IROBOT ROOMBA 780

$1,198, from Robin­sons Cen­tre­point, Best Denki Vivocity, Jem and www.irobot.com.sg Charge time: 3hr. Run time: Up to 2hr. Ex­tras: Comb and cut­ter tool to dis­lodge hair from its ro­tat­ing brush.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - SmartShopper Road Test -

CLEAN­ING PROW­ESS Very good. It picked up more than half the cof­fee pow­der and later re­turned to the spot to vac­uum it up cleanly. It went the clos­est to chair legs and the foot of walls, and dusted them very well with its swirling brush.

SEN­SI­TIV­ITY TO OB­STA­CLES Like the Icleobo and Mamirobot, it avoided some low fur­ni­ture and bumped lightly into oth­ers. A rub­ber bumper strip pre­vented ma­jor dam­age. It moved be­tween chair legs ag­gres­sively but over rugs eas­ily.

EASE OF USE I could start, stop, move and dock the ma­chine with its sleek re­mote con­trol, but I had to use the ma­chine’s touch screen panel to set its clean­ing sched­ule. It comes with au­dio in­struc­tions and a slide-out dust bin. It’s the only one with a use­ful han­dle. NOISE Mod­er­ately noisy.

VERDICT Cleans thor­oughly, but is a tad noisy and knocks into fur­ni­ture.

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