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Here’s Why bObsweep Is Better Than Roomba and Dyson (bObsweep vs. Roomba 2017 Rematch Edition)

bObsweep vs Roomba vs Dyson 360 Eye: the Ultimate 3-Way Vacuum Bot Review Showdown

bObsweep vs Roomba: Remember Roomba cat?
At least Roomba can still say it was a part of the best robovacuum meme of all time

Updated February 2, 2017

In 2002, the first Roomba came out and robot vacuum fever swept the world.

First generation 400 series Roombas weren’t perfect.  And they were expensive.  However, they were definitely fun to watch.

Roomba evolved in 2007, then again in 2011 and 2013. Each iteration of Roomba yielded decent but rather dull improvements.

And then in 2015– seemingly out of nowhere– a quirky Canadian robot with a funny name burst onto the scene: bObsweep.  And just a few days ago, British powerhouse appliance maker Dyson threw its hat into the ring with the Dyson 360 Eye.

All the wrong robotic vacuums are getting all the media attention.  In my opinion, bObsweep’s stellar, tragically underrated PetHair Plus automated vacuum deserves the robo-vacuum crown.  Read on to find out why.

bObsweep vs Roomba: David vs. Goliath

This is what the beta version of Roomba probably looked like
This is what the DARPA version of Roomba probably looked like

The bObsweep vs. Roomba showdown is the classic David vs. Goliath matchup.

In 2015, a spunky Canadian startup had dared to go up against an American tech juggernaut with deep military ties.  iRobot’s founders had famously gotten their start designing war robots.

The first bObsweep (bObsweep Standard) actually matched up pretty well against the mighty Roomba.  For a minute, it looked like it was going to be 1812 all over again.  The Canadians had seen a few chinks in the Roomba’s armor, so they took full advantage.

The bObsweep 1.0 edition floor robot offered more suction, a bigger capacity dustbin and a much more reasonable price tag.  Also, bOb was more clever than the Roomba.

Just like iRobot’s uncle (a fellow named Sam), the Roomba had a tendency to spread itself a little too thin during its extended away missions.  The bObsweep, on the other hand, was much better at consistently finding its way back home.

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Awww, bObsweep needs a nap

Despite its many strengths, the original bObsweep robot never made much of a dent in the robotic vacuum cleaner market.  So far, bObsweep has only managed to sell 150,000 units in the US and Canada.  By comparison, iRobot has sold 14 million Roombas.

To be fair, iRobot has been in the vacuum robot game for a much longer period of time.  But still, with such a strong product line you’d think that bObsweep would be experiencing greater success by now.

fat cat robot capitalistPart of bObsweep’s problem is that the mainstream media in the US doesn’t give bObsweep the attention it deserves.  Every time you see something on TV about robotic vacuum cleaners, it’s all about Roomba.

Here’s another fact that supports my Roomba conspiracy theory: Consumer Reports always reviews Roomba as soon as iRobot comes out with a new model.  But they have yet to review even a single bObsweep robot.

Why won’t you give bObsweep a fair shake, Consumer Reports?  Are you in bed with Big Robot?

bObsweep vs Roomba 2016: bObsweep Improved and Roomba Got Worse

The latest version of Roomba– the Roomba 980– is a ripoff.  The engineers at iRobot were probably out of ideas.  It seems like they cynically tacked on a few flashy features and cashed in.  Even iRobot’s snuggle buddy Consumer Reports gave the Roomba 980 a less than glowing review.

A change to the Roomba’s innovative way of cleaning has surprised us with a small step back for the company’s latest model, the iRobot Roomba 980.

– Senior Editor Ed Perratore, Consumer Reports

Here is Why Roomba 980 Is Bad

  • The Roomba circuit board looks very sketchy.  If you pop a Roomba open and look at its circuit board, you’ll see that the soldering work often isn’t very good.  Bad solder joints cause current to increase, which in turn causes components to overheat.
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    Roombas have crappy circuit boards, IMO
  • Roomba doesn’t vacuum very well.  The 980 didn’t do very well on the Consumer Reports floor sweep test.  The Consumer Reports testers suspect that the 980’s new behavior pattern could be to blame.
  • If you don’t own a smartphone, Roomba won’t talk to you.  The Roomba 980 is a snob.  If you don’t own a smartphone, it won’t let you control it from afar.  You have to download and use the Roomba app if you want to do that.
  • Roomba doesn’t clean up very well around the edges.  Honestly none of the robotic vacuums do edges well.  But with all the DARPA connections the company has, you’d think that the MIT geniuses at iRobot would have figured out edges by now.
  • There’s no kill switch.  I’m not making this up.  There’s no way to turn the Roomba 980 off manually.  That means that once SkyNet takes control, there’s no way to prevent this robot from vacuuming your face off.

The latest version of bObsweep–bObsweep PetHair Plus— is pretty awesome.  Too bad almost nobody cares, though.

