The iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum Cleaner
best robot vacuum cleaner and mop vacuums remove pet hair, dust and lint off floors before they can settle. They also can avoid stairs and other obstacles, including tippy furniture.
Most robotic vacs require some maintenance, such as emptying (and occasionally, rinsing) the bin, and wiping sensors and cameras. They also need to be plugged in. Many have smartphone apps for scheduling, adjusting setting and more.
iRobot Roomba 980
The iRobot Roomba 980, the most recent in a line of top-of-the-line Best Shark Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair vacuums, is a must for any modern home. This model has seriously strong suction and it comes with a HEPA filter that will help anyone concerned about allergies. On top of that it also has a powerful battery which can clean for up to two hours and it will automatically return to its dock once its bin is full.
It also has the feature of smart mapping which uses multiple sensors to identify the areas in your home that require attention and then create a clean route around them. We’ve seen this technology in action and it does a great job of maneuvering around toys left scattered on the floor or furniture legs that stick out from under things. Roomba also comes with a sensor that can snap Roomba to its real-world location if it begins to wander away from its original location.
iRobot has also added the option of rolling rollers under the Roomba that do not have bristles, which makes them more likely to withstand the tangles that previous models. They’re also taller than older rollers, and will fit better under low couches and beds, and they’re designed to help this model navigate more easily across a variety of flooring types.
What sets the Roomba 980 apart from other models with a higher-end price tag however, is its incorporation of the latest dirt detection feature that uses a camera to spot bits of embedded dirt. This is a significant improvement over the previous model which relied on the use of a sensor-driven pseudorandom cover to bounce around the room and scrub the area three times, at different angles.
The Roomba 980 performed well in our tests on carpets and hard floors. Its score on low pile carpet was excellent and it got a very good score on mid pile too. It did a fair job of picking up pet hair, but it was struggling with very thick and long pet fur that was stuck together.
The Roomba 980 is still one of the most efficient robots in our list, despite these minor limitations. It’s also not as expensive as other top-of-the-line models. It comes with many of the features we would expect from a top model, but it doesn’t have all the fancy apps or smart home integration you’d see in other top contenders.
The iRobot Roomba is simple to set up and get working immediately. After taking the yellow bin insert and battery pull tab from the undercarriage, you just plug it into an outlet on the wall or to its Home Base docking stations, press the “Clean button” and let it work. It will automatically return to the dock when it has run out of battery or becomes full of sand. There are also indicator lights on top that show when the bin is empty, when it needs to recharge, or when it loses its Wi-Fi.