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- iRobot HOME App lets you clean, schedule, & customize cleaning preferences from your smartphone; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant
- Cleans an entire level of your home with iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization
- Runs for up to 120 minutes, then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job
- AeroForce Cleaning System with Power Boost loosens, lifts & suctions dirt with up to 10x more air power, patented tangle-free brushes handle pet hair with ease
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An early pioneer in robotics, iRobot was founded in 1990 with the vision of making practical robots a reality. Today, we design and build innovative home robots, including the Roomba Vacuuming Robot and the Braava family of mopping robots. But our technology isn’t just about robots. It’s about you – and finding better ways to help you get more done.
iRobot Roomba 980 Wi-Fi Connected Vacuuming Robot
Deeper cleaning on carpets, multi-room coverage, Wi-Fi connected
Roomba 980 seamlessly navigates room to room to clean an entire level of your home, recharging and resuming until the job is done. The powerful cleaning system automatically increases air power up to 10x on carpets, where it’s needed most. Just press clean or schedule Roomba on the go with the iRobot HOME App.
- Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum
- Home Base Charging Station
- 2 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers (4 AA Batteries Included)
- 1 Extra Filter
- 1 Extra Side Brush
- Manufacturer's Warranty
- Owner's Guide and Documentation Package
Cleans all floor types
The Auto-Adjust cleaning head automatically adapts is height to keep the Multi-Surface Brushes in close contact with different floor surfaces, effectively cleaning carpets and hard floors.
Up to 10x more air power
The patented AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System uses tangle-free Multi-Surface Brushes and Power-Lifting Suction to pull in embedded dirt, debris, and pet hair. Power Boost mode automatically boosts air power up to 10x* on carpets, where dust and dirt hide.
*Compared to Roomba 600 & 700 series models.
iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization helps Roomba seamlessly and efficiently navigate an entire level of your home and keep track of its location.
And with a full suite of smart sensors and a low 3.6" profile design, Roomba can vacuum where dirt and dust hide, navigating around furniture and under beds, sofas and other hard-to-reach places.
Recharge and resume
Roomba 980 runs continuously for up to 120 minutes*, then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job.
*Tested in iRobot's Home Test Lab on hard floors. Run times may vary.
Advanced Dirt Detect Technology
Patented Dirt Detect sensors recognize concentrated areas of dirt, like in high-traffic zones of your home, and provide additional cleaning in those spots.
Enhanced iRobot HOME App
Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App. Customize how Roomba 980 cleans, choosing from one or two passes, final edge clean, and whether to use Power Boost behavior. View Clean Map reports to see maps of the area cleaned. Plus, access tips and support, turn on push notifications, and more - all from your smartphone.
All Wi‐Fi connected Roomba vacuuming robots are compatible on devices with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. Simply ask Alexa or the Google Assistant to start, stop, or dock your robot.
Ideal for homes with pets
Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface brushes handle pet hair with ease, reducing hair tangles and brush maintenance. The high-efficiency filter captures 99% of all allergens, pollen, and particles as small as 10 microns.
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|Brushes||Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush||Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush||Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush||Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush||Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush|
|Vacuum Suction||✓||✓||5x power||5x power||10x power + deeper cleaning on carpets|
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|Automatically recharges itself||✓||✓||✓||Recharge and Resume||Recharge and Resume|
|iAdapt Navigation with full suite of sensors||✓||✓||✓||+ Visual Navigation for entire level coverage||+ Visual Navigation for entire level coverage|
|Dirt Detect Technology||✓||✓||Advanced Dirt Detect Technology||Advanced Dirt Detect Technology||Advanced Dirt Detect Technology|
|Smart Home Connected||Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant||Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant||Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant + Clean Map reports||Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant + Clean Map reports & advanced cleaning settings|
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The AeroForce bin is extremely durable, made of thick plastic and much sturdier than the 655. However, I do find the AeroForce bin in the 980 more difficult to remove than the 655. Due to the design of the bin, it's actually also a bit more difficult to empty out the bin as the dust stays stuck in the plastic housing of the dust bin. Instead of quickly being able to dump it, you may be forced to pry out some of the dirt bunnies or to tap the bin against the trash multiple times to empty it. In the 655, the bin has no cover so that when you remove the dust bin from the robot, the dust falls onto the floor. However, it is much easier on the 655 to remove that cover and emptying the bin is extremely easy. I believe this may be due to the lack of the HEPA filter in the 655 that the dust may adhere to.
The design looks a lot more modern and sleek than its predecessors. However, the cover is a magnet for fingerprints, but this doesn't concern me too much as I don't expect a vacuum to look immaculate.
