Product Reviews

iRobot Roomba 760 Review and Giveaway

Jackson Chung 19-04-2012

iRobot Roomba 760 Review and Giveaway roombaWho doesn’t like a clean house? Actually, let me rephrase that – who doesn’t like a self-cleaning house? Imagine a world where you needn’t lift a finger to sweep or mop your floor. In fact, we’re close to accomplishing it. Very close.


Today, we have intelligent cleaning robots that scurry around our houses, sucking up dirt and wiping our floors clean — it may sound like a sci-fi movie from the ’80s but it’s very real. In this review, we’ll be taking a look at a cleaning robot from the most dominant manufacturer in the market today — the iRobot Roomba 760. Rest assured that the unit wasn’t sponsored by iRobot — we bought it ourselves, so be prepared for a clear and honest review of the Roomba 760.

We’re also giving this Roomba 760 away and so if you’d like to be in the running to win it, simply join the giveaway after the review.


The iRobot Roomba 760 retails at $449 and is one of the 3 vacuum cleaning robots available from iRobot’s 700 series. It’s able to clean (as in vacuum) both hard and carpeted surfaces. Not much differentiates it from the other models in the 700 series: the 770 and 780. If you’re willing to spend an additional $150 for the 780 model, you’ll get touchpad controls instead of buttons, better dirt sensing and a bin indicator which tells you when the dirt bin is full.

In terms of alternatives, there’s the Mint Plus Automatic Floor Cleaner 5200C which retails at $329 but it only cleans hard surfaces. For $399, the Neato XV-12 Robotic Vacuum is available as an option but I’d personally pick the $429 XV-21 when it’s released in May.

Initial Impressions

The Roomba 760 arrived in a regular carton box, with limited printing and packed very densely. There wasn’t any sense of occasion during unpacking even though we’ve just paid $429 for a vacuum cleaner — which is a hefty sum of money, considering the fact that a Dyson is within the same price range.


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I pulled the contents from the less-than-ordinary carton box to show you what’s included. Together with the Roomba 760, iRobot included (left to right) an AC adapter, a charging station and remote control; 2 extra HEPA filters (yellow); 2 cleaning tools (red); and 2 virtual walls.

roomba 760 review

The Roomba 760 itself is what we’re really interested in so let’s talk about that for a second. It’s shaped like a large frisbee with a diameter spanning 13.9 inches. Weighing 8.4 lbs (roughly 3.8 kg), it’s pretty heavy. Take a minute to absorb these figures — a robot about 14″ wide and weighing almost 4 kg is going to roam around your house and even though it’s got sophisticated sensors to avoid bumping into things, running into table legs and some types of furniture is inevitable — I can guarantee that, I’ve seen it happen. So if you have a fancy house with lots of precious ornaments and furniture, I would advise against any sort of robotic vacuum cleaners because they will end up breaking something.


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Although it’s not all bad. The Roomba 760 has a combination of intelligent wizardry that helps it to operate around your furniture. For example, there’s a proximity sensor right at the front of the device (pictured below) which scans the room 60 times every second and instructs the Roomba to slow down when approaching a wall or other large objects. It also has a rubberised, collapsible front bumper to absorb some of the shock from bumping into things.

roomba 760 review


As you can see, the layout is quite clean. Right at the centre, there’s the entrancing “Clean” button. Press it once and the Roomba 760 is brought to life. Press it again and it turns off. The battery level indicator is found above the “Clean” button. It glows green when the battery is full and changes to amber when it needs recharging. Fortunately, you needn’t worry about that too much because the Roomba 760 is smart enough to return the docking station by itself before its battery is depleted.


roomba 760 review

The other 4 buttons perform specific functions. The “Dock” button forces the Roomba 760 to immediately return to the docking station. The “Clock” button allows you to set the time, which is important because the “Schedule” button enables you to set the Roomba 760 off to vacuum your house at particular times on any given day. The final button, “Spot” forces the Roomba 760 to clean a specific area repeatedly.

roomba 760 review

Two large wheels drive the Roomba 760 forwards and backwards while a smaller rotating wheel at the front navigates it. At the top left corner on the bottom side of the Roomba (as seen in the image below), there’s a 3-prong side brush that spins as the Roomba 760 moves. The spinning motion helps to clean along walls as well as in and around edges. Any dirt that the sidebrush picks up is sent to the two, large counter-rotating brushes in the middle, which also pull in dirt and hair.


roomba 760 review

Take a look at this video if you’re interested to see how it works.

