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Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby Icon » Fri Jul 06, 2018 13:10

Hello fellow housekeeping specialists. Has anyone here purchased a robotic vacuum cleaner? Any tips/opinions/warning? I am considering a made in Taiwan Panasonic, it is a third of the price of the made in Japan one.

On that topic, is the famous normal vacuum cleaner by Dyson really worth that humongous amount of money?
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby Toad » Fri Jul 06, 2018 14:30

Most battery-powered appliances are a pile of crap because the batteries are undersized and/or inferior quality. High-discharge-rate, long-life batteries are extremely expensive, so white-goods manufacturers just don't use them. What tends to happen is that the vacuum cleaner will work fine, but the batteries will stop taking a charge after, like, 100 cycles.

Never had a Dyson, but I know several people who do and they like them. However, they are overly complex and not particularly good build quality. My sister's had some trivial little thingy snapped off which rendered it useless.
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby jimipresley » Sat Jul 07, 2018 17:09

I stood outside a coffee shop thingie on the way to to the work thing the other day. One of those Roomba things had been left to do its thinging. I watched it bang around, doing its thing thing for twenty minutes (I was early and had a cigarette thing). Its thing was that it cleaned a square meter for twenty minutes. It was an immaculately clean square meter thing. It didn't seem to want to thing elsewhere, though.
Those things seem very territorial.
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby Big Vern » Sat Jul 07, 2018 19:53

What do you think those things get up to when you're out at work? AI increases exponentially and I can guarantee you they are up to no good.
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby Icon » Sat Jul 07, 2018 23:27

Today I went to the Pet Show and fell in love with an industrial size vacuum cleaner. 25k, but with 8 pets, worth it.
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby Toad » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:48

Big Vern wrote:What do you think those things get up to when you're out at work? AI increases exponentially and I can guarantee you they are up to no good.

One day you'll come downstairs and there'll be a whole bunch of teacup-sized robot vacuum cleaners spewing stuff all over the floor with the original one chasing them around ineffectually.
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby Dragonbones » Mon Jul 09, 2018 08:44

Icon wrote:Today I went to the Pet Show and fell in love with an industrial size vacuum cleaner. 25k, but with 8 pets, worth it.


If it has a 10-year warranty (HIGHLY unlikely) and breaks right after the warranty expires, you'll be spending 2,500 every year on the vacuum, which seems unreasonable, given that you can buy a decently functioning vacuum for what, 3000? And if the warranty is 1 year (likely), and it breaks soon after, your cost goes way up. So.... for me it makes no sense to buy that kind of overpriced item unless you are wealthy and can afford 'the best' on such things.

As to the tiny robots, I can't imagine they can pack enough battery, motor and fan into something the size of a dinner plate to do a good job cleaning. They look like cute gadgets to me, not real, functioning tools. But I'd be keen to learn differently from any satisfied users.
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby Icon » Mon Jul 09, 2018 22:44

The idea is that it won't break as easily and will have better Y se. Normal average 3000 to 5000 NTD vacuum cleaners simply do not have the sucking job to get it done. As said, those fancy cordless batteries won't last and anything with power is on the 20k range.

I just brushed one cat and I get a handful of fur. Wish I could knit.
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby sandman » Tue Jul 10, 2018 16:13

We have one for upstairs. Works well, and finds its way back to its docking station. Almost silent.
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby John Ross » Tue Jul 10, 2018 16:33

The Forces of Darkness (i.e. the wife) wanted to get a Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaner. However, I laid down the law; I wasn't having any commie device in my castle. I'm not zealous in my avoidance of Made in China products but I do try - if there's a reasonably priced non-ChiCom alternative, then that's what I get.

And so a patriotic purchase was made, in this case a Taiwanese "Mr Smart" robot cleaner. Less than six months old and we've already had to send it back to the factory for repairs, several times. After the first breakdown, my wife bought a Xiaomi, and although I suspect it's a PLA spying devise gathering information on my preparations for Operation Spank the Panda, I have to admit that it's an impressive machine which has given us no trouble. (I guess they build their spying equipment to higher specifications than their regular household appliances.)
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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

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Re: Robot vacuum cleaner

Postby Icon » Tue Jul 10, 2018 20:47

sandman wrote:We have one for upstairs. Works well, and finds its way back to its docking station. Almost silent.


What brand, may I know?
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