Best iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuums in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 15, 2019
Don't want to waste your time on vacuuming carpeted floors? Get an iRobot Roomba Vacuum, an automatic helper that will do all the tedious work for you, requiring little to none of your time and effort. Read on our selection of the best iRobot models available and pick the one that suits you most. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Compatibility
Cleaning Efficiency
Sensors
Programming Cleanups
Cleaning Area per Charge
Run Time
Health Benefits
Package
Warranty
 
PROS

The innovative edge-sweeping brush has a special design at an angle of 27 degrees to effectively sweep away debris from the corners of rooms, lines along walls and doors, pushing it towards the central brushes and power-lifting suction.

CONS

The instructions are minimal. 

OUR VERDICT

The iRobot Roomba 960 is a practical robot vacuum cleaner with a highly efficient filter that captures not only dust but also mites and allergens. It's great for pet owners, as well as for all who care about their health. Thanks to iAdapt 2.0, Navigation with vSLAM technology, it creates its own route.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant + Clean Map reports

Cleaning Efficiency

AeroForce® 3-stage cleaning system (tangle-free dual multi-surface brushes, edge-sweeping brush, and power-lifting suction with 5x the air power)

Sensors

Dirt Detect™ technology, Cliff Detect sensors, Auto return to the Home Base® charging station, Full Bin indicator, iAdapt Navigation with a full suite of sensors + Visual Navigation for entire level coverage, Auto-adjust cleaning head

Programming Cleanups

Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App

Cleaning Area per Charge

Around 230 square metres

Run Time

75 minutes

Health Benefits

High-efficiency filter captures 99% of all allergens, pollen, and particles as small as 10 microns

Package

Home Base charging station, 1 x North American line cord, 1 x Virtual wall, Manufacturer's warranty, Owner's guide, Documentation package

Warranty

2-year limited warranty on the robot, 1-year limited warranty on the battery

PROS

The auto-adjust cleaning head automatically adapts the height of the head. The Dirt Detect technology won't miss a single piece of debris.

CONS

Doesn't cope well with wires and cables.

OUR VERDICT

The Robot Roomba 671 is almost too precise for a robot vacuum cleaner. It does a really thorough cleaning job. On top of everything else, we liked the iRobot HOME app, mostly for the reports and its ability to visualise the cleaning process.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Cleaning Efficiency

Patented 3-stage cleaning system uses dual multi-surface brushes, a specially designed edge-sweeping brush, and strong vacuum suction

Sensors

Wi-Fi connected, iAdapt Navigation, Cliff Detect sensors, Auto-adjust cleaning head, Auto return to the Home Base® charging station

Programming Cleanups

Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App

Cleaning Area per Charge

Around 50 square metres

Run Time

60 minutes

Health Benefits

Extra filter

Package

Home Base charging station, Lead with a 13-amp plug, Operating instructions

Warranty

2-year limited warranty on the robot, 1-year limited warranty on the battery

PROS

The flexible rubber brushes hug different floor surfaces. The brushes stay in close contact with wood and carpet, thoroughly cleaning the floors. The new high-efficiency filter is able to capture 99% of mould, dust mite, pollen, as well as dog and cat allergens.

CONS

It occasionally takes the model some time to find the charging station. 

OUR VERDICT

The iRobot Roomba e5154 might be the most efficient mid-range robot vacuum cleaner. The model is practical, functional, and easy to maintain. It will be able to keep the whole house clean without damaging household objects. The robot does not require pretty much any effort on your part.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Cleaning Efficiency

AeroForce®  3-stage cleaning system with 5x suction, dual multi-surface rubber brushes, edge-sweeping brush 

Sensors

Wi-Fi connected, iAdapt Navigation, Dirt Detect™ sensors, Cliff Detect sensors, Auto-adjust cleaning head, Auto-return to the Home Base® charging station

Programming Cleanups

Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App

Cleaning Area per Charge

Around 60 square metres

Run Time

90 minutes 

Health Benefits

High-efficiency filter 

Package

Home Base charger, Lead with a 13-amp plug, Extra filter, Virtual wall barrier, Operating instructions

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Energy-saving mode turns off all light indicators of the appliance once it returns to a docking station. Thanks to this feature, the battery of the Roomba 605 will serve you longer.