A small but powerful vacuum pulls everything into the dirt bin and through the HEPA filters.

irobot roomba 760 review

As you can plainly see, the Roomba 760 is a bagless system. The dirt bin itself is not very large and probably needs to be emptied after 4-5 runs. However, it can’t be washed because the vacuum component is directly connected to the dirt bin.

irobot roomba 760 review

There are 4 cliff sensors along the bottom edges, which automatically detect ledges and stairs; thereby preventing the Roomba 760 from taking any unexpected dives. Even if it does move towards a ledge, it will stop immediately and back up, then clean along that ledge. Pretty impressive, I must admit.

irobot roomba 760 review


Before the Roomba 760 can begin cleaning, it needs to be charged either by directly plugging in the cable from the AC adapter or by docking it to the charging station. Understandably, since the Roomba 760 is a robotic vacuum cleaner, it’s filled with high-tech but very sensitive gadgetry. And so, it can easily get upset with the slightest of deviations, resulting in panicky error codes.

Once the battery is fully charged, the Roomba 760 can happily vacuum continuously for about an hour and a half. From testing, I concluded that 1.5 hours is more than enough time to cover a large room, or 2 smaller rooms, or one small room twice over. It will return to the charging station automatically once its battery is low. There’s also a manual override i.e. the “Dock” button on both the vacuum and the remote control which instructs the Roomba 760 to stop cleaning, then it does its “E.T. phone home” bit and starts heading back to the charging station.

The Roomba 760 uses intelligent algorithms to navigate around rooms and furniture. I haven’t completely deciphered it yet but it’s clever enough to never get stuck under tables or between chairs. It also knows how to vacuum around edges, which is to say that it doesn’t just bump into an object, turn 180 degrees and head in the opposite direction — using the proximity sensor, the Roomba 760 can roughly estimate the size of the obstacle in front of it, then determine if it can move around it or if it should head in another direction. If it thinks that it can get around the object, it will definitely try. After several failed attempts, the Roomba 760 will give up and vacuum elsewhere.

The Roomba 760 has another very interesting feature called dirt sensing. Simply put, it blasts sound waves while moving along, and by doing so, it can detect any buildup of dirt on the floor or carpet. If it does detect any, the Roomba 760 will vacuum over that area several times before moving along.

Living with the Roomba 760

There are some benefits of owning a robotic vacuum cleaner. For one, you won’t need to do any of the cleaning, saving you time in the long run. The Roomba 760 can also vacuum those hard to reach places like under sofas and beds — places which are usually neglected. Plus, with its HEPA filters and scheduling functions, it will keep pet hair and dust from accumulating by vacuuming on a daily basis — something that you’d be hard-pressed to do yourself.

On the other hand, it is a robot, not a human being. That means that it won’t be able to distinguish between a piece of string and an expensive cable. It will devour anything that it comes across in its vacuum path: shirts towels, socks — any type of laundry, really; small toys, cables, etc. The point I’m trying to make here is that you should ideally have an innately clean home in order to own one of these robotic vacuum cleaners. You would have to make sure that there are no misplaced items on the floor, no stray cables or wires, and remember to block access to bathrooms or other areas of your house that you don’t want the Roomba to enter.

Now, the idea of the Roomba 760 doing all the work for you is truly fantastic but while it’s actually cleaning, there’s quite a lot of noise. So the thought of kicking back and relaxing is out the window. If I were to vacuum my house manually, I’d spend about 10 to 20 minutes on the job. However, the Roomba will go on for 1.5 hours! While it’s vacuuming, it will occasionally bump into things that will sometimes pressure you to check up on it. From experience, I’ve found that the best time to deploy the Roomba is when I’m not at home. I’d set it to start vacuuming just before I leave my house, and when I get back, everything’s nice and clean.

Should you buy it?

Even though my experience with the Roomba hasn’t been completely pleasant, I have to be honest here — I would rather have it than to live without it. It’s not just the convenience of an automatic robot cleaner doing the work for me, its multiple brush design actually cleans more thoroughly than my handheld vacuum cleaner. Although it can be a hassle to “pre-clean” and prep the area before deploying the Roomba 760, it’s a small price to pay for unequivocally cleaner floors and carpets.

If you already keep a moderately clean house, then a Roomba may be a good choice. Even with its hefty $445 price tag, having the Roomba 760 around is ultimately more convenient. If you own a lot of precious ornaments or furniture, the Roomba may not be for you.

We’re giving away this $445 iRobot Roomba 760 to one lucky MakeUseOf reader. Let’s hope it manages to keep your house clean (or at least frighten your cat). Here’s how to win it.

How do I win the Roomba 760?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner.

