iRobot Roomba 980 Wi-Fi Connected Vacuuming Robot
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- Power Lifting Suction delivers 10X the air power for improved pick up performance; Automatically increases cleaning performance on carpets with Power Boost (Compared to Roomba 600 Series and AeroVac System)
- Patented iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with VSlam technology allows the robot to map its surroundings to clean an entire level of your home, around objects, and under furniture
- Ideal for homes with pets; Premium 3 stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and pet hair you see and the allergens and dust you don't
- Dual Multi Surface Rubber Brushes adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with carpets and hard floors
- High efficiency filter traps 99 percent of cat and dog allergens
- Runs for up to 120 minutes, then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job.iOS: Compatible with Operating Systems 11 and higher; Android: Compatible with Operating Systems 5.0 and higher
- Connect and schedule from anywhere. Use Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands to control cleaning. Use the iRobot HOME App to schedule & monitor cleaning sessions
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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 the air power
The patented AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System uses tangle-free Multi-Surface Brushes and Power-Lifting Suction with 10x the air power* to pull in embedded dirt, debris, and pet hair from wherever it hides. Power Boost Technology automatically increases suction to clean deep into carpets.
Visual navigation and entire level cleaning
Patented iAdapt 2.0 navigation with vSLAM technology allows the robot to map its surroundings to clean an entire level of your home, around objects, and under furniture
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.
Advanced Dirt Detect Technology
Advanced Dirt Detect sensors recognize concentrated areas of dirt, like in high-traffic zones of your home, and provide additional cleaning in those spots.
Clean and schedule on the go
Control and schedule cleanings on your Wi-Fi connected Roomba robot vacuum with the iRobot HOME App. You can monitor cleaning activity, view cleaning history, and watch maintenance videos. The app also updates your robot with the latest software, so it’s always up-to-date with new features.
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.
Recharge and resume
Runs continuously for up to 120 minutes*, then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job.
|Roomba 980||Roomba 891||Roomba 690||Roomba Robot Vacuums|
|Cleans carpet and hard floors||+Power Boost Technology||✓||✓|
|3-Stage Cleaning System||10X Suction*||5X Suction*||✓|
|Dirt Detect Technology||Advanced Dirt Detect||Advanced Dirt Detect||✓|
|Automatically Recharges||Recharge & Resume||✓||✓|
|Intelligent Navigation||Visual Navigation + Mapping||✓||✓|
|Wi-Fi & Smart Home Connected||✓||✓||✓|
|Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes||✓||✓|
|Ideal for Homes with Pets||✓||✓|
|Entire Level Cleaning||✓|
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- *Compared to Roomba 600 & 700 Series Robots.
- *Tested in iRobot's Home Test Lab on hard floors. Run times may vary.
Roomy 980 delivers the power to help you with the vacuuming, so you can tackle the rest of what life throws your way. Smart Navigation allows roomy 980 to clean an entire level of your home, recharging as needed until the job is done. Use with the iRobot home app to conveniently clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere. The powerful aero force cleaning system with carpet boost automatically provides up to 10x the air power on carpets and rugs, where dirt and dust hide. Roomba works on all floor types and at just 3.6" tall, is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards.
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|Item Dimensions||13.90 x 13.90 x 3.60 inches||13.80 x 13.80 x 3.60 inches||13.40 x 13.40 x 3.54 inches||12.80 x 12.80 x 2.85 inches||17.00 x 18.00 x 5.00 inches||13.45 x 13.39 x 3.65 inches|
|Item Weight||8.70 lbs||8.60 lbs||6.77 lbs||5.73 lbs||11.50 lbs||7.23 lbs|
|Runtime||120 minutes||75 minutes||90 minutes||100 minutes||60 minutes||90 minutes|
|Special Features||10x stronger power, Expanded entire level coverage, 120 minute runtime, Ideal for pet hair, Wi-Fi connected||5x stronger power, Expanded entire level coverage, 75 minute runtime, Ideal for pet hair, Wi-Fi connected||Good for Pet Hair, Self-Charging, Wi-Fi Connected, Works with Alexa, Carpets & Hard Floors||BoostIQ, Powerful performance, slim(2.85”); 100 minute runtime||Powerful performance, Thorough coverage, 60 minute runtime||5x Suction, Ideal for pet hair, Self-Charging, Wi-Fi connected, Works with Alexa, Carpets & Hard Floors|
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Pros/cons after one year of use!
