iRobot is a world-leader in robotics technology, with 20 years’ experience behind us and counting. Roomba, our vacuum cleaning robot, is spearheading the revolution of placing practical and exciting robots into your home.
The technology we employ in Roomba has been refined year after year since it was launched in 2002 and draws on our expertise in building industrial robots for deployment across the globe in conflict areas and environmental disasters.
Roomba is completely autonomous and will vacuum your home effectively and completely automatically.
Roomba uses iAdapt® Responsive Cleaning Technology, our advanced system of software and sensors that actively responds to the environment to make intelligent cleaning decisions in the real world. It’s the most actively intuitive technology of its kind, monitoring its surroundings over 60 times per second and responding in real time with more than 40 different mobility behaviours. Explicit behaviours ensure effective cleaning – light touch bumper, wall follow, escape behaviour, clutter navigation and Dirt Detect™.
Because iAdapt® technology is sensory-based and not map-oriented, Roomba is more exploratory in its methods and thorough in its result.
Robotic vacuum cleaners that map out a path at the outset and then work their way through that map are vulnerable to perceived barriers, which results in systematic neglect. The robot's sensory approach more accurately discerns solid barriers from soft ones, like couch skirts, valance sheets and curtains. As a result, it cleans under beds and couches.
Most manufacturers have a fixed cleaning head on their vacuum cleaners, meaning they don’t cope well with changes in floor surfaces. They can grind to a halt on rugs or deep carpets, or get stuck on transition areas between floor types.
Roomba uses a flexible cleaning head that is designed to adjust to all types of flooring and in all sorts of every day environments.
We continuously test against the competition using the Draft International Standards and our own (much more aggressive) torture tests to ensure Roomba operates to the highest standards.
Since vacuum cleaning robots tend to clean when the owner isn’t around, it’s important that they can vacuum in hard-to-reach places, like under beds, tables and sofas, without them having to be moved.
Roomba is only 8cm tall – the lowest on the market - so it can clean under most furniture. Many robots with so-called “Smart” systems can be fooled by cloth skirts around beds and couches so won’t clean under them. Roomba gently pushes them aside, cleans, and comes back out.
Roomba can be scheduled to start cleaning at a time that suits you every day, so you don’t even need to be home for it to clean your floors. You can choose to schedule Roomba up to 7 times a week, at different times each day.
*On Roomba 555 and above
Roomba uses a Virtual Wall® Lighthouse to help it navigate around your home, so it can clean more than one room effectively.
The Virtual Wall® Lighthouse will restrict Roomba to clean one room thoroughly before guiding it into the next room to do the same.
This is a great feature for larger homes and if the battery of the Roomba runs low, the Virtual Wall® Lighthouse will guide it back to its charging base to recharge.
*Standard on Roomba 581.
Roomba has a spinning side brush that pulls in dirt, debris and pet-hair as it moves along. This means that even though Roomba is round it still cleans along wall edges and into other hard-to-reach places.
Some of our competitors’ products feature two side brushes, but only one wall edge can be cleaned at a time, so we feel that a second brush is superfluous.
Roomba uses two counter-rotating brushes to more efficiently pick-up dirt and large debris from the floor. On hard floors, the brush and flapper work together to sweep debris straight into the main bin. On carpet, they both agitate the fibres to bring debris up to the surface and then into the bin. Behind the Cleaning Head, Roomba has a squeegee with a high velocity vacuum to suck up the fine particles into the vacuum chamber.
Thanks to its efficient rotating brush cleaning system, Roomba only needs a 30W motor to thoroughly vacuum your floors.
A robotic vacuum cleaner is unlike a traditional vacuum cleaner, in that it should be judged on ‘efficiency’ of its vacuum suction and brushing system, rather than ‘power’ or air watts. Roomba’s integrated cleaning system makes every milliamp count, making it more energy efficient than the competition.