iRobot Roomba 510 Review

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The iRobot Roomba 510 is the lowest-priced model from the popular name brand. Users seem impressed with its performance and "intelligence," saying it's smart enough to stop before it falls down stairs and to detect extra-dirty areas. Consumers are disappointed that the Roomba 510 has no home base for charging itself. But overall, this cheap robotic vacuum seems to have the most going for it.

In a category that gets harsh user criticism, iRobot Roomba 510 reviews comes out on top. Users posting reviews at Amazon seem very impressed with this cheap robotic vacuum, saying it cleans carpet perfectly and pointing out the convenience of special features such as spot cleaning. Users posting reviews at Buy.com agree, saying the ledge detection, which keeps the vacuum from falling down stairs, is also a nice feature and the vacuum overall makes life a little easier.

The Roomba 510 (starting at $250, Amazon) is the cheapest model from the popular iRobot brand. It's simpler than some higher priced versions but still manages to offer some great features. It adjusts to clean hardwood, tile, linoleum, and carpet, and it comes with a one-year limited warranty, something other budget robotic vacuums don't offer. Special features include sensors to detect dirt and clean dirtier areas longer, bumper technology to allow the vacuum to go under soft barriers like curtains, and spinning side brushes for close wall cleaning.

In a category without many good choices, this one is the cream of the crop. We like all of the special features on this low-cost robotic vacuum, especially the sensors to detect dirtier areas and spend more time cleaning those areas. Furthermore, user comments indicate that this machine works great and really helps keep areas clean between regular vacuuming sessions.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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