CONS

There's no remote control functionality. 

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for a simple vacuum for small rooms, you'll hardly find a better model than the Roomba 605. Aerovac technology handles dirt on any floor types while smart sensors rid you of the necessity to control the device's operation.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

N/A

Cleaning Efficiency

Patented AeroVac cleaning system with motorised bristle and flapper brushes

Sensors

The patented AeroVac 3-Stage cleaning system, Cliff sensors

Programming Cleanups

Simply press the CLEAN button, No programming required

Cleaning Area per Charge

Up to 40 square metres

Run Time

Up to 60 minutes

Health Benefits

Aerovac filter system 

Package

Home Base, iRobot Battery with Xlife formulation

Warranty

2 years

PROS

You can amp up the suction power tenfold with a single button. For no extra cost, you also get 2 virtual barriers that limit the cleaning area.

CONS

It takes a few days for the device to memorise the layout of your home and start working optimally.

OUR VERDICT

This is a modern robot vacuum that can not only move on its own while avoiding all obstacles but also automatically recharge when the battery charge drops. Using the iRobot HOME application, you'll see visualised cleanups, receive reports on the work, and much more. The device is able to collect 99% of dust particles as tiny as 10 micrometres. Voice controls are available.

detailed parameters
Compatibility

Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Cleaning Efficiency

AeroForce® 3-stage cleaning system, up to 10x more air power + deeper cleaning on carpets, dual multi-surface brushes, edge-sweeping brush

Sensors

iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization, Dirt Detect sensors, Cliff-detection sensors, Automatically docks and recharges

Programming Cleanups

Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App

Cleaning Area per Charge

Around 80 square metres

Run Time

120 minutes

Health Benefits

HEPA filter

Package

Home Base charging station, 2 x dual-mode virtual wall barriers (4 AA batteries Included), Extra filter, Extra side Brush, Owner's guide, Documentation package

Warranty

2-year limited warranty on the robot, 1-year limited warranty on the battery

iRobot Roomba 960

Ideal for Homes with Pets

Pets are found in most households in the UK, and for a good reason. They are fun, lovable, and can brighten everyone's lives. However, there are some downsides to having pets, mainly in that some of them, especially dogs and cats, make a mess on the floor, leaving hair all over it. As any dog or cat owner can tell you, pet hair can be quite tricky to remove, especially with a vacuum cleaner. Although vacuum cleaners exist that specialise in removing pet hair, there are very few options for those who want an automated vacuum cleaner.

The iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum is the answer to every pet owner's prayers. This automated vacuum cleaner is great at removing pet hair and embedded dirt and grime that is left behind from pets. The power-lifting suction is up to five times stronger than what is found on most other vacuum cleaners, ensuring that all loose dirt, dust, and hair is removed. The three-stage cleaning system also ensures that all dirt and pet hair is loosened, lifted, and sucked into the vacuum, with even the toughest spots being thoroughly cleaned. The dual multi-surface rubber brushes also work quite well in loosening up anything that doesn't belong there and works equally well on almost any type of floor.
Review of iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum

Removes Allergens and Pollens

This powerful automated vacuum cleaner works great not only on pet hair, but on removing other allergens and pollen as well. The high-efficiency filter ensures that up to 99% of all allergens, pollen, and dust is captured, including those as small as 10 microns. This makes this model perfect for those who suffer from allergies of any kind, and will help keep your home smelling fresh and without either odours or allergens. The patented Dirt Detector technology will also ensure that your vacuum spends extra time cleaning areas with higher concentrations of dirt, dust, and pet hair, giving your entire floor a great cleaning.

