Amazon is reportedly buying Roomba vaccum maker iRobot Corp. said it will buy iRobot Corp., which makes the Roomba vacuum cleaner, for $1.65 billion as the e-commerce giant continues to push it toward internet-connected home appliances and robots. Amazon will pay $61 per share in cash to Bedford, Massachusetts, according to a statement Friday. The offer represents a 22% premium based on iRobot’s last closing price prior to the announcement. Colin Angle will remain as CEO of iRobot.

“I’m excited to work with the iRobot team to create ways that make customers’ lives easier and more enjoyable,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon devices.

Amazon has put its Alexa voice software and Echo smart speakers at the center of its push to connected devices. Customers can already use Alexa to control Roomba vacuums. iRobot also runs some of its software on Amazon Web Services servers. Seattle-based Amazon has come a long way as a hardware player since a failed attempt at smartphones a few years ago. It has unveiled new products in each of the past several years, in an effort to position itself at the center of the burgeoning market for smart home gadgets.

iRobot gives Amazon a household name in household cleaning tools that might give it an edge over its own designs. Last fall, Amazon introduced a home robot named Astro that was supposed to enter—or at least point to—a Jetsons-like future. The three-wheeled machine is called the Astro, and it eventually retails for around $1,450. But Astro, which is still in a limited rollout stage, has not had much success with consumers.

iRobot has seen an increase in sales due to the pandemic, as families who have been confined at home have sought shortcuts to keeping their homes clean. But like many darlings of the pandemic era, iRobot has seen a dip in demand. It reported second-quarter revenue of $255.4 million on Friday, less than analysts’ expectations of $301 million. The company was also fighting JS Global Lifestyle Co. In a patent infringement case against the SharkNinja Vacuum Cleaner and Hybrid Mops. iRobot portrays itself as an American success story with a “passion for innovation” that has been undermined by SharkNinja incorporating those inventions into its Chinese-made replicas.

iRobot said the Braava’s Roomba vacuum cleaner and floor mop “can map a home’s floor, sense changes in the type of floor being mopped, clean spots, avoid objects and slopes (such as stairs), and intelligently approach a recharging base station, among other innovative features.” Amazon shares fell less than 1% in early trading on Friday. Shares of iRobot, which is down 24% this year, are up nearly 20%.

Amazon prefers to develop new technology in-house, but its hardware unit has been quick in recent years to fire the trigger on acquisitions that give the company a share in a hot or neighboring market. Amazon has taken the lead in video doorbells with its 2018 deal to buy Ring and acquired WiFi hub maker Eero next year.

Some close observers of the company have speculated that increased scrutiny of Amazon’s market strength in the US and Europe could prompt Amazon to pause big deals. If we take into account the announcement last month that Amazon will buy One Medical, 1Life Healthcare Inc. For $3.49 billion, the company appears to be doing business as usual.

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