Review: iRobot Roomba 980: Its not often we get asked to review a household item that makes a fundamental difference to the way which we operate as a family. Yet to my surprise the iRobot Roomba 980 has done just that. If I am honest I was a little sceptical about whether it would do a ‘proper job’. Yet since I was so poorly over Christmas because of contracting the flu I didn’t really have a lot of choice other than to let it get on with it. With two young boys if I hadn’t  I would have had guests turning up to all manner of mess. I should also warn you that I have developed some affection towards our vacuum which we refer to as ‘he’. I had not noticed this until I played back the video (link at the bottom of this post)….

Firstly its so simple to set up, you literally take it out of the box and put its on its docking station to charge. There are two plugs included in the box a UK one and two pin plug. A simple cable attaches to the back of the docking station to allow you to plug it in. Once Roomba has charged you turn it over and remove the yellow plastic to allow it to work. Then you press the clean button! Simple.

In the box you get an A5 size card which has all the quick start instructions on it. There is also an instruction manual which gives you more detail around when to clean the brushes, filters, and how often it needs to be emptied. I did chuckle when it said it would only need to be emptied every other week. So far in the week or so we have been using it we have emptied three times! Which goes to show the sheer amount of dust it has been pulling out of our carpet…. honestly we did clean before we had Roomba!

Once he was off and running I downloaded the app and set up the wifi. By doing this it means I operate the vacuum from anywhere. The app allows me to press the clean button and off he will go. I can also instruct the cleaning to finish and for Roomba to go back to his docking station. The app will alert me to when it needs emptying or if there are any problems. Yet the thing which I think will make the most difference is the fact that I can set up an automatic cleaning schedule. I can pinpoint the days of the week/times that I want the vacuum to run and it will just do it! Now how amazing is that?

Uses?

  • Coming down to the morning after the night before and all the crumbs have been vacuumed away…OMG!
  • I get an unexpected text that a family member or friend is popping over for a cuppa and I want to give the illusion of trying to live in the show home but don’t have time to vacuum and do the washing up?
  • Kipper loves to leave a trail of dinner … feeding a toddler – lovely. Roomba will pick up all dried food, no more dustpan and brush, free from aching back and knees!
  • Those tumble dust balls that tend to get stuck under the kitchen table are no more since Roomba is small enough to fit under the table and through the chair legs
  • Under the sofa, sorry I just don’t have that much time. I can not tell you the last time we pulled them out … but I no longer need to worry about that now (and probably why he’s been emptied three times already)

Do I need to go on?

Unfortunately we have a stair gate in-between our kitchen and lounge at the moment so it can not move between these two rooms on its own. Yet it navigates the upstairs easily and can identify where the edge of the stairs are by a sensor. If you wanted to effectively rope off an area from Roomba, in the box there are two battery powered sensors which can do just this. For example I wouldn’t want him going near our cats water bowl.  The sensors allow me to set up a Roomba free area around it.

We have tried it on laminated, thick wool carpet, a shaggy rug, slate floor and our fitted doormat which takes up half our hall. I left him running while I went to do the school run and I came home to a clean entrance way, no half mushed up leaves scattered in the mat or  up to the bottoms of the stairs. Nope instead they were all eaten by Roomba. There is an automatic boost feature for carpets to increase the power and get as much dirt out as possible.

Its incredibly good at getting into corners and along edges which really impresses me. Neither Hubby or I really thought it would manage it. Yet he has. The reason being is that Roomba will map out the room and learn where everything is. Then using the side brush he sweeps everything into its path. What you don’t see happening as he moves around the house is the 3-Stage Cleaning System, which uses a combination of agitation, brushing and suction with AeroForce to get 10x the power. When fully charged he has 120 minute run programme, which is more than enough to do all of our downstairs and probably upstairs too. If it wasn’t then he would go back to the docking station recharge and carry on where he left off! How clever is that?

Because its so easy I have found myself turning him on mosts days and letting him do his stuff. This has got to be good for us as a family since Monkey has eczema and Kipper has asthma, so removal of all dust out of the carpets really should be at the top of our cleaning list. This is helped by the fact that Roomba comes with an AeroForce High-Efficiency Filter that captures 99% of allergens, pollen and particles as small as 10 microns.