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  1. Anonymous
    September 1, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Nice list, although I think it’s missing a few great models that should be on there. Spending a bit of extra cash on a good robot vacuum is definitely worth it. Robot vacuums are great on hardwood floors, and many of the people I’ve recommended this to have come back to tell me how much they enjoy it, and how much easier its made their cleaning day. If anyone reading this has hardwood or low pile carpeting, I highly recommend picking one up (if it’s within your budget of course).

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 1, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Thanks for this great comment, Kareen! Always nice to hear from real users. Do you have any models you'd recommend? Especially for hardwood or low pile carpeting, as you said?

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  3. Mary Bryan
    May 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks, Jackson, for the chance to win this Roomba. I purchased one of the earliest ones when I lived in Florida back in the 1990's, and it was great. I gave it away when I moved back North, and have regretted it ever since, especially since severe arthritis limits my housekeeping efforts. (Well, not only arthritis!) I'll stay tuned. Take care. MB

  4. Deborah Latham-White
    May 3, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I want one of these. It would make my life so much easier!

  5. Megan
    May 1, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Would LOVE this!

  6. Kathryn Mackey
    April 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    this is nice vacuum

  7. mpina
    April 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm


  8. Connie O'
    April 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    The Roomba sure seems like a blessing for seniors.

  9. Scott
    April 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This is the best vacuum ive ever used!!!! i used to compare it with my $300 kurby and my $300 eureka!! i could vacuum over the same 5x5 area over and over with either the kurby or the eureka till either stopped picking up debris from the floor then immediately run the roomba over the same spot on spot mode and the roomba would fill its debris tray up when i say fill it up i mean that sucker was FULL!!!....sadly i lost my roomba in my divorce :( and i havent been able to replace it due to funds..... id just about do anything to get another one!!

  10. Michael Lochtefeld
    April 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I have two dogs constantly shedding and I make less than minimum wage so all I can say is, GIMME GIMME GIMME...
    Quite an interesting giveaway I must say.

  11. Tony White
    April 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

    done! c:

  12. Sharon Fullen
    April 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Owned a first generation Roomba and enjoyed it. Glad to hear about all the updates and hopefully win a new one!

  13. Lois
    April 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Great product!

  14. Asriel Rusdyawan
    April 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Great Stuff!
    Life is Good using this Tool..:-)

  15. Slawomir
    April 26, 2012 at 5:40 am

    All done!

  16. Lydia G
    April 26, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Bending can be quite painful some days, but with a Roomba those pesky dust bunnies under my furniture wouldn't stand a chance.

  17. Lydia G
    April 26, 2012 at 2:22 am

    bending is quite painful some days , so this would be terrific for hunting those dust bunnies under the furniture.

  18. Nancy
    April 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    This is what I absolutely need, dog hair flying around the day after I vacuum, dust from the Texas dryness and wind, grandkids stirring everything up... oh, and two cats. Woo Hoo!

  19. DonnsB
    April 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I don't care what problems it might have that they write about, anything has to be better than nothing> Housebound on oxygen since I was 30 I can't vacuum etc. This would be such a delight to have! My husband works a long hard week driving 80 miles eeach way so this would be nice for him also, very nice. Thanks

  20. caroline dawson
    April 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    This Roomba sounds wonderful, as a mum of 4 kids and 2 dogs it would give me so much time back in the day to spend with the kids. It sounds perfect.

  21. caroline dawson
    April 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    The Roomba sounds so wonderful as a busy mum of 4 children, with two dogs this would give me so much of my day back to spend time with the kids. It sounds so perfect.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Sounds like a miracle :)

  22. andytgeezer
    April 25, 2012 at 10:20 am

    My wife wants one of these so badly!

    • Jackson Chung
      April 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Try hard and you'll win it!

  23. Lori Thomas
    April 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Would love one!! Thx 4 the chance.

  24. stephaniekevans
    April 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I have wanted a Roomba since they first came out. After reading this, I really want one!
    Thanks for sharing...

    • Jackson Chung
      April 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Cheers! Which one will you be getting?

  25. Abdul Rafay
    April 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

    we r not fools like you

  26. Clarissa
    April 24, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Very good information.

  27. roland blais
    April 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    sure could use this one

  28. Wade Potter
    April 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm


  29. shoma
    April 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm


  30. Louise Lauzon
    April 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    o yes that roommmba is mine

  31. Ben Major
    April 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Your review is informative, enjoyable &, er...down-to-earth Over the years, I've read lots about the roomba, yet I still found your writing style very engaging. As for the give-away, I never win anything, but your review is a winner. Thanks.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks, Ben!

  32. @sweetmatcha
    April 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Sweet giveaway, would really love to win, cut down on having to constantly clean the floor so I can spend more time with my two little munchkins.

