iRobot Roomba 560 Programmable Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Instore MAKRO £176.24 (£149.99 + VAT) - HotUKDeals
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Yes, this will probably get shot down by people who have never used one, or have used a similar looking vacuum made by somebody else... but those who have used one know how amazing they are - especially for laminate or wooden flooring.

Either way this is by far the cheapest you will find one - snap one up ASAP - you won't be disappointed, and they WILL sell out.

If you have never used an actual iRobot Roomba 560 then please state this before slagging off!

This thing will basically vacuum 4 or 5 rooms on one floor at a set time (when you are out, but reviews say it is more fun watching it!) and once done it will return to its dock to recharge for the next day. It goes under beds, around table legs, it goes right up to skirting boards (it has a rotating feeler brush which whisks dust and stuff right up to the edge) and if it collects a lot in one area it will give it extra time.

It has these 2 little lighthouse things you can put by doorways of rooms you don't want it to go into.

From reading reviews and user websites the only slightly negative thing is you have to pull hairs out of rollers every now and then, especially after the first week when it has sucked up all the stuff your old vacuum has missed over the years, but this is a simple procedure, as is emptying them of the dust. And that it only does one floor at a time - with some people loving them so much they buy a second one for upstairs : D

You will need a Makro card to buy this - they are free and there are threads showing you ways to get them, e.g:
http://hotukdeals.com/item/228571/how-can-i-get-a-makro-card/

Check out the videos on youtube for a slice of the action - cat lovers beware!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewdbilSWjaM

Dig the info-mercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo5lPlG1Khw

Details from the Makro catalogue:

I-ROBOT ROOMBA 560
Programmable robotic vacuum cleaner
Works on all surfaces
Complete with dirt and room size sensor for perfect results
Ref: 306688
sssp 249.99
Save £70.00
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#1
£287.99 at Amazon.co.uk - read the reviews here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/iRobot-Roomb...4177790&sr=8-1

You will need a Makro card to buy this - they are free and there are threads showing you ways to get them, e.g:

http://hotukdeals.com/item/228571/ho...-a-makro-card/

Check out the videos on youtube for a slice of the action - cat lovers beware!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewdbilSWjaM

Dig the info-mercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo5lPlG1Khw
#2
I hate hoovering - this is a lifesaver! :)
#3
kool. id love on of these
banned#4
total gimmick- waste of money
#5
A friend of ours has one of these, and demo'd it when we were there last. Tbh I wasn't impressed, it really doesn't seem to have much suction. Yes, the engineer in me could see how it worked,b but in the time he had it running it really didn't impress me. (He's always been one for toys though, and this definitely qualified).
#6
These things are super !!
Really good for using every now and then.
#7
Ace deal - I have this model and paid a lot more for it. Mine is programmed to clean every morning - is fab!! Yes you have to get the hair out of the brushes every so often, but what vacuum doesn't have that problem. Wouldn't be without mine!

Tempted to get a 2nd one for upstairs at this price!! H&R added.
#8
I have the model below this - the 530 and it is great. If you have kids/pets then stops you having to get the Hoover out every day!

Thoroughly recommend them.

Mark
#9
whatsThePoint
How does it do corners?


Yes, well - I'd say they miss maybe a couple of inches at corners at most. They have a feeler bit that sticks out and goes right up along skirting boards.
#10
These are great fun and a few months ago I really wanted one, but tbh I am far too messy and it would just eat socks and things.
The concept is great, set it and it does your hoovering while you're at work, the reality is not so great if you are not very tidy as it will munch everything small in its way and usually get stuck doing it. Heat added as I love the idea and had a crush on them last year.
#11
My parents have one and they really like it.
They could be so much better though as it's not that smart and spends most of its time bumping into things and feeling its way around obstacles. If it had a memory it would be a lot more efficient and only have to feel around if you've moved things about, ie a chair, bean bag in the middle of the room etc.
#12
whatsThePoint
How does it do corners?


