iRobot Roomba 880 Review

Roomba 880 is the first product that introduce a brush-less agitating system and had a good review in the market.They use a pseudo-random vacuuming pattern to finish cleaning job.

iRobot Roomba 880 Review

iRobot Roomba 880 is old-high-end product product and used to be top products among the Roomba series. Roomba 880 is the first product that introduce a brush-less agitating system and had a good review in the market.They use a pseudo-random vacuuming pattern to finish cleaning job. Compare with Roomba series 700 and 600, Roomba 800 series uses a new technology named AeroForce Extractors to replace the bristle brushes. This design helps to amplify suction and improve 50 percent on remove dirt, dust and hair. At the same time, it requires less maintenance than the previous series.  Compare with Roomba 980 and 960, they have similar features but lower price, 980 enhanced the navigation feature and added WiFi connectivity . It brought professional care to home with good price.

Key Features & Technologies

The iRobot Roomba 880 brought professional care to home. And design to round shape and low-slung which help to clean the corners, furniture and close to the edge. It uses a pseudo-random vacuuming pattern and dirt sensor technology to ensure effective cleaning. iRobot is at the forefront of developing technologies in the areas of human-robot interaction, and physical solutions. Let’s take a look at the features that new technologies brought.

Cleans an entire level of your home.

iAdapt 2.0  helps Roomba 880 to make home map and keep tracking clean and unclean area to achieve more efficient clean.

3-stage cleaning system

AeroForce Cleaning System technology helps Roomba 880 to suction dirt, pet hair, dust and even large debris.  It has power up to 5X when clean carpets and rugs and more powerful than other iRobot Roomba products.

Patented tangle-free brushes.

Tangle-free brushes technology help Roomba 880 to reduce maintenance and handle pet hair easily.


Automatically to switch models to vacuum all floor types

Roomba has various settings which allow you to customize how to clean your home and keeps carpets and hard floors clean. Roomba 880 also can automatically adjust to vacuum all floor types. Carpet, pet hair, hard surfaces, dust, suction dirt, and even some large debris from your floors, while automatically increasing power up to 10x on carpets but it not suitable for clothing, toys, and other big objects.

Virtual Wall Lighthouse and Low-profile design

Virtual Wall Lighthouses are small devices that help Roomba 800 to clean multiple  rooms without getting lost. It have two modes, one is Virtual Wall mode and the other one is Lighthouse mode.  In Lighthouse mode, the device keeps the robot cleaning in one room, then sends it off to tackle the next room for guided cleaning.

Remote-Control Capability

Roomba 880 use remote-control device to start, stop or dock your robot remotely but don’t have voice control capability.

Automatically recharges

Runs for up to 60 minutes, then automatically returns to its Home Base to recharge but can’t resume cleaning compare with Roomba 980 and 960. Need to place the Home Base in An Open area and flat against a wall can help to clean more efficiently. Always keep the Home Base Plugged in.

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Roomba 880 Design

The Roomba 880 size and appearance design are very beautiful.  It’s at the top of the fuselage there are three buttons, among the largest is the clean button, next to two smaller, respectively is the Home button and key Spot patterns.When pressing the clean button, the Roomba will be awakened, and prompt after pressing it will begin to clean again. Click the Home button, after the Roomba will return charging base; The Spot mode button allows the Roomba clean again and again in a fixed position.


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Performance On Cleaning

Roomba 800 has a control panel to finish the clean job.  It will let you schedule a time window to automatic to clean as frequently as once a day or once a week. You can also control the start times of the cleanings, so it’s best to schedule them for times when you’re not home. If you have the 880 go over your floors every day, they should definitely look clean.

  • Fits under most furniture
  • Will not scratch any furniture
  • Effective edge brush
  • 60 minute runtime
  • Lower price
  • No APP remote control
  • Price is high compare with Roomba 860
  • Rather noisy
  • Side brush will sweep some big solid fly
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Roomba 600 vs 800 vs 900

iRobot Roomba series vacuuming robots always famous for its easy to use. We compare thm from construction and performanceto find the suitable one.

Roomba® 980 Roomba® 960 Roomba® 890 Roomba® 690
iRobot Product
Scenario Planning Navigation Y Y Y Y
Patented 3-Stage Cleaning 10X 5X 5X Y
Run Time (minutes) Up to 120 Up to 75 Up to 60 Up to 60
Tangle-Free Rollers Y Y Y
iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization Y Y
High-Efficiency Filter Y Y Y
Lithium Battery
Special Side Brush
Wi-Fi® Connected
Roomba® 980 Roomba® 960 Roomba® 890 Roomba® 690
Multi-Room Cleaning Y Y
Deeper Cleaning on Carpets Y
Custom Cleaning Preferences Y Y
Recharge and Resume Y Y
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How does Roomba 880 work?

