Years of intensive cultivation in the consumer field have allowed iRobot to fully understand the public’s demand for sweepers. I recently experienced iRobot’s flagship sweeping robot Roomba981. From this product, we have seen a lot of shining points worth sharing with everyone. We will tell you why we think it is the best sweeping robot.Today I will bring you the Asian version of 981, they are consistent in function and performance
When it comes to sweeping robots, iRobot is definitely a brand that cannot be avoided. Although there are different opinions about the origin of the first sweeping robot, this category can take root in the mass market, and iRobot is undoubtedly an important driving force. Perhaps many people may not know that before launching the first consumer-grade product, iRobot has been focusing on professional robotics (military, security, search and rescue, etc.) for more than ten years. In the search and rescue scene of the 9.11 terrorist attack that year, iRobot robots could be seen. Perhaps it is precisely because of its early background in the professional field that iRobot is more willing to define itself as a robotics company. When iRobot switched the track to the consumer market, it could be said to be a "dimension reduction blow", and the company quickly grew into a leader in the industry.
According to public data, iRobot currently has a market share of more than 60% in the global sweeping robot market. The US market is even closer to 90%. At present, the global sales of iRobot home robot products exceed 20 million units. In addition to technical accumulation, years of deep cultivation in the consumer field have also allowed iRobot to fully understand the public's demand for sweeping machines. I recently experienced iRobot's flagship sweeping robot Roomba 981. From this product, we have seen a lot of shining points worth sharing with everyone. The more "proactive" cleaning mode 981 has a classic "sweeping robot" appearance-in fact, such a round appearance was fixed after iRobot launched the Roomba series in 2002. As the pioneer of household sweeping robots, iRobot's "aesthetic" "It is inevitable that it will also affect the designs of other manufacturers. There are only three buttons on the front of the 981. Press the CLEAN button in the middle to make the sweeping robot work without any complicated settings.
In the era of "Internet of Everything", iRobot has also added the function of networked control to its own sweeping robot. In the mobile app, you can set the 981 working mode, view the cleaning report, and set the cleaning plan.
This small handle is actually for the convenience of hand-held sweeping robots, it has to be said that it is a very user-friendly detail.
From simple collision cleaning in the early days to equipped with certain indoor navigation capabilities, the cleaning work of sweeping robots has already bid farewell to the era of "rule work". The 981 has a variety of built-in sensors to better understand the working environment, and the application of vSLAM visual navigation technology allows it to draw indoor cleaning maps and better distinguish between cleaned and uncleaned areas.
According to the introduction, the 981 will make 60 decisions per second during work and automatically switch between different working modes. For example, when the 981 detects the edges of walls and furniture, it will walk along the edges and use a side brush 27 degrees to the ground to clean the edges. In addition, through the cooperation of the optical sensor and the acoustic wave sensor, the 981 can also achieve fixed-point cleaning in a small area.
It is worth mentioning that the 981 vision module adopts a sunken design, and does not increase the height of the sweeping robot itself-the height of the 981 is only 9.1cm, which can easily drill into the sand and under the table for cleaning.
According to the actual experience, I think the 981 is a very "proactive" sweeping robot. It constantly adjusts the cleaning path according to the surrounding environment, and does not completely follow a fixed route for cleaning. Behind the more proactive decision-making, the support of multiple sensors is naturally inseparable.
The main brush of the 981 is one of my most satisfying parts. It uses dual main brushes with a rubber surface, which can effectively pick up hair and dirt on any type of floor, while also avoiding hair entanglement with the main brush, reducing the burden on subsequent maintenance and cleaning.
In addition, the 981's main brush also supports an anti-winding mode. When the resistance of the winding is detected, the main brush will rotate in the opposite direction to "spit out" the winding. The anti-winding mode actually improves the ability of the sweeping robot to escape from the trap, so that it can reduce the occurrence of motor jams when it is working automatically.
Many people often have carpets in their homes, which requires the sweeping robot to have a certain passing ability. 981 can easily "climb up" to the carpet for cleaning. When the sweeping robot detects the surface of the carpet, it will automatically turn on the strong mode to better complete the cleaning. iRobot officially stated that the maximum aerodynamic power that the 981 third-generation motor can provide on carpets and floor mats is 10 times that of previous models.
The dust box of the 981 adopts a translucent design, and the filter can be easily disassembled and cleaned. It will automatically prompt when the dust bin is full and needs to be emptied. At the same time, all parts of the sweeping robot can be disassembled to facilitate cleaning.
The battery life of the 981 is 120 minutes, and the charging time is 3 hours. 981 supports power-off endurance mode. During cleaning, when the battery is low, it will automatically return to charging, and it will return to the previous position to continue cleaning when fully charged.
In summary, in addition to the basic functions of the sweeping robot, iRobot Roomba 981 has a more active cleaning method and a more convenient maintenance and cleaning design, which reduces the time and energy cost of its later use.
It is worth mentioning that the high price of 981 made it impossible to be a cost-effective choice last year, but nowadays, the price of $371 makes it almost impossible to find a rival in the same level.
Such a high cost performance makes it the best sweeping robot at this price.
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