The Shark ION ROBOT™ 700 Robotic Vacuum is easy to assemble and setup for charging is a breeze as well. Great Vacuum for keeping floors clean. My Son (Teenager!) loves it, he holds the chore of vacuuming and this is the perfect new 'toy' for him to accomplish his chore without breaking a sweat. It even comes with a Remote Control! But there are some flaws that could be fixed and the Shark ION Robot Vacuum would be even better.
Let's start with the Flaws: It takes forever to find the docking/charging station. You'd think when you press 'dock' the Robot Vacuum aims straight for the charge station, but nope, it'll circle around and around or even go the opposite direction and will only find the charge-station when it's within 3 feet of it. When it comes to vacuuming, sometimes it seems the Shark Robot keeps going over the same spot quite a few times while missing others. So you'll have to nudge it a bit to go the other direction. Speaking of which, when it's stuck by furniture or some other obstacle, you'd think it'll do a 180 and just go the other way, but it just keeps turning a bit, goes for a foot and then turns back to go to the same obstacle again. I had the Vacuum Robot stuck in front of my Dresser for about 10 minutes just going back and forth, instead of like I said, just do a 180 turn and head the other way. There is no indicator when the dirt-compartment is full, nor does the Shark Robot shut itself off when the dirt-compartment is full, it just keeps going until the battery is exhausted. So, because it will just go on and on the compartment overflows and then you'll have dust spilling out from where it's supposed to go in. The 2 little spin-brushes at the front that are supposed to push debris toward the inside to be sucked up usually do just that, but a lot of times, especially on hardwood or flat carpets it'll just fling it about and then either pick it up later when it goes vacuuming over where the debris landed, or unfortunately sometimes, not at all. I'm not sure if this is because the longer bristles are the way the are. Also, it takes quite some time to vacuum an entire room, so this Shark ION Robot Vacuum is not for a quick cleaning with the exception of 'Spot' Cleaning, which literally just cleans a particular spot. The Remote is nice to have, but programming it was not so efficient. There's also no way to cancel any scheduled cleaning that I could figure out and the instructions only list how to edit a scheduled cleaning. So I ended up popping the batteries out of the Remote to clear it and just re-entered the current day & time when I put them back in.
But it does have tons of Pros: Even though it's a bit tricky to work the Remote, since you can program the Shark ION Robot vacuum to clean a room or rooms if they're easily connected via hallway while you're either at work or doing something else it does save time over actually having to haul a traditional vacuum around. Just need to make sure the rooms don't have any obstacles that could potentially wreck the Robot Vacuum. While it is not completely silent, it is a lot quieter than my traditional vacuum, so our Doggie is less scared. I love the fact that the Center-brush comes completely out for cleaning off hair, etc. And I also like that instead of just shutting off when faced with an obstacle it'll just keep turning until it finds a clear path, may take a while, see flaws about not doing a 180. The Robot Vacuum does go over small obstacles, such as trim between hardwood & carpet, or it even rolled over my foot. The package came with what they call 'Bot-Strips' which can be placed around areas you don't wish the Shark ION Robot to vacuum. If by accident something does get sucked up, not to worry, since this is a bag-less Vacuum and the Dirt compartment is kind of clear on one side, you can easily dig out something that shouldn't be discarded before dumping the dust/debris into the trash.
Overall, I would recommend this Shark ION ROBOT™ 700 Robotic Vacuum for the fact alone that it will easily go under Beds, Dressers with Feet, etc. where you can never reach easily with a traditional vacuum. And even though the Robot takes quite some time to finish an entire room, it is a big time-saver for me, because this Shark ION ROBOT™ 700 Robotic Vacuum can be programmed to do the work while I'm otherwise engaged. And like I said, my Teenage-Son loves it, he 'plays' with it like it's one of his R/C Cars, except this one gets the floors clean, big bonus. I also like the fact that it can be charged directly with the Cable instead of having to use the dock charging station. You'll still need a traditional vacuum to get cobwebs from corners, the ceiling and clean the stairs, but I'd definitely buy this Shark ION ROBOT™ 700 Robotic Vacuum again if the need arises, because it does give me more free time to do other things while the Shark ION Robot vacuums by itself.