iRobot Roomba 560 Programmable Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Instore MAKRO £218.49
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iRobot Roomba 560 Programmable Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Instore MAKRO £218.49

£218.49
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Found 15th May 2009
Look it up for more info and if you can find it for less than £237 then post it here and vote cold - otherwise vote hot or don't vote. Actually do what you want, I don't care

Look on youtube for loads of videos of it in action.

I posted this before when it was cheaper but that only lasted a week or two... this one runs instore at Makro from May 20 - June 2 but it will sell out quickly.

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"Look it up for more info and if you can find it for less than £237 then post it here and vote cold - otherwise vote hot or don't vote. Actually do what you want, I don't care"

Seems rather a hostile start to the posting. Was this really necessary? If it is a good deal it will rise on its merits.

I'm very tempted with this... especially since someone posted the Roomba Driver cat video link on here a while back

Can it traverse small steps within a room - i.e. from a wooden floor onto a rug?

"Look it up for more info and if you can find it for less than £237 then … "Look it up for more info and if you can find it for less than £237 then post it here and vote cold - otherwise vote hot or don't vote. Actually do what you want, I don't care"



Lol, price doesn't wholly make a deal hot or not. Just coz it's the cheapest around doesn't make it a good deal, infact I think it's pretty cold - could buy a good dyson for that price and properly hoover your place.

Not voting either way, only cold in my opnion.

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mrcoxexcel;5219877

"Look it up for more info and if you can find it for less than £237 then … "Look it up for more info and if you can find it for less than £237 then post it here and vote cold - otherwise vote hot or don't vote. Actually do what you want, I don't care"Seems rather a hostile start to the posting. Was this really necessary? If it is a good deal it will rise on its merits.



I just changed my mind while typing and couldn't be bothered to edit it

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petermerritt;5219895

Lol, price doesn't wholly make a deal hot or not. Just coz it's the … Lol, price doesn't wholly make a deal hot or not. Just coz it's the cheapest around doesn't make it a good deal, infact I think it's pretty cold - could buy a good dyson for that price and properly hoover your place.Not voting either way, only cold in my opnion.



Exactly!

petermerritt;5219895

Lol, price doesn't wholly make a deal hot or not. Just coz it's the … Lol, price doesn't wholly make a deal hot or not. Just coz it's the cheapest around doesn't make it a good deal, infact I think it's pretty cold - could buy a good dyson for that price and properly hoover your place.Not voting either way, only cold in my opnion.



Cos that's how the voting should work :thinking:

One man's meat is another man's poison and all that. Some people don't want a Dyson they want a robotic hoover that does the work for them. If it can't be bought elsewhere cheaper then it shouldn't be cold

There should be some kind of intelligence test before you get to vote on here. People vote things -1000 because multiple items have been posted using the same voucher codes (nevermind the highlighted deal might actually have bypassed some people and is of interest) while someone posts a cheap vibrator and the children come out in force cos we seem to still live in a time where sex toys provoke childish giggles :roll:

I would love a robot hoover and would be interested in buying one. The problem with these models are they are very poor at doing the job intended, does anyone know of a better robot hoover?

Whatever cold or hot, good effort for posting. +1

Some people don't want a Dyson they want a robotic hoover that does the … Some people don't want a Dyson they want a robotic hoover that does the work for them



Sorry to be picky, but these robot hoovers aren't ANYTHING like as powerful as a normal hoover - I'm not talking just about the 2KW figure some hoovers boast, but the suction on these small battery powered ones is not enough to do a proper vac around. I dunno, if they were £50 I might be tempted (got a laminate floor to which they're quite suited) ... but at £200+ they seem pricey.

We have a Roomba and I can thoroughly recommend it - the only thing it is not good with is rugs. You need to lift them first, in most cases. We have the 530 model though, and it has been brilliant. We paid between £175 and £180 for it several months ago.

petermerritt;5220148

Sorry to be picky, but these robot hoovers aren't ANYTHING like as … Sorry to be picky, but these robot hoovers aren't ANYTHING like as powerful as a normal hoover - I'm not talking just about the 2KW figure some hoovers boast, but the suction on them is quite low. I dunno, if they were £50 I might be tempted (got a laminate floor to which they're quite suited) ... but at £200+ they seem pricey.



Our Roomba cleans just as effectively as our Dyson, and better in some circumstances. We now only use the dyson for rugs and the staircases.

Hot - I love the idea of a robot doing our housework !

