iRobot Roomba 980

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iRobot Roomba 980 specifications

  Main Features
Mapping / Path planning (24% of robots have this feature)
Mapping Sensor Type camera
Recharge & Resume
Automatically Docks and Recharges (88% of robots have this feature)
Noise Level 70 db (Quieter than 7% of robots)
LCD Display
Side Brushes (one or two) 1 pcs
Voice Prompts (22% of robots have this feature)
  Cleaning Features
Suction Power 1700 Pa (Stronger than 93% of robots)
Сleaning Area 1991 ft2 / 185 m2
Home Size medium, big
Cleaning Modes auto, spot, carpet boost
Dustbin Capacity 600 ml
Wet Mopping
Barrier-cross Height 0.79 in / 20 mm
HEPA Filter (54% of robots have this feature)
Сarpet Floor Types low-pile, medium-pile
Bare Floor Types hardwood, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Runtime 120 min (Works longer than 89% of robots)
Charging Time 120 min
Scheduling (88% of robots have this feature)
IR Remote Control
Wi-Fi / Smartphone App (34% of robots have this feature)
Amazon Alexa Support (21% of robots have this feature)
Google Assistant Support (18% of robots have this feature)
Virtual Wall (28% of robots have this feature)
Carpet Boost (10% of robots have this feature)
Anti-drop / Cliff Sensor (98% of robots have this feature)
Dirt Detect (12% of robots have this feature)
Full Bin Indicator (5% of robots have this feature)
  Other Specifications
Robot Weight 8.69 lbs / 3.94 kg
Robot Width 13.90 in / 35.3 cm
Robot Height 3.60 in / 9.14 cm
In the box charging station, line cord, extra side brush, 2 dual mode virtual wall barriers with batteries, extra filter
Warranty 12 months
Where to buy $859.99 on Amazon

The Roomba 980 is the latest flagman robot from the iRobot family. It comes equipped with an upgraded dirt sensor that finds the dirtiest area and provides thoughtful cleaning. Along with this, the Roomba 980 has a carpet boost option that maximizes its suction power up to 10 times once the Roomba understands it is on a carpeted surface. Its iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization technology is based on a camera sensor after the robot creates a map to builds the best cleaning path. The robot has silicon rollers that are supposed to work better on a bare floor, picking up pet hair on its way.

The Roomba 980 comes with virtual walls that keeps it from places the robot should not cross.

The iRobot Home app allows viewing the map, seeing where the Roomba has been, scheduling it, etc. Roomba 980 is integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. You can simply ask Alexa or the Google Assistant to start, stop, or dock your robot. With the recharge & resume function, the Roomba 980 works for about 120 minutes and gets back to its job after recharging. A dustbin indicator tells you when you need to empty it.

The problem is that it gets stuck from time to time. Based on what consumers say, the Roomba 980’s performance on carpets is not as good as previous iRobot models with bristled brushes. If you have pets, the dustbin fills up during every cleaning session and has to be emptied before the Roomba finishes working.

Best of Roomba 980

  • Decent battery life
  • Tangle-free rollers
  • Virtual walls included in the box
  • Great bare floors performance
  • Works good on carpeted surface (low and medium-pile ones)
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home
  • Carpet boost provides deep cleaning

What could be better

  • The robot is loud
  • It gets stuck occasionally
  • A bit expensive

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Pros & Cons of iRobot Roomba 980

Long Runtime

This robot operates longer on one charge than an average robot vacuum. It suitable for medium or bigger houses.

Mapping & Smart Navigation

This iRobot Roomba 980 has a smart algorithm that along with a built-in camera or laser helps it build an efficient path for better navigation around the cleaning area. This function also prevents collisions with obstacles and cleans the house from 2 to 5 times faster than a robot without path planning.

Strong suction power

The powerful motor with 1700Pa suction power can clean carpeting, and catching dirt and dust from low and medium-pile carpets.

Control the device with your smartphone

The iRobot Roomba 980 comes with an app and supports Wi-Fi that allows you to control the robot remotely.

Compatible with Amazon Alexa

Compatibility with the virtual assistant allows managing the vacuum cleaner using voice commands.

Bigger Dustbin Capacity

It equipped with bigger 600 ml dustbin, which means the robot can clean without needing to be emptied.

HEPA filtration

The iRobot Roomba 980 vacuum has a high-efficiency filtration system that is anti-allergen and removes up to 99.97% of particles with a size of 0.3 µm.

Doesn't have Wet Mopping Feature

This robot vacuum doesn't have a mopping feature and can sweep only.

Noise Level

The device is noisier (compared to other robot vacuums) when operating, even though it is still not as loud as an upright vacuum.

Powerful Battery

It is equipped with a powerful 3000 mAh battery that lasts longer than most robot vacuum cleaners.

Can be scheduled for specific time

The scheduling function allows programming of the device to clean at a convenient time.

Has a virtual wall function

The virtual wall barrier prevents the robovac from entering an area you don't want it to go.

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