iRobot Roomba 780
The first robot vacuum to truly deserve its title? Yes indeed.
Price as reviewed £449.00
- iAdapt navigation system
- Compatible with all floor types
- Under 10cm tall
- Cliff detect
- Auto docking
- HEPA filter
- Soft touch bumpers
How busy are you, really? If you are considering spending the best part of £500 on a device to assist with the vacuuming then the obvious riposte would be to suggest you take a long, hard look in the mirror. The surprising news, however, is in this case you may come away from it smiling.
iRobot has been in the robot vacuuming business since 2000 and the ‘Roomba 780′ is the company’s latest and greatest. After selling 7.5m units worldwide over the last 12 years the circular form factor is well known, but much of what is inside the 780 is brand new.
Of these iRobot is keen to stress the ‘Dirt Detect Series 2′ technology inside the 780. To improve pick up it uses an acoustic sensor to detect excessive amounts of small and hard debris (such as sand) and an optical sensor to detect larger and soft debris (such as popcorn). Also new is an ‘AeroVac Series 2′ bag-less bin with easy release (dirt is simply tipped out once removed) and the addition of a common sense full bin indicator. You will likely need to empty this more regularly since the 780 has new power management software which iRobot claims will provide up to 50 per cent longer battery life than previous generations. As such a single cleaning session lasts approximately 90 minutes.
This is just the start of the technology designed to keep your lazy backside on the sofa. Continue reading