iRobot Scooba 450

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iRobot Scooba 450

iRobot has announced Scooba 450, the latest addition to the company's floor washing robot line.

I was more or less right with my guess in the last post, that iRobot was preparing the launch of a new floor washing robot. Not much after the teasers went out, the robot maker has pulled the covers from the iRobot Scooba 450 that replaces the three year old Scooba 390 in iRobot's offerings. Although the new model looks very different from its predecessors, the main principles in the cleaning process are unchanged.

The Scooba 450 uses iRobot's proprietary iAdapt system to navigate in the house. Although it doesn't mean it can map the area and locate itself on that map, the robot uses advance technology to select its route, just like all the other Roomba robots. Well, from the outside it still looks like a randomly selected path.

On the bottom the robot uses a 4 stage cleaning system. It sweeps, pre-soaks, scrubs and squeegees hard floors. The product brochure promises 99.3% efficiency in removing bacteria. Although this cleaning system seems to be very similar to the previously used one, it is three times better than in the Scooba 390.

Despite the new look, Scooba 450 uses the same cleaning technique that involves separate water tank for the clean and the dirty water. This ensures that the robot is always using fresh water on the floor.

The iRobot Scooba 450 is still easy to use. Cleaning van be started with the large CLEAN button on the top, and the cleaning modes can be selected with the button on its right. The Scooba 450 can run for 20 minutes for areas up to 14 sq m (150 sq ft) or for 40 minutes in areas up to 28 sq m (300 sq ft). Because the robot's cleaning path is not methodical, most spots of the floor are covered by the robot several times.

The good news is that many of the Scooba and Roomba parts and accessories are now interchangeable. Scooba will obey the signals of the virtual walls that came with the Roomba, and the batteries and battery chargers that part of the Roomba package are also compatible with the new Scooba. The Scoobe 450 does not have a docking station, but a dry dock and charging base is available as an optional accessory. This holds the robot in a vertical direction so it can dry in less time.

It seems to be obvious that iRobot tries to bring the Roomba and Scooba lines together, but the new robot looks vary scrappy. Like something what was produced based on the first drafts of an freshman engineering student. Looking at the details it is obvious that all the know how of iRobot is in the product, but the outer fails to reflect it.

The iRobot Scooba 450 is already available from the company's website in North America for $600, what seems to be a lot for a robot that only handles 40 sq m (300 sq ft) at a time. The DryDock charging base will set you back by $80.

iRobot Scooba 450
iRobot Scooba 450
iRobot Scooba 450
iRobot Scooba 450
iRobot Scooba 450
iRobot Scooba 450
Press release: 

iRobot® Scooba® 450 gets down and dirty so you don’t have to.

BEDFORD, Mass., January 6, 2014 – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), the leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, brings to market a consumer robot that cleans floors in a brand new way. The iRobot Scooba 450 is available in North America at www.irobot.com starting Tuesday, January 7. Along with the new Roomba® 800 Series and the rest of iRobot’s cadre of robots, Scooba 450 will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, South Hall, booth number 30437.

Unique to the market and based on industrial-style cleaners, Scooba 450 uses the new Scooba Three-Cycle Cleaning Process to maintain constantly clean floors and wash away up to 99.3% of bacteria.* Scooba 450 is up to three times more effective at cleaning floors than previous Scooba models.

“There’s a lot of science behind the new Scooba 450,” said Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot. “In order to clean better, we have to clean differently. Reinventing our unique Scooba platform represented both an opportunity and an intense challenge to our engineers. They’ve taken that challenge and delivered the next disruptive force in floor cleaning technology.”

“On the heels of the revolutionary Roomba 800 Series launch last quarter, I am proud to announce the Scooba 450, which once again raises the bar for cleaning efficacy, our consumers’ top priority,” said Christian Cerda, senior vice president and general manager of the Home Robots business unit at iRobot. “Very few people believe that their hard floors are as clean as they should be with traditional solutions. Scooba 450 represents a brand new platform for wet floor scrubbing that allows people to keep their floors constantly clean.”

Scooba 450 offers incredible cleaning performance.

  • The Scooba Three-Cycle Cleaning Process automatically sweeps and pre-soaks, scrubs, then finishes with a final squeegee.
  • Scrubbing brush spins at over 600 rpm to remove grime and messes.
  • Updated iAdapt® Responsive Navigation Technology optimized for wet floor care.
  • Use Scooba anywhere you would use a mop and bucket.

Scooba 450 is easy to use.

  • New information button and verbal cues tell you everything you need to know.
  • Intuitive color-coding on the parts you interact with the most.
  • Available Scooba DryDock™ Charging and Drying Stand reduces dry time while charging Scooba.

Scooba 450 is a flexible platform to fit your home.

  • Two cleaning options – full 40-minute cycle for up to 300 square feet, or a 20-minute cycle for smaller spaces up to 150 square feet.
  • Uses the same Virtual Wall® barriers, wall charger and batteries as iRobot’s Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot, allowing multi-robot homes to share accessories.

In the past year, iRobot introduced a full line of new robots for home maintenance: the Mirra™ Pool Cleaning Robot, the Braava™ Floor Mopping Robot, the Roomba 800 Series Vacuum Cleaning Robots, and now the new Scooba 450 Floor Scrubbing Robot. As the creator of the home robot category, iRobot is dedicated to driving innovation and offering practical solutions to every day problems.

The iRobot Scooba 450 floor scrubbing robot is available in North America for $599.99 at www.irobot.com. The Scooba DryDock Charging and Drying Stand is $79.99.

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