Many of the high tech features of Roomba vacuum cleaners are present on this model. The iAdapt 2.0 Navigation system lets the vacuum map the entirety of your floor while cleaning, letting it ensure total coverage throughout your home. The intelligent sensors let it work around and under any obstacles, seamlessly going through doorways and under furniture without getting stuck. The vacuum can be scheduled for regular cleanings at a specific date and time, which can be set through the enhanced iRobot Home App. With these and plenty of other features that come with Roomba vacuums, this model remains a great choice for anyone.

iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer


 

iRobot Roomba 671

Precise and Thorough

The iRobot Roomba 671 is a pretty well-rounded product. But we believe that the model owes most of its success to its precision. After all, robot vacuums are still considered to be more of a complementary piece to your regular vacuum as they simply aren't as good at cleaning. The technology has come a long way but a human being with a vacuum cleaner still beats a robot vacuum any day of the week. And while we can't say that the model in question will be able to change this paradigm, it comes pretty darn close.

First, there's the Dirt Detect technology, a technology that, as you would infer from the name, excels at detecting dirt and grime, so you get a much more thorough cleaning job.

Of course, it's one thing to detect the dirt and the grime, but dealing with it is a whole different animal. That is where the company's very own 3-stage cleaning system comes in. It incorporates a dual multi-surface cleaning brush, an edge-sweeping brush, and vacuum suction. The system essentially attacks everything in its way, from some of the smaller particles to large debris. It works equally well with carpets and hard floors.

All in all, the iRobot Roomba 671 incorporates a full suite of intelligent sensors. These sensors guide the vacuum around and under your furniture. With their help, the Roomba 671 cleans your floors without getting stuck between the furniture.

Review of iRobot Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

All of the Sensors

The robot vacuum's sensors are its bread and butter. On top of everything we've mentioned above, there's also the auto-adjust cleaning head. The feature allows the said cleaning head to automatically adapt its height. It may not sound like much but the function makes the model much more effective at cleaning carpets.

The cliff sensors aren't too shabby either. They help the device avoid stairs and other potential drop-off areas, so you won't have to worry about your vacuum cleaner's safety.

The only issue we have with it, and we don't quite know whether it is the sensors or the construction, but the model isn't particularly great at dealing with wires and cables. It's not a huge issue but you might want to hide some of them to prevent the robot from getting stuck.

It isn't a game changer by any stretch of the imagination but we would still like to point out the convenient built-in handle of this device. It's a small thing but it really helps pick the robot vacuum up and carry it around the house.

Other than that, just like the majority of its peers, the model is Wi-Fi connected and can be operated via Alexa or Google Assistant.

In short, the iRobot Roomba 671 is almost too precise for a robot vacuum cleaner. It does a really thorough job. On top of everything else, we liked the iRobot HOME app, mostly for the reports and its ability to visualise the cleaning process.

iRobot Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum Cleaner in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer


 

iRobot Roomba e5154

5 Times the Suction Power

The iRobot Roomba e5154 doesn't necessarily do anything differently from the company's other Roomba models. As far as we can tell, the cleaner incorporates the usual tech. However, there are no gimmicky features here nor too many technologies with questionable value. Everything is there for a good reason, making the model surprisingly cost-effective.

As it is usually the case, it all starts with the company's trademark AeroForce® 3-stage cleaning system. Here, it is able to deliver 5 times the suction compared to your average robot vacuum cleaner. With so much suction power, the model works wonders pulling in embedded dirt, debris, and pet hair from wherever it hides. The system is able to effectively attack everything, from small particles to large debris on your carpets and hard floors.

The company's intelligent sensors seldom fail to deliver and the sensors here are no exception. They do an excellent job guiding the robot under and around the furniture to help the device thoroughly clean your floors.

As far as we can tell, there hasn't been any improvements to the Dirt Detect technology. We do not have any issues with it though. More often than not, the technology will be able to recognise high-traffic dirt areas and focus on these areas where dirt usually collects in excess.

Review of iRobot Roomba e5154 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

An Improved Filter

The model's additional tools and accessories don't differ that much from the usual iRobot Roomba package too. Where most companies supply bristles that will bend and miss dirt, the flexible rubber brushes here hug different floor surfaces. This way, the brushes stay in close contact with wood and carpet, thoroughly cleaning the floors with very little effort involved.

