The "Tip-Top" Edition
HAPPY EASTER! and yes also a Happy Passover and Happy Ramadan, both ongoing.
I am Seder-tired.
Household Recommendation: a robot vacuum!
Forget about whether all the “room mapping” and don’t-fall-down-the-stairs features work (they do). The simple fact of the matter is that these are tireless, friendly little disks that roam around, far away from you with a door shut so you can’t hear it, sucking up so much gross stuff off your floors and carpets and under your beds and medicine chests that the only downside is that you might have to empty the bin more often than you thought. I resisted getting one for a long time.
Upright or cannister vacuums (which I also have) are just more of a pain to get out and plug in and push around. Handi-vacs are…handy but don’t really vacuum that long or that well or that big a space. And these insane robots just wander off and vacuum absolutely. everywhere.
The downsides are that yes, they get can get stuck if your bed or couch are *just* the wrong height to either block it or for it to roll under cleanly. Bases of floor lamps can stump it. I don’t have such fancy furniture but I would guess that you wouldn’t want it nudging your Louis Quatorze collection.
I have two kind of older models and they work great. Apparently the newer ones are even better. I still have the other kind of vacuum because any housekeeper who has been shown the Roomba has shunned it and asked for a different one. Maybe fear of jobsolescence? No fear of that because it doesn’t dust or clean toilets or even do what vacuums do, like clean baseboards, windowsills and curtains. Also, like your Tesla, you need to have a convenient place to plug it in to charge.
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