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If you’ve ever used a robot vacuum on your floors, you may never want to go back to regular vacuuming by hand. In the beginning, there was only one company that built these helpful tools. Now that you can select other brands, it’s a little harder to choose between them. Let’s take a look at these two models from Hoover and iRobot to see which one will be the best for you.

Hoover BH71000 Quest 1000 Wi-Fi Enabled Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Hoover BH71000

Hoover BH71000

Hoover is a trusted name for vacuum cleaners, so it’s only natural that they would make robotic vacuums too. The Quest 1000 (aka BH71000) is a Wi-Fi connected helper for your home. Its laser Questnav technology maps the floors and obstacles in your home to help it get the job done as efficiently as possible.

With an app on your smartphone, you can schedule the Quest 1000 to clean whenever you like. It works up to 120 minutes straight, then goes back to its dock to recharge. Once its lithium-ion battery is refilled in about 3 hours, it goes back to continue cleaning where it left off earlier.

This robot works on both carpet and hard surface floors. It uses a combination of brushes and suction to pick up dirt, debris, and pet hair and stash it in a bin you will need to empty every cleaning or two. There is a filter that catches dust, but it’s rinsable, and should last for months or up to a year.

If you aren’t home and want to check the status of your robot, the app can tell you quite a bit of information. It shows the battery status, the robot’s location, the schedule you set, any error messages, and lets you control its direction as well.

More features of the Hoover BH71000 robot vacuum cleaner:

  • Comes with extra side brush and filter plus a cleaning tool for the brushes and clear furniture pads
  • Covered by a 1-year warranty
  • Cliff sensor keeps the robot from falling down stairs


iRobot Roomba 980 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

iRobot Roomba 980

iRobot Roomba 980

On the surface, the iRobot Roomba 980 is similar to the Hoover Quest 1000. The Roomba 980 runs for up to 120 minutes on a single charge, returns to its docking station to refill, then resumes cleaning where it left off. You can control it with the iRobot HOME app on your smartphone.

Wi-Fi in your home lets you give the robot instructions and set schedules even if you’re still in the office. You can set behaviors like one or two pass vacuuming and final edge cleaning. The app will tell you how the robot’s work is coming along and give you tips and support.

The dust filter on the Roomba 980 isn’t HEPA standard, but it catches particles as small as 10 microns in size. That eliminates a large percentage of allergens and dander from your floors. When the 980 works on carpet, the Carpet Boost feature automatically increases the motor’s power to suck up dirt.

The Roomba won’t fall down your stairs because it has a cliff sensor. It won’t get lost because it uses an onboard navigation camera to map your home. It’s short enough that it passes beneath most furniture, getting rid of dust bunnies from under your bed. The only thing it doesn’t do it clean its own brushes, bin, and filter.

More features of the iRobot Roomba 980 robotic vacuum:

  • Comes with charging station, two Virtual Wall Barriers, extra filter, and extra side brush
  • Covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee, a 1-year limited warranty on the robot, and 6-month warranty on the battery



Robot vacuum cleaners save a lot of money and time over the long run. Using them regularly cuts down on the money you’ll spend cleaning carpets. They help keep your home clean and free of allergy-causing dust and pet fur. Plus, you can schedule cleaning even if you aren’t home.

Choosing between these two models is a little difficult because while Roomba has the well-established reputation for robot cleaners, Hoover has a history of making reliable vacuums. Users seem happy with both robots.

If you want a better warranty, two Virtual Walls to corral your robot without shutting doors, and a better dust filter, get the Roomba 980.

Otherwise you may save some money by getting the Hoover Quest 1000 (BH71000).

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Why not get all your floor cleaning done with just one tool? These two robotic vacuums from Ilife remove dust and debris and then wet mop your floor, too. Let’s look at both models to see which one will be the best for you.

ILIFE V5s Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Water Tank Mopping,Gold



The Ilife V5s gold finish hints at the value of this talented little vacuum. Like other Ilife robot cleaners, this one has a host of useful features. It’s smart, and it does a good job at a fraction of the cost of other brands.

