IRobot comes out with another Roomba, model 880. It is one the Roomba’s most comfortably priced products. Overall this product brings the power of a heavy-duty regular vacuum with the sleekness and wireless design to match. This product is one of my favorite and it brings IRobot’s most useful features and combined it to make a product that delivers for a fraction of what their other models provide.
Review iRobot Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum
Let’s start off with its power. It designed to use “Aeroforce” to combine its fast suctioning properties with its 3 stage cleaning system to provide 50% better performance. With dual action side brushes it gently brings in all debris and dirt to the front center of the device without damage your precious floors. This is also one of our simplest and most practical products press the button on top and let it go! You can also schedule the vacuum to clean around the same time everyday with or without you being home, and it’s capable of sensing when its on low battery and returning to its port.
The battery life can be run about 60-70 minutes long before it needs to be charged for its next cycle. The device still provides the “multi-room” service, which allows the vacuum to keep working on designated rooms and even stop to charge and return back where it left off until the job is completed. It is also very low to the ground, quiet, and comes with a tangle free filter to help especially with those pesky hairs found from your cat or dog. Realistically the only takes a sound louder than a pin drop is when it runs into something.
Unfortunately, the simplicity and practicality of the product come at a steep price. Although it’s good for all floor types, it is unable to sense what it’s touching and to increase or decrease power for a deeper clean. Also it lacks wireless and Wi-Fi capabilities. There is no app, and it cannot be controlled by outside of your home. It also runs on a single lithium battery. Although its included and so is a charging port, if either one of them Is damaged or dies, it’ll be more inconvenient and costly to go buy new batteries.
The other thing is the battery life. It is lower in comparison to other vacuums, ranging at a low number of 60-minute runtimes per cycle. Also it should provide barrier sensors since the device itself does not have a high capability of sensing where it should not go and mapping out a set-cleaning pathway. One of the biggest issues I’ve noticed is the lack of avoidance. It doesn’t know when it’s gone to far in an area or when it needs to move out of the way of an obstacle.
Overall, I believe for the price, it could go through some rounds of improvements. There are other devices that provide just about the same standard, or at least better for a fraction of the cost. It also doesn’t speak much about a warranty, which makes the product seem a little sketchy.