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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      shiesty Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 11:08 am PST 02/22/08

      Does any one else's Roomba ram the crap out of their furniture? I think it takes more time to set up the room (hide cables, cordon off areas, etc) for Roomba than it may take just to whip out a regular vacuum and do it the old fashioned way.

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      elmojosh Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 5:08 pm PST 02/23/08

      Do these really work?

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      Chrisman Ben's cred: 371
      Posted 6:38 pm PST 02/24/08

      #20, you must be filthy

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      goog Ben's cred: 10
      Posted 6:34 am PST 02/28/08

      looks like this thing is on woot.com for $100 today..

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      igonnawin Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 3:00 pm PST 02/29/08

      i dont know how useful it is if u have furniture in house and so many levels.

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      drewj31 Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 7:24 pm PST 02/29/08

      my roomba crapped out on me pretty fast. it pretty much goes in circles for a few seconds and then errors. i'm too lazy to call and get it fixed, so it's just sitting under my bed. oh well...

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      notthaticare Ben's cred: 30
      Posted 11:46 am PST 03/1/08

      I have a Roomba Scheduler that I got from Woot! It does a great job. I paid about 50% more for mine and still think it was a bargain. I liked it so much that I recently bought a Scooba to keep it company. Don't expect it to do the kind of deep cleaning of carpet and rugs that a Dyson or Rainbow does, but having it vacuum the bedroom while you're watching football in the den is very nice.

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      debbadoo Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 11:13 pm PDT 03/9/08

      I bought TWO of the iRobot Roomba Scheduler Vacuums from Woot-$99each +$5 s/h came out to around $204. (refurb.) One for me and one for my sister-in-law. Great deal on a great product.

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      Jackietreehorn Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 11:55 am PDT 03/11/08

      I've always wondered about these.

      Looks like since I definitely won't be buying them for anything higher than the price Woot had, I'll be waiting a while.

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      kris27 Ben's cred: 15
      Posted 11:25 pm PDT 03/22/08

      I have the Discovery version with the scheduling function - it works great. Not so great on very high carpet, though. I was my first robot at home.

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      skads Ben's cred: 3
      Posted 8:27 pm PDT 03/29/08

      it sounds so cool

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      Geek_Master Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 11:51 am PDT 04/26/08

      I plan on getting this for the house, we have a dog in house dog hat create lots of fur around the house and I hope this can fix that problem.

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      azam91 Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 8:30 pm PDT 05/12/08

      Does this even work?
      I saw on TV, looks like it do.

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      SandyC Ben's cred: 4
      Posted 4:08 pm PDT 06/6/08

      How would it do on uneven floors like slate (where there are a few different levels of stone and then an even lower level grout line)?

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      segfault Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 1:18 am PDT 08/5/08

      hmm. stair detector. novel idea for an automatic vacuum cleaner...

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      fantasydc2 Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 6:17 am PDT 08/7/08

      i want one of this, i never know how it works ~~

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      fzr Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 7:40 pm PST 11/4/08

      bot one of these things for the wife last xmas. didn't go over well.
      works pretty well, especially with a 10 month old dropping food everywhere. unfortunately this thing is starting to wear the edges of an area rug.

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      MChamb4150 Ben's cred: 3
      Posted 7:03 am PST 12/9/08

      This is great for just a mid-week vac - but I agree with Shuubbee - get an upright for those times that deep cleaning is necessary.

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      inovazn628 Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 4:55 pm PST 01/4/09

      i had this vacuum and after 2 years the battery died on me so it would only run for about 3 minutes before heading back to the base charger

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      DonkeyHotay Ben's cred: 2
      Posted 6:30 pm PST 01/4/09

      How does it deal with a lot of furniture around? Does it get stuck? And what about carpets?

      Thanks.

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