The highlight of the V5s and the V7s described below is their two-in-one cleaning ability. You can run them like an ordinary vacuum to sweep up crumbs, hairs, dust, and dirt. Then remove the dust bin and replace it with the water bin to wet mop your floor for a deeper clean. The robot comes with a mopping pad that can be used for dry or wet cleaning.

The V5s includes a HEPA filter to catch tiny particles of pet dander and other allergens. Ilife suggests cleaning the filter after each use and replacing it once a month for best results. They include one extra HEPA filter in the box to get you started.

The two side brushes and the main brush do well on hard floors like wood and tile. They can also vacuum on low nap carpets like Berber. The V5s cleans up to 110 minutes before it automatically returns to its charging dock. It’s best if you’re present when it finishes wet mopping because you’ll want to remove the water tank before it recharges.

After 250 to 300 minutes, you can send your robot out again to clean some more. Use the remote control to set up a cleaning schedule, or simply push the button on the robot to put it to work.

The sensors built into the vacuum keep it from bumping into objects or falling down steps. To avoid tangles, it’s a good idea to remove power cords from the floor while it cleans.

More features of the Ilife V5s Robot Vacuum Cleaner:

  • Comes with manual, remote control, extra HEPA filter, extra side brush, cleaning tool for the brushes, AC adapter and charging dock, mop cloth, and water tank
  • Debris and water bins hold up to 0.3L
  • Please remove water tank before recharging the vacuum, or don’t use the scheduling option when wet mopping


ILIFE V7s Robot Vacuum Cleaner Mop and Dry Clean Household with Stronger Power for All Kinds of Floor Cleaning



If you thought the V5s sounded good, the V7s has some powerful improvements. For one, it comes with a larger dust bin and water tank, both holding up to 450mL. The larger water bin size lets you wet mop up to 2100 square feet before refilling it.

The dust bin now has two filters for even better dust control, one regular and one HEPA. You can let the bin fill for up to a week before you need to empty it and clean the filters.

The central brush on the bottom of the robot is a double bristle brush designed to sweep up more cleanly than the earlier models could. The side brushes are longer so they do a better job of cleaning along baseboards and in corners. This vacuum also has stronger suction on carpet than the previous model had.

The battery on the V7s lasts longer, up to 150 minutes at a time. When the robot gets low on charge, it automatically returns to its home base for a recharge. If the vacuum gets stuck somewhere, it now has a sensor that instructs it to move backward and rescue itself.

The V7s comes with a remote control so you can schedule cleaning times for it to work. You don’t even need to be at home while it does its job.

More features of the Ilife V7s Robot Vacuum Cleaner:

  • Comes with manual, remote control, extra HEPA filter, extra side brush, cleaning tool for the brushes, AC adapter and charging dock, mop cloth, and water tank
  • Please remove water tank before recharging the vacuum, or don’t use the scheduling option when wet mopping



If you have a larger home, or simply want to spend less time having to empty the dust bin and refilling the water bin, get the V7s. It also better at cleaning carpets than the V5s.

If you have a smaller home, consider getting the V5s.

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There’s nothing quite like the convenience of a robot vacuum cleaner. It works when you’re away from home or while you’re enjoying other activities. Ilife offers a series of robotic vacuums that will change your life for the better. Let’s look at three of them to see which one is the best for you.

ILIFE V3s Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for Pets and Allergies Home, Pearl White



When robot vacuums first appeared on the market, they were often too expensive for the average consumer to justify buying one. But now Ilife’s V3s offers cleaning convenience at a cost that makes robotic vacuums accessible to many more homes. Pet owners will especially appreciate having the help in keeping fur and fuzz under control.

The V3s has a HEPA filter so it’s especially nice for people who suffer from allergies. Its low profile fits under most furniture so you don’t have to worry about dust bunnies hiding under the bed anymore.

