The Roomba from IRobot has become so popular it is now a household name. So much so that hundreds of other robotic vacuums from a myriad number of companies have now come on the consumer market. Even with this competition, the Roomba is still going strong and the innovations have continued.
Now, there is a Roomba for almost every home type and budget point so everyone can take advantage of having a robotic vacuuming assistant. Of course, you can always go with a different brand but the Roomba has the experience and customer service that keeps IRobot on top.
From The Military To The Consumer Market
While known for the Roomba, IRobot actually got started building military robots. In fact, many of their robots were used in various circumstances including being used during 9/11, in Fukushima and in both Afganistan and Iraq. However, their claim to fame is the Roomba and thus in February 2016, IRobot sold off the military robot section to another company so they could focus on consumer robots.
Why The Roomba?
The Roomba offers several advantages over other brands and the biggest one is experience. IRobot was one of the first commercial robot offerings and since the first model, they have innovated with each new series. Better features, quality materials, and electronics, all of which come together to make a quality product. That isn’t to say that you can’t get a lemon, but if you do it is easier to resolve than with some other brands.
IRobot is also a US company and their customer support is here as well. There is also the fact that should your unit require a part, you can get it faster. Finally, there is also performance. Roombas have consistently outperformed other models in a range of consumer tests and thus, tend to have higher reviews. If you want a robotic vacuum or mop, Roomba is the way to go.
Five Great Roombas For Hardwood Floors
Best Cleaning Robot for Pets
The iRobot Roomba 650 Series Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is the start of the Roomba line. It has automatic charging, virtual wall limitations and it can be programmed for up to seven different times of operation. It has a smart navigation system that will allow the unit to move around furniture and avoid bumping into objects.
It uses a three-way cleaning system to get up pet hair, dirt, and debris and it has an easy to dump collection system. It is great for small to medium houses and it works with hardwood, laminate or carpeted floors. Those that use this model love how easy this model is to use and operate.
Best Floor Mopping Robot
While not specifically a Roomba, it is made by IRobot and it is part of their mopping line. The iRobot Braava 380t Series Mopping Robot can dry or wet mop and it can be programmed to help deal with messes and smudges automatically throughout the day. It uses either replaceable pads or it can be used with the IRobot washable microfiber pads.
It has an internal navigation system that works similar to a GPS, therefore, allowing the robot to learn your house. It has a turbocharging cradle that will charge the robot in less than two hours. Perfect as a standalone or as a companion to a Roomba, this model is well liked by those who use it as they love the ability to let the robot handle the mopping.
Top Rated Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
The iRobot Roomba 860 Series Robotic Vacuum Cleaner has slightly more advanced features than the 650. It has a unique Aero cleaning system that offers the three-stage cleaning service as that found in the 650 but at five times the power level. It also has a lithium battery that has twice the run time and it has automatic charging.
It also has stair detection so you don’t have to worry about it tumbling down the stairs and the advanced navigation system allows it to get around and under furniture with ease. Those that use this model love the deeper cleaning power and the anti-tangle features.
Best Robot Cleaner for Hardwood Floors
This model – iRobot Roomba 960 Series Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is designed to clean the house till it is done. It has a run time of 75 minutes, then it returns, recharges and gets back to work. Not only can you control the unit with via the programming interface and the Clean button, but this model also has a mobile application where you can control it with your phone.
It can be programmed to run each day and it has an advanced sensor array that helps prevent bumps and falls. It also as the detangle feature for the internal brushes and the brush design edges walls and gets corners as well. Those that have this model are impressed with the overall performance of this robot.
Best Roomba for Hardwood and Laminate
Equipped with visual localization and advanced sensors, this model – iRobot Roomba 980 Series Robotic Vacuum Cleaner will learn your whole house and keep your floors looking great. Perfect for hardwood and laminate, this model also has ten times the air power to deep clean your rugs and carpet as well.
It has the anti-tangle feature and the mobile application but it also has an extended run time of 120 minutes before recharging and getting back to work. This is the top of the line Roomba model and those that use this model really love how well it cleans and how effortless this model’s operation is.
To get the most from your Roomba, be sure to read and follow all care and operation instructions before use.