roymeo wrote:Then the biggest complaint (dragging cat poo all over the house) I've heard isn't a problem.
Yes, I can attest that this is unfortunately a major problem
They really need to add a cat poo detection algorithm ... This might require some new types of sensors.
I had a cat with diarrhea once that was dragged all over the carpet. The liquid got into the Roomba unit and destroyed it.
Roombas won't do stairs.
They won't fall down the stairs, except if my cat pushes them. Yes, same cat.
Each Roomba can only do about 700 sq ft on one battery. If you have a large house, that can be a problem. We would need 7 units if we wanted to have them run all unattended.
We have 3 Roombas. 2 of them were exchanged at Costco after total failures. They have stopped carrying Roombas in the local warehouse. One of them no longer picks up anything. We have no idea why, it seems to run fine. Even with new brushes. The other 2 still works.
The units are fragile. Many parts will need replacement. You will spend time with tech support to figure out which. Then wait 10 days to receive them (from Boston to San Jose). Then when it turns out to be the wrong part, repeat the process. There are lots of parts. All user-serviceable. But while under warranty, I would much rather have the whole unit exchanged and not have to worry about doing the labor work myself. And when out-of-warranty, you will have to pay shipping each time, plus the price of parts, until you get a working Roomba again. Or until you give up. A very frustrating process.