iRobot Roomba 980

Made by iRobot

Rating:   SRR Score: 103


iRobot Roomba 980 Features

  Main Features
Mapping / Path planning yes
Mapping Sensor Type camera
Recharge & Resume yes
Automatically Docks and Recharges yes
Noise Level 70 db
LCD Display no
Side Brushes (one or two) 1 pcs
Voice Prompts yes
  Cleaning Features
Suction Power 1700 Pa
–°leaning Area 1991 ft2 / 185 m2
Home Size medium, big
Cleaning Modes auto, spot, carpet boost
Dustbin Capacity 600 ml
Wet Mopping no
Barrier-cross Height 0.79 in / 20 mm
HEPA Filter yes
Washable Filter no
–°arpet Floor Types low-pile, medium-pile
Bare Floor Types hardwood, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Runtime 120 min
Charging Time 120 min
Rated Power (Watts) 43 W
Scheduling yes
IR Remote Control no
Wi-Fi / Smartphone App yes
Amazon Alexa Support yes
Google Assistant Support yes
Virtual Wall yes
  App Features
Digital Blocked Area no
Zoned cleaning no
Multi-floor maps no
Manual movement control no
Selected Room Cleaning no
Carpet Boost yes
Anti-drop / Cliff Sensor yes
Dirt Detect yes
Full Bin Indicator yes
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
Release date Sep 2015
Warranty 12 months
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Product Description

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 deep 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, it builds the best cleaning path. The robot has silicon rollers that are supposed to work better on a bare floor and are ideal for pet hair.

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

The iRobot Home app allows start/stop the robot, see cleaning history, scheduling it, etc. Roomba 980 is integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. You can just 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, gets back to recharge and continue cleaning when it's done charging. A dustbin indicator tells you when you need to empty it.

If you have pets, the dustbin fills up during every cleaning session and has to be emptied before the Roomba finishes working.

Best of the Roomba 980

  • Decent battery life
  • Tangle-free rollers
  • Virtual walls included in the box
  • Great bare floors performance
  • Works well 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
  • The map disappears after every cleaning, the Roomba 980 creates a new one every time when it starts cleaning.

iRobot Roomba 980 maintenance

Even the best robots require some maintenance the Roomba 980 is no exception. Regularly check the side sweeper, it might get some hair wrapped around. Monitor sensors, they should be clean from dust to help the Roomba move around. Even though the rollers are tangle-free, it would be great if you look after them once in a while. It is very important to keep the filter and dustbin clean.

It will take a few minutes a week to look after your Roomba to keep it alive longer.

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