I have long-term planning related questions about (home cleaning) robots and the acquisition, set up and maintenance therein.
Newly a single homeowner, I have carte blanche to manage my affairs the way I see fit, but I also need to keep the house up as I may have guests, and while I'm not horrible at housekeeping, one of the things I tend to neglect more than my guests would like is my floors.
So I can hire a human to do that work and/or I can buy a robot to do that work. Obviously they have different economical impacts, but I'm wondering about robots since humans are easier to hire and I'm familiar with the risks, limitations and wherefores of hiring humans for contract jobs.
I am also asking my geeky/geek friendly/reasonably well off friends about these sorts of things.
Questions I could use help with, that AskMe would be particularly helpful for:
- So obviously I'm looking at the iRobot line. What other lines should I look at?
- Are robots like this worth it in the long run? Do they not break down for long enough to be worth the price (versus traditional maid services for floor maintenance)?
- How are they with self-maintenance? With both kinds (wet and dry) I'm assuming you have to empty them periodically. Do they tell you obviously enough that you remember to do it?
- How many would you get for a house with 5 maintainable rooms (kitchen, dining room, living room, 2 bedrooms) and a full bathroom?
- If you have the Scooba, are the cleaning substances it uses pet-friendly? I just heard alarming things about the Swiffer and pets, so I'm curious.
- What about their batteries? How much do they cost to replace and how often do you have to do that?
- What other questions should I be asking/logistics should I be thinking about?
Thoughts? Answers? Questions?
Thank you in advance for helping me out.