@thismyusername Seems brilliant to me! It always gets pretty dirty around the wheels of my pc chair, so that makes sense going over that area a few times. And I never thought about using one on my kitchen table and counters!
When I was younger, I thought it was insane my older cousin was using his shop vac to vacuum his house…Now I’m older, and find myself doing the inside steps with a leaf blower.
@haydesigner@sammydog01 The one on the right is whispering to the other that she’s taking the robotic vacuum when she leaves and he’s devastated. Not that she’s leaving, just that he’s going to have to vacuum manually.
@mehgrl I’ve been considering one for quite some time, but I’ve only been concerned about our hardwood, since that seems to always build up the most dust/dirt/pet hair, since it’s the areas we’re in the most.
I’m a little curious/concerned about this model, since they say it’s NOT good on carpet, and my floors transition to carpet in some other rooms…
But screw it, you only live once, and it’s not THAT expensive… I can always physically stop it from going into carpeted rooms with a 2x4 or something…
Guess I’m in for one. Sorry I didn’t talk you out of it…
Aight, this whole “robotic vacuum” thing is nonsense. I have dogs. Many people do. They don’t shed excessively, but a sweep through the house will fill up a fuckton of those little-wheeled frisbee vacuum things.
How do people with NORMAL amounts of household soil deal with that?
It should have a built-in scale so you can stand on it and ride around. You know, for exercise.
@droopus Yeah, this is why I am not going for it. My Wolfhound mix sheds like crazy, I use a shop vac when I vacuum, which is admittedly not that often, because I get tired of endlessly emptying the canister on a regular vac.
@droopus I have three dogs and they all shed and bring in dirt from the yard into my carpet. I run my Neato almost everyday in that main area and it only gets half full cause i stay in front of it. If you use the robot to clean daily it will greatly help with your hair issue. Just make sure to get one for pet hair.
You still occasionally have to deep-clean, but these robots make it way easier when you do cause it never gets that bad to begin with.
This seems like a good deal. Morningsave has this exact model up for $149…so $99 is a steal! My new Dyson would get jealous and I would start a household appliance turf war in my house if I bought this…but a good deal nonetheless.
I don’t know which former Woot writer wrote this but welcome. I got mad at Woot when they fired a bunch of people last year. I was finished with them. I discovered Meh and there was balance in the universe again.
I bought this bot’s big brother on Meh on Dec 14th. I love it so much I’m thinking about buying this little guy as a buddy.
My bot does not do well on deep pile carpet. The physics of the brushes are wrong for that; it’s like using a floppy broom to sweep carpet. The carpet wins. But it does a great job on hard floors and low profile carpet.
I’m open to questions.
@gregormehndel How does it handle transitions, say from tile to laminate or from laminate to an area rug? I worry about any robot vacuum getting stuck on the transition trim. Also how often do you have to empty it?
@grovberg Transitions are seamless, I think because the wheels are fairly large (on my model, at least). Room thresholds, or area rugs, no problem. If it truly gets stuck, like in a tight corner (I once had something fall on it and trap it), it shuts down after a few attempts at freeing itself. The first few times I used it, I had to empty the container daily. I have one medium sized dog who sheds moderately. Since then, I empty it about every 3 days.
I might be the ideal target audience for this: all hardwood floors/tile, no stairs, basically no rug (there’s a seagrass-y door mat but that’s it), no pets, small square footage.
I’m still hesitant:
It’s still quite a bit of money, when I’m not sure if I should have a vacuum at all or just get more diligent with sweeping/mopping
No pets, but I do have long hair, which I’m not sure the bot can handle without tangling in the wheel axles
It’s unclear how easy it is to replace the filters - would I have to custom order them from Ecovacs every time or is there some sort of standard size?
I don’t trust a robot to mop, especially considering this would go over my kitchen area
The app (which I linked above, but just in case https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ecovacs.ecosphere.intl&hl=en ) seems poorly rated - sure, some is folks not understanding that the mapping feature is for the higher ends Deebots, but there’s other real concerns too, including privacy (the app asking for too many permissions) and reliability (the app and robot randomly disconnecting)
Another thing the app reviews mention is the robot going crazy in the middle of the night after the power went out looking for its charger, which seems…less than ideal
A friend gave me a knockoff robot vacuum a few months ago. I’m pretty clean overall, live alone, and have no pets, so I was hyped at the prospect of having it run through my mostly-hardwood condo once a week to get the minor crumbs and dust that had accumulated.
Unfortunately, a combination of furniture that isn’t situated at right angles, a loveseat that is juuuuust too short for the robot to get under, and some crappy coding on the part of the robot manufacturers, it never got out of the living room. It was also annoying/jarring to hear the thing struggling from the other room. I donated it within a couple weeks.
I’m sure this one is better, but considering my required cleanup is basically five minutes a week with a broom/dustpan and a Swiffer pass once every couple months, I think I’ll pass.
For $100 with a 1 yr warranty, I went for it. If it will keep SOME of the cat hair (from 2 cats) off the floor, I’m happy. Hopefully it recognizes the thick throw rug in my dining room and stays off of it.
I got scared when ecobots basically ignores that this thing exists. Could not find it in thier list of bots, nor could I find anything in in the support section from several search attempts. Must be black sheep of the ecobot family the one that never gets the thanksgiving invites.
When I googled it, it took me to the Australian site, I guess, which did not list the Mini 2. However, if you go to https://www.ecovacs.com/us, select “all robots” from the menu and then select “bare floors” it pops right up.
YAY score!!! I was just about to buy a Deebot mini a couple of days ago because of the great reviews (far better than iRobot) and price $180 being the lowest and then I seen this deal on Meh! So glad a waited until now! Thank You!!!
I had a problem with this order and sent multiple requests to customer service to take care of it before it got shipped out, but it looks like it shipped without anyone addressing the issue. Now I don’t know what to do. If anyone from the Meh staff is reading this, please get in touch ASAP. Thank you.
I have tried to purchase the $5.00 Fukobukuro about 20 times and it is always sold out. Is there a problem with the system? I have been on here since 2016 and have never been able to purchase. Can someone explain?
@Selangor This advice comes a bit too late to be useful for yesterday’s Fuk bags, obvs, but for next time…
The secret is to be ready just a few second before the sale is posted. Yesterday was an anomole. If you’ve been here since 2016, you know this already. There usually aren’t a hundred different offerings in a single day for a Fuk.
Be ready at 11:59ET, just in case it’s a Fuk sale coming up, and start hitting the refresh command in your browser (ALT-F5 in most PC browsers, or just click the “refresh/reload” icon). Keep refreshing until the new sale item posts. If it’s a Fuk, buy and delight. If it’s not a Fuk, it’s probably a bluetooth speaker, drone, or some odd collection of random crap they’ve given a clever name and tossed up for sale. In this case, let your conscience be your guide.
Or if you prefer, cheat, and wait until the morning sale. Check the site before the morning sale goes live so you’ll know in advance if it’s a Fuk.
Lots of us hang out in the forums at midnight waiting for the daily sale to go live. It’s easy for me since I’m in a westie timezone. Plenty of easties in there also though.
I think you get what you pay for. It gets tangled in electrical wires so you have to help it out a bit. But after that, it does what it does. You just can’t really leave it on it’s own for too long. Also, I haven’t figured out how to make it go back to charge… It’s fine.