Make short work of a dirty job

We’ve all heard it a thousand times — it’s not safe to be up on our ladders, digging leaves and other not-so-pleasant debris out of our gutters. One slip can cause serious injury. So what better way to tackle this tricky and dangerous job than with a robot? This mighty little robot that blasts away dirt, leaves and sludge is a time saving warrior that will entertain as it works. Make short work of a dirty job. The Looj gutter cleaner comes from iRobot, a Massachusetts company Co-founded by MIT roboticist Colin Angle. iRobot makes robots for the military and police ( you might have seen iRobot’s pioneering Roomba floor-vacuuming robot). Their latest invention for the home is a mighty little robot that pulverizes leaves and blasts dirt and sludge. It can tackle a 60-foot section of gutter in ten minutes. Ten minutes! You don’t have to keep climbing and repositioning your ladder every few feet. With Looj, just put your ladder in one spot, place the robot in the gutter and send it off. (You need 2 1/4” of clearance for Looj if you have gutter straps.) There’s a removable handle that doubles as a wireless remote control, so you can move the Looj forward and backward or change the direction of the spinning blades, all from the safety of your yard.Looj is a great solution for a job none of us likes to do. Your neighbors will be jealous, and you’ll feel safer the next time you tackle this dreaded — but important — fall ritual. We would like to thank Brad Feld for recommending this product to us. Do you have a great Grommet idea? Click Here

iRobot Looj

Gutter Cleaning Robot

Make short work of a dirty job

We’ve all heard it a thousand times — it’s not safe to be up on our ladders, digging leaves and other not-so-pleasant debris out of our gutters. One slip can cause serious injury. So what better way to tackle this tricky and dangerous job than with a robot? This mighty little robot that blasts away dirt, leaves and sludge is a time saving warrior that will entertain as it works. Make short work of a dirty job. The Looj gutter cleaner comes from iRobot, a Massachusetts company Co-founded by MIT roboticist Colin Angle. iRobot makes robots for the military and police ( you might have seen iRobot’s pioneering Roomba floor-vacuuming robot). Their latest invention for the home is a mighty little robot that pulverizes leaves and blasts dirt and sludge. It can tackle a 60-foot section of gutter in ten minutes. Ten minutes! You don’t have to keep climbing and repositioning your ladder every few feet. With Looj, just put your ladder in one spot, place the robot in the gutter and send it off. (You need 2 1/4” of clearance for Looj if you have gutter straps.) There’s a removable handle that doubles as a wireless remote control, so you can move the Looj forward and backward or change the direction of the spinning blades, all from the safety of your yard.Looj is a great solution for a job none of us likes to do. Your neighbors will be jealous, and you’ll feel safer the next time you tackle this dreaded — but important — fall ritual. We would like to thank Brad Feld for recommending this product to us. Do you have a great Grommet idea? Click Here

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Charlie
    Charlie

    My name is Charlie, and I’m here to answer your questions about the iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot. Who wants to clean their gutters the old-fashioned way? I know I don’t. Thankfully, it sounds like the fine folks over at the Daily Grommet don’t necessarily enjoy climbing up ladders repeatedly and scraping their gutters clean by hand either. So they’ve decided to feature the iRobot Looj on their website for the day. Thanks Daily Grommet!

    You might ask…a robot? Indeed. With the iRobot Looj, all you need to do is place the robot at the end of your gutter, turn it on, grab hold of the wireless remote control and watch as it propels leaves and other debris onto the ground below – all while you stay in one place! Sound too good to be true? Have questions about it? Let me know…I’ll be here all day.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/18/2009 12:00 PM

    The size of the Looj unit is 3 1/4" wide by 2 1/4" tall. Although it will work for standard K-style gutters in aluminum, copper, metal or vinyl, it's best to double check your gutters before purchasing. Please see the diagram below for actual size of the unit to see if the Looj will fit in your gutter and specifically under your gutter straps that hold up the gutter.

    Clicking on the diagram below will open up a PDF document of this template that you can print off and use to measure your gutters.

  • Sheilagh
    Sheilagh
    11/18/2009 12:26 PM

    Whoa... you just solved an early Christmas present for my husband. He is a weekend warrior/20 yr. old wannabe when it comes to cleaning out the gutters. I bite my nails the whole time he is up there. Love this Grommet! Charlie, do you guys have any products for winter icedams? That issue will be rearing its head soon. We own an irobot pool cleaner and a vacuum. Great products! Thank you!

