iRobot Roomba 980 vs. Xiaomi Mi Robot Comparison Chart

iRobot Roomba 980

iRobot Roomba 980

SRR Score: 135

$899.99 Amazon

$999.99 Aliexpress

Xiaomi Mi Robot

Xiaomi Mi Robot

SRR Score: 122

$395.99 Amazon

$259.99 GearBest

Comparison Chart

  Main Features iRobot Roomba 980 Xiaomi Mi Robot
Mapping / Path planning yes yes
Mapping Sensor Type camera LDS
High-Precision Map yes yes
Recharge & Resume yes yes
Automatically Docks and Recharges yes yes
Noise Level 70 db 68 db
LCD Display no no
Side Brushes (one or two) 1 pcs 1 pcs
Voice Prompts yes yes
  Cleaning Features
Suction Power 1700 Pa 1800 Pa
Сleaning Area 1991 ft2 / 185 m2 2691 ft2 / 250 m2
Recommended Home Size medium, big medium, big
Cleaning Modes auto, spot, carpet boost standart, quiet, max, zoned cleanup
Dustbin Capacity 600 ml 420 ml
Automatic Dirt Disposal no no
Wet Mopping no no
Water Tank Capacity - -
Barrier-cross Height 0.79 in / 20 mm 0.59 in / 15 mm
HEPA Filter yes yes
Washable Filter no no
Сarpet Floor Types low-pile, medium-pile low-pile, medium-pile
Bare Floor Types hardwood, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum hardwood, linoleum, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 5200 mAh
Run time 120 min 150 min
Charging Time 120 min 240 min
Rated Power (Watts) 43 W 55 W
Scheduling yes yes
IR Remote Control no no
Wi-Fi / Smartphone App yes yes
Wi-Fi Frequency Bands 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Amazon Alexa Support yes yes
Google Assistant Support yes yes
Magnetic/Optical Virtual Walls yes yes
  App Features
Real-time tracking no yes
Digital Blocked Area no no
Zoned cleaning no yes
Multi-floor maps no no
Manual movement control no yes
Selected Room Cleaning no no
Carpet Boost yes no
Anti-drop / Cliff Sensor yes yes
Dirt Detect yes no
Full Bin Indicator yes no
Other Specifications
Robot Weight 8.69 lbs / 3.94 kg 8.40 lbs / 3.81 kg
Robot Width 13.90 in / 35.3 cm 13.58 in / 34.5 cm
Robot Height 3.60 in / 9.14 cm 3.78 in / 9.6 cm
In the box charging station, line cord, extra side brush, 2 dual mode virtual wall barriers with batteries, extra filter charging dock, adapter, user manual
Warranty 12 months 12 months

iRobot Roomba 980 vs. Xiaomi Mi Robot: Which one is the best?

  • Rollers. The Roomba has two silicone brushless rollers that are ideal for pet hair. Mapping technology. Roomba uses a camera sensor on top that requires a light on the room where the robot is cleaning. The Xiaomi has the LDS sensor that builds an accurate plan of the layout, can "see" in the dark. Both robots navigate back-and-forth in efficient straight lines.
  • Runtime. The Mi Robot lasts 30 minutes longer than the Roomba.
  • Interaction with a map. The Roomba's map disappears once the cleaning is done. You can see the created map in the iRobot Home. With a map created by Xiaomi, there is an ability of interaction. Xiaomi has a smaller dustbin.
  • Real-time tracking. Thanks to three processors houses inside the Xiaomi, you can track the vacuum in real time using the Mi Home app.
  • Virtual walls and zone cleaning. In the Mi Home app, you can set virtual boundaries to keep the robot from crossing some particular areas. Also, you can create zone cleaning by drawing a rectangle on the map. Roomba has 2 dual virtual wall barriers in the box that creates a zone up to 3 meters in diameter that the robot should not cross.
  • Climbing ability means height the robot can cross. The Xiaomi Mi Robot can only clean carpets that are not thicker than 15 mm. The Roomba is more suitable for deep cleaning.
  • Carpet boost increases air power to max level once the sensors recognize carpet flooring. Xiaomi lacks this feature.
  • Suction power. The Mi Robot has stronger suction.
  • Cleaning performance. Thanks to carpet identification, strong suction and good climbing ability the Roomba 980 performs excellently on carpets and bare floors (thanks to the brushless rollers).
  • In the app, you can control the Xiaomi Mi Robot like a radio car. The iRobot Home app does not support it.
  • Roomba has more accessories in the box.
  • Price. Xiaomi costs half of the Roomba price.

Which one would suit you better?

The Roomba 980 is more suitable for carpets and pet owners. Its brushless rollers are tangle-free. With 120 minutes of battery life and recharge&resume, the cleaner is ideal for bigger homes. If you are a fan of iRobot, your home is mostly carpeted, and you are ready to pay around $800 - get the Roomba 980.

The Xiaomi Mi Robot is one of a few budget cleaners that is powerful and smart. The robot is suitable for bigger homes because of the longest battery life in the industry. It is ideal for homes with bare floor and thin carpets. Mi Home app offers more than the iRobot Home such as real-time tracking, virtual boundaries setting, supports zoned cleanup. If you don't have any thick carpets/rugs - consider buying the Xiaomi Mi Robot.

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