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.
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.
Bought the Roomba 985 a week ago and have used it nearly every day since. It does a better job than expected on my hardwood floors and along the baseboards. It does a good job on area rugs as well. The catch with the area rugs is that it keeps getting stuck on the corners. When it transitions from a hard surface to a rug via the corner of the rug the Roomba pulls the corner into the vacuum and can't free itself. The problem is two fold, one it is stuck and you are required to manually free it and two it damages the corners of the rugs in the process of trying to free itself. I'm hoping iRobot can fix this via a software push, until then I position chair legs on the corners so that the Roomba can't get to them. All in all, we are pleased with the Roomba 985 and recommend it.
The red door on the bin broke. The first break was on the hinge and the second break was the latch. This is a cheap plastic part that probably doesn't cost very much to produce but IRobot chooses to make you purchase a replacement bin for $59.99 instead of replacing the small part that broke. The only help they offered was a 15% discount and free shipping to replace the bin (that I don't need). From now on I guess I will take another comsumers advise and use a rubber band to hold the door on.
We've had our Roomba 980 for a couple of years now and I am still raving to people about it. We don't have carpet so I can't comment on how well it performs in that area but it's jam up on our Pergo and tile floors. It has no problems with our small rugs that are at our doors but doesn't seem to be able to get up on the really thick plush ones we have in our bathroom. Not complaining at all. I just give them a shake and let it pick up what comes off. My floors stay a lot cleaner than any non robotic vacuum I've ever owned. It is loud but what vacuum isn't. I can live with that to have clean floors without breaking my back. Ive learned to prepare the house for it and then run it while I'm out. There are a few little things you need to do so it doesn't get stuck or suck up fishing line.....lol....but nothing close to all you have to do when using a conventional vacuum. Our home is about 2600 sq ft and it takes a second charge to complete it. Not bad in my opinion. My next purchase, which I hope will be very soon will be the newest mop. I would have already purchased one but the reviews weren't that great on the original one. Can't wait!
Does not clean floors well. Rotating brush wheel seems to push debris away from vacuum instead of into it.
It does do pretty good on pet hair. Latest one get stuck going from room to room and on throw rugs. Last unit prefered one room a lot. Cleans ok but not as good as a human would do.