I should add that I have 3 or 4 friends who have or have had Roombas – I’ve played with them all. One aquaintence has a Roomba and a Neato, so can offer a single site comparison. He prefers his Neato. The Roomba lies in a cupboard, now unused. One point Neato.
Accessories: To block off a room, I prefer to close a door. However, if it’s a choice between a battery powered obstacle I could trip over or bump, or a passive, even hidden, strip, then the strip wins. I’ve snipped my strip into 2 short lengths for doorways (when I want them left open) and a long one for across hallways or rooms. I’ve effectively made two more ‘lighthoses’ for nothing – try that with a Roomba! And I believe I could buy 4 long strips for the price of an extra Roomba lighthouse. Keep it simple – one point for Neato.
Although it can clean dust and dirt, the Neato XV-21 is designed primarily with pet owners in mind. It lifts dirt from all flooring types, including wood, tile and low-pile carpeting. It boasts powerful suction and a methodical back-and-forth cleaning pattern that ensures it does not miss a spot. Best of all, it is equipped to map out rooms so it knows where to clean.