There are multiple LED icons that light up, just like in the older Roombas. The color of the icons indicate things like low battery and errors.
The loudness is honestly not something that concerns me so much, as I run this generally when I leave the house or before I wake up (I'm a "medium" sleeper). My room is on the second floor with thick walls and the robot is loud enough to hear even with the AC on, though it isn't too noticeable. If you have neighbors and thin walls, the loudness is definitely something to be concerned about when running the robot late at night. It is certainly louder than the 655 and about as loud as a full-sized upright vacuum.
This robot has picked up a lot of sand particles as well as large layers of dust and lint, even though I run my 655 downstairs at least 3x a day for the past 4 weeks.
The cleaning effectiveness is much more powerful than my uprights, but what I was using before was a cheap Dirt Devil stick as well as a handheld vacuum, which is still necessary for cleaning corners.
The 980 cleans in a grid like fashion vs the random, frustrating paths that the 655 goes on, and is much more reminiscent of human cleaning, performing almost a depth first approach. The cleaning on the 980 is so much more efficient than the 655, my longest job taking 53 minutes vs 2 hours on the 655 allegedly for 400 sqft of space. While the 980 is much more efficient, the 655 does multiple passes over the same areas which also allows for a deeper clean.
The 980 uses machine learning and its built in camera with advanced computer vision algorithms to avoid running into obstacles, and uses this information to map out its surroundings and to avoid obstacles it has learned. Whenever it bumps into something, it pauses and updates its memory of the cleanable map. The first time you run this robot will not be the most efficient, as it still needs information about its surroundings to be able to determine the most efficient paths within a furnished room.
Unfortunately, due the iRobot's design using the camera and computer vision to map out the cleanable area, the Roomba will not work in total darkness. However, I hope that a software update will allow the robot to continue cleaning despite the lack of light. In contrast, the Neato Connected uses lasers to determine where the robot should traverse which allows the Neato to be operable even in darkness.
The Roomba effectively finds the base even though I have housed it underneath furniture to save more room. Unlike the 655, which I would often find lost somewhere in my home with dead batteries, the 980 always makes it to its home charger, and the signal from the upstairs home charger never interferes with it docking properly. The 980 navigates in front of its base as usual in other Roombas and positions itself at the center to charge. Thus far, I have never had any issues with the 980 recharging itself on its own.
The 980 also requires an app to be able to create schedules as well as operate the cleaning and includes a bunch of different features you can access from the convenience of your phone, vs a physical remote.
I am bothered that there isn't just an option to specify the amount of passes your Roomba takes, and you are only limited to two passes max. I wish there was an option to run until the Roomba runs out of batteries for smaller apartments. However, I set the Roomba on Performance mode to ensure very deep cleaning.
When the cleaning mode is set on automatic and you have a carpeted home with area rugs, the Roomba will get confused and switch into Eco-mode even while its still on carpet. I believe it is because it detects the transition in the different flooring heights and adjusts based on that disparity of heights vs always using sensor information to detect the actual texture of a surface.
Pairing your robot with your phone is extremely easy, you have to hold down two buttons on that actual robot that will broadcast a wifi network that you can connect to, which detects your home wifi and then connects to it.
The roomba itself has some audio feedback and beeps whenever a setting is changed; the option to turn this off would be nice, as the beeps are not a necessary feature and is more annoying than useful.
The app also has a "Care" section that will recommend when maintenance should be performed. I don't think the progress bars actually use sensor information but instead pulls information about time spent cleaning and total area cleaned and calculates when it is time to replace parts. However, this feature is definitely nice as it makes it easy to determine what needs to be fixed and when.
The "History" page helps you see the total time spent cleaning, the total area cleaned, and the number of jobs done at any date and time. I think this information helps the user understand how effective their robot has been over the span of time that they've owned it.
Unfortunately any Roomba errors will not send your phone any push notifications, so you will have to open the app or go examine your Roomba to see exactly what the issues are. For example, you will not get a notification if the bin is full, you need to manually check the app or your Roomba.
As a software engineer, the mobile app has left a lot to be desired. In the Neato Connected bot, you can actually control the robot to move to a specific place for a spot clean. While this feature isn't necessary, it still is a nice added bonus that I think would be cool to see implemented. Also, it annoys me that there aren't more settings for cleaning modes. It would be cool to have access to different navigation algorithms (i.e. random paths) when you are using the Roomba in a dark area. You should also be able to specify the number of passes you desire to ensure a thoroughly cleaned area.
There is also a handle that you can use to carry your Roomba 980, though the design makes the handle a bit difficult to find. Still, it is sturdy enough to support the weight of the Roomba when carrying it to another area of your home.
