***EDIT BELOW - 1-1/2 years later...! (7/7/2020)*** My husband has offered several times to get me a Roomba...but I really didn''t think they would be worth it, so have always declined. Enter the Roomba 675, which yes, I was offered to review through...
***EDIT BELOW - 1-1/2 years later...! (7/7/2020)***
My husband has offered several times to get me a Roomba...but I really didn''t think they would be worth it, so have always declined.
Enter the Roomba 675, which yes, I was offered to review through Amazon''s Vine Program, but that doesn''t mean I have to give a glowing report. I actually passed it by 3 times, before saying, ''Eh, why not? Since I expect to be unimpressed, I''d be the perfect person to try one out!''
Our family immediately named her Hazel, and after several hours of hard work, I have no qualms about keeping her on my payroll. ;-)
First things: I am not the best housekeeper. I tend to be a clutterbug, and I am not faithful at daily sweeping and vacuuming. I have 2 children and 2 cats, so plenty of dirt accumulates each day. I read the instruction booklet, plugged in home base, and let Hazel charge overnight (she really only needs about 3 hours to a full battery, but I wanted to test her out in the morning after we''d both had a good night''s sleep).
In the morning, the kids and I made sure no blankets, toys, or cords were on the floor and pushed Hazel''s ''clean'' button. Off she went... in a very random, haphazard pattern. I knew this was how she would probably travel, having read other reviews, but it was still odd to me. I relaxed while she puttered around my first floor, about 1200 square feet of mixed hardwood, vinyl, and carpeting.
She is not very noisy. Much less than a regular vacuum cleaner for sure! I would say it sounded like a fan on high, which really wasn''t bothersome. Hazel really had no trouble around furniture or traveling over transistion strips from flooring to flooring. After about an hour of buzzing around, Hazel docked herself and played a 4-5 note jingle.
Even though she seemed to go in such a random fashion, I could tell my floors were clean! There were a few missed spots on her very first go, but by her third time, no area seemed to go unnoticed. Hazel now seems to ''know'' my house and is keeping my floors clean! I feel like I can go barefoot with her on the job!!
After Hazel ventured under the china cabinet (who knows when that area last saw my broom), my son said, ''Hey! The fuzzies are gone!! She''s good!''
One day, Hazel beeped and began ''clicking.'' I noticed her ''dock'' button was blinking as well... I don''t know if the two were actually related, but my son paused her and we checked underneath to find a usb charging cord wrapped around her brushes. How simple and easy it is to remove the brushes! We untangled the cord, pressed start, and Hazel happily finished her cycle.
Since then, she has only gotten stuck once - in the ''flaps'' of the rug that go around the toilet. She beeped at us to let us know, and we quickly unstuck her. There have been a few times we thought she might be stuck under the dining room table in the labyrinth of chair and table legs, but after some bumping and spinning and bumping again, she eventually finds her way out.
I could not test the wifi and app feature - as I live in a black hole with no wifi. But, I think being able to schedule Hazel is awesome. For now, we have to do all the work: bend down and push a button. Hmph! ;-)
Really, Hazel is a dream. No, she doesn''t deep clean edges or get under some furniture, but honestly, she''s keeping my floors cleaner than I manage to on my own! I am so very happy with her! Now if only she could make dinner...!
***EDIT 1-1/2 years later...! (7/7/2020)***
TIPS: I still love Hazel! My best advice is to START with clean floors - I mean, on her very first go around after you purchase her. I know, I know...that''s extra work for you! But, a good mopping and vacuuming before will help Hazel tremendously. I then run her every night as we head to bed, and have nicely vacuumed and swept floors in the morning!
If you happen to miss a day...or two... you know what? It''s best to mop and vacuum again! I mean, Hazel is great, but she''s not magic! Your surfaces probably need special attention that Hazel just can''t accomplish. I find she works best for me if I run her faithfully every day. And, if I miss a few days, it''s my hint to get out my mop before running her again (this happens especially during wintertime when my kids bring in wet, dirty boots and leave snow clothes piled by the door. She canNOT work around that -- a few gloves and scarves have sent her into a beeping frenzy). After a few days of ''misses,'' because of snow accouterments, I have to actually clean myself...and then I let Hazel keep it maintained throughout the week.
Her noise level is a bit more annoying than when I first got her. Because of that, I do prefer to run her at night (we have a 2-story house), so I don''t really hear her while she''s cleaning the downstairs.
She does a good job for me. I''m still pleased, and thankful I don''t have to give her a raise! ;-)