August 24, 2012

Why I Love My Vacuum Cleaner (Giveaway!)

Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review

This is our new robot helper around the house, whom we’ve affectionately named Mr. MagNeato. He’s the Neato XV-21 Robot Vacuum cleaner, and he sucks up dirt and dust like a magnet! We added the Boston Terrier sticker ourselves, but personally I think they should come standard. Don’t you? ;)

Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review

1. Vacuum Lines.

Nothing brightens up a room like vacuum lines! I love the Neato because it doesn’t just bounce around the house haphazardly. It uses a laser to scan the room first and map the best, most efficient route before getting to work. The route changes every time it vacuums, so it’s sure to hit every nook and cranny. The Neato knows where it’s been and where it hasn’t, so it won’t miss a spot. As it vacuums, the sensor continues to scan, enabling the robot to navigate furniture, walls, stairs or Miley and Howie.

Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review

2. Powerful

The Neato XV-21 is specially designed for pet owners and allergy sufferers. I am amazed at how powerful the suction is! It doesn’t just push trash on the floor around. It picks it up! I was afraid it wouldn’t work as well as a regular vacuum cleaner, but I am amazed at how clean our carpets look. We did the old vacuum comparison test: We first vacuumed with our regular vacuum cleaner, then set the Neato to work while we put our feet up and relaxed. Look at what all the Neato picked up that our other vacuum left behind! This little compartment needs to be emptied after every use, but it’s so easy to just grab it and dump the dirt in the trash — so much easier than large, fumbly canisters or bags, and you know you’re starting with a clean slate before every single vacuum.

Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review

3. Schedule

You can schedule the Neato to vacuum for you whenever you want — when you’re at work, at the grocery store, or even while you sleep. Put your feet up and relax while Neato does the work! :) (He is just as loud as a regular vacuum cleaner though, so we don’t generally run him while we’re watching TV. :)) Last minute company coming over? Let Neato do the floors while you take care of the bathrooms. He works great on my tile floor as well! Neato can easily maneuver small obstacles such as rugs and door frames, so no need to “babysit” him. I have our Neato scheduled to run at night while we sleep, so we wake up to freshly vacuumed carpets in the morning.

My floors actually look like this all the time now, and all I have to do is press a button!

4. Value

The Neato XV-21 retails for $429.99. I kind of balked at the price at first, until I thought about it. There are several other extremely popular vacuum cleaners on the market right now that retail for upwards of $500-$600. And they don’t do the vacuuming for you! With the Neato, you don’t have to haul out a heavy machine. You don’t have to push it around every single room in your house. You don’t have to wind up the cord and put it away.

The only vacuuming work you’ll ever do from now is press a button.

Neato XV-21 on Amazon.

 

The Giveaway

I love my Neato vacuum cleaner, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share a giveaway with you today!

If you’re on Facebook, come check us out here! :)

 

  • To be entered to win a Neato XV-21 Robot Vacuum cleaner of your very own, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. What’s the first thing you clean when company is coming over?
  • Contest ends Sunday, August 26 at 8 pm CST. One entry per person, please. Winner must have a US mailing address. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email.
  • The kind folks at Neato sent me one of their machines to review, and I’m so happy to share my personal, honest experience with you guys. Giveaway graciously provided by Neato Robotics.

Time’s Up!

The winner of the Neato XV-21 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Giveaway is:

#615 Denise Lane: Vacumn living room…black chow/mix. After that I head for the bathrooms.

Congrats Denise! I’ve sent you an email! :)

 

Good luck!!! :)



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Sandy Young August 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

I usually dust really quick and then sweep. If I have a neato then I could use it on the hardwood floors.

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Jessica L August 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

I always clean the living room and kitchen first. I clean top to bottom.

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Stacy August 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

I always make sure the dishes are done and the kitchen is organized, but I also empty trash and wipe down counters in the bathroom! I think I’ve mastered the art of speed-cleaning :)

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Lauri August 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

I clean the kitchen first — it’s the first room they’ll see when they walk in our house! :)

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Erin August 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

I always clean my bathroom first! No one wants to get clean in a dirty place! :)

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Regina August 24, 2012 at 9:22 am

Oh please, please, please pick me! I have 2 cats, a 4-year old and a husband. The pet hair and crumbs totally stress me out. Who has time to vacuum every day? What do I clean first? It’s a tie between the floors and the kitchen.

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Danielle Breedlove August 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

The very first thing I clean before guests arrive is the guest bathroom. We don’t often us the guest bathroom so it always has a layer of dust and dog hair debris.

Thanks for the chance to win! We are moving into our brand new home next week and this vacuum would be so wonderful to have!! Have a great weekend!!

