Consumer Reports On Roomba

 
Date: March 3, 2006
Item: iRobot Roomba 4230 Remote Scheduler Robotic Vacuum
Number Of Reviews Analyzed: Over 32 user reviews were examined as part of this Amazon user review analysis.
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The Roomba 4230 Remote Scheduler Robotic Vacuum is iRobot's top of the line model. The 4230 comes with two virtual walls that use infrared beams to confine the robot to only the area(s) you want vacuumed and are also great for keeping the robot away from electric cords and other obstatcles. It has the ability to automatically adjust to different carpet and floor types and has rechargeable batteries which it recharges by itself when it is done.

However, The premium feature that sets the Roomba 4230 apart from it's brethren is the remote scheduler that lets you preprogram the times you want to vacuum and the zones that you want vacuumed.

Like the red Discovery the user reviews were mainly positive with a complaint or two about broken units and a few people who wished it did a better job in handling really tricky areas. People with allergies and long haired pets really appreciated the benefits of having a robot automatically clean their carpets. Other people who were short of time called it a godsend and several people just plain loved it.

Unfortunately none of Amazon's Top Ranked Reviewers weighed in on this model, so you might want to look at our review analyses for the 4210 which the Top Ranked Reviewers did look at, and also had substantially more reviews analyzed.

General Rating Information


Overall this robot vaccum cleaner received a 4.03 stars rating across all the user reviews. There were 25 good ratings and 5 bad ratings. Out of 83 total votes, 30% of the people that read the bad reviews felt they were helpful. Out of 341 total votes, 90% of the people that read the good reviews felt they were helpful. If you filter out the reviews that most people did not find useful, including those reviews that people didnít even bother to vote on or only got a tiny fraction of the votes, the robot vaccum cleaner's rating rises to a 4.83 star rating.

Real Name Reviewers


The reviewers that used their real names made up 34% of the total reviewer pool. There were 9 good ratings in this category and 1 bad ones. They gave the robot vaccum cleaner an average rating of 4.18 stars. Out of 22 total votes, 68% of the people that read the bad reviews felt they were useful. Out of 140 total votes, 83% of the people that read the good reviews felt they were helpful. If you filter out the reviews that most people did not find useful, including those reviews that people didnít even bother to vote on or only got a tiny fraction of the votes, the robot vaccum cleaner's rating rises to a 4.67 star rating.

Anonymous Reviewers


The reviewers that chose not to reveal their names made up 25% of the total reviewer pool. There were 5 good ratings in this category and 3 bad ones. They gave the robot vaccum cleaner an average rating of 3.38 stars. Out of 42 total votes, 14% of the people that read the bad reviews found them helpful. Out of 81 total votes, 89% of the people that read the good reviews thought they were useful. If you filter out the reviews that most people felt were unhelpful, including those reviews that people didnít even bother to vote on or only got a tiny fraction of the votes, the robot vaccum cleaner's rating rises to a 5 star rating.

Kid Reviewers


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Top Ranked Reviewers


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Negative User Quotes


  • "Although the company is working with us to get the unit replaced, the fact that our unit died so quickly and we are having to spend money shipping the unit back and waiting on parts due to a backorder is unacceptable."
  • "(Roomba - Great Idea but Wouldn't Go)"
 

Positive User Quotes


  • "I LOVE having my carpet vacuumed daily; and it has been better for my husbands allergies."
  • "I've run it every day, and it STILL keeps picking up cat hair and dust."
  • "(A Godsend for disabled or busy people and GermanShedder owners) Strengths: Does exactly what my DysonAnimal does."
  • "This robot has been a big help and I am very please with it."
 

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