iRobot ® Roomba 790 – Full Review

 

Previous models of the Roomba iRobot vacuum cleaner left a lot to be desired in their ability to clean, however the newer generation of Roombas such as the Roomba 790 have some of the most advanced features, which help them to be more productive for the users.

The Roomba 790 improved upon some of the pitfalls that consumers complained about with the 770 & 780 models such as

  • extra Hepa filters,
  • a wireless command center,
  • 3 instead of 2 virtual walls/lighthouse devices,
  • an extra set of brushes (side-3, bristle-2, and beater-2),
  • a special screwdriver,
  • 2 brush cleaning tools
  • and a storage case for the accessories.

One of the other attributes of this specific model of Roomba include its hybrid sensors (Dirt Detect2 technology) which contribute to its new ability to clean corners, detect more dirt, and to decipher between different types of floor surfaces.

The previous 700 series models can clean, but by most consumer accounts- they don’t clean as well as the 790.

The Roomba 790 is appealing because of its many improved features, and also because of the many extra accessories included with purchase. Its average retail price runs anywhere from $570 upwards to $700. But it appears to be worth it according to the majority of consumers who have purchased it.

Is the Roomba 790 a good robotic vacuum for you? Read further to decide for yourself…

 

 

iRobot Roomba 790: How Does it Work?

The Roomba 790 is a robot vacuum that helps to ease the time-consumption that using standard vacuums do, It can be programmed to clean your floors whenever you like, and it can handle all floor types. It sets out on its journey to clean your home and can also clean multiple rooms in one cleaning binge (when virtual walls and lighthouse devices are customized and turned on.

It will notify you when its battery life is nearing end, and will return to its docking station when it needs to be recharged or is finished with its cleaning tasks. It also has lights that will flash and change color when its charging, the bin needs emptied, or if it is having a problem.

The Roomba 790 basically works on the same premise as the previously released 700 series models (770, 780, 790).

However it has been tweaked and altered to provide the consumer with a more seamless cleaning experience that requires less intervention from the user with better cleaning technology, the wireless command center, and its more sensitive capabilities in detecting what, where, and if it has cleaned the surface efficiently.

 

 

 

Customer Reviews & Feedback

Amazon:

When evaluating the iRobot Roomba 790 reviews on Amazon, we found that:

86% of 4-5 star ratings:
The Roomba 790 has acquired a high-percentage of 4-5 star ratings from consumers who have been pleased with its performance in comparison to other robot vacuums. They notate in their feedback that it is more efficient at cleaning variable surfaces, that it does indeed pick up more dirt than ones in the past, and that it is time-saving.

 

 

“So much time has been saved by this little helper here. It has saved me at a minimum of 2-3 hours a week of constant touch up vacuuming and has brought my weekly (thorough) vacuuming to a minimum. I have 1 dog and 2 cats and it has helped keep the house so much cleaner. I was actually surprised on how much pet hair it picked up. If you are on the fence on buying this vacuum I’m telling you from my experience BUY IT! You will not regret the amount of time you will save by investing some cash into this handy little helper. I love my Roomba for sure!”
(By LH, Amazon Rating Given: 5 Stars)

“I just got it 1 day but my family ready love it the roomba she know what she doing, it have me a big time it work good on the laminate floor and carpet too!”
(By James Bond, Amazon Rating Given: 5 Stars)

“Quieter operation. Filters and bin easy to empty. This version came with multiple extra parts and accessories. Does not eat wires. Remote allows me to redirect to a new location when it’s spent too long in an area.”
(By Charlie K, Amazon Rating Given: 4 Stars)

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11% of 2-3 Star Ratings:
The 11% of customers of the Roomba 870 who provided ratings and reviews have reported that it does a very good job cleaning, but does not always do it in the most organized manner as it roams around looking for missed spots of dirt. They also remark that it cleans so well that, the small bin gets full fast which results in needing to empty it more.

