Roomba 980 Review - The Best Robot Vacuum For Carpets and Rugs

Today we are checking up the Roomba 980 the latest robot vacuum in a long line of the Roomba models. Updated design, new features, improved features from all the models. A large cleaning button on top is simplified home to target clean buttons make it easier for one-touch use than previous models. In the back, we have a dustbin that is very simple to remove.

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Roomba 980 features & specifications:

  • Robot dimensions (W x H): 35.1cm x 9.2cm
  • Robot weight: 4.0kg / 8.8lbs
  • Charge time: 3 hours
  • Filter type: HEPA
  • Battery run time: up to 120 minutes
  • Bin capacity: 0.6l
  • Cleaning area: up to 185m2
  • Threshold clearance: 1.6cm
  • A big feature is the Smart Mapping Technology that creates a map of its environment as it cleans, keeping track of its location until it has cleaned an entire level
  • Scheduling up to seven times per week
  • Does not use clean brushes to grab the dirt. The robot comes with the patented tangle-free roller that is designed to pick up hair and fur without tangling
  • Thanks to the dual virtual wall barriers you can keep iRobot away from places you don't want it to go
  • With iRobot HOME app you no longer need a remote controller
  • The camera placed on the top of the robot scans the room and create a visual map using the vSLAM technology
  • 3 stage cleaning performance

Accessories included:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dual virtual wall barriers + 4AA batteries
  • Charging cable
  • Charging dock
  • Extra side brush
  • Extra air filter
  • Manual

what comes out with the Roomba 980 in the box

Let's have a quick look at the Roomba 980 top view & buttons / indicators:

Roomba-980 top view and buttons/indicators

The difference between Roomba 890 vs Roomba 960 vs Roomba 980

FeaturesRoomba 890Roomba 960Roomba 980
Clean all floor typesyesyesyes
3-Stage Cleaning5x the air power5x the air power10x air power
Run TimeUp to 60 minUp to 75 minUp to 120 min
Self-Chargingyesyesyes
Wi-Fi Connectedyesyesyes
Dirt Detectyesyesyes
Tangle-free rollersyesyesyes
High-Efficiency Filteryesyesyes
Multi-Room Navigationnoyesyes
Clean Map Reportsnoyesyes
Recharge & Resumenoyesyes
Deeper Cleaning on Carpetsnonoyes
Schedulingyesyesyes
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In the box you find two virtual walls with little battery columns that keep the Roomba out of places it doesn't need to go.

there are two virtual walls and little battery columns that keep the roomba out of places that it doesn't need to go

iAdapt 2.0 navigation sensors allow it to move around the house and clean the floor without bumping into furniture. iRobot’s vSLAM technology actually scans the area around the robot and create a visual map that you can see on your smartphone. The app shows where Roomba 980 has cleaned.

3-Stage cleaning includes:

  • Stage 1: Sweeps corners and edges.

  • Stage 2: dual counter-rotating rubber brushes remove dirt and dust from your floor.

iRobot Roomba 980 rubber brushes

  • Stage 3: Suction dirt and filters debris: the high-efficiency HEPA filter captures 99% of dust, mites, and allergens as small as 10 microns.

Dirt-detect sensors make the robot spend more time to clean the most concentrated areas of debris.

Dirt-Detect sensor automatically detects dirt Roomba 980

Is the iRobot Roomba 980 good on carpet?

Roomba 980 clean a bare floor, rugs, and carpets. It can automatically detect carpeted surface and boost suction power when it gets to the carpet. Thanks to Power Boost mode the robot can increase air power up to 10x compared to Roomba 600 & 700 series, it helps to catch more dust and dirt from the carpet. The device auto-adjust cleaning head and automatically change the clearance between the floor and the robot to make the multi-surface brushes in close contact with different types of floors. The dual multi-surface brushes handle pet hair with ease.

If you have a black carpet the robot will not work on it. Most robot cleaners face this, it caused by cliff sensors — they don't work correctly on the black surface mistaking these surfaces as cliffs or drop off.

deeper cleaning on carpets multi room coverage wi-fi connected

If it's been up cleaning your mention for the whole two hours and the battery becomes low it will go back to the dock, recharge and resume the cleaning where it left off to finish the job.

There are some cleaning modes and sensors that help Roomba 980 to clean more efficiently than previous models:

  • Cliff sensors help Roomba to avoid falling from stairs
  • Automatic Mode for a bust of power on carpets and rugs
  • Performance Mode for maximized cleaning for all floor types
  • Eco-Mode for a quieter clean and extended cleaning time.

pesky pet hair with the new Roomba 980

Another big feature is the iRobot HOME app

iRobot HOME app is the biggest feature

The app is going to control the Roomba's most tasks: scheduling, remote cleaning and changing, and any other options they all are going to be done with this app. Inside you are going to find the Midnight schedule, how dirty your dust bin and rollers are, and how much space in time the robot has cleaned. You can view your history log duration and details. The full update let us visualize on a map where the robot detected extra dirt or maybe if it missed the area and things like that.

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What could be better

  • Roomba 980 is louder than previous versions but it depends on mode that you are using
  • Not perfect navigation. Sometimes it gets stuck somewhere in the house but once you figure out the problem areas, it becomes easier for the robot to clean
  • The silicone rollers are great at picking up pet hair and cleaning all types of bare floors. A bristle brush cleans carpeted surfaces better.

iRobot Roomba-980 pet friendly robot vacuum review

In the end

The Roomba 980 is quite expensive since it cost about $700. The robot is ideal for big homes with mixed surface. It is the one of best iRobot vacuum cleaner so far. High-level cleaning performance provides deeper cleaning especially on carpeting surface. Anyway, if you don't want to spend much or you don't need those extra features they have cheaper models available all depends on what you needed.

You can also take a look at our other article where we compare Roomba 980, Xiaomi Mi Robot and iLIFE V7S.

The Roomba 980 Alternatives

Check out our latest review of Roomba alternatives where we chose the best robot vacuums from different manufacturers that have similar features.

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