The two side cleaning brushes and the roller brush underneath do a great job of picking up dirt, crumbs, and hairs off hard floors and low-nap carpet. It sweeps them into the 0.3-liter bin inside the vacuum so you can empty it out later. The V3s also comes with a mop cloth to remove dust from linoleum, tile, and wood surfaces as a finishing touch.

The robot is safe to use in rooms with obstacles as well as near stairs. Its sensors protect objects from being bumped hard and won’t allow the V3s to fall off an edge. It can climb up small inclines if needed.

While it works, this little vacuum is pretty quiet at just 55dB. That’s just a little louder than a conversation at home and softer than the noise of traffic in the street.

The rechargeable battery lasts for about 100 minutes of cleaning. When it starts to get low on power, the V3s returns to its home base to refill for the next job. It takes between 250 and 300 minutes to recharge.

Choose from the four cleaning modes by pressing the clean button on top or using the remote control. You can do automatic cleaning, spot cleaning for spills, edge cleaning around baseboards, or schedule a time in the future for the robot to work.

More features of the Ilife V3s Robotic Vacuum Cleaner:

  • Comes with manual, remote control, extra HEPA filter (because it needs changing about once a month), extra side brush, one cleaning brush, AC adapter and charging dock, and a mop cloth


ILIFE A4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Titanium Gray



While the V3s is very good for cleaning hard-surface floors, the Ilife A4 can handle carpet a lot better as well as tile, linoleum, and wood. While it has a HEPA filter, it does not offer the dry mop mode. It also has a longer battery life and a Max Mode for intensive cleaning.

The A4 can work for up to 150 minutes before it sends itself back to the dock to recharge. You can send it to vacuum using just the button on top, or control it with the remote. Use the remote control to schedule the times you want the robot to clean for you.

Just like the V3s, the A4 has sensors that keep it from falling down steps and bumping into things. The different design of the bristle brush along with the suction power of the motor does a good job on carpets. The dust bin is also larger on the A4. It can hold up to 450mL before it needs to be emptied.

More features of the Ilife A4 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner:

  • Comes with manual, remote control, extra HEPA filter (because it needs changing about once a month), two side brushes, one bristle brush, AC adapter and charging dock, and a brush cleaning tool


ILIFE V7 Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Bluetooth Control



In the spirit of ever advancing improvements to their products, Ilife released the V7 Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner. It has a Bluetooth interface so you can control it with a smartphone app and not just with the button on top or the remote control. You can use the app for scheduling cleanings just like you can do with the remote control.

Similar to the V3s, the V7 has a dust bin that holds up to 300mL of debris. Its powerful suction allows it to work on carpet, although not very well on shag or long nap types. It’s really best on hard floors like wood and tile. The HEPA filter keeps dust, pet dander, and other dirt from recirculating into your home as the robot cleans.

Like the other two robots described above, the Ilife V7 has two side brushes and a long brush underneath. It also comes with a dry dust mop attachment that you can place on the underside behind the main brush. This does a final pass that makes floors look and feel really clean.

The V7 has sensors that keep it from dropping off stairs or bumping into most objects. It also knows when it’s time to recharge its battery and will return to its docking base automatically.

More features of the Ilife V7 Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner:

  • Comes with manual, remote control, one HEPA filter (it needs changing about once a month), one extra side brush, one bristle brush, dust mop pad, AC adapter and charging dock, and a brush cleaning tool



Since all three of these robot vacuums use a HEPA filter, all of them are a great help for allergy sufferers and asthmatics. The robot can clean your home floors while you’re home or away and won’t stir up additional dust to cause problems.

The A4 is the best to use on carpet as long as the nap isn’t too long. It also has the largest dust bin.

If you’re struggling to control pet hair, either the V3s or the A4 would be a big help for you. The A4 has a larger debris bin that’s handy when your pets are shedding.

If dust is a problem on your hardwood floors, consider getting the V3s or the V7 since they both come with a dry dust mop attachment.

If you’re a fan of controlling gadgets with your phone, the Bluetooth capability of the V7 may be just what you’re looking for in a vacuum.