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Chandra August 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

I always clean my kitchen first. With a busy family like ours the counters are always cluttered and the sunk always has dishes! I love the idea of this vacuum making my life easier!

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Ruby Showalter August 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

I pick up all the junk that’s laying around on the bar and kitchen counter! If I get time, I get the broom out. This wonderful giveaway would help solve that problem!!! (=

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Dacia August 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

First I clean the kitchen counters, everyone always seems to watch to stand in the kitchen. Then onto the floors, the battle against sock fuzz!

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Jenn August 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

Oh, this is just what we need to take care of our shedding labrador retriever! I always tackle the kitchen island first when we have company coming, it tends to become the general dumping ground for anything coming into the house.

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Denise Lane August 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

Vacumn living room…black chow/mix. After that I head for the bathrooms.

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Jennifer August 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

I first spend a little time decluttering – getting those few things that inevitably don’t get put away and getting them back to their homes. Then dust, vacuum, bathrooms and lastly the kitchen. :)

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Rachael August 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

I would love to win this as with 2 little kids and a dog are always leaving behind a mess. With my chronic back pain and allergies…this would be such a blessing. The first thing I clean before company comes is the toilet. Close second is the kitchen sink. Thanks for posting this. I love your blog!

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Kathleen F. August 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

First I run around an “pick up”, getting rid of the clutter. Then I clean the bathroom! If there’s time left before the doorbell rings, I run the vacuum around the carpets. Clean carpets make everything look better!

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Angela August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

Bathroom first, but with our golden retriever and all of her shedding, floors come in a close second!

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Adrianne Miller August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

Oh please let me win this! Our bathrooms are NASTY! That is where I’d run to first!

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Erin August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

I always tackle the bathroom first, it definitely gets the dirtiest! But there’s nothing like freshly vacuumed floors to make a space feel really clean.

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Megan Z. August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

This machine really looks “neato”! Sorry for the pun, I just couldn’t resist :) With 6 dogs and a cat it feels like I am always vacuuming. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks!

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Ashley @ Josh & Ashley's World August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

The first thing I clean is the counters! We tend to pile stuff up throughout the week and its quite an eye sore!

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Sara August 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

I always make sure the kitchen is clean first, because that’s my favorite room to show off.

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melissa August 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

Awesome! I own 2 golden retrievers and I NEED this. :)

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Mollie August 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

OMG! The kids bathroom! Totally…

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Ashley August 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

This amazing! I’ve always wanted a vacuum that would do it for me. I absolutely hate vacuuming. I would clean my living room floor and entryway first. I just got engaged two weeks ago, so this would be amazing to win! :)

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Kelsey Taillon August 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

I am a little ocd, so I have to clean everything when someone is coming over! I start in the kitchen which is in the bottom floor and work my way around the house!

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Emily August 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

We also have 2 Bostons. The first thing I clean is behind the bathroom doors. I hate to think guests come over… shut the bathroom door… and see all that Boston hair in the corner. Eww. :)

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Hilarie August 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

Hmmm – I think I clean the kitchen first when company is coming. Things tend to get piled there, so they need to be dealt with in order for the room to look “clean”. Thanks for the chance to win – this thing looks awesome!!

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cindi August 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

def the kitchen! then the entry way table.

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Shelli August 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

Our living room. It’s the first room guests enter, so I do a quick run-around to make sure everything is picked up and the pillows are nice and fluffed. :)

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jenica August 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

vacuum!!! :) i love the marks on the carpet!!!

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Charlene August 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

The first thing I do is vacuum, of course! Then I clean the bathrooms!

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Cheri Baby August 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

thanks for a giveaway =) I clean the bathrooms – hehe when you have kids, it’s the first place to check ;)

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Missy K. August 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

When guest come I run to clean the bathrooms. I think you can tell alot about a house by the bathroom. While this prize wouldn’t help me clean the bathroom, it would be great to have it vacuum the rest of the house when I’m cleaning the bathroom. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Judy August 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

family room and kitchen area that’s where we always end up…and bathrooms…everyone uses the bathroom! ;)

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Holly August 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

The floors!

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SEAS August 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

The Bathrooms!

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Nicki Anderson August 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

This vacume is the COOLEST ! I would love to have it. Your little dogs are pretty darn cute too.
How do THEY like the vacume ?

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Beverly August 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

I always start with the bathrooms. I would be embarrassed if they weren’t clean! Thank you for the giveaways, this one is awesome.

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Kelly August 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

Floors!!

