Neato Robotics Automatic Vacuum Cleaner
This is the only vacuum cleaner you will ever watch for entertainment. It is the only vacuum cleaner you will name. It is not perfect, but it is wonderful.
Let's get the criticism out of the way. It isn't great at edges, it leaves some debris along walls, thresholds and the like. We have a few thresholds it gets caught on. We have some chrome base barstools that cause it to get hung up. We have an antique prayer rug with intensely frayed edges we had to pick up because the loose strings got caught. If full sunshine is streaming on glossy hardwood floors it is sometimes confused and sees it as a wall.
Neato can be scheduled to clean when it is convenient for you. It is hard to describe the joy of arriving home to find Neato hard at work. The controls are very easy to understand and to use.
Neato does an excellent job of vacuumming. It maneuvers around obstacles, finds it way around with aplomb. Some have complained about the noise. Actually Neato makes much less noise than the Panasonic canister vacuum we bought because Consumer Reports said it was quiet.
Emptying the dustbin is easy. It has never gotten hair tangled around its beater bar. The difference in cleanliness at our house since this purchase is really astounding(maybe even embarrassing).
The first day of ownership I contacted Neato customer service beause my little buddy wouldn't go into the kitchen. The response read like an email from a concerned best friend trying to help you solve a problem. (The problem was sunshine on a glossy floor) It was the best customer service for an electronic gadget ever. It is customer service on the level of LLBean, excellence.
Buy a Neato, do yourself a favor. You will smile more than once.