A robot in the house
I hate vacuuming. Right there, I think that’s a good enough reason to get a Roomba. The invention has been around for a while — and I always saw it with a mild curiosity. But recently I decided to give it a serious look after getting really fed up with the amount of cat hair that collects in the house. And with Lucretia’s little day care opening in the imminent future, I felt like the last thing we needed was stressing out about vacuuming the house.
I checked out the iRobot site, did the comparison between the models, and watched their promotional video. Admittedly, I was already half way sold when I began considering the purchase… A machine that promises to do the very job you hate doing — what’s not to like? But I was genuinely impressed with the video, and how intelligent and resilient the little thing seemed to be. I also read some reviews on independent review sites. I was going to get a 530, but then I found a good deal on ABC Vacuum Warehouse — $50 less than Amazon, no tax (they’re based in TX), and free shipping.
I was faking my purchase just to see what the total price would be — then I accidentally submitted my order! Obviously their site has some usability issues, but I must say I didn’t mind the little accident. I was going to buy one anyway, so what the heck, right?
Within 5 days, my little robot arrived at our house. The self-running demo was pretty short, and the instruction booklet is a little lacking, too. I expected much more hand holding for operating a robot! But I guess it speaks to its (hopefully) durability and simplicity. Really, you just push the button in the middle when you want your room cleaned. Sure, there’s more to it if you want to schedule auto-cleaning, or do this and that. But I like that it doesn’t feel like I replaced one headache with another.
I still have to pick up around the house to “clear the way” for Roomba. But I kinda have to do that anyway with a regular vacuum. Maybe I do a little more to clear any potential problem areas that it might get stuck in. But I see it as a good way to clear the clutter on a regular basis, and the trade-off is that I can go off and do something else while Roomba cleans, so I still think it has more upside than down. More than anything, it feels less like a chore. The thing is cute, it’s fun, and it cleans pretty well. So far, it’s very yummy!