There’s little doubt that iRobot’s Roomba vacuum robot is a very cool device. They trundle around your home doing the work we are just too busy (or lazy) to do ourselves, but the question on everyone’s lips is do Roombas really work?
What is a Roomba?
A Roomba is a compact, computerized version of a conventional vacuum cleaner which picks up dirt with its spinning brushes and a vacuum.
The Roomba is one of the most popular robotic vacuums today and was intended to be an affordable smart vacuuming device for the home.
The Roomba was developed in MIT’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab and has an onboard NiMH rechargeable battery, a removable filter, and a smart navigation system which tells the robot to turn corners it can find its way around obstacles and avoid falling off any ledges.
Roombas have side-mounted brushes that push dirt under the unit and then two more rotating brushes pick up the dirt and send it into the powerful vacuum, which then stores the dirt in a little bin.
Unlike conventional upright cleaners, a Roomba moves around the house on its two large tractor-looking wheels. Each of the wheels is driven by a separate motor which means that they can spin in opposing directions enabling the little Roomba to spin 360 degrees to clean every part of your crib.
The circular-shaped robotic cleaner is about a foot in diameter and is just three inches tall. It has become very popular because it can maneuver and clean under objects such as beds and coffee tables.
The Roomba has one mission in life…..to do all the hard work so you don’t have to, allowing you to enjoy other activities while your “robot-slave” cleans the floors.back to menu ↑
Which is the best Roomba?
iRobot has a reputation for continually developing new technology which makes every model release incredibly interesting.
The company is not too proud to adopt features from other top-rated robot vacuums so if you see a new function on another vacuum bot, you can expect to see the same feature on new iRobot vacuum cleaners. Because of this, Roombas are dominating the robotic vacuum market and right now, the Roomba with the most features and functions is the Roomba 980.
The Roomba 980 is equipped with iAdapt2.0 navigation technology and AeroForce cleaning technology. The Roomba 980 is very clever in that it uses optical and acoustic sensors to find the dirtiest parts of the floor and then it decides where to go and which cleaning pattern to use for the particular situation.
This top-of-the-line Roomba comes with an onboard camera which allows it to create a map of your home for its database. It’s fun to view the map on the mobile app to visually check that your robot vac has cleaned the entire floor.
Fans of the Roomba love the “entire-level cleaning function” which means that your cleaning buddy can find its way back to the charging dock and when fully charged, it resumes cleaning from where it left off.
The runtime of the Roomba 980 is one of the main reasons it is the best robotic vacuum in 2018. One full charge can provide enough power for two hours of cleaning (which is double the running time for the Roomba 614 & Roomba 890.)
The Roomba 980 connects by Wi-Fi so you can control it from your smartphone. You can also change cleaning preferences such as power settings, edge cleaning, and how many passes it should make. Tech fans will also be pleased to hear that you can even use voice commands to order the little cleaning robot around your home!
The 980 is the best Roomba for homes with carpets. It features a “carpet boost mode”, which doubles the suction power. Compared to the Roomba 614, the Roomba 980 delivers about 10 times more suction when the carpet boost is turned on.
The Roomba 980 is one of the top robot vacuums that money can buy and is the best choice for folks with larger homes. Just start or schedule a cleaning session and then forget all about it while you put your feet up. It delivers the most efficient clean even on hard or carpeted floors and is the best Roomba available today!back to menu ↑
Do Roombas really work?
“Holey Moley!….for around 800 bucks….I hope so!!!!”
In short, the answer the question is “yes!” but it is not perfect and does have some minor limitations.
For the vast majority of homes with hardwood floors and carpets/rugs, the Roomba does a fantastic job picking up dirt and pet hair. It zigzags through your home devouring dirt and dust from every nook and cranny while you go to work or walk the dog.
While the Roomba 980 is very good, for most people, it isn’t a replacement for a conventional vacuum cleaner or even a strong dustbuster. Occasionally, the Roomba will miss a tiny amount of dirt in the corners of the room and obviously is not suitable for vacuuming stairs, curtains, sofas etc.
Most people that own a Roomba have a backup vacuum (either a conventional upright vacuum or a good quality dust-buster). Most folks use their Roomba every day or every other day and then once or twice a month, they go through the house with their conventional vacuum to ensure that no spots are missed.
Do I really need a Roomba?
If you live in a home with lots of pet hair or your house gathers a lot of dirt despite your efforts to keep it clean, a Roomba could be just what you need to “take up the slack.”
While we wouldn’t recommend for anyone to totally replace their upright vacuum in favor of a Roomba, it is a fantastic cleaning device that can save you a lot of time and energy when used in conjunction with a classic upright vacuum or dustbuster.
If you live in a house with entirely wooden floors, the Roomba really comes into its own. Whereas before you couldn’t walk around your own house without socks on because of the dirt, with a Roomba doing its thing, your floors will be much cleaner and you will be able to walk around barefoot without getting dirty feet.back to menu ↑
What are the cons of owning a Roomba?
The Roomba won’t clean 100% (but it comes pretty darn close). It has no problem with things like pet hair, sand, dust, and dirt, but the robot vacuum isn’t quite so good at grabbing. Occasionally, it misses a piece of cloth, lint, or things like feathers.
Sometimes, the unit will also miss things that are sold and round (like a marble or Skittle candy). If the Roomba encounters such an object and hits it in a certain way, it can sometimes push the objects around the room (especially on hardwood floors).
Another downside of owning a Roomba is the increased care and maintenance that is required. The cleaning brushes must be cleaned in a process that often involves a screwdriver. Luckily, the Roomba 980 comes with everything that you need for maintaining your vacuuming robot.back to menu ↑
If your crib accumulates lots of dust, dirt or pet hair, a Roomba is well worth the expense but don’t expect it to be a replacement for your upright vacuum.
It’s worth bearing in mind the huge amount of time you can save with a robot vacuum. As the saying goes “Time is money!” so you why not just program your bot to clean your house every day freeing you up to do something more productive.
In the case of homes with working parents, a robot vacuum couple be a cheaper alternative than hiring a human cleaner to do the same job! Over the course of a year, the amount of cash you will save will easily pay for your Roomba (and it doesn’t take days off either!!!)
We are all busier than ever before so it’s no surprise that these devices are becoming so popular and if you consider that you could save one or two hours each week, the price tag doesn’t seem quite so high!!!