  • Charlie
    Charlie – Special Guest
    11/18/2009 12:42 PM

    Hi Sheilagh. Glad to hear you're already a fan of iRobot. Thanks for the kind words! While our robots have found chores to help out with throughout the home, including gutter cleaning, iRobot doesn't offer one for winter icedams. I hope you'll be able to rest a little easier when your husband gets to put Looj to work for the first time. Maybe you can even give it a go!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    11/18/2009 1:28 PM

    HI all, just want to emphasize that the part of the video when the debris is tossed back on the roof is when our tester had the augur going in the wrong direction. That won't happen if you set the augur to fling everything overboard. Our retest yielded a clean roof and totally sludge free gutters.

  • Des
    Des
    11/18/2009 1:30 PM

    I wish I had this last weekend when I spent way too many hours cleaning the gutters. The toughest part for me is moving the ladder so often. And I usually end up stretching too far to each side (hoping to eliminate one move of the ladder; stupid me!) The cost of this is cheaper than having it done by a third party just once (which I have to pay twice a year.) Plus I find the third party sometimes comes too late in the season (after the cutters are full and we've had a wicked rain.) Great Grommet, guys.

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    11/18/2009 1:59 PM

    Hi Charlie;

    How able to deal with 'less than perfect' older gutters is your robot? If there are wobbles and bumps, etc in the gutter path, will Looj be able to manage pretty well?

    Neat invention-very cool!

    Thanks,

    Catherine

  • Charlie
    Charlie – Special Guest
    11/18/2009 2:20 PM

    Hi Catherine. That really depends on how "less than perfect" the gutters are. If they are not heavily damaged and the Looj is able to fit under the gutter straps for their entire length, it should manage just fine. The tracked design and flexible auger allow Looj to propel itself through the gutter while it breaks up clogs and lifts out debris.

  • Charlie
    Charlie – Special Guest
    11/18/2009 2:22 PM

    You make a couple of great points, Des. Professional gutter cleaning services can get expensive, especially if you're having them cleaned every spring and fall...which you really should.

    With that said, if you're the one taking care of the gutters, you need to be careful. That over-reaching you're talking about is very common and VERY dangerous. That's where the iRobot Looj can really make a difference. You only need to climb up the ladder once and let it do it's thing. It'll save you money (pays for itself as you note) AND keep you safer since you won't be tempted to dangerously over-reach.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/18/2009 2:31 PM

    This would have been the perfect gift for my father-in-law who has a large one-story house on a wooded lot. He had at least sixty feet of gutter to be constantly cleaning. My husband reminded me that he just had gutter caps installed. Ours were $100 a foot for gutter with cap. I can't imagine what it cost him to have that job done. This is a great gutter cleaning tool and a wonderful gift idea for someone you care about!

  • Mark
    Mark
    11/18/2009 2:49 PM

    Hi Charlie, Are there any considerations for whether your gutters are wooden or plastic? We just had ours replaced this year with new wooden ones, which I believe are a standard size.

  • Charlie
    Charlie – Special Guest
    11/18/2009 3:28 PM

    Hi Mark. As long as the Looj fits in the gutter, it will work in wooden gutters just fine. I'd recommend using the diagram above so that you can check to be sure.

  • Noel
    Noel
    11/18/2009 11:07 PM

    Robots are totally cool, especially when they save you work and perform unsafe tasks, like gutter cleaning. Very cool idea.

  • Chris
    Chris
    12/4/2009 1:02 PM

    Charlie, I want to buy this product for my Dad...he always bitches when he has to clean the gutters. My concern is whether it will fit. I don't have the luxury of using the diagram above because he lives out of state. What is the return policy if I purchased it and it didn't fit?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/4/2009 1:20 PM

    @Chris - Here is iRobot's money back guarantee on all their items:

    30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

    There's no place like home when it comes to testing out new products. That's why we created our 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try out our products in your home, and if you're not satisfied, just send it back. No hassles, no problems.

