The 550 makes use of a 3-stage cleaning system that can capture up to 98 percent of hair, dirt, dust, and debris in your home. As with other Roomba models, the 550 model is a smooth operator and comes with an enhanced feature set including onboard scheduling and two virtual walls which guide the bot from one room to another.
This cleaning bot is an ideal all-rounder for people who do not want to spend a lot but want to have a decent vacuum cleaner robot. The 550 is perfect for couples or a small family living in a smaller apartment and is also great for those with pets.
A closer look at the iRobot Roomba 550
Like the higher-end Roomba vacuums, the 550 has a 3-stage cleaning system. First, it loosens the debris using spinning side brushes. The second stage is the collection of dust and debris with the counter brushes working like a dustpan. And three, the hair, dirt, dust, and other debris are sucked up by the AeroVac technology and into the AeroVac bin.
The AeroVac system isn’t like any ordinary vacuum but works double time in pulling the dirt off the 550′s brushes. The efficient airflow that this technology offers lets the AeroVac bin fill up more evenly so there’s no need to empty as often as before.
The Roomba 550 can clean your entire floor, along the wall edges, into the corners, under curtains, and around furniture. It is equipped with smart programming which lets the cleaning bot figure out where it should go, detecting obstacles, and nimbly cleans around them.
Aside from this, it can also detect dirtier spots and spend more time cleaning these areas. Part of the smart programming feature is the anti-tangle system that prevents the unit from getting stuck on tassels, cords, carpet fringes, and other tangle-prone areas as it cleans.
What makes the Roomba 550 a very responsive cleaning bot is iRobot’s patented iAdapt Responsive Cleaning system. This is made of over 40 robotic behaviors built using a complicated system of sensors and software meant to emulate human behavior. Thanks to the iAdapt feature, the Roomba 550 can compute over 60 decisions per second for cleaning every corner of your room.
Virtual wall system
The iRobot Roomba 550 is also equipped with not just one, but two virtual walls that emit an infrared beam for cleaning more efficiently. The infrared beams are sent in one room until the 550 has it fully cleaned then automatically sends the bot to the next room that requires cleaning.
These virtual walls can also be used for blocking off certain areas in the house that you don’t want the 550 to enter. Once the bot is done cleaning or its battery runs low, the auto programming kicks in, making the bot return to its base automatically.
This will prevent the 550 from getting lost around your house and instead dock to the home base for immediate self-charging. As a result, the bot will always have the juice needed for the next cleaning task.
The iRobot Roomba 550 measures 18 by 17 by 5 inches and weighs 15.1 pounds. Accessories include a bumper extension, brush cleaning tool, rechargeable NiMH battery, power adapter, 2 extra bristle brushes, 2 extra filters, and 2 virtual wall lighthouses. The vacuum cleaning bot comes with a 1-year limited warranty on the robot, and a 6-month limited warranty on its battery.
Final thoughts on the iRobot Roomba 550
If you have pets around the house, then you know that it can be a never-ending task trying to pick up all the hair that they leave behind on the carpets and floors. The Roomba 550 does a great job of taking that task away from you.
It works extremely well, and you can pretty much leave it to its own devices and it will ensure that all loose debris left on the floors will be picked up by it. The iRobot Roomba 550 is a reliable vacuum that does its job very effectively.