  33. Mihaela Goj
    April 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Great gift for my birthday!

  34. C
    April 23, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Just what the newly single dad needs!

  35. ed
    April 23, 2012 at 2:37 am

    the roomba is mine!

  36. Nazmul Haque
    April 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    All done :)

  37. TerryM
    April 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Though I NEVER win contests (sob), I'm trying for this one.

  38. ursula hayes
    April 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    love it liked shared tweeted and enter i need it so badly please

  39. ursula hayes
    April 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    love it liked tweeted shared and enter fantastic giveaway i want it please it would help me so much thanks

  40. Bruce Martin
    April 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    need house cleaning robot,cause we like robots and clean houses

  41. Kim Caise
    April 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    These things are so handy and awesome to have around the house! Some friends of ours have one and I love it!

  42. mprost
    April 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Just a quick question, I live in Europe and I was thinking about ordering a Roomba in the US and having it delivered to my country, but, is the AC adapter universal? You know, one of those 100-240V 50-60 Hz.


    • Jackson Chung
      April 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Good question. The answer is no. The AC adapter is not universal. You'll have to source on locally from a retailer.

      • mprost
        April 23, 2012 at 7:52 am

        Thank you for the quick response.

  43. maximiliam steffens
    April 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    One to Brazil!

  44. Mohammad Najmul Huda
    April 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I need this for my mom

  45. Mohammad Najmul Huda
    April 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I need this for my mom

  46. DonnaB
    April 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Being stuck in a chair or bed some days, on oxygen with RA since I was 30 this would probably be the biggest help to me of anything I own other than my computer!
    Great giveaway thanks for the chance! I'd rather win this than the super computer or the Kindle, that's how bad it is. No pictures but you can imagine! Once a week I have a friend who vacuums, sort of OUCH! LOL

  47. Gustav Lundin
    April 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Hope to win as my wife naggin' me over cleaning all the time! :D

    Gustav (sweden)

  48. Mike Douglas
    April 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I have a 530 and have seen the massive improvements over the 400 series. i am very interested in seeing how two generations up has improved the system even more.

  49. Muhammad Taha Qureshi
    April 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks to us a chance to win a very useful robot

  50. joseph gersch jr
    April 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    filled out form liked on fb tweeted @jtwark and google plus as joseph gersch

  51. Oksana
    April 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm


    Like it: Oksana Vladimirovna on FB

    Tweeted:!/oksana2372/status/193697858149556224 (@oksana2372)

    +1 on Google (Oksana V.)

    Thank you for the chance!


  52. gabriel delfin
    April 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    hope to win romba

  53. gabriel delfin
    April 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Hope to win

  54. Kamal Bliss
    April 21, 2012 at 10:06 am


  55. Nigel Buchalter
    April 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I'm always interested in anything that will cut down on tiring old housework.
    Still waiting for someone to invent something that will load the dishwasher and empty it when finished.

  56. Ihuda Bunzl
    April 21, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Yep ! This is what I was waiting for...

  57. Halim3050
    April 21, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Shared & participated ?!!!

    i have no idea what i am gonna do if i win this thing ?

    may be i will sell it on ebay ?!!!

  58. Cynthia Cheney
    April 21, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I came to read this because of the giveaway. After reading the review, the giveaway has no appeal for me. A vacuum that can detect 'cliffs' and clean along the edge of obstacles ought also to be equipped with sensors to avoid destroying cables and cords, and becoming inactivated by trying to ingest socks, toys, and other objects.

    Tell the mfr to wake me when it's a real product, not a house accessory for people with clean houses.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Hey Cynthia, like I said in the intro: we're very close to achieving that.

  59. randy
    April 21, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Done LOVR is like an inn, there room one mote to enter in for the GIVEAWAY contests.

  60. Johnny
    April 21, 2012 at 3:20 am

    great review. I have the 720 and love it worth every penny of the 300 I paid. But Romba will find any and all phone chargers, socks and any other stuff on the floor, so if you get one don't forget to Rombarize the house before it takes off.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, Johnny. "Roombarize" the house first, eh? I like that.

  61. Catherine
    April 21, 2012 at 3:02 am

    We surely need this at home.. My mom would really be happy if I could win this. You see, my mother has asthma so we really have to keep the use from all dust. Hope I would win!

  62. Blacksmith
    April 21, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I really would find this gadget very useful and would like to have a chance to win it but it's another case of discrimination against folk who choose not to use social networking sites. We are not all lemmings, we just have more interesting things to do with our time. It's a shame really as the Makeuseof site is very informative and entertaining.