Uses a more predictable and efficient back and forth cleaning pattern
Wifi connectivity ditches the remote control
Lithium ion battery will have a longer service life compared to the NiCad equipped 800 and 700 series
Lighthouses aren’t as bulky and uses cheaper AA batteries
Has HEPA filtration
Very expensive – around $200 more than the Roomba 880
Did not exceed the cleaning performance of the 880 despite the upgrades
Gets the same amount of dirt per bin but is more smart about the way it goes about things without missing stops!
I really love that it doesn't have brushes. In my house, I think brushes would deteriorate in perforamce quicker than the rubber extractors it uses.
Things you need to know before purchasing:
Unless you live in a cord free, kid free environment you will have to do some planning to allow Roomba to effectively and efficiently do scheduled cleanings without hangups.Things I do each morning:
1. Make my boys close their rooms off (they also have the option to keep their floor completely free of foreign object so door closed it is).
2. I flip my kitchen chairs onto the table. I do this so the Roomba can get under the table freely to clean. I can leave them down if I don't want it to clean under there.
3. I lay my bath mat on the edge of the tub (my mat is really thick and for some reason, Roomba can cross it fine from one direction but from the other direction it gets under the edge of the rug and just kind of pushes it up. It does fine on my sink rug in the kitchen I'm assuming because it isn't fluffy.
4. I make sure any cell phone cords (or other really skinny cords) are up out of its reach. It will sometimes grab skinny cords and they will wrap around its rollers. this doesn't hurt the Roomba but could potentially damage the cords. You also have to watch it with flat extension cords.
We have the light houses set up at the kitty dishes and one under our bed to keep Roomba out from under the head of the bed. The reason for this is we have a sleep number bed and Roomba gets hung on the hose sometimes and it's a bit of a pain to fish her out. We just keep these set up all the time and switch out rechargeable batteries as needed (so far we haven't needed to).
It takes maybe two minutes of prep in the morning before Roomba starts her cleaning cycle. I could cut it to more like 10 seconds if I didn't want her cleaning under the table.
There are a couple of other things I do when I'm present when Roomba cleans. I move my desk chair out so she can get under the desk and I open and close my closet door so she can clean behind the door or inside the closet.
I maintenance the machine at least every other week which takes maybe ten minutes. I empty the bin after every cleaning but, after it had cleaned a couple of times it takes two cleanings to fill the bin. the first time we had to empty the bin halfway through the cleaning. Parts are super easy to attach and detach. It gives you an instruction book but it's almost a no brainer without it. Nothing difficult about caring for this machine.
The cats have varying reactions to it. One is terrified of it (she's a classic scaredy cat though), one barely acknowledges its existence and the other two view it as a mild curiosity that they keep their distance from. It's pretty loud on carpet but it's quieter than our upright. When I use my upright behind it. The upright picks up very little (I'd say about a woman's handful of loose debris. If you close your hand on it that would condense to about the size of a super ball.
I should note here we only have two carpeted rooms and the Roomba only runs in one of those. My upright is supposed to be abel to do bare floors but it doesn't do a very good job so I don't bother.
I should also note Roomba does a pretty good job on picking up loose litter from the litter bins.
It will not quite replace my broom, though :(.
All in all my floors are cleaner with less work and she's largely unobtrusive but according to what prep you're willing to make and what results you expect YMMV.
We're very pleased with it.
Set up was ok, and sent it on it's way to vacuum the house. After a few minutes working on the hardwood floor, I noticed it’s failure to go onto the carpet in the living room. At first I thought the carpet was too high, but upon further inspection, the carpet was well below the bumper and it was the cliff sensors thinking my carpet was a drop off.
Did some research and found out that it has issues with black carpet. Here’s the kicker, my carpet is grey. If white is 1 and black is 10. My carpet is a 4 or 5 on the darkness scale.
There are hacks out there where you can cover the sensors, but that is lame considering the price of this vacuum.
Going to try a competitor to see if they perform better.
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After added the new module, the brush was not working so i called iRobot support.
They told me that my iRobot was not under warranty since it's an used one and i understood but the only way to repair it was:
- Send my iRobot to a friend in US, my friend will send it to iRobot (repair cost is 110 USD).
- Pay 500 CAD to get a new one without battery, home base (will keep the defect one).
iRobot doesn't have a Canadian center so if you want to repair, you need to go to an unofficial shop and this is crazy when you pay more than 1000$...
Very disappointed about that and didn't expect that from a brand like that!
