Robot vacuums come in a variety of heights, capabilities and pet hair tolerances. However, if you've got family members of the four-legged variety that are prone to shedding, either of these robotic vacuums would be a good choice!
If you need a robotic vacuum with a mopping feature the choice is pretty clear, the bObsweep Pethair Plus.
Quick Review of Top Features And Specifications
bObsweep PetHair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop
- Turbolift vacuum for plenty of dust and dirt drawing power
- HEPA filtration
- One liter dustbin for pet hair capture
- Self-docks when low on power and returns to the cleaning patter
- Mopping feature for regular damp mopping
- blOck Plus digital boundary feature lets you define the space your bObsweep will concentrate
iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity
- AeroForce cleaning system loosens dirt and dust before suctioning it away
- Runs for 120 minutes before self-docking for a recharge; returns to clean where it left off
- Can be scheduled from your smartphone or with Amazon Alexa
- Features iAdapt 2.0 Navigation for an efficient cleaning job on any level of your home
The following is a quick video review of the Roomba 980 walking you through unboxing and setting it up.
Can't see the video? See our full Roomba 980 Review and buying guide.
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Model Comparison Chart
iRobot Roomba 980
bObsweep PetHair Plus
AeroForce® Cleaning System 10x Power
TurboLift + 4x Suction
Battery Life (Run Time)
Wi-Fi & Apps
Pet Hair Management
1L Dust bin
Price & Availability
Carpet Cleaning Performance
The bObsweep Robotic Vacuum Cleaner features great carpet cleaning power and the PetHair Plus is a leader within its own brand.
The TurboLift vacuum offers four times the suction power as the vacuum crosses over to carpet and has plenty of storage for all the dust, dirt, and pet hair this vacuum will collect.
In addition, the display of this vacuum can show up to a full sentence. Should your bObsweep suffer a malfunction or need attention, you probably won't have to guess or remember codes. This vacuum will tell you why it's in trouble.
Once charged, the bObsweep offers 75 minutes of vacuuming power. The recharge will take 45 to 50 minutes. The bObsweep recharges automatically; if you prefer it to stop at a certain time or only run until the battery gets low, simply unplug the charger.
The iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity features a power boost on carpet to increase the drawing capacity. In addition, there are multiple tools on this vacuum to get dirt up and out of carpet.
- There's an agitator along the side to get dirt loosened.
- The patented tangle free brushes will agitate your carpet and lift dust to the top.
- Finally, the increased suction draws dirt, dust and hair away.
The iRobot Roomba 980 will run for 120 minutes when fully charged. The recharge will take 90 minutes, and then it will return to the previous cleaning point and pattern.
Any problems can be sorted quite easily using our Roomba troubleshooting guide.
Winner: The Roomba 980 wins our vote because of the extra dirt lifting tools and battery life, but we wish it had the extra-large dustbin like the bObsweep.
Solid Surface Flooring
The bObsweep PetHair Plus Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop offers great cleaning capacity on solid surface flooring as well as carpet.
The side sweeping tool is terrific for picking up dirt along the baseboard and the powerful vacuum picks up the debris fairly well.
The bObsweep PetHair Plus features a one liter bin for dust and hair collection. You will need to keep an eye on it and empty it frequently, as well as checking the rollers for any tangled hair or clumps on the floor that may be in its way.
The iRobot Roomba 980 features a side sweeping brush to keep dust picked up along baseboards.
This vacuum will let you know when the bin is full, and the patented non-tangling roller mechanism can successfully sweep up a lot of hair without needing cleared.
You should and check it to make sure the vacuum hasn't picked up anything that isn't dust, dirt or dander.
Winner: Neither, each are quite effective in this application.
The bObsweep can easily cross most thresholds. If you have a threshold that is more than 1/4 inch in height, you may need to give it a lift.
If it can't clear it, it'll return to the first room and keep on cleaning for up to 75 minutes before needing to dock and recharge.
These vacuums feature a 360 degree wheel at the front and will automatically elevate the vacuum if it crosses something like an electrical cord. Of course it's always a good idea to move cords out of the way beforehand.
The Roomba 980 moves easily across transitions from tile to plush carpet and fringe. Unless your thresholds are more than 1/4 inch tall, moving from surface to surface and room to room should not be a problem.
The Roomba 980 will run for 120 minutes before needing to stop for a recharge, and then it will return to its previous spot and continue the cleaning pattern.
Winner: iRobot Roomba 980 thanks to its ability to sense carpet and increase suction power once the surface change occurs.
Some homeowners are troubled by the tendency of robotic vacuums to wander around, rather than vacuuming in straight lines.
The bObsweep is a wanderer, noodling around the space until all the flooring has been addressed.
