I have heard many good things about iRobot’s cleaning robots. Since they are not very cheap it took me a while to make the decision and buy one. About a month ago I finally bought their most advanced robot – Roomba 980 (Amazon link), and I must say that i’m amazed ! I never imagined that these robots are so smart and work so well. I decided to write a short review of Roomba 980, I hope you will find it useful :
iRobot Roomba 980 is a great robot cleaner, I was very surprised to discover it cleans that well, since it’s not as powerful or as big as a “regular” vacuum cleaner. Before I bought it, I used my vacuum cleaner at least 2-3 times a week (i’m allergic to dust). Now, I use it one time a week. Roomba 980 really cleans everything – I let it work every day, and the floors are shining ! The only thing I don’t like about it – is the fact that you have to empty it’s bin (and clean the filter) almost after every time. There are no cleaning robots out there that solve this “problem”, but maybe in the future they will invent something (bigger bins for example).
Roomba cleans my entire house in about 60 to 75 minutes, but in case there is a lot of dust – with a push of a button I can make it clean every room twice (“two passes”). It amazed me each time, the floors are 100% clean. In a case Roomba detects a carpet, it increases the air power (up to 10 times) – and you can really notice the difference.
I do want to mention Neato’s new robot – Neato Botvac Connected (Amazon link). It maps the house using lasers and that works really well. I recommend checking it as well.
iRobot Roomba 980 features the new iAdapt camera. The robot builds a map of the house, and can easily navigate from one room to another. My robot cleans the entire house and never misses any room (it did not happen even once !). The new model (980) works much better than the previous one (880) thanks to the camera and new navigation system.
iRobot 980 connects to your WIFI network, and using the app you can control it from anywhere (I will talk about that in the next section – “ease of use”). Also, Roomba 980 can download software updates from iRobot’s servers. My Roomba 980 robot updated itself one time already, and I can definitely see the difference. That means that you buy a robot that will become better and better. You won’t have to buy the next model to get the newest iRobot navigation system with it’s features. iRobot’s engineers can continue improving their systems, and your robot will be able to download and install these “improvements”.
Roomba 980 is iRobot’s first WIFI robot, and I’m sure that soon all cleaning robots companies will make WIFI robots too.
Many people wonder (and ask online) if someone (their neighbors) can connect to their robot and control it. The answer is no – you have to press a physical button in order to complete the pairing process between the robot and your smartphone. So you really have nothing to worry about.
Ease Of Use
The setup process of Roomba 980 is very easy. Connect the charging station to the electricity and dock iRobot 980. Then, download iRobot’s app to your smartphone (There is an Android and iOS version) and pair it with the robot (it takes minutes). Then, you will be able to configure everything quickly and easily.
After the first setup, the robot will be fully functional. If you want it to start cleaning, you can press the “Clean” button or just launch the iRobot app and do it from there. Even if you are outside your house – you will be able to launch Roomba 980, the app works from anywhere, as long as you have a working Internet connection. The scheduling feature is available as well. You can configure it and the robot will clean the house every X days, when you want it to. Do keep in mind that you need to clean the dust it collects every run or two (I do it after each time the robot works).
Roomba 980 will send a messege to your smartphone when the bin is full, very useful , but still as I mentioned, I empty the bin every time.
Neato’s Botvac Connected robot gets really good ratings and reviews online. It has a WIFI connection, and uses lasers to map the house. Roomba, as I mentioned – uses a camera to do that. Which robot is better? It’s hard to tell, but if I had too choose one – I would take the iRobot 980 for sure ! But that does not mean you should not check Neato’s robot, it’s great as well. Choose the best robot for your needs. There is a difference in the price as well, and that’s something you should keep in mind.