There is a new one out (or coming out) in a different shape to enable it to do corners properly. Probably why these are being reduced.
#13
ElBuc
Yes, this will probably get shot down by people who have never used one, or have used a similar looking vacuum made by somebody else... but those who have used one know how amazing they are - especially for laminate or wooden flooring.

Have one, and overpriced junk that has not been used for over a year... cold
1 Like #14
AndyBrit
Just a shame it can't do stairs lol


Careful now - if they came up with one that could vac the stairs, put damp clothes on radiators and moan about wanting a bigger house, it would render wives obsolete!
#15
kudos1uk
Have one, and overpriced junk that has not been used for over a year... cold


Seconded, have this model and its next to useless. Ours broke after minimal use and needed to be replaced. Rollers constantly need cleaning. The battery powered suction just doesn't cut it. You'd get a higher quality clean using an RC car towing a lint roller.
#16
It sucks!
#17
robdougall
It sucks!


He he!
#18
sallygal
You'd get a higher quality clean using an RC car towing a lint roller.


Maybe, but somebody would have to steer the car, and change the roller, which I'm sure would be more hassle than just using a conventional vac. Surely the only benefit of this device is autonomous operation, and if used very other day I imagine it might do quite a good job on a large area of hard flooring, which alas I don't have. But for those that do - bargain!

:-D
#19
This is how things like the Terminator start I tells yer... has anyone stuck a set of googly eyes on one?
1 Like #20
You must have very tidy houses if you use these, ours usually has many obstacles on the floor such as magazines and cables that would soon either get jammed in it or it would constantly spend its time moving 5mm in any direction until it found an obstacle, it would be like a girl trying to park a car.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn0e6xA5G_8
#21
bishibashi
has anyone stuck a set of googly eyes on one?


Good idea! Why not stick a Rabbit on too and make it England captain!

:w00t:
#22
Great if you have cats.
#23
just reminds of parks and recs DJ Roomba
#24
I love the idea of these and if I thought for one second it could cope with the copius amounts of dog hair my labrador leaves everywhere, i'd be tempted.

Course then he'd only eat the thing....
#25
Fildo Stronst
Good idea! Why not stick a Rabbit on too and make it England captain!

:w00t:


Don't mention "rabbits" when talking about the previous England captain please. You'll upset his wife as he behaved like one!
2 Likes #26
I have this model which I got from MAKRO - but thought it was going to be a gimmick - it isn't if you have wood floors - it's fantastic - but will attempt to list the PROS and CONS of the hoover...

PROS

I have wood floors throughout my house...on wood floors this works fantastically well
It gets right up the skirting far better than a human can...the ''sweeper" that pops out and brushes dirt is fantastic
I leave the house in morning and switch it on and when I come back the house is clean
If finds it's way back to the charging station when the battery is running down - it then sets off again to do some more hoovering once it's recharged - that's very clever and works very wel

CONS

The wife can no longer fulfil her wifely duties which included hoovering...
The suction is not very powerful - I imagine on carpets it's not that good - it's the sweeper element that tidies up in my opinion - on wood floors it's great.
I have to clean the rollers every couple of weeks to remove my wife's hair which seems to get caught up. It takes 2 minutes to clean these maximum....(I'd still rather do this than 1 hour of hoovering)
Sometimes it goes into a room and then closes the door on itself so gets stuck in the room until battery runs out...I feel a bit sorry for it in this instances as it's like having locked your dog in a room all day by accident...in fact it's become a bit like a beloved pet in the house...sad but probably true


For those of you complaining about magazines being littered around the floor I wonder what you do when you vacuum (do you go round these with your vacuum?) - overall hot from me
#27
Got one. Love it!
1 Like #28
sharkmark

I leave the house in morning and switch it on and when I come back the house is clean
If finds it's way back to the charging station when the battery is running down - it then sets off again to do some more hoovering once it's recharged - that's very clever and works very wel


How do you know it's done anything - maybe, once you go off to work, it puts it's jarmies on and goes back to bed and pretends it's been busy all day.
#29
apexialdesigns
How do you know it's done anything - maybe, once you go off to work, it puts it's jarmies on and goes back to bed and pretends it's been busy all day.


