For the last couple of weeks I have been carrying out a review of the iRobot Roomba 980. I have to say I was excited for it to arrive but apprehensive.
The iRobot Roomba 980 robot vacuum is an investment purchase; with a price tag just of £899 it has to be great doesn’t it?
However there are more affordable iRobot Roomba vacuum options in the range offering you the choice to go for a lower priced model but still get many of the benefits of having an iRobot without some of the swankier features such as map-reports, extra power cleaning (essential for pet owners) and the app which I have to say is very useful.
Setting up the iRobot Roomba 980 was quick and easy. It came ready charged and once I had connected it to the Wi-Fi, downloaded the app and set the preferences and it was ready to go.
I did what any normal person would do and gave it a name. For some reason Doris came to mind, so our iRobot Roomba 980 now goes by the name of Doris!
The first clean was odd, I have never had a self cleaning vacuum before! I followed it around the house like I had to check up on it, or ensure it didn’t eat the dog or one of the kids. Thankfully they are all still here to tell the tale. I can confirm the iRobot Roomba 980 will NOT eat your dog!
Although we do have a very odd dog v robot power struggle going on at the moment. Toby seems to think we have another pet and regards the Roomba as competition. He is displaying classic power struggle tell-tale signs, such as refusing to move when it crosses his path, giving it the death stare and constantly putting his bone in its path.
The iRobot of course deals with the whole situation with a mature dignity. And just goes about its business of keeping the floors, rugs and carpets of the Christie Family Home looking spotless and dog hair free.
So what can I tell you about the iRobot Roomba 980?
It comes with an app allowing you to program it to clean on a daily schedule, check up on coverage, battery life and the bin indicator.
The iRobot Roomba 980 can clean all floor types and adjust seamlessly as it moves from a solid floor to a rug.
It is also able to increase the power to cope with carpets, rugs and doormats. And has tangle free debris extractors.
You can set it to clean once, twice or on automatic clean cycle depending on your floors and family. Having a dog and messy teens means automatic works for us as the Roomba is able to detect where its attention is needed.
With a handy edge cleaning option; I have found that this ensures it not only cleans along furniture and skirting boards. But also around chair legs and lamp bases.
The iRobot has multi room navigation. You can set it off and it will clean a whole floor and map its progress.
There is a built-in sensor which means the iRobot will not crash into your furniture, it senses it and moves around it. And is very much the same with pets, Toby will not move for it. I am sure he feels this will show weakness so at times the Roomba 980 has to work around him. It very cleverly does, leaving Toby thinking he is higher in the pecking order than Doris.
Having a sensor also means I can leave it to do a clean upstairs without worrying that it will tumble-down the stairs, it took me a while to trust it, but its fine.
With the 120-minute battery life it can do both floors in one charge! If the iRobot Roomba 980 does get a low battery it will either notify me via the app or take itself back to the charger.
So what are my thoughts? Is the iRobot Roomba 980 worth the money?
Yes, it is, it saves me so much time. The only thing I have to manually clean are the stairs and sofas. The Roomba 980 does the rest for me and does a blooming amazing job.
I had been concerned it would miss bits; but so far so good, we have had no issues at all apart from the odd canine v robot power struggle. However you know what, to have my floors thoroughly cleaned every day and reduce household dust I can live with that.
My time is much more valuable spent getting on with my work, helping Joe with his homework or hanging out in the kitchen chatting to my family as we rustle up dinner whist Doris gets on with the cleaning. Check out my little vlog below to see how I got on.
Update, The iRobot Roomba A Year Later, Does It Last?
I honestly could not imagine life without our iRobot, it works as well now as the day it arrived, so yes I stand by my review of the iRobot Roomba 980, it collects dust as it vacuums making our home less dusty. The battery life has not decreased and because the filters are easy to clean it still has the same suction. Its hard to believe I use it every day and can fill the bin with ever vac!
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