The rubber rollers, like in the 880, prevent hairs and long fibers from tangling and is much easier to clean than the 655. They are also said to allow much more suction and airflow than the brush rollers of the 655 due to their design.
Overall, this is a luxury item that adds much more convenience to keeping your home pristine and tidy. However, I do not believe that the convenience justifies the expensive price tag at this time until much more functionality is added to the mobile application. But because the software can indeed be updated, including the cleaning-navigation algorithms of the 980, this robotic vacuum is essentially future proof and a good buy if you have the disposable income to burn.
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Appearance and Physical Design:
• The AeroForce bin latch is sturdier than the 880's design. The latch has more travel length and it's a lot easier to remove the bin and more importantly, replace it and feel it "click in". 4 months into using the 880, that's the #1 wear and tear on my Roomba. The bin after 100 daily emptyings feels flimsy and doesn't seem to consistently click back in. This bin seems like it will last longer
• The new color looks a lot more attractive in person than before.
• The underbody design looks almost identical to the 880. Other than a new bin/impeller design, the rest of the CHM appears unchanged.
• The caster wheel is still white and black, but the optical sensor underneath it is gone. It looks like odometry is purely done using the new optical floor tracking sensor on the underside. It reminds me of the mechanism an optical mouse used to track a desk.
• Wow, Carpet Boost mode is loud! It's basically as loud as a Neato now, including a bit of a high pitched component to the fan sounds. I would say it's about twice as loud as the 880 was, when cleaning carpet, and about the same loudness on hard floors.
• Standing behind the robot, you can feel a lot more wind coming out of the robot -- at least twice as much. It's apparent it's generating much more suction power than the Roomba 880
• I am running the 980 3 hours after my Roomba 880's scheduled cleaning today. So far, it's picked up a light layer of dust clinging to the filter (which is usual), but it also picked up a lot of big sand-like particles at the bottom of the bin, which is more like the stuff my fullsize Dyson upright picks out of my carpet when I manually vacuum every 3 months. So, it does seem like suction power is deeper than before.
• So far, my observations are inconsistent with what CNET is claiming -- the cleaning effectiveness does not seem worse compared to the 880. If anything, it seems better.
• The Roomba 980 does indeed draw straight lines in open areas, which is excellent.
• Unlike the Neato (which likes to circle off a region around the edges before then drawing straight lines), the Roomba 980 goes right down to drawing straight lines. When it bumps into an obstacle, it just seems to ignore it and continues drawing lines. This makes it seem more productive than a Neato -- within 15 minutes it covered 50% of my apartment, including the entire living room and a bedroom. It hasn't done the edges of these rooms yet, but it got most of the floor area covered.
• Speaking of bumping into obstacles, Roomba remembers now! Remember how before, if you had black chair legs or some other IR-invisible obstacle, Roomba would ram it at full speed over and over again? Now, it seems to remember where invisible obstacles are. It bumped into my bed's black metal legs once each, and then drew a circle around them. Next time it went in that direction, it stopped 1 inch before the leg and turned around. This is huge if you have a lot of furniture that Roomba has trouble seeing.
• As shipped, the partial battery charge seems good for 25 minutes of Carpet Boost runtime. After 25 minutes, it's cleaned 2 rooms fully -- one room is edged, the other room has not been edged yet. It navigated back to the base with ease -- reminds me of a Neato!
• The overall travel speed is very similar to a Roomba 880, not as slow as I had feared. Note that every few times it bumps into unexpected obstacles, it pauses for about 1 second, presumably updating its map. Other than that, I actually think it cleans faster than the Neato BotVac 65 that I have -- it's much quicker to make its turns when drawing lines, and it spend much less time paused and thinking.
• The navigation algorithm does seem to get confused from time to time. I have an IKEA Poang chair in a dimly lit room, and I observed the robot go under and out of the chair maybe 3 times in total, seemingly confused every time it hit one of the chair legs. It would turn around and head back into open space, realize where it is, then turn around and continue cleaning under the chair. Of course, it eventually figured it out.
• Roomba cannot cope with pitch black rooms -- If Roomba goes into a room that's completely dark, it sometimes will get totally confused and stop with a fault code. This is unfortunate -- I would rather it fall back to the 880 style random bouncing behavior until it finds its bearings again.
• Sometimes in narrow gaps, it stupidly decides to make its lines in the short direction, when it could've just made one or two long passes to cover the same region instead of turning around and around 10 times. That's probably harder for the robot to figure out than a human observer!
