Will a robotic vacuum be an asset to our (snowflake filled) home? If so what makes, models, or features are worth the cost nowadays? First hand experience preferred but any input is welcome.
Reasons I ask:
0) We're doing baby registry stuff and are coming up severely short on things to list because A) we don't have a ton of space, B) we don't like being crazy consumers of disposable/trashy items, and C) we [or family members/grandmas] are planning on crafting alot of the sundry items related to diapering, cleaning up, keeping warm, etc.
1) We just finished redoing the downstairs floors in stained concrete and laminate. No carpets and only throw rugs (which I don't mind, nay prefer, taking outside and beating out manually) which, from what I'd expect anyway, will hopefully make for an ideal Roomba habitat. See below for one caveat.
2) We have two dogs that are moderate shedders. This is way more apparent on the hard surfaces than it was on our previous flooring and is the major source of concern. Not to even mention the kiddo on the way. Anyway, it's my understanding that keeping the laminate clean will also prevent dirt/dust/whatever from scratching it and dulling the finish. Hence the roomba being a win win win with regards to daily maintenance sorta cleaning as well as work savings in general.
3) My allergies/breathing are something I fight with pretty constantly. Some days are worse than others and our Dyson is really nice but I can't help but think one more HEPA device in the household will be anything but a positive influence on the situation.
The one caveat that I mentioned above is regarding room to room transitions. So, because we went the stained concrete route we had a height transition between the 3 rooms. That is to say the room layout/thresholds are such that the stained concrete is in the middle of the two laminate rooms.
Here follows a poor ASCII representation of bottom floor layout as it goes from
Front --> Back
Living Room (laminate) -> KitchenHallBathLaundryPantry (concrete) -> TVManRoom (laminate)
The dogs spend much of their time in the TVManRoom if that matters.
where straight lines are walls and parenthesis are thresholds (one wide transition and one standard doorway size), as described above.
Anyway, the thresholds just went down yesterday and they are the best case scenario but I don't know if they'll be quite good enough. They don't look like this
but they do look kinda like this
(although mine are one piece hardwood affixed directly to the slab with silicon (per the install guy's 20 years of experience recomendation) instead of the stuff you get at home depot that relies upon a channel to clip the threshold into.
Basically what I'm trying to say is that it's not the blunt nose style (good) and it's going to be as close to the slab as possible (also good) but I'm still unsure as to if the Roomba will be able to cross it because I have zero personal Roomba experience and it is a pretty distinct change in height over the width of the moulding.
Also, for what it's worth, I'm pretty handy and would hope to be able to hack and/or repair my way out of any sort of premature failure mode but, obviously, longevity is a positive aspect with regards to a purchase like this on our end. Also, also, we were looking at the Model 770 and, maybe, the shiny new model 880 and possibly letting people put money into our registry in a sort of "fund" because I can't see any one of our friends or relatives dropping that sort of money on an item for us, but I could be wrong and MsEld is kinda in the mode of "LIST ALL THE THINGS", so here we are.
Thanks, and I'll try not to threadsit but I'm not so great at that most of the time....