My dear, sweet, husband bought me an iRobot Roomba for Christmas (after I practically begged him for one). Since then, I have been getting a bajillion, yes, bajillion, questions from family and friends asking how she's doing and if it really works.
The begging started after a weekend at our good friend's house. I saw their Roomba, Rosie, in action and quizzed them all about it. They told me it runs every day while they are at work, sometimes moves around the rugs because she prefers them elsewhere, and works just fine with the dog hair. What. Your house is vacuumed for you EVERY DAY? I needed one.
The name Rosie came from the beloved Jetson cartoon. It is great, and perfect, and we didn't feel like being more creative...so our Roomba is Rosie the II. She's a rock star.
We have a split level home with wood floors upstairs, carpet downstairs, a short-haired dog, and a fluff for a dog. She has her work cut out for her. Now, I wish she had legs to transport herself from one level to the next, but maybe that's in the works for Rosie the III. For now, I move her around throughout the week. She's upstairs a majority of the time as the wood floors collect a lot of hair, but I move her downstairs at least twice a week. The dogs don't care about her at all except for when she runs into them when they're sleeping. During these encounters they leap up angrily and move over 5 feet, where she later follows them.
How she is monitored and scheduled is through an app that you download on your phone. So you can pick what time she goes each day or modify it to skip a day. She goes under pretty much everything; the bed, couch, tables, and certain dressers, which is awesome because we all know I never cleaned under there. Now, she sometimes gets a little stuck or lost. I received a notification that she was hanging off a cliff one day and I rushed home to save her only to find out the cliff was a bathroom rug-hey, just like humans, she's got obstacles to overcome. I once saw her just flat out quit because she couldn't find her home-base, even though she was right next to it. To help save Rosie from her struggles, I've modified her schedule to start around the time I normally leave work. She gets a good 20 minutes in before she normally finds herself in a dark hole of nothingness, trapped (the corner of my closet), but I'm right there to save her and send her on her merry way.
Some days we set-up barricades as we're learning where her struggles lie, but other days we just try to teach her a lesson. The greatest part of all of this, is my husband picks up his clothes for fear that Rosie will take them and hide them elsewhere. So my house is naturally cleaner without me having to do ANYTHING!!
I was most concern that the amount of dog hair in our home would be way too much for her little shell. What I've come to realize is that since she vacuums every day, there's naturally less hair for her to have to pick-up. If you say you already vacuum every day by hand, you're either lying or you're a psychopath. We do, of course, have to remember to empty her each day and clean out the brushes which takes maybe 5 minutes.
Overall, Rosie the Roomba the II has been totally worth the investment and has been a spectacular addition to the family.