• Finding the base: The Roomba goes back to its home base by first navigating to about 5 feet in front of the base. Then it seems to revert to its old S shaped pattern for centering itself in the tractor beam and getting on.
• If it fails to dock the first time, it goes through a lengthy 5+ minute sequence of driving around the base, presumably looking at landmarks, before attempting to dock again. This behavior seemed kind of strange.
• Speaking of finding the base: I've found that it takes some amount of time / cleaning for Roomba to get its bearings about where its base is. If within the first few minutes of cleaning you request it to return to base, I've found it has a pretty high chance of getting lost then giving up. But I've never seen it get lost after it cleans for more than 5 minutes.
• Unlike the Neato, the Roomba navigation algorithm does not appear to be sensitive to moving objects in the frame, or you observing it. I find that when you walk nearby a running Neato, you can cause it to pause and recompute its environment. The Roomba didn't seem to care at all that I was watching, or even walking right in front of it. Even moving a chair around or throwing a new pillow on the ground didn't seem to affect Iit. These are things that caused problems for me with Neato's algorithm.
• Roomba made a ballsy move -- it's not so much that the 980 has an app -- it requires an app to access a lot of functionality. You must use the app to create a schedule. Most of the troubleshooting tones now say "open the Roomba app for more info". You must use the app to change the cleaning preferences like number of passes. With that said, the robot still will run just by pressing the CLEAN button.
• Setup is extremely simple. Basically, to pair the robot with your smart device, you need to press two buttons on the robot to put it in pairing mode. It will broadcast a "Roomba" wifi network and you can connect to it. Once you do, the app pairs to the Roomba, and you can hop back to your original wifi and control it. There is no cloud account to create for controlling the Roomba, which is great if you live with roommates and want all of them to share access to the Roomba without having to all agree on an email / password.
• The app is super quick and the cloud control is responsive. No router / port forwarding setup is required, and commands seem to immediately be acknowledge by the robot.
• One gripe: Every time you change a setting, the Roomba itself makes a beeping sound to acknowledge that it received the message. This is really annoying, because during the process of making a schedule you are flipping so many switches that the Roomba is constantly beeping.
• When Roomba goes back to charge, the app shows a countdown of how many minutes until Roomba continues. I've found that when you start with a full battery, it wants to go back and charge for 30 minutes. When you start with a near empty battery like when the robot ships, it will go back and charge for 60 minutes.
• The app has a "Care" screen that keeps track of what maintenance tasks you need to do: "Bin", "Core Robot", "Debris Extractors". Each has a progress bar -- when the bar is full, you should perform that maintenance task. Drilling down into it, you can watch a video or read a text description of what needs to be done. Combined with how easy the AeroForce design is to clean, this might be the most straightforward robot in terms of maintenance!
• The "History" page has some fun stats, including the number of jobs done, total time cleaning, total area cleaned, total Dirt Detect events, etc etc etc. It also keeps a running log of these stats for each job. This makes it easy to track, for example, how many times the robot got stuck, had a fault, etc.
• The robot has a Software Updates page, and appears to get updates from the internet. My current version is "1.2.3".
• The app does not do any sort of push notifications for faults or status. You have to open the app to check it. I wish it supported push notifications, as the novelty of opening the app will surely fade.
• I also wish there's a way to see the map being built from the app. No practical reason, just it's fun to watch and understand how the robot is navigating.
• Efficiency Efficiency Efficiency! The Roomba 980 is the most efficient bot that I've tested yet. Even compared to the BotVac. It cleans methodically from where it starts, and it spends most of its time doing straight line cleaning, with very few pauses to think. This might be the first bot that's worth running right before guests come over as opposed to using a manual vacuum cleaner. The cleaning pattern is predictable and fast enough that it makes comparable progress to a human.
• This is the first Roomba, thanks to li-ion, that you are allowed to use right out of the box. All previous Roombas instructed you to charge the robot for hours before using it. What fun is that when you just bought a new toy???
Overall Impressions So Far
• This does seem to be a best-of-both-worlds robot: It has the obstacle / cord-tangle immunity of the Roomba 880, plus navigation smarts that would make a Neato sweat. The price tag is pretty insane, but so far it's definitely taking its place as the leading mapping robot (of course, barring the Dyson 360 Eye we haven't seen in the USA yet)
The Roomba 980's form of navigation absolutely feels more robust than the Neato's. Roomba boasts its use of "sensor fusion", and I think the main customer benefit there is that the robot remembers when it hits an obstacle it didn't see with the vision camera, and will remember that and avoid hitting it over and over again. This form of memory is incredibly useful, especially when there's an obstacle near its logical path from room to room.
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