Home Automation is seeing some serious advancements from the past couple of years. Currently, if you are in the market for some home automation products, then your options are not limited, but at the same time, you need to make some serious decisions here. And now we are talking about a very unusual product for most people, and that is a vacuum cleaner. No, this is not your regular day-to-day cleaner. This is an automatic robot vacuum cleaner. It is called the iRobot Roomba 980 and is termed as the Tesla of vacuum cleaners. This is the company’s top of the line model which retails for about $900 or at least keeps fluctuating around the same price. At the time of writing this, it is currently priced at $799. Right out of the bag, the design quality, look and feel and build material are all top notch. There’s a ton of attention to details and a plethora of sensors al around the device. The suction power is impressive, to a point where you can feel the air pushing out from the back. It also sounds like a typical vacuum cleaner in work. One of the highlights of this device is its smart mapping technology. It is using visual localization, and underside optical sensor and wheel movement all at the same time to intelligently navigate and move through your home to clean it. If you haven’t used an intelligent robot before and have used a robot which just randomly bounces around, then this is a huge upgrade.
The Roomba 980 perfectly navigates through your room and cleans every corner and if in the case during the process, its battery dies, it will auto dock and recharge and then again resume from where it left off. It truly is quite intelligent. One of the users personal favorites is the app control, where you can set its weekly cleaning schedule, and you can also tweak the carpet boost option. This is where it will automatically increase its vacuuming suction when it senses its on carpet. You can toggle it to finish it s cleaning job when the bin is full or even ask it pause where it will wait for you to empty it. You view the history log, duration, and other details also from within the app itself. It gives a nice sound when it is done cleaning and if will know that it will resume again after charging if it didn’t give you the sound. It is also just 3.6” tall and this low profile allows it to under then bed and other areas where mostly a human would miss. Now when you talk about negatives, yes, there are a few. It mostly avoids the thick rugs and can’t handle it, which is a bummer. And quite often you will see it struggle like this, but the best part is, you don’t have to do anything, and it will automatically come out of the situation. And overall, it works very well; it has a slim profile and a solid battery life as well. And if incase you don’t want to spend that much and don’t need all those extra features, then you can pick up other comparatively cheaper options from the company. However, for the price, this is well worth it.