iRobot started up in the vacuum cleaning business in 2000. They now make a variety of robotic products that make our lives easier. While robotic cleaning systems were originally meant to supplement rather than replace regular cleaning,these newer models remove up to 98% of dirt, dust and pet hair on their own. The cost of the cleaning system can recoup what might otherwise have been spent hiring help. The robots are great for seniors finding cleaning difficult.
iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robots
Roombas run on a rechargeable NiMH battery lasting an estimated 400 charges (see site link below for tips to extend the battery life), with charge times ranging from as little as three hours on more recent models. A charge gives about two hours of cleaning, time to clean three medium sized rooms. Roomba uses iRobot’s AWARE(tm) Robotic Intelligence System with minimal human input. When you press “Clean” the Roomba calculates the room size, then starts moving. It uses infrared sensors to avoid drop offs such as stairs. It uses object sensors to tell when it hits something, then backs up, rotates, and moves forward again. It uses a wall sensor to allow it to almost hug the walls and furniture without actually touching them. The iRobots use a pre-set algorithm to determine their own cleaning pattern to achieve complete coverage. If you use a self charger, iRobot will return and connect by itself when its battery is low. Some models will resume cleaning when recharged. Because of their low profile, the ability to clean under furniture is one of the best features of these machines. One year manufactured warranties come with all models.
iRobots Roomba Series 700 Model Features Comparison
Roomba 790 comes complete with all of the advanced cleaning features of the premium Roomba 700 Series offering, plus:
- a new wireless command center to give you control of the robot at your fingertips from almost anywhere in your home.
- 3 Virtual Wall Lighthouses (small devices used to assist the Roomba in navigating around your home, these automatically activate when Roomba is turned on and off) (to replace Auto Virtual Walls)
- Roomba 790 also comes with additional accessories, including extra filters and brushes, packed in a handy storage and carrying case.
What’s In The Box: 1 iRobot Roomba 790 1 Rechargeable Battery with Extended-Life Power Management 1 Battery Charger (3-hour charge time) 1 Compact Self-Charging Home Base 3 Virtual Wall Lighthouses (each requires 2 C batteries, not included) 1 Wireless Command Center (requires 4 AA batteries, not included) 3 Extra Sets of Dual HEPA Filters 3 Extra Side Brushes, 2 Extra Beater Brushes, 2 Extra Bristle Brushes 2 Brush Cleaning Tools, 1 Screwdriver 1 Accessory Storage and Carrying Case 1 Instructional DVD
In addition to features of older models, it includes:
- Room-to-Room Navigation
- Capacitive Touch Control panel
- Virtual Wall Lighthouses (to replace Auto Virtual Walls)
What’s in the box: 1 iRobot Roomba 780 (with 1 Robot Battery, 2 AeroVac™ Series 2 HEPA Filters, 1 Side Brush, 1 Bristle Brush, 1 Beater Brush) 2 Virtual Wall Lighthouses* 1 IR Remote Control 1 Extra set of 2 HEPA Filters 2 Cleaning Tools (Round and Flat) *Requires 2 C batteries (not included)
Contains all of the features and accessories in the 760 plus:
- Dirt Detect Series 2 Technology (uses optical and acoustic sensors to find dirt and debris and perform concentrated cleaning in those areas)
- Full Bin Detection.
What’s in the box: 1 iRobot Roomba 770 (with 1 Robot Battery, 2 AeroVac Series 2 HEPA Filters, 1 Side Brush, 1 Bristle Brush, 1 Beater Brush) 2 Virtual Walls* 1 Self-Charging Home Base (with Power Supply) 1 IR Remote Control 1 Extra set of 2 HEPA Filters 2 Cleaning Tools (Round and Flat)
- iAdapt Cleaning Technology (advanced system of software and sensors)
- Persistent Pass Cleaning
- Compact Home Base
- Aerovac Series 2 Dust Bin
- Auto Virtual Walls (uses infrared beam, preset for 4 to 7 feet, to block Roomba from doorways and other off-limit areas)
- HEPA Filters
- IR Remote Control
What’s in the box: 1 iRobot Roomba 760 (with 1 Robot battery, 2 AeroVac Series 2 HEPA Filters, 1 Side Brush, 1 Bristle Brush, 1 Beater Brush) 1 Self-Charging Home Base (with Power Supply) 1 IR Remote Control 2 Virtual Walls 1 Extra Set of 2 HEPA-Type Filters 2 Cleaning Tools (Round and Flat)
Some other great iRobot products:
This robot will scrub your floors for you without putting dirty water back onto your floors. Unlike mops, their patented cleaning system uses only clean solution, efficiently removing up to 98% of common household bacteria. Using iAdapt Responsive Navigation Technology, Scooba makes multiple passes over your floor to clean up spills and stuck on messes.
What’s In the Box? 1 iRobot Scooba 390 (with 1 Robot battery, 1 Filter, 1 Cleaning Brush, 1 Prep Squeegee) 1 Battery Charger 1 Virtual Wall 1 Suction Bulb 4 Packets Scooba Hard Floor Cleaner, Natural Enzyme Formula, Owner’s Guide & Documentation *Requires 2 C batteries (not included)
This robot dry and damp mops your floors using disposable or reusable microfiber cleaning cloths. Its NorthStar navigation system helps it track where it has been and where it needs to go. Dry mops up to 1,000 square feet and damp mops up to 350 square feet on a charge. Additional navigation cubes can be purchased for larger homes to expand up to 2,000 square feet in a cycle. Cleans along walls, baseboards and edges. Smart sensors avoid stairs, area rugs and raised transitions to carpets. Just attach a cleaning cloth, set the Braava down and press either Sweep for dry mopping or Mop for damp mopping.
What’s in the Box: 1 iRobot Roomba 760 (with 1 Robot battery, 2 AeroVac Series 2 HEPA Filters, 1 Side Brush, 1 Bristle Brush, 1 Beater Brush) 1 Self-Charging Home Base (with Power Supply) 1 IR Remote Control 2 Virtual Walls 1 Extra Set of 2 HEPA-Type Filters 2 Cleaning Tools (Round and Flat)
The pool cleaning robot deep cleans pool surfaces and water. The PVC scrubbing brush removes leaves, hair, dirt, algae and bacteria from the pool floor and walls. It has 2 powerful motors, one to drive the robot and one to pump and filter 70 gallons of water per minute. It has PVA wheels for spongle-like traction, and duel top-loat filter canisters for easy access and debris removal. Designed to clean any type of residential in-ground pool, this robot uses enhanced robotic technology including iAdapt Nautiq Responsive Cleaning Technology for Pools to size up the dimensions of the pool and choose the optimum cleaning cycle for maximum efficiency. It makes multiple passes over the entire inside of the pool, navigating obstacles, climbing walls and stairs, and changing directions where necessary to avoid tangling its power cord. It offers a single push-and-play operation and has two quick-drain valves on the bottom to allow for fast draining – the easiest pool cleaning robot to use and maintain.
This robot blasts away dirt and brushes gutters clean at the push of a button by using spinning auger breakers to split apart clogs, ejectors to lift and throw debris from gutters, followed by a sweeper and scraper. It features a high-velocity, four-stage auger. Reduces repeated ladder climbing and overreaching. The detachable handle doubles as a remote control, giving forward and reverse control and controlling the spin direction of the auger so debris can be tossed away from your roof. Works autonomously, cleaning your gutters on its own by just pressing CLEAN.
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