Dyson 360 Eye vs. iRobot Roomba 980: Which Robot Vacuum is Superior?

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October 21, 2015      

When it comes to robot vacuums, iRobot‘s Roomba is by far the market leader. The Roomba was first introduced in 2002 and has sold more than 14 million units worldwide.

The latest version introduced in Sept. 2015, the Roomba 980, is iRobot’s first cloud-connected consumer robot, allowing users to connect, manage, and monitor it through iRobot’s new HOME App on Android and iOS devices. Using iAdapt 2.0 software and two new sensors, the Roomba 980 robot vacuum memorizes the floor plan of your home, including where your furniture is. There’s a small camera on the top of the Roomba 980, and this allows it to map and navigate your home. Previous Roombas relied on physical bumpers, infrared, and acoustic sensors to get around.

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Maybe it’s unfair since iRobot has so much experience in this market, but the Roomba should be the measuring stick for new robot vacuums. And since Sir James Dyson has said the current robot vacuums on the market “are gimmicks,” we want to see how his new Dyson 360 Eye, which took 16 years and more than $46 million to develop, stacks up against the competition.

Check out the side-by-side comparison chart below and let us know which robot vacuum is superior: the iRobot Roomba 980 or Dyson 360 Eye.

iRobot Roomba 980 Dyson 360 Eye
Price $899.99 $999
U.S. Availability Yes Starting Aug. 1, 2016
Schedule Cleaning Yes Yes
Cleaning Features Cleans All Floor Types
3-Stage Cleaning Cycle
AeroForce Cleaning System
Carpet Boost
Brushless Extractors
Cleans All Floor Types
Tank Treads for Transitioning Between Surfaces
Full-width Brush Bar
78,000RPM Suction
Carbon-fiber Brushes for Hard Surfaces
Nylon Bristles for Carpets
Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium ion Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Battery Life 2 hours 45 minutes
Charging Time Up to 3 hours 2.75 hours
Self-Docking Yes Yes
Mapping & Navigation iAdapt 2.0 with Visual Localization 360 Degree Vision System
Cliff Sensor Yes Yes
App Control Home App (iOS/Android) Dyson Link (iOS/Android)
Dust Bin HEPA-filtered bin 0.4 liters
Mopping Function No No
Cleaning Path Parallel Lines 10-Foot Grid Pattern
Side Brush Yes No, Replaced by Full-width Brush Bar
Shape Circular Circular
Weight 8.7 pounds 5.4 pounds
Size 13.8″ diameter, 3.6″ height 9″ diameter, 4.72″ height
Color Black, Gray, Brown Nickel, Blue

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