iRobot Roomba’s were the first on the scene when it came to robotic vacuums. And now they have mastered the design with the latest Roomba 770. This vacuum will drastically change your life and your vacuuming schedule!
This is the most important part of a vacuum, how much dirt and grime it is able to pick up! The Roomba 770 has got this part down pat though. The 770 has a stronger and more powerful vacuum than previous iRobot Roomba’s had, and does a marvelous job of keeping your home clean!
The 770 also comes with a large dustbin that alerts you when it is full. This is anupgrade from older Roomba’s that would become full and quit doing the job without alerting you. Once you have emptied the Roomba’s dustbin, it will happily return to its cleaning. You may notice that when you first use the 770, it will become full quite fast. I found this interesting and shocking at the same time, as I thought I was a pretty good housekeeper! The Roomba proved me to be quite a slob (in a good way!)
When it finds a particularly dirty spot, the 770 will focus on that one spot until it is satisfied that it is clean. It will go back and forth over this spot, much like we do when we vacuum with an upright vacuum. The 770′s attention to detail is VERY impressive!
Although the 770 is able to suck up a shocking amount of dirt and dust, there is one downfall. The sleek and stylish circular design of the Room is quite appealing to the eye, but not so much to corners. The 770 tends to miss about an inch of dirt and dust in corners, and sometimes around furniture. This is a small inconvenience, and it only takes a couple of minutes to sweep up small spots the Roomba missed.
Also, make sure you keep the vacuum away from any curtains and cords. The 770 will unknowingly get stuck on these items, and this may cause damage. This is what the term “Roomba-Proof” means. You need to clean up the room just as you would if you were vacuuming with a regular upright vacuum. This will make the Roomba 770′s cleaning cycle much easier and quicker!
The Roomba 770 actually has a very good battery life. The machine will run for over an hour without the battery dying. Like other robotic cleaner models, the 770 will return to it’s home base charging station once it is low on battery. Saving you the stress and hassle of chasing it down to put a new battery in!
The 770′s noise levels are somewhat in the middle. It is much quieter than a normal upright vacuum, but does not work at a whisper quiet level. It is more of a tolerable drone, that doesn’t prevent you from watching TV or listening to music in another room.
The 770 has a circular screen in the middle of the bot for programming. Here you will also find a large “Clean” button and several other smaller buttons. The simplicity of the Roomba makes it super easy to program anything. You can choose to set a regular time for the 770 to clean and it will automatically start, you don’t even have to be home to watch it! Set it to clean daily or weekly, whatever is more convenient for you.
You can also press the Spot Clean button for a quick clean in one specific spot. This is nice if you make a mess like dropping chips or cereal all over your floor. Don’t worry about it, let the Roomba get it!
If any errors occur with the Roomba, it will speak them out to you. Errors may include the wheels getting stuck or debris getting caught. If you have any problems with your Roomba, I suggest you go to the Roomba website. They offer great troubleshooting advice and ways to reach a customer service representative.
The Roomba 770 is able to map and navigate rooms better than any other Roomba model before it. The vacuum makes up to 60 decisions per second. These decisions include where your furniture is located and where the room needs to be cleaned the most (thanks to Dirt Detect technology). This ensures that the Roomba keeps your rooms as clean as possible!
The Roomba 770 unfortunately does not come with multi-room navigation abilities. It is only able to clean one room at a time, which may not be as efficient for those with larger homes. If multi-room navigation features are a must-have in your robot vacuum, check out my Roomba 780 review. It’s a little more expensive, but it offers a few more features! The 770′s internal workings allow the 770 to work out the size of the room and how long it will take to clean it. When you run the vacuum for the first time, it’s actually quite amusing to watch. The 770 will spin and bounce around your room like a ping pong ball. You would expect the cleaning cycle to be a simple back and forth procedure, but the Roomba’s cleaning algorithm is a little more eccentric! It may seem sporadic, the the 770′s cleaning method is actually very effective.
Some users dislike the fact that the 770 constantly bumps into walls and furniture. The vacuum is equipped with a soft rubber bumper around the body of the machine. So when it does bump into things, the bot and the furniture are protected. Although it bumps very gently with the rubber protector, many are still concerned about the damage to their belongings
The 770 also comes with “virtual walls”. Simply place the little virtual wall units anywhere you don’t want the Roomba to clean, like a bathroom or laundry room.
The 770 is able to clean any flooring type. Whether you have carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate, or random rugs, the 770 has got it covered! It is also able to effortlessly transition from one flooring type to another, as long as the threshold is low enough. Once it has transferred to a new flooring type, it will automatically adjust the way that it cleans. This robotic vacuum does have trouble cleaning high pile carpeting, so you have to keep that in mind before you purchase it (i.e. no shag!)
Taking apart and cleaning the 770 proves to be fairly simple. Just remove the front dustbin to empty and clean it, and remove the underside door to clean all other parts. Removable parts that you should clean are all colored yellow. This makes it really hard for you to take something out that you’re not supposed to. The 770 even comes with tools to clean any hair or lint that may get wound up and stuck in the brushes. Clean out these brushes frequently to avoid damage to your vacuum. You will eventually have to replace parts of the Roomba, but they are fairly cheap and easy to find. Take good care of existing parts to prolong the life of them though!
The 770 also comes with HEPA filters to effectively collect hair, dust and other allergens! This sets it apart from other cleaners, and makes it great for homes with animals or allergy sufferers.
The Roomba 770 is only able to do dry vacuuming, but the iRobot brand does have a floor mopping robot (the Scooba) that mops hard floors.
The old saying “you get what you pay for” is relevant here. The Roomba 770 is well worth the investment of $499, considering how much time and energy it will save you!
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The Roomba 770 is rated at an average 4.4 out of 5 stars!
It was so easy to come up with pros for this product! The Cons were a challenge however, but even Superman has his flaws right?
Long Lasting Battery
HEPA Filter Included
Easy to Schedule Up to Seven Cleanings per Week
Customer Service is Hard to Get A Hold Of
Sometimes Bumps into Objects
Cannot Correctly Clean High Pile Carpeting (like Shag)
In conclusion, iRobot’s Roomba 770 Pet and Allergen Vacuum Cleaning Robot is a charming device. The company has really outdone themselves with this machine. I would suggest investing a little more money into a more quality product, as I struggled to find a bad review online for this robotic vacuum. The 770 will undoubtedly make your life easier, by doing all of the vacuuming for you.