iRobot Roomba 572 Pet Series Review

iRobot Roomba 572 Pet SeriesThe iRobot Roomba 572 Pet Series vacuum is a robotic model which is geared specifically towards pet owners. This new model comes with a $500 price tag. In this review of the iRobot Roomba 572 vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this models strengths and weaknesses, then determine if it’s worth the very high cost. The styling on this little machine is simply gorgeous, so I do have to give them that. Here’s a quick rundown of the features found on this unit: a remote control for manual steering, three interchangeable bins, two virtual walls, a compact home base, a rotating bristle brush, suspension system for transitioning from bare floors to carpets, on-board scheduling for up to 7 preset times to clean, and it also includes some extra brushes and filters. This is actually not a bad set of features on this little vacuum. As usual, I think the best feature on this robotic model is the fact that you can program it to clean while you are gone.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the iRobot Roomba 572 Pet Series vacuum. First thing has to be the very high price tag, which I think will drive away a lot of potential buyers. It also seems to be a little noisy on hard floors. Another thing that can be kind of annoying is that for best results you really have to pick up the whole house to make a wide open area for it to clean. If you don’t do this, it will run down the battery pretty quickly, and won’t get as much done. All in all, I think the iRobot Roomba 572 is great for users with a large open floor plan, with not many objects in the way. However, it’s definitely not for everyone. On the other hand it does a good job at cleaning, and is very convenient for busy people. Taking all this in to consideration, I’m giving this vacuum cleaner a 4.2 / 5 star rating.

Top Vacuum Cleaners

Top Vacuum CleanersThe top vacuum cleaners in the categories below are based upon 100′s of consumer reviews, pricing, and how well the features of these top vacuum cleaners match up against similar competitors. I’ve selected 5 popular categories, since different consumers are looking for specific types of vacuums. Each category has our pick of the best vacuum next to it, and a few comments on why it was chosen.

Budget Model – Hoover U5140-900 Tempo Widepath vacuum cleaner. This lightweight vacuum costs around $60, and easily makes the list for the top vacuum cleaner in the budget category. Besides being light and cheap, this vacuum has low dust emissions and comes with an allergen filter.

Cordless Model – Hoover Platinum Collection Linx stick vacuum. This is a fairly new arrival, but already has made its mark. The suction on this stick vacuum is tremendous. Plus, the on-off switch for the roller is a huge benefit for those of you who own carpets & bare floors. The one negative is the battery power – you can’t do large spaces all on one charge (but, it’s to be expected from a cordless machine).

Canister Model – Miele S4210 Carina. This is our pick for top canister vacuum cleaner because of its ability to clean bare floors, the build quality, and that it is lightweight. This machine is also super reliable and does great on allergies. It’s definitely on the pricier side, but if you have the money this vacuum is well worth it.

Upright Model – Eureka 4870MZ Boss SmartVac. This model easily takes the top vacuum cleaner spot for the upright model category. There are, of course, other superb upright models – however, the fact that this one only costs around $150 is why we chose it. This machine is also very quiet, the performance is outstanding, it has an on-off brush switch, it picks up pet hair with ease & the included attachments are wonderful. The only real negatives are that it’s fairly heavy and a little cheap looking.

Robotic Model – iRobot Roomba Discovery 510. This robotic vacuum is great with pet hair and has decent suction. It’s simple to set up and get running, and like all Roombas it does the vacuuming so you don’t have to. The container on the unit isn’t huge, but it should work fine for most users. It also stops when the container is full. Be aware though, it doesn’t have a programmable schedule and the maintenence needs on the vacuum cleaner can be pretty often.

iRobot Roomba 532 Pet Series Vacuum Review

iRobot Roomba 532 Pet SeriesA vacuum review of the iRobot Roomba 532 Pet Series states: “The iRobot Roomba 532 Pet Series vacuum cleaner is wonderful for busy people like myself. You can come home to a nice clean house after work. It picks up pet hair wonderfully, and does a great job on both carpet and bare floors. The debris bin is pretty large on this vacuum, which is a huge plus if you’re house is pretty dirty. Of course, it’s also great that it can go under most of my furniture.

