• Amused
  • Angry
  • Annoyed
  • Awesome
  • Bemused
  • Cool
  • Crazy
  • Crying
  • Drunk
  • Geeky
  • Grumpy
  • Happy
  • Hungry
  • Innocent
  • Sad
  • Secret
  • Shy
  • Tired
  • Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
    Results 1 to 10 of 11
    1. #1
      Senior Dog
      zd262's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2015
      Location
      California
      Posts
      995
      Thanked: 559

      For anyone who wasn't sure that a robot vacuum was worth it

      I'm here to tell you that my robot vacuum is changing my life! I've had it for about a month now and I have only vacuumed one other time. We got the Eufy 11s, which is a great bang for your buck vacuum. It's not the most expensive and it's not the most flashy, but it gets the job done. It can go up every carpet that we have, and bath/kitchen mats too. It fits under our couch and tables perfectly. It runs for ~120 minutes and then it returns home. I have it on a schedule to run every morning at 9am. And while it's definitely not the same sucking power as my very nice upright vacuum (that now sits in the closet unused), and I would still do a sweep of our living room carpet if we were having a party, it is worth every penny I spent on it because I literally never think about vacuuming EVER anymore. Imagine the time you have if you aren't constantly looking down at your floors thinking about how much dog hair they have on them. Now you can probably go on wirecutter to find out all this information, but here it is from a real live person with a shedding dog

      Pros (Eufy on its own, and compared to my sister's Roomba 690 which is the comparable roomba model)
      - Can handle all of our carpets and kitchen, back door mats, etc (my sister's roomba flashes red that it is falling off a cliff every time it approaches her door mats, also it can't go on their living room carpet but her carpet is much more plush than mine so I don't have evidence that eufy would be able to either, but i think it would)
      - Slim enough to fit under our furniture (Roomba 690 is taller, wouldn't be able to fit under as much furniture)
      - Easy to empty
      - Quiet (Roomba is much louder, they only run it at night)
      - Sucking power is perfect for hardwood, diminishes slightly as the carpet becomes more plush but still probably comparable to a medium quality upright vacuum
      - Pretty good at not sucking up cords, etc and just pushing them around. A few iPhone cords have gotten caught up but then Eufy just carries them around, doesn't shred them or anything
      - Very resilient. Has never gotten stuck to the point that it needed to be rescued. Just continues to try and try until it gets out of a tight situation.

      Cons
      - No app or smart home integration. The 11s model only comes with a remote with basic controls and can set a once a day schedule. There are upgraded models that have an app but it didn't seem worth the price increase for that. We are happy with the once a day schedule. (Roomba has an app)
      - No barrier strips. The 11s model does not come with an barrier strips, or the feature to integrate with them. There is one place that the Eufy has trouble in our house that I wish we could block off, but since there is no option to do that, I have to put a shoe in front of it. (Roomba comes with a nice invisible barrier, the upgraded Eufy comes with actual strips you have to lay down)
      - So slim it can get stuck! It is great that it fits under all our furniture, but because it is so slim it is able to wedge itself under our reclining chair and takes a long time getting itself unstuck. This is a very specific instance where with this chair the eufy is able to get over the back metal barrier but then the chair immediately becomes much narrower and it has trouble getting out. Personally I'd rather get rid of the chair than the eufy!
      - Bubba hates it

      Caveats:
      - We have a small one story house, which makes robot vacuums make more sense overall because it can clean the whole thing in its 120 minute cycle.
      - We don't have any kids, so we don't have a ton of kid stuff laying around. My sister doesn't run her roomba as often and has to "set up" for it (she picks up the house and then turns it on at night). Now that is not to say we don't have a ton of non kid stuff laying around that our Eufy handles just fine. When I told my sister that I wanted a robot vacuum she told me she thought we had too much furniture for it to do a good job, and that definitely wasn't true! Since eufy can go under almost all our furniture and around what it can't, it still works great.
      - I work from home so I would stare at the dog hair in my house all day. Maybe you are better at ignoring it than me!


      Sorry for this super long post, but I just had to put it out there! I remember my parents had a Roomba back in ~96. They have come a long way and I think the technology is finally at a point where the price tag (ours was $224) is worth it and it's not just a gimmick.
      Hidden Content


      Bubba's instagram: @thebubbinator

    2. The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to zd262 For This Useful Post:

      Jollymolly (01-28-2019), kimbersmom (01-28-2019), smartrock (01-28-2019), SoapySophie (01-28-2019), SunDance (01-28-2019), Woody (01-28-2019)

