Robot Vacuum Cleaner - Aldi £149.99
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Robot Vacuum Cleaner - Aldi £149.99

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Found 18th Mar 2014
Another weird product on sale from Aldi? Available 23rd March 2014

This circular Robot Vacuum Cleaner automatically cleans floors and carpets. Includes a 3 year warranty!

Anti-collision and anti-falling sensors
3½ hour charging time (1½ hours’ use)
Turbo vacuum function on the most dirty areas
Automatic return to base for recharging
Removable dust tank with handle
Additional HEPA filter and brushes
Includes: Rechargeable Batteries and Remote Control

Product reference: 59600

43 Comments

Original Poster

OK, here's what it really looks like

https://www.aldi.co.uk/fileadmin/fm-dam/products/product_photos/Specialbuys_2013/2014/W13/Sunday/W1314_PD_Sunday_UK4a.jpg

"nifty little brushes"?! Good grief!

Looks like a UFO!

Unidentified Floor Object

^ Epic Fail, I will leave.

I have always been a fan of the iRobot though

I was sucked in until you posted the second pic.

I've got this unit, but under a different brand name and I paid £50 more for only a two-year warranty.

If you fancy such a gadget, this is a good price and the unit performs very well on hard floors, but not so good on carpet. In fact, I wouldn't bother if it's for a carpeted area.

You can set it going & steer it left/right using the remote control, and also set the time for it to run automatically. However, the unit will then auto-run at that same time every day until you switch the robot off/on again, using a rocker switch underneath it. Oddly, there's no "auto off" switch on the remote control.

The device performs *very* well on hard floors; ours runs round the kitchen and dining area quite happily and picks up very well. It goes under our island unit and Welsh dresser, although I had to buy some cheap rubber feet from CPC to lift the dresser about 1/4" so it could get underneath. I've found I have to move a rug out of its way beforehand, but that's no big deal.

Nine times out of ten it'll find its way back to the charging point OK, but it doesn't "learn" the room layout - it's simply a random walk until the battery runs low, at which point it seeks home. It can sense the beacon for its base unit at a limit of about 12 feet away, line of sight.

Overall, I'm very happy with it. Yes, it's a man toy but it genuinely performs very well and I'd replace it if it broke. For the Aldi price and warranty, I'd recommend it.

terriclarkfan

I've got this unit, but under a different brand name and I paid £50 more … I've got this unit, but under a different brand name and I paid £50 more for only a two-year warranty.If you fancy such a gadget, this is a good price and the unit performs very well on hard floors, but not so good on carpet. In fact, I wouldn't bother if it's for a carpeted area.You can set it going & steer it left/right using the remote control, and also set the time for it to run automatically. However, the unit will then auto-run at that same time every day until you switch the robot off/on again, using a rocker switch underneath it. Oddly, there's no "auto off" switch on the remote control.The device performs *very* well on hard floors; ours runs round the kitchen and dining area quite happily and picks up very well. It goes under our island unit and Welsh dresser, although I had to buy some cheap rubber feet from CPC to lift the dresser about 1/4" so it could get underneath. I've found I have to move a rug out of its way beforehand, but that's no big deal. Nine times out of ten it'll find its way back to the charging point OK, but it doesn't "learn" the room layout - it's simply a random walk until the battery runs low, at which point it seeks home. It can sense the beacon for its base unit at a limit of about 12 feet away, line of sight.Overall, I'm very happy with it. Yes, it's a man toy but it genuinely performs very well and I'd replace it if it broke. For the Aldi price and warranty, I'd recommend it.


Great review thanks. Could you give a link to the product you bought?

If it gets to a high-ish rug will it turn back, or go over it?

It would be so useful if people who vote cold give some reasons! Seems like a good buy to me, considering the 3 year warranty.

OB1

Great review thanks. Could you give a link to the product you bought?If … Great review thanks. Could you give a link to the product you bought?If it gets to a high-ish rug will it turn back, or go over it?



Got mine from a TV shopping channel here (hangs head in shame), and paid £199 at the time with a two-year warranty.

I'd wanted a Roomba for ages and when I saw this had the key features of a remote control and auto-return to base I decided to give it a go. TBH, I probably intended to play with it for a while and send it back within the home approval period, but it was so good that I decided to keep it.

If it encounters a rug that it can't climb over, it will attempt to reverse away. The wheels are quite robust and have good torque. It's quite fun to watch it work, and the pick-up is surprisingly effective. Don't expect it to pick up dropped pasta shells or dried peas, but for general dust and crumbs etc, it's *very* good. I often wipe down our worktops and deliberately knock the little bits of whatever onto the floor and then set Rodney (the robot) running as I leave the house.

