iRobot Roomba 880 Ratings
Hard Floor Performance
The Roomba 880 model is one of the most impressive and useful robot vacuums that uses the latest sensor and mapping technologies to remove all the dust and debris from your floors. It is very easy to use and its efficiency will make you wish you had discovered it earlier.
Cleaning the floors has never been easier than with the new iRobot Roomba 880, an innovative gadget designed to ensure the most thorough cleaning with the help of a revolutionary technology. The impressive suction power and debris extraction makes this gadget extremely efficient in keeping dust and dirt away without requiring the smallest effort from you, thus completely changing your household chores routine. For $699, you can forget about sweeping floors and cleaning carpets and you can bring innovation into your house with this high-tech robot vacuum. However, the high price may not be justified by the performance, which means you have to think very well before buying this robot vacuum.
Although it yields on any type of surface you place it on, the Roomba 880 model offers satisfying performance in cleaning hard floors and tiles and is a little less efficient on carpets. It uses side spinning brushes and a flexible brush to remove dirt from the floors and the Light-Touch Bumper allows it to detect soft barriers like curtains and couch skirts so that it can fit under couches, beds and behind the curtains to remove the dust. The Anti-Tangle Technology keeps the robot vacuum from getting tangled in fringes or cords and the Wall-Following technology helps it clean along the wall edges. The Roomba 880 takes about 180 minutes to charge and it is capable of cleaning for up to 1 hour on one charge, and it won’t spend less than 25 minutes in one room before heading to the next one. Once the battery is empty or the dust bin is full, the robot will return to its charging base and wait to recharge or to have its bin emptied. It has a full bin indicator, so you will know when it’s time to empty it and thanks to the HEPA style filter that holds particles as small as 1 micron, there will be no small particles wandering in the air.
The Roomba 880 comes with a remote control that allows you to steer the device over a very dirty area or to move it in case it gets stuck in something. It doesn’t come with a sanitizing UV light, but it can remove even the most stubborn dirt thanks to the Persistent Pass Cleaning method that pushes it back and forth on areas where it senses excessive dirt. With the Dirt Detect Series 2 optical and acoustic sensors, there will be no dirt to resist its powerful cleaning. The ledge sensor of this device keeps it from falling off any cliff, so you can safely use it on the stairs. You don’t have to worry about the vacuum being too loud, as it only makes a 65 dB, which is the average level in most robot vacuums.
Maintenance and ease of use
This robot vacuum is designed for daily use rather than weekly use because it has a small bin that needs to be emptied several times. The first round will take a little longer because the vacuum will insist on every dirty area, but the next rounds will last shorter as it won’t have that much dirt to gather. At first, you will have to empty the bin and clean the filter daily, but when you start using it daily you will only clean it once a week. You clean the filter by firmly tapping on it when the bin is removed, and other than that, maintenance is resumed to changing the filter annually, which will cost you $50, and replacing the battery, which will cost you $70. However, the iRobot XLife Extended Life Battery ensures twice as many cleaning cycles as previous Roomba batteries, so you will enjoy the performance of the robot for twice as long before having to replace the battery. When you want to use the device, you have to schedule it to start and you do this by setting the time and date and pressing the OK button. In case you set the device and it runs out of batteries and the time goes wrong, it might start chaotically when it reaches the time set. Considering that it can’t reach in the corners or on the stairs and that you have to use a handheld vacuum, the device is a little too expensive for its performance, but if you really hate vacuuming, it’s worth the investment.
Design and accessories
This vacuum cleaner certainly doesn’t look like a regular robot, but more like a puck-shaped disk that wonders around your house. It measures 13.9” wide x 3.6” tall, not wider than a steering wheel or higher than a mug and it only weighs 8.4 pounds, so carrying and storing it will be very easy. It’s made of a strong plastic that is resistant to shocks and keeps it from cracking when it bumps into things. On top of the vacuum, you will find the buttons that allow you to control the unit and set it to work, as well as the indicator lights. The molded soft bumper on the sides protects the furniture and walls in case of strong contact and it uses caster wheels to move along the floors. Additionally, it comes with 2 Virtual Wall lighthouses that simulate a wall in doorways so that the robot won’t pass to the next room without finishing the first and it can find the way back to the charging base.
Warranty and support
In case your robot vacuum doesn’t work properly, you will be glad that you have a warranty to cover the defective parts. The robot itself enjoys a 1-year warranty while the battery is covered for only 6 months. You can also find customer support available through email and phone, in case you have any questions and problems regarding the use and maintenance of this unit.
The Roomba 880 is, without a doubt, one of the best robot vacuum cleaners out there. It comes with a compact yet stylish design and an impressive suction power that makes the unit extremely efficient in keeping dust and debris away without requiring the smallest effort from you. Also, it features Dirt Detect Series 2 optical and acoustic sensors which help it remove even the smallest particles of debris and dust. The most interesting part about this unit is the ledge sensor that keeps it away from falling down the stairs. However, this device also has some drawbacks. Unlike other similar products, this one doesn’t come with a sanitizing UV light.
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