I did a lot of research before making this purchase. I choose the Neato due to the suction power compared to the other market products. We have had this about a month and have used it several times, mostly without incident (getting stuck, etc.). We have Hardwood floors downstairs, and thick carpet upstairs. With 2 cats, I run the Neato 3 times a week and it does a very good job, the floor looks clean when it is done (about 700sf in about an hour(per floor)). You do have to pick up the little things on the floor (cat toys) of they will get caught in the brush. The base program seems to be go straight, then to the right, setting out the perimeter of the room. It isn't too annoyingly loud, but you will need to turn up the TV. On the upstairs carpet, you can see how effective the Neato is at covering the entire floor by its tracks. On both floors, the dirt bin is adequate and nearly full when finished. Downstairs is the home base, and it's great that it goes back "Home" when finished. Upstairs, I place it on the floor and hit the button twice to start the cleaning. when it is finished, it sounds a quick song to let me know it's done. Over all pretty satisfied, I would like to have 2 of these (one for each floor) but the cost eliminates that possibility. I am very happy I chose the Neato over the other products (so far). One of the main selling points for me was the availability of what looks like every part for this! Other products of the same price are basically a throw-away if anything goes wrong. With this, I at least have a chance of fixing it.
I have a Dyson upright. It lost its suction... It was out of warranty, Dyson recommended buying new technology instead of repairing it. I wanted a robotic vacuum, but found so many negative reviews & they were so expensive. So I bought a Dyson canister style, thinking it would be lighter and less exhausting to use. I was still not happy, they just are not worth the money. I was spending so much time and effort to clean the floors. Really not impressed with Dyson. So, I continued to wish for a robotic vacuum. I asked for referrals, I searched the Internet for deals, I read so many reviews. I stumbled across Bobi in a top 10 list. It was not number 1, that was Neato (more than 2x the price). But Bobi was #4. The Best Buy for the money. This is the new model. The one with the block. This keeps it out of where you don't want it to go. That is included in the price with this Bobi. You also get a remote control. Yes, it's a learning curve to program your vacuum cleaner... but I'm so much happier to sit in a chair watching the cat bat at Bobi while she does the sweeping! Bobi does a great job, easily as good at sweeping both carpet and tile as either of my Dyson vacuums ever did. I had to exert zero effort, just empty the dust bucket. Bobi and I have some work to do teaching her to maneuver around the dining room table with 6 chairs, but for now I move the chairs out of the room until she is finished. And don't waste your money on the additional warranty, this one has a 2 year manufacturers warranty included! I recommend this model, and the Overstock price is excellent!
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