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9/16/07 5:58 P

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Thanks for weighing in on the question, everyone! I'm posting this everywhere I originally submitted the question. I just can't resist after all the great comments. We're buying a Dyson DC17. I've read it's the one with the most muscle and the best for picking up that pesky pet hair. Hmm, if I get really ambitious, I just may get a roomba too! Of course, gotta save a little for both. Luckily, Amazon offers great deals, and Target hands out 10% off coupons once in a while! Thanks again for all the feedback!

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9/10/07 1:27 A

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Cool, thanks - this is great information!

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9/9/07 11:03 P

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My dad and his wife have both a Roomba and a Dyson.

They used to love the Roomba because they both have full-time jobs and were never home, but they're remodeling and the Roomba is not able to keep up with the dust. It also absolutely throws a fit every time it goes into their dining room (lineoleum) because of the counter height. Confuses it to no end. My stepmom also used to have problems with it missing entire areas of the floor because of their weird furniture arrangement. For whatever reason, the Roomba just didn't work out. Having said that, they also have never had indoor pets, so I don't know how they compared a clean floor to a dirty one.

Now that they're remodeling, they have a Dyson. Let me tell ya, I'm looking at one for myself!!! My dad has been in that house since 1991. Prior to us living there, a family of smokers lived there. We washed down the walls, got the carpets professionally cleaned, the whole nine yards, when we moved in. Nobody has smoked in that house since.

Wait for it....

The Dyson is getting CIGARETTE SMOKE out of the carpet. They have had it two months, and it is still pulling stuff like that out. Their carpet has gone a shade lighter... and they have never had indoor pets. I can only imagine what a Dyson would do in my house with all my cats and kids running around.

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ZLWIDOW's Photo ZLWIDOW Posts: 11,723
9/9/07 10:38 P

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1: I use it fine on my kitchen floor, it is lineoleum, and it does a decent job, better then my sweeping, it however doesn't fit under the cabinets so if I want those done, I sweep the crud from under it and then let roomba take care of it.
2: My one cat could care less what happens in the house as long as the food dish is filled, his mother is more the scaredy cat, and she runs when I turn on the Dirt Devil, She was playing with the roomba yesterday, and she thinks it's a giant toy.
3: It is easy to pull the brushes out and to clean them, it even has a tool that does the job, and it's just as easy to put the brushes back in, I have had no issues with any tangles, if it does (I had dental floss get stuck in it once) I untangled it, after it made a beep noise and stopped running, checked all over and it was the floss wound around the edge cleaner, cleaned it out and it worked like a charm.
4: For a deep down clean you should use the regular vacuum once in a blue moon, I used to be a lazy vacuumer, and was lucky if my house saw the vacuum more then once every 10 15 days, now with roomba, I like the look of a clean floor and so I do the roomba regularily and then since it is not a big hassle to do the regular vacuuming I do that more often too.
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9/9/07 9:50 P

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GOOD TOPIC! I have been thinking about a Roomba for some time now. I have a crazy schedule, and often the hair tumbleweeds get out of control in my house between real cleanings.

I have some specific questions about the Roomba, if anyone out there would not mind chiming in:
1. How does it do on hard surfaces (which is really all I have - hardwood, tile and linoleum)?
2. Does it scare your cats?
3. I have two long haired cats, and have read in various places that there are issues with hair getting tangled in the Roomba, and with it being very hard to clean the hair from the brushes. True or False?
4. Can the Roomba be my only vacuum, or do I need to do other cleaning in between?

Thanks!

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9/9/07 6:58 P

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I have 2 vacuums, one is a dirt devil and am very happy with it, I also have a roomba, and it does the job, the combination of the two get all the cat hair out of the carpet (I have 2)
I do the DD, once a week, and the roomba in it's room of the day 2 times a week.
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9/9/07 6:25 P

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ORECK all the way! It costs more but it is light weight and powerful; picks up all those little dust balls! ha
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9/9/07 5:08 P

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We are looking into a new vacuum and would love to get one that is specifically designed to pick up animal hair. Our current vacuum would be good enough -- if we didn't have four little friends running the house. So, far we've seen Bissell and Dyson. The Dysons seems to be getting excellent marks when I looked them up via various Web sites. In fact, the Dyson looks too good to be true! Anyone have specific experience with either brand, or another suggestion that works well? If you have a Bissell or Dyson, are they worth their cost (specifically Dyson)? I will try ANYTHING to get this hair outta here! (Also posting this in another forum in case you see it elsewhere ...)

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