 

“It works as advertised but the dust bin barely holds one cup. So when it does one carpet area it fills up in minutes.”
(By Bill, Amazon Rating Given: 3 Stars)

“Overall, I like this Roomba; however, it goes crazy sometimes before finally regaining its sanity.”
(By Carolyn Drain, Amazon Rating Given: 3 Stars)

“The robot does a good job. I would never rely on it for end-to-end vacuuming, though. I think this is a tool to help keep your floors tidy in between cleanings with a big vacuum. The lighthouses and virtual walls that come with this Roomba are pretty awesome. Haven’t used the remote yet…seems unnecessary.”
(By Kimberly, Amazon Rating Given: 3 Stars)

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3% of 1 Star Ratings:
The lowest percentage of 1 star ratings were provided by buyers who found the Roomba 790 to be beneath their expectations for very few major reasons. Maybe they did not give it enough of a chance to do its job, or maybe they just think that it should be able to do 100% what a human can.

 

 

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Other Models of Roomba iRobot – Comparison:

 

 

 

Product Features

The Roomba 790 is a very attractive piece of equipment. It has a metal finish that is accented with shades of sky blue, grey, and black located on the top of the machine. It’s metallic-sleek, and also disc-shaped with the power “clean” button located smack dab in the middle. It is 14 in. wide, 8 lbs heavy, and 4 in. tall.

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Power:

According to consumer reviews and ratings the Roomba 790 has a much better cleaning power in comparison to the 600 series models (Roomba 650) and the earlier 700 Roomba releases (Roomba 770 and Roomba 780).

But this may be the case, because the Roomba 790 includes some new features that make it better at cleaning than in previous Roomba models:

  • Better sensors for more efficient cleaning with Dirt Detect2: Although the 700 series of Roomba vacuum robot models come well-equipped with the newest in cleaning technology, Dirt Detect2- consumer’s state that this model of the 700 series actually picks up more debris, dirt, and allergens than previously released models.But it also has to do with the sensors built in the Roomba that program it to clean surfaces more efficiently. The Roomba will not comb floor spaces more4 adequately and repeat if necessary to certify that the surface has been thoroughly covered and vacuumed.
  • Advanced Hepa filtration system: The 700 series Roombas (770, 780, 790), and especially the 790 model has a built in Hepa filtration system that is better proficient at picking up small particles, allergens, pet dander, and pet and human hair. This decreases the potency of allergens in the air that contribute to symptoms of allergies and other issues.
  • Automated Features: As with any IRobot manufactured Roomba, the automated features are advanced and plentiful including notification sensors and lights, the display with scheduled cleaning capabilities, and more.The Roomba 790 can:
  • Sense more dirt so it cleans it better (Dirt detect2 technology.)
  • Be programmed to clean on demand at the time, date, and in the rooms you designate it to.
  • Room to room cleaning when the virtual wall/lighthouse devices are used to their best ability.
  • It will know when its battery-life is nearing discharge and makes its way back to base to recharge before it dies and gets stuck in a room.
  • Notify you when it needs to be charged, is in the process of charging, is all powered-up, and when it needs to be emptied or if there is other problems preventing it from doing its best job.

 

 

 

Most Pronounced Feature of the Roomba 790:

 

1. Wireless Command Center

The most pronounced and unique feature of the Roomba 790 model is that is comes with a wireless command center (Remote Controller.)

Consumers have frequently made mention of this Roomba’s jacked up price tag, but there is a reason for this (extra accessories, and the wireless command center remote.)

What is the Wireless Command Center & What Does it Do?

The Wireless Command Center (remote) of the Roomba 790 enables the user to schedule, command, and designate the functions at whim that they wish for the Roomba robot to perform without needing to interrupt the device, or touching the device itself.

The Wireless Command Center of the Roomba 790 can transmit between Roomba 790 robot vacuum to command control at up to 25 feet in range, and it looks very high-tech much like a game controller or advanced TV remote.

