iRobot Roomba 980

Score
87/100
Good
1.880 User reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.4)
12 expert reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(3.9)

Prices

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For multiple rooms

For multiple rooms

With mop

With mop

Climbing height

Climbing height

2.0 cm

Cleaning area

Cleaning area

185 m²

App control

App control

Mapping

Mapping

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Pros

  • Dirt Detect system
  • Easy to use app
  • Virtual wall barriers
  • Automatically increases suction on carpet
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Full dust bin detector
  • Uses rubber extractors that are more resistant to hair tangles

Cons

  • Loud when cleaning
  • Edge cleaning is not that great
  • Doesn’t show the real-time map, only shows the map after cleaning
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Specifications

Battery
Max runtime
120 min
Charge time
180 min
Battery type
Li-ion
Battery capacity
3300 mAh
Cleaning
Cleaning area
185 m²
Sound level
58 dB
Suction power
1700 Pa
Maximum climbing height
2.0 cm
Power
43.0 w
Number of cleaning modes
3
Mopping function
No
Other informations
Dustbin capacity
0.4 l
Mapping-Sensor
Camera
Type of filter
HEPA
Automatic dirt disposal
No
Carpet Boost
Yes
Functions
Automatically docks and recharges
Yes
Recharge and resume function
Yes
Scheduling function
Yes
App control
Yes
Voice control
Yes
Alexa voice control
Yes
Google Home voice control
Yes
Stair sensor and object sensor
Yes
Attachments
Remote control
No
Shape
Shape
Round
Number of side brushes
1
App-functions
Interactive mapping
Yes
Real Time Tracking
No
Digital Blocked Area
No
Zoned Cleaning
No
Multi Floor Maps
No
Selected Room Cleaning
No
Dimensions and weight
Height
9.2 cm
Width
35.3 cm
Depth
35.3 cm
Weight
3.94 kg

Specification comparison

June 28, 2022

Who should buy iRobot Roomba 980

  • If you have enough budget to afford an array of smart features and thorough cleaning, this product may satisfy you. Because of its dirt detector, it gives extra attention to places that have more concentration of dirt; therefore, it is suitable for carpets, pet owners, and those who have frequently dirty spaces. Moreover, it also has an automatic carpet boost wherein it can detect carpets and increases its suction which is very helpful to people who have carpets in their house. It is also fit for users especially ladies who frequently experience hair falls that are left on the floor because this product uses rubber extractors, unlike other robot vacuums which are more resistant to hair tangles. It is also suitable for large households because of its long-lasting battery life that can clean the whole floor level in one charge.

Who should NOT buy iRobot Roomba 980

  • Because of its slightly expensive price, it may not be for everyone. Also, if you don’t want to be disturbed by a loud noise, this may not be for you because it can get quite noisy when cleaning. Moreover, if you have a lot of spaces you don’t want the robot vacuum to go, this product may not impress you because it only provides two virtual wall barriers, unlike other high-end robot vacuums that have a “no-go zones” feature in their app.

Verdict

Faith
BY:
Faith
This is our verdict of the iRobot Roomba 980 based on several hours of research of reviews from both experts and users.
Updated 08-02-2021

iRobot Roomba 980 is a bit pricey but it provides several smart features that perform a thorough cleaning and smart navigation that makes your money worth it.

It has an impressive dirt detector wherein it can detect a high concentration of dirt and thoroughly cleans the area. Unlike other robot vacuums that don’t have this feature, they clean the whole area with two or three passes in which takes a longer time to finish. However, this product knows which area needs to be cleaned thoroughly and therefore saves time.

This product uses a sensor and VSLAM (Vision Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) to accurately navigate the area. As a result, it can go through and around tight spaces. It shows in the app the map it took after cleaning to display which spaces it cleaned and did not clean. However, it doesn’t show a real-time map and doesn’t save the drawn map. Because it doesn’t save the data, there is no virtual no-go zones feature and cannot specify which room should only be cleaned that other high-end robot vacuums provide.

Even if it doesn’t have a no-go zone feature, this product provides two virtual walls that can be used to set up boundaries and limits. The virtual walls are efficient and almost invisible because it can hardly be noticed which is a good thing.

The app also provides a lot of other features and options. On top of that, it is user friendly and easy to navigate.

It has high airflow but the downside of this is that it can be quite noisy. So, it is not ideal to use this Roomba 980 during the night and when watching television.

Overall, this pricey robot vacuum is worth your money because of its outstanding features and thorough cleaning performance.

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iRobot Roomba 980 Roborock S6 MaxV
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Name iRobot Roomba 980 Roborock S6 MaxV Roborock S5 Max
Score
87
95
95
Rank Rank 28 of 63 Rank 1 of 63 Rank 2 of 63
Reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.4)
1880 reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.7)
4092 reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.7)
1518 reviews
Price 799 £ 476 £ 420 £
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Max runtime 120 min 180 min 120 min
Charge time 180 min 300 min 240 min
Battery type Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Battery capacity 3300 mAh 5200 mAh 5200 mAh
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Cleaning area 185 m² 240 m² 200 m²
Sound level 58 dB 67 dB 60 dB
Suction power 1700 Pa 2500 Pa 2000 Pa
Maximum climbing height 2.0 cm 2.0 cm 2.0 cm
Power 43.0 w 66.0 w 58.0 w
Mopping function
Water tank capacity 0.3 l 0.14 l
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Dustbin capacity 0.4 l 0.46 l 0.5 l
Mapping-Sensor Camera LDS+Camera LDS
Type of filter HEPA EPA 11 EPA 11
Automatic dirt disposal
Carpet Boost
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Automatically docks and recharges
Recharge and resume function
Scheduling function
App control
Voice control
Alexa voice control
Google Home voice control
Stair sensor and object sensor
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Remote control
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Shape Round Round Round
Number of side brushes 1 1 1
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Interactive mapping
Real Time Tracking
Digital Blocked Area
Zoned Cleaning
Multi Floor Maps
Selected Room Cleaning
caret-up caret-down Dimensions and weight
Height 9.2 cm 9.6 cm 9.6 cm
Width 35.3 cm 35.0 cm 35.0 cm
Depth 35.3 cm 35.0 cm 35.0 cm
Weight 3.94 kg 3.7 kg 3.5 kg

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User reviews
4.4
★★★★★
★★★★★
1.880 Reviews
expert reviews
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
9 Experts
Test reviews
3.9
★★★★★
★★★★★
3 tests

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4.6
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CNET.com
Date: 09/2015
3.6
★★★★★
★★★★★
Digitaltrends.com
Date: 10/2015
3.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Gadgetguy.com.au
Date: 8/2016
3.8
★★★★★
★★★★★
Moderncastle.com
Date: 12/2019
4.8
★★★★★
★★★★★
Pocket-lint.com
Date: 03/2018
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Techadvisor.co.uk
Date: 07/2019
3.5
★★★★★
★★★★★
Techradar.com
Date: 12/2016
4.5
★★★★★
★★★★★
The-ambient.com
Date: 08/2018
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Wired.com
Date: 01/2018
4.5
★★★★★
★★★★★

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„Good“
Haus & Garten Test
Edition: 1/2018
Published: 12/2017
Ranking: 4 of 5
3.6
★★★★★
★★★★★
„Good“
ETM Testmagazin
Edition: 8/2017
Published: 07/2017
Ranking: 7 of 9
4.2
★★★★★
★★★★★
Haus & Garten Test
Edition: 8/2017
Published: 07/2017
Ranking: 2 of 4
3.8
★★★★★
★★★★★

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