The beauty of the Roomba vacuums is they are very lightweight, and they effectively remove dust, dirt and other particles from your hardwood floors.
Housework and by extension vacuuming is one of those necessary evils. I have yet to hear someone say they are looking forward to vacuuming their home today! Fortunately, you can reclaim some of this time with Roomba vacuums.
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This is Roombas newest addition to its mid-priced options. Similar to the Roomba 890 (Similar specs and software) but has more cleaning power.
This is a more advanced model than the Roomba E5. This model has more advanced technology such as recharge and resume cleaning functions, visual navigation and mapping and imprint technology.
This Roomba has a cheaper price tag than the Roomba S9+. Like the Roomba S9+ this Roomba has the recharge and resume feature. If you want a completely hands off vacuum you should consider the Roomba i7+ or the S9+.
This vacuum has the pinnacle of features for Robot vacuum technology. It also has more cleaning power and an added benefit is it comes with a self-emptying dust bin. Basically this vacuum has all of the features of the i7+ but has more suction power and provides deeper cleaning in corner and along edges. The only drawback is the high price tag. If you want a cheaper model you can also consider the Roomba i7+.
Note: A virtual wall barrier prevents the Roomba from entering certain areas. Wi-Fi allows you to Control and schedule cleanings with the iRobot HOME App.
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Hardwood floors add beauty and elegance to your house. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing the best Roomba vacuum for hardwood floors.
Benefits of a Robot Vacuum
You can basically outsource the task of cleaning your home. While a Robot vacuum is not as strong as a traditional vacuum the fact that you will end up vacuuming more often will make up for the difference in vacuuming power.
All the Roomba vacuums on our list can be scheduled to start at a specific time everyday. If you want you can run your Roomba more than once a day.
A Roomba vacuum is a great way to simplify your life and your hardwood floors will definitely benefit. If you have pets these vacuums will easily pick up pet hair from your hardwood floors.
A few Things to look for!
If you have delicate hardwood floors you don’t want any brushes that damage your hardwood floors. The Roombas in the 800 and 900 series uses a brushless system to suck up dirt and debris from your floors.
You also want a vacuum that has good suction power. The Vacuums on our list use Aeroforce vacuuming technology which offers superior vacuuming power when compared to previous Roomba vacuums that utilize the Aerovac technology.
The greater vacuuming power is great for removing dirt and debris on your hardwood floors. If you have grooves on your hardwood floors you want a product that has good suction and can remove the dirt and debris that might accumulate in the floor grooves.
Another feature you might want to look for is edge cleaning that can clean the area around the baseboards. All of the Roomba vacuums have an edge cleaning brush. The Roomba 960 and 980 have a special edge cleaning mode for enhanced cleaning.
Convenience vs. Cost
When selecting Roomba vacuum have a look at the features and decide if it is suitable for your living conditions. For example if you have multiple rooms you might want to consider a Roomba 960 and 980 model where the Roomba map out the area it is cleaning.
If you want an even more hands off experience consider a model that will return to its home dock and recharge and then continue its cleaning job where it stopped. If you have a small open area to vacuum consider a vacuum in the 600 or 800 series.
Another thing to take into consideration is how often do you have to change the bin. If you frequently have a lot of dirt and debris in your house you are going to have to change the bin quite often. Please note that as you use your Roomba more frequently the number of times you will have to enter your bin will decrease.
Performance of your Roomba vacuums is one of the most important factors. What’s the point of having a vacuum if it doesn’t have good suction power?
Roomba has constantly improved the performance of their Roombas overtime. For example the latest Roomba vacuums in the 800 and 900 series have 50% more vacuuming power.
The latest vacuums also utilize a brushless designs that improve cleaning performance. The more up-to-date Roombas have such features as dirt detection technology, two pass cleaning and room mapping. If you are looking for Roomba that perform well with pet hair click here.
Run time and battery life
If you have a large house or multiple rooms this is a factor that you need to consider. The battery time for the 800 and 900 series are longer than the other Roomba vacuums. An added plus is the vacuums in the 900 series automatically recharge when the battery is running low and will resume their cleaning job where they stopped.
Size and Design
The design and size for Roomba vacuums are fairly standard. The diameter is usually around 13.9 inches and the height is usally around 3.6 inches. This is the ideal size because you know your vacuum will be able to reach those hard to reach areas such as under your couch or bed where dust tends to accumulate.
Intelligence and Hazard Avoidance
The whole point of having a Roomba vacuum is so you don’t have to push a vacuum. Its is one less task on your things to do list.
The Roombas have sensors that can detect hazards in front of them. So they will navigate around your furniture and other items. They can also clean against wall without getting stuck.
Most importantly they are able to navigate their way back to their home dock when they need to be recharged. They also have stair detector sensors so they don’t go tumbling down your stairs.
One thing to keep in mind is that Roombas don’t do well on dark floors. So if you have very dark floors or carpets you might want to rethink the purchase of a Robot vacuum.
Another nifty feature that the Roombas have is they have virtual walls and halos. The virtual walls prevent the Roombas from going into certain rooms. The halos prevents the Roomba from going near certain items.
For example if you don’t want your Roomba to go near your dogs water bowl. The halo forms a protective barrier around the dog bowl and the Roomba will not cross this barrier.
Wi-Fi/ Remote Activation
Some people would love to control their vacuum remotely instead of physically reaching down and pushing a button every time you want to activate your Roomba vacuum. The Roomba 690, 890, 960 and 980 all offer Wifi activation. They are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The iRobot App that comes with these Roombas also have some great features that users will find helpful.
Warranty and Support
Robot vacuums are not cheap so its always good to check out the warranty. Roomba vacuums have a limited warranty. When purchasing the Roomba make sure you have a look at the warranty.