Easy set-up, works well for light trafficked floors [not 'heavy-duty'] very much like the scheduling application and dust pad option. Dirt collector box is easy to clean too. Recommend for hard wood & low pile carpets for in-between regular cleaning.
This is my first robot vacuum so I did not know what to expect. We fully vacuumed our house with a traditional upright vacuum as we have a Husky, and needless to say we can have lots of fur at any given time. About an hour after vacuuming, we set "Skynet" loose just to see how it operated. It surprisingly ran for about 2 hours, (which I imagine will reduce over time as the battery wears). It appeared to cover most of each room it visited, (4 rooms and a hallway). It needed assistance 3 times. The first was when it tangled on a cord that we forgot about under a credenza. The 2nd was when some Husky fur tangled around one of the wheels, and the last was when it finally ran out of juice. I really did not expect too much from the performance, as we had already cleaned, but I was shocked to find the dustbin completely full. That is saying something when it still manages to pick up a bin full of dirt/fur when you have already used a corded upright with a beater brush! I am completely impressed so far. I have only used it twice and you have to figure out where it gets stuck so you can block or remove the obstruction, and when you pick it up to clean the obstruction it loses its "mapping" memory, so it has not found its way back to the base before running out of juice yet...but I believe that after I find all the places that it gets hung up and I am not picking it up to pull out a cord and such, it should be able to return to base, if I understand the operating instructions properly. It does seem to hit the same areas multiple times, and the path seems random, but so far the floors look pretty good. It seems to be able to navigate around chairs and tables nicely. It does not seem to "sense" an upcoming obstruction, but the crescent shaped bumper does not take a lot of pressure to correct the path. So far I'm impressed! I may buy another for our upstairs!
we first got the Roomba from another box store. We liked so.much bc it picked up a.lot of dirt and dog hair. Then I was at a store and saw the rebranded Kobot for half the price. So I said why not. we can test it and see how it goes. Wow! The Kobot picked up even more dirt and dog hair. Probably bc it has 2 brushes. The Roomba only has one. The Kobot is also shorter and smaller so it can get in to spots the Roomba cannot. Yes it can get stuck in tight spots and has to be freed up at times. But am willing to put up with it considering how well it cleans. I just got done replacing our main floor with wood and these robot vacs are great on them. We are keeping both vacs!!!
I'm surprised that this vacuum picked up as much as it does. However, it does the picking up over a long period of time. I may not be standing over it like I would a vacuum in hand, but I still need to be around. The vacuum tends to try to climb over things up to about an 1"high and gets stuck. It will beep to let me know when it's in distress. I have to wait for the beeps to find it especially if it's stuck under furniture. I notice that it also gets stuck under my refrigerator door. I figured that's how it got the scratch marks on top.
I have a great room with wood floors. Lots of chair legs and tables to go around. When I used it the first time, I noticed the long bristle side brushes created enough air movement, that any dusty particles in its path seem to be blown to the side and not towards the center of the machine to be picked up by the underside roller brush.
The machine seems to take the same similar path as well -- meaning that it gets stuck in the same places over and over again. This is a large great room...and, yes, there are lots of obstacles, but the vacuum seems to only partially reach the open spaces as it seems to rely on bouncing off of objects to determine its next path. It's as if it's striving to reach just the outer edges of the room.
So even though it doesn't seem to capture the whole room, the dust bin is proof that it is collecting dust and dirt! It's easy enough to clean the dust bin and to remove the roller to clean out the hairs too. The side brushes seems to reach under the edges of the kitchen cabinets which I like. That's closer than when I use a regular upright vacuum. And this vacuum does know how to find the charging station on its own.
The vacuum is probably only slightly less noisy than a traditional vacuum. But that may be because I'm not hanging over it like I would be with a traditional vacuum.
There are options for having the vacuum run multiple times - ie. vacuum, return to charge and then vacuum again when it's fully charged. Or to set to a schedule. However, I would never run unattended in my home.
I don't think I could ever rely on this vacuum to clean my house regularly. But I do think it's a nice supplement.
First, we named her Tillie. There was minor assembly out of the box, a few hours on the charging station, and she was ready to work. Tillie does a great job going around all the corners of the house, along the baseboards, under the table, etc. She is a bit noisy so there would be no way for us to let her work while we were trying to sleep or had company unless she was on a different floor, and she can't be in the living room if we are watching TV. The only carpet we have in our home is an area rug in the living room and assorted throw rugs - the rest of our home is tile and laminate. She can go over the transition pieces just fine.
I can't attest to her not falling down stairs because we don't have any. She does get hung up on light throw rugs if she tries to turn as she goes over the edge of them, but she does okay if she hits them straight on. She also gets hung up under our loveseat and under one recliner. When she is stuck, she stops moving but gives me an audible beep occasionally to call for help.
I have had to rescue her enough times that I wouldn't let her work if I wasn't in the house. I watched her try to back into the charging station and, even though it was against a wall, she was angled and it kept sliding away from her so I think it should be placed on a rug or more in a corner than on a straight wall and tile. Her dust bin pops out easily and dumps. There is a replaceable filter but I am getting along fine with just tapping it out - it cannot be washed but they do make replacements according to the manual.
All in all, Tillie is a fun gadget that does a decent job on all the dog hair we have in the house as well as all the stuff the parrot throws out of his cage. I especially like to let her work in between my thorough vacuuming days, but she won't completely replace those days for me. The dogs aren't afraid of her at all although the parrot hasn't yet decided if she is friend or foe. She stays charged for quite awhile although she would probably work harder if you had more carpet that we do.