iRobot Roomba 780 automated vacuum cleaner
Rug munching machine
Review The Roomba is the most widely known of the robot cleaners, and with competition mounting, the company, iRobot, has not been sitting on its laurels. The Roomba 780 is the latest model, and boasts a larger collecting bin, built in scheduling and HEPA filters.
iRobot's Roomba 780 boasts improved battery management
Also, presumably in response to oft-aired complaints, the 780 features new battery management software that claims to prolong battery life. Apparently, this allows for 50 per cent more cleaning cycles before replacement.
In terms of design, there’s nothing really new to the 780 from the outside; it’s a sleek black and silver unit, with a large ‘Clean’ button on the top, and a touch panel below, which can be used to schedule cleaning sessions, set the time, and select spot cleaning, or tell the Roomba to return to its dock.
The bin features two HEPA filters to reduce the amount of dust expelled back into your home
The package includes a remote control, two beacons, which can be used to confine the Roomba to a single room, or to force it to finish a room before leaving, plus spare brushes, HEPA filters and cleaning tools. What you don’t get – which seems just mean at £500 – is the batteries for the beacons and remote control.
The bin holds a reasonable amount of junk: receipts and screws all manage to get picked up – as long as it’s not too full
As with previous models, there’s no fancy laser or photo based mapping; Roomba starts spiralling outwards and appears a little random, though it does cover the whole room eventually. When extra dirt is detected, it does a little twirl over the spot until it’s satisfied, then moves on. It proved fairly good with obstacles and cables, though a discarded boot lace did cause a bit of a tangle.
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"Yes I have one, yes it's now over a decade old and yes it has been suckless and brought back to life more than once over that time."
Well that's married life for you.
Seen everything now
Blokes discussing vacuum cleaners.
Shakes head in disbelief.
Mines the apron with front pockets for thimbles, hair pins and clothes pegs.
£500 ?? They are having a laugh!!
For that kind of money I can get a couple of slaves from the local travellers site, who will do the gardening AND clean the house (stairs included).
A version between that can tell the difference between rubbish and what fell
I already have one of those, it's called a wife. Comes complete without sarcastic comment, often lacks suction and is known to moan a bit.....but otherwise reliable.
Cheaper than a Kirby
Kirby vacuum cleaners put the price of Dysons & Roombas to shame. One of them will set you back a couple of grand which is why they're only sold by door to door salesmen using (IMO) some highly questionable pressure sales.