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If you’re looking for one of those Roomba Robot Vacuums and you’ve been holding off for a crazy deal on Cyber Monday or Black Friday, there is a good chance you will get it.
Last year most online stores and retailers have offered discounts on the many models the Roomba has to offer. And this year is likely to see some great deals as well, since iRobot has now introduced the Roomba 690 and 890.
We’ll discuss the differences between models in a second, but as you may imagine, this means older models such as the Roomba 650, 870 and 880 are very likely to see dramatic discounts this time of year.
iRobot, the manufacturer behind the successful Roomba, was started in 1990 by three MIT roboticists. They had the vision of making practical robots a reality, and are now the leading consumer robot company.
They introduced the first Roomba vacuuming robot in 2002, this was one of their first products destined for the home, since they used to focus more on robots for disaster response and life-saving missions. The Roomba, nevertheless, quickly became the flagship of the company.
Clearly, iRobot have never stopped improving upon the Roomba, and they’ve been perfecting the concept for more than 15 years now. The 980, which is the top of the line so far, was introduced to the market in 2015. As mentioned before, the new 690 and 890 were released earlier this year.
The main differences between all currently-available Roomba’s are within air power, and the features related to the app that lets you control your Roomba, such as scheduling, reports and custom cleaning preferences.
All available Roombas work on all floor types, they feature iRobot’s patented 3-stage cleaning (meaning that they loosen, lift and then suction dirt), run for at least 60 minutes, detect dirt and charge themselves.
The basic Roomba 614 has all of these. All models start to include extra features from there.
The new 690 features scheduling and is the cheapest model with Wi-Fi connection.
The 890 has all the features that the 690 has, but also includes tangle-free rollers (picks up hair, fur and debris without getting tangled) and a high-efficiency filter.
So what’s the difference between the 650, 870 and 880 that have now been replaced? (and that are likely to see major discounts as a result…)
If you make a side by side comparison between, say, the 650 and the 690, or the 879/880 and the 890, you’ll notice that they have more or less the same features.
The difference is merely in the technology within. Past models made use of AeroVac and AeroForce technology for cleaning. Newer models have simply replaced this with newer versions of the same technology, all while adding other improvements in such things as sensors, dirt detection and app-integration.
First there’s the 960. It runs for up to 75 minutes and features 5x the air power. But the most significant features that separate it from the 800 series such as the 860 are multi-room cleaning (a navigation system that maps its surrounding to clean an entire level within a home), recharge and resume technology (so it won’t stop cleaning until it’s done), clean map reports and custom cleaning preferences (lets you tweak the power settings, number of passes, etc.)
Finally, the 980, which features 10x the air power, runs up to 120 minutes and features everything mentioned so far. The only other addition is that it automatically increases cleaning power on carpets.
All the previous talk about features between the different models is bound to give you a headache if you’re in the midst of Cyber Monday or Black Friday insanity and need to choose a model right there.
So it helps to know which Roomba is for you before you even set foot in a physical store. In order to do that, the people at iRobot have been nice enough to put together the chart below that compares all features between the current models:
While that may help, be sure to ask yourself questions like what surfaces you need cleaning, whether you really need scheduling (great if you want your Roomba to vacuum while you’re gone) and if the size of the area you need cleaning really demands “clean map reports” and customized cleaning preferences.
Also important to consider are the ability to pick up pet hair (if you have any), the variety of surfaces in your home or office, and of course… prices.
To give you a general idea of what kind of deals you’re likely to see in the Roomba on Black Friday and Cyber Monday or 2017, here are some remarkable deals that took place in 2016:
It always helps to take a look at some of the offers that went down throughout the year as well.
For example, according to the site “Smart Robotic Home” the top of the line Roomba 980 saw discounts of at least $100 off on Mother’s Day Father’s Day and Labor day of 2017.
So, all things considered, any Roomba that’s anywhere near $100 off should be considered a decent deal for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Anything above that should be a no-brainer (if you really want a vacuuming robot).
Hopefully you’ll find yourself a great deal on the Roomba you’ve got in mind this November!
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Rachel Fink is a writer and mom of 7 kids. She keeps her sanity by keeping a stash of chocolate and coffee nearby.