As I said, it's "random walk" rather than Roomba's room-learning, but does it really matter?

Photo of unit and remote control - when it runs, it backs off its base and turns around 180 degrees within a few inches, then off it goes.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a596/bigajm2/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140320_143554_zps9a1aaffb.jpg

And a photo showing what it collected after one run - general dust and crumbs off the kitchen floor. The dust is collected into a convenient top-loading cassette which can tipped into the bin.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a596/bigajm2/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140320_143619_zps7db346aa.jpg

To reiterate, it's GREAT for hard floors (do I sound enthusiastic!?) but don't bother for carpets.

Yes, it's a gadget, yes, it's a man toy, no, you don't NEED one, but you know you WANT one! ;-)

(If it helps, my wife approved of this purchase!)




Edited by: "terriclarkfan" 20th Mar 2014

Does what it says on the tin and seems robust and a good deal for the price.

It wandered round the kitchen and collected some fluff & stuff - floor is part tiles, part carpet tiles.
Then I set it round the living area - short pile carpet - and it got more fluff & stuff.

Return to base works although it takes a couple of run ups to get there.
Dust container is really easy to empty.
Now programmed to wander around each morning to see what it can find.

Little whirling brushes catch some of the debris in corners etc and gives it a bit of character!

Long term we'll see - but one pass round the house a day will be more than I do in a month!

For something that is supposed to run automatically, I would expect it to be able to fit more than 0.5L of dirt before it needs to be emptied.

ahenry

For something that is supposed to run automatically, I would expect it to … For something that is supposed to run automatically, I would expect it to be able to fit more than 0.5L of dirt before it needs to be emptied.



Compared to other models, 0.5L is quite big.
Don't forget, these are not physically very big.

From my first days testing, I'd expect to have to empty it only every week or two and it's really easy to do.

And, unlike a Henry, it does the hard work itself

I'm pleased to read the Aldi buyers are pleased with their purchases. Has anyone else given theirs a name yet?

So I'm guessing you are ignoring the instruction in the manual to charge for 12 hours before first use!

Not sure I'll be able to wait quite that long.....

My partner stopped off after work to pick one of these up yesterday and having charged it over night, had it set to go at 15:00 hours and it's absolutely brilliant so far. It is exceptionally quiet too. Especially in comparison to the two other brand models that we have tried out in the last few months. We initially had a Hoover Robo.com2 from Sainsbury's for £179.00 which was on offer down from £399.99 in October ( I think) and even though we loved it, unfortunately, we had to replace it due to a fault and then when the second one just packed up and died out of the blue we realised that we were wasting our time with that brand. Then last month we decided to take a punt on the cheaper, basic Vileda model that was on offer in B&Q for £98 which wasn't programmable and didn't return to base like the Hoover and this particular model do, but it was extremely loud and constantly bashed quite harshly in to the legs of the furniture which was annoying so when we spotted this one and realised that we would gain the auto return and programmable facility back we quickly parcelled the Vileda one back up and returned it to B&Q to wait for this one yesterday.

I really can't believe how quiet it is, and it doesn't clash and bang into the furniture nowhere near as often as the Vildea one did. It also picks up well and gets right into the corners much better than the Vileda one too. It started at the programmed time and returned to it's base with no issue at all. The Hoover model we had previously used to bump and knock the charging dock out of it's position unless you kept and eye on it which this one seemed to purposely avoid until it needed to go home which was another added bonus. So it is well worth the additional £50 for the added benefits over the Vileda. Well pleased with it so far. The only downside that I can see is the white and green colour makes it look rather cheap and bargain basement (when comparing it to the likes of the Hoover and other premium brands but they are obviously much more expensive) so I'm definintely prepared to overlook that if it keeps up the good work that I've seen today.

Mine has sometimes knocked the base station out of position and thus been unable to dock successfully. I find it's best to put the base between two bookcases or whatever, so the robot may only approach the base squarely face-on.

I'm really tempted to go for this, my one concern is does it fall down stairs or do the sensors detect the stairs and turn away??

cant believe i missed this

http://fantazia.f.a.pic.centerblog.net/gif-cats-iRobot-vacuum-cleaner-278519.gif

It has sensors to avoid stairs.

Go for it!

I got one of these on sunday - its brilliant -perfect on my ceramic tiles - not as good on carpet but using the turbo boost it does pick up the dog hairs eventually - my house has never looked so clean and I can do other house chores while it cleans the floors - well done aldi - another great product at a great price
It does seem to be the same as the ariete bricola - same model number 2711
Would love to know where you can buy the fiters from for it

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/5-off-40-aldi-voucher-today-s-daily-mirror-record-1863634

Sometimes, owning one of these is like having a cat. Went downstairs this morning and saw the kitchen door was open and the robot wasn't on its base. I must have forgotten to cancel its 2am run time. Anyway, I had to check three rooms on my hands and knees before I found him hiding under a sideboard. ;-)

Great product.

