Product Review: iRobot Roomba 770
Two years ago, I purchased the iRobot Roomba 770 on Amazon. Most of the people who enter my apartment have never seen a Roomba before. After I explain the magic power of my vacuum cleaning robot to them, they usually ask me if it works well and if I am satisfied with its performance.
I actually first found out about vacuum cleaning robots when one of my students sent me a video of her Roomba. She said she was hardly ever vacuum cleaning thanks to the little guy. Apparently her Roomba had been doing a great job getting rid of the dog hair in her apartment.
After I did some research on the different models, I decided to buy the iRobot Roomba 770 which wasn't the newest model at the time but considering the price, it was the model I could afford.
My iRobot Roomba 770 in action
The main reason I bought the Roomba was because I wanted to find a strategy to get rid of my dogs' hair more efficiently. I have two black Dachshund mixes who lose a lot of fur and if I vacuum clean in the morning, the floors are full of dog hair again at night. Due to my tight schedule, it was often impossible to vacuum-clean every day. That meant that my floor was hardly ever free of dog hair. It was a nightmare.
The day I started using my iRobot Roomba 770 really changed my life in two ways. For one thing, I was getting better at not leaving my things lying around on the floor... Yes, the Roomba has no mercy with socks, charging cables, coins, papers, toys or anything else lying around. I lost two iPhone charging cables to my Roomba and that really hurt... and for another thing, I have clean floors now! And although the floors are not 100% free of dog hair (I think that is just impossible), I can say that they are much cleaner than before.
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One of the really great things about my Roomba is that it is able to clean while I am doing something else. I can determine a schedule for every weekday and program it into the Roomba. For instance, if I am out of the house on Monday morning, I can set the cleaning time to 8am and when I get back home, the floors are clean. Maybe on Tuesdays, I am away in the afternoon, so I can set the cleaning time to 2pm. You might want to make sure the Roomba is cleaning when you are not at home. You cannot have a phone conversation while the Roomba is cleaning because it is simply too loud. It's not as loud as a regular vacuum cleaner but loud enough.
Unfortunately, the Roomba's container which holds all the dust and dog hair is rather small. That's why you need to empty it out pretty frequently. I usually have to empty it every other day. But it is always very satisfying to see the amount of dog hair inside that container. It's a pretty good feeling.
It takes a couple of hours for the iRobot Roomba 770 to recharge its batteries so you might want to make sure, the Roomba doesn't get stuck somewhere under the bed or under a piece of furniture, otherwise it won't be able to drive back to its docking station to recharge. Yes, it drives back do the docking station after cleaning your apartment, you don't need to do anything! It comes with a remote control but I don't ever use it.
I have a 2 bedroom apartment (753ft²//70m²) and the Roomba would need two runs to clean the whole apartment. But as I have programmed the Roomba to clean every day, that's absolutely fine. I have to vacuum clean about once every two weeks to clean some places where the Roomba is having a hard time getting to.
In a nutshell, I can say that the Roomba has made my life a lot easier. My floors are cleaner and I am definitely happier. My dogs don't mind the Roomba, while they are still scared of my vacuum cleaner. So they are happy as well! I cannot say if it makes sense having a Roomba for people with no dogs. I can't imagine that they would need to clean their apartment/house on a daily basis. But I can really only speak for dog owners. I hope this review helped you in deciding whether the iRobot Roomba 770 is the right choice for you. I am looking forward to reading about your own experiences!