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Should You Buy a ROBOT Vacuum Cleaner? (Roomba 980 Review) | The Tech Chap

This is my Robot vacuum cleaner It’s the iRobot Roomba 980 It has been out for a couple of years But I’ve had the opportunity over the last month to test it out in my own home. I’m curious about whether these things are actually worth buying or if they’re just gimmicky and you end up having to do the vacuuming yourself anyway. Considering this top-spec Roomba 980 costs the better part of £1000 Is it actually worth buying? Does it keep your house clean? basically – should you get one? away! Its all about convenience – how important
is your time. I mean I vacuum my house – which to be fair
isnt even that big – probably once a week. With the Roomba, its more like once a month. With the higher end models like the Roomba
980, you get WiFi and app support, so you dont even need to set it off yourself, you
can program a schedule. Ive got my robot which I called Steve – for
some reason – doing the round every monday, wednesday and friday at 10am. I get little app notifications come up when
hes finished, if hes full, if hes stuck – which occasionally he does get. Basically, except for emptying him out once
a week and plonking him at the top of the stairs to do my upstairs – its a very hands-off
experience. Suction and cleaning power will vary depending
on what model of robot vacuum cleaner you go for – with a variety of Roomba models available. My roomba will last 2 hours on a single charge
before it returns home to the docking station, and takes about 30 minutes to do my kitchen
and living room. It starts off pretty methodical, going back
and forth, but then as it gently bumps into chairs and walls it maps out the space and
then seems to end up going in all sorts of directions. But regardless of the route it takes, fair
play to it – it does cover all the space, and unlike the Dyson 360 eye is small enough
to go under my sofa and my bed which is another handy advantage over a traditional upright
vacuum cleaner. I was impressed with how it handled wires
and cables too, sometimes it would get itself a bit worked up but 99% of the time it got
free and so far.. Hasnt chewed up or damaged anything. I dont have pets though – and while this would
definitely be useful for regularly vacuuming cat or dog hair – i would be afraid what would
happen if it drove through your pets…lets just say mess. I also find that when I know Steve is about
to go off on his rounds, ill move furniture out of the way or try to clear as much floor
space so he can clean everywhere – although at that point i’m thinking well i may as well
just do it myself, im already moving furniture about. But on the whole I have to say i am convinced,
not necessarily by the slightly eye-watering price, but the idea of a robot vacuum cleaner
– providing regular cleaning to your house, and then backed up by you doing a proper vacuuming
session – once a month or something. Vacuum cleaners arent the sexiest or most
glamorous gadgets to talk about – but more than once Ive found myself just watching Steve
go around, impressed by how he gets right in the corners, can navigate around awkward
stalls and pushes my shoes out of the way in the hallway. So this top-end Roomba 980 costs �899, which
is an awful lot of money. Although Roombas start from about £350 – although
they lack app support and dont have high-power carpet cleaning modes. Theres also strong competition from more budget
robot vacuum cleaners like the Xiaomi Mi Robot – which could be a good starting point to
see if its something you want in your home. But after a month of use, I have to say I
really like my Roomba and I would recommend it. Its definitely a luxury rather than a necessity,
but whichever model you go for, I think every house or apartment should have its own little
steve doing your chores while youre out. Although for 900-quid, I also kind of expect
it to make me a cuppa tea and bring me breakfast in the morning. Maybe on next years model. So I hope you found that useful – Im trying
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Art S

Nov 11, 2018, 6:21 pm Reply

Just perfect equipment is you living in room without furnitures, otherwise you gonna clean again after this hoover

Brittney Taylor

Nov 11, 2018, 7:12 pm Reply

Which one would you suggest for me? As I have a Siberian Husky and Three Cats??I need one of these, just not such which model would be able to handle the job? I also have Three kids and a pet husband?Help me ?animals going potty on my floors is not an issue, they’re all very well trained xoxo


Nov 11, 2018, 6:48 pm Reply

Taki taki ROOMBA!


Nov 11, 2018, 1:44 am Reply

seems like a harmless little robot

until it tries to slit your throat at night

David Kim

Nov 11, 2018, 8:39 am Reply

Liked commented subscribed

CameronK 054

Nov 11, 2018, 8:30 pm Reply

Lmao Steve is stuck near a cliff he requires your attention ????


Nov 11, 2018, 6:53 pm Reply

I got my Roomba 980 for €600 last black friday and I'm very pleasantly suprised by how effective it is in cleaning. Would recommend it to everyone as long as you don't have too much clutter on the floor.

