iRobot - Roomba 890 App-Controlled Self-Charging Robot Vacuum - Black/brown
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- iRobot - Roomba 890 App-Controlled Self-Charging Robot Vacuum - Black/brown
- iRobot Roomba 890
- Virtual Wall unit
- Self-charging Home Base
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Automatically adjusts to vacuum all floor types.
The patented system loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt, dust, pet hair and even large debris like cereal from your floors, with up to 5x more air power.
Reduce maintenance and handle pet hair with ease.
Traps particles as small as 10 microns with the AeroForce High-Efficiency Filter.
Use handle for easy carrying from room to room.
A full suite of sensors enable Roomba to seamlessly navigate around obstacles, under furniture, and sweep along wall edges, while avoiding stairs and other drop offs.
After your floors are clean, the robot returns to the docking station to charge. Conveniently schedule up to 7 times per week.
Lets you connect to clean from anywhere, make presets to clean on a schedule.
Ask your Amazon Alexa device or the Google Assistant to start, stop, or dock your robot.
Provides up to 60 minutes of run time per full charge.
Cleans under furniture, beds and toe kicks.
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cleans well, not very intelligent...at allJuly 23, 2017
So, you want a roomba. Is this a good roomba? Kinda Whats in the box: The roomba (Well call him Waldo, because you will constantly be finding your self saying "where's Waldo"), home base, extra filter, one electronic wall. Setup: Very easy. I had waldo out of the box, plugged in, and connected to wifi in a matter of minutes. There was enough charge in him to get him cleaning almost right away. Waldo actually speaks as well to help during setup. Use: You can schedule, 7 days a week, with different times to allow Waldo to clean on his own. You can also manually start a cleaning session by hitting his button, or using the app on your phone. How well does he clean? Ok. As most of you know, until you get to the 960 or 980, the Roomba is dumb. Like irritate you while you watch it dumb. My recommendation is to let Waldo do his thing when you're not home, or you will be screaming at him. Waldo will aimlessly bounce around while cleaning, with no pattern. While this allows it to clean extra well in some spots, it completely misses other spots in the house. These dumb Roomba's are not really made for multi room cleaning, if you want that, get a 960 or higher with the better navigation. Overall: I've ran Waldo 10 times now, on one level with around 2000 square feet, with around 4 rooms in that area. Each time he runs, he gets different spots. This is both good and bad. We run Waldo 7 days a week, so after a couple days most of the level is clean, but he will not do all the rooms each run. Some days he completely skips rooms, while other days thats basically the only room he does. The way docking works is, once Waldo things a job is complete (I'm not actually sure how he thinks its complete), or when the battery runs low, he starts searching for his home base. By searching, I mean he just bounces around like an idiot and hopefully he ends up within 7 or so feet of his home base, THEN he gets all excited and goes towards it. So, if he gets stuck in a room, he will bounce around until his battery dies, since he doesn't actually know where home is. The bad parts so far: 1. First run, his bin full indicator turned on. I emptied it, and the light stayed on, no matter how much I cleaned him. I had to chat with online tech support. They had me do a software reset (easy) and the light turned off. Also on first run, he couldn't find his home base, and bounced around in my walk in closet for 30 minutes and the battery died. 2. Second run: Bin light works as its supposed to, Waldo bounced around in living room for 47 minutes and battery died. 3. Third-current (10 or so) runs: Waldo has managed to find his home base each time! Making an adorable "I made it daddy!" sound each time. Problem is, the stupid bin full light doesn't always shut off after I empty him. It will after it docks, but if you just pause the cleaning run and empty and continue, the light will stay on each time. I think its VERY sensitive to dirt, and I have a dog and cat with dander, so that doesn't help. Wifi: This touts wifi connectivity, but you don't get much with it. It does make scheduling easy, and you get push messages when Waldo is in trouble, but thats about it. Overall: cleans well, but with a few quirks. If the worst thing I have to do is pick him up and bring him home sometimes, but yet I have clean floors. Thats not a deal breaker. If you want your entire level cleaned each time....get the higher end models. If you want an adorable dumb dumb bouncing around your house. Get this one.
