Roomba 880 review:The iRobot Roomba 880 is the most recent addition to the Roomba family. It is the next generation of Roomba’s, with the latest mapping technology and robotic vacuum mechanics.
So what’s the big deal? It can be confusing to decipher the subtle nuances between each generation, let alone the distinctions between the model numbers. While some became expert users of these devices, most consumers struggle to make an informed decision. This extensive Roomba 880 review is meant to put everything on the table. We look at all the important features, what’s new, and the various advantages / disadvantages of the Roomba that still makes iRobot struggle.
At the end of this review, you will know everything you need to make a clear decision. You can even find that the 880 is not required for your needs and you can save money by going with an older generation.
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1 New Features of the Roomba 880 vs 700 Series
2 What are the pros and cons of the Roomba 880?
3 Video Review of the 880
4 Roomba 880 alternatives – how do you compare it to the competition?
5 Where do you buy the Roomba 880?
Key features of the Roomba 880 vs 700 Series
AeroForce Performance Cleaning: This is the flagship enhancement of the 880 model and something that iRobot promotes as the most important point of sale. AeroForce has double extractors to double on suction and effectiveness. The vacuum is now a brushless system. One of the most important revolutions of this system is by streamlining airflow. IRobot has 880 improved airflow efficiency over 5x of previous models. Bottom line: This feature makes the Roomba 880 a more powerful vacuum. It is marketed as 50% more effective to replenish dirt, dust and debris.
Tangle-Free Debris Extractors: This is a new feature for the 800 Series. This essentially leads to a more efficient process and less tangles. This is a very real problem for robotic owners. Previous generations would sometimes be confused and result in lower performance and / or error codes.
Larger dust bin: Because the new system is more effective in getting debris, the garbage bin is more than 60% expanded. In our tests, this did not necessarily mean that the vacuum could take longer without being emptied. It meant only that the vacuum was more effective in filling the bin in about the same period.
Comes with remote control: The Roomba 880 may not have WiFi capabilities, but comes with a handy remote. This means less chasing and bending to control your little robot friend. Certainly a big plus for people with mobility concerns (or for those beans among us).
Calmer: The Roomba 880 is advertised as quiter than its predecessors. It was difficult for us to tell, but it seems to be a bit less noisy than the 700 series. It’s not a dramatic improvement, but it’s still something.
What are the pros and cons of the Roomba 880?
Pros Of Roomba 880
Scheduling: The automatic scheduling features are still the best in class for the 880. Although nothing has changed significantly from previous versions, this is still an important point of sale. Automatic vacuum cleaning at regular intervals is an appearance.
Persistent Pass Cleaning: One of the mainstays since the 6o0 series, this is still one of the best “benefits” of a Roomba. The coverage technology developed by iRobot is still leading and automatically brings Roomba into the top of robot cleaners. Although this is not a “new” feature, this is still one of the main reasons for buying the 880.
New Features: The AeroForce technology cleaning system is a significant improvement over previous versions of the Roomba. One of Roomba’s biggest criticisms has always been that, while having superior mapping technology, other vacuums, such as the Neato Series, have a better suction power. The 880 certainly comes close to the evening, but it’s not quite fair because we have not seen the latest following improvements from competitors.
Great for pet owners: one of the side benefits of a more powerful suction system – combined with the HEPA filter – is that pet dander and pet hair are collected much more effectively. For pet owners with allergies, sensitivity, or just a messy pet, the 880’s best Roomba is still cleaning the house.
Virtual wall engineering works well: In terms of border management, iRobot really broke the code. The virtual wall light devices mark the boundaries of “no go” areas through invisible lasers. In my experience, this is much more automated and efficient than the “boundary marking tape” used by competitors (or the complete lack of boundary limitations for some).
Reliable: With each repetition, iRobot improves the reliability of their Roomba’s. The 800 series – including the 880 – offers a significant improvement over the past few years. Many of the common mistakes that affected the early versions have been solved. You will still experience occasional problems, but the Roomba is starting to become a proven device (as opposed to a novelty article). Will it ever be perfect? Maybe not, but it’s coming closer.
