It was bound to be a disappointment – It would get stuck, the battery would be insufficient and it would do a crummy job – but I bought one anyway… and it is incredible.
We have had it for 2 months now and it does just exactly what it says on the tin. To be fair we do have a flat that is basically designed with the robot in mind. Open plan, wood floors, a small amount of furniture with decent floor clearance – it can even get under the sofa.
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It is like a dishwasher: not really a necessity but it would be a huge pain to give up on now we are used to it. Imagine shutting the door on a grubby flat and coming back to find the robot charging in its hutch, a spotless floor testament to the hard work it just put in. Dust motes, re-dried corn-flakes from the kids breakfasts (and Lego) are no problem (remember to fish the Lego out when emptying the hopper).
It seems to mostly sweep up the dirt, the sucking is pretty week, but it maximises its vacuum power by sucking through a thin slit. This works fine on our wood floor, but I can’t imagine it sucking dust-mites out of a deep shag carpet.
It has a low IQ, it ricochets off the furniture to get the job done. This is the equivalent of my generation’s grandparents’ first TV. It is a milestone, but will look pretty dim-witted pretty quickly.