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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

Amazon announces Cyber Monday deals

Get an early look at Amazon's 2015 Cyber Monday sales, which will extend the Black Friday online shopping blitzkrieg through December 5.

By November 24, 2015


Every Cyber Monday tech deal we've found so far

Saving money on gadgets without braving the Black Friday crowds: that's what Cyber Monday is all about. We're tracking the deals right here.

By November 24, 2015


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


A clever Roomba vacuum from iRobot (pictures)

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

10 Images By September 16, 2015


Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum

The Neato Botvac Connected is better at cleaning floors than any other robot vacuum on the market, and it costs less than its app-enabled rival, the iRobot Roomba 980. If you're willing to live without remote controls, you can save some money by sticking with the previous generation of Neatos -- but we think this one's worth the splurge.

By November 3, 2015

4.5 stars Editors' rating November 3, 2015

The Patin brings the futuristic robot butler one step closer to reality

A new gadget from Japanese company Flower Robotics fuses artificial intelligence and cloud technology with a Roomba-liked household gadget.

By November 6, 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