    • Tina
      April 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

      How this is discrimination is really beyond me. We are talking about entering a contest for a vacuum cleaner. This is not exactly a key opportunity or necessity in life.

      Anyhow, we will hopefully be able to offer other ways to enter the contest soon. Stay tuned!

    • Jackson Chung
      April 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

      We are in no way discriminating because we allow ANYONE to join the giveaway regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, religious and political views. Not participating in Facebook, Twitter or Google+ was really your choice.

  63. Geoff Richardson
    April 20, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    This is more like it! Little hassle, big effect!!!

    • Jackson Chung
      April 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Nicely put!

  64. rajee
    April 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I need it to keep our home dust free

  65. dlb
    April 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I really need one of these! I'm too lazy to vacuum for real, so a Roomba would be awesome!

  66. dlb
    April 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I really need one of these! I too lazy to vacuum for real, so a Roomba would be awesome!

  67. Anita Cash
    April 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Housework in style woooohoooo

  68. Mohammad Wasiullah
    April 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for giveaway count me in

  69. grisel
    April 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    i like it

  70. hesti
    April 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

  71. wreckage
    April 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

    "The code was incorrect" - THREE TIMES??? I really didn't mis-spell 'roomba' - honestly. No entry for me, then... :-(

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

      You're in, Marty.

      • linlu
        April 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        I had the same problem, I pulled the code from your google+ page - post about this. The first time I tried I received that "code was incorrect" error using my email address on this reply form. When I tried again to signup with my first email address it said I was already in the system? So I had to use an alternate email address. Again I received the error.

        • Jackson Chung
          April 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

          If you received the confirmation email, you're in. The most common cause of the error is a space after the code.

  72. Kameswara Rao
    April 20, 2012 at 10:28 am


  73. Loiue Stihl Balanquit
    April 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I want this for my mother. XD

  74. Sam Show
    April 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

    lovely package!

  75. Akhil
    April 20, 2012 at 9:41 am

    hell yeah!!!!!

  76. stephen
    April 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

    love this makeuseof. go flying

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm


  77. Mitch Graves
    April 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I wanted to learn to Rumba but was too lazy.
    Now I can Roomba and stay lazy!

  78. Igor Boyarintsev
    April 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I really want to Roomba

  79. zbuckone
    April 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I'm lazy, so this would be great!

  80. abhilash agarwal
    April 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

    i like it

  81. Shanker
    April 20, 2012 at 7:01 am

    !! thanks ,,if i get Roomba 760 as a give away !!

  82. Manish
    April 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Very nice !

  83. Rusira Dulanga
    April 20, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Awesome giveaway. Love you makeuseof.


  84. Jeff
    April 20, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I'm in!
    Good luck to all!!

  85. Khalid
    April 20, 2012 at 5:08 am

    good thing...

  86. Eddie Dailey
    April 20, 2012 at 4:20 am

    If you believe in the saying, "you get what you pay for". This must be a very well made and functional unit.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      It is quite well made, I have to admit

  87. Eddie Dailey
    April 20, 2012 at 4:17 am

    If you believe in "you get what you pay for", This must be a pretty inpressive unit.

  88. Larry
    April 20, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Be interesting to see what would happen if it encounters a mouse trap. Or two.

  89. Mrs. Victoria Ubag Enriquez
    April 20, 2012 at 2:57 am

    a million thanks for the above give-away...hope to be the lucky one!

  90. Maggs
    April 20, 2012 at 2:53 am

    This would be amazing. I work many hours a week and it is really hard to keep up with everything. This would save me a lot of work as I have two dogs that shed and this would keep their hair from accumulating under the couch and hard to reach places that I don't have time to do every day

  91. Wayne
    April 20, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Thank you for the chance to win this cool prize it looks well made.

  92. Gerald Kieffer
    April 20, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Being disabled & on SSD [Social Security Dissability] income I have several medical issues. ALL of which makes cleaning my apt rather difficult. I can only STAND UP and clean for around 5 min before i must sit. If i don't then I fall on the floor & call 911 to get someone over to get me back on my feet again. THUS this would help when I can get to my various doctor appointments through the week.

    PS = Maybe I'll call the little thing ROSIE..... [The Jetsons tv show robot]

  93. dianasky
    April 20, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Excellent review! I have told my mom about this wonderful robot before. I would give this to my parents, because they have done so much for me all of my life, especially cleaning up after me : )

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 7:45 am


  94. Beverly Behnke
    April 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I could sure use this, I have a very bad back and it's hard to vacumn with a regular vacuum.

  95. Shoprgyrl
    April 19, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Yep, I think I need to win this as a birthday present to me!

