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Roomba 645 robotic vacuum (Sam's Club exclusive) for $199.81+tax (Store Pickup, YMMV)

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Last Edited by BeAuMaN August 6, 2016 at 09:11 PM
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I've been researching robotic vacuums and was just about to pull the trigger on either the Roomba 805 from Costco or the Neato at BBB, both around $350-400, but was balking at spending so much. Came across this SD from Sam's Club which is an older model (probably why they're blowing them out) with a few less features, but it does have the better battery. The biggest disadvantage I can find is it does NOT have a scheduling feature, so you have to manually start it (I plan on starting it whenever I leave the house to approximate the "schedule it while you're at work" feature of the pricier models).

It's not as sexy as some of the newer models, but it's also about half the price for a brand new, not refurbished, model from a store with a good return policy if you're not happy with it.

Again, it's a step down from the higher rated 880/860/805 models, but at half the price, I'm thinking it's pretty slick...YMMV. It also comes with one virtual wall, an extra filter and 2 cleaning brushes.

It wasn't in stock at my store (Roseville, MI 48082), but a search of nearby stores shows some in stock within 50 miles (It's out of stock at about half my local stores, in stock at about half). I'm not sure how Sam's prices items in different regions, so it may be cheaper or more expensive depending on where you live.

Here's a few reviews and informative links:
http://vacuumcleanerreviewszone.c...e-866.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roomba

http://www.irobot.com/For-the-Hom...urces.aspx
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Last Edited by widgit August 7, 2016 at 03:49 PM
Availability depends on your location. If you don't see it in stock near you, check other stores in your area. It is currently still available in the OP's area as of 2:48pm PST 8/7

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Spend $100-$150 more and get an 8xx series. The 6xx series are ANCIENT Roombas and don't suck as well (like 6x crappier suction), charge as fast, or run as long on a charge as an 8xx series. And, just like the 7xx series, they have the TERRIBLE brush system that you will have to clean WEEKLY to remove tangled hair and fibers if you want good performance. The 8xx doesn't have brushes, and it has a motor that shreds hair, so you don't have anywhere NEAR the maintenance of a 6xx or 7xx series. It's like maybe two or three times a year on the 8xx, if that. It's a FAR better Roomba (the best of all available, according to Consumer Reports).

Forget this Roomba, it's not a deal. Get an 8xx.

Advantages of the 8xx over 6xx:
  • Better cleaning system with more 6x more suction
  • Brushless system that doesn't get clogged with hair
  • Much bigger bin with easier to clean HEPA "style" filter
  • X-life battery (870/880 models) that lasts longer on a charge and will hold up longer overall (805 and 860 are even better L-ion batteries)
  • Faster recharging
  • Faster room cleaning
  • Quieter operation
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Spend $100-$150 more and get an 8xx series. The 6xx series are ANCIENT Roombas and don't suck as well (like 6x crappier suction), charge as fast, or run as long on a charge as an 8xx series. And, just like the 7xx series, they have the TERRIBLE brush system that you will have to clean WEEKLY to remove tangled hair and fibers if you want good performance. The 8xx doesn't have brushes, and it has a motor that shreds hair, so you don't have anywhere NEAR the maintenance of a 6xx or 7xx series. It's like maybe two or three times a year on the 8xx, if that. It's a FAR better Roomba (the best of all available, according to Consumer Reports).

Forget this Roomba, it's not a deal. Get an 8xx.

Well said
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I'll add my vote for an 8xx. I had a 6xx for only a few weeks and returned it for an 8xx. The tangle free rollers are worth the price difference.
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Isn't the 800 series like $200 more, or twice as much? Best deal I could find is the 805 for $399 at Costco.
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What if you don't have pets? I got the 860 in the JCP deal ($350) but from what I've read if you don't have pets, just get the 6XX series for a much lower price. And generally the best deal has the 860 at $399 + tax. Is it worth double?

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Spend $100-$150 more and get an 8xx series. The 6xx series are ANCIENT Roombas and don't suck as well (like 6x crappier suction), charge as fast, or run as long on a charge as an 8xx series. And, just like the 7xx series, they have the TERRIBLE brush system that you will have to clean WEEKLY to remove tangled hair and fibers if you want good performance. The 8xx doesn't have brushes, and it has a motor that shreds hair, so you don't have anywhere NEAR the maintenance of a 6xx or 7xx series. It's like maybe two or three times a year on the 8xx, if that. It's a FAR better Roomba (the best of all available, according to Consumer Reports).