If this troubles you, you might want to put him to work when you're out of the house. Thanks to the large bin and more than an hour of charging time, it'll get a lot done before you need to check on it!
Straight line vacuuming in a robot?! The iRobot Roomba 980 travels the room in a linear pattern, moving back and forth until the area is done before moving to the next space. See our Roomba Lighthouse Guide for what to expect with virtual walls and room segmentation.
Please note that the iRobot Roomba 980 does this by noting the position of existing furniture, so if you're running the robot, try not to move dining room chairs or the robot may get confused and leave a space un-vacuumed.
This vacuum does put extra focus on high-traffic areas, and there's just no getting around some backtracking depending on the layout of your house.
However, if the wobbling and wandering of previous generations of iRobot vacuums troubles you, this vacuum should seem like a pretty good improvement!
Winner: iRobot Roomba 980. We are one of many who don't appreciate the "drunken uncle" wandering pattern of many robotic vacuums.
Pet Hair Management
The bObsweep PetHair Plus features that extra-large dustbin specifically for pet hair collection.
If you've ever lost a vacuum to pet hair, you know that staying on top of this detritus is critical, so the ability to have your floors vacuumed every day, especially if you don't have the time to do it yourself, is more than just a convenience!
Most users strongly recommend cleaning the main brushes under the vacuum with every bin change, particularly if your pet has long hair.
On the other hand, you will need to keep the bin emptied to help your iRobot Roomba 980 stay on top of a large volume of pet hair.
That being said, this vacuum features tangle free rollers that do an excellent job of handling (and then clearing away) pet hairs.
Pet hair will destroy the rollers of many vacuums that feature brushes; the Roomba technology is much less susceptible to this damage.
SEE ALSO: Our Roomba guide to Compare Roomba Models.
Of course, if you pick up the vacuum to empty the bin, it's a good idea to check the rollers just to make sure there's nothing large or awkward trapped in the rollers.
Winner: iRobot Roomba thanks to the tangle free rollers.
Wet Mopping With A Damp Cloth?
The bObsweep has an attachment with a damp-mopping micro cloth to help clean your floors. It's not a deep scrubber, but will pick up dulling dust from hardwood or laminate.
We think it might be easier and more effective to use a Swiffer Sweeper after your unit has finished an area for the day.
The iRobot Roomba 980 does not feature a mop of any kind.
Winner: The only choice here is the bObsweep, but in our opinion it’s not that big of a deal and more of a gimmick. For more in-depth information on dedicated mopping robots check out our comparison guide Scooba vs Braava.
Wi-Fi Connectivity, App Control & Remotes
We have to start off this debate by saying we’re disappointed with the bObsweep PetHair Plus because it doesn’t have Wi-Fi or app control. What?! Instead the unit is configured and controlled by a remote.
Using a mobile phone to control smart home devices is incredibly convenient, not to mention that just about everyone has one.
Having another remote kicking around is just one more thing to get lost, broken and have to replace batteries for.
However, most of the functions are there that you would expect. It various cleaning modes, schedules, alerts and manual controls.
While it seems like there is a lot of input required by the user, it’s not too bad once you get used to it, what your needs are and how it operates within your home.
Unlike the bObsweep Pet Hair Plus, the Roomba is very simple an intuitive to use with advanced features and controls available using your smart phone. It’s also compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant for those want even more smart home options.
By having Wi-Fi connectivity and a mobile app, it allows iRobot to get upgrades like dirt maps, firmware and other important features to improve or maximize the 980’s abilities. It just makes everything so much “easier” which is one of the main ideas of having a “robot” at home.
Winner: App control is starting to become a basic feature many lower end robotic vacuums are adopting. The Roomba 980 definitely takes the cake here. Both units are higher end models and we expected the bObsweep to have similar Wi-Fi and app controls that the Roomba has.
Customer Service & Help Forums
What if you don’t know where to start or something goes wrong? There are 2 places to check out and create accounts with:
In our disconnected world it can be very hard to get help or heard. It's good to know that there are companies that invest in training and supporting their customer service representatives, who can then provide great service to those who choose their products.
Winner: Both companies have a good reputation in regards to help, support and warranties. You should feel confident with either.
We think the overall winner is the iRobot 980. This unit offers users the chance to program, charge, start and forget about the vacuuming and will move easily from hardwood to carpet, boosting power where needed and addressing the traffic patterns.
In addition, the iRobot 980 comes ready to work in straight lines, making it possible to function in the same space as the robot and stay out of its way while it sweeps up your house.
Finally, the tangle free brushes make pet hair a much more manageable problem.
Are you considering either of these models? Let us know in the comments with your thoughts and experiences with these robot vacuums and any features that you think they are missing.
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