The most important year in the robotic vacuuming cleaners’ history was 2002 when iRobot released an affordable, yet high-performance robovac. They gave it the name Roomba, which became synonymous with this type of household appliances over the years. Rewind a decade to the future and Roomba is the best seller in this industry in the world, with over 10 million units sold. The latest addition in the Roomba family is the 980 model, which was released in late 2015.
iRobot engineers decided to keep up with the latest trends, so they decided to make 980 able to connect via Wi-Fi. This means that you can operate this device via your iPhone or Android. That’s far from being the only innovation. It also comes with the vSLAM navigation system, which makes it capable of cleaning one entire level in your home at once. This feature is considered revolutionary, as something like this wasn’t seen in previous generations.
When it comes to moving around the furniture, the unit is one of the best vacuuming robots on the market today. It has the iAdapt 2.0 Navigation, which has a visual localization system that feature a camera. That makes it virtually impossible for the device to bump into a piece of furniture.
Not only is it intelligent, this device is also very powerful. In fact, its Gen 3 motor provides 10 times more air power than previous Roomba versions. Its battery is another great thing about this machine. It allows it to run up to two hours continuously, before heading back to the dock to recharge.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to 980, think about buying the 960 version. Same as the 980, this device also comes with the Multi-Room Navigation, which enables it to clean an entire level of your house. You can schedule it to clean remotely by using your smartphone. This cleaner is also very powerful and provides amazing cleaning performances, although not as much as 980. Another thing in which the newer model is superior is the run time. Roomba 960 has a 75-minute run time, which is 55 minutes less than its rival’s.
We think this machine is by far the best option you can get at the moment. But, because it’s so advanced, this cleaner is pretty pricey. Still, it seems that the price is more than justified.