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It took me a long time to actually buy this- I spent weeks wondering if I could justify spending so much on a vacuum cleaner. But once I had it, I can definitely say it was worth every penny.
My main concern was that it wouldn't do a thorough job and I'd still have to vacuum myself a fair bit. But since Roomba arrived, my old vacuum cleaner hasn't left the cupboard. It's amazing how much dust gets picked up on the first few runs, which just shows how much more thorough than manual vacuum cleaning, getting under beds and right up to the walls and furniture.
At first I was worried about leaving anything on the floor in case Roomba sucked it up, but most small things just get pushed to the corner of the room. There's no need to rearrange furniture either- if Roomba has to negotiate lots of table legs, cleaning does take a bit longer but it still gets done.
I'd definitely recommend this model over the cheaper ones. The main reason for this is the battery life. One charge will easily do my entire two bedroom flat. I just leave all the doors open, press 'clean' and when I get home from work, the whole place is vacuumed. The scheduling feature is really useful too, meaning you can pre-program days and times to vacuum.
Maintenance is very easy, it takes about 30 seconds to empty, and all the brushes are very easy to remove- hair does get wrapped round the main brush but as it's removable it's very easy to clean.
The main criticism in reviews seems to be that it takes Roomba longer than it would take to do yourself- which is true but as far as I can see, completely irrelevant- I now spend no time vacuuming, compared to maybe a couple of hours a week before, and my flat looks about 100 times cleaner than it did before.
iRobot Roomba 780 Robot Vacuum Cleaner / The new iRobot Roomba 700 Series Robots are the worlds most advanced robot vacuum cleaners and this latest generation of Roombas builds on the already amazing performance and reliability of the worldwide bestselling 500 series machines / As well as having a sleek new look the Roomba 700 Series has new technology under the bonnet with a whole host enhancements and improvements built from customer feedback and testing on older models / The iRobot Roomba 700 series has all the features of the 500 series robots and features a new cleaning system that picks up and holds more dirt hair and debris then older models / It’s newly designed AeroVac 2 bin has a powerful vacuum to pull dirt into it away from the brushes / And new to Roomba is the HEPA filters which capture fine dust particles and allergens which is perfect for allergy sufferers / It’s new soft touch bumpers will help better protect furniture while the improved power management delivered up to a 50% improvement in battery life / The Roomba 700 series robots also have a redesigned Dirt Detect feature which uses both optical and acoustic sensors to detect dirt particles and make sure that the Roomba leaves your home clean / All without you lifting a finger / The top of the range iRobot Roomba 780 robot has the very best technology has to offer and is the ultimate home cleaning robot / It has all of the fantastic 700 series enhancements and allows both room confinement as well as room-to-room cleaning / You can control it from your sofa with its included remote control or from the touch sensitive controls on the top and it can clean up to 4 rooms on a single charge / the Roomba 780 also comes with 2 virtual Wall Lighthouse units too.Rooms Covered: 4ProgrammableRoom-to-Room Cleaning with the included Lighthouse UnitsIR Remote Control2 Virtual wall Lighthouses includediAdapt Technology for the most efficient cleaning of multiple floor types3 Stage Cleaning SystemCleans all floor typesDirt Detect Series 2Replenishment accessories includedTouch sensitive controlsStair and drop off detectAnti-tangle technology (tassels cables)Self charging Home Base (auto docking)High-capacity batteryMaintenance packageMoulded soft-touch bumperAutomatic fault diagnosticsMultiple cleaning modesRoom size calculationAeroVac Series 2 binBin full indicator1 Year Warranty 6 months for battery / Short name: iRobot Roomba 780