Vacuuming sucks. Literally. Who wouldn’t want a robot vacuum to take over the brunt of this odious chore? These little droids, which range in price from $100 to more than $1,000, can free up time to do other chores. That’s why it’s not all that surprising that robot vacuums make up 20 percent of the worldwide vacuum market, according to iRobot’s CEO.
Before you buy, you need to decide if you’re looking for a simple duster of floors or a heavy-duty piece of machinery. This will help determine how much you spend. You’ll also want to take into account the size of the dustbin, to determine how often you’ll need to empty it. If you’re interested in a robot vacuum, this guide will help you find the droids you’re looking for.
Currently, the Roomba 650, Amazon’s top-selling robot vacuum, is on sale for $299, which is almost $100 off its regular price. If you’re looking for something less expensive, the iLife A4 costs just $179, has two side brushes, and will automatically dock when it needs to be recharged.
Before you purchase a robot vacuum, there are a number of things you’ll want to consider, such as room size and what you’ll be vacuuming. We’ve put together a handy robot vacuum buying guide to help you determine your needs.
Latest Robot Vacuum News
iRobot announced two new robot vacuums, the Roomba 890 and the Roomba 690, both of which will be connected to Wi-Fi, so that owners can control them from their Android or iOS devices to schedule cleanings, or start and stop the vacuums. Previously, this feature had only been available with its top-of-the-line Roomba 980. The Roomba 690, which is the successor to the Roomba 650, will start at $375, and will be available by the summer. The Roomba 890, whose price has not been announced, will be available later this year.
Additionally, all Wi-Fi-connected Roombas are compatible with Alexa and Google Home (in the U.S. only), so that consumers can start and stop cleanings using Amazon’s or Google’s voice assistant. Other commands include asking the status of the Roomba, locating the vacuum, and telling the vacuum to return to its dock. The Roomba app will also let you control more than one vacuum, though you’ll have to assign them different names.
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There’s a reason the brand name “Roomba” has become nearly synonymous with robot vacuums: quality. iRobot’s Roomba 880, combines top-notch vacuuming and navigation technology. It also comes with a HEPA-filter, which means it can collect and contain particles finer than the width of a human hair.
Using the accompanying remote control, you can set a number of preprogrammed cleaning settings, change them in the middle of a vacuuming cycle or take control for spot cleaning yourself. The Roomba 880 also comes with two devices called Lighthouses that you can put around your house to help guide the vacuum or prevent it from accessing certain areas.
What owners are saying about the iRobot Roomba 880
Likes: Amazon customers love how well the iRobot Roomba 880 works on almost any surface and that the device has no brush bristles to clean. They agree that this machine is a great choice for busy people who just don’t have time for vacuuming. One reviewer says, “I have finally found a reliable housekeeper!”
Dislikes: People like that the iRobot Roomba 880 recharges itself, but complain that the battery doesn’t last long enough. Other common complaints include that the device clogs, lacks quality suction and needs to be emptied often, even when not full. One owner says, “If you have dogs that sheds, this unit is worthless.”
Amazon’s top-selling indoor robot vacuum, the Roomba 650 is the company’s mid-range model has a 3-stage cleaning system that’s good for everything from pet hair to cereal. At 3.6 inches high, it should fit under most furniture, and it can be scheduled to clean up to seven times per week. When it’s done, it automatically returns to its dock to recharge.
What owners are saying about the Roomba 650
Likes: “Roomba did a good job covering an awkward area. We captured a full bin of hair from the dogs…The bin was full of fur and even captured some large dog food nuggets.” said one reviewer. Another commented “I have 3 kids and 1 chocolate lab. I spent a lot of time vacuuming dog hair up and food the kids dropped. iRobot Roomba has saved me a lot of time!”
Dislikes: “It covers the same area a lot while missing others and seems to like to climb obstacles it shouldn’t,” said one person. Others complained that it would get lost, and not find its way back to the charging station.