The Best Robot Vacuum At Any Price
This vacuum is a great premium option.
The Roomba 980 model is more of an investment than an impulse buy. This premium vacuum has some handy features that the less expensive Roomba 650 model doesn’t.
This robot vacuum really embodies the essence of a home service robot—it requires very little from its human counterpart. It has a 2-hour runtime (about double that of the 650), which makes it more logistically appealing for large homes. The Roomba 980 also knows when it needs to be charged and will tuck itself in on the charging dock, resuming its scheduled cleaning once its batteries are ready to go. And you never have to worry about fussing around with buttons or menus on the machine itself.
Because this model connects to your home’s Wi-Fi, you can schedule 980 cleanings remotely from the iRobot Home app on your smartphone.
If you have thicker rugs, this vacuum has a nifty Carpet Boost feature that will automatically detect the change in the topography of your home and deliver 10 times the suction power to remove any dirt and pet hair hiding in the deepest reaches of your floor decor.
The iRobot Roomba 980 is tricked out with every bell and whistle currently available in 2016, but it’s also the most expensive vacuum from this line. That’s why it’s our pick for the best premium robot vacuum.