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What is a Roomba?

Roomba vacuuming under chair

Imagine this: It's the end of a long day. You've just plopped on the couch, ready to dive into the latest binge-worthy series and you see a dust bunny the size of a small mammal scuttling across your floor. 

Enter the Roomba®, your trusty robotic vacuum that promises to tackle those dust bunnies so you don't have to lift more than a finger (to press "Start").   

At Asurion, we help you connect your favorite smart devices, whether you want to invest in smart luggage or find the best smart thermostat for your home. Here's our guide on the Roomba to figure out whether it's right for you.  

What is a Roomba? 

A Roomba is a robot vacuum cleaner made by iRobot®. The Roomba is designed to navigate through your home on its own sucking up dirt, dust, and debris from your floors. It's a compact, disc-shaped device that takes the hassle out of vacuuming, making it a favorite among those who love a clean home without the effort. 

How does a Roomba work? 

The magic of a Roomba cleaning system lies in its sophisticated technology and intelligent features. Here's a breakdown of how it works. 

Smart navigation 

Roombas are equipped with sensors and intelligent software that allow them to navigate your home. They can detect obstacles, avoid stairs, and even map the most efficient cleaning path through your rooms.  

Dirt detection 

What makes a Roomba truly smart is its ability to detect areas that are dirtier than others. Using acoustic and optical sensors, the Roomba can identify high-traffic areas, like your entryway, and focus its cleaning efforts where needed most. 

Automated cleaning 

Roombas are programmed to perform their cleaning tasks with minimal human intervention. You can schedule cleaning sessions, and the Roomba will start working at the set time, even if you're at the office or on vacation. Once the job is done or battery life runs low, it returns to its docking station to recharge. 

Adaptive movement 

Whether your home has hardwood floors, tile, or carpets, the Roomba adjusts its cleaning method accordingly. It can change suction power and even the cleaning pattern based on the type of surface it's on—without instruction. 

How much is a Roomba? 

There are several different models (one even mops, too) with a range of price tags. Check out to compare models and costs.  

Benefits of a Roomba 

  • Time-savings. By automating your floor cleaning, Roombas save you a significant amount of time, freeing you up to focus on other tasks or relax. 
  • Consistent cleanliness. With the ability to schedule regular cleanings, your floors can stay consistently clean without requiring daily manual vacuuming. 
  • Accessibility. A Roomba can be a game-changer for those with physical limitations or mobility issues, providing a way to maintain a clean home without physical strain. 
  • Remote control. You can start cleaning from anywhere through the iRobot Home app or pair it with your Google Home® or Amazon Echo® to use voice commands.  

Are Roombas worth it? 

Let's be honest: the idea of shelling out a chunk of change for what's essentially a dirt-sucking Frisbee® might seem a bit over the top at first glance. But here's the kicker—imagine never having to vacuum your floor again, especially if you have pets or kids. For those who would rather spend their Saturdays exploring the great outdoors (or the great indoors with Netflix®) rather than pushing a noisy vacuum around, the Roomba is less of a luxury and more of a no-brainer.  

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