Roomba has fundamentally changed how we will vacuum in our house. I can only see us using our traditional vacuum  for the stairs and for the attachments to reach the top of doors etc. Other than that Roomba will take over. Its a job off our to do list and for that I am so grateful.

I love it so much I even got in front of the camera to tell you all about it below:

Now I just need to teach it to pick up the toys….

You can find out everything you need to know and buy your own on the UK iRobot Website, it retails at £899.99. Which I appreciate is a lot for a hoover. But this isn’t just any vacuum it gives me back time that I would have otherwise lost. Its saves me the mummy guilt of not managing to fit in the vacuuming and gives me confidence that we are eliminating as may allergens as possible. Now I have tried it. Now I see the benefits. I would pay this without question.

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We were given a iRobot Roomba 980 for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own. We really did love this!!

 

73 Comments

  1. Margaret Gallagher Reply

    What a beaut been after one of these for ages
    Such a time saver

  2. I so wish I could afford one although my son would think it’s a toy for him

  3. I would love one of these although my one year old would probably want to sit on it!

  4. Ursula Hunt Reply

    This would be fantastic,my puppy and kids make an unbelievable amount of mess, they all seem to leave fluff etc behind wherever they go

  5. My daughter has one of these and swears by it. I suspect our own home is too cluttered for one though, it would get confused!

  6. sarah mcvicar Reply

    I would love one of these, having 5 kiddies, 2 cats and a dog means I am constantly sweeping and hoovering the floors.

  7. Annabel Greaves Reply

    This looks like a really great useful product, thanks for the review xx

  8. I have the 880 but my parents just upgraded to the 980 and they love it! Apparently they love it so much that they said I MUST get one. I asked them to get it for me next Christmas! Roomba changes lives for the better. #BloggerClubUK

  9. This looks amazing, and I would love one of these. It would be amazing to come down to a clean kitchen floor in the morning, and avoid sweeping. Claire x #BloggerClubUK

  10. I’d love one of these! Great to know it reaches corners so well too. And yes, if it cleared the toys away it would be AMAZING! #BloggerClubUK

  11. This would be a great price to pay for anything that makes you tidy the floor first before using it as I imagine I’d have a very clean floor but messy work surfaces having just moved everything higher hahaha

  12. He certainly is an advanced vacuum – I totally agree it’s a “he,” totally masculine looking. I really enjoyed watching him in action in your video & it was so fun to see you in a video! You did an amazing job. I really love how the irobot roomba can be scheduled for certain days and it has sensors to avoid the stairs etc. So handy!

  13. What a clever vacuum! Must say its more expensive than I thought it would be but being able to cut down on domestic chores is a huge plus point! #bloggerclubuk

  14. Helen Stratton Reply

    I like the idea but feel it would irritate me in my house lol.

  15. These look absolutely amazing and I’d love to try something like this out because anything which can save on housework is a blessing x

  16. Lucy Barlow @JazzRecluse Reply

    would love one of these – would b a bonus of living in a tiny apartment to not have to hoover!

  17. Wow this looks amazing! Being pregnant with baby number 3 and also having been ill over Christmas I can definitely see the appeal. It looks so clever the way it maps out the room. I can’t remember the last time I cleaned under our sofas too – never have the time for that! What a super cool gadget.

  18. The best review I have seen on these little machines. Thank you. I am very tempted to buy one.

  19. My husband has been on about getting something like this for ages – it completely appeals to his love of gadgets! I think you may have persuaded me though – the fact it can do under the sofas is brilliant! And given that we’ve just started weaning, we suddenly seem to have an awful lot of bits falling onto the floor. I’m off to show this post to my husband!

