expired BIGW - iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot 530 (29/Feb/2012 7-10pm AEDT ONLY) for $368

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BIGW - iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot 530 (29/Feb/2012 7-10pm AEDT ONLY) for $368Affiliate

Good automatic robot vacuum cleaner for a good price $368. Read some reviews and this brand is well recognised. Price seems pretty good for an Australian retailer. Did not check overseas purchases. EBay has plenty of other generic brand ones so please dont compare to those.

It says out of stock now but assuming it will come back in stock at the specified times.

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  • +3 votes

    the idea of having a robot doing the chores is +1 from me

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      Never seen I, Robot?

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        huh? say what?

      • +1 vote

        Awesome movie and book.

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          Well, the book was good at least…

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          Really, you didnt like the movie? I still enjoyed the movie, i mean compared to a real Asimov book it will struggle to compete. But compared to a lot of the junk sci-fi we currently get, i thought it was one of the more smarter and unique sci-fi movies. Real sci-fi elements where its a lot to do with humanity. I especially love his interactions with the doctor / hologram.

  • +5 votes

    As is my understanding (it's been awhile since I looked into this) the Australian stocked models of Roomba's are essentially the older American versions. They have much newer models with more features in the US. Supposedly the reason for this was Harvey Norman bought the rights to sell the Roomba in AUD and mostly sat on it for the longest time.

    Now that I see Big W has them, maybe finally the Australian market is opening up to robotic vacuums more. Seriously they're brilliant tech.

    I did do a lot of research before making my decision on this model and others - (They had this one for 379 at Good Guys about a year ago). I ended up paying a bit more and got the Neato XV-11 imported from the US, which is an amazing vacuum, (and is guided by LASERS!).

    This one is supposedly really good too, although it is the very entry model of the Roombas.

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      a bit more and got the Neato XV-11 imported from the US

      +1 The roomba requires a LOT of servicing and cannot cope with per hair. I picked up a Neato XV-12 off ebay which is maintenance free and also has regular firmware updates from the manufacturer as they improve their scanning technology….

      • +11 votes

        lol, firmware updates for vacuum cleaners? Insane!!!

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        For pet hair you're better to get the Samsung. It's the one I have and works great (except the battery just crapped itself after 1.5 years).

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          Unusual for Samsung (rubbish)?

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          Doesn't every battery crap out after 1.5-2 years?

    • +1 vote

      Yeah, I did a bit of research, and generally the overall comments were leaning towards the Neato XV-11. There are some comparisons on the web between the Neato and the Roomba, including videos of how each approached cleaning the same room!! Anyhow, I ended up buying the Neato, but it is more than $100 more expensive (including shipping from the USA). I think I paid about $460 landed. No transformer is required, just an adapter (it's supplied transformer can take 240 V).

      I bought it from buyhappier.com. I did have an "RDS" error on mine and unfortunately had to send it back. Haven't received the replacement unit yet. Buyhappier.com refund the postage back to them (excluding insurance, which I took out as a safeguard). Postage was NOT cheap. $130 from Adelaide!!! Insurance was $20 roughly. They are sending a replacement unit. It also came with a buyhappy 3 yr warranty. The Australian distributor (ausrobo.com.au) has it listed for $579, without shipping, and only a 1 year warranty.

      Coming from the USA, obviously takes some time, but I've been extremely happy with the service so far (spoke to them twice via phone as well as respond via email within 24 hours).

      These small auto vacuum cleaners do an incredible job. Won't get the corners, but for tiles and carpets, they are superb! One thing to note is that you should try to keep small bits and pieces off the floor e.g. lego, nerf gun darts or fine cables, because they can either get sucked up, or entangle the robot.

    • +1 vote

      interesting comments in the video about the Vacuum Neato XV-11

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPBD-eOMD-4

      Feedback is good for the 530 Roomba Vacuuming on Amazon.
      http://www.amazon.com/iRobot-530-Roomba-Vacuuming-Robot/dp/B...

    • +1 vote

      Be wary of the Neato, it is a superior robot but they have reliability issues which can be a pain when you have to return them to the US. I personally had to return 3 different Neato robots before I gave up and asked for a refund. In another year or so when they've sorted out their manufacturing issues I think Neato will be by far the best option.

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    I have one of those. 1st one died within a week, the 2nd one's battery died within a year. I don't think the brand has any value.