It does require some maintence, especially if you have a lot of pet hair to pick up. This can get a little annoying. Also, it can be a little noisy – but not bad compared to other vacuum cleaners. I’ve also had it get stuck on random stuff on the floor. The key is to leave the floor as free of cords and random objects as you can. Otherwise, the iRobot Roomba 532 Pet Series vacuum cleaner is great.”

iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Review

Red iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac Robotic VacuumA user’s iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac Robotic vacuum review says: “The iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac Robotic vacuum is perfect for my needs. If you have a floor space much larger than 1,000 square ft, you’ll need to recharge the battery. I think the best feature of this vacuum is that you can turn it on before you leave the house, let it run all day & then come home to clean floors. And for such a little machine, it does a better job of cleaning than you’d expect.

The one thing that everyone complains about (which includes me), is that you have to make sure no cords or small items are left on the floor where the vacuum can run over them. It gets jammed up with those pretty easily. But, overall I’d recommend the iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac Robotic vacuum for just about anyone.”

iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuum Cleaner Robot Review

iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuum RobotA user reviews the iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuum Cleaner Robot: “The iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuum Cleaner Robot is much more autonomous than the 4100/4200 series (the previous model) that means it won’t get stuck as often on things like floor vents, cords or rugs with fringe. It is slightly taller than the previous model so if you want to use your older virtually walls you must put something under them about a half inch thick and they will work fine. The 530 does not clean as well as the 4100/4200 due to a less aggressive brush design. There are a lot fewer bristles, they are shorter and they do not go completely around the main brush since the brush alternated bristles with rubber flappers (like the secondary take up brush). The net result is cleaning is less aggressive especially when removing pet hair from carpets. The new brushes also have a design flaw the old brushes did not. Pet hair now routinely get into the gear drive housing (the square socket the brushes fit into) and prevents the brushes from rotating. This means the iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuum Cleaner Robot needs to be cleaned nearly every time it is used and it is hard to do because it really wedges itself in that area. Also, the way the brushes are now designed there are lots of areas fro hair to build up that are hard to completely clean. This is a real issue when you have pets.

If your primary concern is removing pet hair from carpets, you may be better off with the older model. If your primary concern is complete autonomy with maybe 90% the cleaning power, go with this new model.”

iRobot 1100 Dirt Dog Workshop Robot Cleaner Review

iRobot 1100 Dirt Dog Workshop Robot CleanerA user reviews the iRobot 1100 Dirt Dog Workshop Robot Cleaner: “I thought the iRobot 1100 Dirt Dog Workshop Robot Cleaner would not be effective at all. I have (had actually) a very dirty smooth garage floor with all kinds of shelves etc. under which I was almost afraid to look. Unleashing the DOG, it filled up with crud quickly, and I emptied several loads per cycle. The iRobot 1100 Dirt Dog Workshop Robot Cleaner kicked up very little dust, and after a few runs the floor looked almost new. There’s no vacuum, it’s just brooms guiding the stuff into the collection tray. To get this level of clean without moving cars etc out of the way is impressive. Given my low expectations, I was compelled to give a good review to my new friend.”

iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot Cleaner Review

iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming RobotA user reviews the iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot Cleaner: “The iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot Cleaner – My wife and I decided to get one of these because our 8 month old son is about to start crawling. While we try and keep our floors clean, our beagle has other thoughts as she sheds all over the place. We went with the latest iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot Cleaner model as it has just about everything we would want with a product like this. It works as advertised and we will definitely keep it but there are some areas that need improvement.

The iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot Cleaner does require maintenance after each cleaning cycle. This requires emptying the dust bin, removing the brushes and filter to clean and, sometimes, cleaing the sensors that may have dust buildup. The entire process takes no more than 2 minutes and, even though it sounds like a pain, will hopefully keep the iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot Cleaner problem free for a long time.

So for my first few days playing with the iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot Cleaner, it seems to do its job rather well with just a few annoyances that really do not affect its ability to clean. We plan on running it once a day to keep the dog hair and dust down to a minimum which will hopefully help our allegies.”