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iRobot Roomba 385 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

by iRobot
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Powerful vacuum and rotating brushes
  • Automatically adjusts from carpets to hard floors
  • Knows where to clean - and where not to
  • Returns to Home Base
  • Cleans under and around furniture, corners, along walls
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 7 Kg
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  • Item model number: 530
  • ASIN: B00124W16O
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Jan 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,180 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

  • As a member of our latest generation of home robots, the iRobot Roomba 530 Vacuum Cleaning Robot features iRobot's newest innovations for dramatically improved performance, reliability and durability.
  • Powerful vacuum and rotating brushes
  • Cleans under and around furniture, corners, along walls
  • Systematically cleans 3-4 rooms on a single charge, gets into hard-to-reach areas like wall edges and beneath furniture, avoids stairs and other drop offs and automatically adjusts from carpets to hard floors and back again.
  • Two Virtual Walls® tell Roomba where to clean by restricting off-limit areas
  • Roomba returns to its self-charging Home Base to dock and recharge between cleaning cycles so it's always ready to clean
  • Solid heavy duty design featuring modular components for enhanced durability and easy servicing
  • Anti tangle technology so Roomba can extract itself from tassels and cord tangles
  • Light touch intelligent sensing system that can detect when Roomba is approaching a wall or obstacle and automatically slow the robot down for a gentler impact and quieter operation
  • One button activation, simply press "clean" and go
  • Built in voice tutorial for new users that demonstrates Roomba's features right out of the box
  • New mobility platform that allows Roomba to travel on thicker carpets and transition easily between different floor surfaces which include wood, carpets, tiles and rugs
  • New redesigned dustbin holds significantly more debris


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
191 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roomba-licious 14 May 2008
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Okay, so the Roomba was designed to vacuum whilst you are out at work or off doing more interesting things. It fails at this - there is no way you'll want to be out of the house when this little beauty is doing its thang! It's far too much fun watching little "roombie" toddle about, working its way around your furniture and belongings and then wandering off into the next room. I think I would have paid £200 for that alone... however, the bonus prize is that Roomba is also a workaholic. As I type he's just taken himself off into the bathroom to clean in there (good luck to him!).

If you're thinking of buying a Roomba you probably have some questions and I'm guessing they're similar to the questions I had:

1) Does it really vacuum?
- The short answer is yes, it really does. Perhaps if you're the sort of person who regularly throws dirt about your home then this might not be for you - but for the rest of us who just have the normal everyday kind of stuff to vacuum up then it's perfect. The suction might not be as great as with some of the heavy duty manual vacuums but the fact that Roomba goes over the same spot a few times in its journey means that so far it has cleaned everything I have asked it to.

2) How thorough is the cleaning?
- I'd say more thorough than you are I ever achieve with a manual vacuum. I've watched Roomba for quite some time and it uses a combination of diving across to the other side of the room, circular motions and following the edge of the room. So far I haven't noticed it missing anywhere. My flat is in 2 halves, joined by a long corridor. I had thought this would confuse Roomba and I'd probably have to do one half one day then move it to the other half manually.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you have to get one its brilliant 10 Jun 2008
Im now the proud owner of a roomba, and its brilliant.
I wasnt too pleased when my husband turned up with it for a 25th anniversary present !!
But now am in love with my roomba.
Seriously - we have a larger than average downstairs area in our house, with quiet a confusing room layout, I was sure i would find roomba laying around dead at some time or other, it tells you in the instructions that it will find its way back to its charging station, i didnt believe it - But it really does. ( wish the kids shoes could do that too!)

Cleaning : with 3 kids, two cats, hubby and me we get quiet a bit of dust and muck through the house each day, I just put roomba to work when i go on the school run and its all clean when i get home, One side effect is that my 3 girls no longer drop jewellry or hairbands on the floor as they know roomba will eat it! no complaints there.

Roomba trundles around, so far its never got stuck or had problems with wires etc. it manages the door bars between rooms easily and even the slight change in floor level from kitchen to hall is no problem.

The Kids love it and still havent tired of following it around, so you could add amusement levels to its list of functions.
The cats hate it - hubby thinks thats a good thing!

The only complaint I have is that i keep leaving the ironing out when i go to school and when i get home its still there!

