So no one really likes vacuuming, so how cool would it be to have it happen automatically. iRobot has their top of the line Roomba 790 which does exactly that. How does it perform and does it make the grade? Find out in the full review after the break!
When we first received the iRobot Roomba 790, we first were taken back by the sheer size of the package. Our first thought: man this thing must be huge. Once we opened the package, we realized why it was so big. iRobot includes a carrying case with the Roomba 790. Sadly it was not the type of carrying case you use to store the Roomba, but to store the accessories that iRobot sends out with the 790.
iRobot throws in everything but the kitchen sink with the Roomba 790. They include 3 lighthouses, 6 replacement HEPA filters, 2 replacement brushes/bristles, 1 replacement corner brush, and some additional tools to clean the Roomba 790. With the provided accessories you won’t need to spend money on replacements for awhile, which is awesome. We would have liked to have a carrying/storage case for the Roomba 790 as well, but the accessory storage was a nice consolation prize. With the cleaning tools included, maintenance of the Roomba 790 was fairly easy.
How did the Roomba 790 perform? With the provided lighthouses which act as virtual support beacons to guide the Roomba as well as provide virtual walls to limit where it can go, the 790 was able to guide itself around the office and home easily. While it boasts the capability to determine if something in front of it is a curtain or a wall, the Roomba did struggle a bit with smaller obstacles like tripod legs and some cable cords. Users will have to make sure that the room you’re wanting to vacuum is relatively clutter free before using.
One special addition only included with the Roomba 790 is the command center controller. It provides you with a wireless method to turn on your Roomba, input a cleaning schedule, or even control it manually. The range of the controller was great in our testing working even through a wall. It was definitely a convenient way to operate your Roomba when needed.
The Roomba 790 includes a charging base station which the Roomba can find and dock with. It worked fine in most cases however there were a few instances where the Roomba had to backtrack and try to dock again, we were not exactly sure why this occurs but it did in our tests. However, after a few attempts, the Roomba 790 was always successful in docking.
With regards to its vacuuming prowess, the Roomba 790 worked flawlessly. It was able to pick up most everything that was on our hard tile floors and the carpeted areas. We were surprised by how much it actually was able to pick up with with the limited size and power we assumed the 790 was capable of. It was able to adjust to differing carpet heights easily and without issue. With the bin full sensor, we never ran into a situation where we had to guess whether the bin was full or not.
Overall we were really impressed by the performance, and the fit/finish of the iRobot Roomba 790. It truly possessed the capability to vacuum while we were away and not only that, it actually picked up much if not all of the dirt/debris that were on our floors. The iRobot Roomba 790 is the closest you’ll get to a maid without having to pay every other week, and you can vacuum everyday to minimize dirt/debris build-up.