As a housewarming gift, we received a robot vacuum. I thought I'd like it. Instead, I love it. And I'm not much of a housekeeper. I grocery shop, meal plan, cook, do laundry, etc., but cleaning I despise. This machine has taken the effort out of vacuuming, all we have to do is empty the container when it tells us it's full.
My Heart's Desire dubbed it R2D2. It has a timer so every morning at 10, R2D2 turns itself on, vacuums, then puts itself back in the dock. It's loud, like a regular vacuum, but I couldn't care less. On the weekends sometimes I don't want to hear it, so if I'm home, I'll turn it off at 10 and then tell it to go when we leave the house.
Because we know it runs every morning, it forces us to pick stuff up off the floor every night. We already lost one of Babyface's books when he left it in his box fort and R2D2 tried to clean it.
Here's the thing that's wonderful about R2D2: it does every single
thing, every single time. Under the furniture. Around corners
thoroughly. It has a low profile so it slides right under our beds,
chairs, sofa, sideboard, actually all of the furniture. Even when we
think the house is clean, it's amazing how much schmutz R2D2 vacuums up.
When I come home, our house looks clean because of these carpet lines. I never knew that I liked carpet lines so much...but I really, really do. It cleans in a random pattern.
When my mother visited last month, she was also impressed with R2D2. She's a senior and vacuuming isn't an easy chore for her. I was going to buy her R2D2 for her birthday, but she liked it so much she bought one for herself. Considering that I get my thrifty gene from her, I was surprised.
The R2D2 we have is the fancy one, the iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot For Pets and Allergies. I have tons of environmental allergies and between taking off our shoes in the house and R2D2, it's helped. I wouldn't have bought it just because of the price point, but now that we've used it, I recommend it. My mom bought an earlier model, the Robot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and likes it just as much as I like mine.
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