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    I was looking at buying one of these but already have a good dyson, laziness is the motivator. Other than it dying, did u notice how well it cleaned?

    • +1 vote

      I got an el cheapo version on eBay and haven't had any issues with performance. It doesn't work as well as a Dyson and I still do a proper clean with that, but it's great for maintenance, especially when there are multiple shedding pets in the house. It does vacuum up a lot of stuff, but best of all it acts as an auto "sweeper", and gathers dust/pet hair etc into little piles so it's easy to collect and get rid of. I wouldn't spend ^^ that much on one, but I do think they are a great little gadget. And it's a source of entertainment for the pets.

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      It cleans very well, I'd say better than what I do manually with an Electrolux. I think it's because it really takes its time, cleans the same spot several times.

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      I have a Roomba and it's not great. The "vacuum" is weak; it relies mostly on the brushed roller. Because it's round it doesn't get into the edges or corners of the room. It has a little "sweeper" arm to compensate but it's useless. The wheels gets stuck on rugs and the roller chokes on tassels.

      It works alright getting light dust off tiled areas. You still need to clean with a proper vacuum every couple of weeks to get into the corners. It's also no good at spider webs, heavy debris, etc.

      I honestly don't use it all that much.

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    that's what I'd like to know how long does it take to clean a room and how well it cleans it.

    does it use rechargeable batteries? i'd think it'll take a while to do the house!

    • +2 votes

      if the battery runs low, the robovacuum returns to its docking pod and recharge itself.

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    I have one of those and it's really cool. One negative is that it doesn't know if it has vacuumed an area already so its path is totally random, which means it takes a while to get the house cleaned. I do have a spare time project trying to develop a navigation system to make the cleaning process more efficient.

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      As far as I know, the Neato cleaners have lasers that allow it to see the layout of the room and can determine what has and hasn't been cleaned.

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    I have a Roomba 560 I got from MemorySuppliers.com for US$299 shipped (from America) in May 2010.
    It's still going strong, will get a container full of dust in most rooms even right after vacuuming normally (probably because it does better at getting in all the corners, etc)

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      (so it's cheap for Aus stock, but if you're keen, look overseas)

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        damn that's a good price. Wish I'd known about that before I bought one recently.

    • -1 vote

      Did you have to change the PSU in the vacuum?

      Don't the US ones come only in 220v not 110v that is australian

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        They can be converted for very cheap and very easily. I only have an extremely basic ability to solder and pulled it off with about $5-10 worth of parts from Jaycar.
        I thought maybe I couldn't and bought a converted PSU, but sold it again after making my own.

      • +1 vote

        Don't the US ones come only in 220v not 110v that is australian

        You got it mixed around..
        We -Australia/NZ/UK/Europe- have 220V (240V), they -USA/Canada/Japan- have 110V (120V)

  • +8 votes

    A few words of caution if you buy one and have a dog that poo's occasionally on the carpet:
    http://kevinbushong.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=ar...

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      Definitely worth a read

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    how is it any different from the usual one that appear on deals all the time? eg:
    http://www.dealme.com.au/deal/national/eurolab-multifunction...

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      Different brand altogether…otherwise you can get even cheaper on ebay so not comparable IMHO

  • +1 vote

    Costco has this model for about $395. Harvey Norman have it for around $450. So $368 is pretty good, and comparable with the prices you'd get importing one off ebay or the like. But with BigW you have local warranty, and someone you can yell at face to face if something goes wrong.

    I'm on my 3rd roomba now, over about 10+ years of ownership. My one before my current one died because it was treated badly (it got tangled on some boot laces that I didn't tuck away properly and dragged a pair of boots around the bedroom for an hour or so unattended, and my girlfriend used it to clean a chair that she'd absolutely drowned in flea powder that was also absolutely covered in cat hair).

    Before getting a roomba, I used to vacuum about once every 6 months, just for house inspections while renting. Now I vacuum a room every few days.

    Roombas work best being told to just do one or two rooms at a time, and do them regularly to keep on top of things.

  • -2 votes

    I can buy a container load from china and give it a high tech name then sell it from US to Au at an even higher price. lol….

  • +1 vote

    It's important to identify the difference between these ones and the shitty chinese knockoffs - these actually work pretty well and generally of pretty good build quality.

    I wouldn't touch one of the Chinese knockoffs with a 10 foot pole. If you're going to get a robotic vacuum, get a name brand like the iRobot Roomba or a Neato. Supposedly the LG one is okay, but I can't comment.

