By now, Roomba vacuum cleaners have quite a large and loyal fan-base. So, for those who have come to love and trust the previous Roomba models, prepare to have your socks blown off. If you’re wondering if it’s worth paying extra for the Roomba 980, you’ll soon find out why it most certainly is. The Roomba 980 is their most advanced and powerful machine yet. With improvements on every part of its design, I really don’t think there can be a better option.
Let’s put my personal opinions aside for now and let you decide for yourself. After reading this review, you’ll have an in-depth knowledge of this fantastic little vacuum cleaner and will be able to have an informed opinion.
The Roomba 980 has ten times more power than the previous models. The improved AeroForce suction system now has a carpet boost function. This means that it will automatically increase the power when it detects a carpeted floor, giving it that extra boost to effectively deep clean even the thickest carpets. As if the legendary 3-phase (agitation, brushing, and suction) action that Roomba is famous for wasn’t enough. Brushes on the side of the Roomba clean into corners and along the edges of the walls and furniture.
Science fiction movies love showing intelligent robots that regularly respond with witty little anecdotes in an aristocratic British accent. Sorry to disappoint those of you who are looking for a robotic companion to keep you smiling, but the Roomba 980 is a pretty serious workaholic and uses its intelligence where it counts – to do a better job. It remembers everything that it does and is always updating its memory to work smarter and more efficiently. If the Roomba 980 bumps into something once, it will remember the exact position of the obstacle and never repeat the same mistake again.
The biggest advantage of the superior intelligence of this robotic vacuum cleaner is that it works much faster than other, less smart robots. So it cleans your house in less time and performs better on a single battery charge. The Roomba 980 will clean all the rooms on the level on which it is set to work. It remembers the details of every room and works out the best way to get the job done with the least amount of wasted time or battery power.
Like most other robotic vacuum cleaners, the Roomba 980 will return to the docking station to recharge the battery when it runs low. However, it doesn’t just stop when the battery needs charging, it will resume where it left off when the battery is full again. So, it can work continuously until the job is done.
The new lithium-ion batteries in the Roomba 980, offer up to twice the working time of their previous batteries. This means up to 2-hours on a single charge. Of course, the term “up to” is always an optimistic claim. If you’re only cleaning hardwood floors, you’re going to get this kind of time. When it uses the extra power for carpets, the battery time drops considerably. If you want it clean longer, you have the option to deactivate the power carpet function on days when you want it clean faster and not return for charging as often.
iRobot Home App
So many times modern equipment comes with phone apps that seem like fun at first, but the novelty soon wears off because they don’t really offer much in the line of useful features. This is not the case here. Of course, there’s all the usual stuff like the ability to operate it when you’re not home and check on its current status from anywhere, but there are a number really useful benefits.
One of these is the maintenance status, the app will tell you how full the dustbin is and the condition of the filters, no need to check the machine. It also keeps a log of all its actions and faults. This is really handy when you call the agents for help or advice. They’ll be able to see exactly what’s been going on and can, therefore, give you meaningful advice. You won’t be getting that usual response: “try resetting the machine and see if that works”.
More Robust Design
While the Roomba 980 looks a little more polished than its predecessors and still has the same low clearance that lets it move under furniture, it has a lot of under the skin improvements. It is tougher than the older ones. You’ll notice this in the more secure and improved function of the clip release functions for cleaning the bin and all round better feel of the machine.
The Roomba 980 is smarter, works harder, is more efficient and tougher than any of their previous robotic vacuum cleaners. It’s true work of thoughtful design genius. Well done to the folks at iRobot.