This gadget really is worth the money - although any husbands reading this. Please please please do get something pretty and gorgeous or tickets to somewhere with a nice beach for you wives present.
You can hide the proper present in the box with roomba if you like a laugh but want to live.
( im still contemplating the ultimate revenge on hubby - any suggestions?)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I ever manage before. 6 Aug 2008
It was really an impulse buy, but now a few months on, I wonder how I ever did without "Henry". My girlfriend was starting to get jealous, so I bought her one too - "Jeeves".
There is no doubt the Roomba is one of those rare things that you can't see the utility of until you buy it, then it becomes indispensible. I've only recently got into the habit of putting it on as I go to work, previously I would sit and watch it industriously pottering away.... Wasting the time it was saving me!

My carpets have never been cleaner. The cats have got used to it.

There have been some misadventures. Once it ate about 3 yards of tinsel, another time a cat toy on a string. Both times required a bit of disassembly to sort out but none the worse for wear. Henry's best one was to tip over the cats' water bowl in the kitchen and proceed to wash the kitchen floor for a good half hour - every corner was wet. A wet trail from the kitchen to the docking station in the hallway and a soggy and bedraggled Roomba. I had to do quite a bit of drying out and the sludge in the dust trap and filter was particularly gross to clean out.

Whatever - I can not see a future without a Roomba.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new helper! 16 July 2008
This is a fab, must have gadget!
Highly entertaining for our family, and encourages everyone to tidy up in case 'iRob' eats their belongings! (Which any caught objects tend to be easily removed from underneath.)
We have a dog, and it's amazing how much dog hair is emptied from the tray after each use. He generally finds his way back to the hub each time, unless he vacuums behind a door and inadvertantly shuts himself in.
We haven't used the lighthouse gadget yet to enable him to navigate 3 rooms, as we find 3 rooms quite possible without it.
He did try to throw himself down the stairs this morning, but I think that was because I plugged the hub in too close to the edge and he set off at fast pace inches away! (Luckily I caught him.) Usually he susses out where the top step ends. Unless we are overworking him and he wants to do himself in! He won't generally fit very far under the sofas, but does the first few inches under if they are not high enough.
An amazing time-saving device!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars nice bit of kit
nice bit of kit but not realy suited to clutter good on wood,tiled floors and short pile carpets dosent like candy twist type carpets i like mine but my house is suited to it
Published 15 months ago by Alan Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Roomba 530
After purchasing this robot a few weeks ago I have been very impressed with it's performance, its now been trialed in two different houses with complete satisfaction. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2010 by Tony Spring
4.0 out of 5 stars Roomba reliability?.
I live in a fairly large apartment all on one floor and whilst one cannot compare its performance with a powerful full size traditional vacuum cleaner it does a reasonable job for... Read more
Published on 30 April 2010 by Mr. P. M. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars The wonder that is the iRobot Roomba
I didn't buy my iRobot Roomba 530 through Amazon but I felt that I would like to share my experience of this wonderful vacuum cleaner with anyone looking to purchase one through... Read more
Published on 9 April 2010 by Terrence W. Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars A technological wonder!!!
We have had this for a couple of weeks now, and I can't begin to tell you how thrilled we are with it. First the reasons why we decided on the Irobot 530. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2010 by Split-Pea Soup
4.0 out of 5 stars Great robot, solution to clunking sound
I was so impressed I bought one for my Dad as well! The Roomba 530 picks up our pet hairs and pretty well does the whole house, except for the stairs, but makes up for that by... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by William Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I had a Roomba for about a year but unfortunately it's suction stopped!!!!! I took it back
and was given my money back - which I thought was pretty fantastic. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by Glenys Chorley
5.0 out of 5 stars VACUUM CLEANING PERFECTION WITH ZERO EFFORT.
I'm a Doctor, Pilot, and amateur technophile! I LOVE gadgets and, in my spare time, I am a sucker for new technology. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2010 by Dr. S. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a wise investment!
Many moons ago I thought, why does anyone need remote central locking on their car? Now, I can't imagine a car without it. It's the same with Roomba. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2009 by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't think you need one until you've got one.
My first foray into robotic vacuum cleaners was a 30quid chinese knock off of a roomba that I bought for my girlfriend as a joke. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2009 by Arheddis Varkenjaab
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