And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

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And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

Postby xuor » November 8th, 2013, 9:07 pm

I'm trying to make my wife's life easier. I want to get her the "best" robotic vacuum. I've decided that's the Neato.

I've been monitoring deal and review sites for months, trying to get the very best price on the very best vacuum. I've read and I've read, and it's all mushed together in my head.

Everyone keeps saying that the Neato vacuums are essentially unchanged with newer versions. As a software developer, I can't stand the thought of newer not equaling better! So, before I buy, I want to be as sure as I can that I'm doing the right thing.

I've found three different price points for the Neato:

    XV-11 for $220 (and a $45 giftcard) - WalMart
    XV-14 Pet Series for $299 (a six filters/brushes) - Costco
    XV Signature Pro for $350 - Woot

We have a dog, so I want the pet features. I just want the "best" vacuum, for the least money. Of the three above, which one makes the most sense? If the Signature Pro were materially better, I'd buy it, despite the higher price. But it sounds like the WalMart XV-11 is just as good.

Help!
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Re: And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

Postby vic7767 » November 8th, 2013, 9:19 pm

You're right, go for the XV-11 from Walmart. The newer firmware and Rev64 circuit board are present in that model and there is nothing better out there in Neato land. You may want to order a Pet brush as well.
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Re: And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

Postby xuor » November 9th, 2013, 12:18 pm

Thanks! I think that's what I'll do, then. Unless I'm crazy, the WalMart price went up by $35 since yesterday, but it's still the best price around. I'll get the Pet & Allergy upgrade kit for $40 from them as well.

I've seen a lot of people recommend getting a multi-year warranty through WalMart. Is this still a good idea? I typically avoid warranties as superfluous.
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Re: And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

Postby vic7767 » November 9th, 2013, 12:23 pm

Absolutely get the warranty ! That will be money WELL spent. If not then you'll be using one of my websites a lot.
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Re: And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

Postby invenio » November 9th, 2013, 12:40 pm

I also bought the XV-11 from Walmart. Definitely go with the warranty, it's only $28 for three years. If you plan to use Neato heavily, it would not be unexpected to break in that time period.
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Re: And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

Postby frenchie » November 12th, 2013, 12:30 pm

Hi everyone,
I searched around but couldn't get an answer... I'd like to know if the changes in the newer Neato models (see here viewtopic.php?f=20&t=17141) have also been made to the XV-11 model ? The Neato folks seem to be saying that all models are identical internally, and that only the accessories and color are different (pet filter and brush / green or white), but a confirmation would be nice.
The walmart offer is very tempting, but it would be even more tempting with the modifications !
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Re: And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

Postby vic7767 » November 12th, 2013, 1:35 pm

The new XV11 from Walmart has the latest firmware and hardware available.
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Re: And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

Postby frenchie » November 12th, 2013, 1:42 pm

vic7767 wrote:The new XV11 from Walmart has the latest firmware and hardware available.

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Re: And again, which Neato should I buy for my wife?

Postby jrambonnet » November 13th, 2013, 3:45 pm

Have not received it yet but I purchased the XV-11 at Walmart.com for $199.00 yesterday and the 3 year warranty for $19 with free shipping and ordered the Pet Brush kit on Amazon.

Noticed that the XV-11 has increased $30 since yesterday so SCORE for me! Can wait to get the little guy. :dance:
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