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Martha S. August 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

The very first thing I clean off is the couch! The I usually have spread out my work on the couch and my nap blanket is always there. Then I head for the kitchen to clean…

Thanks for the opportunity! What a great giveaway!

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Doris August 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

I LOVE clean floors so I start there and hope to finish before company arrives. Then if I have time I do a little dusting in the main living area. And make sure the kitchen is presentable since that is where everyone seems to congregate! I WOULD LOVE THIS SUPER DUPER TIME SAVER!!

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Brenda August 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

The first thing I do is a quick pick up in the living area.

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Paula Clifford August 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

Would love this Neato vacuum! After picking up my piles of stuff, the first thing I do before company comes over is vacuum. This would be an invaluable aid. Pick me! :-)

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AmandaE August 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

I clean the bathroom first, followed by the kitchen since those are the two rooms I know company will be in.

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Jacqui August 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

The first thing I do when I know company is coming over, ironically, is vacuum!! My dog sheds like crazy, so it is important that I try to get as much hair up as possible so I don’t cover my guests in it :-)

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Christy F August 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

Would love this! Could be an early wedding present ;-)

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Sheena August 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

I clean clutter in the living room (toys from 3 kiddos) and then head to the kitchen.
I need a new vacuum and this one looks amazing! Thanks

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Shae August 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

The first thing I clean is the bathroom. Then the living room. Hope I win that vacuum looks awesome!!

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Kim Bell August 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

OMG…I hear a choir begin singing as I read this post! This is what I have been looking for! We have a pug….just 1….but man does he shed! The first thing I clean is the bathroom and then I vacuum!! It would be so awesome to win one of these!

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mary d'eramo August 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

Thanks for the giveaway!
A gardener husband (who thinks he is neat…not..lol!) and dog (Olde English Sheepdog….need I say more!) are two of the reasons I would LOVE this vacuum!~

Mary

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~*kristi*~ August 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

I always clean the family room first, and with two cats, there’s always a lot of cat hair around! This would be SO useful to have!!

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Betsy August 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

Love it! And so would my carpets. Living room by far is the room needing this machine

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Ethel B. August 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

Clean bathroom first then living room.

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Sharon August 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

The first thing I do is vacuum all the dog and cat hair up from my two basset hounds and my three felines!

awesome giveaway!!! thank you!!

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Christy F August 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

Would love this! Could be an early wedding present! ;-)

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Julie Paquette August 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

I always clean the kitchen first. Who wants to look at dirty dishes? Id love this little sucker in my house!!! Pick me! Pick me!!

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Jennie August 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

I dust the tables in the family room. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Karen August 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

The very first thing I always clean is my bathroom then I vaccum all the carpets and steps to get dog and cat hair off — man this would be so awesome to win!!! with my disability it would be soooo much easier– fingers crossed hope I win

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Melissa August 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

Oh, a mad dash to the bathroom and then a hurried round up in the living room! Wait….there is the scramble of dishes in the kitchen. Lets just say I am at a loss for unsuspected guests but everyone is welcome in our messy home!

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Emilie August 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

My bathroom!! I never want my guests to have a bad bathroom experience :)

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Lauren P August 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

The first thing I do is pick up is the clutter so I can actually clean!!

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Sharon August 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

With 2 boys in the house, the bathroom always gets cleaned first!!!

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Terri Carter August 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

The first thing i clean when company is coming is the bathroom! No one room says more about the cleanliness of your home more than the bathroom!

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Laura August 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

The first thing I clean is the bathroom. Cleaning the floors is a close second because we have two kids, a dog and two cats – they get gross!

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Caroline August 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

The living room first since that’s where everyone sits down first.

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Jenn @ Frost Bites August 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

Oooooh, I would love to win these. Having a robot vacuum for me would me awesome. I love seeing those vacuum lines myself….and more often.

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Lisa Ure August 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

I do a quick clutter check starting at the front door and working my way back to the kitchen where everyone seems to end up, then I pull out my pathetic old vacuum and try to get the floors clean. I have my fingers crossed to win the Neato vacuum–it looks like a lifesaver.

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Jennifer Heine August 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

Oh my heavens – I would LOVE this amazing vacuum! With a house full of boys, animals, and busy schedules, this would be an awesome addition to our home. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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Holly August 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

The bathroom is always the first place I make sure is clean, but with our pet situation (4 dogs, 4 cats), my main concern is with the smell of the house and the pet hair on the floor/furniture. A robotic vacuum would make my life so much easier!

