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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed.

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    Maclemoor
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    Unfortunately, I’m not impressed, overall. The breakdown: Compared to other Roomba’s this one is relatively affordable for the ones who want to venture this route. The price includes a Roomba, extra filter, charging station, batteries and a super duper simple manual. I heard its compatible with Alexa but I don’t have one. Out the box it looks super cool. Take it out, look over the instructions, download the app and charge it. The buttons on the Roomba are explanatory and simple. The app also has a finding mode, just in case you cant find it. I thought that was cute. Turn your Roomba on when you’re not home (app). After it’s charge and you put it to use, I quickly felt like it was a dumb vacuum that kept bumping into things and quite noisey. I know, that’s how it gets around. I have a blind dog, so this guy was being tormented. My plan is to vacuum in an enclosed area where my dog is not. However, since I’m not 100% comfortable with this Roomba doing its job, I don’t want to leave it on around my stuff. So I’m in a spot. I have tile, carpet, thin rugs, thick rugs and it works all but seem to roll slow on the thick rugs. Understandable. Navigation seems to have issues on dark flooring. Suction is good though for a solid hour with a full charge. The solid things like my shoes, a cup and such usually gets pushed around by this Roomba because it has a mean little push or bump. So don’t be surprised when you come into a room and your stuff and re-orged. I’ve yet to successfully dock this guy for charging purposes. I usually have to pick it up and dock it. Annoying. Also, wherever you dock it, well that’s where it will be. You don’t store it in a closet away from foot traffic unless you have an outlet in the closet. But the floor real estate it takes up to be docked isn’t practical. However, that is for all roomba’s not just this one. The short time it ran and vacuumed, the filter compartment got really full of dirt, dust and dog hair. So to my dismay, it does exactly what its supposed to just not as efficiently as I would like on my floors at my house. So with that said, your experience may be different. With the app there are options of functionality for the price. However, I’m not a fan.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as "Smart" as I Was Hoping

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    Jturn
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    +Automated cleaning with almost no manual intervention +Wifi connectivity -Small Battery -Not as "smart" as the 800 series units -Only 1 virtual wall included The 690 is my first foray into the world of automated robot cleaners, and while is does an adequate job of cleaning, the short battery life leaves me questioning whether it's getting my entire space. I'm using the 690 in the lower level of my bi-level home, which is about 1000 sq ft of open space. Kicking off a cleaning cycle is very easy, initiated either by pressing the button on the top of the unit or kicking it off via the free Roomba app. Speaking of the app, getting the unit connected to my Wifi network was simple. Download the app, and let it initiate the connection for you. Watching the robot go to work is interesting; it takes some seemingly illogical paths over the room, but after a while, you get a sense that it somewhat understands the space, as it eventually goes along the border of the cleaning space. It does a pretty decent job of cleaning overall (at least as good as you'd think for a machine this small with limited dirt bin capacity). Cleaning out the dirt bin is simple and is the only manual task required to use this otherwise completely automated vacuum. The biggest downfall of this product in my usage is the battery life. In my space (completely open save for some furniture), the 690's battery runs out before it can complete a full cleaning cycle. Every time, the app alerts to me to a "canceled" job. This wouldn't be an issue if the unit started back up after a charge and continued where it left off. This doesn't appear to be the case, however. I have to manually kick it off for a subsequent clean cycle, which appears to put it back into the beginning cleaning state based on the route it takes. This lead me to thinking that the cleaner isn't as "smart" as I would've expected, which was confirmed with some quick Googling. It appears the real bread and butter of the Roomba lineup starts in the 800 series. The 690 does a decent job of navigation obstacles, but this isn't a unit for those that live cluttered lives. Also, it has a knack for getting itself trapped in rooms; almost every time I've run it, it has gone into my bathroom and shut itself in by closing the door. Now, I know to leave the door closed. My other main issue with this unit is that iRobot only included 1 virtual wall with it. Virtual walls are small block shaped units which all you to put up a virtual fence, keeping the Roomba out of areas you don't want it to go. This is a great idea, and it works great in my experience, but it'd be great if they'd include at least 2, preferably more. The 690 does an adequate job of cleaning, and is great for convenience sake as it requires very little in the way of manual intervention to have it operate. However, the drawbacks of the unit leave me wondering whether one of the more expensive units in the Roomba line would be a better investment.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better Than It Used to Be…But…

