iRobot Roomba review

4 stars
£170.00
Why waste time on household chores when you could be playing with gadgets? This innovation from iRobot could make your life a whole lot easier.

Our nice cleaning lady has a rival, in the shape of iRobot's robo-vac. Will it be curtains for Magda? Let battle commence…

It’s claimed that the Roomba will glide around sucking up dust while you're at work - all you need do it let it charge, then hit the 'Clean' button.

Using Virtual Wall Lighthouse technology (three infra-red sensors), it maps out the shape of your room and avoids stairs or drop-offs. If it does make a mistake, the soft-touch bumpers should prevent it scraping your collection of Ming vases. Round one to the ’bot!

Rug-muncher

The Roomba takes about 45 minutes to vac the average room, and might manage three rooms on a charge before it needs to trundle back to its charging dock. It also made a meal of our short-fringed rug, which - despite built-in anti-tangle technology - it tried to slurp up like fresh linguine. Round two to Magda.

Just to see what would make the Roomba choke, we chucked it a deadly broken matchstick and a nasty chunk of animal fluff. It gobbled both up without complaint.

Bad news, Magda

At this point, some of you are probably thinking: 'It's round, it can't possibly get in the corners.' Which is true. But do you honestly vacuum in every single tiny nook and cranny? We don't, so we love this thing.

Magda: you're fired!

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iRobot Roomba

Cheap robo-vacs used to be a no-no, but this one is top-notch. Not Dyson standards admittedly, but far more relaxing
iRobot Roomba review
4 stars
£170.00
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