I recently attended my grandmother’s 90th birthday party (Happy Birthday, Grandma!) at my aunt and uncle’s house. I noticed that they had an iRobot Roomba vacuum, and being in the business of indoor health products, I just had to inspect the little robot.
I remember the first time that I saw the Roomba in a magazine. An intelligent, robotic vacuum that does the work for you! What could be better? “The future has arrived,” I thought. “Before long, we’ll all be living like The Jetsons.”
Well… Not quite.
When I asked my uncle for a demonstration, the Roomba ran into a piece of furniture and started spinning in circles. My uncle had to give it a nudge before it started working properly. “That happens sometimes,” he explained.
Even though the iRobot Roomba Discovery was voted best robotic vacuum by ConsumerSearch, it still has major flaws. According to ConsumerSearhch, while it’s a “good light-duty vacuum… some wish its dustbin held more dirt.” They also say that it’s “unlikely to eliminate manual vacuuming.”
Until we see more advances in vacuum robotics, manual vacuuming is the only option, in my opinion, especially if you have allergies or asthma. (Unfortunately, we’re still a long ways off from living like The Jetsons.)
The small dust bin on the Roomba was one of the first things I noticed. My uncle told me that they have to empty it every other time the Roomba operates.
On top of that, it redirects itself by running into furniture. While it does have a simple bumper system, the Roomba vacuum can damage wooden furniture with repeated use. (I was actually surprised that my Aunt let it bump into her antique furniture over and over again.)
My other main thought upon inspecting the Roomba is that it doesn’t have a HEPA filter – so, in the eyes of an allergy sufferers like myself, it’s nothing more than a little dust agitator. That’s definitely not what I need! Two thumbs down for me.
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, choose from quality vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters that will actually trap the allergens rather than simply stirring them up.