The Roomba 530 from iRobot is their latest model in the ‘500’ series. The 530 attempts to right some wrongs of previous models, improving navigation, vacuum power and area coverage in order to give you a worthwhile, innovative product.
With the push of a button, it navigates your room, gently bumping into objects in order to map it out. Then, using a 3 stage process, it cleans your entire room and deposits the dirt in a bag-free dustpan. All the while collecting potentially harmful allergens within its fine filtration system; keeping them from going back into the air and into your lungs.
The Roomba 530 is self charging, using a charging hub as its home-base. It can automatically detect low battery and return there before continuing its work.
This is an all-floor design, where the cleaning head itself will adjust to the terrain. It will traverse tile, hardwood, and even carpet while transitioning between them like an autonomous disk-shaped dump truck.
The iRobot Roomba 530 is easy to set up. All it takes is one button to activate it, and away it goes. It buzzes around the room for a bit, bumping gently into things and pin-balling itself from one end to the other. Once it’s mapped out the room, it begins to work by cleaning, brushing and vacuuming.
It will pretty much roam and go wherever it can, which is where the virtual walls come into play. They project a beam of light that the Roomba can detect, and instructs it to avoid going there. This is a good way to save battery and keep it in the room where you need the most cleaning.
- One button technology.
- Powerful vacuum.
- Self-charging home-base.
- Another job I don’t have to do.
- Keeps your floors well maintained without your input.
- Not quite able to get everywhere that needs a good vacuum
- Clumsy looking navigation
Robot vacuum cleaners are a thing now. iRobot’s Roomba series seems to be leading the charge, and with competitors entering the market, they’re forced to advance in order to stay on top. You really get a sense of this with the 530. It feels ahead of its time, it’s hard to find flaws with it, and most of the ones you do find are no more than minor inconveniences.
I don’t have to vacuum back and forth in large rooms as long as this thing roams my house. A great investment for any home. Just check out some of these reviews.