I would recommend this to a friend
Love the concept - but it needs moreJuly 28, 2017
The Roomba 890. Great concept though I have questions about the direction of the company making different levels of robots which I will get to later. POSITIVES: *It really sucks… in a good way. It sucks hard on carpet, and sucks even better on non-carpet. When travelling from non-carpet to carpet surfaces, you can hear the motor rev up to do harder work on those carpet fibers. *It’s generally easy to use. 1 button – CLEAN – and away it goes. *Easy to dump dirt bin without dirt and dust getting everywhere. No bags to buy. *Can run via app while away from your home. *Battery is great! After running on tile only, I cleaned a giant room which included a ping pong table, a foosball table, an air hockey table, and a 6-ft long eating table with chairs… it took an hour and still had juice before it decided to dock. NEGATIVES: *Though there are no bags to buy, you do have to purchase new paper filters. Surely that could be resolved with a cleanable filter right? After paying $500 for a vacuum cleaner, I would hope to not have to make a lot of further purchases just in order to keep it working at peak performance. I’m forced to buy filters regardless. In this day and age of bag-less vacuums and washable filters, that’s one feature that should be implemented. *It’s random where it decides to go. It doesn’t get everywhere that you need it to go. If there is a heavily dirtied area, I didn’t see it really focus in on that one area more than others. If a person is to pay this much money for a vacuum, even a robot one, I would think it would do a thorough job and get all/most of the dirt. After all, what did I buy a vacuum for?? – to vacuum 60% of my floor? That means I have to get out my main vacuum and nearly do the entire floor again in order to make sure everything was done. *Once done vacuuming, it’s done. It does not pick up where it left off once it docks (after low battery or cycle just ends). And now I get to my point about different levels of robots. Why, as a company, would you want to make different levels of devices that clean your house? Why would I ever want my house only partly vacuumed? I have NEVER in my life vacuumed a room fully (not a spot vacuum) and not fully vacuumed it. It’s assumed in the definition of vacuuming a room – you vacuum the entire room. These robots are a bit random in their movements, and quite a bit of the room is not even touched one time, especially in a complicated room. However, take the Roomba 980 though, and you have more of a complete robot because it has a camera and tracks its movement to tries to cover an entire room before docking. And, if it doesn’t finish, it will dock, get charged up, then go start where it left off. Why would a person want anything less? For $400 more than the 890, you can get the 980. Personally, I think that’s a lot, but that’s relative. There is a lot of technology in these machines, but to pay $499 for a random floor cleaner vs $899 for a more thorough one… me? I’d pick a manual vacuum and do it myself in ¼ the time and for ¼ the price. Look at it this way, if you wash your car, would you only wash the hood, trunk and wheels? Same applies here. Great concept, iRobot – it TRULY is – however, there should be only ONE Roomba… one that does it all, and at an affordable price. Anything else is just shorting the customer IMO.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Great Vacuum, But ScatterbrainedJuly 24, 2017
This is a great vacuum for picking up the small messes and crumbs that accumulate on your floor each day. It's simple to use and is very powerful, but it often fails to clean a majority of my floor. PROS: - Fairly easy setup, but allow for a few minutes of planning. You'll need to place the dock in an open area where the Roomba can easily access it. Place the barrier device in front of any room or obstacle that you want the Roomba to avoid. Configuring the smartphone app is also painless and allows you to begin and schedule cleaning via the app. - Excellent vacuuming abilities on both hard floors and carpets. I use the vacuum in the lower level of my home, which covers the kitchen, hallway, office, and dining room. After 5 days of use, I have noticed a huge decrease in the amount of food crumbs, dust, and hair on my floors. - Navigates under furniture very nicely, including my kitchen counter, office desk, and stools. CONS: - This Roomba is scatterbrained at best. If you watch it clean, you will notice that it aimlessly bumps into walls, furniture, and other obstacles until it finds its way around them. There is no discernible pattern to its movement. As such, it tends to completely miss some areas of my floor and spends too much time on others. I've learned to run the Roomba when I'm not home so I don't go crazy while I watch it bump into a wall for 5 minutes. - The dust bin seems to get full very quickly. I typically have to empty it each time the Roomba runs. OVERALL: Is this Roomba going to replace your standard vacuum? No, and you shouldn't expect it to. What it does -- at least for me -- is clean up small messes and debris between my regular vacuuming and cleaning days. I no longer find myself stepping on food crumbs and dust on my floor. If you want a more customizable Roomba, you'll have to step up to a higher model at almost twice the price. Those caveats in mind, I'd recommend this Roomba to those looking to augment their regular cleaning routine.
