This thing is life changing. I have four dogs, two of which are pugs. Do you know the joke about pugs? They only shed once a year...for 365 days. When I say there is dog hair everywhere, all the time, I'm not even kidding. I can't even put the vacuum cleaner away before there's a fine layer of blonde dog hair all over my dark hardwood floors. It's maddening, but I love my dogs, so I deal with it. I *should* vacuum every day. Does that happen? That would be a resounding NO. I work, I have a life, I'm not about dragging the vacuum cleaner out every day to make sure my floors are pristeen at all times. It's much easier to only let people come in my house within an hour or so of vacuuming. I thought about buying a Roomba for a long time, and kept talking myself out of it. I mean, the price is a bit off-putting. I can think of a lot of ways to spend $900 and something to clean with is pretty far down on the priority list. But I finally broke down and did it, and holy cow...WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG??? I've owned Rosie (that's her name - after the robot on the Jetsons) for just two days, and I'd sell my children before I got rid of her. (Don't get in a twist, I wouldn't really sell my children, and they're adults now anyway, they take care of themselves.) I work from home, which, contrary to popular belief, does not mean I can spend my day doing my laundry and keeping my house immaculate and occasionally checking in at my "office" upstairs. I'm lucky if my breakfast dishes make it into the dishwasher before 6 pm. I set Rosie to clean when I come upstairs to go to work at 8 am and when I come down for lunch, I come down to clean, fur-free floors. It's a Christmas miracle in May! I was so happy, I may have laid on the floor and rolled around on it. That said, I know not everyone is as easy to please as I am. Those people are probably not owned by pugs. So for those of you who need a little more detail about why this thing is fabulous (along with some real talk about the stuff you might not love), read on.
It picks up animal hair like a champ. Would I eat off my floor after it runs? Of course not. One of my dogs poops when he gets excited, so eating off my floor isn't gonna happen even if a herd of unicorns cleaned my floor. Does it miss a hair or speck of dirt here or there? Of course. But so do I when I vacuum. It's not perfect, but it's pretty close.
It's quicker than you might think. I set it to run around 8 am, and by a few minutes after 9, it's cleaned my open living area (foyer, dining room, kitchen, living room). I close off two bedrooms and two bathrooms because the edges of the thick fluffy bathroom rugs do tend to make Rosie get stuck and I get this lovely notification on my phone that she needs help. Also, my chihuahua tends to grab my underwear out of the hamper and hoard them under the bed, and the last thing I need is to try to explain to customer support that Rosie is broken because she tried to eat my underwear.)
It's easy to use. Even my husband can use it. Enough said.
The dustbin has enough room to complete the above mentioned job without having to be emptied. I just empty it when I go downstairs for lunch, and she's ready to go again.
The app is easy to use and I can see exactly where Rosie cleaned once she is done. She seems to learn as she goes, and becomes more efficient and more thorough.
The only thing that I can see some people not liking is the noise. When Rosie is cleaning the hardwood floors, I can barely hear it from upstairs. It's louder when on carpet, and I can hear it upstairs, even with the door closed. This does not bother me, because it means I don't have to push a vacuum. Some people might be bothered by the noise, though. I don't recommend running this at night while you're trying to sleep. If that's your expectation, you are going to be disappointed. Don't say you weren't warned. It's not as loud as a regular vacuum cleaner, but please keep your expectations realistic...nothing that is going to pick up the fur of four dogs (which is roughly the equivalent of an entire dog on my floor every single day) is going to be silent.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this product and think every dog owner (unless you own a non-shedding breed) should have one. If Roomba isn't marketing this thing to pug owners, they are doing themselves a great disservice.