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Robot vacuums are cleaning homes all around the world. Each generation improves on the design of the previous. Besides their reasonable prices, Neato’s Botvacs have convenient features that make them more attractive than Roombas. In fact, the two models in this review are especially made for pet owners. Let’s look at the D80 and D85 to see which one will be the best for you.

Neato Botvac D80 Robot Vacuum for Pets and Allergies

Neato Botvac D80

Neato Botvac D80

The Neato D80 Botvac is smart and effective at cleaning crumbs and pet hair from hard floors and carpets. Its square-ended shape gets into corners better than a round vacuum can. The brushes and suction can clean as close as 10mm from a wall—that’s less than ¼-inch, better than some commercial vacuums. It passes under furniture and beds to get all the dust bunnies without needing to move anything out of place.

While some robot vacuums pass back and forth and bump around in what looks like a random pattern, the D80 Botvac scans and maps out the area it is about to clean. This makes cleaning go faster so the battery lasts longer. When it’s time for a recharge, the Botvac automatically returns to its home base. Once it is ready to clean again, it resumes where it left off. Plus, you can choose either a quick clean or schedule the Botvac to work while you’re away from home.

If you’re using the Botvac while you’re at home, you might want to keep the robot confined to certain rooms. With some robot vacuums, this means shutting doors or using electronic lighthouses that run off big, expensive batteries. Not with the Neato Botvacs—they come with magnetic boundary marker strips that don’t need batteries at all.

The D80 also comes with a combo brush, a spiral blade brush, and a side brush. These brushes, in combination with the suction from the vacuum and an extra-large filter, help the Botvac pick up particles as fine as 0.3 microns like mold and pet dander. While it’s not HEPA-certified, the D80 helps keep asthma-inducing debris under control.

The dirt bin holds up to 0.7 liters, which is more than many other robot vacuums can store before emptying. The bin is mounted on the top of the robot so it’s simple to lift straight up and dump out in the trash. In fact, everything about the D80 is as neatly designed as possible to minimize the work you need to do to maintain your home.

More features of the Botvac D80 Robot Vacuum:

  • Comes with brushes, NiMH battery, charging base, power cord, high performance filter, a tool for cleaning the brushes, and a 13-foot long boundary marker strip that keeps the D80 working only where you want it to go (can be cut to fit doorways, stairways, or other obstacles)
  • Neato offers a 1-year warranty on the D80 vacuum and a 6-month warranty on its batteries


Neato Botvac D85 Robot Vacuum by Neato Botvac D85

Neato Botvac D85

Neato Botvac D85

Maybe you’ve looked at both the D80 and the D85 and wondered what makes them different from each other. After all, both look the same and they are both made for cleaning homes with pets. They both come with brushes and a brush cleaning tool, boundary markers, and a charging base with power cord. The difference is really just in the filters.

The D80 comes with one high performance filter to trap dust, dander, mold, and so forth. It’s not HEPA-certified but it does a great job of containing debris. The D80 Botvac comes with an additional high-performance filter. So buying the D85 means you’ll get one additional filter that you won’t have to buy later.

More features of the Botvac D85 Robot Vacuum:

  • Comes with brushes, NiMH battery, charging base, power cord, twofilters, tool for cleaning the brushes, and magnetic boundary marker strip (13 feet long, can be cut to size)
  • Neato offers a 1-year warranty on the D80 vacuum and a 6-month warranty on its batteries



If you want the best value for the money, you may save by getting a D85 because it comes with an additional filter. Either way, these two robot vacuums will save you a lot of time and effort while cleaning, especially if you have pets at home.

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What could be better for a little on-the-spot cleanup than a handheld cordless vacuum? What brand name has been used so often that it’s practically a noun for any cordless vacuum? DustBuster! These light but powerful machines are ready to help you neaten up your home and car. Let’s look at them both and see which one is the best choice for you.

new black & decker chv1510

new black & decker chv1510

black & decker chv1410

black & decker chv1410

Black & Decker CHV1410L Bagless 14.4V Lithium DustBuster Vacuum

Hasn’t just about everyone seen a DustBuster? After all, they’ve been on the market since 1979. It’s the first tool most of us reach for when there are crumbs, dust bunnies, or spilled pet food.

