Roomba was first introduced to the marketplace in 2002. Over 15 years later, they are still vamping up new models and machines to help clean on a more efficient and effective basis. This hands-free robotic machine is known for its small size and its ability to navigate any room or diverse surfacing, while providing a diligent cleaning job. The Roomba 980 takes the same circular form, keeping a low-profile design to get into those tough to reach areas. This model contains some features Roomba lovers have been raving about for years, finally bringing these advanced functionalities and features full circle. Below we’ll detail these new improvements and describe how this model works to advance the way you take care of your cleaning jobs.
- Improved sensors
- Lots of control with the app
- Nice, sleek design
- Fits under furniture
- Pretty much hands free
- Quite a high price tag
Roomba 980 – New Features
Two of the key features of the 980 model are the improved sensors and the ability to track it on an application. This model has a camera that is used to better help the device locate obstacles and map certain areas of interest. Beneath the device are floor sensors. These sensors work to help your device locate different surfaces and adjust in quick fashion. Moving from a carpet to hardwood surfaces with ease. These sensors also help the device recognise when to extend brushes or other cleaning techniques based on differing surfaces and textures.
The app puts the cleaning schedule, cleaning path, and history of cleanings in the palm of your hands. You can manage your cleaning schedule via app download that is made available in both the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. To better help connectivity, you’ll need to connect your Roomba to your Wi-Fi setup. This will better help with consistency in starting periods and will increase the speed in response to your settings. The new management schedule allows for you to set durations of cleanings, pick days of the week to run your Roomba, and control your Roomba unlike ever before. The camera and floor sensor features go hand-in-hand with the app. These features add to the app features by providing you with the ability to map the cleaning path you wish to take. If you have a problem area, you can directly program your Roomba to go over certain areas multiple times or spend a longer duration in a certain area. Being able to locate the history of your cleanings provides peace of mind and a memory feature for you. You can find a calendar that describes the details of a specific cleaning. It will give you an added informational sense you couldn’t gain from other robotic floor cleaners.
Both innovative features provide truly remarkable advances for robotic floor cleaners. They take the headache out of having to manually select when to run your Roomba or have to move certain objects to prevent malfunction. These new hardware features add a little weight to this Roomba model, but they do not detract from production capabilities.
Roomba 980 – Design
The design featured with the 980 model mimics that of previous Roomba devices. It keeps the circular shape and low-profile look. This model is almost 14 inches in circumference and sits a little under 4 inches off the ground. The added hardware components add a little weight to the machine. It comes in a black color, with bordered side guards. It features a display screen that showcases battery life, run time, and other such important features. Placed above the display screen are three icons: clean, a home button, and a location button. The clean button can be pressed to start your machine on a manual basis. The home button is used to return your Roomba to the charging port if it is to run out of life during a cleaning. The location device works like a GPS system. It helps signal your machine to stay on a path you have specified through your app. You can locate the camera at the front of the machine, but it doesn’t protrude from the device. Going underneath the device, one will find the same make-up featured with other Roomba models. The only addition is the use of the larger holding bin for waste accumulated during a cleaning job. This was a feature that was added in recent years to Roomba models, but it is important to know this model features that added accumulation space.
Roomba 980 – Ease of Use
This model keeps the term “hands-free” particularly relevant for the user. This is arguably one of the most capable Roomba models on the market today. The implemented hardware works with you and keeps everything managed on your time. You are able to specifically set cleaning preferences, times, and durations, leaving little effort required on your end. The only thing you have to do with this model is empty the holding bin and routinely clean areas of your Roomba. The rest is done for you thanks to these advances.
The second advantage of being able to set your own schedule is being able to change it at a moment’s notice. If you encounter a cleaning emergency, you can still fire your Roomba up and have it perform a full job without specifically changing the settings. It brings a duality feature that is not carried with the other Roomba models. The added features also benefit the life of your Roomba model. The 980 is the most advanced when it comes to mapping and noticing pattern changes. The added sensors help you get the designated cleaning job for a specific area. Some previous models were slow to pick up on these changes, and now it can be done in quick fashion. The 980 model adds unlimited potential and capabilities to the cleaning process.
Finally, the 980 responds quicker than other models. If you are to set a job and start the signaling process, your device will pick up the transmission in a matter of seconds. The processing speed of the 980 model is lightning quick, something that cannot be said for all previous Roomba models. As mentioned previously, it picks up on changing surfaces and potential roadblocks in quick fashion. It makes these decisions in real time, not having to think twice before processing certain commands and executions. This not only makes it the fastest Roomba model, but also one of the smartest technologies you will find on the market.
Roomba 980 – Final Verdict
The 980 model is a must have for those who have used Roomba before. While it carries a higher price tag, it does provide additional features you won’t find amongst other cleaning robots. The higher price tag eventually pays for itself with more concise cleanings and less effort being put forth on your end. If you want to place the price against other robots that can do similar duties, it blows them out of the water. The original Roomba model can be obtained for a fraction of the cost of this model, which has left some a little weary. If you are fine with having to provide more manual support and monitor your device more closely, then you would be inclined to go the original route. Former Roomba owners will truly understand the price that these upgrades carry, making it a treat for anyone who is willing to dig a little deeper into their pocket books. This complete Roomba 980 review has us giving this device two thumbs up and a must-have for those who can appreciate the advancements carried by this model.