It provides 5 functions for the user to better direct the Roomba 790 in its cleaning tasks including: scheduling more cleaning, directing the Roomba to charge and dock itself, to clean overall, and to spot clean, or better yet- you can direct its path through the remote.

 

2. Extra Accessories:

The Roomba 790 comes with a slew of extra accessories that the former series models did brushes & tools, and carrying case. But it also includes an extra virtual lighthouse/wall, 3 extra Hepa filters, and the wireless command center.

This is a key selling point for this specific unit. Although it is very similar to the Roomba 780, 770 models.

 

 

 

What’s in the Package?

When you order the iRobot Roomba 790 your purchase will include:

  • iRobot Roomba 790 Machine
  • 1 Roomba 790 Home Base or Dock
  • A Detailed Roomba 790 User Guide
  • 3 Virtual Wall/Lighthouse Infrared Sensory & Programmable Devices
  • 3 Replacement Hepa Filters
  • Batteries for all 3 Virtual Walls/LightHouse Devices Included (4 C’s).
  • Wireless command center remote (and batteries)
  • Extra Brush Set: (side-3, bristle-2, and beater-2)
  • A special screwdriver, 2 brush cleaning tools
  • Storage case for the accessories

 

 

 

 

Product Accessories and Replacements

The Roomba 790 is well flourished with an outstanding starter package, it even includes some extra replacements. However when some parts & accessories get worn and have expired, you will need to replace them accordingly. Additionally you may want to also add to the performance of your Roomba by opting for extra add-ons.

Hepa Filter:

The Hepa filter on your Roomba captures and collects small particles of dust and airborne allergens.

Although you can clean it periodically as instructed in your manual- it is best recommended that you replace the Hepa filter with a new one every 2-3 months.

Brushes:

There are all sorts of brushes included with your Roomba 790 purchase, however as with time, use, and wear & tear- you may find yourself needing to replace them down the road.

 

These different types of brushes can be purchased separately at an added cost when needed.

Battery:

As with any electronic devices, the battery that came with your Roomba 790 will need to be replaced anywhere from 6 months to a year after you bought it and once the warranty has expired.

Extra Lighthouses/Walls:

The Roomba 790 vacuum comes with 3 virtual lighthouse/wall devices. This is an extra one than previous and even latter series models have offered. However, it you have a large house with many rooms you may want to buy a few more. You can purchase them additionally as desired and needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warranty & Support

Warranty:

The Roomba 790 model comes with the standard iRobot Roomba warranties on its parts and the machine itself (Limited 1-Year Warranty.)

The Battery that is included with your initial purchase is covered with a 6-Month warranty (after then it will need to be purchased and replaced out of pocket expense.)

For more warranty information & details, and customer service inquiries contact iRobot with details provided below OR if purchased through Amazon contact the seller direct for the best service.

Support:

  • By Phone.
  • By Email.
  • Live Chat.
  • Online FAQs and tutorials.

 

 

Roomba 790 – Questions & Answers:

We gathered a few of the most frequently asked questions that users ask before and after purchase to better give you an idea and clarify some of the common questions you may have regarding the Roomba 790.

“What is the difference between the Roomba 780 and 790 Roomba models?”

The main differences between the 780 & 790 models is that the 790 Roomba includes the wireless command center feature and also an extra lighthouse/wall, extra Hepa filters, extra brushes, and a storage case.

“Does the Roomba 790 boast room to room navigation?”

Yes. It can clean room to room within its battery span and with the additional implementation of the virtual walls/lighthouses that communicate with it to better direct it to clean certain areas and rooms or not.

“Can I purchase additional virtual lighthouses/walls, because I have a big house?”

Yes, although the Roomba 790 includes 3 virtual wall & lighthouse devices, you can purchase as many as you like for an extra cost.

“Why is the Roomba 790 so much more expensive than the other Roomba robots series?”

The price of the Roomba 790 is a little higher than other former series and models, because it has a better cleaning technology. It is also more expensive because it includes many extra accessories and devices (ie. lighthouses, wireless command center, Hepa filters, brushes) that typically are not included with purchase.

