For most people, cleaning is such a chore that they would rather live in filth than lift up a broom and sweep on a regular basis. Fortunately for those people, we are living in the future, which means that we can outsource our cleaning needs to someone else. That doesn’t mean that you have to hire a maid, but instead, you can use a robot to do the dirty work for you.
Since they first came out, Roombas from the company iRobot have dominated the robotic cleaning landscape, and it’s easy to see why. These handy devices make it so easy to keep a well-manicured home that you barely have to lift a finger to get the job done. All it takes is a weekly removal of dirt and debris from the machine, and you can go back to watching TV in no time.
Today, we’ll be looking at the different ways that Roomba can help you maintain your hardwood floors. While these devices do work on carpet, hardwood is where they shine, so that will be our main focus. That being said, if you do have some carpeted rooms or area rugs, don’t think that these robots can’t handle a little challenge here and there.
iRobot Roomba 960
iRobot Roomba 860
iRobot Roomba 770
iRobot Roomba 650
iRobot Roomba 870
These days, there are plenty of competitors in the robotic vacuum industry, but Roomba is still by far the most well known and respected. In fact, the word Roomba has almost usurped the term “robot vacuum” because they are so ubiquitous and famous. While ti would be easy to say that Roomba is our desired choice because of their fame, the fact is that you have more options to choose from and the results are spectacular with each model you can find. Overall, this is the company to look at when discussing anything to do with robot cleaning.
As you will see, most of these models have a lot of the same features and benefits. Because they are all made by the same company, they each have a standard set of specs and functions, meaning that when it comes time to differentiate between models you have to focus on some specific measurements and qualifications. So, with that in mind, let’s see how these Roombas stack up against each other.
No matter which model you get, all Roombas come with “triple-stage cleaning power.” However, newer models have a couple of advantages over the old ones in that they have Aero Force suction to provide five times the vacuuming power of the standard unit. Also, most newer Roombas also have anti-tangle protection to keep the brushes from getting clogged with pet hair or other debris.
While each Roomba is equipped with a sensor to help it navigate around your home and avoid obstacles, sometimes you might want to manually control the system from a remote, which is where the HOME sync comes into play. Newer models allow you to hook up your Roomba to your smartphone so that you can monitor its progress and maneuver it like you would with a remote control car. If you want a better way to manage your Roomba, this is the way to go.
One of the biggest disadvantages that Roombas have is that they can only work for so long. When you vacuum yourself, you can clean for as long as you want because you are plugging in your machine to an outlet. With these devices, however, you have a limited amount of time that they can clean, meaning that older units might not get to everything in one pass. Fortunately, newer models not only last longer on a single charge, but they will even go back out and finish the job once they are back to a full battery. If you have multiple rooms that need constant cleaning, then you will want a Roomba that can handle that load with ease.
To help your Roomba avoid obstacles and ensure that it will get every nook and cranny of your home, each one is equipped with a proprietary navigation app that uses sensors to detect various furniture and other items so that it can avoid them and clean around them. While the first iteration of this system is decent, the next generation is much more advanced and will map the room out first before cleaning so that it can operate much more efficiently. Thus, if you want to get the most cleaning power out of your Roomba, you will want iAdapt 2.0 instead of the original system.
We’re starting off our list with the most advanced Roomba of them all. This particular model has all of the high-tech features we’ve discussed so far, which means that it is much better than the original Roomba, but it does come at a higher price. So, if you’re not necessarily swayed by extra bells and whistles, then you might not be too impressed with this model.
What sets this Roomba apart from the others is that it comes with all of the latest upgrades.
First of all, it has iAdapt 2.0, which maps out each room for maximum efficiency while cleaning. Extended battery life also means that it can cover more ground in less time, and it will even resume its place after recharging, meaning that you don’t have to schedule multiple cleanings on the same day to ensure that your whole house is cleaned in one pass.
The other great thing about this Roomba is that it syncs with the HOME app so that you can control it remotely and adjust its settings accordingly. Whether you need to get it out of a tight spot or want to schedule its next cleaning, the HOME app allows you total control from your smartphone.
Moving on down the list, the 860 model Roomba is a step down from the 960 above. However, that just means that you don’t get some of the higher end features like the HOME app sync and the iAdapt 2.0 system. Nonetheless, this Roomba is more than capable of handling any cleaning job you throw at it, so don’t think that by stepping down a notch you are sacrificing overall quality.
As we mentioned above, each of these Roombas will have all of the same standard features including a three-stage cleaning system and a navigation app to avoid obstacles. What sets the 860 apart, however, is that it comes with the Aero Force suction for better results, anti-tangle technology to prevent clogs, and a halo system. The Halo is designed to help the Roomba avoid certain items around your home such as wet spots or pet dishes. This way you don’t have to worry about creating a mess because the Roomba accidentally started spreading liquid all over the place. Also, the halo helps prevent accidental falling down stairs, which can destroy the machine.
Next, we have the next model down from the 860, which is the 770. This is where the threshold is for Roombas regarding cleaning power, meaning that this particular unit doesn’t have the added bonuses of Aero Force cleaning or tangle-free technology. So, what that means is that you have to be a little more careful with this model as it won’t provide as deep of a clean as some of the higher end ones.
However, the 770 is remarkable for one special reason, and that is because it comes with the Dirt Detect software installed. This system is designed to seek out heavy messes and focus in on them so that you can get a deeper clean where it counts. Whereas most Roombas do a single pass over each area, the 770 will work on a mess until it is completely clean. Overall, this is a fantastic feature, and it sets this model apart from the rest.
If you’re new to the whole concept of having a robot clean up after you, then you might want to start with the basic Roomba model. The 650 unit comes with all of the standard features that you expect from iRobot, including the iAdapt system to navigate around your house, a triple-stage cleaning system for better results, and an automatic recharging station to ensure that your Roomba is always ready to go.
Overall, this is a great model to get if you aren’t that messy or want to test the waters before investing in a high-end robot vacuum.
Finishing off our list is the 870, which is the model between the 860 and the 960. This means that this particular unit is a bit more powerful than most of the other Roombas but still doesn’t have some of the next generation features that come with the 960. Overall, you get a more intense cleaning with this Roomba because it comes with the Aero Force suction and the anti-tangle technology. It also runs for up to a full hour and will recharge itself automatically so that it’s always ready to go.
The only other featured benefit of getting this model is that it also comes with a high-efficiency dust filter so that your air is cleaner after it makes its pass. If you have allergies or pets, then this is a fantastic Roomba to get as it will keep dander and dust out of your lungs much better than the other units we’ve seen.
If you are looking for a Roomba that has all of the best features and benefits, then the 960 model is hands down your best option. Because it has better navigation, cleaning power, battery life, and sync options, you can do a lot more with that Roomba than you could with any other model. However, it does cost a bit more than the standard unit, so if you are more concerned about the price, then you might want to invest in something else, like the 770.