iRobot Roomba 770 review

Although iRobot's product line is rather simple and straightforward, it can be confusing and overwhelming to those who just want to pick the right robot for themselves. The robots look almost the same, and most of their key features are identical. The detailed specifications reveal most of the differences, but they don't always make sense to inexperienced buyers. In this review I will do my best to highlight all the differences between the two most advanced Roomba models.

Introduction

I already had the Roomba 780 for a detailed review, but I wanted to see how the slightly cheaper Roomba 770 compares to the higher-end model. iRobot's strategy is to provide the same base model with slightly different feature sets and accessories bundled under different model numbers. The Roomba 500 series had over 30 different models (including those sold as the 600 series), and some of those only differ from others in the geographic area they were available in. Besides the geographical distinction, lower number models were missing some of the convenient features like scheduling, handle, remote control, or lighthouse support, while the higher end models had all these and some spare consumables, like filters and brushes.

iRobot Roomba 700 series: iRobot Roomba 760, iRobot Roomba 770 and iRobot Roomba 780

On the other side, the Roomba 700 series consists of only three models (Roomba 760, Roomba 770 and Roomba 780), that are sold under the same model numbers all over the world. (Although bundles can slightly vary from market to market, and not all models are available everywhere. A good example is the Roomba 760 that is not available in Europe, and the Roomba 770 that is sold with only one virtual wall in Europe as opposed to the two bundled with the US model.)

iRobot Roomba 770

I have to emphasize that the Roomba 700 series is not a new generation of the Roomba, just a facelift of the good old Roomba 500 series. The cleaning technology, the robotic logic and the size of the robot is more or less unchanged, or slightly improved. iRobot keeps most of the 500 series robots on the market at lower, more affordable prices.

iRobot Roomba 770 retail box

What's in the box

The packaging of the iRobot Roomba 770 is almost identical to that of the Roomba 780. The review sample that I got from iRobot was missing a few items, hence the content of the box on the photos is incomplete.

iRobot Roomba 770 box content
(remote control and original wrapping is missing, and as it is a European version, it includes only one virtual wall)

The retail box contains the following items

  • iRobot Roomba 780
  • AeroVac series 2 bin
  • docking station
  • power adapter (with regular power cable, and usable worldwide)
  • 2 pieces brush cleaning kit
  • printed multilingual user manual (short version, detailed version is included on a disc)
  • 1× Virtuall Wall in Europe / 2× Virtual Walls in the US
  • remote control (not command center)

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