Pros: Extremely thorough and easy to use
Cons: Needs a little help with crowded spaces or hard-to-reach areas
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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At first, it was hard to justify buying a Roomba from iRobot. But I have asthma, our cats have asthma, the vibrations from the handle of a vacuum aggravate my tendonitis, and there’s a limit to just how much of the cleaning my husband can do around work and everything else. So, we decided it was worth it after all and made it our early holiday present to ourselves. We immediately saw we’d be limited to the most recent models, since the inclusion of a true HEPA filter (again, those allergies) was very important to us. Ultimately we settled on the 790. While the wireless controller sounded nice, that wasn’t what decided us. It comes with all the extras already included: three virtual lighthouses/walls, a convenient case with a bunch of extra filters and brushes, etc. The newer models are supposed to have better algorithms for handling clutter, and better capacity for coping with pet hair.