All that said, it did seem to take a bit longer to find its way back to base than the Samsung took, and on one occasion almost barred me from my flat, having run out of charge just behind the front door. When there’s a problem, the Roomba tells you, saying things like "Clean brushes", which saves having to refer to a manual and is less lippy than Ro-Jaws.
As the before and after photos show – and I know you’ve been looking forward to them – the Roomba does a pretty good job, even with the messiest of homes. It had no difficulty with cigar ash, cat hair and the other detritus that I inflicted upon my flooring, though as with the competition, for a really deep clean, you’ll still need to rely on a more traditional vacuum, preferably one wielded by an old dear who comes round once and week and "does" for you.
Everyone’s entitled to a Monica Lewinsky moment...
...but the Roomba managed to pick up most of the wayward cigar ash
Cat hair accumulates in seldom-visited corners...
...but even with those obstacles in the way, Roomba sucked it all up
"The Roomba is incapable of dealing with them. It climbs on top of the leg and starts..."
Down! Bad hoover! Down I say!
And there I was thinking it was a male trait, given all the females I know comment on my pigsty (which is tidy compared to this article). They don't seem to understand my sophisticated organisation scheme and think it is just crap strewn around.
".... It climbs on top of the leg and starts bleeping for help."
Thanks for that, a spot of light in an otherwise dull day.
I had an image of a Roomba in a nightclub frantically signaling to its mate... "I've found a pair of slappers who are up for it but you are getting the ugly sofa from Argos"...
And I thought my flat was a mess
Rope, bubble wrap, cement, and Lord only knows what crap appears in the photos of your office. You, Sir, live like a beast. I salute you.
It DOES suck - in a good way...
There are a few posts on here that say that the Roomba does not have a vacuum function, or that it does not suck - this is inaccurate.
It's true that the majority of the cleaning is done by twin counter-rotating bars (one to brush the carpet and one rubber one to beat the carpet), but the beating of the carpet brings the dust to the surface (much like if you whack an old sofa or train seat), and then at the back of the Roomba is a vacuum - albeit a low power one - which sucks up this dust.
I have a Roomba 560 which cleans my flat daily, and leaves it spotless. There's no point in having one if you use it infrequently as it's not meant for deep cleans, but with it running every day my carpet looks great.