The domestic robot revolution came into full swing once the robotic vacuum hit the shelves. The company initially responsible for the millions of robovacs sold in America was iRobot with their Roomba. Since then, there continues to be an endless selection of vacuums, moppers, sterilizers, and sweepers. Some are more high-tech than others while others are more efficient than most. For instance, by virtue of its shape, the Neato XV Signature Pro has an easier time with edges and corners. The consensus among users revolves around the fact that they have a robot in their home, and how cool is that? Pretty cool, but there is a price to pay for settling for mere coolness, so the best most users get is a device that does moderately well at supplementary cleaning.
The iTouchless Intelligent is a fairy typical robovacuum made by a company that specializes in other no-touch devices. The Think Gizmos XR Advanced is a robovac with decent user ratings and the capability to give the Neato a run for its money. The iRobot Roomba 780 is another offering from the iconic company that might not be available except from other vendors. Given the revolving door that is iRobot, through which models are as quickly launched as others are replaced, this is no surprise.
The 780 features iAdapt Multi-Room Navigation, which are sensors and software used to navigate the room and self-adjust between floor types. A 3-stage cleaning system agitates, brushes, and suctions to remove dirt, debris, and hair. The bot can be scheduled to clean up to 7 times per week, or you can just press the CLEAN button at your leisure. The 780 automatically docks and recharges itself, and it has cliff detection, uses HEPA filtration, and comes with an infrared remote control. The battery on this unit supposedly lasts 50% longer than the batteries of prior Roombas. Included with the unit are 2 virtual wall lighthouse beacons, extra brush and filter sets, and round and flat brush cleaning tools. The most common complaints of this robot are the dustbin and filter size -- too small -- noise level, and maintenance requirements. Nonetheless, it falls into the common "good enough" category, so you still get to be the primary floor cleaner. Cool.
I do wish it had a sensor to keep it from dying under the couch. It always dies somewhere inconvenient if it isn't near the docking station.
The amount of design work that went into this machine is quite astounding. Cleaning of all the components is easy (with the supplied cleaning tools).
Easy to use, perfectly cleans hardwood floor and carpet, easy handling the collection container and filter.
The machine is equipped with a HEPA filter is additionally a plus for anyone with allergies!
I found compressed air canisters for cleaning computers were very handy in extensively prolonging the working life of the HEPA filters.
It ended up running out of juice on the mat by the front patio and a lady's voice made an announcement and it shut down. Highly entertaining, and effective product.