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Why are iRobot's new Roombas so damn expensive?

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Robot vacuum pioneer iRobot has big plans in the works. From new Roombas that clean themselves to smart vacuums that communicate with floor-mopping machines, and even robotic lawn mowers, iRobot has been busy. But while these sophisticated home care systems sound impressive, even useful, they suffer from one glaring downside. They are all staggeringly expensive. This move by iRobot is no accident.


All the best robot vacuum deals to shop on Black Friday

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OUR TOP PICK: iRobot Roomba s9 -- save $300.99 BEST FOR PET HAIR: iRobot Roomba 675 -- save $30.99 No matter how long they've been around, robot vacuums are always hot items during holidays and big sales events. So, of course there are some stellar robot vacuum deals for Black Friday. While iRobot's Roomba is the vac with the most name recognition, it's not the only line of robot vacuums worth your attention. We've rounded up the best Black Friday deals on robot vacuums from iRobot, Shark, Ecovacs, and more.


These iRobot vacuums and mops are still on sale from Cyber Weekend

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Select iRobot robotic vacuums and mops are on sale on Amazon for up to 43% off as of Dec. 2: OUR TOP PICK: iRobot Roomba i7 -- save $300.99 BEST BUDGET PICK: iRobot Roomba 675 -- save $100.99 BEST ROBOTIC MOP DEAL: iRobot Braava Jet M6 -- save $100.99 Need a new vacuum, but missed out on this year's Cyber Weekend sales? Don't worry about it-- Consumer Reports' 2020 Best Time to Buy Things list says the whole month of December is one of the few times of the year where we see deep discounts on vacuums across most major retailers. Indeed, Amazon still has kept several iRobot robotic vacuums and mops on sale at their Black Friday and Cyber Monday prices as of Dec. 2, with discounts as high as 43% on select models. You didn't really miss out at all.) Here's the lowdown: Boasting ten times the suction of iRobot's popular 600-series models, the Roomba i7 is a powerful and sleek robot vacuum with some brains to match: It comes equipped with adaptive navigation and Smart Mapping technologies on top of virtual assistant compatibility.


The absolute best robot vacuum deals for Cyber Monday

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OUR TOP PICK: iRobot Roomba i3 -- save $200.99 If you're someone who loves having a clean home, but hates cleaning, a robot vacuum should be your splurge item this Cyber Monday. You don't have to drop a ton of coin to get a reliable robo vac that gets the job done. If you do want to dish out some extra cash though, you can get some pretty cool features like a self-emptying dust bin. We've found all the best Cyber Monday robot vacuum deals from the top brands on the market to make it easier for you to shop.


iRobot's Braava Jet Mopping Robot Is Small, Smart, and Not Round

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The Bedford, Mass.-based company, which has sold millions of its disc-shaped Roomba vacuums, is expanding its family of cleaning automatons. The new robot is the Braava jet, a small, shiny white robotic mop designed to clean hard floors, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. And did we say it's square? But perhaps the biggest surprise about the Braava jet is not its shape; it's the price: US 200. This is iRobot's most affordable cleaning bot ever.