I have a new pet.
His name is Roomba.
Isn't he cute?
This is an iRobot Roomba - or, in other words, a robot vacuum cleaner. (My other, live, pets don't exactly know what to think of him yet.)
I shouldn't say that it is new, because Dan and I received it as a Christmas present last year. However, it was one of those things that I put in my closet and kept on putting off getting out. Honestly, I was a little skeptical and didn't really see the benefit.
However, when my aunt came to visit, she set it up for me and now I am never looking back.
I turn the little guy on every other day before I leave to go to work and come home to a freshly vacuumed / swept house.
We have been using it for a few weeks now, so I thought I would write up a little review:
- The obvious clean(er) house. I know that some may not see the benefit of vacuuming everyday, but we have two dogs with a never ending supply of hair. This does a very good maintenance job of keeping the hair contained during the week
- It goes pretty much anywhere - the tile, the hard wood, the carpet. Even down the stairs, if you don't remember to shut the door to the basement. (<--- Not recommended.)
- It cleans right up against furniture without hitting the furniture too hard. It also goes underneath some of our taller cabinets that we would never vacuum under otherwise.
- I don't know how the robot works, but it does a good job of spreading out and not going to the same area again and again.
- The little guy shuts itself off when it is full, or it gets stuck, or it's battery is dead.
- Like any other vacuum, it makes a little bit of noise. Sometimes on the weekend I turn it on and then forget I did. Thirty minutes later I hear something downstairs and get scared, before I realize what it is.
- The dust / hair collection compartment space is limited. This isn't something you can use once a week and expect it to pick up everything is one sweep. I still run my regular vacuum about once a week, and use this on days in between.
- It is pretty pricey. Would I have shelled out that money to buy one for myself? Probably not. However, I am very thankful to receive it as a present.
- it isn't actually a pet. Once it was stuck in the laundry room, and I went in there and actually tried to call it out. I quickly realized what I was doing, and thanked God no one was there to witness.
Yesterday I just ate leftovers (biscuits and gravy and white chicken chili) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it was so nice to not worry about cooking. The bad news is that now we are out of leftovers and we have to cook again tonight.
Thought for the day
I, unfortunately, am the former in this quote. But I look up to and respect those who can!
Question for the day
Have you ever heard of a Roomba? I never had until I opened it as a present.
What other gadgets do you use to make life a little easier?