This mid-range robot vacuum offers excellent performance when it comes to navigating the house and thoroughly cleaning the floor.
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Pro Doesn't require much room prep from you
The Roomba 880 is ahead of the curve when it comes to navigation. It is able to maneuver very well around obstacles, such as furniture, lamps, and potted plants. A rubber bumper softens the impact from hitting things and allows the robot to distinguish soft obstacles (such as curtains) and push right past them. A low clearance allows it to clean under the furniture.
Pro Very powerful vacuum
The Roomba 880 has five times the suction power of a budget Roomba robot (e.g the 600's series.) It picks up the tiniest dirt particles on your floor and even the dust that's in between tiles or floorboards.
Pro Easy maintenance
The Roomba 880 has rubber dust collectors as opposed to the bristled ones on older models. Not only are they very effective at collecting dust, they are much easier to clean after use. You don't need to comb anything out of the collectors, just wipe it with a cloth.
Pro Can clean multiple rooms in one route
The Roomba 880 can be programmed to clean multiple rooms (up to three) in succession.
Pro Scheduled cleaning feature
You can create a schedule for the iRobot to clean at certain times of the day, like when you're at work for example. After cleaning, it will automatically return to the charging station.
Pro Can clean carpets
Its high ground clearance and powerful vacuum allows this robot to climb onto rugs and carpets and clean them from dust, pet hair, and other debris.
Pro You can limit the area that the robot cleans
A small battery-powered device called "virtual wall" allows you to create a virtual boundary that the robot will not cross. It emits an infrared ray up to 7 feet long that serves as a barrier for the Roomba. For example, if you don't want the Roomba to wander into a room with your pet's food and water, or has a bunch of wires scattered on the floor, you can just place this device at the doorway.
Con Hefty brand premium
Typically, a Roomba isn't the best choice if you're on a tight budget. When you buy an iRobot device, you pay a considerable premium for the brand. Granted, you receive superior quality offered by a well-established company.
Con User manual doesn't cover all features of the robot
The manual leaves out many important questions regarding the use of this robot, such as how to use the virtual walls; what do all the LED indicators on the machine mean; and what the differences are between the cleaning modes.