Hello, first post, so pls bear with me if anything I ask has already been covered elsewhere
I want to buy a Roomba, and have been trawling through different sites and YouTube checking them out. I thought I'd go for a 530, because I don't really care about the scheduling option, but have seen the YouTube vids about the gear box issues (which I've seen on this forum too). Now I think my favourite is the Discovery XE, the one with the remote and self-docking station and a bigger bin than the originals or the Pro Elite, but a list I found of model numbers shows the XE to be a 5 series - so does this one also have gear box issues too?
We have a cat that sheds, and if cat hair is going to be a problem then cynical BF might get his way and manage to talk me out of getting one of these cool bots!
I want one for several reasons:
1. I'm recovering from breast cancer, and the chemo and radiotherapy plus hormone treatments have left me exhausted beyond belief, certainly too knackered to do anyt housework.
2. BF won't hoover unless his parents are coming to stay, or unless we have a viewing scheduled on the house (only been on the market since last May!)
3. Current upright hoover is an old original Dyson, a DC01, which BF has very difficult relationship with. Dyson always breaks down when he uses it, BF swears and takes hammer to it, Dyson comes back to life eventually. Dyson inexplicably just stopped working on Friday. Worked in one room, unplugged it, plugged into bedroom, nothing. Found BF in familiar Swearing At Dyson mode, feared for Dysons life and got him to calm down. And no, it wasn't the fuse or the plug or the socket. After I'd found out about Roombas online, Dyson came back to life again. I'm actually quite attached to my Dyson, BUT it still needs pushing around!
In theory then, a Roomba would be a perfect solution for me - even if it didn't do absolutely as thorough a job as a conventional hoover, it would be enough to have the hoovering just kept on top of, so that we don't have a mammoth cleaning task ahead whenever our estate agent calls up and tells us we have a viewing the next day (bless, NOT!).
So, which one is the most reliable? Which do any of you prefer? How prevalent is this 5 series gear box issue? What should I do????? lol
Thanks in advance,