The iRobot Roomba 650 is one of my favorite gadgets in my house. The Roomba is a robot vacuum that will navigate your house while sucking up the dirt, pet hair, and other fun stuff on your floor and then will return itself to it’s charging dock when it’s done. The only thing that would make it better is if it emptied the dirt in the process!
I first bought a Roomba as gift to my wife so that when she got home from work the floor was already vacuumed and rid of all of the dog hair that our dog would shed during the day. We have a mixture of carpet and hardwood floors and the Roomba 650 works well on both of them.
Does the Roomba replace the need for your standard vacuum? Not, not in my opinion, but it will keep your house looking good on a daily basis as you can schedule to run at a particular time during the day and choose which days it will run. Just make sure you get in the habit of emptying the bin every day or so.
If you have pets then I highly recommend you give the Roomba 650 or one of their other models a try. One of the things the Roomba helped with was the allergies that my wife has. By picking up the dust and pet hair everyday it reduced some of her symptoms. By the way, the Roomba makes a great gift for the wife or other (just not Valentine’s day).