Here is Why bObsweep Is Good

  • Just like the previous versions of bObsweep, bObsweep PetHair can do 5 things at once: sweep, mop, vacuum, sterilize and remove pollen and dust from the air
  • It comes with 2 blocker gizmos called blOck Plus that prevent bObsweep from wandering into areas he shouldn’t go
  • It has an improved remote that can shoot instructions to bObsweep around corners
  • It’s got an upgraded LCD screen that displays simple human sentences instead of confusing error codes
  • It has an huge easy-to-clean dustbin
  • bObsweep is the most powerful robotic vacuum cleaner on the market
  • You can usually find all kinds of awesome deals on bObsweep bots via Amazon.

That’s right, folks.  The humble bObsweep is actually the most powerful robotic vacuum cleaner out right now.  

What?  I Thought the Dyson 360 Eye Was the Most Powerful Robotic Vacuum

Well, if that’s what you thought then you thought wrong.  The much-hyped Dyson 360 Eye’s suction actually kind of blows.

Technically, 360 Eye does have one of the most powerful motors out there.  But when it comes to vacuum cleaners, a powerful motor will only get you so far.

At the International Home & Housewares Show in March of 2016, bObsweep and Dyson 360 Eye went head to head.  Most likely, bObsweep mopped the floor with its inferior yet larger and more popular cousin.  Yet for whatever reason, nobody seems to have recorded a YouTube to document how the demonstration played out.  There aren’t any news stories about the showdown, either.

Here’s the uncomfortable truth that Big Robot doesn’t want you to hear: when it comes to vacuum cleaners, bObsweep sucks the hardest.

“bObsweep PetHair Plus has the strongest vacuum suction of any robotic product out there.”  – Ali Afrouzi, lead technologist at bObsweep

Design flaws caused the Dyson 360 Eye to struggle when CNET put it to the test.  On rice and sand, the Dyson 360 Eye finished dead last.

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Dyson 360 Eye “go live” day was a very relaxing day at the Roomba office

The struggling Dyson 360 Eye robot depicted above is spinning its motor around at 78,000 revolutions per minute.  But it’s getting exactly nowhere with that rice.

The lithe, agile bObsweep only has a 11,500 RPM motor.  However, it does a much better job.

Design actually matters more than RPMs.  In comic book nerd terms, the Dyson 360 Eye is Rhino and bObsweep PetHair is Spiderman.  Rhino’s got more muscle than spidey.  But that doesn’t matter because Rhino is too slow and clumsy to compete with the webslinger.

The Dyson 360 Eye came out a few days ago– and iRobot’s stock shot up.  The market’s reaction is pretty appropriate.  The Dyson 360 is obviously no Roomba killer.

As long as the world continues to underestimate bObsweep, it looks like Roomba is here to stay.

3 Quick bObsweep Reviews

The 3 main bObsweep models are:

  • PetHair
  • bObi Pet
  • bObi Classic

To find out which bOb is right for you, check out The Ultimate bObsweep Guide (Superhero Edition)

bObsweep PetHair

Super Big & Strong

13.8" x 13.8" x 3.9"

1000ml dustbin

 Includes electronic fence

Normal vacuum volume

Self recharge

Remote controller

Battery runtime 55 - 90 minutes

1 year warranty

30 days to send him back if you don't like him


Recommended!

bObi Pet

Small & Stealthy

12" x 12" x 3.5"

350ml dustbin

 Includes electronic fence

Extra quiet

Self recharge

Remote controller

Battery runtime 90 - 120 minutes

1 year warranty

30 days to send her back if you don't like her


bObi Classic

Lowest Price

12" x 12" x 3.5"

350ml dustbin

Electronic fence sold separately

Normal vacuum volume

Self recharge

Remote controller

Battery runtime 55 - 90 minutes

1 year warranty

30 days to send her back if you don't like her


Thinking About Buying a Robo-Vacuum?  The Decision Is Quite Obvious, IMHO…

Looking for an inexpensive, excellent quality robotic vacuum?

If the answer to that question is yes, then join the bObsweep revolution and check out Amazon to see if bObsweep’s offering any special deals or sales.

bObsweep vs. Roomba Price Comparison

Check Out These bObsweep Video Reviews

These video reviews from bObsweep testers on YouTube show you how the bObsweep works in real life.

1.  Check out bObsweep’s spiral mode

The bObsweep has 3 different modes: waffle track, wall track and spiral track.  Dave of Ask Dave Taylor demonstrates spiral mode in action about 2 minutes into the video.

Add a bObsweep PetHair to your Amazon shopping cart.

2.  Watch bObsweep mop a tile floor

Around the 2 minute mark, this video from Stacy Molter shows off bObsweep’s mop mode.  To turn bOb into a robotic Swiffer mop, just flip him over and strap on the microfiber mop head.

Add a bObsweep PetHair to your Amazon shopping cart.

3.  An in-depth 25 minute unboxing and review

This unboxing video from YouTuber TipsNNTricks is long, but it’s also very detailed and informative.  It starts off with an unboxing, then proceeds to an overview of how to setup the bObsweep.  Towards the middle, you see bObsweep’s upgraded remote controller and a demonstration of how to use bObsweep’s “go home” mode.   Near the end, he shows you how to empty out the bObsweep’s bin.

Add a bObsweep PetHair to your Amazon shopping cart.

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