Black & Decker keeps improving the DustBuster design so that each model holds a charge longer and has more suction power. The CHV1410L shown here is the classic cordless vacuum with a new Lithium-Ion battery and convenient additions. (The CHV1510 described below still uses a Ni-Cd battery.)

All the attachments you need are already on-board. Thefabric brush is built into the tip of the nozzle. It flips up into action and down out of the way. The nozzle pulls out into a narrow crevice tool. Nothing gets lost and everything’s right at hand.

The 20.6-ounce dirt collector (aka “dust bowl”) is translucent so you can see when it’s time to empty it. The three-stage filtering system keeps dust output to a minimum, and the filters are all washable. The soft filter is replaceable. Black & Decker recommends replacing it every six to nine months, but that’s not required. The machine will have better suction, of course, if you empty the bowl and wash the filter regularly.

Since the CHV1410L has a Li-ion battery, you can leave the vacuum on the charger with no harm to battery life. If you take it off and put it in storage, it holds a charge for up to 18 months. (But why would you put such a handy thing in storage?) You can mount the vacuum on a wall with the included bracket, or just set it down and plug it in to charge. The LED light glows to show that it is charging. The bottom of the vacuum has a flattened part that allows it to rest in a stable vertical position.

More features of the Black & Decker CHV1410L cordless vacuum

  • Measures 14 x 8.1 x 5.4 inches and weighs about 4 pounds
  • Has a 2-year limited warranty
  • Motor is 14.4V, 24 Watts air power
  • Replacement filter VF110

NEW Black & Decker CHV1510 Dustbuster 15.6-Volt Cordless Cyclonic Hand Vacuum

So, besides the color scheme, what is the difference between the CHV1410L and the CHV 1510? They are practically the same vacuum.

First, the CHV1510 is more powerful than the CHV1410 described above. It runs on 15.6 volts for more suction strength, and has 25 Watts of air flow power.

Second, it uses a Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable battery, not Lithium-Ion like the CHV1410L. With that said, you’ll need to charge this vacuum overnight before you use it the first time. Repeat: charge the battery for a minimum of 9 hours before you use it. Then run it like crazy the first time you use it—vacuum all the stairs, under the couch cushions, everywhere until the battery is just about dead. Not completely dead, but almost dead. You’ll avoid creating memory effect at the outset. Then this vacuum should handle itself well for you in the future. If you browse user reviews, the main complaint is that the battery dies after only a few uses. That’s probably because those people don’t know how to take care of a Ni-Cd anymore in our new Li-Ion world.

Also take note that Ni-Cd batteries only last for about 500 cycles before they start having problems, and they start self-discharging when left off the charger.

More features of the Black & Decker CHV1510 cordless vacuum

  • Measures 14.3 x 8 x 5.5 inches and weighs about 3.25 pounds
  • Has a 2-year limited warranty
  • Replacement filter VF110



If you want powerful suction, the CHV1510 has the advantage. But in turn you’ll have to deal with a battery that you’ll need to baby to avoid memory effects. Plus, you can’t ever run it completely down without risking permanent damage to it.

If you prefer working with Lithium-Ion batteries which are much more tolerant of short run-times and can be recharged without causing memory effect, get the CHV1410L. It’s still plenty powerful to get all your DustBusting done.

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How can you clean the house while you’re not at home? These three Roomba robot vacuums make it possible. They operate on their own to clean your floors. You can schedule them ahead of time or do a quick cleanup on the spot. Let’s look at all three models and see which one is the best for you.

iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets

irobot roomba 650

irobot roomba 650

If you’ve never used a Roomba, you’re in for a treat! There’s nothing like having a robot do your vacuuming for you. The Roomba needs a few hours to charge on its Home Base, and then it’s ready to go. You can set the scheduler to run up to 7 different days and times even when you’re not at home. There’s only a little prep you need to do first.