Roomba is designed to intelligently navigate and clean an entire level of your home but needs to remove excess clutter from floors before cleaning, After each use, empty the bin and clean the filter. Here’s a look at how it does its job:

  • At the start of a cleaning cycle, Roomba uses iAdaptR 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization to map out a series of small areas, cleaning them efficiently, one at a time. Using this map, Roomba tracks where it has and has not been to ensure complete coverage.
  • Roomba continues this process until it has cleaned an entire level of your home. Once Roomba finishes its cleaning cycle, Roomba returns to the Home Base to recharge.
  • If the cleaning cycle hasn’t finished and the battery is low, Roomba will recharge itself by the return to the Home Base. After its battery has been recharged, Roomba automatically resumes, completes the cleaning cycle, and returns to the Home Base.
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User Guidance & Robot Regular Care

Roomba 880 is very easy to use. Just press the CLEAN button to wake up it and press CLEAN again to start a cleaning cycle. It will clean an entire level of you home during one cleaning cycle. When the battery gets low before finishing the job, Roomba 880 will return to HOME BASE to recharge and automatically return to where it left off and continue to work until it finishes. Before using for the first time, we need to initial set up for Roomba 880 and then we can start our clean job.
To keep Roomba 880 running at good performance, we need to regular to care the product. Such as empty the bin, clean the filter and clean the extractors when you found Roomba picking up less debris.

Roomba serie 800 Part Care Frequency Replacement
Bin After each use -
Filter Once per week (twice per week in homes with pets) Every 2 months
Full Bin Sensors
Front Caster Wheel
Wipe once 2 weeks Every 12 months
Side Brush
Cliff Sensors
Once per month -
Extractors Once every 4 months (once every 3 months in homes with pets) Every 6 ~ 12 months
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Packages & Accessories & Warranty

Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum, Home Base Charging Station, Line Cord, 1 Dual ModeLinDual-ModeVirtual Wall Barrier (2 AA Batteries Included),1 Extra Filter,1 Extra Side Brush, Manufacturer’s Warranty and Owner’s Guide and Documentation Package in the box.

Choose authorized accessories

Choose Authentic iRobot products from Authorized Resellers is the only way to protect your warranty. And unauthorized parts such as batteries, filter and brushes may have a negative impact on product performance even damage your robot. These accessories suitable for Roomba 800 and 900 series.

Roomba 800 can use virtual wall lighthouses to clean up to 3 rooms without human’s help and come with a remote-control device that can control robot remotely.

iRobot limited warranty Note

1-Year Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty On Robot, 12-Month Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty On Battery.The iRobot limited warranty shall not apply to failures or problems which are caused by products or equipment not authorized by iRobot Corporation. Robot products purchased in North America are intended for use in North America only. Both the 30-day, money back guarantee and the limited warranty is void if products are used outside North America.

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Warm Prompt

Roomba 880 is an electronic product and brings great help to home. In order to reduce the risk of injury and keep the Roomba 890 running good, we need to keep following tips in mind.

  • Product may not be used with any type of power converter. Use of other power converters will immediately void the warranty.
  • Use only accessories and replacement parts are Authentic iRobot parts. used 3rd parties may have a negative impact on product performance and can cause damage to your robot and also void your robot’s warranty.
  • Don’t sit or stand on this device.
  • Clean iDapt Camera with a cloth dampened with water only.
  • Don’t pick up any burning or smoking objects
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Roomba 880 have great for people who can’t bend down to clean under their beds anymore. It have similar features with Roomba 960 and have the much cheaper price. So it can be considered to be one of the cost robot iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner at low price.

But the Roomba 880 is not perfect, it will make noisy when working but lower than a traditional vacuum cleaner. Measuring 69dB on hard floors and just 67dB on carpet.   for a price close to $700 in equipment. Occasionally it would miss the debris on the ground, you may need to take on the ground before it starts to work may be in the way. In contrast, Neato Botvac Connected not only provides a similar ability (such as the application of control), but the price is nearly same. If you don’t need the wi-fi control, there are still a lot of affordable models on the market to choose from, such as Neato VX Signature, it provides the performance and the Roomba 880 similar. If you want the latest and greatest, you can choose roomba 980.

8.5 Total Score
iRobot Roomba 880

Roomba 880 is the first product that introduces a brush-less agitating system and had a good review in the market.They use a pseudo-random vacuuming pattern to finish cleaning job.

iRobot Roomba 880
  • Fits under most furniture
  • Will not scratch any furniture
  • Effective edge brush
  • 60-minute runtime
  • Lower price
  • No APP remote control
  • Price is high compared with Roomba 860
  • Rather noisy
  • Side brush will sweep some big solid fly
User Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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