iRobot Roombas!

I recently acquired the Roomba 770 robot vacuum cleaner. The 700 series Roombas (760, 770 and 780) are the latest and greatest models from iRobot.

I love my iRobot Roomba 770

I love my iRobot Roomba 770. It came with the base charging station, 2 virtual walls, a remote control, cleaning tools, and spare HEPA filters.

All 3 of the 700 series models include HEPA filters, automatic scheduling, a remote control, and the new AeroVac 2 bin, which is larger and easier to empty and clean than the bins on the older models. And all 3 are designed to be great at picking up pet hairs.

I bought the 770 because it seems to occupy the "sweet spot" of best combination of features and price.

I could have saved $50 by buying the Roomba 760. That model doesn't include a full-bin indicator light, and it has the older "Dirt Detect" debris sensors, rather than the newer "Dirt Detect Series 2" debris sensors. I'm not sure how much better the newer debris sensing system is, but I thought the full-bin indicator alone was worth the extra $50. The full-bin light lets you see at a glance if you need to empty the bin. If this thing lasts me 5 years, that extra $50 is an average of $10 a year, or less than $1 a month. Since the full-bin light lets me check the bin without bending over to remove the bin, it saves my back a lot of grief. At less than $1 a month, saving my back is a bargain. Both the 770 and 780 models have the full-bin indicator light, but not the 760 model.

Or I could have spent $100 more to get the 780 model Roomba. That would have bought me touchpad controls instead of buttons, and would have allowed me to use the "lighthouse" virtual walls to have my floorbot do room-to-room navigation.

The underside of the Roomba 770. Those offroad-looking wheels allow the Roomba to handle transitions from bare floors to rug or carpet.

The underside of my Roomba 770. Those offroad-looking wheels allow the Roomba to handle transitions from bare floors to rug or carpet. The counter-rotating brushes do a good job of picking up dirt and debris. You can see one of the HEPA filters in the lower left corner, inside the debris bin. The little brush at the upper left grabs dirt off to the side and sweeps it into the path of the main brushes.

Essentially, room-to-room navigation would allow me to program the system to have the Roomba do my living room, then my kitchen, then my office, then my master bedroom, then bedroom #2, then bedroom #3, and so on. The 780 is the only one of the 700 series Roombas that has that capability.

As it turns out, I'm glad I didn't pony up the extra money to get that feature. Between the bin capacity and the battery time, my floorbot can't do my whole house in one go anyway, so room-to-room navigation would be pretty worthless.

Instead, I just use the standard virtual walls to divide my house into appropriate-size zones. Every day it does my living room, dining room & kitchen, then it goes back to its base to recharge. Every couple of days I have it do my master bedroom & bathroom. Every couple of days I have it do my office, laundry room and bathroom. Every couple of days I have it do the extra bedrooms and bathroom. And so forth.

Having touchpad controls vs. buttons makes no difference to me at all. Room-to-room navigation and touchpad controls are the only features the 780 has that the 770 doesn't. Your mileage may vary, but I don't consider those features worth an extra $100 over the price of the 770.

The Roomba 770, which is the one I bought, has automatic scheduling, so that I can set it to run every day at a particular time, or at different times or not at all on some days. I can also run it manually by just touching the big "Clean" button in the center, or the "Clean" button on the remote control.

It has the newer Dirt Detect Series 2 debris sensing system, the HEPA filtration system, full-bin indicator light, the new AeroVac 2 bin, and is designed to be effective at picking up pet hairs. It came with the charging base, a remote control, 2 virtual walls, 2 spare HEPA filters, and 2 cleaning tools.

I've had my Roomba 770 for a little over a month now, and I absolutely love it. I don't know how I ever got along without it. I'm planning to write a complete review shortly, but I wanted to let you know that this is a good time to buy a Roomba.

 

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