Keep floors clean with this Wi-Fi-enabled iRobot Roomba robot vacuum. Its AeroForce cleaning system with automatic Carpet Boost function provides thorough cleaning of dirtier spots, and its iAdapt 2.0 navigation with visual localization ensures complete floor coverage. Schedule and monitor the operation of this iRobot Roomba robot vacuum through voice or remotely via the iRobot HOME app.
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Posted by: chemi from: on
This is my first robot vacuum. I had done extensive research on different brands and models for about 2 years and wasn't completely satisfied with what was out there in terms of technology. I always thought these units should be connected to wifi. Finally I had seen that iRobot has incorporated wifi connectivity amongst visual mapping navigation. The unit also finally vacuum in straight lines and not random bump and turn lines. All in all I was very satisfied from day one. The setup and scheduling was a breeze using the smart phone app. It was up and running in under 15 minutes and the 980 was finding it's way around the house. It managed to finish most of the upstairs area on the first run before running low on battery. It made it's way back to the charge station, filled up on juice and made it's way back to the spot where it left off to finish the job. Quite amazing. Only addition I would like to see is a beefed up app with charts/graphs. Perhaps show the visual map the iRobot has drawn to see progress of task and perhaps a calculated percentage and time of completion. I'll be adding a second unit to my home for downstairs. Great product! Hopefully long term reliability is not an issue but only time will tell.
50 out of 50 found this review helpful.
The best yet from iRobot
Posted by: Steven575 from: Churchton, MD on
I've owned a 400 series, 500 series, a 700 for about a week. After owning the 770 for a week, I decided to upgrade to the 980, I am sure glad I did. The mapping technology that iRobot has implemented into this model is what makes this a complete vacuum replacement. It gets everywhere! It even knows which rooms it's been in and which to go to next, mapping your entire house, very cool. The vacuum is simply amazing, saves my injured back, and my wife time, especially with a toddler running around. The 980 is definitely worth the upgrade, scheduling and controlling from my phone is a plus. The build quality is superb as well. Very pleased with my purchase!
55 out of 59 found this review helpful.
Makes cleaning much simpler
Posted by: RaggedRocks from: on
My wife and I had discussed buying a robot vacuum cleaner. She was adamant against it for the house, so I decided to buy this for my home office as a Xmas present for myself. We set it up on Christmas day and within 10 minutes of operations, my wife said it would never see my home office.
So we have been using it for the last 3 weeks and here are my observations:
1.) The unit lives up to its claim to not get entangled with cords and carpets.
2.) Cleaning a 1,700 sq ft single level has been taking about 5 hours; Much more time than if we were going to vacuum manually. But no one has to be there when it is vacuuming and it is not a big deal do multiple vacuuming a week keeping the house very clean (or at least the carpet). Just use the app to schedule the vacuuming to start on a work day as soon as everyone has left. When you get home the house will be clean.
3.) The bin is not really as big as required for my house. The good news its when it is filled it will return to home and post a message to the app. Empty the bin and it will continue cleaning. But once we scheduled the unit to run multiple times per week, then we found we could run the unit during the day without it stopping for a bin emptying. And besides running the unit multiple times a week makes the house look nice.
4.) The Roomba 980 has no problems with pine needles ... but remember my earlier comment about bin capacity.
5.) The battery seems to last between 1-2 hours. When the battery runs out of juice it goes back to the home station to recharge for about 50 minutes.
6.) If you have clutter on the floor it will go in seemingly random patterns. I did some testing last week and was able to verify that it really does cover all of the non-cluttered parts of the floor. But there does seem to be a slight miss in corners.
7.) One of the most interesting advantages to the Roomba is everyone knows they need to keep the clutter off the floor for best vacuuming. This human factor is really keeping the house looking clean.
8.) Disappointed that the Roomba 980 cannot get under our sofas as I saw in a couple of YouTubes. So periodically we will still need to bring out the vacuum cleaner.
9.) Addressing the elephant in the room, this unit is expensive. But at $100-200 for a cleaning service each month, I am already seeing that the unit is going to save money (even if we break down and purchase a second unit) and the house is already cleaner than when we had a cleaning lady.
10.) The unit automatically adjusts the intensity as it moves between hardwood and carpeted floors. Unfortunately, when it is going over the carpets it is as loud as a regular vacuum cleaner. So, you don't want to run it while your favorite TV series is playing...this comes back to my earlier recommendation to run it during the day.
11.) The spot cleaning feature is interesting. The Roomba 980 weighs less than our old vacuum cleaners, so it is easy to pickup the unit and drop it in the center of a mess and then engage the spot cleaning. But I have to confess we generally just grab the old vacuum cleaner (old habits)
12.) The documentation says to clean the filters and rollers regularly. After only 3 weeks of usage it is quite clear that you MUST take their recommendation seriously. If the filter gets clogged the incredible cleaning ability possible with the unit reduces. Good news it is easier to clean the Roomba 980 than any other vacuum cleaner we have owned (including the dyson).
13.) Lastly, with all the cat on the roomba videos out there I was expecting to see one of the cats try to catch a ride. The reality is they can't be bothered with the unit and generally just ignore the roomba while it is working.
Now if we only can get an iRobot which can clean the bathroom and do stairs.
35 out of 38 found this review helpful.