  • dave
    dave
    1/27/2010 12:25 AM

    I hope they have improved this gadget I saw them a couple of years ago on a DIY show and it only worked some of the time it tended to flip on its side and get stuck when it got to caked up gunk like pine neeidles stuck it and it flipped over and also hit the spikes that held the gutters up jamming it so it would not move so you had to get the ladder to it to free it . This is I feel for the yuppie that is a tech geek that would use it 3 or 4 times or more a year. I have a roomba vac its cool but does not clean like they claim .

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/28/2010 5:19 PM

    @Dave - Thank you for stopping by! There are two versions of the iRobot Looj available. We tested the newer one. We tested it extensively and in some really dirty gutters. It didn't flip, pop out, get clogged or anything. It worked great. The 'hitting the spikes' is something that you have to be aware of can be an issue for certain gutter systems and use the diagram we have provided above before purchasing to make sure it will go under your straps.

    Thanks again for your comment.

  • Ableton
    Ableton
    4/17/2010 11:53 AM

    Bought a Roomba and wasn't sure if it was a tool or a toy. I treated it like a tool and it broke like a toy. After enough of being let down it hit the trash. So iRobot made it into my home but blew the chance to make me an advocate for their product and won't repeat the mistake using them again.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/18/2010 11:40 PM

    @Ableton - thank you for posting your experience! Our experience with the iLooj is that it is a great tool for the job having been put to the test on some gunked up gutters.

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/22/2010 10:14 PM

    Post deleted by Admin to comply with no-advertising policy.

  • john
    john
    10/10/2010 12:45 AM

    How much are replacement augers? How quickly do they wear out in normal use? Would they work in larger than normal gutters? Can debri be thrown to either side? Are the batteries lithium-ion? How long do they hold a charge? Are they replaceable? Thanks.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/10/2010 9:14 AM

    @John - replacement augers are $14.99 each. They will wear depending on the abuse you give them! I talked to a rep who said that they only time he has sold the replacement auger was when the auger got caught on something and ripped. Otherwise they will wear very well. This unit will work in large gutters as long as it is no wider than the auger (7.5 inches). The auger spins clockwise only so you can choose which direction to flip the debris by which direction you point the unit. They are Ni-Cd batteries that when fully charged will do about 150 feet of gutter on one charge. They do sell replacement battery packs.

    Thank you for posting!

  • Mark C.
    Mark C.
    10/11/2010 9:53 PM

    We've had a Looj for a couple years, but stopped trying to use it just a few weeks after it arrived. Why? Because we live in the Pacific Northwest and the gutters in a typical western Oregon home pack themselves with fir needles and other fine debris that the Looj simply cannot handle. When it tries to deal with such a dense obstacle, it either continually flips itself over or throws itself right out of the gutter while trying to clear the material out. If you plan to buy one and you live in an area that fills your gutters like this, either expect to use it on a monthly basis (before the gutters can get anywhere near full), or spend you money on some type of manual cleaning tool instead.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2010 12:35 AM

    @Mark - thank you for posting about your experience with this product so that those in similar situations can learn from your experience.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

iRobot Looj

Gutter Cleaning Robot

Make short work of a dirty job

We’ve all heard it a thousand times — it’s not safe to be up on our ladders, digging leaves and other not-so-pleasant debris out of our gutters. One slip can cause serious injury. So what better way to tackle this tricky and dangerous job than with a robot? This mighty little robot that blasts away dirt, leaves and sludge is a time saving warrior that will entertain as it works. Make short work of a dirty job.

The Looj gutter cleaner comes from iRobot, a Massachusetts company Co-founded by MIT roboticist Colin
Angle. iRobot makes robots for the military and police ( you might have seen iRobot’s pioneering Roomba floor-vacuuming robot). Their latest invention for the home is a mighty little robot that pulverizes leaves and blasts dirt and sludge. It can tackle a 60-foot section of gutter in ten minutes. Ten minutes!

You don’t have to keep climbing and repositioning your ladder every few feet. With Looj, just put your ladder in one spot, place the robot in the gutter and send it off. (You need 2 1/4” of clearance for Looj if you have gutter straps.) There’s a removable handle that doubles as a wireless remote control, so you can move the Looj forward and backward or change the direction of the spinning blades, all from the safety of your yard.Looj is a great solution for a job none of us likes to do. Your neighbors will be jealous, and you’ll feel safer the next time you tackle this dreaded — but important — fall ritual.

