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iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors
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- 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 loosens, lifts & suctions dirt with up to 10x more air power
- Use Clean Map reports to view where your robot has cleaned, turn on notifications for cleaning status updates
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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|
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|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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iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity + Manufacturer's Warranty
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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.
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).