The New Roomba

Some people love the Roomba, iRobot’s self propelled low profile vacuum cleaner.  Others find it gimicky and a big waste of money.   I’ve owned the original Roomba and now own the Roomba Discovery, and I fall into the “love it” category.

I have hardwood and carpet in my house, and it does an excellent job of cleaning up between major housecleanings.  Plus I have a townhome, which saves me from hauling a vacuum up and down many steps.  I run it once a week around the kitchen and main floors and it easily picks up dirt, crumbs, and other miscellaneous crap.  And with the “virtual walls” I can set it to clean a certain area or room, although at times it tends to clean one area to much, ignoring another.

The Roomba 500 series has resolved a few of the Roomba weaknesses.  The navigation I mentioned above, causing Roomba to focus on one floor area too much, and also the occasional problem where Roomba gets stuck on items on the floor.  (The manuals do advise to pick up loose items, just like a regular vacuuming.)

A Virtual Wall Lighthouse offers the most efficient room-to-room cleaning and creates an invisible barrier to mark off-limit areas that Roomba will not cross. When in Lighthouse mode, it directs Roomba to clean one room completely before moving on to the next. Use Lighthouse mode for the most thorough and efficient cleaning of specific rooms. When in Virtual Wall mode, an adjustable, infrared barrier is created that Roomba will not cross. Use Virtual Wall mode to mark off-limit areas in your home.

Dramatically improved anti-tangle technology keeps Roomba from getting stuck on cords, rug fringe and tassels.

Did you know that the innovative company iRobot also makes tactical robots for government and military use?  Next time you arrive home to find a suspicious package at your doorstep the local authorities just may have one of Roomba’s cousins help you out.


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