Vacuums invention have saved humanity from the chore of vacuuming manually on daily basis. The most famous Roomba with it’s most advanced series iRobot has offered several best class robot vacuum which offers the best value for the money.
Today, we are going to discuss the iRobot Roomba 790 review. This predecessor of Roomba 780 robot vacuum comes with some extra features like Wireless Command Centre allowing you to send voice messages to the robot while sitting away.
The Roomba 790 belongs to the 700 series that comes with upgraded features than the Roomba 600 series.
Let’s discuss the iRobot Roomba 790 Robot review in details.
Design, Accessories, Features, and Setup
The iRobot Roomba 790 measures 14 inches in diameter, weighs around 8 pounds and stands 4 inches tall. The height is higher than several robot vacuums but similar to Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Robot.
The top panel of the robot is a metallic-looking shade of blue, with grey accents and black sides. Flip the bot over, and you will find several filters and brushes, and an easy-to-remove dustbin.
You can easily change those filters from the base. The bot comes with tons of other replacement accessories like three sets of HEPA filters, brush cleaning tools, 2 bristle brushes, 3 side brushes, and an accessory carrying case that keeps all the accessories organized.
But that’s not all…
It features a Virtual Wall Lighthouse, which is a small device powered by a battery and can be used in one of two ways. In lighthouse mode, they help the Roomba move in your house. It also guides the robot what to clean next and where to go.
With the Virtual Wall mode, you can cordon off areas you don’t want the robot to go and clean. Place the wall where you want, adjust the length of the barrier up to eight feet to keep the Roomba away from that area. The purpose to cordon off is that Roomba will trip as it encounters cords in its way.
The anti-tangle system in the Roomba does help to avoid the tangles, it automatically stops brushes and spins them in reverse in case of the problem.
What makes the Roomba 790 better than 780 is it’s Wireless Command Center which is an alternative of the remote control. This system utilizes the radio frequency to transmit signals through ceilings and walls up to 25 feet away from the robot. The size of this wireless command center is about the size of a television remote, and it has a black body with a grey band around the middle. By default it’s paired with the robot, you can unpair it easily.
The Wireless Command Center has five functions. The very first is a Clean button, that allows you to activate the robot no matter what room you’re in. Then we have schedule cleaning, dock, Spot clean. Around the Clean button, there are directional keys that can be used to move the robot if it encounters a toy in its way or helps you direct the bot in a particular spot in your home.
All other Roombas in this series comes with remotes, but you have pointed the IR blasters on the robot, but they do not offer much control.
The robot is quite easy to set up. Right out of the box you have to put the plugin the charging station and place it against the wall. The robot gets fully charged in about three hours and can clean continuously for an hour.
The iRobot Roomba 790 picks up dirt and debris using it’s Dirt Detect Series 2 technology and don’t even ignores the sand, even the optical sensor can detect soft debris like popcorn.
In more dirty areas, the Roomba uses Persistent pass cleaning mode where it moves repeatedly in the same area as you do with a traditional vacuum.
It works efficiently on different floors either hard floor or carpet, the dual HEPA filters capture pollen and dust particles inside.
As far as the performance is concerned, it works almost similar to the Roomba 780 and the Roomba 770. Like all other Roomba’s the 790 pay close attention to the room first and after analyzing it chooses the optimal cleaning path. With this approach, the robot goes in every corner of the room and leaves not even an inch. This is where many of the expensive robots struggle.
With the battery life of an hour, it can clean one-bedroom apartment, and other rooms while picking up all the dust, dirt, and hairs. After the full sweep, you need to empty the dirt collection box. If the bin is full during the session, the robot sends an alert and then resumes once you have emptied the bin.
If you have mixed carpeting in your home, better get something that scrubs your floors like Scooba 390 with the 4-stage cleaning process. There’s also the Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner, which does sweeping and mopping both.
Finally, the 700 series with all its vacuums are capable to clean the corners, which the less-expensive Neato XV-21 cannot do. The best alternative in less money is Mint Floor Automatic Cleaner, but it requires more work and isn’t exhaustive as the 790 is.
Overall, the iRobot Roomba 790 is an expensive but high-end robot vacuum that beats many of the traditional vacuums with its cleanliness, but you have to bear the hefty price tag.
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