Harmonica wrote:I use the 3h program. Once or twice a week. Still it is amazing how clean the floors are.
I don't know what you do at your houses to need that much cleaning.
a4refillpad wrote:I like running all my bots everyday. If you can then why not?
a4refillpad wrote:I have mine on a remote now so my daily scheduling is actually controlled by computer. I do not even need to reach over and press a button!
a4refillpad wrote:Don't know about yourself but a floor is a floor. Largest surface area in the house and the largest receptacle of dirt dust and fluff. We're not an untidy family but these robots are just not as good as a human being at vacuuming with a full blown machine. The only way to compensate is to run very regularly which in my house removes the need to bring out my meile completely! I only need to use the handheld vacuum for the stairs. My view is life too short to care for the life of the device. The karcher is very robust and well engineered and I hope can live a very long while. Parts also seem readily available so I am little concerned.
a4refillpad wrote:As for the remote control feature, I did start a thread but it didn't seem to gather much interest. I simply fitted a 433mhz receiver into the circuitry and using a telldus device on my pc integrated it into my existing home automation software. Great thing is I can also decide to start or stop the robot manually from my android phone if I want to. I've found the battery drain to be negligible and very convenient. Always found it very retro that I needed to reach over and manually start the neato/vr100 and karcher. Now my karcher is done I only wish the neato was as easy to mod.
robocleaner wrote:I like the discipline of checking my floors for stray socks, CD's/Blu-ray discs, and paperwork I've casually strewn around the place before pressing the GO button - I'm inherently quite lazy and untidy, and this forces me to tidy up a bit before setting the robotic cleaner going! But nevertheless I'd be very interested to learn how you've done that!
a4refillpad wrote:The karcher is the least picky of my robots and can easily cope with most things being left around and I so far never encountered any issues even with young children in my family. Guys, don't like the sound of your houses with socks, paper and dvd cases lying all over the place! Even if I wanted to, my other half would not want to live like that!
... and yes I suppose it does force us to not leave the place in a complete mess every day. Which is good right?
Each to their own I guess.
a4refillpad wrote:I've yet to have any hands on experience with robokings though I would love to. Have actually run out of locations to utilise all of my current kit at the moment!
Purely based on observations of other people's posts and videos, the robokings appear to be mainly geared for hardfloors and navigate in a similar fashion to Samsung robots. Key feature differences are the ultrasonic sensors and easy access to dirtbin. I don't like passing judgement on any device I've not tried first hand but does look very nice.
It is radically different to a karcher, which does not map the environment and is relatively simple in technology but "just works" and works very well.
djos wrote:..., the Neato is the best all-round mapping Vacuum bot and only bot capable of reliably cleaning an entire decent size house with multiple floor types.
a4refillpad wrote:Thak you @djos, to say it as best all-round is again another example of a polarised view I spoke about. It is a good robot but from my experience not the only one capable of doing that.
djos wrote:If you don't mind the lack of auto empty, the Neato is the best all-round mapping Vacuum bot and only bot capable of reliably cleaning an entire decent size house with multiple floor types.
djos wrote:The Korean bots seem optimized mainly for smooth hard floors and don't work as well on carpet.
djos wrote:Karcher is definitely the best non-mapping bot but to clean an entire house you'd have to run it for 6-9 hours and prolly still won't get the same coverage as a good mapping bot.
a4refillpad wrote:I did. Still don't think it is the best all round robot. if you want to go down that route then how is it better than my vorwerk?
a4refillpad wrote:Not to mention greater airflow, faster rpm main brush and better acoustic dampening too. Still not perfect for every scenario I find. Which is my point. He needs to look at the environment he's going to use the bot and make a choice based on that.
a4refillpad wrote:Until recently I unfairly dismissed Roombas after testing the 500 series a long while ago. The 770 has impressed me and I have it somewhere which is perfect for its capabilities.
a4refillpad wrote:(500 was a typo, struggling with android keyboard)
770 cleans deep pile carpet very thoroughly with v good aerovac2 suction, dirt detect and edge cleaning. Its not clever at navigation but cleans very well. Also a lot less noisy than previous gens.