  • +2 votes

    no wonder obesity is on the rise.. :)

  • +2 votes

    I went to Harvey Norman today and asking for price match with this deal and they willing to match no need to wait until tonight

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      Went to good guys @ browns plains QLD, they refused a price match on the basis that it was an online only deal, promptly left and went to Harvey Norman who matched it for me. Can't wait to try it out…16 hrs for an initial charge though!

  • +5 votes

    DJ Roomba turn it uupp!

    • +2 votes

      What's hot, DJ Roomba?

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    Which is better? The 530 or the 577?

    I know which is more expensive, but which is better?

  • +1 vote

    I have had it for 2 years(pet owner), works ok generally not as good as I expected though.
    One thing important is that you would be better off to purchase additional 4 years warranty if available. Mine broke down 3 times in first year and I had them replaced at no time, just call the services team and they sent out replacing part the 2nd day. buying parts individually will cost a fortune

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    We picked one of these up from HN a few months ago and it has been great.
    We o.nly use it downstairs which is majority tiles but it picks all dog fur up.
    You need to spend up to 5 minutes after it is finished to clean the wheels and empty it's catcher but well worth it.
    I wouldn't get one without an extended warranty though as they can play up and that's all brands and models.
    Ordering from OS is a gamble in my eyes.
    We got the extended warranty for another $30 so if it plays up in 4 yrs it gets replaced of fixed.

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      5mins to clean it after its done its job? .. might as well do the vacuuming myself.

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    How do these things work in terms of going from one room, then through a hall way into another room? Does this work?

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      Ours will do all downstairs which is kitchen, living, dining, lounge and study plus the hallway area between them.

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    Brilliant, got one!
    What a deal, thanks OP

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    Got one as a gift for someone. Thanks OP.

    • +3 votes

      A $368 gift? Can I be your friend :)

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    Sold out!

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    Phew I just bought mine 15 minutes ago

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    I bought this the last time bigw had it on sale and it worked great. I mucked it up by putting the rollerbrush in the wrong way and the plastic melted causing big issues with the machine. But I took it back to bigw and said I only undertood hebrew when they asked what was wrong with it and the refunded me the money as they didnt have any in stock. I paid on credit card and they refunded me cash, so already ahead of the game on points!

    Now I bought another one, this time I am not going to be an idiot and actually read the instructions before cleaning the machine and hopefully it will last longer this time.

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    I have a samsung navibot beats the he'll out of roomba… Samsung has visionary mapping which roomba has not, also samsung is better known for picking up more debris. Overall navibots are most intelligent compared to others, why do u think samsung navibots costs just under 1k, do the maths.

    • +2 votes

      I'd be uncomfortable spending 1k on a robot.

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        I wouldn't mind spending 1k on a robot if it also took out the garbage, did the ironing, and went to work for me

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          i would pay more if it would sleep with my wife for me

    • +1 vote

      the MINT floor cleaner also has advanced room mapping, like Samsung, but costs only $250.
      Roomba takes so long to clean a room as it has a crappy navigation system and just seems to randomly clean the room, missing spots and going over the same spots multiple times.

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      Yeah we did the math and found irobot does what we require it to do for under $400.
      The Samsung would most likely do what we require as well but is over 2 times the price. Being we are happy with the irobots results I can't justify spending over 2 times more on something that can't achieve atleast twice as good a job.
      So I still have nearly $600 in my wallet for the wife to spend on some other mew gadget for the house.
      Correct me if my maths are wrong

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    Can't wait for this and my Thermomix to have babies together. Winning.

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    I had a previous generation of Roomba - about five years ago. Was pretty good but developed some sort of issue. It would start cleaning, then stop, go forwards and backwards on the spot - then spin around, have a tantrum, beep and stop.

    It's now in the cupboard as I can't bring myself to throw it out. Was a part of the family for a while…

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    If anybody has hardwood floors (no carpet) and is thinking about getting one of these robots, get the MINT. It's made by an actual robotics company and kicks Roombas butt! It's half the price, but 3x better.
    Good comparison info here: robotvacuumcleaner.org

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    Coincidentally, I was watching lateline on ABC last night and they looked at the use of unmanned aircrafts and predator drones in warfare. They then explored research in robotics for military use, and one of the companies was - iRobot!

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    That's why I bought my samsung from overseas from Korea, for only $500 AUD 

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