I would recommend this to a friend
Roomba, you're hired.July 20, 2017
I WILL volunteer to vacuum. Of course, I haven’t developed my wife’s skills or strategies for coping with our home’s diverse floor landscape. All those transitions to wood, tile, various carpet types and back again, through a forest of chair legs, blind hallways, low hanging sofas, beds and chairs, and scattered debris, most of it mine. I’m a work in progress. Which brings us to this iRobot Roomba 890. Kudos to the teams of skilled designers, engineers, of focus groups who built and tested a robot that so successfully accomplishes that which has confounded me for so many years. My wife, our specialist, will have the final judgment on the Roomba. Setup requires a minimal amount of planning. The Roomba’s charging station needs to be located where the Roomba can find it, be plugged in and docked. At this point, after a few hours to fully charge, you have a working automated, intelligent vacuum. Hate technology? Don’t need it. Press the CLEAN button (x2) whenever you’re ready to vacuum. For me, it’s as I’m heading out the door. And I love technology, just not vacuuming tech. Most others will want to take advantage of the Roomba’s ability to schedule vacuuming sessions, get notifications, and monitor cleaning cycles from the app. Once it’s on your home Wi-Fi, a connected Roomba will work with Amazon’s Alexa. I’m not going to detail the Wi-Fi connection process. It’s not that it’s lengthy but it requires your close attention to details. My efforts required some restarts, but then, I’m notorious for trying everything first with minimal scanning of the instructions. Don’t try that with the Roomba. Also, you may be jolted by the “unsecured network message” (on the iPhone), but that only indicates a temporary setup condition while configuring the nearby Roomba. Roomba’s online support provides easy-to-follow help if you get into trouble. Don’t be reluctant to reset or restart, as this solved all my issues. How does this Roomba 890 work? Navigation is effective, as it deals with obstacles, drops, rises, and transitions without problems. Watching the Roomba negotiate my tangle of wires, sneak under our low sofas (low even for our manual upright), and easily climb over our various throw and area carpets is impressive. In places we were sure it would get stuck, it either solved the predicament or avoided it. The combination of sensors, thoughtfully designed rollers and spinners, and logic makes these Roombas special. Oh, and it is surprisingly quiet. We didn’t have to adjust the TV volume, even as it maneuvered around our chairs. At just shy of 90 minutes it found its way back to the charging dock. My wife’s evaluation? She’s quite willing to leave our home in the tireless, relentless, fastidious care of our new robotic housecleaner. The iRobot Roomba 890 is pretty competent. I think you know my feelings.
I would recommend this to a friend
Interesting robot. Good for light vacuuming.July 17, 2017
This is a pretty nifty robot. I've been wanting one since they debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show years ago. Out of the box, it's quite large. Like "1960's turntable" large, but not very tall. It easily glides under sofas and chairs. After a download of the app and setting up, I let it do its thing. Roomba got confused by my rug, and I can't figure out what algorithms are used to calculate where to go next... it just seems to wander aimlessly and does quite a bit of backpeddling. My biggest quibble is it has very little storage space in the refuse bin. I have 2 large dogs and two cats, so fur shedding is definitely something that requires a lot of attention. The Roomba did ok, but filled the bin really quickly. I'm going to have to give a good overall vacuuming with the cannister vacuum before letting the little roomba go about as daily chores. It is cute from a Starwars fan perspective... it's like I have my own "pet" droid! It's fun to watch it just glide around the floor like a character from WallE or starwars, just minding its own business and maybe bumping into the occasional wall. If you have a big room or multiple hairy pets, I'd skip the roomba, unless you want it for entertainment purposes only. If you have a smaller room or very little carpet, Roomba does a pretty good job of localized cleaning.
I would recommend this to a friend
Overall useful, few kinks to work outJuly 16, 2017
A huge time saver, it is hard to find many faults in this unit. Only one area is left to be desired, other than that it is almost a perfect device! Unboxing the device has pretty much zero assembly and you will find the device inside, a barrier device (to keep your robot from cleaning certain areas), documentation, a charging pad and batteries for the barrier device. It has A LOT of cardboard inside so you will have much trash to throw away after unboxing. Set up is a breeze, plug the charging pad into the wall, put your Roomba on top to charge and wait until it is ready. When ready to begin, press start on the robot or download the app to set up more advanced functions. In operation, it works almost perfectly. The brush heads are both rubber (no actual brush) which will reduce or eliminate tangles from hair picked up off of the floor. The actual brush/vacuum area in the robot is small so expect a long vacuum period to finish a room or floor. It did a great job cleaning most surfaces and gets under the furniture very easily. I only experienced one or two annoyance/problems in operation. Most of the sensors on the device seem to be pressure sensitive or dust sensing when vacuuming. It also has infrared sensor on top to find its charging station. Because of that, it cannot “see” where it is going, it kind of just picks a direction and keeps going until it bumps into something and eventually gets the whole room. Supposedly it uses the infrared sensors to kind of map out the room but it really feels like it is a lot of bump and go work at work here. Like I said, it is simply an annoyance since it seems there could be more efficient ways of getting the cleaning done. Otherwise my only problem is the charging cradle. It does not seem to sit very well on carpeted surfaces and the robot had issues docking with it autonomously. I had better performance on hard wood since it has a small grip pad on the bottom. Setting a timer on the device for example, is great! It only cleans on Tuesdays and Fridays is great! You go to work and your house is vacuumed when you get home. Sometimes you need to find the unit since it cannot always find its ways back to the charging cradle though. The dirt cartridge is small so expect to clean it out each time you vacuum but this is to be expected with a small device such as this. It does a great job picking up most dirt, rarely if ever get tangled in cords or objects and mostly works as advertised. A great product overall.
