Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Our new roommate

“My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.” — Erma Bombeck

LAST Friday we bought a Roomba. We named him Roombie, and we are in love. 

I'd been lobbying for one for some time. In case you don't know what a Roomba is, it's a robot vacuum — 3.5" high with a diameter of 13 inches.

I thought we needed the most expensive one (the 880) for it to work as well as we need it to. (Remember we have FOUR cats!) But Paul researched, read reviews and learned that the 655 Pet Series model that we'd seen at Costco, is specially made to work in pet households and actually has some of the features that the 880 has for half the cost: $350 versus $700.

I wasn't necessarily buying Paul's argument, but I was willing to admit that buying one was taking a bit of a flier (who knew how well it would work), so I agreed we should probably opt for making a less expensive potential mistake than a more expensive one.

We unpacked and programmed it Saturday (and by we, I mean Paul), and sent it on it's little, merry way — and there we were for a solid hour watching our new roommate buzz itself all around the our house.

I was hopeful. Paul was skeptical

He said, "Well it's never going to be able to clean under the dining room table with it's five table legs and eight chair legs." It does. 

He said, "It's never going to be able to get over the small threshold into the kitchen." It does.

He said, "It's never going to get over the big threshold into the entryway." It does.

He said, "It's going to get completely entangled in the fringe on the area rug." It doesn't.

The only place it hasn't been able to do it get into the AP room because there's a little step instead of a threshold, so we just relocate it in there every now and then to clean that room.

Paul has it programmed to come out at 3:00 PM every day and clean, and it does! When it's done, it just drives itself back to it's little docking port and climbs in.

I'm seriously so gassed!!!! Go to Costco and get one! You'll be loving your 24/7 clean floors.


  1. Awesomeness is coming home from work to a clean house! I hope the kitties like it too. 😂

  2. Now you have to teach your kitties to ride!

  3. Now you have to teach your kitties to ride!

  4. I think the furry-purries think it's a strange new kind of cat. I've seen, that cat-riding-a-Roomba. It's hilarious!!