Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming a mainstay in our homes, as our busy lifestyles leave us little time to do the housework. The iRobot Roomba is often quoted as the best robot vacuum cleaner, so we thought we’d take a look at this in greater detail.
Like most Roomba models, the 671 uses a 3-step cleaning system. It loosens, lifts and the suctions dirt and debris into a fairly sizable bin.
The spinning side brush does the loosening part on hard floors and carpeting. It also sweeps dirt into the path of the robot where it is vacuumed up.
When the robot is cleaning along the wall, the side brush pulls in dirt from the edges and corners where the rounded shape of the robot can’t fully reach.
The roller brush does most of the lifting. It also stirs up dust and debris on rugs as it rotates, which ensures that the vacuum gets even the small bits hiding deep in the fibers.
The suction is not as powerful as in pricier robots. It’s rated at 600 Pa (Pascal).
This is a long way from the 1700 Pa suction power of the Roomba 890, but it’s good enough for most situations.
It can pick up pet hair, spilled sugar or nuts, dust, pet dander, pollen and other kinds of small debris and particles.
Like most robot vacuums, it is at its best on hard flooring liketile, linoleum, and hardwood. It also does a good job on carpets.
Just don’t use it on a shaggy or thick rug. The suction is not powerful enough for that, and it could easily get tripped by the long fibers. It only vacuums low and medium pile carpets.
One unique feature I like is the auto-adjusting cleaning head. Depending on whether it’s cleaning a bare floor or a carpeted one, the brushes can go up or drop lower to provide a deeper and more thorough clean.
Note that the Roomba 671 sweeps and vacuums, but it doesn’t mop like the bObSweep Pet Hair Plus or iRobot Braava 380t.
All in all, this is a robotic vacuum cleaner we would highly recommend. Have you tried this before?
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