iRobot Robotic Vacuum Cleaners - Makers Of The Revolutionary Roomba Robot Vacuums

iRobot makes the Roomba Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, the world’s first affordable vacuum cleaning robot. The I Robot Roomba utilizes a patented, three-stage cleaning system to clean as it autonomously navigates throughout your home.

iRobot first came on the scene in 1990 when three MIT robot scientists set out to create the first robots for everyday, practical use … and the rest is history. In 2002, their research and development led to the creation of the Roomba Robotic Vacuum.

By 2009, iRobot® was a $300 million a year company having sold more than 5 million home robots worldwide. iRobot’s signature robotic vacuums are the award-winning Roomba, of course, but iRobot’s home robot line also includes the iRobot Scooba® floor washing robot and the iRobot Dirt Dog® shop sweeping robot.

The i Robot Scooba was developed in response to customers’ demands for a robot that would take the work out of washing floors. The Scooba was built on iRobot’s existing knowledge of vacuuming technology, but was expanded to incorporate the challenges of wet cleaning, fluid dynamics, cleaning solutions, operation in a wet environment, and other challenges.

The iRobot Dirt Dog, on the other hand, was right up their alley … it was essentially a Roomba on steroids! The goal was to create a robotic "shop vac" that would pick up dirt, nuts, bolts, wood chips, and the like from the floor of a workshop, garage, patio, deck, etc.

Utilizing high-speed, counter-rotating brushes to grab debris, the Dirt Dog picks up most everything in its path and deposits it in an oversized, bagless bin ready for easy disposal.

iRobot Roomba vacuums and Scooba floor washing robots are readily available throughout the U.S. and can be purchased locally from many major retailers, or online at Amazon also carries many iRobot accessories, filters, batteries, and parts as well.

Watch a video of the iRobot Roomba in action

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How The Roomba Works

The Cleaning System
The Roomba utilizes a patented, three-stage cleaning system to pick up dirt, dust, pet hair, cat litter, and other debris as it autonomously navigates throughout your home. It automatically adjusts to different flooring types, going from carpets to hard floors to rugs with ease. The Roomba cleans everywhere you want, while avoiding areas you don’t want.

The Roomba uses iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology to navigate a room and do its job. iAdapt is an advanced system of software and sensors that allows the Roomba to select from dozens of robotic behaviors more than 60 times per second to optimize coverage of every section of a room and make multiple passes over the same area.

Virtual Walls
A Virtual Wall® creates an adjustable, invisible, infrared beam that can direct the Roomba to completely vacuum one room before moving on to the next and can also create an invisible barrier to off-limit areas that it will not cross.

Room Coverage
The Roomba’s compact size and iAdapt™ Responsive Cleaning Technology allows it to vacuum beneath low furnishings, like beds, sofas, and other hard-to-reach places, while the spinning side brush removes debris along baseboards, cabinet edges, and into corners.

Detects and Avoids Drop-Offs
The Roomba detects stairs and other drop-offs, cleans up to the edge then automatically and safely changes direction to avoid going over.

Detects Heavily Soiled Areas
The Roomba detects dirtier areas and responds by increasing its vacuuming intensity and cleaning pattern to ensure deeper, concentrated cleaning in that area.

Won’t Get Stuck
Specially designed technology and suspension allow Roomba to maneuver over cords and effectively extricate itself from fringe and tassels.

Detects Obstacles
The Roomba identifies furniture and other obstacles, slows its approach then lightly and gently touches the obstacle with its bumper and changes direction.

Automatically Recharges
The Roomba automatically locates and returns to its Home Base® to dock and recharge between cleaning cycles and when the battery is running low.


iRobot Vacuum Models

iRobot Roomba 600 Series

The Roomba 600 series currently consists of just one model, the Roomba 610. The 610 features on-board scheduling, two Professional Series Virtual Wall Lighthouses, two interchangeable bins, an accessory kit and rugged storage case, one extra set of brushes, 2 extra filters, and a 2 year limited warranty.

iRobot Roomba 500 Series

The Roomba 500 series vacuums all feature iRobot’s three-stage cleaning system, Virtual Wall and iAdapt™ Responsive Cleaning Technologies. However, each model comes with slightly different included features. Some come with scheduling, a larger bin capacity, automatic self-charging, and room-to-room navigation abilities, and some don’t. The higher the number in the series, the newer the model and the more features it has.

For instance, the 510 comes with one Virtual Wall, one extra filter, and one brush cleaning tool, but NO scheduling, NO automatic self-charging, NO room-to-room navigation, and a high-capacity bin as an option.

The 572 comes with two Virtual Wall Lighthouses, scheduling, automatic self-charging, room-to-room navigation, three interchangeable bins, including a high-capacity bin, two extra bristle brushes, two extra beater brushes, two extra side brushes, two extra Aerovac filters, two extra standard filters, two brush cleaning tools, a self-charging home base, and a remote control.

Models in the 500 Series include: 510, 530, 560, 562 Pet Series, 570, 572 Pet Series

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