Cons of Roomba 880
Noise: This is a constant complaint for Roomba’s, regardless of the generation. The Roomba 880 is still louder than most of the robot-like vacuum competition. This is a small price to pay, but it really depends on how much concern this is for your living environment. It is still quieter than most traditional vacuum cleaners and they have made improvements with 880 model.
Edge Cleaning: Despite the best efforts, Roomba can still fight the optimal shape of the Botvac robots (Neato) when it comes to cleaning along the skirting boards. The small edge brushes are helpful, but circular devices do not play well with corners.
Random Cleaning Pattern: This is not a “problem” in terms of technology, but some people do not like the Roomba’s random cleaning patterns. Each inch is covered, but not in a linear or organized manner. This is an important distinction between Roomba and the competition.
Price: $ 700 is still a lot of dough to slide out for a vacuum. While robotic vacuum cleaners now ripen as consumer products, the price tag for the 880 can not necessarily justify the improvements. This Roomba 880 review does not convince you to buy this model. Some older models still perform well, but sell for a steep discount. In many ways, it’s like buying the latest iPhone. Depending on whether the new features of your lifestyle have been modified, it may be worthwhile to explore other options and save the money.
UPDATE 15/09/15: The price has recently fallen by about $ 100 at the end of summer (on time for Holiday shopping). It is now significantly less here.
Roomba 880 video review
Roomba 880 alternatives – how do you compare it to the competition?
Most of the competition for the roomba 880 comes from the other Roomba models. In terms of functionality, the Roomba 780 and 790 are worth looking at. One thing has none of them; However, the greatly improved suction power and effectiveness of the 880. With a broader look at other companies, both LG and Neato Roomba give a return for the money. Since the Roomba 880 is the newest model on the market, LG HomBot 3.0 and Neato Signature Pro still have a lot to do.
The case may be that the Signature Pro is a more powerful vacuum, but the mapping system is not as advanced as the Roomba series. Similarly, the HomBot is much quieter than the 880, but is not so reliable from a general maintenance visit. In general, the Roomba 880 is a solid step forward for iRobot. Although they are not revolutionary, they have made improvements to justify the sticker price. Ultimately, whether the new features are worth the price depends on the usage needs of each individual user.
Neato BotVac Series:
Neato is hard at work with iRobot. They released their Botvac series. At that point, my experience was that it was just a Signature Pro re-branding, which did not change fundamentally. However, they
just released the Botvac “D” series. Key improvements? 1) The Botvac D80 has a better suction than the original Botvac range. 2) They threw the main brush with the unlocked bearing. Instead, they have installed a brush brass for the brush. This is a bit technical, but in principle this is an improvement. The original non-sealed support caused the hair to cause problems often. The BotVac D80 has closed the gap a bit. It is a much tighter race than before. You can find it here for an affordable price.
The Roomba 880 is no longer the newest generation. The new Roomba 980 was released in Q4 2015 and is now the iRobot flagship Roomba. Remarkable improvements include improved suction power, carpet boost mode, and revolutionary, application-controlled WiFi functionality (probably the biggest game changer in general). This allows you to check, monitor, analyze, check this article.
iRobot recently released a “center” device between Roomba 980 (top) and 880. The Roomba 960 (full review here) is essentially the Roomba 880 + WiFi capability. It has no more advanced suction power of the 980, but by deploying WiFi, iRobot has delivered a core function (almost everyone wants) without breaking the bank. The Roomba 960 is available here at a better pricethan the 980 (but more than 880).
In General: Neato robots clean in a straight, organized manner. This is in contrast to the Roomba, which seems to be a bit random. Many people see this as a point against Roomba; However, in my experience, this does not lead to a difference in cleaning quality. So, if your OCD is “how” is the sausage made, maybe the Botvac / Neato is for you.
Where can you buy the Roomba 880?
The Roomba 880 is not an easy product to find now. As a kind of experiment, iRobot only made the 880 available through their own market. At this moment, you can not find the 880 on Amazon alone. The only way to buy it is by going directly to the site (on the link below).
Update: The Roomba 880 is now available on Amazon, sometimes with a discount!