I have gone through a couple of Roomba Discovery models over the last 4 years, and they were a constant struggle. Not only did they require continual maintenance and cleaning, I would consider myself fortunate if the batteries would last more than 8 months. In addition, there were way too many headaches where the Roomba would simply "go mad"...refusing to move from home, unfinished jobs, the circle of death, etc., not to mention all of the effort to keep its brushes and mechanisms clean. It felt like I was spending more time cleaning the Roomba than the Roomba spent cleaning my carpets. After giving up on the Roomba over 6 months ago, and robotic vacuums in general, I was ready to give the technology another try. I ran across the Neato and started investigating. At first I was very skeptical, as I could not believe all of the glowing reviews about this little bot. But after reading, re-reading and finding very little negative information on the Neato, I decided to give it a try. In one word...awesome!! This is what a robotic vacuum should be. Just like other sites had stated, the little guy works as advertised and then some. As soon as he arrived, I plugged in the base and let him charge. With great trepidation, I started him up for his first pass and was immediately impressed. Instead of wandering around my house like a drunken sailor, he mapped out his surroundings and started to work, using the similar approach a regular human would take when vacuuming the house. Start in an area, do the perimeter, finish the area, move on to the next section or room, repeat until complete. He finds his way back to base unfailingly, never find him stranded or hung up and does a fantastic job. But the most impressive thing of all is, he doesn't require 2 hours of cleaning for every hour of working. The dust bin / filter assembly is as close to no-touch as one can get, the beaters do a great job pulling up debris, and did I mention...you don't have to spend HOURS cleaning out the gunk?? He has been on the job for almost a month and I have yet to have to pull a wad of crap out of his innards. Dump the bin, brush off the filter, replace the bin, he's ready for the next day. We have him running a Monday thru Friday schedule at 3:30 am, and every morning we find him faithfully perched on his base and the carpets look great! As far as noise level is concerned, I think he's actually much quieter than the Roomba. Our living / dining / kitchen area is around 900 sq ft, and he manages to do all of the rooms in one run. Takes him about 45 minutes, less than half the time of our old Roomba. Build quality looks great, he's got a nice hefty feel to him, and I couldn't be more pleased. I have another two months to decide if I want to purchase the extended warranty (which I probably will due to his initial cost), but at this stage I honestly feel like I'll never need to worry about it. Only time will tell, of course, but based on what I've seen to date, Roomba ought to be VERY concerned about their market share. Neato has definitely come up with a functional and intelligent robot that sets a new standard. Great job, Neato!!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Identical
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Outstanding
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Outstanding