Cecilia Welch

Dec 12, 2018, 1:49 am Reply

i  love technology as much as the next person but what good is it if the people who need it the most can't afford it?  The disabled ho are wheelchair bound, or people like me with a tumor on my spine, amputees and a host of other ailments that can't handle the cumbersome equipment to complete daily chores.  This was created for lazy rich people with nothing better to do but sit around and not because they have to. sad.

Lenard Stamp

Dec 12, 2018, 2:35 pm Reply

Great video and good review. Thank you!


Dec 12, 2018, 8:29 pm Reply

Maps out your space and uploads it to the cloud.

Stephanie Mitchell

Dec 12, 2018, 2:53 am Reply

Husband doesn't want me to spend the money for this. I live in a late 1800's Colonial with wood EVERYTHING, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 3 kids at home. Sweeping is a DAILY need. However, I only sweep the entire house about 2 times/week. Mop once a week, and the mopping is usually only in high traffic areas and the bathrooms (3) . In reality, it needs sweeping every MF day. We could probably get away with mopping 1x/week in the fall only. Shit is a real struggle, especially in the NE where I live. 4 Seasons, and all the 4 seasons of different BS that get dragged into the house. Anyway, I'm about to just buy this for myself seeing that I am the sweeper in this relationship. Yo, if I can find a mopping ROOMBA…MY LIFE WILL BE A DREAM. A DREAM!!!!! I work 48 hours/week.. Between regular mother $hit and job $shit and wife $hit my personal self-life is in shambles. I wish I didn't need to spend all my free time keep these raggedy ass wood floor clean. Man, I just saved like 2 hours city commute time during rush hour, a parking fee, and an insurance Co-pay to just share this here instead of at a professional therapist. It was free. Amazing.

Jordan Robert

Dec 12, 2018, 7:49 pm Reply

thank you for the naked gun intro, made my day!

Nick Stevens

Dec 12, 2018, 4:45 am Reply

I have the i7, recently bough….two weeks. Best home purchase for cleaning I have made. Simply amazing!!!!!!

Karen Wanas

Dec 12, 2018, 6:34 am Reply

Best vacuum I EVER GOT… it does My ENTIRE house ❤️❌⭕️‼️‼️❗️btw, the the cheaper models (600 series) work just as good or better than the new (900 series) … you do not need a remote control as the vacuum goes back to home base on its own to recharge….

Super Savings with Jennifer

Dec 12, 2018, 7:54 pm Reply

Awesome intro!!!

Impressive Girl 9

Dec 12, 2018, 10:29 pm Reply

iRobot is your worst nightmare

Sobano S

Jan 1, 2019, 2:23 am Reply

not worth the money. it's convenient but still requires touch up with regular vacuum. the technology is not quite there yet.

th3 gov3rnm3nt

Jan 1, 2019, 12:44 am Reply

Hi my name is connor I am an android from cyber life

Yoz –

Jan 1, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply



Jan 1, 2019, 12:56 am Reply

Its really satisfying to watch them clean


Jan 1, 2019, 4:06 am Reply

sweet. looking forward to buy one.

Sizzling Grill

Jan 1, 2019, 3:07 am Reply

No the rainbow vacuum is the best

Sir Digby Chicken Ceaser

Jan 1, 2019, 9:20 am Reply

I can hoover my home with a cordless vac and it takes me less time than one of them robot things


Jan 1, 2019, 1:27 am Reply

Do any of these work on carpet never actually owned A roomba I'm just curious

thatonegirl 408

Jan 1, 2019, 12:10 am Reply


Gemmy Kid

Jan 1, 2019, 8:32 pm Reply

1:25 “Steve is stuck near a cliff.”

Fergus McKeown

Jan 1, 2019, 6:28 pm Reply

Is there a Cyberdyne series T-800 model 101


Feb 2, 2019, 9:20 pm Reply


parker’s prop shop

Feb 2, 2019, 7:21 am Reply

Who's à good robot pet?
You are ? keep it up thé good work 🙂


Feb 2, 2019, 3:53 pm Reply

I’ve got this vacuum and it love it. We’ve got two dogs and the Roomba aka Jeffrey, is responsible for daily vacuuming of 1500 sq ft. It needs to be emptied daily, but does a great job keeping the floors hair and dust free.

Phong Nguyen

Feb 2, 2019, 2:54 pm Reply

I bought 2 neato and it’s the best thing I have ever done.

Jubilees Show

Feb 2, 2019, 7:11 pm Reply

Mom here! I vacuum like twice a day! I think I need a robot vacuum!

Brian Ramos

Feb 2, 2019, 11:20 pm Reply

Which one is the best roomba to get. I have a dog been researching them. I have carpet on rooms and floor all thru out the house,


Feb 2, 2019, 10:32 pm Reply

I bought one of the older SAGE models and while it’s not as hi tech as this one – it works just fine . Only cost £90 about 5 years ago.

