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If you’ve been reluctant to invest in a robot vac, we get it. You clean your house well, and don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on something that might not do as good a job. That’s why we love iRobot—this brand makes robot vacs that do such incredible work, you barely need to lift a finger. They’re seriously worth it.
Robot vacuums are the perfect foray into the luxuries you thought you’d never have. While self-driving cars and space travel are still reserved for the Jetsons and the one percent, it’s time for the rest of us to indulge a little, too. And doesn’t indulgence feel so much better when it’s not actually that indulgent? This iRobot Roomba 694 Wi-Fi Vacuum is one of the best and it’s only $180 (was $275).
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"This thing is LEGIIIIIT!!" shared a shopper. "We named him Bob. I had my doubts. I am a true Roomba believer now after seeing my little Bob dominate the dirt and hair. Holy smokes the amount of junk Bob picked up! We vac and sweep all the time and it was as if I had never cleaned my house in years. Bob is amazing at picking up hair. We have a lot of hair from my wife and a dog that sheds. It’s been like that daily since we bought this thing."
You can even set a schedule for your robovac to clean when you’re not around, or just ask Alexa or Google to do it. The vacuum will return to its dock to charge as needed and get back to finish the job once it's powered up. Crazy-smart, it learns your house with a mapping system, so if you spill something in the kitchen and need to run out, just use your phone or Alexa device to tell it where to clean. It’s perfect for pets and gets better as time goes on, even suggesting an extra clean when your area's pollen count is high or during pet shedding season.
Got a dad in your life who hates cleaning? This guy will arrive by Father's Day!
Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen has scored a breathtaking photo-finish win for Australian outfit Team BikeExchange on the third stage of the Tour de France.Belgian Wout van Aert maintained his yellow jersey but had to give best as fractional runner-up in Sunday's race, with third-placed Jasper Philipsen and fourth-placed Peter Sagan also pipped by Dutchman Groenewegen in a thrilling blanket finish.
The South Australian Liberals are set to retain the prized state seat of Bragg in a by-election forced by the resignation of former deputy premier Vickie Chapman, but not before being pushed to the wire.With only postal and pre-poll votes to count this week, Liberal Jack Batty is clinging to a narrow lead over Labor's Alice Rolls after another big swing to the ALP.
Egyptian authorities have closed off a stretch of the country's Red Sea coastline, a day after a shark attack killed an Austrian woman swimming near the resort of Hurghada.The 68-year-old woman, who lost a leg and an arm in the shark attack, died shortly after she was brought to the private Nile Hospital in Hurghada, an Egyptian health official said.
Independent ACT senator David Pocock is open to backing Labor's 43 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 target if it has "integrity".While Senator Pocock wants to see a higher target, he would welcome the less ambitious goal to ensure action started on combating climate change.
Mick Tsikas/AAPAgain, thousands of residents in Western Sydney face a life-threatening flood disaster. At the time of writing, evacuation orders spanned southwest and northwest Sydney and residents of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley were being warned the crisis was escalating. It’s just over a year since the region’s long-suffering residents lived through one of the largest flood events in recent history. And of course, earlier this year floods devastated the Northern NSW town of Lismore. Right now
Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has used a speech to threaten military retaliation against anybody who attacked his country, as tensions over the war in neighbouring Ukraine remained high.Speaking on Saturday on the eve of the country's Independence Day, Lukashenko said he had ordered his armed forces to target "the decision-making centres" of Western capitals in the event of an attack on Belarus, adding: "Don't touch us - and we won't touch you," according to state news agency Belta.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised an extra $100 million in military aid to Ukraine, and labelled Russia's bombing of Kyiv as a war crime.Mr Albanese visited the towns of Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel on Sunday near the capital under very tight security, before meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv.
There appears little doubt that the Reserve Bank of Australia will lift the cash rate again when its board meets on Tuesday, the third monthly hike in a row.If economists are correct, borrowers will be looking at another 50 basis point increase as the RBA tries to rein inflation as it balloons towards seven per cent this year from an already lofty 5.
Australia's first truth-telling commission has requested a two-year extension to deliver its final report, as it moves to focus on modern injustices perpetrated against Indigenous people.To mark NAIDOC Week, Victoria's Yoorrook Justice Commission on Monday released its interim report after meeting with 174 local elders across the state and another seven in Melbourne-based public hearings in recent months.
Anti-terrorism powers available to NSW Police should be wound back because they aren't able to use them correctly, the law enforcement watchdog says.The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission's (LECC) latest tri-annual report on NSW Police's use of anti-terror powers has given a bruising assessment of the force's use of legislation.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong says the government is committed to the "highest" nuclear non-proliferation standards when it comes to securing new nuclear submarines.Her comments come ahead of her visit with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.
Tasmania has launched a review into how a pedophile nurse had worked in a children's ward of Launceston General Hospital amid harrowing evidence from victims at an inquiry.Premier Jeremy Rockliff on Sunday said the state government will establish a Child Safe Governance Review of the hospital and its human resources, to focus on the handling of serious misconduct such as institutional child sexual abuse.
Senator David Pocock has knocked back a suggestion by another independent for a federal corruption watchdog to be able to sack politicians.North Sydney independent MP Kylea Tink last week suggested the powers for the body, which would range from sanctions to firing politicians based on how severely they breached codes of conduct.
Severe adverse reactions to flu vaccines are sometimes over-diagnosed to anaphylaxis by physicians erring on the side of caution, a brief study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found.The Monash Health authors of the research letter reviewed clinical records of all adults (18 years or older) with diagnoses of influenza vaccine allergies who attended the Monash Health adult vaccine allergy service from April 1, 2017 to August 31, 2021.
Eating disorder recovery advocates are hopeful an initiative to offer a suite of treatment options in a single register will boost support, particularly in regional areas.A national directory of eating disorder clinicians called connect*ed has been launched to help Australians who struggle with conditions like anorexia to get treatment faster.
A gunman has opened fire inside a busy shopping mall in the Danish capital, killing three people and critically wounding three others,.A 22-year-old Danish man was arrested after the shooting, Copenhagen police inspector Soren Thomassen told reporters on Sunday, adding there was no indication anyone else was involved in the attack, though police were still investigating.