iRobot Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum with Manufacturer’s Warranty

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iRobot Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum with Manufacturer’s Warranty

iRobot Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum with Manufacturer's Warranty

  • iAdapt Multi-Room Navigation uses a full suite of sensors to navigate and adapt to your changing home
  • Room to room cleaning in up to 3 rooms with the included Virtual Wall Lighthouse beacons
  • AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System delivers up to 50% more cleaning performance
  • Tangle-free extractors help prevent hair and debris clogs
  • AeroForce High-Efficiency Filter traps fine dirt and dust

Experience a deeper, multi-room clean every day with the Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot. Featuring the revolutionary AeroForce Cleaning System, Roomba 880 delivers up to 5x the air power and requires less maintenance. Guided, room to room cleaning allows Roomba to tackle more of your home in one job. Just press clean or schedule Roomba to run up to 7x per week. Roomba works on all floor types, and at just 3.6 inch tall, is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards.

List Price: $ 599.00

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  • Dawn Tarin
    2,890 of 2,928 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic for reducing allergies, may make you a neat freak!, June 8, 2014
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    Dawn Tarin (California) –
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    This review is from: iRobot Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum with Manufacturer’s Warranty (Misc.)

    We bought this Roomba 880 robot vacuum cleaner to help clean our family vacation apartment. The apartment is only about 700 sq feet and is occupied for about 3-4 months of the year, so lots of dust accumulates between visits. I have a very severe dust mite allergy, and I usually sneeze for most of the time we are in the apartment, even if we damp dust and HEPA vacuum it with our Dyson canister vacuum cleaner soon after we arrive. I was very curious (and skeptical) to see whether Minnie (our Roomba) could alleviate these symptoms and reduce our cleaning workload while on vacation.

    The apartment has mixed surfaces. About two thirds of it is tiled and the rest is carpet, including the bedrooms. The floor plan is fairly open, except that the 2 bedrooms and bathrooms are separate along a corridor. This is important when considering how to use the robot most efficiently. Now that we have had Minnie for around a month, I have to say that she (has to be a she – the error messages are all given by a female voice!) does a superb job. My husband is an efficient demon with the Dyson, doing a VERY thorough job. However, he insists that Minnie does a better job than he can. My allergies have improved hugely. So much so, that we are going to have to buy a second Roomba for our home.

    Now for some nitty gritty:

    Pros
    1. Does a fantastic job, probably better than most humans
    2. Happily goes under beds, eliminating those dust bunnies which make me sneeze all night
    3. Very easy to use
    4. Very easy to empty the bin and clean the filter – takes about 2 minutes, maximum. Good idea to clean the HEPA filter with a handheld vacuum like the Dyson models, to prolong filter life
    5. Virtual wall lighthouses work very well, once you understand their intricacies
    6. Can be left unattended or scheduled to clean while you are away, once you have Roomba-prepped the area to be cleaned
    7. Massively reduces the dust load in a home, far more than human vacuuming can reasonably do. Be aware that the first few times in a carpeted room, you may need to empty the bin every 15 mins or so. It really is that good at picking up dust. Be prepared to babysit the robot constantly at first!
    8. Much quieter than a standard manual HEPA vacuum, but don’t expect to be able to hold a telephone conversation with someone on a bad cellphone connection when you are 3 yards away from it
    9. Decent battery life. Probably about 3.5 hours on our machine. We can now clean the whole apartment in less than 2 hours – no need to recharge. However the first few cleanings, particularly on carpet areas, took much longer than this, and required an overnight charge to finish.
    10. I have long hair – about 4 inches below the shoulder. Minnie picks it all up, even from carpet. It can wrap around the rollers, but simply removing the rollers and tugging on the hair pulls most of it away in one neat coil. Much easier than brush vacuum cleaners!

    Cons (most of these are minor design niggles, and I have tried to suggest a way to work with them)
    1. Instruction manual leaves a lot to be desired. It is fairly brief, and tells you most of the essentials, but it doesn’t help you to understand how to use your Roomba most effectively. The iRobot web site doesn’t fill in the gaps. You either have to learn from experience, or Google and hope that you find the answer
    2. Some of the information in the manual is misleading. For example, the cleaning patterns illustrated are not how the 880 works. If you start cleaning from the Home Base, the Roomba does a sort of random straight line scribble over the whole room, not a spiral and straight edge clean as displayed in the manual. It will pay special attention to edges, but the cleaning pattern is not as illustrated. I am certain that many engineers who own Roombas may be on the verge of a nervous breakdown if they watch this apparently random pattern. Having said that, our Minnie does pick up >99% of “bits” that I have noticed before starting her. This includes bread crumbs, hairs, lint, onion and garlic papery skins, grit from drilling the wall, etc. Just be patient and don’t obsessively watch – she will get it.
    3. Virtual wall light houses are essential for an efficient clean, and their use is very poorly described in the manual. From a combination of experience and reading, I have come up with the following:
    a) Virtual wall lighthouses (VWLH) supplied with the 880 (2 of them) can be used to divide up a complex shaped area to clean it more efficiently. When you start Roomba, it counts how many VWLH are present (seems like it may only be able to count to 3 though!), then immediately starts cleaning the starting area where you first pressed the Clean button. All of the VWLH devices go into Virtual Wall mode at this point, penning the Roomba into the area you designated. According to iRobot.com, the Roomba will clean that first area until it is…

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  • Walt
    658 of 678 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent performance, June 28, 2015
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    Walt