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    Mlmpep
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    I tried the Roomba about a decade ago and was not too impressed and ended up returning it. This time, I wanted to see how it has improved since then. I received the Roomba 690 for a try. I took it out of the box and plugged in the charger and placed the unit in it to charge. I came back to it a few hours later and it was fully charged. I looked back in the box and found one virtual wall. I knew from my last experience that one wall wasn’t going to cut it since general area rooms have more than one opening. More will be an extra purchase and an expensive one too! I put the one virtual wall up and turned on the unit by hitting the clean button. It started going around the living room and the virtual wall forced it to leave the room by the other opening. I was disappointed in the noise level from the machine… one could not watch TV while this was going. It went all around the first floor level, I have 4 open rooms with rugs that are about a half inch to three quarters of an inch high and a hallway through the middle of the house. It roamed around the house and I went out to run errands. When I got back, I was pleasantly surprised that the vacuum was in its charging base and found its way back ‘home’. Pretty good. Much better than that of old. This past weekend, I decided to try and hook it up to my WiFi home network and my cell phone. I downloaded the app and started the process..one of the first things I noticed was that my phone was on my 5G network, but the Roomba was not 5G compatible. That sucked. 5G is faster and I did not want to downgrade my speed on my phone, but no choice if I wanted to hook this Roomba up. After 4 or 5 frustrating tries where the app would not progress to the next step, I gave up to come back fresh another day. The next day, on the first try, I was successful. Not sure what was different, but it worked easily and the app worked. My phone was now set up to communicate with the Roomba! I tried it out and it worked great! The next day, I opened the trap to see how much dirt it had sucked up and the bin was absolutely full! Good job! I easily emptied the bin and replaced it in the machine. I set up the Roomba to clean again and took off working outside. When I came back in the house, I had to look all around the first floor to try and find it.. it was not in its charging base. I found it behind my plug-in recliner chair and it got caught in the wire and half of it was on the base of the chair. That’s a problem. Most of my furniture plugs in now, the couch, recliner and other chairs. It is a fact of life… it can’t go around wires? Well, in summary, with the noise, only one virtual wall, the app problems and the battle with the wire and the wire won, I can’t say it is for me. Not to mention, my husband absolutely hated the haphazard carpet marks after the Roomba zigged and zagged all over the carpet!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for day to day cleaning

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    cw77
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    First impressions… Easy to get going. Just remove the Roomba, base, and cord from the box. Plug the base in & set Roomba on the base to charge for a few hours. Nothing else to put together, except for putting batteries in the virtual wall, if you use it. Virtual wall can be used to prevent Roomba from entering areas you don’t want it to clean, i.e. Down a hallway towards the bedrooms, or set a 2 foot perimeter around things like pet food/water. Easy wifi setup via the app, but of course, you have to install yet another app on your phone… App makes it very easy to manually start/pause/cancel a job, or make a weekly schedule. Allows you to specify days of week & times when Roomba will run. Roomba does not support 5Ghz wifi. Probably not a deal breaker for most, but something to be aware of. Integrates with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to start, pause, resume, and stop cleaning. Also lets you ask Alexa where your Roomba is, which causes the Roomba to play some tones. Cleaning Appears to thoroughly cover the room Much louder than a competitor’s robot vacuum. Not stupid loud, but I doubt you’d want to run it when you’re sleeping or trying to watch a show. One area that had a transition from carpet to vinyl - Roomba could not figure out how to get back onto the carpet; kept thinking it was an obstacle, so got stuck in the small vinyl area. I had to manually move it back to carpet. Reports back via the app when it has completed cleaning the room or if it gets stuck Also has trouble with a floor wine rack we have. The rack has a wooden base (about ¾ inch high) that Roomba climbs over, but then can’t figure out how to get back out of. Why it climbs over this, but not the vinyl/carpet transition mentioned earlier, is baffling. Bottom line - If you’re looking for a robot a vac that you can control from an app or Alexa, then you’ll probably be okay with this one. If you’re just looking for a basic robot vac that you can start when you leave for work, there are better (cheaper) options.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK as a vacuum

