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KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



I am lucky enough to have a huge new place that's all on one floor, and I'd like a robot vacuum that can keep it clean. I was shocked by how many of these there are out there and how poor the consumer information is about them. I'd really like one with LIDAR so it doesn't bounce against stuff in my place, but the cheaper ones all seem to have bad customer reviews. Interested in what goons think is the best option, preferrably under 400.

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Grim Up North
Dec 12, 2011



Definitely spring for a robot vacuum with a self emptying station! I feel without one you really miss out on a big chunk of that quality of life improvement.

Roombas still reign supreme both in quality and unfortunately also in price, so I got Ecovacs Deebot T8 for less than half that iRobot wants for their combo.

I let it clean everyday on a schedule and it's great, but it can get tangled up in USB cables and stuff laying around, which I guess newer models which combine LIDAR, which the T8 has, with cameras manage to avoid. Just keep in mind that your vacuum will likely livestream all of your dirty floors into the cloud.

There's that Vacuum Wars dude on YouTube who reviews all of them, and I watched a few of his videos before deciding on a model.

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



Grim Up North posted:

There's that Vacuum Wars dude on YouTube who reviews all of them, and I watched a few of his videos before deciding on a model.
Wow, I had no idea about this. Wish I knew about it on black friday, lol. I ended up going for a refurbished Wyze. Thanks!

Waltzing Along
Jun 14, 2008

There's only one
Human race
Many faces
Everybody belongs here

After doing research, the best one(s) are the iroomba ones. The top of the line for those are what you want.

I tried one for a couple weeks and sent it back. I found it was faster to do the vacuuming myself and I did a better job. The roomba will do it while you are gone, but you might have to do a bunch of maintenance to make it work. I had to move chairs and put things in the way of certain couches to prevent it from getting stuck.

Plus, depending on what it is picking up, you will have to clean it fairly regularly, even beyond the auto emptier. It needs to be partially disassembled and cleaned once a week or more if you have pets.

I think they are probably great if:

you don't have pets
you don't have much furniture
you don't have any thick rugs
you don't have plants

The ideal situation is a bare, hardwood floor with no furniture.

Finally, you can buy amazon warehouse deals for much lower than retail. That's probably a good way to go to see if it works for you.

SubponticatePoster
Aug 9, 2004

Every day takes figurin' out all over again how to fuckin' live.


Slippery Tilde

I just bought this little guy a couple weeks ago: Eufy 11S. It's $150 and was a recommended Wirecutter pick. It's not a smart device so your robovac isn't mining crypto or whatever and you don't need to bother with updating firmware or downloading an app. Pretty quiet. It does the random pattern thing so it might take a bit longer than a more expensive one, but I use it daily and it does a really good job of not only picking up the cat hair, but very fine dust as well. I usually let it roam for 30-45 minutes and then send it back to base, but it does have a timer you can set if you want it to run when you're not home. Overall I'm really satisfied with it and it seems a good option for someone who doesn't want to spend a ton.

a podcast for cats
Jun 22, 2005

Dogs reading from an artifact buried in the ruins of our civilization, "We were assholes- " and writing solemnly, "They were assholes."

Soiled Meat

SubponticatePoster posted:

I just bought this little guy a couple weeks ago: Eufy 11S. It's $150 and was a recommended Wirecutter pick. It's not a smart device so your robovac isn't mining crypto or whatever and you don't need to bother with updating firmware or downloading an app. Pretty quiet. It does the random pattern thing so it might take a bit longer than a more expensive one, but I use it daily and it does a really good job of not only picking up the cat hair, but very fine dust as well. I usually let it roam for 30-45 minutes and then send it back to base, but it does have a timer you can set if you want it to run when you're not home. Overall I'm really satisfied with it and it seems a good option for someone who doesn't want to spend a ton.

I've had two Eufy Robovacs (both model 11) and swore to go a tier or two higher for my next ones. They are OK and just as you describe them, but the first one developed a fault (loud error beeps that didn't match codes in manual while charging) a week after going out of warranty. The second was a refurb I got from Eufy for the cost of shipping after nagging their support for weeks. It has been going strong for 2 years now, but the roam cycles are becoming notably shorter now and even though you can supposedly buy replacement batteries, shipping them internationally in Europe is a pain. It may be different in the US.

Vegetable
Oct 22, 2010



Havenít tried anything else but the Xiaomi Roborocks work perfectly for us. The sensors work well and the robot doesnít miss anything as far as we can tell. Usually we just make it do two cycles around the house while weíre out.

Robot vacuums really changed our lives. Whatever brand you get, as long as itís a semi-intelligent one youíre already winning. We have a fancy dyson vacuum but have never found the need to use it.

mobby_6kl
Aug 9, 2009

"You are the best poster... do not let anyone say otherwise."


Even the dumb ancient roomba make a huge difference if you just let it roam every few days. The Xiaomi and some other Chinese vacuums seen like a pretty good deal too though for what they can do

E.g. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd27rg2Mb6s

E: lol didn't notice how autocorrect hosed up

mobby_6kl fucked around with this message at 22:50 on Dec 24, 2021

Kaal
May 22, 2002



One thing I have had issues with is that our Roomba really struggles with long hair. My partner grew out her hair during the pandemic and now it's all getting trapped in the wheel-wells of our vacuum.

devicenull
May 30, 2007



Grimey Drawer

a podcast for cats posted:

I've had two Eufy Robovacs (both model 11) and swore to go a tier or two higher for my next ones. They are OK and just as you describe them, but the first one developed a fault (loud error beeps that didn't match codes in manual while charging) a week after going out of warranty. The second was a refurb I got from Eufy for the cost of shipping after nagging their support for weeks. It has been going strong for 2 years now, but the roam cycles are becoming notably shorter now and even though you can supposedly buy replacement batteries, shipping them internationally in Europe is a pain. It may be different in the US.

We had an 11 that lasted for ~4 hrs with various service (replaced the battery, took it apart and cleaned it a couple times). Ultimately one of the drive motors died, and Eufy doesn't sell replacements (and it's a custom made one for them).

I picked up the Roomba i3+.. the self-emptying bin is nice, but everything about it is way louder then the Eufy one. It seems like the suction is much weaker too, but it compensates with better brushes?

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yaffle
Sep 15, 2002

Flapdoodle

We have a deebot, it works fine but it sometimes tries to eat a cable and cannot cope with obstacles of a certain height, the Ikea rocking chair has to be removed before it cleans or it just rattles around underneath it.

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