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- 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
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A Deeper, Multi-Room Clean
Experience a deeper, multi-room clean every day with the Roomba 880 Vacuuming 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.
Guided Room-to-Room Navigation
The Roomba 880 comes with two Virtual Wall Lighthouse Devices. In Lighthouse mode, the devices keep your Roomba cleaning in one room, then send it off to tackle the next room for guided cleaning in up to 3 rooms. In Virtual Wall mode, keep Roomba in the room you want to clean, and out of the ones you don't.
5x More Power
2x the Battery Life
All Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robots are:
iAdapt Responsive Navigation – Navigates in your unique home, cleaning around clutter and avoiding stairs.
Low Profile Design - Designed to clean under sofas, beds and kickboards.
Simple Operation - Just press Clean and your robot gets to work.
Self-Charging - Automatically docks and recharges, so Roomba is always ready to clean.
Scheduling - Conveniently preset to vacuum up to 7x per week (featured on models 650+).
3-Stage Cleaning System - Uses a combination of agitation, brushing and suction.
Spinning Side Brush - Gently cleans wall edges and into corners.
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|AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System||5x the air power||5x the air power||5x the air power||10x the air power|
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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.
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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:
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 clean, or for a maximum of 25 mins. With Minnie, this is NOT true. For the first few uses, she would clean an area for over 45 mins, so the online info is not necessarily accurate. Once Roomba has finished the first area, the closest VWLH will then go into "lighthouse" mode, allowing Roomba to cross into the next area. Once she has passed into that area, it becomes a virtual wall again, keeping her in the new zone until Roomba has finished cleaning it. It then reverts to lighthouse mode, allowing the robot to exit the area and proceed to the next area protected by a VWLH, if any. This process is repeated until the segregated zones are cleaned, at which point the Roomba returns to its home base.
b) Light house placement is somewhat critical. The VWLH and the Home Base both emit a kind of "halo" of a no-go zone around themselves, so that the robot can't nudge them out of position. It seems to be about 8-10 inches in radius. This means that you must not place the home base too close to a doorway where you intend to use a VWLH, or the two will interfere, and the robot may not clean the room. We have found that the best placement is on the far side of a threshold, behind, but level with the door frame. Experience will teach you what works best for you.
c) If you are cleaning a narrow hallway, do not put the home base on one of the long walls, as the robot may get confused and stay down one end of the hall for much of the cleaning cycle (yes, I have done this). The halo effect can block a lot of the corridor and make it hard for Roomba to navigate along it past the home base or VWLH. You will know this is happening if Roomba keeps pirouetting on the spot before moving on to an area it has already cleaned. Happens with VWLHs as well as Home base - so place them both thoughtfully!
4. Blinking lights are not well explained. For example:
a) A blue starfish light on top of Roomba means that the side brush is slowing down. If the robot is on a deep pile carpet, it may just be friction from that. If not, you need to stop it and untangle any accumulated crud from the side brush under the robot
b) A flashing blue magnifying glass usually means that Roomba has detected extra dirt. This light will usually change to the signal described in c), but if it doesn't you may need to clean the counter-rotating rubber rollers as described in the manual, and wipe out the channel under those (when the machine is upside down) to the collector bin. The dirt detector in the 880 is an optical sensor (not acoustic as in older models) above the rollers in the channel to the bin - if it gets very dirty, it can give false signals.
c) A solid blue magnifying glass means that Roomba is in intensive clean mode. Now this gets confusing... If it goes into this mode itself, it will do a fan-shaped back and forth motion over about a 1 yard area. If it is showing this icon after you pressed the Spot clean button, it will spiral over about the same area, unless it hits something, at which point it will go back to normal cleaning mode. Don't stress, it is cleaning! :)
5. We have never heard a full bin warning. It would be helpful if it was either used, or nice and loud! The machine does not stop cleaning when the bin is full, so you may want to clean again if you find it with a full bin, as it is obviously not very efficient in this condition.
6. It is hard to get error messages replayed. The manual says to press Clean once to replay them, but when we have done this, the robot just starts cleaning again. Oh well, I guess it fixed itself?
7. If you do have severe allergies, you don't want to be anywhere near this when it is cleaning. I sneeze constantly and get red itchy eyes if I am in the same room. Hardly surprising when you see the side brush spinning - it must throw dust and hair/fur up into the air. Having said that, it is really no worse than a manual vacuum cleaner, which throws up dust mechanically and also from the exhaust disturbing the floor layer. In my case, my husband is the lead babysitter for Minnie when she is cleaning. Nice for me!
8. Some room prep is really needed for a MUCH better clean. Common sense stuff. Roomba will not suck up thick power cords, but it will tangle on the thinner iPhone/iPad/MacBook charging cables and similar. Also socks, small toys etc. can block the rollers. We lift dining chairs and place them upside down on the dining table (like restaurants) to get the best crumb patrol in the dining room. Light furniture needs to have delicate items moved - Roomba can hit it quite hard the first few times, and your smashed fine porcelain vase may end up in Roomba's collection bin.
OK, apologies for the long review, but I wanted to convey accurately just how good this device is. The supporting documentation needs extensive reworking, but the vacuum cleaner is outstanding. When it finally wears out, we will certainly buy another. We can't imagine living without Minnie, now that we have seen what a great job she does. If you follow the instructions for user maintenance, regularly empty the bin and clean the rollers, brush and filters (and wipe down the machine), you may be as amazed as me at how much your allergies can improve with a Roomba in your home. Goodbye Kleenex, hello Roomba!
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."
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.
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!
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 ones aren't an issue but I can see the thinner ones (like USB) being a tasty snack.
It's very easy to empty the bin. You just pop it off, open up where the little yellow arrows tell you to, and dump it. You can even take out the HEPA filter if you want to and give it a good shake or dust bust it to prolong its use. There is a blue starfish light that will appear on top of your Roomba when the side brush is slowing down. It may be friction from your rug, or it may be that your little side brush is tangled and you need to clean it off.
The Roomba is impressively quiet for a vacuum cleaner. I followed her around with a decibel meter (yes I'm a nerd) and found her to tick between about 70-72 on hardwood floors. For reference, my home is between 40 and 50 decibels normally. A typical vacuum is about 80, and conversation is about 60-65. I was able to listen to my audio book on my phone's speakers and do dishes while the Roomba was cleaning right behind me.
Batteries can last for 2-3 hours no problem - I haven't hit the limit yet. It takes a lot longer for the first cleaning, but I separated out places so I could watch her do each new area.
The Virtual Wall Lighthouse can survive a brutal beating from an 8-month-old baby.
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I'm still learning about my Roomba and I will update this as I learn more.