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I am looking at getting a neato XV Signature Pro or a Roomba 880. Does anyone have any experiences with either or both of these machines?
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Re: NSR: Roomba vs Neato
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I am looking at getting a neato XV Signature Pro or a Roomba 880. Does anyone have any experiences with either or both of these machines?
The Roomba scared the hell out of my dogs. Pretty sure that would be true of the Neato too. Otherwise, I'm no help.
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I am looking at getting a neato XV Signature Pro or a Roomba 880. Does anyone have any experiences with either or both of these machines?
The Roomba scared the hell out of my dogs. Pretty sure that would be true of the Neato too. Otherwise, I'm no help.
Lol! I am sure my dog will flee upstairs!
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Hardwoods or carpet? How many dogs, and what kind(s)?
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Hardwood and carpet, 1 dog, yellow lab, 50lbs.
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Friend had the Roomba and a lab (English type). He didn't care but i think most labs have a good personality so i wouldn't worry. He likes his Roomba and still has it. Haven't a clue about the other one. What does Consumer reports say? They usually have a good write up with comparisons.
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We had a Roomba. It was ok. After a while the charger cord failed and we couldn't find where to get a replacement. We gave all the parts to someone else who had one as the electric barrier thingies worked.

Ended up with a Dyson. Best vacuum she ever used. And she still has a Sears from forty years ago!
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My father in law had a neato, ended up buying a dyson and doing it the old fashion way. I have a dyson ball as well and love it. The neato just didn't seem to clean very well.
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I have a good upright, but hate vacuuming.

I know there are limitations, but it seems the robots have become a lot better over the last few years.
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Ivana Tinkle has been through/broken many (>6) Roombas - they don't cope well with lots of pet fur, even the newer type that claims it does. The last one went to recycling. Just one dog? It may well cope, though it'll need regular dismantling to clean out gears etc - the reduction gearbox is a poor design.

We've not tried a Neato as the ancient Kirby vacuum cleaner still does the best job.
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Roomba. PM sent.
PM system doesn't like my pdf. Can't find your email. I have the CR reports as pdf files. Every standard upright machine here for 40 years has been a CR best buy. Last one is now 7 years old and was a $150 best buy. Taken apart and serviced twice and two new belts. This was hair heaven, 4 cats and a dog in 1000 sg ft.
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We have the roomba. 2 dogs, lab and greyhound. It doesn't replace the dyson, but complements it. It's really nice to turn it loose in the bedrooms. The dyson sure doesn't fit under the beds. Bottom line is, you don't have to pull out the dyson as often.
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Roomba. PM sent.
You rock Tom!

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We have the roomba. 2 dogs, lab and greyhound. It doesn't replace the dyson, but complements it. It's really nice to turn it loose in the bedrooms. The dyson sure doesn't fit under the beds.
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This is what I want to hear!
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Ivana Tinkle has been through/broken many (>6) Roombas - they don't cope well with lots of pet fur, even the newer type that claims it does. The last one went to recycling. Just one dog? It may well cope, though it'll need regular dismantling to clean out gears etc - the reduction gearbox is a poor design.

We've not tried a Neato as the ancient Kirby vacuum cleaner still does the best job.
Another thing to dismantle and play around with... You won't hear me complain!

Thanks Jim.
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If you opt for a vacuum unit you may want to consider the Shark unit.

My wife picked one up and likes how it performs and actually enjoys vacuuming! I find it pretty good myself.

Shark units are bag less and corded.

We used to use a Kenmore for many years (disposable bag, canister) which she has since retired.
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If you opt for a vacuum unit you may want to consider the Shark unit.

My wife picked one up and likes how it performs and actually enjoys vacuuming! I find it pretty good myself.

Shark units are bag less and corded.

We used to use a Kenmore for many years (disposable bag, canister) which she has since retired.
Thanks TB. We have an upright bagless corded vacuum, but I work too many hours a week to come home and have to vacuum every few days...

Or I am just lazy. Razz emoticon
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Hey Midnight-talk your wife into purchasing a French Maid for you for Christmas. I hear they dust as well as vacuum and many other things. Pat won't let me have one so I have zero personal experience, but, maybe our friend Kilo has one and he could fill us both in at New Switzerland after a nice scoot.
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Hey Midnight-talk your wife into purchasing a French Maid for you for Christmas. I hear they dust as well as vacuum and many other things. Pat won't let me have one so I have zero personal experience, but, maybe our friend Kilo has one and he could fill us both in at New Switzerland after a nice scoot.
Hey Blev, I somehow doubt my French Maid would be allowed by government... These women folk have something against them. And these days who can afford a real French Maid? I gained 10 pounds in 12 days while in France, if she starts cooking I would be doomed.

