So far this has far exceeded my expectations! This thing is Really Smart! I was getting ready to call in an order for an iRobot Roomba sale deal on HSN and decided to do some online research first. Boy, am I glad I did, because I've talked to two owners of Roombas and found out that they don't even use them anymore because they are quirky and don't vacuum well. Well, so far, my Neato (his name is Sparky at my house) works great and pulls out so much more pet hair and dust and crud than my Bissell vacuum that I had recommended previously that I am AMAZED!!!! I don't know how it's going to last, so I will report back, but the vacuum power is great! I took my upright over my oriental wool rug twice with a new filter and bag and the Neato filled the bag with crud that my other vacuum hadn't even thought about pulling up. When they say this is a vacuum and the competitors are sweepers with a little bit of vacuum they weren't kidding. As far as smarts, it gets about a 92 out of 100 from me so far. I have a 1940's kind of Frank Lloyd Wright layed out home with weird angles and this thing seems to know my house almost as well as I do! I do have some glitches I'm trying to work out, such as opening or closing doors that I might not want to have it work on yet, and that messes with it's overall diagram of the house. This thing is smart, and tries things like pulling up on its back wheels to work around things .... it's amazing. For the $279 package w/ an extra "beater bar" that I got from Walmart.com .... I would GO FOR IT! This thing has already saved me so many hours with two dogs, (an Aussie Cattle Dog and a pit-bull-Box-Terrier-mut), that I can't even imagine living without it! (As far as the dogs go ... Buddy Boy, the Aussie Cattle Dog ... doesn't seen bothered by it in the least. My not-so-bright Anuahac Annie mixed pit bull and whatever just barks a couple of times and it and then goes outside to play. I hope I'm so happy two months from now and it will have paid for itself!!!!!
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