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The newest craze in keeping carpets clean, of course is a robot.  The iRobot Roomba, one of the first ‘smart’ vacuums on the market, revolutionized vacuuming.  We have a Roomba, and I do not know how lived without it!  We bought it when it was still pretty new product, and I was skeptical as to whether it would work or not.  It proved, quickly, to be effective when my floors, carpet and tile, were free of dirt, and I wasn’t pushing the vacuum!

Between the adults, kids and dogs, the floor always seem to be dirty.  And I don’t have time, nor do I want to vacuum every day.  With the Roomba, you just set the time for it to run each day and it vacuums on its own.  Then is docks itself to charge for the next day!  It senses the furniture to avoid and where there is heavy dirt and stays in the area for a bit longer.  It also comes with sensors boxes that you can set out if you want to keep it in (or out) of a specific area, you can.

Some Advice from a ‘real’ Roomba Owner

I was worried that our dogs wouldn’t like it, and either bark or be scared, but they don’t pay any attention to it.  They just stay out of the way when it’s running.  It is important, however, to make sure that you pick up loose items on the floor.  Our Roomba has been known to grab socks, thin blankets, stuffed animals and cords on occasion.  And those are not fun to fix.  The only other thing you have to remember is to empty the dirt carriage.

The newer Roomba‘s can now be connected to your phone via wi-fi for scheduling. In addition, they have the Braava jet that can ‘mop’ for you.  I have not tried either of these, as my original Roomba is still running great, even after 3 years!  It’s a little beat up, as you can see in the picture, from getting stuck under the couch occasionally.  However, all in all, it was definitely a good investment and when this one stops working, I will most certainly get a new one!

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