Roomba 980 is the latest vacuum from iRobot, the company known for their innovation in home robotics and automatic cleaning devices. A lot has changed since the debut of the first Roomba back in 2002. The latest vacuum robot features a built-in camera, advanced navigation technologies, and a lot more air power when compared to previous versions. It’s also one of the most expensive robotic vacuums currently available on the market.
Our review will tell you whether or not this little helper is worth the money.
iRobot Roomba 980 Features
Roomba 980 is designed to work on all types of floor surfaces and carpets. Its compact design makes it capable of going under most obstacles and gives it the ability to clean even very hard to reach corners. At the core of the robot’s sophisticated cleaning system is the iAdapt 2.0 Navigation system that uses data from the iAdapt camera to create a visual map of the entire area and keep track of what needs to be cleaned.
The robot can run for approximately 2 hours on a single battery change, which should be more than enough for even larger apartments. Just like the previous version, after the cleaning is done, the Roomba 980 will automatically return to its base station and begin the charging process. It’s also worth noting that when the Carpet Boost functionality is activated, the overall runtime decreases to just 25 minutes, which is barely enough for just two rooms.
As far as the hardware side of things is concerned, everything looks and works just like you would expect coming from any other robotic vacuum cleaner. The top part features several indicator lights for battery status, Wi-Fi connectivity, dust bin, and high-debris area detection. The bottom side hides the removable dust bin, a pair of rotating brushes, a side brush, and a floor-tracking sensor. Just like with previous versions, you can easily setup Virtual Walls to prevent Roomba 980 from entering certain areas of your house.
Our testing showed that this new version performs marginally better than the Roomba 880. The higher suction performance can not only be seen by observing the amount of dust and particles the robot is able to pick up, but also by the amount of sound it makes while cleaning.
The Roomba 980 also got a little bit smarter as it now remembers the exact position of undetectable obstacles and capably avoids them next time it goes around them. However, navigating completely dark rooms is still a problem and the robot often stops working altogether. This is usually not a huge problem under real life conditions as it is quite rare to have the robot operating in a pitch black darkness.
Many functions are accessed with the new iRobot HOME App that uses Wi-Fi connection to wirelessly control how Roomba 980 cleans and behaves. The app is very intuitive and the pairing process doesn’t take long at all. We would just appreciate the ability to let other people easily control the robot without the need to share a single common email and password combination.
The Roomba 880 is probably the best vacuum robot ever build. It’s almost insanely high price reflects its advanced technology and excellent cleaning performance under all conditions. The device integrates flawlessly with third-party devices such as the Nest Learning Thermostat and is a pleasant look into what technology used in future smart homes will look like. If you can spare the cash, go for it.