Roomba 981 robot vacuum test

Roomba 981 review

The Roomba 981 is the new edition of the best robotic vacuum cleaner of the past, the Roomba 980. At first glance you can see that the design has changed. But is that all or is there more? We tell you.

Roomba 980 vs Roomba 981 | What's new

It quickly becomes apparent that the color has changed. Which is more beautiful, is a matter of taste. Nothing has changed on the bottom. Suction power, volume and operation via mobile app are identical. Only the navigation has changed. This was again significantly improved.

Technical data, videos and pictures

  • Running time: 120 min
  • Dimensions: 9.0 × 35 cm
  • Weight: 3.90 kg
  • Bagless technique: Yes
  • Capacity: 0.5l
  • Volume: 61 dB

iRobot Roomba 981 review

The Roomba 981 is actually suitable for everyone. At the moment he is one of the best vacuum robots in the world. HEPA-FILTER, carpet detection, enormous suction power and virtual limitations and these are just a few functions of the suction robot. The navigation is the best I’ve seen so far. First, he scans the room and creates a virtual map of it. As a result, he always knows where he still has to go and where he already was. This card is also displayed on the phone. The suction power is sufficient for all types of floors. If a carpet is detected, the suction power is automatically increased. Simply class the device but it also costs accordingly.

Equivalent / cheaper alternative vacuum robots

A cheap alternative to the Roomba 981 would be the Deebot 901 from Ecovacs. At functions it offers the same as the Roomba. Only the suction power is slightly weaker … but is completely sufficient for all types of soil. The virtual limit is better solved with Ecovacs than with iRobot.

If you have no carpets or only medium-pile carpets so the Roomba 960 is sufficient. All functions like the Roomba 981 are included. Only the carpet recognition is missing. But you save around 200 euros.


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