iRobot Roomba 981

Score
87/100
Good
6.194 User reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.3)
1 expert review
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.8)

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

180 m²

App control

App control

Mapping

Mapping

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Pros

  • Dual rubberized main brush
  • Follows a systematic cleaning pattern
  • Supports an app and voice integration
  • Dirt Detect technology
  • Full dust bin detector
  • Three power boost settings

Cons

  • Loud
  • Expensive
  • Mapping function doesn't do much
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Specifications

Battery
Max runtime
120 min
Charge time
180 min
Battery type
Li-ion
Battery capacity
3000 mAh
Cleaning
Cleaning area
180 m²
Sound level
58 dB
Suction power
1700 Pa
Maximum climbing height
2.0 cm
Mopping function
No
Other informations
Dustbin capacity
0.5 l
Mapping-Sensor
Camera
Automatic dirt disposal
No
Functions
Automatically docks and recharges
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
Dimensions and weight
Height
9.2 cm
Width
35.1 cm
Depth
35.1 cm
Weight
4.0 kg

Specification comparison

June 29, 2022

Who should buy iRobot Roomba 981

  • f you have furry pets in your home or you have long hair, the Roomba 981 is perfect for you because its main brush is made of rubber, thus, making it resistant to hair tangling.
  • If you have carpets in your home, the Roomba 981 is an ideal choice because it can automatically increase its suction when it detects the presence of a carpet or areas with an increased concentration of dirt.
  • If you live in a large house, the Roomba 981 is suitable for you because it vacuums in a systematic pattern to clean your entire floor without missing a spot. It also has a relatively long battery life of up to 120 minutes, hence, can clean your floor at a single charge.
  • If you have a complicated floor plan and many furniture or obstacles in your home, it is an excellent choice of opting for a robot vacuum with mapping capabilities, such as the Roomba 981.

Who should NOT buy iRobot Roomba 981

  • If you are on a tight budget, you might want to look for other robot vacuums, such as the Eufy RoboVac G30 that is cheaper but with the same or even greater capabilities.
  • If you have noise sensitivity, the Roomba 981 might annoy you, particularly if it utilizes its carpet boost suction.

Verdict

Faith
BY:
Faith
This is our verdict of the iRobot Roomba 981 based on several hours of research of reviews from both experts and users.
Updated 15-04-2021

The iRobot Roomba released a 900 series robot vacuum which is supposed to be cheaper than its high-end predecessors. However, it is not that cheap if you compare it with other robot vacuum brands. The Roomba 981 is one of the top vacuums in the 900 series, as it has 10x more power than the iRobot Roomba 960.

The Roomba 981 boasts its dual rubberized main brush that can solve one of the most common problems of robot vacuums: the hair tangles in the main brush. The use of rubber extractors makes it resistant to hair tangles.

Like all products in the 900 series, the Roomba 981 uses the iAdapt 2.0 Navigation and vSLAM technology to help the robot vacuum navigate the whole area and plan a systematic cleaning. It also has a camera mounted at the top. The disadvantage of utilizing a camera for navigation is that it may not perform well when there is not enough light, unlike the LiDAR navigation system that uses sensors that work well even in dark rooms.

The Roomba 981 may have a mapping capability but it is not smart enough like other robot vacuums. The map it creates doesn't have customization options like selective room cleaning, and virtual boundaries, and you cannot divide the rooms on the map. So, the created map is just a presentation of your floor plan.

You can control the robot vacuum through the designated app and voice integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The app allows you to set a cleaning schedule, view the map, view maintenance reports, adjust suction mode, etc. There are three power boost settings within the app: Automatic, Eco-mode, and Performance mode. The Eco-mode allows the robot vacuum to decrease the suction power and extend the cleaning time. It can come in handy if you don't need that extra suction power and want to experience less noise.

Overall, the Roomba 981 is an excellent option if you are looking for an affordable Roomba product. It is one of the budget robot vacuums within the Roomba products, but it still provides great value and performs really well. It can pick up dirt from fine to large debris, making it perfect for daily cleaning and worth the price.

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iRobot Roomba 981 Roborock S6 MaxV
Roborock S5 Max
Name iRobot Roomba 981 Roborock S6 MaxV Roborock S5 Max
Score
87
95
95
Rank Rank 26 of 63 Rank 1 of 63 Rank 2 of 63
Reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.3)
6194 reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.7)
4092 reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.7)
1518 reviews
Price 649 £ 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 3000 mAh 5200 mAh 5200 mAh
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Cleaning area 180 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 66.0 w 58.0 w
Mopping function
Water tank capacity 0.3 l 0.14 l
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Dustbin capacity 0.5 l 0.46 l 0.5 l
Mapping-Sensor Camera LDS+Camera LDS
Type of filter 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
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Height 9.2 cm 9.6 cm 9.6 cm
Width 35.1 cm 35.0 cm 35.0 cm
Depth 35.1 cm 35.0 cm 35.0 cm
Weight 4.0 kg 3.7 kg 3.5 kg

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4.3
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expert reviews
4.8
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1 Experts

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Roomba is Rubbish
I bought a Roomba 981. It says in advertising that it will pick up animal hair. This is an out-and-out lie! I have a dog and it leaves the hair. Indeed, if a speck of any kind is larger than 1mm you have to pick it up yourself after the Roomba has been over it twice, set on high. This is the real truth. It will not pick up any polystyrene bubbles at all - absolutely none. Yes, the Roomba is working and the bin gets full of extremely tiny stuff. I would could it dust with a bit of fluff, nothing larger than that. Only a full-size vacuum cleaner will pick up all of the dog hair. Ask yourself this question. Can a battery vacuum cleaner run for 1½ hours and have usable suction? It can't! I also have a battery Dyson. It will only run for 10 minutes before needing a recharge, from new. Dyson lies in its advertising as well. Governments should legistlate to stop the bullshit. Buy a quality full-size vacuum cleaner and employ a maid if you have to. Don't buy Roomba rubbish! It is worth1$, using it as a doorstop.
2022-05-21

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