No think you are mixing up what my wife does and what this robotic vacuum does...

:thumbsup:
#30
Hoovering? This shows your age. It's called "vacuuming". Hoover is a minor brand in industry, knocked off it's former glory by Dyson. If you have to use a brand name, shouldn't it be "Dysoning". Do you call photocopying "Xeroxing".

Move with the times.:whistling:

What is the airwatts associated with this product?
If it's poor, then the performance will be poor. It just will not such up the dust.

Do a test. Use the "robot" the get put a Dyson, or other cleaner and see what is sucked up.
If it's a lot, it implies the "robot" is poor at it's task.
#31
sharkmark
No you didn't read my post correctly - I said that it has replaced the need for my wife to pretend she's done the hoovering !!!!

:thumbsup:


Oh it's becoming clearer - but maybe if you wanted something to replace your wife, you should have opted for one of the 'HAND HELD' vacuum cleaners:thumbsup:
#32
Correct me if I'm wrong but don't most room have a door sill thus limiting its actions to the room it's in. It's not powerful enough to motor over these, is it?
#33
paulbrannan
Correct me if I'm wrong but don't most room have a door sill thus limiting its actions to the room it's in. It's not powerful enough to motor over these, is it?


yes mine will - It even tries to 'mount' a 12mm piece of hearth that I have in my lounge - it's very very clever and quite adaptable...

It also detects steps and will stop itself before tumbling down the stairs/steps
#34
I want one :(
No Makro near me so looks like i'm back to Dysoning lol.
1 Like #35
Common Sense
Hoovering? This shows your age. It's called "vacuuming". Hoover is a minor brand in industry, knocked off it's former glory by Dyson. If you have to use a brand name, shouldn't it be "Dysoning". Do you call photocopying "Xeroxing".

Move with the times.:whistling:

What is the airwatts associated with this product?
If it's poor, then the performance will be poor. It just will not such up the dust.

Do a test. Use the "robot" the get put a Dyson, or other cleaner and see what is sucked up.
If it's a lot, it implies the "robot" is poor at it's task.


Not sure who you were referring to here (?) but I think you're just going to have to accept that some people will always say 'hoover' rather than 'vacuum' - that's life.

I'm sure every time you go into a bar you've always ask for "...a cola please" rather than " a coke" haven't you? We all ask for Coke when everyone knows the Pepsi taste test means we should all be asking for "Pepsi"...

The 'hoover' or 'vacuum' has managed to pick up my son's lego men in past so sucking power ain't that bad?

P.S I've just given my Dyson away as it's sucking power wasn't up to my secondary Henry which I use for the car - I hated my Dyson and think they're incredibly over-rated.... so no it shouldn't be called "Dysoning" as I have no respect for the company or product - that airblade hand dryer is also a bit rubbish...
#36
I'm assuming it's not so good on carpet? Seems pretty good review for flat smooth surfaces though.. Dang.
#37
My daughter is 14 and says hoovering!!!
1 Like #38
I have a wife to do the hoovering so this is not needed in our house hold...........

wait for it!!!!!!!!!!!!:w00t::w00t:
#39
'Dysoning' as a commonly used term when describing using a vacuum cleaner will only catch on when Dyson produce enough cleaners of sufficient build quality and reliability to make it happen.


That being the case, I think the word 'hoovering' will be with us for a long time.
#40
wendyak;7836287
My daughter is 14 and says hoovering!!!

No surely what you meant to say was when we say to our daughter.......excuse me darling daughter would you mind Hoovering your room ,what she replies in that i would rather be on Mars than listen to you tone at 14............ Hoovering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........I'm sure you will correct me if i'm wrong..........:whistling:

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