Little Switzerland would be nice, I don't even know if my scooter still works. I've had 1 ride in the last 2 months, and that was a shopping trip to the grocery store...

Hope Pat (You'll never let me live that down...) is doing well, we should all head out sometime together.
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I have heard, prolly on the Interwebs, that Roombas are fun to hack. Some folks add remote cameras and all sorts of stuff to them.
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Hey Midnight-talk your wife into purchasing a French Maid for you for Christmas. I hear they dust as well as vacuum and many other things. Pat won't let me have one so I have zero personal experience, but, maybe our friend Kilo has one and he could fill us both in at New Switzerland after a nice scoot.
Hey Blev, I somehow doubt my French Maid would be allowed by government... These women folk have something against them. And these days who can afford a real French Maid? I gained 10 pounds in 12 days while in France, if she starts cooking I would be doomed.

Little Switzerland would be nice, I don't even know if my scooter still works. I've had 1 ride in the last 2 months, and that was a shopping trip to the grocery store...

Hope Pat (You'll never let me live that down...) is doing well, we should all head out sometime together.
Now-you know I'm just kidding around. I have to move my Dyson around just as soon as I finish this. We finally have both bikes running well and I did a nice little single ride out the last nice, warm day. I really would love to hit the twisties soon, but it doesn't look good anytime soon.

Good luck with the vacuum choice. I'm a lot more at ease driving my Dyson after Pat/Barb started asking me to "mow the house." A little more masculine, I guess makes it easier on me.

And an extra 10-20 pounds ain't all that bad-as long as you can blame it on a French Maid.
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I have heard, prolly on the Interwebs, that Roombas are fun to hack. Some folks add remote cameras and all sorts of stuff to them.
iRobot actually sells an "sdk" which is a configurable and programmable unit similar to the roomba, but without the vacuum. It is called the iRobot Create.
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We have had my wife's Roomba 880 for about 2 months now, it cleaning the floors exclusively.

It is a waste of time. Every time it runs I can not help but watch it do its thing, wondering what it will do next, where it will go, how it is programmed to do what it does. It is rather hypnotising! My wife still laughs at me. So instead of using my free time wisely, I waste my time staring at the little disk clean my floors.

And clean my floors it does. After two months of the Roomba exclusively cleaning I took out the upright and went over the carpet. Not much dirt came out, I was pleasantly surprised. I only tested it on the carpet as that is the "problem area," hard floors are easier to clean.

During the week it cleans the kitchen, dining room, living room, play room and hallways, about 1400 square feet, half carpeted, half hardwood. I have the Roomba run 5 times a week while no one is home and empty the bin every evening. We do have a dog with medium-long hair, so that really fills it up, but it is never overfull. On the weekends I take it upstairs to clean the bedrooms. Of course it also fits under most furniture any upright does not fit under, so it cleans more than I could.

It has failed to return to its base about 4 times, mostly while I was still trying to set up the lighthouses. There are no problems with hair in the brushes (more like rubber rollers), which was a concern with previous models. I cleans well along the corners, but of course it can not fit into the small nooks where I have to use the crevice tool of the upright. Unfortunately it can also not clean stairs.

I vacuum it out once a week and clean the filter, that takes about 5 minutes.

My wife, the frugal one and sceptic, and I are happy with it!
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The iRobot Scooba got rave reviews at the January CES show. Appears promising, but doesn't speak to any long term maintenance issues. Expensive if it doesn't work for more than a couple of years. Available this spring I think.

One review (if you google, you'll find several other reviews):

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/01/07/reviewed-ces-irobot-scooba/4361483/
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Hey Midnight-talk your wife into purchasing a French Maid for you for Christmas. I hear they dust as well as vacuum and many other things. Pat won't let me have one so I have zero personal experience, but, maybe our friend Kilo has one and he could fill us both in at New Switzerland after a nice scoot.
I'm pretty sure kilovictor will be dining on this for a while if he proposes this to Nor.
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Hey Midnight-talk your wife into purchasing a French Maid for you for Christmas. I hear they dust as well as vacuum and many other things. Pat won't let me have one so I have zero personal experience, but, maybe our friend Kilo has one and he could fill us both in at New Switzerland after a nice scoot.
I'm pretty sure kilovictor will be dining on this for a while if he proposes this to Nor.
Hey TN_Sooner-please don't ask me how I know. PLEASE. But I can assure you that Nor has that-or rather something VERY close to that can of shut-up soup- tattooed on Kilovictor's exterior someplace you never want to visit.

