Roomba 980 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

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
Review by Sophia 0 0
  • 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
Review by Azanta Rezwana 0 0
  • 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
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Black/Brown W/ Extras
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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.
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
  • iRobot HOME App lets you clean, schedule, & customize cleaning preferences from your smartphone; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant
  • Cleans an entire level of your home with iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization.Roomba 980 robot vacuum cleans continuously for up to 120 minutes, then recharges and resumes cleaning until the job is done.
  • Runs for up to 120 minutes, then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job
  • AeroForce Cleaning System with Power Boost loosens, lifts & suctions dirt with up to 10x more air power, patented tangle-free brushes handle pet hair with ease
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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.

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 iRobot Roomba 980 or Samsung POWERbot R9250 .

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

Roomba 980 is $589.96 more expensive than an average robotic vacuum ($209.99).

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whats a good robovac that will mop tile floor?
Related: Roomba 980, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Chris 123 days ago

There are a few decent choices for mopping tile floor, so it ultimately depends on what sort of features you're looking to get with the mop. The iRobot Roomba 980 is more suited to carpet. The ILife V5s or the iRobot Braava 380t would be great choices to consider for mopping.

The ILife V5s features a water tank for damp mopping hardwood floors. It has the ability to return to its charging station upon job completion or when the battery runs low. It also comes with a remote control. The 4 cleaning modes are: auto clean, spot clean, wet clean, and edge clean. This is a great choice if you want a low cost robot mop, that works effectively. A downside to this is its small bin size of only 203 mL (while the 380T model has 539 mL bin).

In the case of the iRobot Braava 380t, this is a great choice if you want a robot mop that has a great battery life. It can work up to 3.5 hours of sweeping and 2.5 hours of mopping. It also has a great navigational system thanks to its northstar navigation system. It features 3 modes: dry sweeping, damp sweeping, and wet mopping. A downside is that unlike the ilife model, this robot does not have an auto return feature (meaning that you'll have to find it yourself and return it to the charging station when the battery dies), nor does it have remote control capability.

So, it boils down to what you prefer, a longer battery life at a higher cost, or a few auto return features at a lower cost. Bear in mind that while both the ILife V5s and iRobot Braava 380t have mopping features, like all robotic vacuums, they are intended for superficial cleaning only and will not be able to tackle deep stains or big messes very effectively.

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will wires on floor cause a problem with samsung
Related: Samsung Powerbot, Roomba 980, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Ken 155 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: Roomba 980, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Chris 157 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: Roomba 980, ILIFE A6, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 312 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: Roomba 980, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 378 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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does anyone know where to get spare parts for the LifeAsy F1 (brushes etc)? I cant even find a company site and Roomba parts don't fit well
Related: Lifeasy F1 Smart, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anthony 5 days ago

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How can I purchase an ADDITIONAL (plastic) dust-bin for my Powerbot? The "authorized parts distributor for Samsung, "J & J International" is of NO HELP whatsoever! Thank you for any assistance you can provide!
Related: Samsung Powerbot, Samsung Powerbot R7070, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 43 days ago

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Which one is better for a cat owner?
Related: Ecovacs Deebot N79, ILIFE A6, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 53 days ago

We have the A4, My grandson has the A6, Our A4 picks up all the hair on our carpet, I have a long hair cat and a long hair dog (Himalyian and Husky---both big shedders) We haven't had a problem at all with it not picking up the hair. I highly recommend it. 

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Which one to buy that's good. And is affordable. I have carpet , wood floor , vilnyl and ceramic
Related: Eufy RoboVac 11, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Karen 116 days ago

It depends on what you consider to be affordable. If the Eufy RoboVac 11 is in your price range, it is definitely worth checking out. It's compact, runs quietly, and features a powerful battery that will run up to 1.5 hours. This vacuum has a triple layer filter which is good for filtering dust and allergens as well. Assuming you have thin carpet (no shag or high pile) then this would work perfectly for you. The one downside is that it has no virtual wall capability, meaning that it can't be restricted from going into certain areas (e.g. a baby's room) although it can detect stairs and other drops so it won't break. 

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The best option for pet hair. I have 3 cats.
Related: bObsweep PetHair, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Chris 121 days ago

I would say two great choices to combat pet hair would be either the bObsweep PetHair, or the Irobot Roomba 960. They both have HEPA filters and large bins to hold a lot of pet hair and dirt (so they won't have to be empties as frequently). 

The bObsweep PetHair would be the cheaper choice, but do not let that discourage you from trying it out. It was designed to combat pet hair. It however may pose an issue if you have a two floor house because it has no stair detection (meaning that it will drop if there is no barrier at the top of the stairs). Its bin is also slightly larger than the 960’s (1000 mL vs. the 960’s 900 mL). It’s not only designed to handle pet hair, but also paw prints, as it is a combination of a vacuum and a mop.

The Irobot Roomba 960 on the other hand is able to handle fringes and cables quite well with its tangle free extractors, and has stair detection, making it an optimal choice if you have a multi story house. It also gives you the ability to control where it can or cannot go with the virtual wall (these may cost extra, however). 

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