One of the most confusing thing for a first time buyer of a roomba vacuum cleaner is choosing the model. Roomba has come a long way since its 100 series inception to its current 800 series. You might think that buying the latest model is the best choice but this couldn’t be further away from the truth. New models always tend to have bugs and it takes a while before folks discover and solved all the technical problems. On the other hand, it is also not advisable to pick the oldest model as they have issues which cannot be fixed via simple hacking.
So, in a nutshell, what should you be looking for? Here are a few guidelines before I give you my recommendation.
Buying guide for roomba vacuum cleaner
- Ease of parts replacement: The easier it is to replace parts, the longer your roomba can last. In this instance, the 500 to 800 series have more modular designs that can allow to replace any parts such as drive wheels, side brush, and brush deck that might be damaged. So look for those instead of the pre 500 series.
- Availability of real data: New series, while having more features, lack real world data on their performance. There might be issues that the manufacturer did not foresee but has actually happen. In this sense, you need to strike a balance between getting the latest features vs having real feedback on which model is good.
- Price: The newer the series, the more expensive it is.
Buy the roomba 500 series
Based on the above, I would recommend buying a roomba 500 if you have never used one before or thinking about replacing an older model. The roomba is now relatively cheaper and has all the known issues being surfaced and ironed out. At the same, it has the same modular design as the newer series, meaning it is easier to replace its parts.
Overall, it is the best model to get for your money.