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Started by Natascha on Jan 1, 2019 1:53:48 AM
Robot vacuum cleaners

Thinking of 'lending' my eight year old cylinder Dyson (pre-ball) to a friend whose vacuum cleaner has just bust; not expecting to get it back if I do. I also have a Dyson stick cleaner from about four years ago (the second generation of them) and I am much fonder of that. The cylinder cleaner has been kept upstairs where I have carpet; I don't use it as often as I should as it is a bit cumbersome.

I'm now thinking of getting a robot vacuum cleaner or a new generation stick cleaner with a slightly larger collecting vessel for the upstairs. Pros and cons of robot cleaners? Which ones should I look at? Or would a second stick cleaner be better?

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Natascha - 01 Jan 2019 12:05:36 (#1 of 55)

Bump.

Verdigris - 01 Jan 2019 12:10:19 (#2 of 55)

I call mine The Grim Sweeper. It's great. Push the button when I go out to work and return home to find it, usually, back on its charging station, fully charged and with a belly full of filth.

Get spare brushes and HEPA filters straight from China on Alibaba as they cost a fortune from vendors over here.

levelgaze - 01 Jan 2019 12:20:32 (#3 of 55)

There was a thread last year, I think.. Hang on...

https://justthetalk.com/advice/38854/robot_vacuums
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HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2019 12:33:13 (#4 of 55)

I've got one. It's great for dog hairs.

Tenesmus - 01 Jan 2019 12:45:04 (#5 of 55)

Not great if your cat or dog poops on the floor. YouTube is your friend.

CarlosFandango - 01 Jan 2019 12:46:33 (#6 of 55)

Happy New Year to you too.

HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2019 12:51:29 (#7 of 55)

Luckily my dogs and cat don't shit about the house.

HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2019 12:54:25 (#8 of 55)

They're a bit of a pain in that you can't leave stuff like dangling wires or boots around the place or the laces etc could fuck up the poor robot.

so keep a good stock of such things for the rise of the machines

Verdigris - 01 Jan 2019 13:04:57 (#9 of 55)

They're a bit of a pain in that you can't leave stuff like dangling wires or boots around the place or the laces etc could fuck up the poor robot.



Yes, you do need to make modifications as you new "pet" finds additional pickles to get itself into. I had to put cardboard under the dining table legs to lift the table the couple of millimetres needed to allow TGS to get under the cross-rail. As noted by Hoff, cables and stuff need to be tidied away. You soon get into a routine of hazard clearance so that the cleaner gets back to the docking station nearly all the time.

Natascha - 01 Jan 2019 13:12:37 (#10 of 55)

How hard is it to set up 'limits? I'd like it to do my bedroom on a daily basis - I am slightly allergic to my cats - and maybe my cats' bedroom (don't judge me) as well.

And thanks for the advice -

TinyMcOtter - 01 Jan 2019 13:15:29 (#11 of 55)

FFS, if i have to tidy up before letting a robot do the cleaning, i may as well do the cleaning myself.

Verdigris - 01 Jan 2019 13:17:40 (#12 of 55)

How hard is it to set up 'limits?



I just do it by opening and closing doors. I usually allow it access to one or two rooms at a time, so that it does a more thorough job. The hall/landing is where it "lives" so that gets done every day but that is where any new dirt comes in from outside, so works quite well, for me.

HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2019 13:18:46 (#13 of 55)

And, let's be honest, they're noisy little bastards that take half an hour to do what you could do in 2 minutes with a dustpan and brush.

HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2019 13:19:15 (#14 of 55)

#12 same here

Natascha - 01 Jan 2019 13:21:01 (#15 of 55)

Recommended models? I was looking at Dysons. Ouch!

Also - while you're all here - how do you get cobwebs off that extremely high bit over the stairs? Vacuuming drone?

Verdigris - 01 Jan 2019 13:21:57 (#16 of 55)

FFS, if i have to tidy up before letting a robot do the cleaning, i may as well do the cleaning myself.



Mostly you do it once, when you've identified a problem. Shoes are up on a shoe stand that the cleaner can get beneath. I put the laundry basket and a chair up on the bed so it can get to all of the bedroom floor. I move a couple of items in the bathroom when that requires cleaning. It doesn't take more than a minute on any day.

HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2019 13:22:11 (#17 of 55)

I got a Chinese jobbie. Prosonic 730?

HoHoHoff - 01 Jan 2019 13:25:08 (#18 of 55)

This thing or a predecessor for about 220 euros on special offer https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Proscenic-790TS-Robot-Vacuum-Cleaner-Robotic-Cleaner-with-APP-Alexa-Voice-/183217742962?nav=SEARCH

Verdigris - 01 Jan 2019 13:26:01 (#19 of 55)

I got a Chinese jobbie.



They're all Chinese. I think most of them come from one maker with different branding/colour schemes. I got mine from Maplin, for £60 before they went bust. The consumables I get from Alibaba are for a Rover. Maplins didn't supply any spares - no wonder they went down the shitter.

TinyMcOtter - 01 Jan 2019 13:26:09 (#20 of 55)

How are they with floorboards?

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