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iRobot Roomba 981 Robotic WiFi Vacuum Cleaner | Review

March 5, 2020 by  
Filed under Robot Vacuums, Vacuums

iRobot Roomba 981  Vacuum Cleaner

iRobot Roomba 981 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with WiFi Mobile APP

Rated 4.6 Stars


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The iRobot Roomba 981 Robot Vacuum . The Roomba 981 has the some of the latest iRobot technology including: Tangle-Free AeroForce Extractors, which gets rid of brushes, increasing suction and airflow no matter what surface it is vacuuming. It is effective at getting dirt, dust, pet fur, and pet hair from a variety of surfaces using its patented 3 stage cleaning system.

The iRobot 981 has a High Efficiency filter which traps dust and allergens and will keep your air clean and smelling fresh, great for those with allergies, pets and pet hair. The built-in WiFi, allows you to use the iRobot HOME App to control and schedule the Roomba 981 for cleaning. This sophisticated robot vacuum has Dirt Detect™ Series 2 Technology uses both optical and acoustic sensors to identify dirtier areas and spends more time cleaning them. Using advanced software and sensors, the Roomba 981’s iAdapt technology ensures that it vacuums every section of your floor, including areas you cannot easily reach, such as under furniture.


iRobot 981 Vslam

iRobot 981 Advanced Technology

iRobot 981 Vacuum Features: As a multi-floor vacuum, this robotic vacuum will automatically adjust to clean carpets, hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors as it moves through your home. Roomba will vacuum every section of your floor multiple times, and its advanced software allows it to get around obstacles, move along walls and to avoid falling down stairs, drop-offs, and avoid tangles from loose cords. New to this model is Carpet Boost which increases airflow up to 10x on rugs and carpets.

VSlam technology maps your room with optical sensors for maximum cleaning efficiency. AeroForce Extractors: replaces the brushes on previous Roomba models, and breaks down dirt and debris and lifts the dirt into the new Airflow Accelerator for much better pickup. Full Bin Indicator tells you when to empty the dust bin. The Roomba 981 starts working for you at the push of the CLEAN button (on the top of the vacuum). iRobot provides Voice-activated control thru Alexa and Google Assistant.

Recharge and Resume: Will automatically charge, then resume cleaning.


What’s in the Box: iRobot Roomba 981 Vacuum, 1 Charging Station
On-Board Scheduling: The Roomba 981 can be scheduled to perform up to seven cleaning sessions per week, even when you’re not home.

Vacuum Warranty: 1-year warranty
Vacuum Weight: 8.7 lbs.
iRobot Model Number: R981020


Best of 2019 AwardSmart-Review Commentary: The iRobot Roomba 981 Robotic vacuum has made huge advances over previous Roomba robotic vacuums. This model has built-in WiFi connectivity and the iRobot HOME APP which allows you to control and schedule cleaning from Roomba 981 from your Smartphone or Tablet. New is the “Recharge and Resume” feature, where the vacuum recharges and then resumes cleaning once charged. This is model is one of only a few with the Carpet Boost system, which provides up to 10x the air power on carpet and rugs. The Tangle-Free AeroForce Extractors provides a 10X improvement in air power than previous Roomba generations. It no longer uses brushes, and has better contact with the floor or rugs. Its high Efficiency Filter will filter out dust, dirt, and allergens.

iRobot vacuums are extremely sophisticated cleaning machines, using the latest software and sensor technology to vacuum your entire floor, yet avoid obstacles. Soft bumpers cushions the vacuum when it encounters furniture and walls. This model has Multi-Room Navigation. It will clean areas that vacuums rarely go, such as under furniture, under a bed, in corners. The Roomba 981 is better equipped than previous models to handle fibers like hair, pet hair, pet fur, lint and carpet fuzz. It is ideal for those with pets. The larger dust bin requires less emptying than previous models. This vacuum can do a comparable job to many uprights, because this vacuum goes over a dirty area many times, until clean, using Dirt Detect 2 technology.

If this fits your lifestyle, it is an excellent robot vacuum to clean your rooms while you do other activities. Very simple operation, just press the clean button. You also have the option to schedule cleaning when you are not home with 7 day scheduling. The lithium ion battery powered 981 model has the longest runtime of any robot vacuum we cover (2 hours). This top of the line model has received extremely high marks from professional reviews as well as outstanding reviews by consumers. This model is not only a Top pick, but won our Smart-Review BEST of 2019 award for robotic vacuums in 2019.


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    Vacuum Features

  • Robotic Vacuum
  • iRobot Lithium Ion Battery
  • Larger Dust Bin
  • HEPA Filter
  • WiFi Enabled
  • AeroForce Extractors
  • iAdapt™ Technology
  • Dirt Detect 2 Technology
  • Bagless Vacuum
  • Multi-Room Navigation
  • 7 day scheduling
  • Bin Full Indicators
  • Pet Hair Vacuum
  • Recharge & Resume
  • Whole Floor Cleaning
  • Carpet Boost
  • Up to 2 hour runtime
  • 1 year warranty

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Tangle Free Extractors
WiFi Enabled
Recharge & Resume
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Carpet Boost
120 Min Runtime

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Tangle Free Extractors
WiFi Enabled
Recharge & Resume
Smart Mapping
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Carpet Boost
120 Min Runtime

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Tangle Free Extractors
WiFi Enabled
Recharge & Resume
Smart Mapping
Clean Base
Carpet Boost
120 Min Runtime


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