    Posted
    Leonardo
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    The Roomba 690 excelled in some areas, but a disappointment in others. As a vacuum, it does an OK job. Basically boils down to better to have a roomba vacuum than nothing at all. As this is one of iRobot's cheaper models, it sure does show when it comes to performance and cleaning power. PROS: For starters, the robot is quite smart. This is my first robot vacuum, and the ai definitely exceeded my expectations. My favorite part was that the roomba slowed itself down before bumping into surfaces. This worked extremely well - I had a very light trashcan and the roomba navigated around it graciously without knocking it over. I have seen it get into some very tight corners, and still have no trouble exiting them to complete its job. I see no issues having roomba activate while I'm away. CONS: The setup process was actually more annoying than I had liked. The app failed to proceed to the next step even though roomba had already connected to the network. It was fine after I exited the app and restarted the setup process. However, when I activated roomba to start it's cleaning process, my wireless network when awol. I had to restart the router to get it back... most frustrating and the first time a smart home device had done this to me. After that, the app was barely usable because it kept complaining that I was not on the same network as roomba even though I clearly was. Fortunately, you don't need the app to get it running, it's more of a nice to have. As for performance, it was so-so. I let it run in my kitchen, so basically the best the roomba could hope for. It ran for 30 minutes in a small 200 sq ft of space, and actually picked up more dirt than I had expected. However, after it was done, I was still able to see some places it had missed. The only cause I can think of is that the spinning brush on the side was flinging dust around. Overall, the Roomba 690 is a nice to have. Your $70 vacuum could do a better job, but if you're lazy like I am, this is basically a god send. As my first vacuum robot, I would certainly recommend it to my friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent vacuum, just not for me

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    Chadwick
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    First off, I might have a small vacuum cleaner problem...I'm not necessarily a neat freak, but the Roomba 690 came in as the sixth machine in my cleaning arsenal. Unfortunately, it will likely be relegated to last place, no matter how many I have. Why? It's not very smart, can't seem to manage to find its way around without manual assistance, and gets stuck in nearly every room of the house. When it's not stuck on curtains, cords, bedskirts, under chairs, etc., the cleaning pattern is erratic. It zigs and zags, covering the same area multiple times while totally ignoring others. I really tried to love this machine and thought it would be a real time saver. However, I cannot run it unsupervised (which is kinda the point) since I know there is no way it will not get stuck. Using the virtual wall might help, but only one is included in the box and buying enough to keep the robot away from "danger" areas would simply be cost-prohibitive, not to mention totally cluttering up the floor with gadgets. Doesn't add up to a simpler, cleaner home. If you have a home with wide open spaces, very large openings between every room, and nothing hanging near the floor, this machine might be good for you. In my home, however, I simply don't find it all that useful. About the only use it will get is maintaining the kitchen and den floors since I can corral it in there with the virtual wall. I will say that I didn't experience any difficulties with the initial setup that some others did. Just be sure to very carefully follow the directions and don't try to wing it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A luxury item, for sure

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    PsykoPup
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    I'm still debating on my opinion of this Roomba. This is the first one we've ever owned so I really have nothing to compare it to... other than a regular vacuum cleaner. It was very easy to pair with an iPhone, however I had some difficulty paring with a 2nd device - an Android phone. One thing that's really cool is that we connected the Roomba to our Google Home. Now we can simply ask Google to tell the Roomba to start/stop cleaning. Does it clean the floors? Yes. It moves very easily from tile floor to most carpet. We have fairly thick carpet in one bedroom that seems to prevent it from entering the room. We have to pick it up and put it in the room if we want it to clean in there. It does also get a little stuck on the corners of our rugs in the kitchen. I'm not sure if it still needs to learn our home, but the path it takes is not a very efficient one. During a cleaning session, it will go into our office 2-3 times... once is enough. I sort of expected it to have more of a pattern when cleaning rooms. It seems to randomly criss-cross a room before going into another room. Consequently, I'm still finding myself grabbing our vacuum cleaner to completely clean a room. Oh yeah... I don't think our dogs like it very much, and seem to be irritated by it. They are 11 and 13 years old and the Roomba disturbs their rest every time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    So So

