with the help of my grandma and a small freelance project, j & i bought a roomba from costco just before the holidays. we have only used it twice, but it's pretty great. if you aren't in the know about what she is, she is a robot vacuum. that's right. press 'clean' and off she goes. you can set timers for certain days of the week or place her in a spot and have her circle and spot clean something really dirty.
our reasoning for this purchase was 1. we have absolutely no storage for an upright 2. refer to #1. we have a small hand vac from our wedding registry which worked w/our hardwood but is no match for a fully carpeted apartment. she goes over the metal chair legs and under the dining table, and all in all does a pretty great job of cleaning. she tries to go outside on the porch but gets stuck so we have to remember to keep the door closed.
before we bought her, i talked to several owners, & read reviews. costco is great for returns so we figured if it dissapointed at anytime we would get our $ back. does anyone else have one? any problems? it is very entertaining to watch, quieter than my hairdryer and doesn't damage furniture.