We would like to thank Brad Feld for recommending this product to us. Do you have a great Grommet idea? Click Here
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Charlie
    Charlie

    My name is Charlie, and I’m here to answer your questions about the iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot. Who wants to clean their gutters the old-fashioned way? I know I don’t. Thankfully, it sounds like the fine folks over at the Daily Grommet don’t necessarily enjoy climbing up ladders repeatedly and scraping their gutters clean by hand either. So they’ve decided to feature the iRobot Looj on their website for the day. Thanks Daily Grommet!

    You might ask…a robot? Indeed. With the iRobot Looj, all you need to do is place the robot at the end of your gutter, turn it on, grab hold of the wireless remote control and watch as it propels leaves and other debris onto the ground below – all while you stay in one place! Sound too good to be true? Have questions about it? Let me know…I’ll be here all day.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/18/2009 12:00 PM

    The size of the Looj unit is 3 1/4" wide by 2 1/4" tall. Although it will work for standard K-style gutters in aluminum, copper, metal or vinyl, it's best to double check your gutters before purchasing. Please see the diagram below for actual size of the unit to see if the Looj will fit in your gutter and specifically under your gutter straps that hold up the gutter.

    Clicking on the diagram below will open up a PDF document of this template that you can print off and use to measure your gutters.

  • Sheilagh
    Sheilagh
    11/18/2009 12:26 PM

    Whoa... you just solved an early Christmas present for my husband. He is a weekend warrior/20 yr. old wannabe when it comes to cleaning out the gutters. I bite my nails the whole time he is up there. Love this Grommet! Charlie, do you guys have any products for winter icedams? That issue will be rearing its head soon. We own an irobot pool cleaner and a vacuum. Great products! Thank you!

  • Charlie
    Charlie – Special Guest
    11/18/2009 12:42 PM

    Hi Sheilagh. Glad to hear you're already a fan of iRobot. Thanks for the kind words! While our robots have found chores to help out with throughout the home, including gutter cleaning, iRobot doesn't offer one for winter icedams. I hope you'll be able to rest a little easier when your husband gets to put Looj to work for the first time. Maybe you can even give it a go!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    11/18/2009 1:28 PM

    HI all, just want to emphasize that the part of the video when the debris is tossed back on the roof is when our tester had the augur going in the wrong direction. That won't happen if you set the augur to fling everything overboard. Our retest yielded a clean roof and totally sludge free gutters.

  • Des
    Des
    11/18/2009 1:30 PM

    I wish I had this last weekend when I spent way too many hours cleaning the gutters. The toughest part for me is moving the ladder so often. And I usually end up stretching too far to each side (hoping to eliminate one move of the ladder; stupid me!) The cost of this is cheaper than having it done by a third party just once (which I have to pay twice a year.) Plus I find the third party sometimes comes too late in the season (after the cutters are full and we've had a wicked rain.) Great Grommet, guys.

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    11/18/2009 1:59 PM

    Hi Charlie;

    How able to deal with 'less than perfect' older gutters is your robot? If there are wobbles and bumps, etc in the gutter path, will Looj be able to manage pretty well?

    Neat invention-very cool!

    Thanks,

    Catherine

  • Charlie
    Charlie – Special Guest
    11/18/2009 2:20 PM

    Hi Catherine. That really depends on how "less than perfect" the gutters are. If they are not heavily damaged and the Looj is able to fit under the gutter straps for their entire length, it should manage just fine. The tracked design and flexible auger allow Looj to propel itself through the gutter while it breaks up clogs and lifts out debris.

  • Charlie
    Charlie – Special Guest
    11/18/2009 2:22 PM

    You make a couple of great points, Des. Professional gutter cleaning services can get expensive, especially if you're having them cleaned every spring and fall...which you really should.

    With that said, if you're the one taking care of the gutters, you need to be careful. That over-reaching you're talking about is very common and VERY dangerous. That's where the iRobot Looj can really make a difference. You only need to climb up the ladder once and let it do it's thing. It'll save you money (pays for itself as you note) AND keep you safer since you won't be tempted to dangerously over-reach.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/18/2009 2:31 PM

    This would have been the perfect gift for my father-in-law who has a large one-story house on a wooded lot. He had at least sixty feet of gutter to be constantly cleaning. My husband reminded me that he just had gutter caps installed. Ours were $100 a foot for gutter with cap. I can't imagine what it cost him to have that job done. This is a great gutter cleaning tool and a wonderful gift idea for someone you care about!