  96. June Dykes
    April 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Can it paint my nails while its down there? lol

  97. Tom
    April 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    would be a big help around our house!!

  98. Barry Laughton
    April 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    One less chore around the house would be nice. Now, what to do about the mowing.

  99. eddiekk42
    April 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I'm 70 and need all the help I can get.

  100. Brian Deveau
    April 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Woo Hoo! Someone to do my vacuuming while at work!

  101. ketut
    April 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    cleaning the room is very useful
    all would love it.......

  102. Ellen Ackrish
    April 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Would luv to win this!

  103. H C Ryge
    April 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    The Roomba is brilliant as long as it lives. But at its older days it just keeps cirkling around itself and trying ti reach a place to rest and be feed ;-) so please hand me a junger one that are able to see more tha its ovn nose!

  104. Kathryn
    April 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you. Love the Roomba

  105. virginia brannon gascon
    April 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I WANT IT !!!!!!

  106. Heather
    April 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for the contest. Really really want one of these!

  107. Muhammad Gohar
    April 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    This is a must . need this badly .

  108. Niall
    April 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. My wife and I are having a baby in June and I'm starting a new business then, plus were doing all that in a new country. Would be great if cleaning the floors was the last thing on our minds!

  109. Jeff
    April 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Having had both, i personally prefer the Neato, it is much less hassle and faster.

  110. Lisa
    April 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    My kitties would love it!

  111. Violet Smith
    April 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    This would sure beat moving heavy furniture around when you want to vacuum under it. It is also great for those of us who have disabilities that using a vacuum is difficult to push, lug, carry around. I would really like to try this as my dog is constantly shedding on the carpet and vacuuming is a chore.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 7:45 am


  112. ron
    April 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    see if it works on my floor

  113. Joseph
    April 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Why can't people who aren't part of any social network participate in the giveaway?

  114. rashard
    April 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    as a college student I need this bad!

  115. rashard
    April 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    as a college student man I need this

  116. James Katkus
    April 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Great article! Very informative. I'd love to have one.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Thanks, James!

  117. Kao
    April 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I wanna win. :P

  118. Phoghat
    April 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    would love to get my grubby little paws on a Roomba and hack its little heart out.

  119. Patsy Marra
    April 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    My wife and her mother are both unable to walk well. This device would be extremely helpful to them and to me.

  120. Tim J. Tschirhart
    April 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    God, I'd have to do a major clean-up before letting the poor, little guy loose on his own. I have dust-bunnies that growl!

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Dust-bunny family!

  121. James Sears
    April 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I've got a baby running all over the floor these days. I worry all the time that my son will find something on the floor and try to eat it. This roomba would sure ease my mind that the floor is clean. And save my wife a lot of vacuuming. Great giveaway idea!

  122. Zach Henry
    April 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I am in a wheelchair, I think this little guy might change my life. It would be great to have a little helper. Crossing fingers! Thanks so much for the awesome give away.

  123. Shawna Hamilton
    April 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I hope I win this, I am a housekeeper of a 6800 square foot home and there are 3 dogs and 5 kids and all wood floors...I would make such good use of this product and if it works as good as it claims, certianly spread the word to all my clients and friends and realitives...With over 3000 friends on facebook, that would be some pretty strong networking!!! =) I'm crossing my fingers I win it!

  124. Ginny Murray
    April 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for this great win. Sarah, our lab, sheds all the time and my home is a mess. I'm constanting vaccuming, dusting, spraying air fresheners, to win, would help my back surgery recovery and be able to walk Sarah down the street and back. Thanks so much.

  125. Carla Raetzel
    April 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Nice Article. Often wondered about how these worked and if they were any good.

  126. Barbara
    April 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    A Roomba would definitely help - just out of hospital and in need of a lot of help right now.

  127. Jody Gayhart
    April 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Please I have many dogs vacuuming must go on ALL day!

  128. Philippa Lazare
    April 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I would take a Roomba anyday over a conventional vacuum. Thanks for the review. Looking forward to wimming the Roomba 760!!!

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Cheers, Philippa!

  129. Sueska
    April 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Captain Roomba says "All your floors are belong to us. hahahaha"

  130. Helder
    April 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm


  131. Franz Wagener
    April 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Enjoyed the review - I think it will most probably commit suicide in my house, but I'm forwarding to my sister in law.
    Having comment threads "nested" is nice idea - it looks more like a "real" conversation
    that way, I think.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Thanks, Franz!

  132. David
    April 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    How does it handle black surfaces? A serious flaw with the older models is they interpret anything black as a cliff and immediately turn around. I have an oriental rug that has a black border and my roomba completely avoids it due to this. There are workarounds posted online which cover the sensors but I actually need them to work.

