Well, it’s that time of year. The kids are back in school and the leaves are beginning to fall. It won’t be long before your eavestroughs are full to overflowing and the dreaded job of cleaning out the gutters has to be faced. So it may be music to your ears to hear there’s a tool on the market to help with this thankless task.
It’s called the iRobot Looj gutter cleaning robot and it’s among the latest offerings from the iRobot Corporation.
When you first set eyes on this tool, you’ll wonder how it could possibly fit in any gutter or eavestrough and more importantly, how it would work. But the handle is detachable and it moves along like one of those bomb-diffusing robots you see in the movies. Or think of a bull dozer with its dual track rollers.
It’s a whirling dervish of a tool, with a spinning auger in the front and a sweeper and scraper behind. It runs using a powerful lithium ion battery and can work on its own by remote control or you can use it manually.
When the job’s done, you just hose it off to clean it. The company claims that, without the Looj, the traditional approach to gutter cleaning takes 5 times as long and it says the tool can clean 30 linear feet 5 minutes.
Is it the right tool for you? To help you decide, you can find plenty of online reviews of it. Some homeowners love their “new toy” and some, not so much. Those who have a challenge with pine needles are more likely to comment negatively and others say it doesn’t contend well with heavy, wet plugs of leaves either. There are comments about it getting stuck and rolling over but certain reviewers say the trick is not to run it too fast or to put it in reverse if it does flip over. Naturally, the robot doesn’t tidy up the debris that’s pushed out of the gutters so you still have to clean up whatever lands on the ground.
The Looj 330 is the third generation of this tool. The future may hold additional improvements if there ever is a next generation. This one sells for around $300.