The Looj 330 gutter cleaner is a revolutionary product created and marketed by robotics maker iRobot. It takes a difficult – if mundane – regular task for homeowners (or home renters) and automates it through the power of home robotics.
In this post we will finally be conducting a comprehensive iRobot Looj 330 review.
iRobot is well know for the development and sale of the reknowned Roomba series of vacuums, but the Looj does not carry the same name recognition. While you probably need to vacuum more frequently than clean the gutters, the same successful principle applies.
If you can automate a time consuming and bothersome task for an upfront cost, most people will choose to save time.
Because the Looj is not a cheap purchase, I wanted to provide readers with a clear and concise breakdown of how it works, pros and cons, and the best place to buy the Looj online. If you have questions or comments or just want to share your experiences with the Looj, feel free to comment at the bottom of the page.
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Looj Features – How it Works
Hands-Free: The Looj works by simply being placed in the respective gutter and the lithium battery pack allows the device to operate remotely and independently. All the user has to do is release the device from the charging handle and click start remotely on the handle. From here, you can select either automated or manual control.
Automated: In automated mode, the Looj adapts to debris on its own and travels down the full range of the gutter. This is ideal for set and forget routine gutter maintenance.
Manual Control: For more difficult jobs or tasks that require a bit more supervison, you can opt to operate the Looj remotely via the charging handle. This handles doubles as a joystick/controller of sorts, allowing you to manually control the device (forwards, backwards, and the spin of the auger).
4-Stage Cleaning: The auger operates on a 4-stage process to remove the debris and sludge from the gutter. Step one is to break up the debris, then for step two the ejector lifts the debris and throws it from the gutter. Step three is where the breakers split apart the tough blockages so that the polypropylene sweepers and the scrappers can clean out the remnants in the last stage.
Customizable Auger Sizes: The Looj is equipped with two different auger sizes, depending on the type of debris that can vary by seasoon or special circumstances. This also allows the Looj to be able to snugly fit 95% of most household gutters.
Lithium Battery Powered: The Looj comes equipped with a 7.2v Lithium-ion battery (2600 mAh). The lithium battery is capable of cleaing up to 200 linear feet per charge before needed to be recharged.
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Pros and Cons of the iRobot Looj 330
Prevents Injuries: Gutter cleaning is one of those household chores that is frequently the cause of injuries. Reaching, Leaning, and climbing – especially more than one story – is seldom a “safe” activity. While you may still need your ladder to initially place the Looj, that is the only work and risk required.
Time Saver: Instead of painstakingly cleaning gutters by hand and endlessly repositioning the ladder, the Looj automates the process as previously discussed. The time savings are roughly correlated to the size and scope of your gutters. iRobot touts that the Looj can clean a 30-foot section of gutter in just 5 minutes. It is estimated that the Looj is around 5x faster at cleaning gutters than the old fashioned way.
Waterproof: The Looj is capable of operating in a wet, soggy environment which means that you do not have to worry about damaging the device from liquid exposure. This is especially important for when you have to clean out wet sludgy leaves during the season changes.
Still Some Work: “Automated” is a relative term because there is still some work involved. As the Looj spits out debris, you may need to clean up the debris on the ground later when it is finished with the gutters. For some, especially with patios/decks this might be a bit annoying. However, it is still definitely a time saver in our experience. The 5 minutes it takes to sweep our small deck is well worth the convenience of not having to stretch and strain to clean those hard to reach gutter spots.
Price: As with all home robotics, the price can be somewhat discouraging for first-time buyers. Generally, a good practice is to calculate the time savings and factor in the risk of injury/wear and tear that can occur from physically cleaning the gutters. For those who hire other people or companies to clean their gutters, the cost savings can actually be quite significant. To help find the best price, we recommend visiting this product listing on Amazon.
Where to Buy the Looj 330
The Looj is not as common as other home robots, so it can be difficult to find a good price at a convenient location. We recommend purchasing via Amazon for the most competitive pricing. See our link below for the latest prices and the best product listing:
Patrick Sinclair is a geek; make no mistake about that. He runs All Home Robotics in his spare time so he doesn’t have to think about his depressing cubicle and it gives him an excuse to buy expensive gadgets to review!