Pros Cleans better than a mop
Cons Can't replace elbow grease; several sample defects.
Summary This is a great product concept. When it works, it does a great job of routine mopping. Its ability to make superficial stains vanish, and its "Dirty Tank" absolutely full of funkiness at the end of a cycle, will convince you of that. But there are a number of issues with its charger, battery, and cleaning-solution-pumping system...I experienced them all! If you call their customer service number, your first menu will guide you to the Scooba option. Then, the next offers prerecorded solutions for the most common problems. Suffice it so say, they had to ship me a new battery, and I had to buy a second, since one doesn't last all the way through a cleaning cycle. And during its second attempted use, it wasn't putting down any cleaning solution; that lead to a LONG customer support call and a number of pokings and proddings at the machine, including applying a drinking straw to one of its valves, and having to blow on it so hard that my head hurt.
But like I said, when it works, it cleans well. Just don't expect it to pick up scuffs and seriously adherent stains that would strain your own upper arm muscles to remove, and be ready to come running when it wedges itself under a cabinet and can't get loose. And it can wedge itself VERY firmly!
I'm looking forward to future iterations, not to mention new models such as the "Wooba" window washing robot, the "Loomba" laundry-doin' robot, and the "Tooba" toilet plunging robot.
Pros works for a while
Cons fun gadget to watch when it worked.
Summary purchased Feb07 worked a treat for about 2 seperate occassion, then started with error messaged, continuously required to check the water tank. Website suggested using a drinking straw to blow through the water distributor. This did the job, then a couple of day later, continued to flash error 1, webiste again gave a few clues, nothing that matched the problem the unit was having. Tried to touch base via the old fashioned phone, 30minutes on hold and gave up. Now I see the brush that does all the cleaning work no longer is turning. Have given up on the unit, expensive toy (as has been pointed out on numerous occassions by the person I live with) needless to say this person has never touched a mop in the 6years we have lived together.
Cons Picking which one to buy
Summary After several months as a shamelessly in love Roomba owner I decided it was time to add to my domestic robot collection and buy a Scooba and, just as I suspected, I am beyond pleased with the product. I've set up a schedule where I run the Roomba one day, pull up my rugs the next (I have hardwood and tile flooring throughout my flat) and run the Scooba just before leaving for work the next. This routine works beautifully and I have successfully eliminated yet another household chore! So pleased am I with the quality and effectiveness of my little iRobot family I am considering investing in their stock. They are remarkably effective devices and they continue to revolutionize the way we tend to our lives. Highly highly recommended!
Pros This "Robot" is awesome. It cleans the floors so well and is very easy to use and maintain. You don't need to watch it either you could just watch t.v. or go to work while this little baby cleans.
Cons The only promblems I noticed is it doesn't do corners well, and it takes a descent amount of time to clean one area because it doesn't have any programed route or something like that.
Summary Overall it's a good bang for your buck, and it's definently worth the small amount of time to maintain it and the money it costs!
Pros No Hands Required and Easy to Use
Cons Scares the Dog
Summary I am wondering why this wasn't developed earlier. My wife actually convinced me that it was a good find and worth buying. I was skeptical since our kitchen floor gets quite dirty and I didn't believe it would actually work, but it does, and does a great job.