    Also, if you have animals that shed be prepared to empty the bin often (everyday in my case) and clean the brushes at least once a week. I also take the whole thing apart about once a year and really give it a deep clean. Well worth the hassle since I hate manual vacuuming.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Hmm, I haven't tested it on dark surfaces because I haven't got any. Interesting point though

  133. Bob
    April 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Just the thing for a lazy housekeeper like me! I would love to win it.

  134. Kevin Ross
    April 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Looks like an interesting device... I have a test for it !!!

  135. Carrie
    April 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I have been wanting a roomba for a long time, just wondering if my dog would think it was her toy.

  136. Kathy
    April 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    We need a ROOMBA in this big house!!!!

  137. Kathy
    April 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    This big house, in which I live needs a Roomba!

  138. Marty
    April 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Saw one in action great machine

  139. LarryB
    April 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    My dog really needs a Roomba!

  140. Ruslan1313
    April 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    My brother uses the one sold at Bed bath... and it is great. Just the idea of getting some help is priceless. This unit would be more helpful. I would mostly use it for the rooms, because the main living rooms are not that difficult beside we spend most of the time in the family room.

  141. Ray Haxell
    April 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    It'll be nice to have a dust-free house.

  142. Ray Haxell
    April 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    It'll be nice to have a dust-free house

  143. Dave
    April 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    My house, 2 kids, 2 cats, a dog, and mostly my wife need this Roomba!

  144. roger kistler
    April 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I would really really love to win a roomba as I cannot afford to buy one being on a fixed income so please pick me!

  145. Ponzo Alessandro
    April 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Hi have a 550 model and I am very satisfied; let's try to win this one!

  146. nicole
    April 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I know some dustbunnies who are going to be very scared if I win this Roomba

  147. It Would Be A Great Help
    April 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I suffer from chronic pain this would be such a HUGE help. If my floors get cleaned every 6 months or so it's a miracle but I just can't do it very well. It may take me an entire day to complete one room if I can even work myself up to tackling the job.

  148. Karen
    April 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I had a Roomba when I had carpeting-the carpeting was really thick. Well, I gave the Roomba to my son & years later I got rid of the carpeting. I now have beautiful hardwood floors, but I can't ask for it winning this Roomba would be perfect! And I promise to keep it!I had a Roomba when I had carpeting-the carpeting was really thick. Well, I gave the Roomba to my son & years later I got rid of the carpeting. I now have beautiful hardwood floors, but I can't ask for it winning this Roomba would be perfect! And I promise to keep it!

    • Jackson Chung
      April 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

      LOL good luck, Karen!

  149. Karen
    April 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I had a Roomba when I had carpeting-the carpeting was really thick. Well, I gave the Roomba to my son & years later I got rid of the carpeting. I now have beautiful hardwood floors, but I can't ask for it winning this Roomba would be perfect! And I promise to keep it!

  150. Patrick Edmondson
    April 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    My house would love to meet Roomba

  151. Carol
    April 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I would love to experience Roomba 760 technology! I can only imagine how it would help me twofold. Not only would I have really clean floors for my 4 grandsons but I would have more time to play with them too!

  152. phritzg
    April 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I would love to see how our two cats react to the Roomba; their hair shedding is responsible for most of our vacuuming efforts already!

  153. Marco
    April 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I have the first generation of Roomba and the Scooba... I really LIKE it :-D

  154. John Alldis
    April 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    might help keep my study clean with out the wife displacing everythig?

  155. cindi lakes
    April 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    whoa, I am duly impressed with the Roomba 760 technology! I would go for something cleaning my floors while I run errands, are you kidding? Love you, Make use of!!

  156. Mary
    April 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Oh please, please, pleeeeease !

  157. Mary Banks
    April 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Fantastic device.

  158. James
    April 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    This would be so cool to have so I could practically give up vacuuming. Can see it struggling round the edges and if someone could develop a winch system so it could climb up curtains it would be truly amazing. So if I see anyone on Dragons Den with an iRobot winch, don't forget to bung me a few quid!

  159. Debora
    April 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I LOVE the chance to win a Roomba!!!

  160. Doreen
    April 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity- Amazing.

  161. Jonathan
    April 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I'm curious how the 700 series compares to earlier Roombas. The 560 is on sale for under $300.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      We haven't had the chance to review any from the 500 series, so we can't say with any authority.

