Ready for a Roomba model comparison?
Let’s start with the basic buckets of models as they were introduced in the various series over the years first.
Several years ago, my wife was complaining about how long it took to vacuum the main floor of our house.
It’s not that we live in a mansion or anything, but we do have two small Jack Russell dogs with white hair which means that on any given day you’ll find tiny white hairs EVERYWHERE.
I’d heard some friends raving about their new ‘robot’ vacuum, something called the Roomba. So, I decided to do a quick Roomba model comparison to see which robot might fit our needs.
Basically, the Roomba is a small disc shaped, battery powered machine with sensors that rolls around vacuuming your floors until they are clean. The sensors keep the Roomba from crashing into furniture, falling down the stairs, that sort of thing.
Because of the disc shape and the independently operating wheels, the Roomba can turn ‘on a dime’, which makes it the perfect vehicle to cover every square inch of the floor it’s cleaning.
So, in terms of this Roomba model comparison, what’s floating around out there today? Well, it might help to go back to the beginning to appreciate the features offered today as well as what you think you might need and what might be worth paying extra for.
The first Roomba showed up in 2002, and as of mid 2012, over 8 million vacuums had been sold. The first models were a bit comical by today’s standards.
Roomba Model Comparison: A History
The very first Roomba actually had buttons for room size. Hard to imagine since my modern day machine just goes until it’s done no matter the size of the room.
After the first generation model (pictured here with three buttons for room size) was released, any Roomba model comparison quickly gets into examining basic series releases with major milestones.
Series releases so far include:
- 400 series in 2004
- 500 series in 2007
- 700 series in 2011
The 400 series, also known as the second-generation Roombas, saw improvements in software to calculate room size, a new front wheel, etc. The problem was, this series kind of crashed into stuff with no regard.
Also, when these Roombas ran out of battery they just died where standing. So, you never knew where your Roomba was! It could be under chair or in the middle of the bathroom waiting to be carried back to its charger.
The 500 series came along in 2007, and these guys really started to shape what we see today.
For the first time, the Roomba could actually detect something in front of it and slow down to gently bump and clean around that thing rather than smashing into it full speed!
The 500 series also introduced the DOCK button which allowed the units to park themselves back on the charger when they started getting ‘tired’.
Most recently, the 700 series was released. Now, the 700 series is actually more similar to the 500 in terms of core feature improvements….the big innovations that is.
Sure, there are different technologies and accessories within the different models in a series. However, the basic features most people need were introduced with the 500 series honestly.
We’ll take a look at all the series, all the models, all the features over the course of this blog for sure. It really is difficult to get a full Roomba model comparison in this one page.
For now, just know that if you are in the market and don’t need the latest, greatest models in the 700 series, the 500 series will be just fine for you more than likely (SPOILER ALERT: I have a 500 series by the way).