Getting My House Clean With Some Robotic Help @iRobot and @BestBuy #iRobotatBestBuy

Disclosure:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

With three kids I feel like I am always playing catchup in my house, never really having time to keep up with all the cleaning I should.  I am amazed at the amount of crumbs and dust that is left behind on my floors each day.  I feel like I could vacuum all day long and never really have everything picked up.

With some help from the new iRobot Roomba 870 from Best Buy, I am able to get my house clean without actually having to stop what I am doing to clean it!

Some features of the iRobot Roomba 870:

  • Uses revolutionary AeroForce Performance Cleaning System which delivers 5x the suction and removes up to 50% more dirt, dust, hair and debris.
  • Can be scheduled to run when you need it to.
  • Returns to Home Base to recharge between cleanings
  • 2 Virtual Wall Barriers which keep Roomba in the rooms you want to vacuum and out of the ones you don’t – this is great if you don’t have time to pick up items off the floor of a room (like a toy room)
  • Features a slim profile so it can clean under furniture, including beds, skirted furniture, tables, cabinets and more.
  • Features a spinning side brush that can grab dirt and debris from from tough places like wall edges and corners.
  • iAdapt Responsive Navigation Technology with cliff-detection sensors – so it won’t fall down the stairs.
  • Large HEPA filter to catch dust, dander and other allergens out of the air with a bin full indicator that lets you know when to empty it.
  • iRobot XLife Extended Life Battery doubles the battery cycles

So what did I think?

Well it is pretty awesome, not 100% convinced yet but its warming up on me.  I turned it on and it ran for about two hours, working its way around my house.  It has a weird pattern it follows but if you give it time it will go back and pick up what was left behind.  I was worried it wouldn’t clean under my tables and couches, but it did work its way under them.  That was a big plus for me as I hate moving chairs and cleaning under them.

I will admit I haven’t played around with the scheduling part yet but I do think its pretty awesome that you can schedule it to start when you want it to.  I don’t know that I would feel comfortable letting it run when I’m not home though because it could suck up a cord I missed or something else.  I did have it stop a few times to alert me it was stuck or sucked up something (my mini blind cord) it shouldn’t have.  I had no problems at all with stairs, it was careful around edges all together.

I will say it cleaned pretty dang good though.  Like I said it wasn’t 100% percent as I did notice some dirt still mainly around the edges or under our kitchen cabinets that it didn’t pick up, but for the most part it did great.  I would say it did good enough that I am still using it.  I love that I can tap the Clean button and have it run while I wash dishes, clean up another room or even just sit down for a break!

I joked with my mom when I was on the phone the other day with her that I was working hard vacuuming! I think it is a little hard in my house right now as I have three kids who leave so many toys and cords on the floor that I need to watch out for, but I think this might motivate them to keep stuff off the floor!

Normally I admit I vacuum as little as possible, I probably sweep more in my kitchen than anything.  With the iRobot I run this thing almost every day and let it works its magic.  Not sure its worth the $600 price tag but if its on sale, I would recommend it.  With summer coming up I can’t wait to have more time playing outside instead of stuck inside vacuuming.  Oh and this model even comes with two virtual walls (and the C batteries they require) which I wasn’t sure if I would use, but have found them to be awesome to get my iRobot to target one room or avoid another room (like the toy room for example.)

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Yuck!  Where did all that come from?!

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Virtual wall – just a small box (battery operated) that you put wherever you want the iRobot to not go:

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Back to the Docking station when its done:

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CHECK OUT:  Learn more about the iRobot Roomba 870 from Best Buy.

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  1. Deborah Caudill says:

    The Roomba sounds fantastic and I have wanted/needed one for years. I can’t afford one, so hopefully there might be a giveaway one day soon.

  2. Cheryl Larimer says:

    It is good to read about actual use of the iRobot. I have had one on my Christmas list for a couple years but may have to go get it myself. I really really want them to develop one that will do the stairs too.

  3. Sandy Cain says:

    You know, I have been on the fence for a while about getting one of these – wondering if the cost to benefit ratio is worth it. But after your pictures, I’m sold!!!!

  4. This really looks like a very modern idea, thanks for this insight.

  5. Sandra Watts says:

    I think I am going to get one of these for my my parents. I bet they would love it.

  6. lana simanovicki says:

    this looks fantastic its just what I need

  7. Rusty H says:

    I’ve often wondered how effective this would be. I would love one. Imagine someone(thing) else cleaning the house.

  8. This would be a great help!

  9. I’ve always wondered how effective these were!

  10. I am interested in robotics, so I am researching this. I appreciate any input I can get, so thanks for the share.

  11. susan king says:

    I think one of these would be wonderful !! I keep trying to win one but haven’t yet. Glad to hear you liked it. Makes me want it more !!

  12. Ambra Miller says:

    OMG I would love to have one of these! I have always wondered if they are worth the money. It’s hard to bring yourself to spend that much on a single item. I’m assuming it works just fine on hardwood floors since you show that in photos. I sweep my floors with a broom and dustpan and they never actually get clean. Plus I have a dog and two cats, so it’s furball city!

  13. I would not mind having one of these but my house is too cluttered.