I am ecstatic for this post. I truly cannot say enough good things about our Roomba. I am mainly speaking for the Roomba 880 because that is what Ian and I have, but I have a good feeling all the other Roomba models are probably pretty fabulous.
As I have spoken about many times before, Ian and I have 3 heavy shedding dogs. And, I mean heavy. I’m pretty certain each dog sheds enough hair to create an even larger new dog. It is unreal how much dog hair accumulates even within a few hours!
I was getting so frustrated with the dog hair situation. I felt like I was practically swimming in dog hair, and I kept finding it in the grossest places, which many of those places will be TMI, so I will refrain from sharing. But, I knew I needed a solution when I kept finding dog hair in my food. How it got there, I have no idea. I keep the kitchen extremely clean, but I guess this happens when you have two dogs who have ultra-fine hair that sticks to you like Velcro. Our German Shepherd mix has very course hair, so it is easier to remove. I have to use about 4 lint roller sheets before I step out into the world outside of our dog hair filled home.
I love our three girls, and they bring endless amounts of joy to my life. But, I have never hated dog hair more than I do now. I knew what I was signing myself up for with 3 dogs, but I definitely was not prepared for the endless dog hair.
I felt like the vacuuming was non-stop, and, eventually, Ian and I decided to vacuum once a week and sweep daily because fighting the dog hair was preventing us from being able to do other things we needed to do. We were also using the Furminator brush as often as possible, which helped, but it was still not enough to fight the mountains of dog hair that seemed to magically appear every single day. It was as if somehow the girls (our dogs) invited 12 dogs over when we weren’t home because I could not believe how much hair we were battling.
So, I threw in the towel. I knew Ian’s and my efforts were not enough to stay on top of the hairy mess the house always seemed to be, and Ian and I started contemplating investing in a Roomba.
In case you have not heard of an iRobot Roomba, it is a vacuuming robot. It depends on which model you get to get different features. I believe the latest model is the 980, and it is more high tech where you can program and run the Roomba from the iRobot HOME App. It also has a camera in the Roomba to help it navigate rooms and furniture more smoothly. It’s a pretty cool upgrade and very tempting, especially if you love tech stuff.
The reason Ian and I went with the 880 is because we did not feel we needed the extra tech upgrade, yet. I primarily work from home, so I can easily run the Roomba, and we can schedule it to run manually. It also felt like the smart decision for us to save a few hundred dollars. Eventually, we will upgrade, but we will probably do that when we decide to upgrade into a bigger house. The 880 model was perfect for our needs, and we felt it would reduce the amount of time we were spending on cleaning.
My Experience with the Roomba 880
- Assembling and setting up your Roomba out of the box is seamless.
- I really do not think the engineers who developed this machine could have made it any more user friendly! Despite being a millennial, I am not the most tech savvy. I have a general idea of how things work, but, usually, I am constantly asking Ian questions. (I mentioned in this post how I feel I was born in the wrong decade with how I would love to have been an 80’s teen). I assembled and got the Roomba running without any questions or needed assistance. The Roomba gives you clear guidance even on the robot itself! It tells you how to remove the various parts for cleaning, and it’s impossible not to assemble it back incorrectly. Win win right there!
- You also get a very detailed instruction manual that also tells you how to clean and maintain your Roomba for optimal usage and how to extend its life.
- It is easy to clean.
- There are cleaning instructions in the user manual. This mainly involves removing the rollers and spinning side brushes, removing any debris that has accumulated, and giving the Roomba a good wipe down to remove dust.
- There are replaceable parts.
- There is no need to purchase an entirely new Roomba when one of the parts can no longer can be used. There are many kits you can buy to change the rollers (actually called AeroForce Extractors), spinning side brushes, as well as the AeroForce Filters!
- It picks up the finest dust and particles, which helps reduce our allergies, and fits into hard to reach places.
- From our experience, the Roomba picks up more debris and dust than Ian and I ever could with our regular vacuum. It also goes under the couch! Which is a dream, especially if you don’t want to rearrange furniture every time you vacuum. But, your furniture needs to have at least a 3 ½” gap from the floor to the base for the Roomba to be able to go underneath.
- After looking at the AeroForce filter after one use, I could not believe how much dust and dirt it picked up. After getting the Roomba, I noticed Ian and I were not sneezing as often. I also tend to get very itchy eyes, and I noticed a huge reduction in that as well once we used our Roomba daily. The other benefit is all the dirt and hair the Roomba picks up is easily removed from a bin that clicks on and off the back of the Roomba. It also lets you know when the trash bin is full and needs to be removed.
- The biggest benefit, is our dog hair issues have been resolved, and we have more time to do other things we want to do!
- I run our Roomba about twice a day. I have found this is the optimal way to keep dog hair at a minimum, and I can definitely tell whenever I forget to run it one day. Even with running it twice a day, I am in shock with the amount of dog hair it still picks up.
Are there any downsides?
Yes. There are a couple. Nothing in this world is going to completely perfect. 😉 One is this vacuuming robot is expensive. Ian and I waited a while and intentionally saved up to get the model we wanted, but I can honestly say it has paid its weight in gold, and, as Ian always tells me before making a purchase like this, time is money. It was worth it to us to pay more upfront to save ourselves time cleaning in the long run.
The other downside is our Roomba tends to get stuck at times. Somehow, it forces part of itself under a piece of furniture that is definitely lower than 3”, and I have to pull it out and move it. I wonder if this issue is resolved in the 980 since it navigates the room with a built in camera. I will have to look into that. When our Roomba gets stuck, it can be frustrating sometimes, but it does not happen too often. Other than that, we have not had any issues with it!
Ian and I highly recommend an iRobot Roomba to all of our friends and family. My parents even got one after seeing ours in action. 😉 And, now my brother and his fiancé are considering one as well. There are many different models with a wide range of prices, so just research and see what suits your needs! I cannot speak for the other models, but Ian and I love our 880. I had my doubts that it would really resolve our dog hair situation, but it surpassed all my hopes and expectations.
My next post is extra heated and fiery. And, I would say passionate. You will see a few photos of a 1,000 + degree F fire in our brick oven in our back yard. 😉 Basically, I will share our brick oven experience, how we use it, and how it makes the best pizza I have ever had in my life! I don’t think Ian and I can ever have a home without a brick oven at this point. We are so spoiled it is kind of ridiculous.
What are your solutions for keeping dog hair at a minimum? And, don’t say, “Get a dog that doesn’t shed.” 😛