iRobot Roomba 980 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

iRobot Roomba 980

iRobot Roomba 980
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I had the iRobot 980 for a year. Had to replace within 3 months. The second one had battery issues. Finally I had it and exchanged for the Samsung top of the line unit. Now this is a vacuum cleaner an... Read full review
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  • Self-navigating
  • Self-charging
  • 2 hour battery life
  • Maps the environment
  • App connectivity is convenient
  • Clunky app
  • Struggles over cables
iRobot Roomba 980 While most robot vacuums out there - the cheaper ones that is - are more like drunks walking around your house than actual cleaners, I was pleasantly surprised seeing the iRobot Roomba 980 intelligent... Read full review
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  • iAdapt 2.0 Navigation that lets this vacuum cleaner clean every kind of dirt around the house
  • With a HOME app, vacuum cleaner can be activated via smart phone
  • HOME app also lets use schedule and customi...
  • Vacuum cleaner can get stuck at times
  • Very expensive
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The Roomba 980 robotic vacuum is able to work for up to 2 hours, automatically recharge, and continue cleaning on its own. It features the iAdapt 2.0 Navigation and Visual Localization, which allow it to clean all the surfaces of your home. The Carpet Boost feature and the AeroForce Cleaning System allow this model to clean rugs and carpets effectively.
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Wifi / App Controlled Some robotic vacuums can be controlled by your smartphone through a mobile app, which is essentially a more advanced remote control. You are typically able to start/stop the vacuum’s cleaning, control ... Show more
Remote Control Remote controls typically enable you to start and stop the cleaning process and/or direct the vacuum’s movements to specific areas in the home. A remote control is an added convenience for those who w ... Show more
Auto Scheduling Feature Auto scheduling allows you to program the vacuum to a cleaning schedule (daily, every other day, weekly, etc.), where it turns on and cleans automatically at a set time. Otherwise, you have to manuall ... Show more
Battery Life Battery life indicates the maximum amount of time a vacuum can run on one charge. On average, robot vacuum batteries last around 1.5 hours, with higher end options getting up to two hours on a full ch ... Show more
2 hours
Charging Time How long does it take the battery to charge completely?
3 hours
Continues Cleaning Once Recharged When a vacuum’s battery dies, one of two things can happen: 1) the vacuum starts over cleaning without any memory of what it cleaned before the battery died, or 2) the vacuum will resume cleaning from ... Show more
Bin Capacity Regardless of the price of your vacuum, the dustbin still needs to be emptied manually. The more your vacuum is used, the more often you will need to change your dustbin. If you have a large home, the ... Show more
1,500 mL
Floor Type Different robot vacuums are made for different floor types based on the cleaning mechanism within the device, which can include a brush, a mop, or both. Robot vacuums with large brushes are best for c ... Show more
  • Hardwood
  • Tile
  • Linoleum / Laminate / Vinyl
  • Thin carpet
  • Thick carpet
Cleaning Modes Most robotic vacuums come with an auto-clean mode (meant for maintenance cleaning over a large area) but some more sophisticated models will come with different cleaning modes, such as spot mode or sc ... Show more
  • Deep cleaning on Carpets
  • all over in room
  • we area
Brush Type Most vacuums use brushes to pick up debris, since suction alone isn’t usually enough to effectively clean (especially on rough surfaces like carpet). These brush rolls can have different brush types, ... Show more
dust brushes floor tools carpet crevice tools bulk pick-up attachment floor tools carpet
HEPA Filter HEPA filters help limit the allergens that get into the air when you vacuum. If you suffer from allergies, choosing a vacuum with a HEPA filter is a must. Note that HEPA filters do wear down over time ... Show more
Suitable for Pets The ability to pick up pet hair is a feature that will be explicitly noted in the vacuum’s specifications. If you have pets, it’s imperative that you choose a vacuum that’s equipped for picking up pet ... Show more
Physical Features
Dimensions When it comes to size for robot vacuums, pay particular attention to the height measurement. If the device is too tall, it won’t fit under beds, dressers, couches, and other furniture to clean in the ... Show more
1.1 ft x 3.6 inches x 1.1 ft

8.8 lbs
Noise Because they run continuously, a common complaint with robot vacuums is how much noise they make. Measured in decibels, or dB, the larger the number, the louder the vacuum. There are several reasons w ... Show more
80 db
Premium Features e.g. Disinfection, odor control, phone notifications
Spinning side brush pushes debris into the path of the 3-stage cleaning system.
  • iRobot Roomba 980 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
  • Runs for up to 120 minutes, then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job
  • iRobot HOME App lets you clean, schedule & set custom cleaning preferences from your smartphone
  • Authentic iRobot Parts - Roomba 800 & 900 Series Replenishment Kit
  • Kit includes 3 AeroForce Filters, 2 Spinning Side Brushes, and 1 set of AeroForce Extractors
  • Compatible with all Roomba 800 & 900 Series Robots
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Release Date
September 2015
1 Year Warranty
Accessories Included What is included on the package?
  • Home Base Charging Station
  • Line Cord
  • 2 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers (batteries included)
  • Extra Filter
  • Extra Side Brush

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Key features
  • Roomba 980 seamlessly navigates room to room to clean an entire level of your home, recharging and resuming until the job is done.

iRobot Roomba 980 is a very popular and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling robotic vacuums and has a couple of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Samsung Powerbot Turbo or Neato XV Signature .

iRobot Roomba 980 was released in 2015. There are a lot of newer robotic vacuums on the market. Show newer Robotic Vacuums

iRobot Roomba 980 is $699.71 more expensive than an average robotic vacuum ($237.99).

