I'm a bit of clean-freak, so vacuuming multiple times a week is a must. But it takes time to vacuum a 2,400 sq. ft. house, and I really don't have the time needed to truly keep my carpet and tiles clean at all times. Add in the fact we have a 70+ lb. Labrador Retriever who sheds and you can see why I was ready to go the robot vacuum route. Enter the Neato XV Essential.
• Setup is a cinch and takes mere minutes to complete. They say to charge the vac overnight, but I was able to use it almost immediately since the charge bar was full upon setup.
• The Neato takes a few initial runs to get used to the layout of your house, but seems to run quite seamlessly. Although I should note that it's quite loud on tile floors (carpet is relatively quiet). I purchased the pet and allergy upgrade kit (new brush and filter) and the noise was greatly reduced.
• The Neato will take itself back to the charger base when the battery is ready to be recharged. Once the battery is charged, it picks up where it left off and continues to vacuum the rest of your house.
• Battery life on a full charge is roughly 1 hour. My 2,400 sq. ft. home takes a good three battery cycles to complete.
• The instructions weren't kidding when they said to completely pick up your floor. If not, the Neato will get things stuck in its brush that will require you to remove before it continues.
• It's important to note that the Neato dirt container isn't overly large, which means that you'll need to empty it every couple of cycles (maybe more if you have a shedding dog). But there's no chime that lets you know when the dirt bin is full, so you'll have to check the actual device every so often (it tells you on the screen). If you're at home most of the time, this isn't a problem. But this is definitely something to keep in mind if you plan to run the Neato while you're away for an extended period of time.
• Overall, I love this robotic vacuum. It truly is a time-saver and keeps my floors looking clean every day.