“Will the Roomba 790 fall down stairs or steps?”

No. The Roomba 790 has more advanced sensors that allow it to sense and detect the changing of surfaces including stairs, steps- so that it does not travel past and fall down.

“Is the Roomba 790 quiet or does it make much noise when in cleaning mode?”

The quiet, loudness of the Roomba 790 is questionable. While some say it is super quiet and you do not even know its cleaning others state that it is louder than they expected it to be when in progress of cleaning.

“Does the Roomba 790 navigate well underneath chairs and beds?”

Yes. As long as the area between a chair, bed, or object has enough room for the diameter, height of the Roomba to easily navigate under it- then the Roomba will proceed to clean underneath it.

“Can the Roomba clean all types of floors carpet, laminate, ceramic, wood?”

Yes. The Roomba 790 can safely and thoroughly clean surface to surface on carpets, and all flooring surfaces.

“If I have a lot of pet hair and dust for the Roomba to pick up, will I have to empty the Roomba 790 constantly?”

It depends, you will always need to keep up with the emptying of the tray/bin to keep your Roomba performing accurately. However, once it does a thorough cleaning you can schedule it to clean every other day and you will notice it won’t pick up as much in consecutive cleanings as in the initial.

“Does the wireless command center for the Roomba 790 work with or require and app?”

No. The wireless command center does not work with an application nor does it require an app to remotely control it to clean, navigate, and perform its tasks as you wish.

 

Pros

Picks up an amazing amount of dirt, dust, and debris from the floor
The extra accessories are an added bonus to this vacuum
Quiet when cleaning more-so than the Roomba 600 series bots
Navigates gently around furniture, objects, walls, and baseboards
Major time saver as it works proficiently at doing its job
The remote wireless command center is a plus as it allows you to interact with it less to get it to do what you want it to
Turns on and off, recharges and docks itself adequately as expected
Really works at keeping up with pet hair- pet owners love this feature

 

Cons

Runs slower at cleaning than most consumers assumed it would
Cleans randomly at long intervals
Has issues with shrug carpets higher than ¼ inch tall
Sometimes does get stuck in a room

 

 

About iRobot Company

The iRobot company that first introduced vacuum robots to the cleaning industry in 2002 is well known for its Roomba lines of vacuums which have automated the once dreaded chore of vacuuming and sweeping.
Since its debut, the iRobot Roomba vacuums have main-streamed robotic standards in cleaning bots and has released 10’s of different models- which has led to each consecutive series model being more advanced than the last.
iRobot has since introduced many other bot cleaning devices which can now mop, sweep, and more without the need for human interaction. The Roomba iRobot vacuum is by far the most popularly recognized robotic vacuum cleaner on the market scene today.

 

 

Final Recommendation: The Verdict

The Roomba 790 apparently is a step-up from the previous 500, 600, 700 series models (770, 780, 790). It cleans as powerfully as the 780 vacuum, but comes with a few more features- namely the accessories and replacement parts.
The biggest new feature that this latest bot has debuted is the wireless command center which enables a person to remote control, schedule, program, steer, and more from a 25ft span without touching the machine.
The Roomba 790 has garnered a vast amount of attention from consumers for its ability to proficiently clean floor surfaces without hassle. Most buyers of this specific model of the Roomba vacuum have been 100% satisfied with its performance as a cleaning beast, and have listed few adversities of its capabilities.
Although it is not much different in specs and cleaning power as the 780 Roomba, this bot came out like a boss in consumer reviews with one of the highest ratios of 4-5 star ratings from any bot vacuum on the market. However, some users reported that it gets stuck, or that it did not clean as well as they would have hoped (which is to be expected from any robotic device.)
If you are in the market for a new vacuum bot, the Roomba 790 is well worth a look. Its price may be a little higher than average, but all in all the extra features and precision technology in this device is enough to validate spending the dime on it.


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