Efficient and effective
Posted by: opie from: on
I bought this Roomba 980 when we moved into our new house. The house has a relatively open floor plan, approx. 3000 sq ft. The first floor is all hardwood flooring. We have a golden retriever and a 16 month old grandchild. I knew it would be a challenge to keep the floors clean and free of dog hair so I bought the Roomba, hoping it would do the job. I have only used it on the first floor because the dog is not allowed upstairs. The Roomba 980 does a great job!!! I know this is a little pricey but I am a pretty harsh critic with stuff like this and I think it is worth the every penny. I have a couple of area rugs and the Roomba easily moves onto and off the rugs, getting rid of the dog hair and anything else on the wood floors and carpet alike. One wool rug is new and sheds a lot so I usually have to empty the machine once before its done. Before the battery dies, the machine does return to its base to recharge! Pretty amazing! It's good to be able to get some other stuff done while the Roomba does the vacuuming.
20 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Our Roomba is Great!
Posted by: MrGene from: on
I was a bit skeptical at first, this wasn't the unit I had set my sights on but we (Yes - we! My wife and I) have been quiet impressed! We recently had 1100 sq. ft. Of flooring installed and was a little concerned about "dust accumulation" as some of our friends suggested, this was a concern because of my wife's back injuries; however, I can honestly say "after running our Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum twice weekly this hasn't been an issue" the vacuum keeps our floors as stunning as the first day they were installed! As its been said, "Happy Wife, Happy Life"!!!! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone, we've had our Roomba 980 for 2 months and have enjoyed the ease of use, cleanness of our floors, and there is also less dust on the furniture - my wife says "she loves her Jenny (the name we selected for our Roomba) because like Forest Gump, she just keeps on running"!!!!
20 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Its ABOUT Time!
Posted by: 3kidz from: murphysboro, il on
I have owned a lot of Roombas and returned them all because they were basically dumb robots. I purchased a Neato which are very intelligent and do a great job of vacuuming , but after 3 months you start getting error codes that are all software related that Neato fails to fix but keeps pumping out new bots inspite of this, I had to return them 5 times in 8 months, not to mention they have no repair shop after warranty expires and awful customer service. I returned all those as well even though I hated to because I did love its performance and intelligence. So finally IRobot decides to implement some of the technology that the Neato and other robots started years ago, hence my 4 star rating. IRobot has great customer service, and repair after the warranty runs out, so this is the PRICE you have to pay for that, which is pretty steep. Im happy that the Roomba 980 vacuums In straight lines, remembers where its been, and recharges and leaves again to finish the job if the battery ran low during the cleaning cycle. However!!! with the Roomba set to automatically switch to high gear on carpet, it only vacuums my 1900sq ft level for 45 minutes (which is comparable to the Neato when I had it, and my carpet is in the living room only, which is about 12 x 15 medium pile thick) it does recharge and continues where it left off. BUT this is where the real disappointment comes in, it DOESNT stay in one room and move to the next like the Neato, and it DOESNT work with the lighthouses from the 800 series to keep it in one room and then move to the next. For this price I expected to have this. It does vacuum very well. But without those two features I couldn't decide if I wanted to keep it for this price. However, I am sure that IRobot will come out with an update to fix this instead of producing another Roomba that will do this. In fact, if they come out with a new Roomba that will do this at a steeper price instead of updating this 980 to do it, I will never buy another IRobot product, im tired of playing the game. So as of now I am keeping it, as it does perform very well. I have only had it 3 days so I will update if it starts throwing error codes in the next couple months.
52 out of 73 found this review helpful.
Not a smart robot
Posted by: Dude from: on
I do not recommend this product. Maybe the previous iRobot versions work ok but this is one dumb robot that will frustrate you. Mobile app is ok and turbo mode on carpet "ok" but the iAdapt feature to find its way around house is more like iAdummy. It frequently shut down because it requires "adequate light" to work properly (quote from manual and tech support) or it will get lost and just quit in dimly lit corners, closets, or on cloudy days and I can't leave the lights on just so this thing will work. It also stopped working if the wifi signal is interrupted. I returned this and bought a different brand D shaped robot vac instead that uses laser to find its way around with no problem needing adequate light. It was also cheaper and I have been very happy with it so far.
19 out of 26 found this review helpful.
Expensive But Works Great
Posted by: trouble from: on
I was on the fence for quite a while deciding whether or not to go forward with this purchase. Watching YouTube reviews and unboxings, reading reviews and related. I trusted the brand based off previous models, though the price tag is still up there compared to what you can get for the same amount of money, though not a vacuum 'bot'.
Over-all I'm 100% happy that I finally made the decision to spend the money and get the 980. It's worked better than expected on all flooring in my home from wood, tile, low pile and much higher pile carpeting.
That said; there are many other models out there by iRobot/Roomba that have come down in price quite a bit, as well as vacuum 'bots' made by other companies.
Because I've not owned any of them I can't give an honest or accurate comparison. I chose to stick with the market leader vs. saving a few bucks and not getting what I expected out of the product, though YMMV if you've previously owned another, whether by iRobot/Roomba or otherwise.
In the end, I'm complete satisfied with the purchase and would not hesitate to recommend or purchase one again in the future.
14 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Works very well on carpets
Posted by: AlexG from: Campbell, CA on
We got it a couple of months back and we are very satisfied with the performance. The only reason why we don't give it 5 stars is that on floors sometimes can leave some residues, but overall it does a good job as well.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Myhandsome from: on
This item is great for daily clean. It works just as described and you are getting what you pay for.