The company's edge-sweeping brush is an always welcome addition to the package. Designed at a 27-degree angle, the brush works wonders sweeping debris away from edges and corners to be suctioned off your floors.

At the same time, these dual multi-surface rubber brushes are able to effectively pull in pet hair, dirt, dust, and large debris without hair getting tangled.

Other than that, we really like the new high-efficiency filter. A little different from the usual HEPA filter, it is able to capture 99% of mould, dust mite, pollen, as well as dog and cat allergens.

In closing, the iRobot Roomba e5154 might be the most efficient mid-range robot vacuum cleaner. The model is practical, functional, and easy to maintain. It will be able to keep the whole house clean without damaging household objects. The robot does not require pretty much any effort on your part.

iRobot Roomba e5154 Robot Vacuum Cleaner in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer


 

iRobot Roomba 605

Affordable Smart Vacuum Cleaner

The iRobot Roomba 605 is all about simplicity and functionality and will suit perfectly those who need an effective yet inexpensive bot for small dwellings. With the cleaning capacity of 40 square meters (or 1-2 rooms), it will clean your living space quickly and leave no patch of flooring with dirt or debris.

Now, let's take a look at the key features of this model:

  • The bot's powerful operation is determined by the patented 3-stage cleaning system that is developed to loosen, lift, and suction even the smallest dirt debris. Moreover, the Roomba 605 is equipped with bristle and flapper brushes that can handle dust and dirt on any floor type.
  • The device is truly smart since it recognizes different floor types automatically and you don’t need to track its whereabouts. Additionally, it has cliff sensors that prevent it from falling down from stairs, thus ensuring its durability.
  • It's very easy to use and control. To start your vacuum, press "CLEAN" button and push "DOCK" button at the end of a cycle, to return the vac back to the charging station. On one full charge, the Roomba 605 provides up to 60 minutes of run time.
  • Among all pros, the price isn't the least important. Compared to most other iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners, this one comes with the lowest price tag. True, it isn't as advanced as the latest models and it is not compatible with smartphone control, however, when it comes to intelligent cleaning, it performs about the same as top-rated bots.
Review of iRobot Roomba 605 Vacuum Cleaner

How to Prolong The Service Life of iRobot Roomba Cleaner

Despite a lower price, the manufacturer covers the Roomba 605 with a 2-year warranty, which speaks of the company's confidence in the product quality. Still, it doesn't mean that the vac requires no maintenance. Proper maintenance and storage conditions stand at the core of the service life of any electric appliance. That's why we'd like to share with a few maintenance tips that should help prolong the operating life of your Roomba 605 for many years. Here they are:

  • You might be surprised but iRobot devices need to be plugged in even when not in use. This helps keep the battery charged and ensure peak performance for better cleaning results.
  • Return your robotic cleaner to the dock station after every cleaning. If you keep the bot without a power source for several days, its battery will become weak and may start to malfunction.
  • If you plan a vacation and aren’t going to use the vacuum for several days, it’s recommended to turn the device off, unplug it, remove batteries, and store it away in dry cool place.
iRobot Roomba 605 Vacuum Cleaner in the use

 

iRobot Roomba 980

BOOST SUCTION POWER TENFOLD

Are you torn between work responsibilities and domestic chores? Feel like you've got no time left for yourself? Why not make your life easier with an automatic cleaning helper that will keep your home tidy while providing you with more time to spend with your family? If that's exactly what you've had on your mind, we'd like to introduce you to the iRobot Roomba 980, a cutting-edge robotic cleaner from the 900 series which stands out for its many innovative features and superior quality build. Let’s take a closer look at its key features.

The iRobot 980 is specifically designed for deep cleaning of carpets, making it perfect for households that have many carpets in their homes. With this vacuum cleaner, you will no longer need to scrub your carpets with hands - the power this robot produces will suffice to suck in even the tiniest particles of dust and dirt. What's especially great about it is that you can set it to automatically choose the optimal force once it reaches the carpet.