Daniyal Nadeem

Mar 3, 2019, 2:09 am Reply

I have human size robot that clean my home
It is so cute and good

Audio Andy

Mar 3, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

naked gun

Rosa Fank

Mar 3, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

Love the intro

mag steel

Mar 3, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

When I had a Roomba I found cleaning it out was a major pain. Hair and dust would get wrapped around the little wheels and brushes and needed to be frequently and painstakingly removed.

X 1

Mar 3, 2019, 7:29 pm Reply

Now that they cost like 400 i'm ordering 2. Gonna put googly eyes on it and dress it up as a super hero ahahaha

Kendrick Thomas

Mar 3, 2019, 10:03 pm Reply

In the 1950's they said we'll have robots that will do our chores
Year's later the Roomba was predicted

Youtuber 1

Mar 3, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

My gf wanted one. I didn’t think it’d be very practical but saw a good deal on one and got it. Im really glad I did. I’m very impressed with how well it works. It does an incredible job picking up pet hair. We still use the Kirby once to twice a week but this has made things much easier and cleaner. I do wish it wasn’t so loud but that’s not a big deal because it can clean when you’re not home.

DerpPotato Kat

Mar 3, 2019, 10:05 am Reply

Cuz they good Boi's


Mar 3, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

It would be great if it can get corners…

bow jangles

Mar 3, 2019, 9:45 am Reply

You get a like for the naked gun intro

Mike the Eye Films

Mar 3, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply

Dude that intro had me laughing. Had to pause the video just to give you kudos.

I speak The truth

Mar 3, 2019, 4:28 pm Reply

I got one , when it’s not getting its self stuck under the bed or the couch it doesn’t do a thorough job .

Lovewith Koenigsegg

Mar 3, 2019, 7:40 am Reply

Go for it if you lazy enough to move around

James Williams

Mar 3, 2019, 12:32 pm Reply

Buy the shark cheaper and works great

Nilo Dev

Mar 3, 2019, 8:57 am Reply

Buy the dumb ones. One's which have networking are essentially recording devices. In recent times, one of the manufacturers wanted to sell the recordings to interested parties, but the public outcry stopped the sale of the videos.

prakash daulatabad

Mar 3, 2019, 10:34 am Reply

What is price

Seem to have Forgotten my name

Mar 3, 2019, 2:12 pm Reply

And a few months later and they are about £100 lol

Connor Rodenbeck

Mar 3, 2019, 1:59 am Reply

I had mine go through my large dog's poop. It was not fun. Probably took 4 hours to clean and still smelled like poop.

Rich Ackerman

Mar 3, 2019, 12:14 pm Reply

For the price these things are basically useless as tits on a nun.

Global Varks

Apr 4, 2019, 9:45 pm Reply

Never buy the iRobot. They are ONLY interested in volume on sales. I have 2 Roombas and neither of them work right. This company is MERELY living off of BLOATED taxpayer funded GOVERNMENT Contracts. We have to wonder how much KICK BACKS are being paid to those who fall victims to their LOBBY THIEVES.

Tito Ochola

Apr 4, 2019, 7:18 am Reply

I subscribe to your channel because of your voice it makes tech look better than they are

Ania Goszczynski

Apr 4, 2019, 5:10 pm Reply

Why it’s so loud right now it’s April 2019. If they have quiet model and how much is the price???

Adriana Tomic

Apr 4, 2019, 1:57 am Reply

Well if you are sick, or tired or busy…it will clean for you…Sounds nice, maybe one day.

Space Bear

Apr 4, 2019, 3:15 am Reply

needs 200k huh? ok EVERYONE UNSUBSCRIBE NOW.

Daniel Nguyen

Apr 4, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

Why the hell is this vacuum cleaner cute?


Apr 4, 2019, 4:04 pm Reply

I just got this for $5 at a pay by the lb. crossing my fingers that it works!!

Alther R. Esguerra girl

Apr 4, 2019, 12:51 am Reply

He is a very good boi.


Apr 4, 2019, 3:40 am Reply

What I'm still having trouble finding is if there was let's say a small toy or piece of food, does it avoid it or just suck it up? Does it get stuck?

Michael Phelps

May 5, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

Police Squad! I love it!

Jetsio Manuna

May 5, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

I bought the ilife vs5 and it's actually awesome for my bedsit flat. only cost me $300 great value


May 5, 2019, 2:53 pm Reply

It's so cute!!!!


May 5, 2019, 12:25 pm Reply

1K????????????? thats more than 5K in Brazil, quiting now….


May 5, 2019, 7:13 pm Reply

what about if you want it to go up and downstairs?


