iRobot Roomba 780

March 1st, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

iRobot Roomba 780 reviewOverview

It’s great you stumbed upon this iRobot Roomba 780 review. As you know, Roombas aren’t the cheapest robot vacuum cleaners there is. Nevertheless, there’s a very good reason why its cost is sometimes more than you can afford. The company, iRobot, continuously improves its line, making sure every new model or generation addresses your pressing concerns. But let’s get started with the Roomba 780 review and look a bit closer into the model.

To start, I have to say that there’s not much difference between 780 and 770, except that 780 is a better choice if you have bigger spaces (it includes 2 lighthouses, which enables the room-to-room navigation). Moreover, it makes your life easier having the touchpad control instead of the buttons 770 has. This new technology doesn’t just make the robot’s physical design spectacular, but it also allows you to easily and quickly manipulate the settings of your cleaner. But everything else is more or less the same with the 770 model.

Pros

  • Easy to use with touchpad controls
  • Cleans more than 50 times longer than the other generations
  • Deals with hardwood floors, carpets, linoleums, and tiles, among others
  • Charges for 3 hours
  • Returns to its docking station for self-charging even in-between cleanings
  • Handles large spaces very well
  • Vacuums using a powerful 3-stage cleaning system
  • Adjusts itself according to the floor
  • Effectively reduces allergens in the air by using dual HEPA filters
  • Detects dirt and cleans through repeated back-and-forth motion until dirt and dust are removed
  • Informs you once the bin is full
  • Reduces the impact during collision with molded soft touch bumper
  • Limits the space with virtual walls
  • Permits you to schedule cleaning times
  • Includes room-to-room navigation

Cons

  • Bin isn’t as large as that of other cleaners, especially typical vacuums
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Is costly

Features

  • AeroVac Series 2 Bin
  • Advanced cleaning head
  • Dual HEPA filters
  • Soft-touch bumper
  • Enhanced power management
  • Dirt Detect Series 2 technology
  • On-board scheduler
  • Charging home base
  • Virtual walls
  • Touchpad control
  • Full bin indicator
  • Weighs 6.3 kgs
  • 1-year limited warranty for the robot, 6 months for the battery

Detailed Review

If you think 770 is the best Roomba vacuum cleaner there is, then you’ll definitely feel the same way with 780. They share almost the same features. For one, they make use of the ultra-powerful suction system, which allows the robot to lift off debris, dust, dirt, and pet hair, to name a few, in a variety of floors. In fact, it works good with high-pile carpets, something that seems difficult with the older generations.

You can also find the more enhanced technologies like Dirt Detect 2, an improvement that already includes optical sensors to track and clean dirt. You can also set up your virtual walls to create boundaries when cleaning. It still has the cliff sensors, which prevent it from falling as well as cleaning the stairs. There’s the persistent cleaning method, which is simply the repeated back-and-forth pattern the robot makes until the floor area is spotless. It doesn’t have the best anti-collision technology, but you’re still able to extend its life through the soft-touch bumpers attached on the front.

“Automation” is also a keyword with Roomba 780. Its onboard scheduler allows the robot to clean your home even if you’re not around. It has an extended life management to boost its power up to 50 percent longer. Nevertheless, it has an ability to detect its own energy and travels to the charging home base whenever needed, such as in between cleaning cycles.

There are, however, two distinct changes between Roomba 770 and iRobot Roomba 780;

  1. 770 utilizes buttons, whereas 780 is completely changed to a more sophisticated touchpad control
  2. Roomba 780 has the room-to-room navigation possibility. You can switch the virtual walls into virtual lighthouses, so you can keep your Roomba in one room until it is clean, and then send it to another (it’s easy – just put the virtual lighthouse to the doorway of the 2nd room).

User Comments

It’s really nice to always have such clean floors without having to think about it. Only downside I’ve found is that it can sometimes shut itself in a room as it skims along the edge of the doors and can get behind them and push them shut, so I’ve bought wedges to keep the doors open and prevent this. No big deal.

—SD, Robot.com

We love our robot! We use it daily in a busy home and it makes the whole house feel so much cleaner and homely. It picks up really well, and gets on with cleaning without a fuss. It is better on carpet than hard floor (small pieces of fluff can be swept up or sometimes pushed away by the wiring arm), but still does a good job on all surfaces.

—a review from robot.com

 


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