Forget this Roomba, it's not a deal. Get an 8xx.

Advantages of the 8xx over 6xx:
  • Better cleaning system with more 6x more suction
  • Brushless system that doesn't get clogged with hair
  • Much bigger bin with easier to clean HEPA "style" filter
  • X-life battery (870/880 models) that lasts longer on a charge and will hold up longer overall (805 and 860 are even better L-ion batteries)
  • Faster recharging
  • Faster room cleaning
  • Quieter operation
Better yet, get a Neato.
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What if you don't have pets? I got the 860 in the JCP deal ($350) but from what I've read if you don't have pets, just get the 6XX series for a much lower price. And generally the best deal has the 860 at $399 + tax. Is it worth double?

Chase Freedom or Discover Deals give 5% off.
You read wrong. The 6xx is terrible compared to an 8xx. Even without pets, you will be cleaning brushes at LEAST a few times a month, and it's a crappy job. Plus, the SUCTION of the 6xx is terrible compared to an 8xx. It leaves a LOT behind. You will be shocked at how much a 8xx pulls out of carpet EACH TIME.

No comparison. A 6xx or 7xx is a waste of money and time. 8xx is the only way to go (but avoid the 9xx)

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Better yet, get a Neato.
If you want an inferior robot cleaner that has lost to Roomba in every single Consumer Reports test over the years. This is SD, right? That's not slick.
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Quote from jdpatt View Post :
Isn't the 800 series like $200 more, or twice as much? Best deal I could find is the 805 for $399 at Costco.
It's been in the $349 range a number of times (most recently the 860 at JC Penney - you can do it at BBB to get to that price if they'll take the coupon that excludes iRobot in store, many have done it), and well worth it. Saving $150 to have 6x worse cleaning is not a SD, anyway, not to mention the mountain of extra time per year you'll spend cleaning the brushes (just 5 minutes a week is almost 4.5 HOURS a year cleaning brushes) on a 6xx or 7xx unit - maintenance that you don't have to do on an 8xx.
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You read wrong. The 6xx is terrible compared to an 8xx. Even without pets, you will be cleaning brushes at LEAST a few times a month, and it's a crappy job. Plus, the SUCTION of the 6xx is terrible compared to an 8xx. It leaves a LOT behind. You will be shocked at how much a 8xx pulls out of carpet EACH TIME.
What's the difference on hardwood or tile floors? Also, I believe the 645 is a Sam's Club exclusive (compared to the 650) and does have the longer battery. Link [vacuumcleanerreviewszone.com]
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If you want an inferior robot cleaner that has lost to Roomba in every single Consumer Reports test over the years. This is SD, right? That's not slick.
people will say whatever it takes to justify their particular purchase. I generally agree with consumer reports - this is one time though they really got it wrong. we rescue and foster cats and have enough to pick up - having used both numerous times, the neato definitely better overall. and most reviews you'll read from people that have had both will confirm that.
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people will say whatever it takes to justify their particular purchase. I generally agree with consumer reports - this is one time though they really got it wrong. we rescue and foster cats and have enough to pick up - having used both numerous times, the neato definitely better overall. and most reviews you'll read from people that have had both will confirm that.
And you're talking about an 8xx series Roomba? Most neato fans like to compare it to a 6xx or a 7xx, which is dumb and irrelevant. I don't have to justify the purchase because I've had neato (returned) and at least one of every generation of Roomba since the beginning. The 8xx is head and shoulders above any other robo vacuum I've tried, including prior Roomba gens and the current Neato gen. Consumer Reports just confirms that...again.
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What's the difference on hardwood or tile floors? Also, I believe the 645 is a Sam's Club exclusive (compared to the 650) and does have the longer battery. Link [vacuumcleanerreviewszone.com]
Can't say specifically on the 645, but it essentially is a 650. The suction is still WAY worse than a 8xx (literally 5-6x less), the charging time is slower, and no HEPA level filtration for allergy relief. Plus, you have the terrible brush cleaning to do. Unless your family is bald, you will find hair tangled in the brushes you'll have to clear weekly to keep it working well. That brush cleaning nonsense (also still present in all the Neatos) is totally eliminated on the 8xx series .
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Last edited by gaijin4life August 6, 2016 at 07:31 PM.
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I saw the Consumer Reports article on the Roomba...They highlighted the fact that the Roomba went over and over and over...the same areas. I can't for the life of me understand how that is in any way efficient. Cleaning is not brain surgery, not even Rocket Science.
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