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iRobot company – reviewing their newest cleaning robots

iRobot logoiRobot is one of the unique companies that has embarked on the production of home robots to revolutionize the manner in which people conduct cleaning in their homes. Established back in 1990 by the Massachusetts institute of technology robotics, the company has produced and sold more than 10 million robots.

Besides home cleaning robots, the company has also produces robots to serve various defense and security sectors. Over 5000 robots have been delivered to civil and military defense forces. Through the integrated effort of software engineers, electrical engineers and mechanical engineers, the company has made the robot world a reality. With its headquarters in Bedford, Massachusetts, it also has offices in China, Hon Kong, the United Kingdom and California. Some of its cleaning robots include the following:

iRobot Roomba Vacuum cleaning robot

This is one of the most vibrant and perhaps functional vacuum cleaning robots ever produced by iRobot. Making use of the revolutionary AeroForce Performance cleaning system, it does a job that an ordinary vacuum cleaner cannot accomplish. It is the most popular robot in the world in 2014. It has been tested and proved to remove 50% more dirt, debris, hair and dust compared to the earlier models. It requires very little maintenance; but has been optimized to offer maximum cleaning performance.

Ideally, the AeroForce system brings together three innovative technologies to strike the essential balance between debris extraction and vacuum suction. Fitted with brushless extractors, this inclusion prevents the accumulation of hair debris and jams, making it easier for the robot to carry out every day cleaning with ease.

Several Roomba models are available today, but here’s my favorite:

iRobot Roomba 880Roomba 880

iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot

This is a robot vacuum cleaner that makes use of damp and dry cloths to clean hard floor surfaces, making it a hassle-free venture. To automatically keep dirt, smudges and dust under check, this is the exact robot vacuum cleaner that you need. With this robot, you will only be required to attach the cleaning cloth, press the robot down and select either mopping or sweeping mode.

Under the dry mop mode, the robot will move in a straight line while the dry cloth picks dust, hair and dirt. With the damp mode on the other hand, the robot applies a special back and forth action while the damp piece of cloth moves repeatedly to pick grime and dirt off the floor surface.

It is also one of the quietest options, and will not interrupt your sleep in case you set it to do the cleaning while you get a power nap. The company has also produced special microfiber clothes, which can be reused countless times. This makes it all effective and cheap on a long-term basis. It is one of the easiest robots to operate because once it is done with the cleaning, it will return to its starting point and power down.

Here the latest in the Braava series:

iRobot Braava 380tBraava 380t

  • The robot can dry sweep for 3h on a single charge, or it can wet mop continuously for 2h
  • Avoids stairs, rugs and floors bumps
  • Ideal for handling pet hair, whisper-quiet
  • Uses the Perfect Edge technology to clean right to the edges of the walls, around chair legs and other obstacles. The cleaning pads are re-washable and replaceable.
  • Has a 1-year warranty
  • Comes with a great price

iRobot Mirra pool cleaning robot

If you must enjoy the services of your pool, then it ought to be clean. iRobot understands this, a reason why they have designed this cleaning robot to make the job easier for you. It reduces the amount of time that you take scrubbing the surfaces of your pool, such that this duration is devoted to meaningful splashing. With Mirra, you don’t need booster pumps, hoses or even any kind of installation. Immediately you drop it in your pool, the clean-up exercise begins.

Making use of a PVC brush, it scrubs the surfaces while moving, making possible for the robot to lift debris, bacteria and algae off the floor and the walls. Whether it is the water line that has been affected by bacteria and oil, this robot will move through the entire pool to ensure it is totally clean.

Complete with easy-to-empty vacuum canisters, it is a lot easier to empty the dirt through the quick-drain valves. The robot also comes with an optional carrying caddy as an optional accessory, to help move it from the pool to the storage area.

Here’s the new Mirra model:

iRobot Mirra 530Mirra 530

  • Deep cleans both pool surfaces and water
  • The scrubbing brush eliminate leaves, hair, algae, and filter bacteria
  • Uses 2 motors, one to drive the robot and 1 for pumping/filtering 70 gallons of water per minute
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • 1-year warranty
  • I found a great deal for this pool cleaning unit

Scooba floor scrubbing robot

Scrubbing floors is one of the tedious cleaning tasks, but now made easy by iRobot’s Scooba floor scrubbing robot. It has a three-cycle cleaning process, featuring the Pre-soak technology to enhance its effectiveness.

Unlike the mopping type which uses and reuses dirty water, this robot makes use of a fresh solution from the beginning to the end. This is because of a duo-compartment tank, where clean and dirty water are separated. It makes cleaning easy since you will not be required to carry out the task yourself.

Check out the best Scooba robot:

iRobot Scooba 450Scooba 450

  • Uses a 3-Cycle Cleaning Process: automatically sweeps and pre-soaks, scrubs, then squeegees your floors.
  • Eliminates 99.3% of bacteria.
  • Keeps the clean water separated from the dirty water.
  • 2 cleaning options to choose from: 20-minute cycle or 40 minutes cycle.
  • Has a 1-year warranty
  • Here’s a very nice deal for this robot

Rooj gutter cleaning robot

Have you been repositioning the ladder from time to time as you clean the gutter? It is time to move the ladder just once and let the rooj gutter cleaning root from iRobot do the cleaning for you. As the robot moves across your gutter, it is able to blast away all the leaves, clogs, sludge and dirt.

This robot has a 4-stage auger which is responsible for breaking down large clogs before they are thrown off your roof as the scrappers also handle the remaining debris. It also comes with a set of ejectors, which are relatively smaller, but they allow you to customize your auger, so that it can handle different types and sizes of debris.

In its clean mode, you only need to press the clean button and the robot will travel on its own down the gutter. It also senses and adapts to debris in various ways to enhance effectiveness in cleaning. However, the robot also has a manual mode, which gives you control over its operations. In this mode, you decide where to clean, how to do the cleaning and for how long. Essentially, you control its motion so that cleaning is done in line with your requirements.

The robot has a detachable remote control handle, which handles a communication range of up to 50’. This allows you both forward and backward control, and besides, you can opt for the automatic control mode. With the remote, you can as well control the auger’s spin direction. Regardless of the size of your gutter, this robot is fast and effective. For a considerable distance of 30-feet, this robot can complete the cleaning in 5 minutes.

As final words, I covered the best units iRobot produces at the moment. Here’s a funny fact, have you noticed all of them have a double letter inside their name? I bet you didn’t! Last but not least: do you own an iRobot, or plan to buy one? Share your thoughts with us!

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Michael

Blogger and IT passionate at Best Robo Vac
I'm Michael Down, a gadget addict and I absolutely love (in my spare part of the day), to blog, review and use the latest technological products humanity offers. I'm a full time robotics researcher specialized in robot movement, so I guess I get my groove on from my work.

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