Roomba…Pet Dog…And My Experience…The Roomba Review

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I have a Roomba, Pet Dog, and small condo.  The question is does it all work?  Does my condo get clean?  Does the Roomba work?  and Does the Roomba freak out my dog like all other vacuum cleaners? The answers are yes and no.  We’ll cover all of this and more below in my Roomba Review!

Today we’re going to take a break from dog bowl reviews and review a different kind of dog product: the Roomba for people with dogs.

Roomba Review For People With Dogs

First of all what is the Roomba?  The Roomba is a revolutionary new (well not that new anymore) vacuum cleaner that cleans your floors independently.  That is you don’t have to push around the Roomba…it goes from room to room on it’s own navigating using it’s own little electronics and navigation.

There are different styles with varying amounts of technology, but the main purpose of the Roomba is that it can clean your house without you.  The Roomba I ended up getting was the iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot.  It was definitely one of the higher end models and came with more bells and whistles then I knew what to do with.  Here’s the Roomba 560 product information:

Product: iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot
List Price:
$349.99

Product Features

  • Vacuuming robot picks up dirt and debris with the touch of a button
  • Easy-to-empty bagless dustbin; fine-filtration system traps allergens
  • Anti-tangle technology; gentle-touch bumper system; built-in cliff sensors
  • Self-charging Home Base, 2 Virtual Wall Lighthouses, an extra filter, and more included
  • Measures 16-3/4 by 21 by 5 inches; 1-year limited warranty

Product Description

Cleans routinely, so you don’t have to. 500 Series robots offer the latest innovations from iRobot with unprecedented efficiency, coverage, and cleaning performance.

Product Image

Roomba

My Thoughts On The Roomba

I absolutely loved the Roomba for the three months it worked. I never did program it, but as far as I know you can program it to clean at specific times.  I would just push the button on the top, leave the house for work, and when I returned it cleaned up all the fur in dust in my house…EXCELLENT!  It even returned itself to its charging base so that it would be fully charged for the next days work.

Did it scare my dogs?  Linus was hesitant at first, but eventually got used to it and just watched or avoided it as it move around the house.  Stetson was still in puppy mode and thought it was a toy as he bounced around thinking it was something to play with.  It is slightly quieter then my regular vacuum cleaner and I think that is why Linus got used to it so quickly

Unfortunately, after about three months it broke down and was no longer usable.  So what was the probelm?

The Roomba worked absolutely great, but one day a stubborn piece of long dog fur got tangled in one of the gears.  The little plastic gear would no longer turn however the roller that  sweeps the floor continued to turn and stripped the gear rendering the Roomba unusable.  I tried several times to get it to clean the house and it still did circle each room, but no longer picked up the dust, dirt, and fur.

Another drawback I found with my dirty house was that the little dust bin could not collect much lint, dust, dog fur, etc. before it was full.  If you have a heavy shedding dog then you might have to run the iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot several times a day.  Once a day worked fine for me, Linus, and Stetson.

Pros:

  • Cleaned the floors at the push of a button while I was away at work!
  • Returned to charging base ready for the next days work
  • Simple to use and easy to clean
  • Not long before both my dogs were used to the Roomba roaming the house

Cons:

  • Not very durable – broke down in 3 months
  • The dust bin is very small and might not work to well with heavy shedding dogs
  • The Roomba can’t navigate it’s way down stairs.  Lucky for me my one story condo is perfect and the Roomba easily cleaned all five rooms and two bathrooms.
  • The price – at $349 this thing is a bit pricey.

My parents have three cats and a dog and several years ago we bought them a Roomba.  They loved it and theirs lasted several years.  As I mentioned earlier I loved my Roomba too.  However, the one drawback that I had was it’s durability.  My suggestion to you: If you want to purchase a Roomba then make sure you get the extended warranty.

What about you?  Do you own a Roomba? Pet Dog?  Give us your Roomba Review for people with dogs in the comments section below?

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10 Comments

  1. I am getting ready to buy my first Roomba. I will only be using it in one room which is hard to vacuum due to the high pile. It will be tested because I have a corgi, and they shed a lot. My question is, do I have to pick up her toys before I run it?

    1. I would recommend picking up toys before running your Roomba especially if they have small parts that can get stuck in the Roomba. Good luck with your Roomba!

  2. Looking back at this, it’s actually fascinating how far vacuums have come in recent years. They almost feel like sci-fi technology today. The Roomba is inching its way towards perfection at this point.
    Jill <3

  3. Hey Colbi! It was a great read! I’ve personally curated some great vacuums And being frank I’ve been an active user of roomba since past 1.5 years. It’s strange that your experience was not good. Yeah, in my case it is working perfectly and with a complete charm of perfect clean home.

    Also, their new model roomba 980 is giving pretty decent experience to my close friend who owns two pets one retriver and one GSD.

    You should try that out.

  4. Hello Colby,
    It’s great reading your article.
    I completely agree with your cons except one the first one. You said not durable. I don’t think so, Roomba vacuums are of with high build quality.
    I think the major problem is the Roomba’s dirt bin size. Need to be emptied more frequently.
    Thanks again.

    1. Thanks! You’re probably right that the dirt bin needs to be emptied more frequently. The problem is we emptied the bin daily and still had issues which makes me think it’s not really built to handle a multi-dog household. Emptying the bin more than once a day what be impractical for me.

  5. Hi Colby!

    I’ve studied quite a bunch of vacuums on how they perform with pet hair and other pet-related messes. Too bad you had a lousy experience with your Roomba. I’ve heard the newer models are more durable than the old ones, and they manage the stubborn pet hair even on more challenging surfaces. I definitely welcome advances in the robotic vacuum field myself, and I hope to be testing one at home very soon. 🙂

    Matt

    1. This is an older blog post so I wouldn’t be surprised if Roomba made some improvements on their model. Honestly, it could just be that they are not built to handle a multi-dog or heavy shedding dog household.

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