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    This review is from: iRobot Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum with Manufacturer’s Warranty (Misc.)
    I have used three of the Neato vacuums for several years, and found them decent, but not a replacement for regular vacuuming with a good upright on carpet. The Neato’s “intelligent” mapping of the room was somehow appealing. The Roomba is *much* better at cleaning carpets, and I think it could replace a good upright. I am using two of the Roombas and they are all-around excellent. The seemingly stupid random wandering of the Roomba seems to actually contribute to the cleaning power because it is constantly going over the same spots, and from different angles. The downside is that it takes much longer than the Neato to complete a room, but since you don’t have to be there, I don’t see that it matters. Also, the battery life of the Roomba seems to be three or four times greater than the Neatos, which often had to recharge during the job. The Roomba can do a 1,000 square foot carpeted area without recharge and do it really well. It also gets hung up on objects only very rarely, much less often than the Neato. I did have to buy two “Halo” units to prohibit its entering some very tricky places.

    The one modification to the Roomba that I would suggest is to add material to the front bumper, which is the entire front half of the machine. I used one inch-wide, self-adhesive Velcro, only the soft (loop, felt-like) strip. I have one strip all the way around the top of the bumper, another along the bottom (over the original rubber bumper). This modification not only saves furniture, baseboards and door jambs from scuffing or impact damage, it almost completely silences the operation of the machine. Amazon sells the Velcro as “VELCRO Brand – Industrial Strength – Extreme – 1″ Wide Tape, 10′ – Black.”

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  • K. Andrea
    230 of 239 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mom’s best friend, July 23, 2015
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    K. Andrea (Texas) –

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    This review is from: iRobot Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum with Manufacturer’s Warranty (Misc.)

    I bought this Roomba to help me maintain a clean living space for my adventurous daughter and minimize dust for my husband and I. My home is a mix of thick carpet, hardwood floor, and tile and offers a variety of fun and interesting obstacles for the Roomba to navigate around (kid toys, chair legs, a telescope, etc). I was so excited when the box arrived, that I opened it up immediately and started to play with my new best friend. Maid Marian (my Roomba) was very easy to set up, does an impressive job cleaning and navigating, and (so far) is easy to maintain. I think she’s going to inspire me to get some more robotic friends for my home.

    Setup
    There is a set of word-free instructions with a series of simple pictures, and a more in-depth manual with reasonably thorough descriptions of each of the components. The Roomba itself is pretty straightforward and easy to figure out, and you can always augment your knowledge with Google or YouTube if you need to. The only thing that I was confused by was the Virtual Wall Lighthouse beacon. Apparently there are three kinds of beacons, all included in the instructions, and I didn’t realize this until my second time reading through information for the wrong one. Once I turned the page and figured out there was more than one, it was pretty easy to figure out that the Virtual Wall Lighthouses (it comes with 2) were the ones I was looking for.
    The Virtual Wall Lighthouse beacons are meant as a guide to teach your Roomba where the barriers between rooms are. Lighthouse mode tells it where an edge between two spaces are, and it will finish cleaning the room it’s in before moving to the next room. Wall mode tells your Roomba not to go past the beacon. The best placement for these is on the far side of a threshold, behind, but level with the wall/door frame so that they do not interfere with each other and so that your Roomba can find it and clean as much as possible around it.
    Note that the charger for the Roomba needs to be against a wall since the Roomba drives up on it to charge its battery. It’s not in the picture I included, but I ended up taking a twist tie and cinching up the cable to keep it in one place better and minimize the chance for entanglement.

    Cleaning
    I was very impressed to see what my Roomba picked up when it was done. I have long blonde hair and my husband has a pretty thick beard, and between the two of us we get lots of hair everywhere. The Roomba had no problems with any of it. It even ate all the Cheerios my daughter had sprinkled around the dining room. It had an unbelievable amount of dust in the bin considering it hadn’t really been that long since I had swiffered and swept my home. I included a picture of the first pile of dust that I emptied out of it, and that was just for the hardwood and tile rooms! The carpet cleaning was amazing, and she even cleaned up all the horrible things that have been lurking under my bed for years! I must advise cleaning out the bin multiple times during her first clean of your rugs since there will be a LOT. This little girl can clean!

    Pathing
    The instructions indicate that it does a combination of 3 things – dirt pile seeking, spiraling, and wall-following. I’ll freely admit that I followed my Roomba about my house for her first adventure, and I could distinctly see these traits plus a few others. She deftly navigated around table legs and chairs, under my couch, around my treadmill and its pad, and even found a path around and behind my couch to clean up around my telescope! The only thing the had a little trouble with was my daughter’s Splat Mat under her high chair, but I taped down the corners to keep it from rolling up as easily and she had no problems with it for the second cleaning.
    Update: Roomba is very good at slowing down when she approaches the walls so she won’t bump and scratch them, but she can sometimes have trouble with things like table chairs. She’s never scratched my furniture but it would be a simple thing to add a padded strip of foam or something around the rim if needed.

    Roomba room prep:
    I highly recommend picking up small things for your Roomba’s first day and following it around to understand more about how it works so that you know what state you can leave your home in if you plan to let it clean while you’re away. Otherwise you may find a few mat corners folded over and some toys pushed into strange places. I picked up things I wanted her to clean under and set them on top of furniture she could get under, but I didn’t bother with things like chairs. I taped down the corners of the Splat Mat that sits underneath my daughter’s high chair to minimize the risk of entanglement (she struggled a little the first time but never actually got stuck, I just wouldn’t have left her alone with it like that). I also recommend picking up electrical cables that your Roomba may run over. Heavy duty…

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