Pick up items from the floor that you’dnormally move before vacuuming, like socks or blankets. The Roomba can navigate obstacles like furniture, but it is likely to get caught in the same kinds of cords or clothes that would make an ordinary vacuum struggle. Don’t worry about the robot taking a tumble down the stairs—it has a cliff sensor to keep it away from the edge.


It will sometimes gently bump your furniture, but it has rubber bumpers to keep it from making marks. If you watch it in action it seems quite random. It certainly doesn’t vacuum in neat lines! It agitates debris with the side and bottom brushes while the vacuum sucks the dirt into the collection bin. The bin fills from back to front so it fills more evenly than it did on earlier model Roombas. This means it doesn’t have to be emptied as often. The improved vacuum air flow helps keep the bottom brushes clear of hair and fuzz so they don’t have to be cleaned as often, either. This makes the 650 a handy vacuum for pet owners.


The Roomba’s programming adapts to your home’s design so it hits every area multiple times for the best clean possible. If it hits an especially dirty spot that triggers the acoustic sensor, it will work in a circular motion until that spot is clean. You can place the included Virtual Wall to keep the Roomba isolated in a room without having to close the door. When the battery runs low, the robot returns to the Home Base to recharge (as long as it has line of sight to the Base).


The 650 is the oldest of these three models but it has proven to be a dependable favorite. It does a great job picking up hair, pet fur, cat litter, fuzz, and lint so your carpets and hard floors look neat and clean.It does not have a HEPA filter like the 780 (described below), but it does have a washable AeroVac filter to cut down on dust.


More features of the Roomba 650

  • Comes with self-charging home base, battery, battery charger, one extra AeroVac filter, a flat brush cleaning tool, and one Virtual Wall
  • iRobot offers a 1-year limited warranty on the 650 robot and a 6-month limited warranty on the battery


iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies


irobot roomba 770

irobot roomba 770

The Roomba 770 robot has upgraded features from the previous 650. For one, it has both optical and acoustic sensors so it does a better job of detecting dirty spots. It passes back and forth repeatedly in especially dirty places. Two, the air flow from the vacuum is stronger so it does a better job of keeping the brushes clean. And three, the battery lasts longer.


The 770 can remember up to 7 scheduled cleanings, so you can set it to work when you’re not around. It comes with two Virtual Walls, not just one. You don’t need to use the Virtual Walls unless you want to block off an area with their invisible infrared beams. They’re not required for the Roomba to run.


When the battery runs down, the Roomba docks itself on the Home Base. The charger refills the battery in about three hours, then the robot is ready to clean again. The “full bin” light will let you know if you need to empty out the dirt.


More features of the Roomba 770

  • Comes with self-charging home base, battery, one extra AeroVac filter, two brush cleaning tools (flat and round), and two Virtual Walls
  • iRobot offers a 1-year limited warranty on the 770 robot and a 6-month limited warranty on the battery


iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies


irobot roomba 780

irobot roomba 780

The Roomba 780 has a few upgrades over the 770. First, it has touch keys instead of buttons. Second, it comes with Virtual Lighthouses, not Walls. The Lighthouses can block the path of the robot, but they also help guide it to the next room and back to the Home Base. The other robots described above can’t find their home base if they don’t have line of sight to it. The Lighthouses extend the distance that the 780 can travel without fear that its battery will run down in another room.


The third upgrade is the addition of HEPA filtration. Allergy-sufferers will appreciate this one! The 780 has dual HEPA filters along with the more powerful AeroVac 2 system that’s on the 770. It also has the combined acoustic and optical sensors for better detection of dirty spots.


The 780 is smart enough to pass soft barriers like couch skirts and can usually avoid getting tangled in cords. It learns the layout of your home so it rarely runs into furniture. Of course, like the other Roombas, it has a cliff sensor so it does not fall down stairs. It comes with a remote control so you can set it to work while you relax on the sofa. It’s not nearly as noisy as a traditional vacuum.