I would recommend this to a friend
Loads of FunJuly 18, 2017
This is my first Roomba. Must say it's loads of fun. Did a good job cleaning the carpet in my 724 sf one bedroom condo. I say this b/c I had to clean the dust out of the bin after using it only one time. Best to use the mobile app as U can program it to clean on certain days. Also it's easier to tell the Roomba to end the job and head back to the charging base. Roomba took almost 25 minutes to clean my carpets which seemed like a long time. And I cleared away a lot of furniture and stuff on the floor before operating it. Don't think it cleaned very well underneath my bed. Maybe it will as time goes by. Also it was a bit noisy but not much more than my upright Hoover SAVVY. At this point I need more experience with it and will not let it loose if I'm not home.
I would recommend this to a friend
Underwhelming but still a neat little machineJuly 19, 2017
This is my first experience with a robot vacuum cleaner and I must say I'm a bit underwhelmed by it overall. There are some neat aspects of the Roomba 890 though. First, the cool and neat bits. The setup of the Roomba 890 was a breeze. Once it's out of the box, just flip it on its back and remove the yellow tags. Then you connect the charging cradle into an outlet and place the Roomba on top and it will begin to charge itself. Very simple and easy. The Roomba is programmed from a smartphone app and this process too was very simple and easy. I downloaded the app from the Google Play Store, quickly registered a new account, created a Wifi connection to my home network, and gave it a name. From within the app, one can set a cleaning schedule, look at its cleaning performance and history, and access troubleshooting tips and help. Actually using the Roomba 890 is super simple as well. You can start the cleaning process by either pressing down on the big "Clean" button on the top of the machine or by starting the cleaning from within the Roomba app. The robot then undocks itself from the charging cradle and begins vacuuming. As for its vacuuming performance, I would say it's pretty good. I doesn't pick up as much as my >$700 Dyson unit but that was expected. After all, the Roomba is much smaller and lighter and it will never be as heavy-duty as a Dyson. With that said, it still managed to pick up an impressive amount of dog and cat hair as well as some fine particles. The bin you empty after a cleaning session is fortunately very to easy to open and clean. Just gently squeeze down and pull it out from the main housing. Pop open the lid and shake all the dirt and hair out. To prevent the Roomba from thinking that the bin is still full, I had to use a dry napkin to clean all four sensor areas. Until I did so, the Roomba kept blinking its red light telling me to empty the bin even though the bin was empty. Now for the underwhelming parts. The robot is pretty dumb. According to LG's grading of a robot vacuum's intelligence level, there are 3 levels - a dolphin, an ape, and a child. The Roomba 890 falls between a dolphin and an ape. I say this because even though it is great at gently and deftly navigating around obstacles and gently slowing down before hitting a door or a wall, its cleaning pattern is all over the place and it never properly finishes cleaning a living space before moving on to a new room. The Roomba vacuumed only around 30% of my living room before moving on to my bedroom. It finished vacuuming about 50% of the bedroom before moving on to the other room where it got stuck cleaning the same areas over and over again until the unit stopped because it ran out of battery. Second, because of its haphazard cleaning pattern and very "short-term memory," cleaning takes a long time. It is much faster to use a traditional vacuum cleaner. What takes 10 to 15 minutes to vacuum manually, the Roomba 890 needs about an hour. I'm hoping with future firmware updates, the Roomba 890's cleaning algorithm will be improved upon so it will properly finish cleaning one living space before moving on to the next. If future updates does improve its performance, I'll be certain to update my review and score. All in all, the techie side of me is entertained and somewhat fascinated by this kind of technology but I'm ultimately underwhelmed and slightly disappointed that this Roomba 890 wasn't more efficient, "self-aware," and intelligent. I would not recommend this to family and friends at its current state.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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