This post may contain affiliate links. Read the full disclosure HERE.
Are Roomba’s Worth The Money?
As a child I remember sitting in front of the television watching “The Jetson’s” wanting to be like Jane Jetson, she had it all! Who doesn’t want to have a full-time maid, automatically cooked meals, and be able to stand on a conveyor belt where you would automatically be dressed, hair and make-up are done, and ready to walk out the door with little to no effort? Pretty cool huh.
Fast forward 20 years (ok, more like 40 but who is counting). I have teased my kids for the past couple of years about wanting a Roomba when they ask that ever dreaded question…what do you want for Christmas? Ugh! I want you all to come home and let’s spend some time together. Yep, that is what I want. Then I get the question again…no seriously mom, what do you want? So I throw out some unattainable things because hey that is what mom’s do! 🙂
Well, they decided to take me up on my “list” and purchase me a Roomba by iRobot. Now I won’t lie, I have secretly (well, maybe not SECRETLY) wanted one, but was unsure if it would work. Besides, some of those are rather expensive. The real question here is are they really worth it?
Obviously, there are many different ones with varying price tags. I have attached other options to the bottom of this post for you to compare. Depending on your budget and what features you would like will depend on which Roomba is best suited for your needs. The one I have and that I will be reviewing is the iRobot 675.
You can pick them up at various locations and they are on Amazon as well. Let’s be honest here a minute, Amazon is amazing and you can get fast, free shipping right to your door with Prime! Now to be upfront, I may receive a very small compensation if you purchase through them, but hey don’t fret it does NOT cost you one penny extra!
Here is my experience…
I take it all out of the box and plug her in to charge. Super easy and only two parts. I think I can handle that! You have the base that plugs in the wall and the Roomba.
Did you notice I said plug HER in? Why yes I did! You have to give your new “maid” a name. What better name than Rosie, you know the robot maid from the Jetsons. Now if I can just obtain that conveyor belt! HA! I have a couple friends that shared with me the names they have given theirs: Rosie, Alice (from the Brady Bunch), and Rose. How fun is it that people name their automatic vacuums. Anywho, I plug her in and charge her up. The instructions said at least three hours, but I kept her charged in all night.
Today is the day to see what Rosie can do. She is all charged up and ready to clean! Now, I don’t have her set up on my phone yet because I want to give her a test run. All I had to do was press the top button in the center that says “CLEAN” and off she went.
Now, I won’t lie. I thought she was punch drunk at first. There is no rhyme or reason as to where she is cleaning. She is all over the place. I guess I expected her to follow in straight lines that matched my OCD personality. Nope, she is a free thinker!
She is a little loud on hardwood floors but is a lot quieter on carpet and rugs. I let her run for 65 minutes. She went EVERYWHERE, including under the couches. EEkkk! Who knows WHAT she will find under there! I worried about her catching on something and blowing up. OK, well not exactly blowing up but you understand what I mean. I refused to let her work alone.
Well, she worked her hour and had a little difficulty finding her dock. I decided to move the dock to a more open location. After I docked her, I pulled her bin out. Oh my! I guess she found more dust and cat hair than I care to admit under those couches! Now in all fairness, we do have a gorgeous long haired cat that sheds all. the. time. Here is a picture of day one dirt (please don’t judge me). 🙂
I would say she did a great job! I never expected to see THAT MUCH dirt and cat hair! Even though she was a little drunk in her methods and a little louder on hardwood floors as opposed to carpet, I would say she did an excellent job today!
Now, you may be wondering about the cats. How did they react? Well, the little one ran for the bedroom to hide under the bed. She does run and hide when anyone comes to the door, so that wasn’t a big shocker. The older Tabby stayed a safe distance away watching Rosie carefully. The only time he got a little “nervous” was when she was heading for his food bowl.
After One Week
It has been a week and I have to say, YES owning a Roomba from IRobot is definitely worth it! I will say upfront, that you will still have to vacuum and sweep like you normally do. This is not a replacement for that, but it does a great job keeping things tidy. The first couple of days I worried about Rosie not finding her home dock, but it only took me moving it to a better location. There is still a bit of randomness to her cleaning, but it isn’t quite as bad as the first time. I think she is continuing to “map” out the house. Even after a week, she is still picking up lots of dirt, dust, and cat hair.
She did find some fishing line (thank you hubby) and it got tangled in her. Best thing? She stopped and shut herself down. That really worried me, so this is good information to know.
Rosie is definitely a HIT in this house! I would totally recommend it! Wish I would have taken the plunge and purchased one a long time ago. I have since programmed her to automatically clean at certain times on certain days and I have her on my phone as well. Be sure to stay tuned for more detailed information coming soon!
Other Models Available:
Want to Save More Money?
Want to save money AND get cash back on your purchase? Well before you click that purchase button, be sure to sign up for a free account with HONEY and EBATES!