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I kind of knew this would go cold - that's why I didn't waste my time with loads of info - just hope that those in the know will be able to snap up a pretty good deal, especially if they were just about to spend £265 for one at Amazon.

Our Roomba cleans just as effectively as our Dyson, and better in some … Our Roomba cleans just as effectively as our Dyson, and better in some circumstances



I can't believe that for a minute, the roombas just haven't the suction or coverage of a dyson ... to think someone might buy a roomba instead of a normal hoover is mind boggling ...

Sigh ... I see people love their expensive robot vacuums.
geeksugar.com/207215

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djbenny;5220634

found it for £117 out of stock though … found it for £117 out of stock though :(http://www.allergymatters.com/acatalog/Robot_Roomba_Silver.html



That's a very different model

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petermerritt;5220647

I can't believe that for a minute, the roombas just haven't the suction … I can't believe that for a minute, the roombas just haven't the suction or coverage of a dyson ... to think someone might buy a roomba instead of a normal hoover is mind boggling ... Sigh ... I see people love their expensive robot vacuums. :)http://www.geeksugar.com/207215



Nice review!

From what I have read, the roomba turns up loads of dust and stuff that the dyson can leave behind, both from hard to get to places (it has feelers that brush right up against skirting boards and ges under sofas/beds etc) and because during its vacuuming cycle it will cover the same area multiple times and pays extra attention to areas with more dirt/dust. Though yes, I'm sure a Dyson will have lots more suck per minute (that's the official measurement set out by Mr Hoover back in 1822).

I hate to have to do the hoovering, I have laminate floors, and don't have a massive flat so out with the conventional one and in with the roomba!

I have laminate floors

me too, despite my slating of the roomba - it would be suited well to my pad.

it has feelers that brush right up against skirting boards and ges under … it has feelers that brush right up against skirting boards and ges under sofas/beds



Missed that, quite right though ... like a little road sweeper isn't it

This is a good price, I can't find anything close to it.

petermerritt;5220647

I can't believe that for a minute, the roombas just haven't the suction … I can't believe that for a minute, the roombas just haven't the suction or coverage of a dyson ... to think someone might buy a roomba instead of a normal hoover is mind boggling ... Sigh ... I see people love their expensive robot vacuums. :)http://www.geeksugar.com/207215



My girlfriend bought a roomba and I thought "another waste of money on a gadget!" I had to eat my words.

It isn't as powerful as a dyson (and we had both) but it cleans hard floors better imo. I suspect it's because it stays low and doesn't kick up all the dust and hair (we have dogs that were malting and hoovered twice or three times a day). As a result it doesn't need to have as powerful a suction.

I was the biggest sceptic and I was won over by the performance.

To answer an earlier question, we had welcome mats and it coped well with moving from hard tile to mat and doing a good job of it too.

It also does a better job of getting into corners than any person hoovering. It has a small brush that rotates pulling anything from the corners into the main suction channel.

Don't know if this is a good deal or not as I am not up to speed with current pricing but I'd buy one again any day.

Good things these but personally I'd go for a really basic model and save yourself a load of cash. Even with one of these you'll still need to do hoovering but it does mean you've got a lot less hoovering to do.

Voted HOT.

Roomba's rule..

MrRobin;5219880

I'm very tempted with this... especially since someone posted the Roomba … I'm very tempted with this... especially since someone posted the Roomba Driver cat video link on here a while back



That was me

MrRobin;5219880

Can it traverse small steps within a room - i.e. from a wooden floor onto … Can it traverse small steps within a room - i.e. from a wooden floor onto a rug?



Yes it can no problem

Banned

Most reviewers say these things are pretty awful and miss areas all the time. If you let one going for maybe 10 hours then it will clean a whole carpet, if you have it on for 10 minutes it will do almost nothing.
Rubbish deal voted very cold and the OPs attitude stinks. What a big baby!

rickynelson;5220066

I would love a robot hoover and would be interested in buying one. The … I would love a robot hoover and would be interested in buying one. The problem with these models are they are very poor at doing the job intended,



In what way are they "very poor"? I've had mine a couple of months and so can assure you they do vacuum surprisingly well

rickynelson;5220066

does anyone know of a better robot hoover?



This is usually thought of as the best make.

djbenny;5220634

found it for £117 out of stock though … found it for £117 out of stock though :(http://www.allergymatters.com/acatalog/Robot_Roomba_Silver.html



That's the very old discontinued model.

Mascherano;5222931

Most reviewers say these things are pretty awful and miss areas all the … Most reviewers say these things are pretty awful and miss areas all the time.



