Product: iRobot Roomba Scheduler Vacuum
Manufacturer: Roomba
MSRP: $261.29 [BizRate]
Lowest Historical Price: $240 [History]

Introduction
Do you lead a busy life, with little time for menial chores? Are you a clean freak and want a simple solution or perhaps a smart little device that cleans for you? The iRobot Roomba Robotic Vacuum Cleaner may be the answer you've been looking for.

Let's face it: Very few people like to vacuum, myself included. Nobody is tracking mud or any other heavy-duty stains into my place, so the main issues are dust and human detritus (which is also a major contributor to dust in general). With these requirements in mind, I decided to purchase the iRobot Roomba Scheduler Vacuum.

About the product
I was a little apprehensive at first, being so used to the traditional huge vacuum. One of the first questions that comes to mind is, will it be able to clean as good as a traditional vacuum? The answer in most cases is yes. It is a great product that requires no supervision, and it had excellent cleaning capability for my purposes. As an added bonus, it can be stored under your bed since it is very small. The Roomba Scheduler can also return to its charger home base once it has finished cleaning.

The Vacuum has a stair avoidance detector which prevents the vacuum from falling down the stairs (if only it could be adapted to people). One of the most useful features is that you can schedule the time you want it to start cleaning. You can schedule it to clean while you are at work and, so that you can return to a nice clean house. Another great thing about the product is that it automatically detects the surface type and cleans accordingly. It tends to work better if you have an uncluttered floor, so junk those pizza boxes and coke cans first.

All I can say is that nothing beats having it do the work for you while you sit back and enjoy the day.

Roomba Setup
  • Vacuum
  • Self-Charging Base
  • Advanced Power Self Battery
  • 3 hour Charging Brick
  • Filters
  • iRobot Scheduler
  • 2 Virtual Wall Scheduler

    Installation is very simple just follow the manual and allow it to charge for 3 hours before first use. The Roomba will run for up to 120 minutes on hard floors, less on carpet. Run times may vary based on floor surface.

    Conclusion
    The Roomba Scheduler comes in at about $240, which is higher than most manual vacuums. The price gives you the convenience of having an unattended housekeeper that does your bidding, as long as that bidding involves vacuuming. One issue that I came across in my filthy apartment is that the dust bin tends to fill up quickly, and the Rooba does not have the capability to empty itself. Overall, it is a product that definitely has a place for those who are technologically inclined and want a simple floor-cleaning solution.

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      uncool Ben's cred: 62
      Posted 2:19 pm PST 02/19/08

      doing paid reviews now? odd. I always felt the forum provided plenty of bacony reviews from the mouths of bacon-eating users...

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      fuckbilltang Ben's cred: 200
      Posted 2:23 pm PST 02/19/08

      Ben, I suggest you go purchase yourself a wife. That way you can not only have your place clean, but you'll also food prepared for you and you will never have to worry about doing laundry.

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      petrodollar Ben's cred: 17
      Posted 2:25 pm PST 02/19/08

      Warning: This thing isn't very good at vacuuming up discarded condoms, as they tend to get caught up in the rollers and the "juice" causes stuff to get stuck to the plastic dirt chamber.

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      jpmaz Ben's cred: 4
      Posted 2:28 pm PST 02/19/08

      Thanks to some good deals listed by Ben last year, I became a convert. I got the discovery model (same but without scheduling) and within a week had bought a second one to use in my retail store.

      What it came down to for me was either pay someone to clean the floors several times a week or buy a roomba. Hands down, the roomba is cheaper and better. Why better? It gets to all the places we only clean every couple of years like under the beds or couches.

      With several cats and dogs in the house, roomba has his work cut out for him. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago the stair avoidance thingy didn't work and my home roomba took a tumble. To my pleasant surprise, iRobot seem to have a very old fashioned approach to customer service and I already have a replacement.

      Even if I have to replace these little guys whenever the warranty runs out, I will. For us, the discovery of roomba is like the discovery of Tivo - once you spend a bit of time with it you can't imagine how you lived without it.

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      jcfinley Ben's cred: 34
      Posted 2:38 pm PST 02/19/08

      Dude, what is this Ben???

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      preferbasic Ben's cred: 14
      Posted 2:40 pm PST 02/19/08

      I have the red one of these. Very useful but have to agree about the small dust collector. Very effective so I don't have to vacuum though.

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      phazeless Ben's cred: 53
      Posted 2:55 pm PST 02/19/08

      cheap Bens finally decided to shell out his own dough for his long time promoted item? damn, this brings new meaning to cheapness

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      toddsucks2 Ben's cred: 239
      Posted 2:59 pm PST 02/19/08

      #6: How does the red one compare to the blue one?

      sincerely,
      toddsucks

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      hmmwv Ben's cred: 20
      Posted 3:40 pm PST 02/19/08

      This review came about 1 year too late.

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      buckhere Ben's cred: 10
      Posted 3:43 pm PST 02/19/08

      I bought the Discovery version with the schedular and it works great. Picks up dust and small debris very well. Would suggest purchasing a Roomba.

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      joe36pack Ben's cred: 9
      Posted 4:10 pm PST 02/19/08

      The main problem with Roomba - it doesn't like cables of any kind.

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      acumenhokie Ben's cred: 83
      Posted 4:41 pm PST 02/19/08

      got mine from woot refub for $120. Works fine so far...

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      Chrisman Ben's cred: 373
      Posted 6:23 pm PST 02/19/08

      Roombas rule...they work well on hardwood, etc...but don't throw away your full-size vacuum yet.

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      aiiee Ben's cred: 67
      Posted 7:14 pm PST 02/19/08

      " joe36pack - Posted 4:10 pm PST 02/19/08 (32 Posts)
      The main problem with Roomba - it doesn't like cables of any kind"

      True with the old Roombas, definitely not true of the 500 series. Cables, and fringe rugs, 2 bugaboos of the old Roomba do not even faze the 500s in the least, and they're quieter too. One downside is they tend to leave little clumps of pet hair here and there, but overall it's a better product.

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      bennard Ben's cred: 21
      Posted 8:18 pm PST 02/19/08

      ive got a discovery with schedule. works nice. is noisy.

      i have to clean the dustbin and filter every time it is used. that is no big deal, we have two cats. if the kids leave their toys around then ill often come home to the roomba stuck on something. or under something. otherwise it finds its way back to the charger no problem.

      overall im happy, it does topical clean-up and saves me time. I still run the regular vacuum as needed.

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      bennard Ben's cred: 21
      Posted 8:21 pm PST 02/19/08

      how do ya erase a duplicate post...

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      aquaflare Ben's cred: 314
      Posted 1:05 am PST 02/20/08

      MSRP & lowest price history only differ by ~$20.. that's sad

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      atrjeep Ben's cred: 5
      Posted 6:17 am PST 02/20/08

      Purchased mine at Costco about 6 months back for $200. Now, Costco has the Black one. Not sure on the price, but for sure its probably one of the cheaper places to pick up Roomba's latest model.

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      James23 Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 4:52 pm PST 02/20/08

      I have the red one of these. Very useful but have to agree about the small dust collector. Very effective so I don't have to vacuum though.

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      Shuubbee Ben's cred: 11
      Posted 9:00 am PST 02/21/08

      Honestly, save your money and buy a normal upright vacuum. I have a Dyson Upright, a Roomba, a Bissell Steamer, a Handheld (still experimenting on a replacment (the Dyson Root was no good) and a Housekeeper.

      The best of all = the Housekeeper and the Upright!

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