One pro reviewer commented that they thought they would still use their traditional vacuum for serious cleanings, but now they run the Roomba 780 as their main vacuum. iRobot seems to have hit the sweet spot with this model.


More features of the Roomba 780

  • Comes with remote control, self-charging home base, battery, extra filter set, extra brush set, two brush cleaning tools (flat and round), and twoVirtual Lighthouses
  • iRobot offers a 1-year limited warranty on the 780 robot and a 6-month limited warranty on the battery



If you want the most protection against allergy-causing dust, get the Roomba 780. Its advanced cleaning features combined with the dual HEPA filters make it the best choice for you. The dual Lighthouses make it so you can always find it ready on the dock, not out of charge under the bed. You may also love the ability to control it with a remote.


If you are looking for advanced cleaning features but don’t want or need the remote or Lighthouses, consider getting the 770. It has better dirt detection than the 650. Without the Lighthouses, it would be ideal for a smaller home.


If you are looking for the best value at the best price, consider getting the popular Roomba 650. It’s proven itself to be a useful cleaning companion in many homes.


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Neato XV-11Neato XV-11 Robotic Vacuum System


“A pleasant surprise in a small compact package.”

The compact Neato XV-11 Robotic Vacuum System provides state-of-art features to clean all type of floors (e.g., ceramic tile, carpet, vinyl, wood) and employs a laser navigation system to prevent colliding into furniture or other obstacles in your home or office. Read the rest of this entry

IRobot Roomba 780 vs 880Kiss your vacuum goodbye, because the reign of the corded vacuum is finally over.In today’s world where everyone is either too busy or too lazy to be bothered by housework, robotic vacuums have become a trend. When using a robotic vacuum there is no cord or messy bags to deal with, it’s as simple as pressing a button or scheduling a cleaning. As with anything that gains popularity many different companies make various types, each one claiming to better than the last, but how many upgrades can you really make to a vacuum?

There is one brand that has proven to be the most successful of them all, iRobot. They have an impressive line of robotic vacuums called Roomba. There are two Roombas that I want to take a look at, the iRobot Roomba 780 and the iRobot Roomba 880.

Navigation system

There is absolutely no difference in the Roomba’s navigation system= between the 780 and 880. These robots use iRobot’s AWARE system to make their own decisions about where to go. The iRobot Roomba 780 and 880 use infrared sensors to calculate the room size and determine how long it will take to clean the room, and from there they start cleaning the perimeter of the room using a preset algorithm. These machines memorize the room and can adapt to any new changes, so don’t worry if you decide to rearrange your house. Given that the Roomba 780 is so low to the ground, you might find that it gets stuck on thick rugs, and sometimes cords. The 880 has a little more clearance than 780, so it has no trouble tackling tall rugs or cords. Both the Roomba 780 and 880 are excellent at avoiding obstacles and stairs using cliff detectors. In the box you will find two lighthouses which have two settings on them, virtual wall mode and lighthouse mode. In virtual wall mode, the light house sets up a virtual wall to keep the Roomba from passing through a doorway in case you have a room you don’t want the Roomba to enter or leave. In lighthouse mode, they help the Roomba navigate through rooms you want vacuumed, and helps guide the Roomba back to the charging station. All in all, the Roomba 780 and 880 have an excellent navigation system.

Cleaning power

This is where the iRobot Roomba 880 and the iRobot 780 differ the most, and probably what most consumers base their decision on. The iRobot Roomba 780 has powerful suction and features two counter rotating bristle brushes to pick up even the smallest debris. All of that sounds really great until you hear the cleaning power of the Roomba 880. The Roomba 880 features AeroForce. What this you ask? AeroForce is basically a three point technology. It has dual rubber extractors, which means no more tangled hair mess which is great for families with pets. AeroForce provides a better concentrated air flow, and a stronger vacuum for better suction.Given the better suction of the 880, the bin has been upgraded, so it can go longer without being emptied. This makes the 880 a real leave it and forget it robotic vacuum. The HEPA filters are different for both of the machines also. In iRobot’s Roomba 780, there are two HEPA filters that keep dust particles from escaping into the air. The Roomba 880 traps dirt and dust in a HEPA filtered bin, meaning even less debris escapes back into the air. Although the differences are big in their cleaning systems, the machines do have a few things in common. The 780 and 880 both auto adjust to floor types and can easily transfer between linoleum, carpet, and hardwood floors. Both machines have side brushes to get along baseboards, and furniture too low for the vacuums to get under. The advanced HEPA filtration make both vacuums a top choice for allergy sufferers.


