Trying to compare the new iRobot Roomba 870 to the newish Roomba 880 is a puzzling task. The 870 just IS the 880, minus a couple of features. Are those features worth spending an extra $100 for? Ah, that’s the question…
iRobot has, after a two year gap, finally released a new version of their robotic floor cleaner: the Scooba 450. So, how does it stack up against the two previous offerings: the Scooba 230 or the Scooba 390? I’m not sure I’ve ever had a tougher call to make. There are lots of similarities, of course. But there are a few differences that might make some stand up and take notice of the new scrubber.
There are subtle, and some not-so-subtle, differences between the iRobot Braava 320 and the Braava 380t. One of the most obvious is the price. Currently, the list price for the 380t is about $100 higher. Is it worth the extra cash?
Maybe it’s mundane to say there’re many similarities between the iRobot Scooba 230 and the Scooba 390 floor washing robots. Well, sometimes, life is mundane. But even those similarities can be interesting. And when you examine the differences things get downright exciting.
To compare the Neato XV-11 and the Neato XV-21 robot vacuum cleaners and decide which is better is a real challenge. The basic designs of the XV-11 and XV-21 – the case size, weight, and so forth – are virtually identical except for the color scheme. Unless you really care about that, and some reasonably might, there isn’t much to distinguish the two models in this area.
iRobot produces several lines of excellent robot vacuum cleaners, such as the top-of-the-line Roomba 790. At the same time, it does carry a hefty price tag and sports a number of features you may not need. By contrast, the Roomba 630 has many of those same features yet is priced much lower. Which is right for you: the Roomba 630 or the Roomba 790?
The iRobot Roomba line is an example of strength in depth. Most innovators in manufacturing offer multiple superior products, not just one outstanding model. That’s true here, for sure. But, it’s possible to feel you’re suffering from too much of a good thing. The Roomba 600 series and 700 series is a perfect example. Both are filled with fine units and deciding which one is right for you can be a challenge. Rather than examine each single ‘tree’, it can be useful to examine the forest and look for general similarities and differences.
Any title like “the Roomba 780 versus the Roomba 790” is necessarily a little silly. After all, they’re essentially the same unit. The major difference is in the remote control, but a general overview of the 780/790 and the minor differences first will help.
It can be difficult to choose between the iRobot Roomba 770 and the Roomba 780. The model numbers aren’t the only thing close together; the features are too. One thing that isn’t so close is the price. Currently there’s about a $100 difference. Is the extra cash for the 780 worth it?