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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:00 pm 
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So, I was thinking about a robot vacuum cleaner, but I am concerned that my 2 little monsters darlings might not take well to sharing their territory with another pet - does anyone have both a bengal and a robot cleaner ? Do I need to look for one that is bite-proof ?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:30 pm 
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Yes, I have a Neato robot vacuum cleaner. After some initial circumspection my bengal now ignores it. I'm pretty certain it would be bite-proof. If your bengals don't bite the normal hoover they probably won't bite a robot.

Be aware that some robot vacuums have little side brushes that stick out and whizz around: those might prove irresistible....


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:48 pm 
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Don't some of these robots have timers where you can set them to clean at night? I'd wait and see how the little munchkins deal with it and go from there. If they don't like it, put them in another room while its working. I would think it would make a fun toy for them.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:13 pm 
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Yes, you can set them to run autonomously at whatever time of day or night suits.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:15 pm 
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After reading a story on Facebook, , they had a robot cleaner and set it to clean at night, unfortunately their puppy pooped on the rug and it ran over it and spread it all over the house in the middle of the night, their child got up and walked in it and then got in their bed, it took half the night to clean it up and it ruined the cleaner.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:23 pm 
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I do kinda want one it would help with cleaning around work although I slightly worry that Griffith when he's older might be able to flip it over.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:14 pm 
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I don't know about the other brands, but the Neato cuts out automatically if it is lifted from the floor.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:20 pm 
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Clare&magic wrote:
After reading a story on Facebook, , they had a robot cleaner and set it to clean at night, unfortunately their puppy pooped on the rug and it ran over it and spread it all over the house in the middle of the night, their child got up and walked in it and then got in their bed, it took half the night to clean it up and it ruined the cleaner.

Yes! I saw that as well. The person had bought it from Hammacher Schelmmer and the company replaced it for free, the story is even on the companies FaceBook page.

Here's the story

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:57 pm 
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It's a brilliant story, you kind of cringe but laugh as well.

It a good read.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:22 am 
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Skyblue wrote:
Yes, I have a Neato robot vacuum cleaner. After some initial circumspection my bengal now ignores it. I'm pretty certain it would be bite-proof. If your bengals don't bite the normal hoover they probably won't bite a robot.

Be aware that some robot vacuums have little side brushes that stick out and whizz around: those might prove irresistible....

I haven't heard of the Neato.. Is it better than a Roomba?
I've been thinking of getting one for our new house!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:24 pm 
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Kihtay wrote:
I haven't heard of the Neato.. Is it better than a Roomba?
I've been thinking of getting one for our new house!


I chose the Neato over a Roomba because,

1. It navigates in a superior way (imo). It uses a laser direction finding device to first survey the space it is in, starts by hoovering all around the edges, and then goes back and forth in straight lines. The Roomba navigates by bouncing off things, and taking a random walk.

2. Because it goes in straight lines and covers the floor efficiently, the Neato is much faster than the Roomba, eg ten minutes rather than forty for a given size of room.

3. Because the Neato rarely bumps into things it is much less noisy and does less potential damage than a Roomba, which bumps into things deliberately as a means of getting around/changing direction.

4. The Neato needs less human intervention: while the Roomba brushes need regular cleaning, the Neato uses a different system and I have never needed to clean it. I have had to disentangle cat toys from the beater brush occasionally :smile:

5. The Neato is actually a hoover rather than a room sweeper, so it has decent suction. I wasn't expecting too much compared to say a regular dyson, but it is actually surprisingly good.

I bought mine a few years ago, so my assessment was based on the models available then, but I think the current situation is much the same. There are lots of comparison videos online if you wanted to see the differences.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:49 pm 
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I would rather clean toilets than run a vacuum cleaner. My house is so chopped up that I doubt any robot cleaner could do a good job! However, it might be a good playmate for Raiden.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:18 pm 
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Skyblue wrote:
Kihtay wrote:
I haven't heard of the Neato.. Is it better than a Roomba?
I've been thinking of getting one for our new house!


I chose the Neato over a Roomba because,

1. It navigates in a superior way (imo). It uses a laser direction finding device to first survey the space it is in, starts by hoovering all around the edges, and then goes back and forth in straight lines. The Roomba navigates by bouncing off things, and taking a random walk.

2. Because it goes in straight lines and covers the floor efficiently, the Neato is much faster than the Roomba, eg ten minutes rather than forty for a given size of room.

3. Because the Neato rarely bumps into things it is much less noisy and does less potential damage than a Roomba, which bumps into things deliberately as a means of getting around/changing direction.

4. The Neato needs less human intervention: while the Roomba brushes need regular cleaning, the Neato uses a different system and I have never needed to clean it. I have had to disentangle cat toys from the beater brush occasionally :smile:

5. The Neato is actually a hoover rather than a room sweeper, so it has decent suction. I wasn't expecting too much compared to say a regular dyson, but it is actually surprisingly good.

I bought mine a few years ago, so my assessment was based on the models available then, but I think the current situation is much the same. There are lots of comparison videos online if you wanted to see the differences.

Thanks for the info! I'm definitely going to get one for the new house! Do they do carpet and tile? Or hardwood only?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:32 pm 
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Yes, the Neato can manage any floor surface that an ordinary hoover could do.


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