Emmaexito wrote:I covet a Roomba....oh how I covet one! But I am concerned that it won't really work in our house. We have an open floor plan, with area rugs. Can a Roomba handle jumping up onto an area rug from a hardwood floor? Or would it get stuck trying to get around it? Also, the floors in the kitchen area are very uneven. Again, would it just get stuck at every change in level? Thanks in advance for your wisdom!
My Roombas and DirtDogs get up onto my low pile rug runners, with with latex backing, with ease. Sometimes they will catch and pull a corner up with them but rarely get stuck and release the edge as they move on. Dirtdogs are much more aggressive in doing this with their strong brush action.
My daughter has some antique woven rugs (non-pile) and one thick piled, higher, area rug. Her Original Silver, Discovery, and Dirtdog have no problems transitioning up nor do they catch the edges or (lucky for her) the fringe on one. All but Dirtdog have trouble transitioning up onto her very uneven, heavily grouted tile kitchen. Once they are up there they do fine and can transition back down to the wood flooring with ease.
My neighbor, with Discovery, has wood floors, several antique woven rugs, and kitchen tile with heavy grout lines. Roomba does great and doesn't catch on the little bit of fringe on some rugs. No problems with grout lines but her tiles are pretty even in height. She has one thick, dense piled runner in a hallway that has tassels on corners that Roomba loves to try and devour, though.
As far as fringe goes....and not everyone would want to to this... years ago, before we moved to the "wild woods" where carpeting is not advisable, especially with a pack of large and GIANT house-dogs, we had a good sized, wool area rug with fringe. I, 1) got tired of hand vacuuming and combing dog hairs out of the fringe and 2) got tired of the occasional chewing one particular dog did on the fringe, so I gave it a haircut and removed all the fringe. We actually liked the look better and it was certainly easier to clean. Mind you this wasn't an antique so "resell value" was of no concern. BTW... of all the rugs, runners, and carpeting we've had over the years, wool held doggie odors the least of all.
I'm sure more people will advise you and even ask for more details to help you determine if there will be any problems.
Hope this helps some.
Bunch 4xx's(2002 on), 2-530, 2-535, 2-550, 1-570, 1-536, 7 Scoobas, 9 Dirtdogs, QQ-2, 3 Trilobites, 3 Pool Cleaners (vac/pressure/robot), SolarBreeze Pool Skimmer ver. 2 beta, SpotBot, CREATE, ROVIO, FURMANATORS = 1 MASTIFF, 2 LABRADOODLES