If your trying to replace a manual vacuum cleaner without the effort then this is most probably your best choice.
Ours is called Robbie the Robot and he has quite a character.
Otherwise when the door is not broken it works ok, but pet hair is a challenge.
- The programming feature is really nice!
- you can change settings via the app
- the cord avoidance feature (similar to 800 series)
- it actually is able to jump a little bit of height (I guess 1 or 2 cm jump between floor types)
- the cliff detection works! very excited about that
- I love how it finds an obstacle - like a chair leg, and instead of just reversing direction, it actually makes sure to clean all the way around it!! Because of this we don't mind leaving dining room chairs on the group, or the dogs toys - as we know the roomba will just work around it.
- it's very loud! Luckily it has 2 settings - carpet boost ON or OFF. With it off, we can barely hear it from upstairs. With it on, (and our bedroom fan on) we can still hear the vacuum whine.
- the bin sensors fill up very quickly. While this has a larger bin than previous versions, the carpet (wool) will shed alot. This can sometimes confuse the sensors, and it doesn't always make it 100% of the way into the bin. When we empty the bin, we have to make sure we pull out all the fibres.
- It's gotten stuck at least 3 times in areas it shouldn't have (under slingback chairs, under the couch) but as we run it every night, we just find it in the morning and put it back
- we have a drop off area from carpet to tile around our fireplace. The carpet bulges there quite a bit. The roomba falls off the carpet into the tile easily, but gets stuck in the tile area because it can't make the jump back up. I wonder why the programming allows it to go "down" a height more than it can go "up"
- it makes little noises every time you change the settings, which gets a little annoying if you are programming the entire schedule for the week
- iRobot HOME app is stable to use. I can view the run time, jobs completed, square feet cleaned etc.
- Picks up most dirt particles. I tested this by shaking out an old carpet to coat my hardwood floor with a layer of dust and dirt as well as pouring glitter on the floor. I could visibly see streaks of clean floor every time the Roomba passed over the area but it will miss a few bits here and there.
- If the Roomba is stuck somewhere and the battery isn't dead, I can click the locate button on my app to make it sing for me and go find it.
- The cliff sensors seem to be working fine because my Roomba hasn't taken the leap of death to commit suicide at the stairs. One day it might try because it's upset with all unpaid slave labour I make it do, but it hasn't tried as of yet.
- Forces you to create a new habit of decluttering your floor and remove obstacles for the Roomba to clean. Once the Roomba starts up, I see my dog scrambling to get all his toys back into the bin.
- The 2 lighthouses that comes with the Roomba used to create virtual walls are powered by normal AA batteries.
- iRobot HOME app for controlling the Roomba doesn't have push notifications.
- There currently are no ways for you to view the map that the Roomba has created while vacuuming on the app for security reasons. Personally I wanted to know exactly where in the house it cleaned.
- Roomba has trouble transitioning from hardwood floor to my 1/2" high-pile rug and will think it is a wall. I uploaded a photos of my Roomba refusing to go up onto a carpet.
- Sometimes Roomba will slow down before bumping into walls and furniture but most of the time it will just stupidly bash into things at its regular operating speed.
- If you have light carpets or a bath mat, you will need to clean that yourself and move it out of the way. It will be too light for the Roomba to go on top of it. My bathroom mat for example just kept getting pushed around. I uploaded a photo for this issue as well.
The Roomba 980 isn't by any means perfect or totally autonomous. It will miss some particles here and there but it should be no problem if you schedule it to clean the house once a day and you manually clean the floor once a month. While the Roomba is pricy, it to me was a time saver. Time is money so purchasing it is a decision that I don't regret (yet). Another way I like to think of it is it would have costed significantly more if I were to pay for a housecleaning service.
The roomba has multiple language support and since I'm a fancy lady living in lavish manor (and not a person with a full time job, family and pets), I gave him an English accent.
As for pets, Mr. Carson cleans up all the tumbleweeds, and does it better than older models. The hair no longer jams up the connectors of the extractor brushs like the older models and the bin is easier to dump with less mess. He also gets under the couches and other furniture, (as if I do that every time I vacuum!) so I forgive the few bits left in the less roomba friendly areas of the house.
You can't beat this model being able to go back and charge during a large job. You could get your whole house done while you are at work. Plus the app will let you know if it's cleaning, charging, or stuck. The app also prompts you to do maintenance and gives you instructions on how to do it too.
Coming home to clean floors you didn't have to clean yourself with the push of a button? Take my money please!