Kilo might talk big and all Texas-like, but.. Trust Me.
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It became very evident when riding with both of them!
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It is quite clear who runs the Kilo/Nor household!! Razz emoticon
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Please allow me a correction:

The NOR/kilo household.
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We should bring their attention to this thread...
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Hey-someone obviously stole my password and sign-on and made these VERY disparaging remarks about my VERY good friend Kilovictor and his LOVELY, Nor. Not me baby. Not me.

You do what you gotta do Midnight, but I am distancing myself from all of this. I don't want that Texas Stebel going off on me! I just have way too much respect for Kilo.. one of my very best friends.
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With that last post I believe someone really did steal your password and posted such garbage! It's ok blev, I am sure Pat will stop posting under your credentials...
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I have the Neato XV Signature Pro. I also have 2 cats, Frank and Muffin. Frank, being a Ragdoll, leaves tumbleweeds of hair wherever he walks (or flops).

The Neato keeps the carpets and the Kitchen Vinyl (its the woven Bolon stuff) neat, as well as sucking the kitty litter off the bathroom tiles where it has been kicked out. Overall it does a good job.

I have come home from work on the odd occasion and found it has choked on mousey-mousey, the cats toy (I pick them up, but the cats will move them!), and once it got stuck behind the toilet at a weird angle. It is good at finding base though, it will even go and charge itself then finish the rest of the house, remembering what it has already done. I have a 3 bedroom apartment and it maps out the entire place, vacuuming room by room. No need for any markers, it knows where it is at all times.

Its the little things that make this one impressive, like the way it will reverse and straighten itself up when going around a corner so it doesn't miss bits, or the way it mows the carpet in straight lines back and forth. Amazing programming in there, nothing is random.

There are some things to be aware of though:
    / It will choke on shag pile (so will I)
    / You need to pick up your crap off the floor, otherwise you may come home and find it under your bed choking on a sock. In this case, it will just stop and ask you to "please untangle my brush" or "clear my path"
    / It will recognise if furniture (or people or cats) have moved, but if you close a door to a room it has seen but not yet vacuumed, it will stop at the door and ask you to clear it's path. This is something to do with how it recognises doors. Not usually a problem, because it runs while I am out.
    / If you pick it up, it will ask you to put it back on the floor. If you move it too far by hand it may lose its place- it will look around the room when you put it back down to see where it is but if you move it too far it will get lost, then stop and ask you to return it to base.
    / You need to watch it the first few times it vacuums to see what it has issues with, for example it had no problems with the tile threshold into the bathroom, but the base of the cat scratching post was not high enough to see but too high to get up, so it would waste a lot of time trying. Some rubber feet on the post base fixed that.
I haven't had any issues with hair in the brushes on the Signature Pro, however I believe the earlier models were not so good in this respect, so if you have pets be careful with selection.

As far as I know, the Neato is the only one that builds a map of the house and remembers what it has vacuumed. Overall I highly recommend, especially for anal retentive nerds like me who appreciate the rigorous and logical programming in this.
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I Also have a neato, I forget the model number (XV12 maybe?)
I've purchased the allergy kit and i couldn't be happier.
I no longer use the older Roomba's I had and use the Mint to do the swiffering during the day.
The Neato actually maps they room via a laser on top of it. I find it much more accurate than the Roomba's and as long as i maintain it (Clean out the brush and clean the filters) I am pretty happy.
I Have a Dyson Just in case... but i haven't had to break it out for a while..
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This is one of the most wonderful, vivid sentences I have ever read.



(I realize this is an old post, but this is the first time i've seen it.)
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Neato. Recommended to all fellow MV'ers!

I've had a Neato XV Signature Pro for 6 months or so now and it's brilliant. The only thing it can't do is detect choking hazards (socks, some wires) and it can't quite clean up to the wall (like any other robot vac). About 1.5" gap.

I love the way that after it does a room it'll carry on but might poke it's nose in, briefly stop and think 'nope I've done in here already' then reverse and carry on. And it's cool if you have stairs - simply dump it down, switch on and watch telly, and when it's done it'll head back to where you left it.
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matt6974 wrote:
Neato. ... it can't quite clean up to the wall (like any other robot vac). About 1.5" gap.
Roomba does not have that problem as it has a side brush that works quite well! This was the main reason I went with a roomba at the time

I am guessing the new neato botvac's would not have this problem either, as they now also have a side brush...
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