Roomba's Fatal Flaw

My Roomba finally died. Like an old cell phone, the battery won’t take a charge anymore. It’s $50 to replace the battery which is pretty expensive in my book. I’m going to try to contact iRobot to confirm that that’s the problem and solution.

We went to Target last night to find a replacement vacuum. I wasn’t sure if we should get a nice, but expensive, Dyson, or if we should go for something cheap. When we walked in the door, we checked the weekly ads and noticed a Dirt Devil on sale for $45. Not bad.

The store was a mess. Most of the display vacuums weren’t in stock, some of the stocked items weren’t on display, and many of the items were missing price tags. On one of our treks to the price scanner from the vacuum section, we found a few more vacuums that were on clearance. Of course, they weren’t marked with a price so we grabbed it to get scanned to. Much to our surprise, this Dirt Devil was only $25 and had all of the features we wanted. It’s bagless, and has the little hose on the side for attachments. The deal was too good to pass up, so that’s what we got.

I’m not sure if Roomba’s fatal flaw is that in runs on batteries that will inevitably die, or that it’s cheaper to buy a whole vacuum than a replacement battery. It’s actually pretty hard to compare a Roomba with a typical upright because the Roomba is so much quieter and runs on its own. Well, I hope iRobot is able to find some new battery technology that will enable the little guys to live a lot longer.

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