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    Nikki
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    I needed a simple little vacuum to clean up after 3 dogs. I love the feature where you can do everything from your phone. However, if you are looking for a quiet vacuum, look elsewhere. This little vacuum is so loud, you cannot put it on in the house while you're in there because you won't be able to hear anything else. We've had this for about 6 months now, and the home base is starting to be very sensative. For some reason, it has a hard time allowing the vacuum to place itself on the sensors. Which then it is constantly backing up and forth. I've cleaned it, set it in a new place, etc. Nothing. The room sensor fob does not work either. Ive changed batteries, put it in new places and it still does not work. It will allow the vacuum to ride right past by. All in all, unless you do not mind the loudness. This vacuum does its job. (just not under my table)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Louder and less power than higher models

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    GadgetGuy1981
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    The 690 is a good Roomba for a small apartment or single room. Coming from a higher 900 series device my opinion might be a bit skewed but the new 600-series does have all of the improved optics and cleaning accuracy that come with the higher end units but seems to be better suited to carpet than hard floors. Again, if you're looking for multi-room, multi-floor capabilities, seek out an 800 or 900 series Roomba. On carpets, in a single room, the 690 has become a keeper in our carpeted master bedroom. It's about the same noise level as comparable robot vacs, but only has one suction level, and is quiet enough to still enjoy TV or Music in nearby rooms when it's running. The battery life is MUCH improved over previous 6XX models I've used, and this one has adopted the accessories and body style of the last-gen higher end units. All in all Roomba seems like a more aligned product line. The line and area sensors work well to keep the vac out of a room or space, or away from the Christmas Tree/dog bowls/other unvaccumables. Definitely a well-made, easy to maintain product that takes away one more chore!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Robot Vaccum

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    dlowen
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    This is an amazing Vacuum although I do have some complaints. I will start with all of the pros. It keeps your house vacuumed all the time and you do not have to do it yourself. Before I got the vacuumed I was worried the battery would die before it cleaned the whole house but what I found out is that it has a dock that it will return to and charge itself. As far as the cleaning it did a pretty good job cleaning my carpeted floor. My complaints are as follows. I consider myself to be a very techy guy and usually do not have to read instructions to figure something out. This is not the case for this vacuum you must read the instructions in order to operate it and take advantage of all its features. I had trouble connecting the app to control the robot and at this time I still have not figure out how to connect it for some reason. I think this is a great product and probably works fantastic but it does not seem very user friendly at least to the average use who would use it. In the following weeks after messing around with it i am sure I will figure it out and be able to use it to its full advantage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Useful, but expensive for what it does...

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    busymom44
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    I've had this 690 since Christmas, and overall, I am grateful that I can put the robot to work and go do other chores while it vacuums. It wastes lots of energy going over the same spot, again, and again. For what it costs, I would think it could better navigate as it vacuums, but then no one would be motivated to buy the more expensive IRobot that actually maps it's whereabouts. However, I would not pay $700 or $900 for a vacuum. My IRobot has rarely found 'home', never automatically. It does get caught under my couch quite a bit, Navigates pretty well with rugs, but if they are high enough, it will go around them. They should include two barrier sensors for each vacuum. One is not enough. The app doesn't work, even though it did initially. I gave it a three b/c for what you pay, it should perform better. Technology is getting cheaper, and this seems to be a pretty simple device. Still room for improvement, but I do find it useful for what it does. Buy it on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    You're going to want more

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    Trace
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    As a preface to my review I have 3 cats, a dog, and a chinchilla in my house. There is hair. There is hair everywhere. It definitely has found so much hair that it's hard for me to understand where it's coming from. I got this on Black Friday so it was discounted and I've been playing with it now about a month. You need to ensure that all your cables are off the ground. This thing loves to run over cables and get stuck. I mean... The notification on the phone telling you Roomba is stuck is convenient but I feel like the technology should be there for it to realize what it's running over. I have thick carpet too and it worked fine, that was definitely one of my concerns before I purchased it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Neat Gadget

