I've just spent 2 days reading about Roomba's, I think I'm obsessed !
I just found an alternative called the robomop (robomaid) which would be way cheaper, even including cost of refills, but i dunno, doesn't have the Roomba appeal and i'n concerned it wouldn't be able to deal with similar amounts of cat hair.
-I have 4 longhaired cats which makes for a considerable amount of hair.
I read there is some kind of pet brush available, would that be compatible with the 5xx series ?
-I have thighlength hair (but I don't shed much
) and BF has shoulderlength hair, would that be a problem for Roomba ?
- Would Roomba have problems with toy mice lying around the house, eg under the couch ?
- how is Roomba's trackrecord as far as scaring cats goes ? I've seen the Youtube vids of cats riding on or playing with it, doesn't have to be that good but is it commonly tolerated by cats ?
- We live in an apartment, just one floor. All laminate flooring, no cables lying around because of the kitties. Measured all furniture, Roomba shouldn't get stuck anywhere I think. No threshold between livingroom and bedroom (40m2/430 sq ft altogether) and no thresholds in area that covers study, l-shaped hallway and guest bedroom either. (this area is also 40m2/430 sq ft) I think Roomba could cover one half of the house on it's own but would need assistance to get to the other half because of the thresholds ? Would it make sense to look for a model with a scheduler ? In that case, would Roomba need a docking station in both parts of the house ? Is it necessary to have lighthouses for an area of 40m2 ?
I live in the Netherlands and if I want to buy a Roomba here it seems like I only have the choice between a 530 or a 560. The 530 costs 300 euro/466 USD and the 560 costs 400 euro/622 USD
I set my sights on the 560 because I thought I would need lighthouses, but I'm not willing to pay that much. The 530 for that price I'm willing to consider, especially because I could have a warranty.
If I were to import one, what should I take into account ? Of course I thought of shipping, customs and a transformer, and probably no warranty because I live in the wrong place (maybe I could get around that by buying via a friend in the States).
Would you advise me to get the 4xx or 5xx series ? The idea of the scheduler appeals to me but I think I could live without it in case of huge price differences.
Any answers to my questions are greatly appreciated, I'm so exciting at the thought of having one of those little guys zooming around the house !