I have to say I had my doubts that something as small as my, Little Bit, that is what I named my lifesaver, could do such a good job. I highly recommend the 980...yes it is a bit pricey....but you won't be disappointed. The carpet boost is what sold me...since we have a cat. Also, I love the fact that it goes under the furniture....something that I don't do every time I vacuum. I put it to the test...I used my regular vacuum first....then I put Little Bit to work....surprisingly....it picked up even more dirt. I watched it go back and forth on an area that didn't show any dirt....because it sensed dirt that had been missed.
I had great intentions for my robot. I was really happy with the job,until I noticed scratches on my new hardwood floors. Now not sure what to do. The bottom of my robot has. Burr spot, which I think where the scratches are coming from.
We rotate the 980 between three apartments. It does an awesome job unless plush carpets are present. It is really a time saver. I gifted one to my son who has two large dogs that shed a lot. No problem cleaning carpet upstairs and laminate floor downstairs. However to my surprise it cleans all the dust dog tracks since his patio is sand. It makes life a lot easier for his teacher wife.
We bought the 980 because of the extra features available through the app (such as customizing passes and scheduling runs). Since it rarely if ever will connect to the app, the features aren't available.
I absolutely love our Roomba. I am currently at work and my Roomba is vacuuming our first floor. We have two children, a small dog, and a 3000 sq. foot home. The first floor is all hard wood and tile, with area rugs here and there. The Roomba cleans our first floor very thoroughly in about 2 hours, without dying. The second floor which is only two bedrooms and a loft is all carpet and takes the Roomba about an hour. I love that I can work on cleaning other areas of the house; ie. dusting making beds, cleaning kitchen counters, dishes, etc. while the vacuuming is being done for me. Or I can even be at work and have the Roomba clean the entire first floor, since my Roomba is connected via App on my phone. The Roomba is not good on my large high pile Shag rug in my living room; however, I just put out the virtual wall and have my Roomba avoid the rug altogether. I then vacuum that rug at a later time, which isn't a huuge deal. Because this model is equipped with carper boost, it does a great job vacuuming all of the other area rugs in our home without a problem and gets them very clean. Another really nice thing about the Roomba is that it goes under all of the beds and furniture with legs and even makes an extra pass around all the edges of everything, which is amazing!! My home just feels so much cleaner knowing that there are no dust bunnies hiding under all of the furniture. My only regret is that I bought it right before the new i7 series robots were released (not knowing they were being released soon.) I would have loved the model that empties itself, or even the model that I can label rooms and tell the Robot to clean specific rooms, using the app.
I have no complaints, best invention ever, i think i will always have s rumba going forward, i love how it can vacuum while i am doing other household chores, it cut my house cleaning time down by 3 hours
Love it thank you