  • Mark
    Mark
    11/18/2009 2:49 PM

    Hi Charlie, Are there any considerations for whether your gutters are wooden or plastic? We just had ours replaced this year with new wooden ones, which I believe are a standard size.

  • Charlie
    Charlie – Special Guest
    11/18/2009 3:28 PM

    Hi Mark. As long as the Looj fits in the gutter, it will work in wooden gutters just fine. I'd recommend using the diagram above so that you can check to be sure.

  • Noel
    Noel
    11/18/2009 11:07 PM

    Robots are totally cool, especially when they save you work and perform unsafe tasks, like gutter cleaning. Very cool idea.

  • Chris
    Chris
    12/4/2009 1:02 PM

    Charlie, I want to buy this product for my Dad...he always bitches when he has to clean the gutters. My concern is whether it will fit. I don't have the luxury of using the diagram above because he lives out of state. What is the return policy if I purchased it and it didn't fit?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/4/2009 1:20 PM

    @Chris - Here is iRobot's money back guarantee on all their items:

    30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

    There's no place like home when it comes to testing out new products. That's why we created our 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try out our products in your home, and if you're not satisfied, just send it back. No hassles, no problems.

  • dave
    dave
    1/27/2010 12:25 AM

    I hope they have improved this gadget I saw them a couple of years ago on a DIY show and it only worked some of the time it tended to flip on its side and get stuck when it got to caked up gunk like pine neeidles stuck it and it flipped over and also hit the spikes that held the gutters up jamming it so it would not move so you had to get the ladder to it to free it . This is I feel for the yuppie that is a tech geek that would use it 3 or 4 times or more a year. I have a roomba vac its cool but does not clean like they claim .

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/28/2010 5:19 PM

    @Dave - Thank you for stopping by! There are two versions of the iRobot Looj available. We tested the newer one. We tested it extensively and in some really dirty gutters. It didn't flip, pop out, get clogged or anything. It worked great. The 'hitting the spikes' is something that you have to be aware of can be an issue for certain gutter systems and use the diagram we have provided above before purchasing to make sure it will go under your straps.

    Thanks again for your comment.

  • Ableton
    Ableton
    4/17/2010 11:53 AM

    Bought a Roomba and wasn't sure if it was a tool or a toy. I treated it like a tool and it broke like a toy. After enough of being let down it hit the trash. So iRobot made it into my home but blew the chance to make me an advocate for their product and won't repeat the mistake using them again.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/18/2010 11:40 PM

    @Ableton - thank you for posting your experience! Our experience with the iLooj is that it is a great tool for the job having been put to the test on some gunked up gutters.

  • Guest
    Guest
    7/22/2010 10:14 PM

    Post deleted by Admin to comply with no-advertising policy.

  • john
    john
    10/10/2010 12:45 AM

    How much are replacement augers? How quickly do they wear out in normal use? Would they work in larger than normal gutters? Can debri be thrown to either side? Are the batteries lithium-ion? How long do they hold a charge? Are they replaceable? Thanks.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/10/2010 9:14 AM

    @John - replacement augers are $14.99 each. They will wear depending on the abuse you give them! I talked to a rep who said that they only time he has sold the replacement auger was when the auger got caught on something and ripped. Otherwise they will wear very well. This unit will work in large gutters as long as it is no wider than the auger (7.5 inches). The auger spins clockwise only so you can choose which direction to flip the debris by which direction you point the unit. They are Ni-Cd batteries that when fully charged will do about 150 feet of gutter on one charge. They do sell replacement battery packs.

    Thank you for posting!

  • Mark C.
    Mark C.
    10/11/2010 9:53 PM

    We've had a Looj for a couple years, but stopped trying to use it just a few weeks after it arrived. Why? Because we live in the Pacific Northwest and the gutters in a typical western Oregon home pack themselves with fir needles and other fine debris that the Looj simply cannot handle. When it tries to deal with such a dense obstacle, it either continually flips itself over or throws itself right out of the gutter while trying to clear the material out. If you plan to buy one and you live in an area that fills your gutters like this, either expect to use it on a monthly basis (before the gutters can get anywhere near full), or spend you money on some type of manual cleaning tool instead.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/12/2010 12:35 AM

    @Mark - thank you for posting about your experience with this product so that those in similar situations can learn from your experience.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.