  162. Richard Carpenter
    April 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I guessed the code, then it showed up when I looked at the facebook page :)

    Thanks for the cool giveaways

    • Jackson Chung
      April 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Nice :)

  163. Frank Rezack
    April 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I need one of these!

  164. David Elins
    April 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Hey, youngsters -

    iRobot and the Will Smith movie were probably named after Isaac Asimov's classic book of short stories
    "I, Robot",_Robot

  165. John Hollingsworth
    April 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    My daughter needs this

  166. Heather Kalist
    April 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Nice giveaway, thanks Makeuseof!

  167. Rachel Lubawy
    April 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Hey it's up now Yay! Thanks. :)

  168. Natalie Ryder
    April 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I have been looking at these for a while now. We just put in all hardwood floors in our house and I have to constantly vacuum up the pet hair from my cat and dog. This would be a great help and awesome time saver!

  169. Rachel Lubawy
    April 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I can't find the code. :( I see all the other ones, but not the one for the iRoomba.

    • Charlie (Green)
      April 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Look on the bottom right of the code sheet

      • Jackson Chung
        April 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        Thanks, Charlie. Good on you.

  170. andrea
    April 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I saw this work and it worked well. Being newly handicapped this would be so good for me.

  171. Patricia
    April 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    It would make me want to clean the rugs all the time, looks fun!

  172. Brian James
    April 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Link to reveal giveaway code not working. Can it be sent to my email?

  173. Jazz
    April 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Fingers Crossed.

  174. Abdul Rafay
    April 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Nice Robot Cleaner.I think its named after IRobot Movie of Will Smith.

  175. Ben Woodruff
    April 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I don't see the code either. tried reloading and unlike and re-like. nada

    • Jackson Chung
      April 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Ben, reloading the page won't work. Right click on the giveaway codes image and select Reload frame. Let me know if that does it for you.

      • Ben Woodruff
        April 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

        Nope, still no code for the Roomba. I see five codes for other items, but not one for Roomba.

        • Jackson Chung
          April 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

          Hey Ben, I've sent you the code via email while we sort this out.


        • Ben Woodruff
          April 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

          Got it. Thanks!

        • Barbara
          May 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

          can you send me the code as well? Thanks! Barbara

        • Barbara
          May 3, 2012 at 1:44 am

          I've already left a comment, but since I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly and since I cannot see the code on Facebook (it looks like you removed the requirement?), I'm commenting again in hopes I can have a chance to win the Roomba. Thanks for the opportunity!

  176. Rene Gatdula
    April 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Nice review....and I can't sleep again...

  177. Lucian
    April 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I don't find the code :)

    • muotechguy
      April 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      You have to LIKE the Facebook page, then you can see it.

      • Larry
        April 20, 2012 at 3:46 am

        Why do you insist on running this through facebook, etc?

        • James Bruce
          April 20, 2012 at 7:31 am

          I'm on a replacement system now that won't require Facebook, though you will need to create an account with MakeUseOf using your choice of social network (buttons in the top right), and you can start collecting points by commenting and sharing on all our articles (HINT HINT).

        • Larry
          April 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

          Why couldn't one create an account with MakeUseOf using MakeUseOf? Why must you involve facebook and their ilk?

        • muotechguy
          April 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

          Because it makes it a simple one button account creation and makes fake accounts more difficult. Our aim is to reward you for sharing our content and helping us grow, without a social network you can't do that anyway.

        • Larry
          April 21, 2012 at 5:48 am

          I've shared MUO articles with real friends and with acquaintances. A lot more people know about MUo through those actions than through anything that I may have done on facebook.

        • muotechguy
          April 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

          We appreciate that a lot Larry, thanks! Unfortunately, there's no way for us to actually track that or measure it, so it's impossible to reward users on that basis.

        • Larry
          April 23, 2012 at 12:15 am

          I'm not looking for rewards. Just saying that the facebook account I use here is very anitsocial.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm


      Try right-clicking and reloading the iframe on the giveaway codes tab in Facebook.


      • Kelly
        April 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        Getting the following error ( chrome for android )
        Webpage is not available - Error 501 (net:ERR_INSECURE_RESPONSE)

        [Broken Link Removed]

      • Matthew
        April 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        I actually tried reloading the frame for the code too. Don't see it.

        I do see the other stuff like the Kindle Touch and Perfect 365 though.

        • Jackson Chung
          April 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

          Hey Matthew,

          We're looking into the matter. In the meantime the code requirement has been removed. Go ahead and submit your entry! Good luck.

        • Jackson Chung
          April 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm

          Update: Confirmed that the giveaway code is visible. Code requirement reinstated.

        • Brian Clements
          April 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

          Really? I'm not seeing it either. I see all the other codes, but not this one. I've cleared cookies, closed browser (Firefox), and reloaded image...same thing.

        • Brian James
          April 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

          Not on google+ as indicated. any chance of getting the code emailed to me?