(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
We bought one for a gift, tried it before giving it and then bought a second one for ourselves. We own a house with an extremely powerful built in central vacuum system which uses a Hoover Windtunnel power nozzle and quite frankly, until we tried the Neato, we thought robotic vacuums were a joke. After reading hundreds of reviews on Amazon, we decided to go with the Neato instead of the Roomba, despite CR rating the Roomba superior. Yes, the Neato may be noisier but that is because the Roomba has no suction. And although the Roomba picked up more dirt in CR small test room, in the real world, people complained that because the Roomba cleans randomly, it often leaves some rooms completely dirty. In any case, the Neato is amazing. When you turn it on, it first seems to take a look at the room it is in. Then it does the perimeter of the room noting every door opening. Then it cleans the entire room and only then goes to one of the door openings and does the same in that room. Eventually it gets as far as it can on its charge and when its battery runs low it returns to the charger. Once charged up again it continues where it left off. It will go through this cycled a total of 3 times, and should be able to clean a good size house. Our house is much bigger than average so I usually have it start at one end of the house, let it go through its 3 cycles and then take it to the other end of the house and repeat. I am amazed by how much dirt it finds just days after I use our big central vacuum. I think the Neato is a superior product compared to Roomba. The Roomba excelled in CR limited tests. But if you put the 2 units to work in a real house, only the Neato will get the whole place clean on a regular basis. By the way, Neato recommends that the charger be placed on a bare floor against a wall. I've found that if you need to put it on a carpeted floor, keep the charger a couple of inches from the wall because when you have wall to wall carpeting, the carpeting is extra thick near the walls and Neato will have problems lining up with the charger. If the charger is placed 2 inches away from the wall, that problem is eliminated.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.