To tell one type of floor from another, the iRobot 980 uses new iAdapt 2.0 navigation system which builds a full map of your house after a couple runs. The built-in sensors quickly learn all obstacles and wisely guide the vac around them.

Review of iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

OFFERS REMOTE CONTROL AND PROGRESS TRACKING

Want to keep your robot vacuum from moving to certain parts of your home, to keep it away from pets or children? If you do, the good news is the Roomba 980 includes two virtual barriers that can be set up to limit the cleanup area without complicated programming. Another good news is, you get them for free.

The little 3.6” high cleaner keeps track of its battery level and returns to its charging base on its own after 120 minutes of runtime. But that's not the only beneficial feature of the Roomba 980. Another handy feature is that you can download the iRobot HOME app on your phone or tablet and control cleanups remotely scheduling and making changes to them as you need while being in the office or even on a vacation. The option to program the cleaner with voice commands is also available, making it a perfect solution for those looking for the latest tech advancements. The Roomba 980 is also a stellar choice for allergic users as it's able to capture up to 99% of dust, pollen, and any other allergens as small as 10 microns!

With the Roomba 980, you will be able to benefit in many ways - save your time on cleaning, keep your house sparkingly clean anywhere and anytime, and maintain a healthy home environment keeping all allergens at bay. Sounds exactly the type of cleaner you've been looking for? Hurry up to purchase it now until it's sold out of the stock.

iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum Cleaner in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer


VIDEO
Roomba 980 Vacuum (iRobot): Unboxing and Setup Review
 

What Is an iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum?

Want to keep your home spotless without having to crawl on your hands and knees to get to the fur or pet hair stuck under your couch or armchair? Here's the solution - an iRobot Roomba robot vacuum, a smart cleaner that will do the cleaning job for you. Many robotic cleaners can be programmed to switch on at a specific time on certain days of the week, in order to do the cleaning automatically without your supervision. Some of them have Wi-Fi connectivity and can be paired with a smartphone allowing you to control the cleaner remotely and view the progress of cleaning.

Compact and lightweight, Roomba cleaners can get into all those nooks and crannies of your house to keep it sparklingly clean. You will no longer need to spend your time on scrubbing carpets and dusting. The iRobot Roomba robot vacuum will keep dust and allergies at bay. It works for all floors and carpets and it won't miss a thing.

If you think you need an appliance for wet cleaning too, our steam mops reviews should come in handy. And if you plan a spring cleaning in your yard, consider purchasing a robotic lawn mower.

What Features to Compare

Compatibility with Apps and Gadgets

Thanks to numerous technological advancements, now it's become possible to guide a vacuum cleaner around the living room or any other room, set up a weekly schedule, and watch the progress of cleaning on the screen of a smartphone or any other digital gadget you use. For that, you will only need to download a Google Assistant or an Amazon Alexa, depending on the software that your gadget is compatible with. Older models, though, would come with remote controls and more basic setup options.

Cleaning Efficiency

Check what kind of brushes the chosen model of iRobot vac cleaner comes fitted with, to see whether it meets your cleaning needs. Some models are best suited for carpets, some are designed to be used on hardwood floors, while there are also those that could be used on all types of flooring, making them a universal solution. Many newer models can prioritize cleaning and detect even the tiniest specks of dirt and dust. And if you have a pet, we'd recommend you to look towards Roomba vacs that boast a strong aeroforce system giving them enough power to suck up fur clumps and dander.

Sensors

Good sensors are crucial since they not only allow the cleaner to accurately avoid obstacles on the way but also enable it to create a detailed map of your house to optimize every cleanup. Some newer vacs are able to detect those zones of your house that tend to get dirty more often than the rest and focus on them. On top of that, they are able to scan the room in order to detect tiny hair and dust that could have got caught in furniture or carpets. If there aren't enough sensors in the vac or they are weak, a vacuum cleaner will struggle to handle a large area and will most likely drive continuously over the same route until it runs out of power.

