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'Drunk' Roombas? Software update trips up models of robot vacuums

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Has your Roomba vacuum been acting strange lately? Yours might not be the only one. Some i7 and s9 models of the robot vacuums have been experiencing issues due to a recent software update, iRobot said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY. The company said the issues affect a "limited number" of models. "We've worked with impacted customers to roll their robot's software back, and we are also implementing an update to ensure any similar issues are avoided moving forward," said iRobot in its statement.


Get ready for spring cleaning with a discounted Eufy robot vacuum

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SAVE $104: As of Feb. 23, get the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX for only $175.99 -- a 37% discount. We're just under a month away from Spring (finally), and with warmer weather comes more pollen, dust, and the start of shedding season for your pets. All that to say: Once the warmer weather arrives, things start to get messy. Spring cleaning is a must, so set yourself up for success at home this year by outsourcing your floor cleaning to a robot vacuum. Between working from home, cooking dinner, and maintaining a virtual social life, you have better things to do than to clean the floors constantly.


Get a Roomba 981 robot vacuum and an Echo Dot for over $200 off

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As of Feb. 19, get the iRobot Roomba 981 robot vacuum for only $349.99, and choose to add on an Echo Dot smart speaker for an additional $10. Cleaning your own floors is so 2020 (and after last year, we all deserve a break from housework). Level up your home cleaning game with an iRobot Roomba 981 robot vacuum, which has a ton of smart features to keep your home clean -- and you won't have to lift a finger. If you've always dreamed of telling your Roomba when to clean without pressing any buttons, go for the discounted Roomba 981 and Echo Dot bundle, and cleaning is as easy as saying "Alexa, tell Roomba to vacuum." The iRobot Roomba 981 is sitting at its lowest Amazon price ever, according to price tracker camelcamelcamel -- the current $349.99 pricing is about $50 lower than the previous all-time low of $400.


Eufy RoboVac G30 Hybrid review: This budget-priced robot vac mops as well as vacuums

PCWorld

Eufy's G30 Hybrid brings together vacuuming and mopping capabilities in one modestly priced robot. As with most hybrids, it's a better robot vacuum than a robot mop, but when you consider it also comes with smart navigation, app control, and Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice-command support, it's a great value at $370. The G30 Hybrid is a super-svelte 12.8 x 12.8 x 2.85 inches. Not surprisingly, it looks very much like the Eufy G30 Edge we reviewed last year. There's a trio of physical buttons on top--start/pause Auto cleaning, spot cleaning, and recharge--along with a Wi-Fi status light/power switch on the side.


Save over 60% on a refurbished robot vacuum

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TL;DR: The ECOVACS DEEBOT 601 will vacuum for you -- and it's on sale for 62% off. As of Feb. 18, get it for just $129.99. If you're still manually cleaning your floors, stop. For those who can't swing for a pricey Roomba, consider this refurbished ECOVACS DEEBOT 601, which costs less than $150. Despite its low price tag, this robot vacuum still gets the job done. It features a three-stage cleaning system that simultaneously sweeps, lifts, and vacuums up dirt and dust from your floors.


PSA: Amazon just put this smart robot vacuum on sale for only $99

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As of Feb. 16, an extra savings coupon on its Amazon product page brings the Eureka Groove NER300 robot vacuum down to only $99 -- that's a solid 50% off its $199.99 This is not a drill: We found a smart robot vacuum on sale for under $100. The Eureka Groove NER300 robot vacuum cleaner usually hangs around $150 on Amazon, according to the price-tracking site camelcamelcamel, but as of Feb. 16 it's back down to its all-time-low Black Friday price of just $99 (or half off its $199.99 A coupon on its product page will save you that extra $100.99: We're usually wary of any robot vacuums this cheap, but the Groove NER300 gets decent reviews for its overall suction power, ability to pick up pet hair, and smart assistant connectivity.


Robot Vacuums Don't Need a Lot of Frills. Try This Powerful Budget Model, Now on Sale.

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Slate has relationships with various online retailers. If you buy something through our links, Slate may earn an affiliate commission. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change. All prices were up to date at the time of publication. Why you want this: As robot vacuums have become increasingly popular, we've had to accept that they are not wholly autonomous.


Cut back on cleaning time in 2021 with a Eufy robot vacuum

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These are the best deals on Eufy robot vacuums as of Jan. 13: OUR TOP PICK: Eufy by Anker, RoboVac G30, Robot Vacuum with Smart Dynamic Navigation 2.0 -- save $90 One of the things we had enough of in 2020 was cleaning (among other things). Staying at home all day every day means that things tend to get messy, and time spent cleaning the house also seems to skyrocket. Give yourself a little free time and outsource the floor-cleaning to a robot vacuum. These Eufy models will save you time, energy and -- since they're all on sale -- money. The smartest robot vacuum on this list, the RoboVac G30 will integrate seamlessly into any smart home.


How to Get the Most Out of (or Into) Your Robot Vacuum

WIRED

In the past few years, no other gadget--headphones, electric bicycle, literally anything at all--has improved as dramatically as the humble robot vacuum. The hardware and software have improved beyond all imagining (hello, self-emptying bins!), and prices have dropped significantly, to the point where robot vacuums are now an accessible, convenient household tool instead of a statement of bougie affluence or a potential cat car. But even if the tech has dramatically improved, it doesn't mean they're always easy to use at first. If you're worried you're at risk of becoming the next Roomba "pooptastrophe," read on. Here are a few tips that can help you get the most out of your new sidekick.


Save an extra $100 on this already-discounted robot vacuum and mop

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Save $330: The Roborock Robot Vacuum and Mop is on sale on Amazon for $249.99 as of Dec. 28. Remember the days when the iRobot Roomba was first introduced? Just about everyone wanted to get their hands on one of the newest and most interesting cleaning gadgets. Now, there are robot vacuums wherever you turn. To ease the overwhelming stress of trying to pick one, go for one that's offering you the best savings.