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iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity
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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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|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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Black Carpet Still a No Go:
This Roomba still WILL NOT vacuum black carpet. The cliff sensors are exactly the same as the older Roombas. You can modify them easily, but how hard can it be to fix that? My carpet (pictured) is geometric and I have had to modify ever single Roomba. The covers usually pop off or get pushed after a month and you have to fiddle with it. As smart as this Roomba is, there should be an option to completely disable the cliff sensors. I have a one story house. I don't need them. I do need my black carpet vacuumed.
I haven't seen this mentioned in any review thus far. I was hoping it wasn't a problem anymore, because it's been a major complaint with Roombas since there were Roombas. It's still a complaint. I posted a photo of the modification and the rug he refuses to clean without it.
The Navigation System and General Cleaning:
I put Zeke, the 980, against Alice, my 650 and he really does do a better job with navigation. Unlike previous Roombas, Zeke is smart. The 980 uses simultaneous location and mapping. It builds a map as it goes along and refers back to it. Some other smart vacs use this tech too. Previous Roombas were more or less dumb "bump bots." The first few passes, the 980 actually seemed to bump harder than the 650 ever did. I am not sure if he was finding his bearings or what, because now he still bumps, but he seems to have figured out what he can bump and what he can't. He pretty much travels around and gets the job done. Previous Roombas circled and spin a lot more. The 980 is more efficient for sure, but I'm not sure he actually cleans that much better than the 650. The 650 does an excellent job when it doesn't skip spots. He does seem to skip around less and fills his bin faster, so I guess maybe he's getting out more debris, but it's not noticeable to the eye.
He's also been running for a week and never once been caught or not made it back to his dock. Alice, my 650, gets caught or doesn't make it back for some reason at least every other day (most of the time every day). You hear her crying, "Move Roomba to a new location and press clean to restart!" I haven't heard Zeke cry once, but I'm sure he does. Poor Alice.
The Battery/Carpet Boost:
My house is mostly floor, so I don't hear carpet boost that much. When the 980 gets on carpet, you can noticeably hear the motor working harder, which is nice but I assume it affects battery life too. I would argue with iRobot saying the battery last long enough to clean a whole level in most houses. I have a single level, 2500 square foot house, and even with most of the doors closed, he tried to clean all day when I didn't confine him to the main living area. I've found that he cleans about 500 square feet an hour, give or take. For the whole house, he would clean, come back to charge for an hour or so and clean some more, charge, come back and clean some more, etc.
He can go about 2 hours without a charge, and that's with minimal use of carpet boost. Only a few of the bedrooms have rugs and the living room has one, but that's it. I can't imagine he'd clean a whole level house with more carpet on a single charge if he can't even clean mine. I have set him to clean the living room, kitchen and dining room, which is more than my previous Roomba (she just did the living room) but that is because he is so much better at navigating obstacles than she was more than battery life. He gets those three areas done before he has to go back for a nap.
I think the App is kind of gimmicky. You get to name your bot and he has a birthday in the app. I admit, that is cute. The meat of the app is the setting changes and the scheduling. The scheduling is the best part of the app. Previous Roombas had to be scheduled on the bot with multiple button presses. It was a pain to schedule Alice, but it was not that horrible. I only did it once in a blue moon. The app also lets you press the clean button remotely and change a few settings. I guess cleaning from the app is fun if you want to scare your cat from far away. It doesn't seem to have much practical application, though you may find some. I wouldn't let the app be your deciding factor.
I do like that the app tells you at a glance if your robot has done his job that day (they sometimes like to take off without permission) and if the bin is full or not. I wish the app would send you a notification when the bin is full. Zeke took a day off because his bin was full. I didn't even notice until the next day, when he tried to take that day off too. My previous Roombas would run even with a full bin (I guess it's nice Zeke knows better). The app also tells you when you need to do maintenance, like changing debris extractors and such. Those things are nice, but you don't really need them to enjoy a Roomba.
Do I Need a Roomba:
Nobody needs a Roomba. Everyone tells you that "they don't vacuum as well as a regular vacuum, and I can vacuum in half the time it takes that thing." That's true. I have a cat and a dog and I still have to vacuum with my regular vacuum, even with the 980. He takes about an hour to clean everyday. I take 15 minutes to do the same amount of space with a traditional vacuum. That is all true. The thing is, before Roomba I vacuumed everyday. The Roomba keeps the house tidy on a daily basis, and lets me vacuum really well once a week (sometimes I even skip a week, don't tell anyone). He does it while I'm working on something else and then, the house is clean for me to enjoy.
If you're already only vacuuming once a week, you probably don't need a Roomba. I think they're great for houses with pets or kids. It is good to have a robot maid to help you keep the daily stuff tidy.
Should I get the 980
I think the 980 is an improvement over the previous models, but I'm not sure it's a big enough to upgrade if you have the previous brushless model. I had one of the models that still had a brush head, and I really do like the brushless system better. I think that is part of the reason he doesn't get as hung up as much.
The navigation system is AWESOME. There is a definite improvement in how efficient the bot is. Is that much of an improvement? That's a tough one. With the price of older models dropping, in all honesty, it's probably not enough of an improvement to disregard an older model (certain retailers do offer 20% off Roombas with a coupon and it might be worth it then). The app is fine, but you can do well without it too. I wouldn't use the wireless connection as my deciding factor if I were judging the models. The wireless is getting all the press attention, but the real upgrade is the navigation system on this thing. But navigation is not as shiny as a fun new app. I don't want a shiny bot, I want a hard worker.
I would say if you can afford it, go for the 980, solely because of the navigation system, but any Roomba is better than no Roomba. I, for one, welcome our new robot vacuum overlords and their fancy navigation systems.
1: Every Roomba needs a cat to ride it.
2: This is my sensor modification. It's a laminated strip of paper taped to the cliff sensor. The cliff sensors are basically light detectors. They can tell much how light is reflected off a surface and will stop and back up at stairs or cliffs. Black or really dark carpet is read as a cliff. When you do this modification, everything is light to the robot. IT WILL NOT STOP FOR STAIRS OR CLIFFS. Don't cover the sensors if you have stairs. In theory, you could use a virtual wall to block off the stairs, but I've had those fail before so do that at your own risk. If your Roomba commits robotocide, don't blame me.
3: My rug just has a few black squares, but the Roomba will see these, back up and move around this rug without the cliff sensors disabled.
4: I haven't seen anyone post a photo of the cliff sensors. There are six on this Roomba (one isn't covered in the photo, but you need to cover it too).