How much do we all love gadgets that make our lives easier? I have to confess to being a lover of smart homes and am always eager to try products. However, I can also be the biggest cynic and it takes a lot to convince me that something really lives up to the hype. So with the opportunity to try a top of the range iRobot Roomba 980, of course I had to see if it lives up to expectation.
I’ve decided to split this review in two – this part will focus on first impressions and the second will come after I’ve had a chance to really test it out. I have to say though that when I shared on Instagram Stories that one had arrived, the messages from people were overwhelmingly positive. It looks as though this really could be the one cleaning product I absolutely do need.
With a busy full-time job as well as juggling the blog and our slow, long-term house renovation, cleaning falls low on my list of priorities. The problem is that with a dog and cat, we really need to be cleaning more regularly than we do. I hate having to give so much of our precious weekend time over to mundane chores but that’s just the way it is.
I also don’t have much patience for alleged ‘time-saving’ devices that take me too long to get to grips with. It has to be simple and unfussy to basically set up and go. So when the iRobot Roomba 980 arrived, I was intrigued to see if it would be as straightforward as I hoped. And my verdict? Yes, 100%.
The packaging is stylish but minimal, enough to protect the vacuum but not wasteful. Included in the box is the charging dock, plugs, a couple of spare accessories and the dual mode virtual wall barriers. These little gadgets mean you can protect an area that you don’t want the vacuum to go near, like a pet feeding station.
Other than that, it’s pretty much ready to go. The iRobot Roomba 980 comes part charged so if you really can’t wait to see it in action, you can set it off right away. I decided to dock ours on the base to get a full charge in before use. It doesn’t take up too much space and looks elegant for a piece of cleaning equipment. The only issue I may have is trying to find a suitable plug socket for it to dock permanently because most of ours are in confined spaces. A small little issue though that I’m sure I’ll figure out.
So my first impressions are absolutely positive but of course the proof remains to be seen. Can it really deal with Boo & Maddie’s never-ending fluff? I’ll be back in a week or so to share a follow-up post with how we’ve found it.
Thank you so much to iRobot for kindly gifting me the Roomba 980 in return for an honest review. All words and images are my own unless otherwise stated.