May 5, 2019, 10:54 pm Reply

"Drove through our pets mess"… Sorry this has to be addressed. So doggos ask to go outside to do their business. I have cat and they use litter trays. All very clean and contained. You seem to be implying pets just go to the toilet around the flat, not true. What the hell kind of pet people do you know?:p

Gaming Starship

May 5, 2019, 1:23 am Reply

I Wish A Robot Can Do My Homework

glen phillips

May 5, 2019, 4:24 am Reply

Very good at spreading dog shit if the dog shits in the house.


May 5, 2019, 6:19 am Reply

Tom Honeyhands? Sounds like a damn bond villian.


May 5, 2019, 6:01 am Reply

This thing is awesome. I have a connected Roomba operated with Alexa and Google assistant

Dr. Emmett Brown

May 5, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.


May 5, 2019, 8:30 pm Reply

The robot vacuum cleaners are a godsend for people who are disabled as myself. Since I can't stand up to vacuum. It's good to be able to use these to clean and enjoy being less dependant on someone else.


Jun 6, 2019, 11:15 am Reply

No, just buy a human servant

Subramaniam Iyer

Jun 6, 2019, 3:51 am Reply

I guess Steve is his boss' name. That should feel good.

Brian Wong

Jun 6, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

Yes I can use it EVERY DAY

P̸e̷a̵c̷h̷y̴ G̵r̴o̷o̷v̸e̷s̷

Jun 6, 2019, 8:09 pm Reply

Theyre good boys

Channel of tutorials

Jun 6, 2019, 12:07 am Reply

It won't really work if you have more than 1 floor in your house

Ineluctable Smith

Jun 6, 2019, 8:33 pm Reply

I have one and I love it. It keeps pet hair at bay, dusts under chairs and couches, and generally keeps things on the clean side. It is not the end all cleaner. You still have to vacuum and clean, but boy does this moderate dog hair and dust. Cleans under beds well too.


Jun 6, 2019, 6:21 pm Reply

Laziness at it's finest, beyond belief.


Jun 6, 2019, 3:10 am Reply

899 pounds for this shit, NO WAY

edelno5 blaa

Jun 6, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

One thousand pounds! Christ on a bike, that's expensive.

Tech Review Ireland

Jun 6, 2019, 10:34 am Reply

You are a long way from the 150k subscribers in this video, but youve just got one more,, great video

FOre ME0

Jun 6, 2019, 2:12 pm Reply

Honestly I say yes cause most of my family owns one and it’s like a pet that cleans up after you, and even then we treat it like it’s an actual dog or something. We’ll say “bring Libby over I have a treat” then we would push some dust on the floor and when she eats it we go “good girl!” It sounds fucking nuts but honestly it’s the only way we get along


Jun 6, 2019, 8:08 pm Reply

Nice Dragnet opening

Cory Shirey

Jun 6, 2019, 10:42 pm Reply

Popeple who get this device is just lazy. Whatever happened to making time to vaccine the the house.

Ramachandran Natarajan

Jun 6, 2019, 7:34 am Reply

Looks good


Jul 7, 2019, 1:23 pm Reply

why? you don't have a wife to clean your house?

Tommy V

Jul 7, 2019, 10:32 am Reply

Fucking brilliant intro..I get it 🙂

Terry Danks

Jul 7, 2019, 1:28 pm Reply

I've had several of these things. They're like a hobby of sorts. As vacuums though, they're pretty poor.
You'll spend as much time cleaning pet hair from the spindles as it takes to manually vacuum!
Don't expect them to stand up to frequent use either.
The novelty wears off quickly.


Jul 7, 2019, 7:13 pm Reply

Two thumbs up just for the intro…??

Abu Maalik

Jul 7, 2019, 7:36 pm Reply

Be green, use a broom.

Puglife Puglife

Aug 8, 2019, 11:34 pm Reply

i feel likenit would be efficient to have pne of these in a commercial setting; most establishments dont have thicc carpet and just tile. It could be programmed to run at night and spare the expense of another worker. you would just get the cheapest one tho, cuz no carpet

Rant Man

Aug 8, 2019, 5:02 am Reply

Naked gun reference is genius 🙂

yashoo 76

Aug 8, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply

thhanks chap.

Paul Cheek

Aug 8, 2019, 11:34 pm Reply

cat sheds too much for that little thing

Sharmella Krishnasamy

Aug 8, 2019, 2:44 pm Reply

worth buying if you own a double storey house. not necessary for tiny apartments unless you are toooo busy to sweep the house.

Adora Tsang

Aug 8, 2019, 1:11 pm Reply

They are not very useful if you have long hair.


Aug 8, 2019, 5:31 am Reply

This is slavery..

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