I bought an iRobot Roomba Vacuum Pro Elite a couple of days ago and I have to say, so far it's exceeded my expectations. The thing is a champ at cleaning carpets and hardwood floors, and the geek side of me gets to stand around and watch it learn what a coffee table leg is and encircle it.

While I don't have to do the actual vacuuming anymore, it takes longer to complete the job. The robot spends some time back-tracking and repeating areas. And before I can even start I have to complete clear the room of cords and stray items, something I could do on the fly while vacuuming before.

In 3 years I will probably look back on today and laugh that I woke up at 7am so I could vacuum my living room.



What does your cat think of it?

Andre Torrez

Cat could care less. In fact, when I turned first turned it on, he seemed more annoyed than scared because he had been sleeping.

I forgot to mention, the Roomba comes with a remote control, so there's still a chance I'll scare the crap out of that cat with a zombie vacuume cleaner.


Does the thing have any suction power? I heard that lack of actual cleaning ability was a criticism of it.


yay! you used champ! i love that word.

Andre Torrez

The suction is not the greatest. I'd probably do better with my upright. I think what you have to do is run it more often than you would vacuum, so I intend on setting Roomba loose once or twice a week in each room. Wouldn't kill me to run it more.

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