When my husband and I were building our home, I had one request. I begged him not to let the house talk to me. I married a tech geek and have been terrified that his adoration of technology would one day rule our life.
Well, apparently that day has come. We recently bought the iRobot Roomba 620 Vacuuming Robot, and it is amazing! And by amazing, I mean truly, absolutely amazing.
This little guy boogies around our house like Rosie from 'The Jetsons' (but better). The Roomba 620 has a great battery life, sensing features to ensure it stays on-track, a sweeper/sucker combo, and 'off roading' wheels that really just blew my mind (please, note: I highly doubt the manufacturer references any of these features as I do).
What I love most it that it actually picks up dog hair (even stubborn fur from our Yellow Lab)! Hallelujah! The little bin fills up fairly quickly so I wouldn't recommend the Roomba unless you plan to use it regularly. Our new morning routine now just includes starting up the robot before heading out to work. The little guy just goes back to the docking station if the battery's getting low or the bin is full (it is a bit like a drunk stumbling into walls and furniture trying to find its way but for me, this just adds to the entertainment value).
There have been a couple of times it gets itself stuck somewhere (on the bath mat once and on one of Bennett's toys) but lesson learned (pick up a little first). I figured the dogs and baby would be terrified of it, but they actually aren't. The dogs now just ignore it roaming around the house, and Bennett thinks it is hilarious. The Roomba is gentle enough that it nudges him while vacuuming and doesn't even knock him over.
The price on the iRobot Roomba 620 Vacuuming Robot is a bit spendy. I found it online at Kohl's during a Kohl's Cash earning period and used a 20% off coupon; so it was $312.05 with shipping and handling (but I earned $50 in Kohl's Cash so my mom math makes the 'real price' only $262.05). Despite the steep price tag, it is a miracle machine! I used to drive myself crazy trying to Swiffer or run the vacuum every couple nights to keep up on the annoying dust bunnies and dog hair; now, my robot buddy takes care of it every day while I'm at the office (talk about a great working relationship).
If you love it, buy it!
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