  20. This sounds amazing. We have a completely open plan downstairs apart from the utility room and playroom, I’m constantly sweeping and hoovering up bits, particularly under the dining table and our son’s little table….this amazing little hoover would be awesome in my house!!!!! I wish I could afford the £899 for it! #BloggerClubUK

  21. Oh my goodness I think I’m in love! This looks even better than I thought it would, it does under the sofas?? Wow this would change our life so much. Loved the video, you did a brilliant job x

  22. I am so jealous! I have always wanted one of these, since I first saw them anywhere!! Thanks for sharing, when I am a little more cash flush I would definitely like to buy one!

    #BloggerClubUK
    Shevy

  23. Kev Cannon Reply

    My house is way too cluttered to get effective use from one of these – great idea for nice spacious tidy rooms though

  24. Chrissy Harris Reply

    Excellent review thanks. I’ve often thought about getting one of these as it would be amazing to come home to a freshly hoovered house!

  25. OMG I think this household gadget could be a game changer for me. It’s so clever and I would love to come down to a hoovered room in the morning

  26. A.E. ADKINS Reply

    Would love one of these but can’t justify the expense whjle my current vac works!

  27. Victoria Easton Reply

    I bet these are great – not sure if they are puppy proof though!

  28. Kerry Taylor Reply

    I love the idea of just switching it on and leaving it to do the vacuuming whilst I can sort the mountain of washing!

  29. Lorna Ledger Reply

    Would love one, I would see it as a living thing though I think eventually and worry about it, haha!

  30. michelle hughes Reply

    This looks amazing as a busy working mum of three id love to try it out 🙂

  31. A S,Edinburgh Reply

    Wow, I knew it would be convenient, but I wouldn’t have expected it to get anywhere near so much dirt out! And you’re right; the initial price may be high, but if you were to create a costed account of the time saved, it probably pays for itself. Thanks for the great review.

  32. Great review. I could really do with one of these because I hate vacuuming!!

  33. I would love to try one of these. They look and sound great 🙂

  34. Leila Benhamida Reply

    Love the video. Quite impressive. I will wait for someone to offer it me.

  35. Kate Knight Reply

    Would love one of these, I hate hoovering but i think my cats would be terrified!

  36. Diane Carey Reply

    Think my daughter could do with one of these in her house. Her floors are always a mess and she is forever hoovering up. The problem is she always has a lot of clutter about. So there would be no chance of it getting to certain places. A brilliant review and video

  37. Deborah Mackenzie Reply

    I think these are great, but have wondered about the amount the pick up. Plus how do they manage around the furniture. But you have done it justice with your review.

  38. Deborah Mackenzie xk Reply

    I think these are great, but have wondered about the amount the pick up. Plus how do they manage around the furniture. But you have done it justice with your review.

  39. Joanne Homer Reply

    I think this is the way forward, my vacuum is too heavy to be carting it up and down the stairs, and dragging it around rooms, but this looks so simple to use. I like the idea of it cleaning whilst I’m asleep or out, but do wonder how my cats would get on with it when I’m not there.

  40. Gemma Massey Reply

    I love the look and sound of these I have a chug and he’s forever shedding hair so this would be perfect especially to help my back

  41. Natalie Crossan Reply

    These are my absolute dream – I just have no time to vacuum – and I need to do it daily in my house!!

  42. MANDY DOHERTY Reply

    I’d love one of these so I could put my feet up while it cleans

  43. Sian Buckingham Reply

    I’d never be able to afford one of these but they look so good!!

  44. Sheila Reeves Reply

    I have had a Roomba in the past & I loved ot too – except ot was too big to go through our dining chairs which meat it was a bit more annoying in that area

  45. sandy ralph Reply

    it sounds great but i bet my cats would hate it though

  46. Jeanette Leighton Reply

    I have a bobbee Hoover which is similar to this it’s handy sometimes

  47. Ali Fanstone Reply

    I would love to have one of these I have seen them advertised thanks for the reveiw

  48. Hayley Todd Reply

    This sounds great and would be the perfect time saver for me! I am a full-time working mum and this would allow me extra time to spend with my beautiful girls.

  49. Kayleigh Watkins Reply

    It sounds fantastic, I have been a little sceptical about then as I watched a programme before Christmas testing out all different gadgets etc and they weren’t so good on there, it missed alot of pieces on the floor xxx

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