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Unfortunately, disappointed. So much is lacking.
on September 7, 2017
Marginal at best. I really wanted to like this after reading over the reviews, and in about 5 years, these robotic vacuums will be awesome, but they're not there yet. It does a decent job at picking up dust, but there are major downsides, and you won't want to keep this for more than a few months. I am returning mine to Amazon. Make sure you go through the reviews and try to weed out fake reviews on the website. Note there are external websites that do this for you if you do a search.
PICKING UP DUST: 3.5/5. It works about as well as a small hand held vacuum that you take around to pick up small messes. So, you won’t get much power on anything besides a hardwood/tile floor or very thin carpet. It does work on standard carpets, but not that well. Definitely a step down from a standard vacuum cleaner, and no comparison to a steam cleaner. You will be surprised at the amount of dust it can gather though.
BATTERY: 3/5. Advertised for 1.5-2 hours? The BEST I got was an hour. Expect that to decrease over time as the battery dies
RECHARGING: 1/5. It takes 3+ hours to get the full charge.
TIMER MODE: 2/5. This almost never automatically works for me and I followed instructions perfectly.
MANEUVERABILITY: 2.5/5. It is just so dumb. The random mode will take it all around the room, but it will go into a wall at an angle, then it will turn 5 degrees, go forward, then bump into the same wall, then turn 5 degrees, then repeat and repeat. Then it will sometimes do an about face and go elsewhere. There is no rhyme or reason to where it goes.
MODES: 2/5. There is an auto mode, a spot cleaning mode, a periphery cleaning mode, etc. Auto is the go-to, and it is no good. Spot cleaning is pointless – just get your vacuum cleaner if you spilled something. Periphery mode is good, unless you want the actual room cleaned.
RETURNING TO STATION: 1/5. It returned for me in 10% of cases. And that was almost always in the periphery cleaning mode. When it leaves the charging station, it usually pulls the station along with it a little bit, making it hard to dock later.
VALUE: 2/5. At $180, this is not worth it. It’s better than the competitors, but not by much. But just wait for a few years when these things are <$100 and have better software.
PHOTOS: one of the photos is how much dust I got in a few hours of cleaning a 14 x 12 room. It’s a lot! Another photo is how I would randomly find the Robovac – sometimes almost near the recharge station, usually NOWHERE CLOSE. 3rd photo is how the vacuum pulls out the charging station.