Carpet tunnel syndrome?
Thanks to the rotating side brush, it proved better than the recently reviewed Neato XV-15 at reaching into corners, though they’re still far from perfect, and if you have seriously grubby nooks and crannies, you’ll need to reach for your crevice nozzle.
A lot of dust accumulates down here…
...the most stubborn bits at the edges proved hard to shift
The path into the dust bin is straightforward too, and the Roomba managed to pick up a number of screws that were lying around, along with the other usual debris of my horrifically untidy flat, as the photos show.
There’s a light that warns when the bin is full, and although Roomba will carry on working, rather than simply stopping when it comes on, it’s advisable to pay attention – with a full bin, it didn’t manage to pick up some bits of cigar wrapper that presented no problem when it was empty.
Similarly, though it sucked up the contents of an ashtray emptied in front of it, as the photos show, there were still some traces visible. Roomba sucks, but not as much as the Neato, and for best results, you really will need to empty the bin regularly – and wipe the sensors, which sometimes indicated it was full when that wasn’t the case.
In spot mode, Roomba makes fairly short work of the contents of an ashtray...
…but I had to empty the bin to make sure these last remnants were sucked up
Overall, if you don’t have too many odd corners, and live a fairly uncluttered life, the Roomba 781 will certainly do a pretty good cleaning job. Indeed, it dragged far more fluff out of my carpets than I expected.
Next page: Clean sweep?
"Yes I have one, yes it's now over a decade old and yes it has been suckless and brought back to life more than once over that time."
Well that's married life for you.
Seen everything now
Blokes discussing vacuum cleaners.
Shakes head in disbelief.
Mines the apron with front pockets for thimbles, hair pins and clothes pegs.
£500 ?? They are having a laugh!!
For that kind of money I can get a couple of slaves from the local travellers site, who will do the gardening AND clean the house (stairs included).
A version between that can tell the difference between rubbish and what fell
I already have one of those, it's called a wife. Comes complete without sarcastic comment, often lacks suction and is known to moan a bit.....but otherwise reliable.
Cheaper than a Kirby
Kirby vacuum cleaners put the price of Dysons & Roombas to shame. One of them will set you back a couple of grand which is why they're only sold by door to door salesmen using (IMO) some highly questionable pressure sales.