    3. #2
      Senior Dog
      Annette47's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Central NJ
      Posts
      2,290
      Thanked: 2025
      We got a Roomba a few months ago and love it. The one problem is that the area rug in our dining room has some black geometric patters which it reads as drop-offs so it is afraid to go on them and gets stuck. We used the electronic fencing thing that came with it to keep it out of there, so we still need to use the regular Dyson in there, but the Roomba does a great job with the daily accumulation of hair in the kitchen, front hallway and family room (rest of the house is on a different level. I took it upstairs last week and let it loose in our bedroom - I had to empty it very frequently but it got under our king sized bed, which we haven't been able to get under (too heavy to move - wood platform bed) in years. The Roomba will be making regular visits up there now.
      Annette

      Cookie (Jamrah’s Legally Blonde, BN) 6/4/2015
      Sassy (Jamrah’s Blonde Ambition, CD, BN) 6/4/2015

      Chloe (OTCH HIT HC Windsong’s Femme Fatale, UDX4, OM6) 6/7/2009


      Remembering:
      Scully (Coventry's Truth Is Out There, UD, RN) 4/4/1996 - 6/30/2011
      Our foster Jolie (UCh Windsong’s Genuine Risk, CDX, WC) 5/26/1999 - 3/2/2014
      and Mulder (Coventry’s I Want to Believe, UD, VER, WC, RN) 5/26/1999 - 4/20/2015

      Hidden Content

    4. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Annette47 For This Useful Post:

      smartrock (01-28-2019), zd262 (01-28-2019)

    5. #3
      Senior Dog
      Jollymolly's Avatar
      Join Date
      Nov 2014
      Location
      Texas
      Posts
      4,318
      Thanked: 2233
      How often do you have to clean it out?

    6. #4
      Senior Dog
      smartrock's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Carolina in my mind..
      Posts
      4,755
      Thanked: 2995
      What about fringes on rugs?

    7. #5
      Senior Dog
      zd262's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2015
      Location
      California
      Posts
      995
      Thanked: 559
      Quote Originally Posted by Jollymolly View Post
      How often do you have to clean it out?
      They say to clean it out after every use, but I almost always forget for a bunch of uses and it's never been an issue. It's super easy to empty though so if I did remember I would do it.

    8. #6
      Senior Dog
      zd262's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2015
      Location
      California
      Posts
      995
      Thanked: 559
      Quote Originally Posted by smartrock View Post
      What about fringes on rugs?
      Now I have heard from other reviews that rugs with fringes can be problematic, none of my rugs have fringes so I can't speak to it directly.

    9. #7
      Senior Dog
      Macy's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Nebraska
      Posts
      1,006
      Thanked: 502
      Do your dogs bother it? Macy is a fierce vacuum warrior.

    10. #8
      Senior Dog
      Annette47's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Central NJ
      Posts
      2,290
      Thanked: 2025
      We have no fringes, so can't address that. The Roomba texts us when it needs to be emptied, which with 3 Labs, 2 of which are currently blowing coat is pretty much after every job - we run it at night when we are sleeping and clean it out the next day before it runs again. Not a big deal- they actually make one that can empty itself, but that was more $$$. Our dogs are vacuum warriors too, but don't seem to mind the Roomba unless it bumps into them at which point they run away suspiciously.

      The one thing I have heard is not to use one if you have a dog (or cat I guess) who has accidents in the house because if you don't find it before the Roomba does it can be a real mess to clean. Not something that ever really happens here, so I don't worry too much, but something to keep in mind, I guess.

    11. The Following User Says Thank You to Annette47 For This Useful Post:

      Macy (01-29-2019)

    12. #9
      Senior Dog
      zd262's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2015
      Location
      California
      Posts
      995
      Thanked: 559
      Quote Originally Posted by Macy View Post
      Do your dogs bother it? Macy is a fierce vacuum warrior.
      Bubba is very suspicious of it and won't sleep or eat if it's running, but he tends to stay away and just keep an eye on it from the couch. He also doesn't like to be alone in the bedroom with it if it's running in there.


      I've heard the same thing about the accidents in the house as Annette, but that's not something that happens here either.

    13. The Following User Says Thank You to zd262 For This Useful Post:

      Macy (01-29-2019)

    14. #10
      Senior Dog
      JackK's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 2014
      Location
      Southeastern MA
      Posts
      755
      Thanked: 461
      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      The one thing I have heard is not to use one if you have a dog (or cat I guess) who has accidents in the house because if you don't find it before the Roomba does it can be a real mess to clean. Not something that ever really happens here, so I don't worry too much, but something to keep in mind, I guess.
      There are some seriously gross videos around of Roomba's dragging doggie diarrhea all over the house. Funny but that would do it for me. I'd have to sell the house.

    Quick Reply Quick Reply

     



    Not a Member of the Labrador Retriever Chat Forums Yet?
    Register for Free and Share Your Labrador Retriever Photos

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •