Well, of course I'm biased.
I have two 535s with a 570 from HS on its way. I am sold on the 5xx version and only using the Sage for Pets I have because they are new and I have two year extended protection plan from HSN
. They will probably not last 3 years so I figure they will eventually be replaced by 5xx's from HSN
. AND I really shouldn't afford
, right now, to replace them all.
The older versions do a great job but
for those of us who have extreme environments, i.e., continuous production of vast amounts of hair and dust in large areas, the 5xx version is just so much easier and faster to clean. I, personally, think they clean better too. Some people don't need or want the scheduling function. I prefer to turn them on manually for the most extreme part of my house but do like the scheduling for less used areas. (I don't have to clean the 'bots, Sages for Pets, every single run in those areas.)
deal is a great bargain. You only get one Lighthouse but I'm doing fine not using them, LHs, at all in the area, formally two large zones, that gets cleaned at least once a day, usually twice, by two 535s I turn on manually. They clean approximately 1200 sq ft of tile, roaming freely, and now that I know the "traps", consistently make it back to their home bases. I do use the old VWs to keep them from going into a room that Sage for Pets is scheduled to clean daily and from escaping out the back door or getting hung on the threshold.
I gave my DD a DirtDog and a Discovery. She is doing great with those and if I were getting her one now I would go with the 535 from HSN
. She doesn't have any interest in the scheduling but your kids might.
When the 570 gets here I am going to experiment with it upstairs in a three and four room setup using the two LHs that come with it and the two I have from the two 535's. I may get really sold on the 550-570 versions, extra LH's for spaces broken up as rooms, and the scheduling. In a few weeks I might just say "Go with the 550 or up" but for now I can't advise that.
I will add that I love all my 'bots and the job they do. Some are good helpers; some are GREAT helpers.
Oh goodness, decisions, decisions.........
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