are much quieter,  Will be interested in the replies.

#3 Spider Fingers

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:01 PM

We have an LG who we call Audrey (the alien plant from Little Shop of Horrors) as our daughter seems to be trying to feed it half her food.

We have one cat, I shed like you wouldn't believe, my partner is a grub, plus one 16 month old dribbling food everywhere on wood floors and it does a pretty good job.  I generally just run around and pick everything up off the floor that would interfere with it and then go out and leave it go.  I actually get a bit scared at how much crap it does pick up, although lump of muffin or bread crusts do not make it in, they just get pushed around the floor (our daughter honestly tries to feed it).   You will have to do the corners occasionally though and under any low furniture.

One thing about the LG is it says in the instructions that you have to have quite a big clear area around the home base for it to work, but we have it under a bench seat that doesn't meet the measurements and it has only gotten hopelessly lost once.  When it does get lost you just have to go looking for it as it will eventually just power down and wait to be 'taken' home.

#4 Justaduck

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:19 PM

My parents have the pet Roomba and they loved it so much they got the Scooba (sp?_) which is the vacuum mop.

They think it is great, but they got the bumper pack as well as it was marking the skirting boards. I do know Dad sections off rooms so it does one whole room and moves on - either closes the doors to the bedrooms or uses chairs to barrier off the lounge room from the dining room. They've put baby gates up now so not an issue.

I can't remember if it is the vacuum or the mop, but I know they said one of them they do run around the edges of the house as it can miss a few bits.

The Roomba is strong enough for carpet, my parents have the fancy carpet that is super thick & it travels on it fine. The only thing is it leaves track marks, but it is just from where it has driven, not actual stains.

#5 Tarantara

Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:24 PM

We have 4 cats and a 15 month old. We run our LG robot thingy a couple of times a week over our laminate floors.

I love it. After the washing machine, it is my favourite thing ever. Has made a huge difference keeping dust bunnies at bay.

#6 laridae

Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:17 PM

I'd go the Neato - which you can get from Myers or DJs.  They are supposed to be quite intelligent & better suction.

#7 twirling

Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:25 PM

I cant help with brands as I cant remember the name but my grandmother gifted me hers as she didnt want it. I FELL IN LOVE... and then it stopped working sad.gif  sad.gif  sad.gif . It has been sent back as in warranty but I am desperately waiting for its return! I have been given a taste of a wonderful thing and I want it back!!

A big bonus for me was the kids were so excited it might make it to their rooms they would tidy them up so no mess would interfere with the robots magic biggrin.gif .

I say get one!!!

#8 Nofliesonme

Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:17 AM

My roomba sucks.....sad.gif it was awesome but now it keeps saying clean room as brush cage...... There is nothing to clean as it is clean.stupid thing.

Edited by Nofliesonme, 04 July 2013 - 09:04 AM.


#9 Musk Sticks

Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:37 AM

We have 3 cats and hard floors. Our LG is named 'Rosie' after the maid from 'the jetsons'.
She does a very good job, but you do need to have the floor space as clear as possible so that she does not run into obstacles and get confused.
She does occasionally get stuck somewhere.

I was told that most models are good on hard floors.
The model we have is not really designed for carpet as it does not have any suction, only brushes.

We bought the LG over the roomba because the staff at the good guys recommended it and also because it was slimmer and so will fit under more furniture.
It may have also been cheaper.

#10 Tigster

Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:05 AM

The magazine "choice" has done a review on the more popular robotic vacuums and the Roomba came out the winner if you need to clean carpets. However if you have hard floors they all rated about the same.

#11 kitkatswing

Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:01 AM

We have a RoboMaid named Kryton... Also have a Jack Russell who sheds a ton.

It works briliantly!!!! Highly recomend.

#12 Skoki

Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:04 AM

We, like a previous poster, have a LG named Rosie. After the Jetson's cleaner and because it is a gorgeous rosie red. We use it to try and keep the shedding from our Labrador at bay. It is great, but usually need a little touch up as it is no good at corners. My first love is still the stick dyson though.




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