The Roomba 780 uses a power management software to give it 50% more battery life than its predecessors, which means more area covered. While the 780 has an impressive battery life of 3 hours, the Roomba 880 has a 4 hour battery life and it only takes three hours to charge each machine. Some users have reported getting much longer battery life though. The Roomba 880 also has an Xlife battery, which doubles the overall life of the battery so you can go longer before having to replace it. Both series return themselves to the charger when the battery is low, but a key feature on the Roomba 880 is that it returns to finish the job after it charges itself.


The iRobot 780 and the 880 have three cleaning modes; spot clean, schedule clean, and clean. If you were to choose spot clean, you would set the Roomba on the particular mess that needs to be cleaned and it goes in a spiral motion about three feet out and back in again. The schedule cleaning is pretty self-explanatory, you can program for up to seven days and it will start on its own at the scheduled time, and then return itself to the docking station. The cleaning mode is just a onetime cleaning until you manually get it out the next time.

Both series have remotes that lets you control direction, and enables you to summon it to you, or send it back to dock.

They both have LED display and a full bin indicator that lets you know when the bin needs to be emptied.

The Roomba 880 will also speak to let you know it needs to be emptied.

The 780 and 880 both use persistent pass cleaning. When the machine detects an excessively dirty area it goes both and forth over the area giving it some extra attention to ensure it gets cleaned thoroughly.


The iRobot 780 is a great machine, and gets the work done just like it is meant to do. These were the biggest complaints I found on it; the bristles get tangled up with hair easily, small bin, gets stuck very easy. With any vacuum that has bristles you’ll run into this problem, but luckily all you have to do is clean the bristles out regularly. The small bin is nothing that can be fixed, just dealt with. In iRobot’s defense, this was a common complaint among most robotic vacuums. If you plan on letting the 780 run without supervision, and expect to come home to a clean floor, it would be wise to make sure thick rugs and cord bundles are out of the way. If not, you’ll come home to a shutdown robot and dirty floors. The iRobot 880 is leading in design right now. It has so many improved features over the 780. I definitely see the AeroForce technology being a game changer with the entire industry, along with the Xlife battery. The top complaints I found for the Roomba 880 was the noise, the bin getting full too fast, and the price. IRobot does advertise the 880 to be quieter, but many users said that this wasn’t the case at all. While that is disappointing, you shouldn’t realistically expect a vacuum to be noiseless. My suggestion would be to try to run it while you’re out for a bit or maybe during a time when the noise won’t bother you. Again, there’s not much to be done about the bin. Even with iRobot increasing the size of the bin, it gets full fast because of the improved suction. The price? Well, how much is clean floors with no effort worth to you? It’s priceless to me.


Still having trouble deciding between the two?

Personally, if I were at home a lot to babysit the vacuum, I would choose the iRobot Roomba 780. This machine gets the job done for a fair price, but if you expect to be able to leave the house with it running, you will be disappointed. If you just want a machine to do maintenance cleaning then the 780 is the one for you.

If you are a busy person and need a vacuum that you can leave alone then the iRobot Roomba 880 would be for you. I would comfortably leave the 880 alone to clean, and expect the floors to be clean when I got home.

With both machines make sure you set the lighthouses up the right way if you want the Roomba to move from room to room. If these aren’t set up right then the Roomba will not clean effectively. Lastly, make sure you do basic pickup before you run either of these machines. While they are at the top of their game, they will have trouble cleaning a floor littered with socks, toys, and other small things.