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Questions about iRobot Roomba 980

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will wires on floor cause a problem with samsung
Related: iRobot Roomba 980, Samsung Powerbot, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Ken 26 days ago

The Samsung Powerbot is designed to avoid getting tangled up in wires, but it always depends on the degree of wires as well. Are the wires very thick? This could potentially pose a problem because it may drag the wires, but for the most part it should navigate quite solidly. This vacuum has large wheels, which helps it maneuver over wires a bit better than the average vacuum robot.

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What are the main differences between the Roomba 980 and 960?
Related: iRobot Roomba 980, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Chris 28 days ago

They have a few key differences. The iRobot Roomba 980 has a battery life of 2 hours, and takes 3 hours to charge. It features a very large 1,500 mL bin, a Hepa filter (making it a better choice for those who have issues with allergies), and makes about 80 decibels of noise. The Irobot Roomba 960 on other hand has a battery life of 1 hour and 15 minutes, but takes 2 hours to charge. It brings a 900 mL dustbin, has no hepa filter, and makes less noise than the 980 ( 70 decibels).

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We would like to purchase a robotic vacuum for our home and are considering the ilifeA6 or a Roomba. The Roomba seems overpriced.
Our home has limestone, hardwood and area rugs
Related: ILIFE A6, iRobot Roomba 980, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 183 days ago

The iRobot Roomba 980 is indeed expensive, but with good reason. It has huge bin (1,500mL), a decent battery life, along with having a Carpetboost, and AeroForce cleaning system that will allow you to give a deep cleaning to carpet, and other floors efficiently. Some users have complained that the vacuum occasionally gets stuck.

The ILIFE A6 may fit your needs though since you need it mostly for limestone, hardwood, and area rug (assuming the area rug is not thick). The ILIFE A6 was built for hardwood, tile, and thin carpets in mind, and costs significantly less than the iRobot Roomba 980, but some users have complained that the suction power on the ILIFE A6 works poorly.

Ultimately the ILIFE A6 is a good choice if you want something fair in price, and something that will do a decent job on hardwood, thin carpet, and tile floors. The iRobot Roomba 980 is a better choice if you want something that you wont have to clean often because the bins so large, something that can clean hardwood, tile, linoleum, along with the ability to deep clean carpets, and use a high-efficiency cleaning pattern that incorporates its built in camera with advanced computer vision algorithms.

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Does the Roomba 980 go up and down stairs
Related: iRobot Roomba 980, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 249 days ago
No robotic vacuum cleaner will go up and down stairs. They have sensors in them to detect and avoid drops of more than a few centimeters, or they will break.
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If I have a Roomba 900 series, do I need the vacuum on the Bissell symphony steam mop or should I go straight to the Bissell PowerFresh?

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Powerboat only runs about 40 to 45 minutes
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I got the bobi pet silver and the deebot for Christmas...which one do I keep? Wood floors and carpeted bedrooms.
Related: Ecovacs Deebot M88, bObsweep Bobi Pet, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 7 days ago

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We have large area rugs in 3 rooms on top of laminate floors and have problems with the black in our rugs, The roomba will not work on the black in our home. The black causes errors to occur. Will this happen with the powerbot?
Related: Samsung Powerbot, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 9 days ago

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Will it clean shag .
Related: ILife V3s, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 10 days ago

Overall, a robotic vacuum is not the best choice for shag carpeting. Most will struggle on shag, or even high pile carpets. An iRobot Roomba 980 would work better on thick carpeting than an ILife V3s (although it'll likely still get stuck sometimes). The Neato Botvac D80 would be a great choice if you were strictly talking about medium to high pile carpet, but true shag carpet would get tangled in vacuum robots brushes, much like it would on a regular vacuum that uses spinning brushes. 

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Does it get caught u on wires or other stufff
Related: Samsung Powerbot, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 15 days ago

The Samsung Powerbot is designed to handle the issues wires may cause. It has really large wheels that help it a great deal when handling wires, excellent navigation, and coverage. That being said, it’s not a perfect thing, and every now, and again it may still get caught in a wire. It's good to make sure and remove any wire that may have a sharp end to it to avoid dragging an object on flooring, such as hardwood.

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