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iRobot Roomba 980

iRobot's Wi-Fi-enabled Roomba 980 is an exciting hunk of next-gen vacuum tech, but it didn't wow us during testing. I'd hold off on this pricey automated floor cleaner until we review Neato's Botvac Connected and Dyson's 360 Eye.

By September 16, 2015

3.5 stars Editors' rating September 16, 2015
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Best vacuum cleaners of 2015

The CNET Appliances team has reviewed all kinds of upright vacuums, stick vacuums, and robot vacuums. Here are the stand-outs within all three categories.


iRobot Roomba 880

The Roomba 880 is the most well-rounded, capable bot we've encountered so far, but the $449 Neato Robotics XV Signature Pro still wins the pet hair performance test on all flooring surfaces.

By November 11, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating November 11, 2013

iRobot Roomba 790

If price-point isn’t a factor and you’re looking for a robot vacuum to help you maintain multiple flooring types in your home, the Roomba 790 is an effective, low-maintenance purchase.

By September 8, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating September 8, 2013

A clever Roomba vacuum from iRobot (pictures)

Find out what iRobot's Wi-Fi-enabled Roomba can do.

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iRobot brings Wi-Fi connectivity to its latest Roomba

The Roomba 980 is iRobot's first app-enabled robot vacuum, but is remote access worth $900?

By September 16, 2015


Appliance Science: How robotic vacuums navigate

Robot vacuums can navigate your home, sweeping up dirt while avoiding falling down stairs. How do they find their way? Appliance Science looks at the science of robot navigation.

By October 6, 2015


Next up for iRobot: Lawn mowers?

A recent FCC ruling suggests that robot lawn mowers are in iRobot's future.

By August 17, 2015


Self-driving car tech lets computers see our world like never before

The quest for self-driving cars puts deep neural networks on the fast track, a technology that teaches computers to accurately recognize objects from the real world.

By August 7, 2015


What you need to know about artificial intelligence, and the imminent robot future

From autonomous warfare to still-distant sentience, artificial intelligence in 2015 is nothing like we expected. Here are three things every geek who dreamed of a robot future needs to know.

By August 4, 2015


After crushing Black Friday records, Amazon to bring back Prime Day

The company's 20th anniversary sale results in a slew of new Prime members and huge sales, despite criticism on social media that called the day a dud.

By July 16, 2015