A Roomba is a small computerized vacuum cleaner that has a disc-like shape. It automatically travels around your home, using spinning brushes to pick up dirt and debris as it glides over the floors.
Side brushes sweep the dirt underneath the Roomba, while counter-rotating brushes underneath it guide the debris toward the vacuum, which sucks it into a storage bin.
In order to move around your home automatically, the Roomba utilizes a group of preprogrammed instructions and onboard sensors that keep it from banging into walls and furniture.
A Roomba has a rechargeable battery that provides the power it needs to move throughout your home. It comes with a charging station, where you can keep the vacuum when it’s not in use so you know that it’s always ready to go when you want to clean.
All Roomba models feature a patented 3-stage cleaning system. The vacuums loosen, lift, and suction dirt and debris to clean your floors effectively.
However, some models have increased air power to make the cleaning process even more effective – some Roombas have five to ten times the air power of lower end models, which allows them to more effectively remove embedded dirt.
For the most complete clean, you may want to opt for a higher end Roomba series.
All Roomba vacuums operate on a battery, but not all batteries provide the same cleaning time. Your vacuum’s battery life will determine how long the Roomba can clean before it needs recharging, so it’s an important factor to consider when you’re shopping.
If you have a large home, you may want to invest in a model that has an extra long battery life.
Some Roombas are equipped with batteries that have 60 minutes of run time, while other mid-range models have a 75 minute battery life. For the longest running Roomba, look for a model with a battery life of about 120 minutes.
Every Roomba model has a self-charging feature, which means that they will automatically return to their docking station to charge when they’re running low on power.
They won’t go back to cleaning on their own, though, so you’ll need to set the vacuum back to cleaning again once it’s done charging.
However, some Roomba series have a Recharge and Resume feature as well. That allows the vacuum to return to the docking station when it needs to charge but immediately pick up the cleaning job where it left off once it’s fully charged.