iRobot Looj 330 gutter cleaner review

Clogged rain gutters are probably not a known problems for those who live in an apartment building or in a family house without deciduous trees. But there are houses where this is a returning problem every single year, and this is not as rare as some might think. iRobot’s Looj 330 seems to be the perfect tool to aid this tiresome and sometimes dangerous task.

Conclusion

The iRobot Looj 330 can only be compared to its predecessors because there are no other gutter cleaning robots on the market yet. This new model is narrower and smaller in height to fit into the different gutter sizes all over the world. The rigid axle auger of the first models was replaced by a partially flexible auger what not only helps to stabilize the robot, but most probably increases the auger’s durability as well.

A wider set of bristle brushes would increase the cleaning quality a lot, and the robot could finish the job in a shorter amount of time if the Looj could sense the directions and obstacles. But the iRobot Looj 330 is a surprisingly useful tool even without these improvements. According to the gutter cleaning expert the robot could be a great help to them when cleaning the gutters of tall apartment buildings where the necessary security measures make human activity very expensive. The debris lifted from the gutter and spread along the wall adds an extra cleaning step to the process, but it is still much safer and quicker to collect the leaves on the ground than clean the gutters by hand.

Verdict

The gutters of single family houses don’t need to be cleaned more than once or twice a year, therefore buying an expensive robot like the Looj 330 can be an overkill. Gutter cleaning services can vary from country to country, but in my case I could probably have the gutter cleaned professionally for 6 years from the price of this robot. During this time I would probably have to replace the battery and/or service the device, further increasing the costs, and I would still need to climb up on the ladder to start the Looj.

It would be a different story if friends or neighbors could team up to buy and use a device together. It is an economically wise solution if the Looj can be used to clean the gutters of 8-10 houses every year.

In my opinion the real user base of the Looj 330 would be the servicing sector (despite iRobot’s disclaimer) where experts could charge the same amount for the job while they could finish it with the Looj a lot quicker than before. Of course the durability of the robot is still a question to be answered, but based on what I have seen so far I wouldn’t be too worried about that.

The iRobot Looj 330 costs $299.99 (without tax) in the US and will be available in Europe in Q3 of 2013 for about €299 (with tax).

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by RobotBG.com

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