Programming

As you've made a decision to buy a Roomba, it makes sense to opt for a model that requires little to none programming, making your cleanups a breeze. Some of the newer models will only require you to set up when to power them on, while others might need you to set up some other parameters such as a flooring type, the size of your house, the preferable time (day, week etc) of cleanup.

Runtime

Even though most modern models are programmed to recharge automatically, the process still takes some time. Which is why it makes sense to check the time required for recharging right away, in order to make sure that you won't need to wait a whole day. Also, before buying the vacuum cleaner with the longest runtime, we'd recommend you to take into account the size of your house. If it's not that big, there's no real reason to overpay for a more expensive model. Most iRobot vacuum cleaners can run for 2 hours continuously and this time is considered to be a norm.

Did you know?

The way a robotic vacuum detects and removes dirt is smart.

A lot of people wonder how it is possible that a machine can detect dirt and remove it without human help. With modern technologies, impossible is nothing. Moreover, the operation principle of these appliances is quite simple. The thing is that they are equipped with acoustic sensors that catch vibrations when dirt is on a vacuum’s way. The more dirt there is, the more vibrations a device senses, thus, provides better cleaning results. Besides dirt sensors, a lot of iRobot vacuums are equipped with cliff sensors that recognise stairs and other obstacles to avoid them and, as a result, prevent damage of a vacuum and furniture.

All iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners come with accessories.

Actually, not only robotic vacuums come with accessories included in the box. Many manufacturers supply their products with accessories in an endeavour to make their customers' lives easier. On unpacking the box, along with a Roomba vac, you’ll often find a few cleaning brushes (main and side ones), extra filters to replace, a charging base, a charger, and a battery. Most iRobot appliances also include virtual walls that help set up borders of an area you want your robot vacuum to clean, while blocking off other areas or objects.

iRobot vacuums need some maintenance to ensure their long service life.

Just like any other electrical appliances that are used several times a week (or even every day), a robotic vacuum needs to be taken care of if you want it to serve you reliably for years. Luckily, the maintenance isn’t troublesome and there are only a few things to keep in mind, which are:
- Remember to empty a dustbin after every cleaning cycle.
- Remember to clean filters after several clean-ups and replace them twice-four times a year.
- Remember to check the main and side brushes. They need to be cleaned regularly to prevent them from clogging with dust, hair, pet fur, etc.

Of course, since different models have different features, the recommendations might differ a bit, which is why all robot cleaners come with manuals from which you can find out how to maintain and service this or that part of the bot.

The advantages of robotic vacuums over conventional vacuum cleaners and why you might need one.

The obvious advantage of iRobot vacuums is that they do all cleaning without human control. You can run it from your smartphone, if it's compatible with apps control, or press a single button on its body. Even though robotic vacuums are two or even three times more expensive than handheld or upright models, you still might want to have one because of the following reasons:

- you don’t have enough time or have more important chores than cleaning floors on your own;
- you (or your relative) have mobility issues but want to take care of home;
- these smart devices need minimal maintenance and it doesn’t take you much time to control them;
- one appliance fits all floor types and provides great cleaning performance.

Sources:

1. Chris Woodford How do Roomba robot vacuum cleaners work? Explain that Stuff. January 7, 2018.

2. Roomba, Wikipedia. March 6, 2018.

3. Roomba Robot Vacuum, iRobot.

4. Will Knight The Roomba Now Sees and Maps a Home, MIT Technology Review. September 16, 2015.

5. Julia Layton Roomba Navigation, HowStuffWorks.

6. Brett Martin 10 Carpet-Cleaning Secrets From the Pros, Popular Mechanics. June 20, 2017.

7. Katie Jakes Tips On Buying The Right Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Lifehack.

8. 10 Advantages of Using a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, DoItYourself.com.

Other reviews
Comments
0 Comments

Your comment was successfully sent

Error! Please try again later

Publish Date: 2018-03-16 16:09:20