What is your source?

Mascherano;5222931

If you let one going for maybe 10 hours then it will clean a whole … If you let one going for maybe 10 hours then it will clean a whole carpet, if you have it on for 10 minutes it will do almost nothing.Rubbish deal voted very cold and the OPs attitude stinks. What a big baby!



It works out the size of the room and duration it needs to run to clean the whole room before switching off automatically.

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Mascherano;5222931

Most reviewers say these things are pretty awful and miss areas all the … Most reviewers say these things are pretty awful and miss areas all the time. If you let one going for maybe 10 hours then it will clean a whole carpet, if you have it on for 10 minutes it will do almost nothing.Rubbish deal voted very cold and the OPs attitude stinks. What a big baby!



blah blah winge winge

ElBuc;5220964

From what I have read, the roomba turns up loads of dust and stuff that … From what I have read, the roomba turns up loads of dust and stuff that the dyson can leave behind, both from hard to get to places (it has feelers that brush right up against skirting boards and ges under sofas/beds etc) and because during its vacuuming cycle it will cover the same area multiple times and pays extra attention to areas with more dirt/dust. Though yes, I'm sure a Dyson will have lots more suck per minute (that's the official measurement set out by Mr Hoover back in 1822).I hate to have to do the hoovering, I have laminate floors, and don't have a massive flat so out with the conventional one and in with the roomba!



goodgrr;5222277

My girlfriend bought a roomba and I thought "another waste of money on a … My girlfriend bought a roomba and I thought "another waste of money on a gadget!" I had to eat my words.It isn't as powerful as a dyson (and we had both) but it cleans hard floors better imo. I suspect it's because it stays low and doesn't kick up all the dust and hair (we have dogs that were malting and hoovered twice or three times a day). As a result it doesn't need to have as powerful a suction.I was the biggest sceptic and I was won over by the performance.It also does a better job of getting into corners than any person hoovering. It has a small brush that rotates pulling anything from the corners into the main suction channel.



Yep, what you have both said is the long and short of our experience too. As I said above, we have both a Dyson and a Roomba and the latter does the better job overall, even if it does take longer and can't do stairs. But hey, when you can turn it on with the press of a button and let it do it by itself, time isn't an issue

petermerritt;5220148

Sorry to be picky, but these robot hoovers aren't ANYTHING like as … Sorry to be picky, but these robot hoovers aren't ANYTHING like as powerful as a normal hoover - I'm not talking just about the 2KW figure some hoovers boast, but the suction on these small battery powered ones is not enough to do a proper vac around. I dunno, if they were £50 I might be tempted (got a laminate floor to which they're quite suited) ... but at £200+ they seem pricey.



Funny, our original Roomba does a great job. Ever used one?

Mascherano;5222931

Most reviewers say these things are pretty awful and miss areas all the … Most reviewers say these things are pretty awful and miss areas all the time. If you let one going for maybe 10 hours then it will clean a whole carpet, if you have it on for 10 minutes it will do almost nothing.Rubbish deal voted very cold and the OPs attitude stinks. What a big baby!



It's a ROBOT. You turn it on, close the door and go to work. Come home to a clean carpet. Why would you want to have an automatic vacuum and use it like you would use a normal vacuum?

Mork;5224915

It's a ROBOT. You turn it on, close the door and go to work. Come home to … It's a ROBOT. You turn it on, close the door and go to work. Come home to a clean carpet. Why would you want to have an automatic vacuum and use it like you would use a normal vacuum?



.... in fact, you don't even have to close the door, it's supplied with pod like units you place on the floor where you don't want it to go!

Banned

Its a fun toy, dont get me wrong. It would be nice to have for novelty value- just dont expect clean carpets.
Those who say it does a good job probably wouldnt know what a truly clean carpet looks like

Mascherano;5225964

Its a fun toy, dont get me wrong. It would be nice to have for novelty … Its a fun toy, dont get me wrong. It would be nice to have for novelty value- just dont expect clean carpets.Those who say it does a good job probably wouldnt know what a truly clean carpet looks like



Those who say just dont expect clean carpets probably wouldnt know how truly it cleans a carpet because they have no experience of owning a Roomba.

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DubDriver;5226808

Those who say just dont expect clean carpets probably wouldnt know how … Those who say just dont expect clean carpets probably wouldnt know how truly it cleans a carpet because they have no experience of owning a Roomba.



the funny thing is that all roomba users have used a conventional vacuum, but very few people who use a conventional vacuum have had any experience of a roomba ;-)
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