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Brandi August 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

I hate to admit it, but clean?? Who has time for that!?! I spend the time before company comes over picking up clutter and doing minimal spot cleaning of the whole house and keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t look too cl0se at anything. Not that it matters. The kids have undone most of the work 10 seconds after I am done anyways. :)

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Sara S August 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

What a fun giveaway! I always give the bathroom a good wipedown….just in case. ;)

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Erin August 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

I head to the kitchen first – dishes out of the sink, crumbs off the counters & the table. Then to the living room to wrangle all the toys and make it look like a living room, not a toy store. I would adore a vacuum that vacuumed for me to keep all the goldfish cracker and Cheerios crumbs cleaned up.

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Christine August 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

The first thing I clean is our great room/kitchen.. .and that includes vacuuming! ;)

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Lydia Woodall August 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

When company is coming over I start with the kitchen because it is in the middle of my house. In addition it’s the room where everyone dumps there stuff. After I get the rooms picked up I vacuum. I would love to win this vacuum. We have 3 dogs and our 5yr old Dyson Animal is on its last leg. I’ve been researching new ones. Thanks!

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tishey August 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

i clean the kitchen. it’s the focus of our living room, so if it looks clean the rest of the house does too. but with 2 dogs and a toddler, i vacuum all the time. i would love to have one that does it for me!

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Kaylene August 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

The floors are absolutely the first thing I clean! With two dogs and a cat it gets pretty hairy. Also, my daughter is 6 months old and will soon be crawling so I’d love to have a perpetually clean floor for her! I’ve been dreading the pet hair she might pick up from being mobile around the house.

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Sandra Carbonell August 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

When we have last minute company coming, the floors get a quick vacuuming and sweeping and then the bathroom get a quick cleaning as well.

With dogs, this vacuum would be wonderful!!!

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Kristi S. August 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

The floors! I sweep the floors first when I learn that company is coming over! :)

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Crystal Neros August 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

We live on a little hobby farm with horses, barn cats, a yellow lab who’s in and out, and a full time housecat. YES – we do need to vacuum ALL the time! This would be so awesome and would cut my cleaning time each night after work – probably in half!

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Katherine D. August 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

I always start back in the bedrooms and move forward to the family room but the room that needs it the most is the laundry/mud room. I think if I had a vacuum that did the work I could just schedule the mud room every evening and my life would be infinately better :)

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Jamie Seals August 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

The front room! That is were my sweet little one plays alot and we vacuum it daily.

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jan August 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

The living room… it’s the first thing they see.

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Kelly Jo August 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

I have dark furniture, so no matter how often I dust it always seems to have a film on it. So when I know company is on it’s way over, that’s definitely the first thing I do!

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Cheryl August 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

I vacuum twice a week (I have a dog with allergies) so I usually only have to tidy up the guest bathroom and wash or put any dishes into the dishwasher.

Very cool!

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Mary August 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

I rush to clean the family room!

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Erika August 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

The first thing I clean is the bathroom, then I vacuum!

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Nicole August 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

The bathroom! Even if it is just a short visit and no one uses it, I feel better knowing that it is clean. Then the kitchen because no matter what everyone ends up there sooner or later. I love this little machine – imagine with just a push of the button!

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Kristy August 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

We have two hairy dogs-first thing I do is drag out the vacuum!

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Trish Hook August 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

The first thing I do is pour myself a glass of wine! *must* taste test prior to serving guests.
Then I start clearing the clutter from the counters and kitchen table.
Cool vac!! I would love to have those purty lines all over my carpets.

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andrea August 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

What a cool gadget! Bathrooms are the first to clean for company, but with this, I could do the floors at the same time!

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Dawn in HSV August 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

Husky dog hair “tumbleweeds” and the bathrooms!

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Peggy Does Cake August 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

I keep my house clean and neat, but when company is coming over, I like to run through and do a little de-cluttering.

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Lisa August 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

First thing I clean is the bathrooms, then the kitchen! What a great giveaway!

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Jennifer August 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

I clean the living room, it’s the first room guests walk into!

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Lisa August 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

The room where I am going to entertain and most certainly it’s going to be vacuumed right away. I too like others are constantly vacuuming with having an indoor dog!

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Deanna Roumimper August 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

I have always wanted to try this, I love your ringing endorsement! I always vacuum first when company is coming over! :)

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Jacque August 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

The vac sounds AMAZING!!! I’d go straight for the den, we live in our den and it’s hard to keep up with the dirt brought in by my farming husband, four grandchildren and oh yea, one messy crafter.

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Lisa August 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

The kitchen floor.

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Sheryl MGinnis August 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

The living room area rug because of all the traffic and the the hallway seems to collect alot of dirt.

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Bethany August 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

Honestly, the first thing I clean is the floors – vacuum and sweep. My pup sheds and its a necessity!

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