Floor Vacuum Robot
Best Mom Timer Saver - Vacuum Robot
I'm nominating a Roomba vacuum as a Best Mom idea for the house.
I never thought I would need to clean the floor so often, but I quickly found myself sweeping up everyday after my little boy would leave a crumb trail after every snack or meal. It didn't help that I have a cat that also adds hair to the mix. My husband and I did some 'googling' and found out that these little robots could run around and clean the floor for us every night.
The Roomba 650 is Amazon's best selling robotic vacuum at a cost of $325. With a 4.5 star rating and over 2200 reviews, it's hard to argue with choosing that one. It is the one that I own. If you were going to go with a nicer one, the 770 looks nearly identical to mine and is not worth the extra money. You will need to jump to the 800 series like the 880. There are some other brands that are newer, but they just don't have enough reviews out right now for me to trust them with a big purchase like this.
Consider the Math:
I was sweeping the downstairs hardwoods every day . . . lets call it 300 times a year. Now I never sweep the downstairs; I let the Roomba do a 'run' every other day as I go to bed or leave the house. Therefore, the Roomba has saved me from sweeping 300 times in one year, I expect the Roomba should last at least three years so that is 900 sweeps! The Roomba also does an excellent job vacuuming carpets, so if I don't have time to vacuum myself I let the Roomba do it for me. That's a big savings to any mom who is in a time crunch! We are coming up on one and a half years of having it and feel like it was money well spent.
*Please Note: The Roomba vacuum doesn't do a wet clean so you will still need to swiffer or mop your floors however often you prefer.
Is a Roomba worth the money?
I was really skeptical at first, but now I'd tell you yes. I felt a bit silly spending a bunch of money on a robot!
I would equate buying a Roomba to buying yourself some more time. Let the Roomba run around the house and do your dirty work while you are doing other chores or running errands.
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Update 3 years after having Roomba:
I just wanted to update everyone on my experience with Roomba 3 years after I have had it. I still believe Roomba was while worth the money! We now have 3 children, so that's triple the crumbs and mess I had when I first purchased Roomba. I have so much time to spend with my family instead of having to constantly clean up little messes.
We did have to buy replacement parts after 3 years of use. The spinning side brush lost it's bristles overtime. Of course, we do use Roomba every night so it was bond to happen with that much use. The replacement parts kit was only $39.
The only downside I have seen with Roomba is that since it sweeps around the baseboards of the house, overtime it starts to leave black marks on the corners of baseboards and doors. So, if you are interested in a Roomba, then I would get the white Roomba so that it doesn't leave marks.
I've posted a few pictures of our very "loved" Roomba below.