i'm sending my neato back for RMA so i thought i would share my two cents. i think the neato was "too smart" because it would sometimes get stuck in areas that it thought was unable to get out of (it could have). the roomba as far as I know moves randomly so it doesn't "think" too much and will keep going unless it feels a lot of resistance.
For what it's worth, I have three Roomba Red units which are older models and I love them. I'm jumping on this one. They really do work great. I have mine setup with home bases and the scheduler and its great to come home from work, have the entire house vacuumed and the robots are back in their bases recharging for the next time. If I had one compaint it would be that I feel like I have to clean them out a little too often but I think the newer ones have a larger dust bin so it may not be as bad with a newer one. The resale value isn't bad either. Igf you hate it, just put it on eBay and you will get most of what it cost you back, but I don't think you will want to do that if you actually use it. I knwo a lot of folks who have new ones and they never use them. Heck give it to me!
We've had ours for 4 years now, we love our little Roby it reaches under the beds like you would never be able to do. If you have upscale furniture, though, buy one of those protection bumpers to stick on your roomba, the little guy sometimes is a little too rough on dark furniture corners and legs...
the only concern is the return policy (heard a lot and had one go bad on me)... i prefer to buy from costco as I feel its return policy is amazing... but at this price i might take the risk...or should i not.
ive always wondered if these things really do work compared to a regular vacuum... and if they really can get around all the furniture etc...
I have one and use it as a daily touch up to my weekly/bi weekly regular vacuum cleaning. Keeps the floor clean and the dust down. They do pick up more than you would think but don't clean as deep as a good high suction vacuum does. I can say that I do not have to sweep or vacuum as much any more. I like mine a lot and picked up another for upstairs, thanks Selma.
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