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    Minnesotian
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    It is a neat gadget. To me that is it, just a gadget. It does an OK job of vacuuming. I think its primary purpose should be to use it to do light cleaning in between uses of a standard vacuum. We did our floor with it and saved the stuff in the bin. I then went over the carpet again with our Filter Queen Vacuum and got twice as much as the Roomba did. It would be interesting to spread some dots from a 3 hole punch on the carpet and see how much coverage it is actually getting. Someone else told me what I am doing wrong and how I need to prepare the space before using it. By the time i get done preparing and putting things back I would have been long done with my standard vacuum job

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It does the job

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    Michael
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    Its a vacuum that cleans when you dont want to. Which is definitely the only plus, it get the dust and cat hairs from places you normally dont check or clean. The app does what it needs to do and lets you cancel the job from anywhere you have a network connection. The only thing I wish it did better was not suck up my power cables and ruin them. As well as getting stuck in my closet if it runs over a forgotten sock that fell or missed the basket. It gets stuck a lotttt. Honestly if i could go back and not buy this, i would look at anything else. (Like a Dyson).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not clean

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    byms
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    The irobot goes straight and turns when "sees" a obstacle, so it is cleaning the floor randomly, its path is like a broken fish net, there are lots of big and small areas it never touched, and some area it cleaned over and over again. When it gets into a small area like restroom, it stuck in there for good 15 minutes, can't make its way out, I had to pick it up, take it out then put it down. My mom had to follow it everywhere to move the chairs, shoes, etc., but it only helped a little bit, her biggest complain is the floor is not clean even after 45 minutes of vacuum, she had to finish the job manually. And it also is quite noisy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but not worth the price

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    Mako75
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    The only thing I like is tha I don’t have to clean, you can make the robot run in a schedule with the phone app and it comes with a perimeter sensor that prevents the robot from going places it shouldn’t go. Sometimes it gets stuck cleaning the same spaces or runs for a short period of time. It doesn’t map your home. For that, I think there’s a $700 model, way too much. Picks up decent dirt but still not as strong as a regular plugged in vacuum cleaner. The only reason I haven’t return is because I don’t like cleaning and for what it does is ok.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not adequate for large spaces.

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    MrTp
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    You can expect this to fill up with dust, hair, dirt to full capacity between two 60 minute runs in an average unswept room. It will dip into crevices and clean areas you don't normally. It's navigation is not based on where it has been previously, so expect to see it vacuum the same spots over and over. Only expect it to clean one medium sized room effectively. Pick up your cords, and spot check the area first. Use the virtual wall lazer thing to do it strategically. If you don't want to deal with that maintence, don't buy it. If you want mindless, light cleaning of small to medium sized rooms.(At most a living room.)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works Well for the Most Part

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    JokersWild117
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    I live in a one story 3 bedroom 2100 sq. ft. home. Product works well until the software program cannot calculate how to guide the robot in the correct direction. It will spend 30 minutes in one room covering the whole floor 10 times and 5 minutes in another doing only the border of the room. It has to run all day long just to cover the house. Also beware that when you tell it to return home it will take at least half an hour, doesn't seem that the base and robot communicate unless within inches of each other. It does clean the spots it can get to tho so it does its job, just not efficiently.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Vacuum

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    AthensBulldog
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    I am mostly pleased with this vacuum. It does a good job cleaning my one bedroom apartment. I'm giving it 3 out of 5 stars because it has had trouble returning to its base a couple of times. I think this is because the base is made of plastic and is very light weight. The Roomba sometimes pushes the base around while vacuuming and then can't park itself when its cleaning cycle is finished due to the fact that the front of the base has been turned against the wall. Therefore, the Roomba travels around until the battery drains down or you pick it up and put it on the base manually.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent for Dust, not for Pet Hair

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    Casey
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    I have had this thing since Black Friday now. It does alright with dust and dirt, but my Shepherd leaves lots of hair on the ground and I’ve noticed the Roomba does not adequately pick it up. It also struggles with the border along the rug, like going from hardwood up onto a rug. That border always has fur. I’m almost ready to sell the thing, I have to vacuum manually after it goes for 2 hours so it doesn’t really do it’s job. Yes, I have cleaned it out too.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend