The Amazing Irobot Roomba

A clean and fresh home is not a luxury; it is a basic need. After a long and busy day at work, you want to come back to a clean and relaxing environment. Therefore, it is crucial that you have a regular cleaning schedule to maintain the cleanliness and hygienic conditions of your home. And one key activity that all good cleaning schedules must include is vacuuming.

Regular vacuuming does more than just keep a house clean; it also helps to ensures the good health of the home occupants. After all, vacuuming helps to remove all dirt, debris and dust which could pose serious health issues if accumulated. More so, vacuuming keeps your home in good condition, increasing its investment value overtime.

However, due to our busy schedules, regular vacuuming might prove to be quite challenging. In such cases, what can you do to keep your home clean and comfortable? Well, you could try using an Irobot Roomba to do all the work for you.

But what really is the Irobot Roomba? How does it work and why should you consider investing in it? This article discusses everything you need to know about this robot vacuum cleaner. Read on!


iRobot Roomba s9+ (9550) Robot Vacuum

iRobot Roomba s9+ (9550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal- Empties itself, Wi-Fi Connected, Smart Mapping, Powerful Suction, Corners & Edges, Ideal for Pet Hair, Black
  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF - Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the s9 to empty itself for up to 60 days.
  • OUR MOST ADVANCED CLEAN - You—and your home—deserve the best. With groundbreaking technology and a sophisticated design, the s9 is our smartest, most powerful robot vacuum yet.
  • DEEPEST CLEAN - With 40x the suction power, the superior 3-Stage Cleaning System lifts, loosens, then eliminates debris and pet hair from deep within your carpets. Automatically increases suction to clean even deeper with power boost technology.
  • DETAILED POWERFUL CLEAN - PerfectEdge Technology with advanced sensors and a specially designed Corner Brush optimize cleaning deep into corners and along edges. Ideal for homes with pets. 30% wider Dual Rubber Brushes don't get tangled with pet hair.
  • GUIDED BY SERIOUS SMARTS - With vSLAM navigation, the s9 learns the layout of your home and builds personal Smart Maps, enabling it to expertly clean and navigate in neat, efficient rows. Careful Drive Mode detects objects in its path and cleans around them without jostling or nudging.  Objects taller than 2.5 cm

iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum

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iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal - Empties Itself for up to 60 days, Wi-Fi Connected, Smart Mapping, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors, Black
  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF - Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the i7 to empty itself for up to 60 days.
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE AND POWERFUL PICK-UP - Pulls in stubborn and messes with a Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System and 10X the Power-Lifting Suction. (Compared to the Roomba 600 series cleaning system)
  • GUIDED BY SERIOUS SMARTS - With vSLAM navigation, the i7 learns the layout of your home and builds personal Smart Maps, enabling it to expertly clean and navigate in neat, efficient rows.
  • VACUUMS MESSES IN THE MOMENT - Cleaning crumbs is now as easy as “Roomba, clean under the kitchen table.” A simple request to your voice assistant* or via the iRobot Home app enables the i7 to clean messes for you, right when they happen.
  • COMPLETE CONTROL OF YOUR CLEAN - With Smart Mapping, your robot knows your kitchen from your living room, so you can decide where it cleans and when. With Keep Out Zones, your robot knows to avoid sensitive areas like pet bowls or play areas.

iRobot Roomba i3+ (3550)


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iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO (3550) Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum – Now Clean By Room With Smart Mapping, Empties Itself For Up To 60 Days, Works With Alexa, Ideal For Pet Hair, Carpets​
  • POWERFUL CLEANING—SCHEDULED AROUND YOUR LIFE - Whether you’re relaxing at home or out enjoying life, Roomba i3+ EVO takes care of dirt and messes with a Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System and 10x the Power-Lifting Suction*. *Compared to Roomba 600 series
  • CLEAN BY ROOM, YOU’RE IN CONTROL - Roomba i3+ EVO learns your home and creates an Imprint Smart Map so you can direct it to clean any room you want, any time you want—either on a set schedule or in the moment
  • DON’T LIFT A FINGER FOR MONTHS- The Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal allows the i3+ EVO to empty itself into an enclosed bag that captures 99% of particles as small as .7 microns and holds up to 60 days of cleanings
  • CLEANING IN TIDY ROWS - Cleans intelligently in straight lines back and forth, to thoroughly clean your floors while navigating around furniture. When the i3+ EVO needs to recharge, it will resume right where it left off ensuring a complete clean
  • FOCUSED CLEANING - Patented Dirt Detect Technology allows the Roomba i3+ EVO to detect dirtier areas of your home and clean them more thoroughly. Integrated sensors tell the robot where it can and can’t fit, so it doesn’t get stuck under furniture

Why Get a Irobot Roomba?

The Irobot Roomba is a disc-shaped (or puck) robot vacuum cleaner. Launched in the market in 2002, this vacuum cleaner is designed to clean floors and carpets. It features a vacuum and several spinning brushes; these collect any dirt, dust and debris on the surface.

Roombas work pretty much like other traditional vacuum cleaners. They are practical, easy to use and do not require any human supervisor. However, unlike the regular vacuum cleaners, the Irobot Roomba is designed with different sensors to help it stay on track and avoid dangers while vacuuming. Here are some robot vacuums under $300.

But is that all that the Irobot Roomba has to offer? Absolutely not! Consider the following five more reasons why you should consider getting this robot vacuum cleaner:

 

  1. It is Portable

Compared with the canister or upright vacuum cleaners, the Irobot Roomba is much smaller. Its compactness makes it easy to store even in tight spaces, such as under the bed or in the closet.

Also, these robot vacuum cleaners can be easily carried and transported to other locations, such as from one room to another. And as an added benefit, these compact robot cleaners can reach under furniture and other areas where regular vacuum cleaners cannot reach.

 

  1. It Saves on Time

‘Tight schedules’ and ‘too much work’ are vocabularies that define almost each person’s life in the modern world. In fact, multi-tasking has become a normal part of our existence. It is now wonder, then, that performing even simple, basic tasks like vacuuming is proving quite difficult for us.

One of the key features about the Irobot Roomba is that it does not require human supervision. You can simply turn on the cleaner as you leave the house; the device will do all the cleaning for you as you do your things. Therefore, using a Irobot Roomba allows you more free time to spend with your family, relax, catch up with work or do whatever you wish to.

 

  1. It is Easy to Use

Despite being a smart device, the Irobot Roomba is very easy to use. To use the machine, simply program it for the space you intend to clean and set the timer. Then, place the robot vacuum cleaner at a good starting point on the floor. The device will then run on its own without requiring any supervision. What’s even better, most Roomba models are foolproof and self-regulating, which means less mishaps and malfunctions.

 

  1. It Detects All Types of Dirt

Yes, you heard it right! The Irobot Roomba not only works on all surfaces, but also tackles all types of dirt. This includes dust that is yet to settle on the surface, as well debris that is deeply embedded on the carpet.

All Irobot Roomba vacuum cleaners have powerful suction capabilities which give them the ability to detect and remove all levels of dirt. In addition, their in-built sensors can determine the exact amount of cleaning required to remove all traces of dirt and debris.

 

  1. It is Highly Efficient

When it comes to cleaning the floors and carpets, the Irobot Roomba does an excellent job. Yet, cleaning the home just one of the major function performed by the device. The vacuum cleaner is designed in such a way that it remembers your space layout, dumps all the dirt it collects and even finds its way back to its charging station!

In fact, some high-end models of the Irobot Roomba feature sensors that enable them to transition between carpets and bare flooring without having to switch settings manually. The vacuum cleaner works in circular and/or back-and-forth motions; a cleaning technique which ensures that all areas are covered and cleaned efficiently. A

 

Does a Roomba Replace a Vacuum?

The Roomba vacuum cleaners have been gaining a lot of popularity in the market recently. However, this does not mean that the robot cleaners can actually replace the regular (or traditional) vacuum cleaners. After all, as mentioned above, Roombas are simply robot vacuum cleaners; which means that they are very similar to the regular vacuum.

However, being smart devices, Roombas are much more effective and efficient than other vacuum cleaners. Even though they offer more advantages, this does not mean that they can replace the traditional vacuum cleaners. It simply means that the robot vacuum cleaners can do a better and more effective cleaning job than the latter.

Consider some of the advantages that make these robot vacuum cleaners a better option over most other vacuums:

 

Pros

  • They are able to carry out spot cleaning – Most Roombas feature an in-built more that makes it possible for the vacuum to clean any mess or spill in a particular spot. Therefore, rather than set it to clean the entire house, this mode allows you to focus your Roomba on just one specific area.
  • Some Roombas can serve a double-duty as a mop – In addition to mopping, most Roomba vacuum cleaner can also be operated as automated robot mops. Therefore, they save you a lot of time and hassle which you would’ve spend mopping your floors or carpets.
  • They have scheduled cleaning – Unlike the regular vacuum cleaners, Roombas can be programmed to run on specific days, even specific times of the day. In other words, your floor can be kept clean even without any human interference.
  • They can clean the hard-to-reach spots – With the traditional vacuums, you might be required to go around the beds, seats and other furniture, just so as all areas. On the contrary, Roombas can easily get under furniture and other tight corners of the house, ensuring that dust does not collect in these tough-to-reach spots.

 

The advantages offered by the Irobot Roomba indeed make it an ideal vacuum cleaner to invest in. However, this is not to say that the robot cleaner is not without any flaws. Here are some of the common demerits of Roomba vacuum cleaners; demerits that are also experienced by traditional vacuum cleaners:

  • Things can get stuck in the vacuum – When vacuuming the house, things like pet toys, socks and other smaller items might get stuck in the vacuum cleaner. However, unlike the traditional vacuum where you are actually present to pick these up, you might not be able to assist when these get stuck in your robot cleaner.
  • You will still need to vacuum your house periodically – Roomba vacuum cleaners do a very good job when it comes to cleaning the house. However, the fact remains that the robot cleaner will not be able to access some of the books and corners in the house.

Therefore, even though the robot vacuum significantly reduces the need and frequency of vacuuming, you will still have to vacuum the house the old-fashioned way from time to time. In other words, getting a Roomba vacuum cleaner won’t mean that you can now throw away or replace your old vacuum.

 

Will a Roomba Fall Down the Stairs?

Roomba vacuum cleaners are built with different sensors for navigating and performing their vacuuming tasks. These sensors are connected to the robotic intelligence system of the machine. This system is known as AWARE and it functions to protect the machine from any environmental or terrain hazards.

Among the different sensors of the Roomba are cliff sensors. These types of infrared sensor are usually located on the underside of the robot device, aiming downwards. They transmit and receive signals that determine the device’s actual proximity to the surface.

Cliff sensors usually work by stopping the robot cleaner as it gets near to the ledge. By so doing, they prevent it from falling down the stairs. Therefore, Roombas can be safely used in homes with staircases.

During vacuuming, the sensors incorporated in the Roomba cleaner transmit data into the microprocessor. The microprocessor alters the movements of the robot vacuum cleaner when need be, ensuring that it follows the safest cleaning path at all times.

Say a Roomba encountered a staircase while vacuuming. It could be that the device was positioned in such a way that it partially extended over the edge of the ledge or step. In such a case, the cliff sensors would send signals to the robotic intelligence system (AWARE) of the device.

These signals would notify the AWARE system about an increased distance between the sensors and the ground. The robotic intelligence system would translate this information as a risk of falling. In turn, it would calculate the right path that the robot cleaner would need to take so as to back away safely from the edge.

Also, most Roomba vacuum cleaners are built with four infrared sensors that help it navigate well around the floor without bumping into other items. These infrared sensors are located at the front and underside part of the vacuum cleaner. The bumper built onto the front part of the vacuum also prevents it from falling by absorbs all impact from objects that the machine encounters as it vacuums.

It is these protection features that ensure the Roomba vacuum does not fall down the stairs when vacuuming. In fact, you can even leave your Roomba to do its job as you relax or tend to other activities. However, if you decide to leave your robot vacuum cleaner, only do so briefly. Leaving the vacuum cleaner unattended for too long can lead to more complications or malfunctions.

 

What to Look for When Comparing Roomba Models

There are a wide range of Irobot Roomba models available in the market. And each of these models has its features and advantages. Therefore, if you are not well-versant with the robot vacuum market, choosing the right Roomba model could prove to be quite challenging for you.

Here are several features that you need to look out for when buying your Roomba vacuum cleaner. Considering these seven key features will help you choose the best Roomba for your home:

 

  1. The Features of the Vacuum Cleaner

When buying a Roomba cleaner, you should go for one that meets the exact needs of your home. For example, if you rarely get time to mop your house, you would do well to go for a Roomba model that also functions as a mop.

Go for the robot vacuum cleaner that works best on your type of flooring; whether they are hard floors or carpets. And if you have any pets, choose those models that can pick up shed fur and pet litter easily.

However, while you might be tempted to go for Roomba models that offer a wide range of features, it is not advisable to do this. Rather, you should always settle for models with features that apply to your specific home environment.

 

  1. Price

Robot vacuum cleaners go for price ranges of between $200 to $1,000 or more. Those vacuums going for over $1,000 usually feature the latest designs and technological advancements. On the other hand, the cheaper Roomba models offer less features and might not include premium features, such as the self-emptying dustbin and Wi-Fi connectivity.

However, just because a Roomba vacuum cleaner goes for a relatively cheaper price does not mean that it is of poor quality. There are still low-priced Roomba models that offer great efficiency and high-quality services.

More so, remember that you only need to use the vacuum cleaner with features that meet your home needs. Hence, you can always rest assured of getting your ideal vacuum at your preferred budget.

 

  1. Availability of Dedicated Apps

Can the Roomba model you are planning to but support dedicated apps? Connecting the vacuum cleaner with apps helps you monitor the device, as well as schedule cleaning schedules.

In addition, these dedicated apps can help you map out your house, even create restricted or no-go zones. Therefore, if you are looking to make the most out of your robot vacuum cleaner, consider choosing a Roomba that can be used with dedicated apps.

 

  1. Method of Navigation

Different Roomba vacuums use different methods of navigation. Obviously, you don’t want a robot cleaner that bounces off walls or moves sporadically when cleaning the house. Look for those models with advanced or highly efficient navigation methods; the kind of robot vacuums that can easily detect barriers and navigate smoothly around the house.

When it comes to considering methods of navigation, you are recommended to go for medium or high-end robot vacuum models. These vacuum cleaners are usually designed with optical sensors and lasers to help them detect any obstructions and avoid them during vacuuming.

 

  1. Efficiency

It is no secret that some Roomba models clean and vacuum better than others. Also, robot vacuums perform differently on different surfaces. For example, some Roombas clean hard floors better than carpets, while others collect dirt and dust more effectively than pet litter and hair.

Therefore, it is a good idea to always try out your Irobot Roomba first and test how efficiently it can clean a room. However, don’t just choose a vacuum because it generally cleans or mops well; choose a vacuum because it can clean your home well.

 

  1. The Size of Your House

Irobot Roombas come in different sizes and designs. Some models are suited for use in bigger spaces with multiple floors and rooms, while others are ideal for smaller environments, such as townhomes and apartments. Therefore, before you can settle on which model to buy, it is crucial that you first consider how much space you have.

Another aspect you want to consider when buying a Roomba is its height. Your ideal Roomba vacuum cleaner is that which can comfortably fit and pass under your furniture. Therefore, first determine the amount of room under your furniture. Then, choose a robot vacuum cleaner whose height will allow it to navigate under furniture and through tight spaces very easily.

 

  1. Battery Life

All Irobot Roombas come with a high-quality battery which lasts through the whole vacuuming session. And if your home is medium-sized, you do not need to worry about charging your battery every now and then.

However, if your house or living space is quite big, you need to consider getting higher-end Roomba models whose batteries last for up to 2 hours. Better yet, go for those robot vacuum cleaners that can find their way back to their charging stations and navigate back to cleaning when they are fully charged.

 

Conclusion

Without proper vacuuming, your home will accumulate dirt, dander and bacteria. In turn, this will lead to a stinky home, as well as an environment that poses great health risks to all the occupants. So, unless you want to go through the shame of a dirty, stinky home, it is high time you took cleaning your home more seriously.

The good news is; you don’t have to do the vacuuming yourself. With the Irobot Roomba, you can easily clean your home, even mop it with little to no human supervision. And you don’t have to worry about poor cleaning since this robot vacuum provides an excellent performance.

All you need to do is simply get your home an Irobot Roomba, and you can do whatever your heart desires as your device does all the cleaning for you! What better device could you ask for than this?

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