iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Review

The iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is an automated vacuum cleaner designed to automatically clean your floors. Unlike traditional vacuum cleaners that require a human being to push them along, the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is completely automated. Simply turn it on and it runs around the room in a random pattern, sucking up dirt, dust and debris, a convenient form of staubsauger test that helps in providing a better picture.

The iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner costs approximately $150.00 from online retailers. I purchased one as a gift for my spouse. Here is my review of the product’s performance.

Assembly, Set-Up and Instructions

No serious assembly or set-up was required for initial use of the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. My box did not, however, include instructions (making me wonder if I had somehow mistakenly received a store return). The actual vacuum appeared brand new and looked to be in pristine condition. I downloaded the instruction manual from the Internet.

The instructions were simple and easy to follow, although the manual is fairly thick for such a relatively basic vacuum cleaner. After charging the battery, however, the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner was ready to go.

Features

The iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is a 4″ high disk approximately 13″ in diameter. It is red in color and the exterior house of the vacuum is plastic. Little rotating brushes on the bottom of the vacuum cleaner sweep the dirt into the robot’s dustbin, where it resides until a human being empties it.

The iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner has a rechargeable battery. To recharge the battery, you simply plug it into the wall with the included power cord. (More expensive versions of the Roomba include a “home base” for charging, and the vacuum will automatically return to the base when the battery is low.) The battery on the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner lasts for about 2 hours, which is enough to get a medium sized room mostly clean.

Sensors are used by the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner to detect exceptionally dirty spots so it can concentrate its cleaning on those areas. Sensors are also used to detect “cliffs” so the robot doesn’t fall off the edge of stairs.

A virtual wall is included with the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. You can set it up so the vacuum thinks an actual wall is there, thus limiting the area in which the robot will clean.

Performance

As best as I could tell, the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner randomly circulates throughout a room (although I am sure it uses some type of complicated algorithm), propelling itself without human intervention. When it bumps into a wall or other stationary object, it spins and changes direction. Over the course of time, I found that an entire small room got swept at least once by the vacuum. Larger rooms, however, would often have dirty spots when the robot was out of battery juice.

Overall, the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner did a relatively decent job cleaning the dust and dirt from the floor. I have pets and kids, both of which drag dirt into my home. The iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner did a nice job of “light” cleaning the floors. It picked up most dirt and debris, as well as clumps of pet hair.

It successfully transitioned from carpet to hard floors, although sometimes it would leave a clump of dust at the corner of a rug. Throw rugs, power cords and any type of furniture that could “hang up” the vacuum-such as dining room chairs-should be put away before using the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. I found this to be sort of a hassle. Sure, you’d have to move these things if you’re doing some serious floor cleaning. But it was a little more effort than I like to expend for a light cleaning.

The iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is mildly noisy. It did not seem to bother my dog, but it did bother my infant. I suggest starting it before you leave the house on a quick errand. You’ll come home to a clean room and you won’t have to ensure two hours of the vacuum’s mechanic hum.

Cleaning the dustbin of the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is simple but tedious. It’s a dirty job and is best done out of doors. Otherwise, you could just end up with the dust and dirt floating right back to the floor, especially if you have lightweight dirt like pet hair.

The two biggest cons, in my opinion, were the size of the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and the battery life. The vacuum was too high to get beneath my sofas and some of my chairs. I had really hoped it would get the dust underneath large pieces of furniture, as moving furniture to sweep is a hassle. Unfortunately, this vacuum didn’t deliver.

In addition, the short 2-hour battery life of the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner meant I could really only clean one room of my house at a time. This, too, was a hassle, as I like to do all my cleaning at once.

My Recommendation

Although the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is a fun toy, it probably won’t replace your standard vacuum cleaner. It simply doesn’t have the suction power for deep cleaning and sweeping.

For quick pick-ups and light daily floor cleaning, the Roomba is useful. But expect to do more than just turn it on. You’ll need to pick up anything lying on the floor, and you’ll also need to empty the dustbin after every use. For some people it’s probably just easier to grab a broom and dustpan.

Overall, I recommend the iRobot Roomba 410 Intelligent Floorvac Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for the novelty factor and for people who really would like to have a robot clean their floors. But for the average household, this vacuum probably won’t be very useful.