iRobot Roomba 960

Mac Format - - APPLE HOME -

£799.99 FROM irobot.com specs 0.6L ca­pac­ity, 75-min bat­tery

Here’s some­thing we weren’t ex­pect­ing: the wal­let-bust­ing Roomba isn’t so keen on dark­coloured car­pet. Plac­ing the dock on such a floor caused it to spit out an er­ror; only once it was placed be­side the rug did it com­mence clean­ing, and even then it avoided the rug like it was a chasm. Full marks for cau­tion, we sup­pose.

The pathfind­ing and map­ping is su­perb – Roomba’s bat­tery-pow­ered vir­tual wall bar­ri­ers do a good job of keep­ing it away from un­de­sir­able ar­eas – and the clean­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties are spot on. Its car­pet-ag­i­tat­ing bris­tle-free rollers power through tricky pet hair, and it can de­tect par­tic­u­larly dirty ar­eas and give them an ex­tra go­ing over. This is a good robo­vac, if your decor suits.

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