We too didn't need one but I wanted one. It works really well. We have a cat and hard floors. Even when the floors look clean it still manages to pick up crumbs and fur. It won't totally replace manual vacuuming but it should reduce the amount we need to do.

We have a thick rug, it's goes round it no problem and doesn't beach itself.

If you have a lot of cables or high thresholds it may cause a few problems.

Early days but it feels really good quality. Very impressed so far!

First 6 days.

Millie eats speaker cables - careful placing of obstacles stops that,
She has run out of crumbs to pick up, just dust now.
She finds her way back to the dock in the kitchen unless I leave the living room door open - then she gets lost and sulks under a table or sofa!

Well impressed :-)

I love it!! I have named mine Mrs Mildred.

Ours is called Robbie.

I'm massively impressed by it.

I really can't imagine it will last three years with regular use, but hopefully Aldi will stand by their warranty.

Has anybody figured out whether it cleans until a room is clean, or always simply until its battery is flat?

OB1

Has anybody figured out whether it cleans until a room is clean, or … Has anybody figured out whether it cleans until a room is clean, or always simply until its battery is flat?



It's not *that* clever - it runs until the battery's almost flat, then it goes home.

Shame there isn't a "quick 30 minute clean" button on the remote, but maybe running the battery down before recharging it is good for its health? It's an NiMH battery so shouldn't suffer from any memory effect, but unfortunately it's a proprietary battery rather than half a dozen D cells that you could replace yourself.

terriclarkfan

It's not *that* clever - it runs until the battery's almost flat, then it … It's not *that* clever - it runs until the battery's almost flat, then it goes home.


In that case the programmability is a bit limited, as you can only set a start time.

I'd be confident it wouldn't last three years if being used for a full battery charge each day....

Just picked this up for £50 from Aldi in Blackburn

g_horricks

Just picked this up for £50 from Aldi in Blackburn



Excellent! Brilliant buy and really good bargain there. Was there more than one? Just wondering if it may be national if others have any stock so can tell a friend who was interested after seeing ours.

g_horricks

Just picked this up for £50 from Aldi in Blackburn



I'd have a second for that price! Could have my own Robot Wars in the lounge! :-)

If you own one of these, don't lose the remote control!

There ain't much you can do without it.

Valiantcat

If you own one of these, don't lose the remote control!There ain't much … If you own one of these, don't lose the remote control!There ain't much you can do without it.


You can turn it on and off! So the most important things.....

Yes, you can turn it on and off, but can't program or use turbo mode without the remote.

Does any one have a manual for this robot hoover. We bought one a while ago and have lost the manual now we cant stop the effiecent piece of tech waking us up automatically and trundling around the down stairs. If any one can post the manual or step by step how the timer can be set that would be great Really good bit of kit though really useful

andrewmcquillen

Does any one have a manual for this robot hoover. We bought one a while … Does any one have a manual for this robot hoover. We bought one a while ago and have lost the manual now we cant stop the effiecent piece of tech waking us up automatically and trundling around the down stairs. If any one can post the manual or step by step how the timer can be set that would be great Really good bit of kit though really useful



To set the automatic cleaning time, press PLAN on the remote control. The hour on the clock will flash. Press up and down to adjust, then press right arrow to move to minutes. Again, use up and down to adjust in 15 minute jumps. Then point at the robot and press PLAN. Robot will chirp when it accepts the planned time and will now run automatically.

To cancel the automatic cleaning, pick up the robot in both hands and feel for the on/off rocker switch underneath with your right hand. Flick it off for a couple of seconds, then back on.

Thanks for your speedy response I really appreciate it.

A new store opened in our local area and they had these on offer the first week of opening at £119.99 but they were later reduced even further the following week to £89.99. Also had a fiver off a £40 spend voucher on the back of their offers leaflet so thought may as well get another for upstairs. £84.99 isn't quite as good as the above £50.00 that somebody mentioned, but it's still a good deal and a £65.00 saving on the first one we bought, so well happy with that.
Edited by: "jans" 28th Jun 2014

Just bought one of these for £99.99 in Aldi - seems like a bargain to me. Have laminate floors and a Jack Russell so I am hoping this will do the job !

Just seen these in long eaton Aldi for £39.99 and there's a £10 off £50 spend voucher in the Mirror.
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