iRobot - Roomba 890 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum with Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier - Black/brown
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Keeps carpets and hard floors clean
Automatically adjusts to vacuum all floor types.
Powerful 3-stage cleaning system
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.
Patented tangle-free brushes
Reduce maintenance and handle pet hair with ease.
Captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and particles
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. Includes one Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier to give you more control where to clean.
Automatic docking and recharging
After your floors are clean, the robot returns to the docking station to charge. Conveniently schedule up to 7 times per week.
iRobot HOME App
Lets you connect to clean from anywhere, make presets to clean on a schedule.
Voice control capability
Ask your Amazon Alexa device or the Google Assistant to start, stop, or dock your robot.
Provides up to 90 minutes of run time per full charge.
3.6" low profile design
Cleans under furniture, beds and toe kicks.
- Home Base
- Virtual Wall unit
- iRobot Roomba 890 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum with Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great Vacuum, But ScatterbrainedPosted .
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
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Roomba, you're hired.Posted .
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
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Cool Tech, Cleans Well, Not Perfect...Posted .
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Cool – but keep your old vacuum too!Posted .
I purposely delayed the writing of this review to give me some time to get a true feeling and opinion of the Roomba 890 robotic vacuum. I was very excited to receive my Roomba – it’s something I’ve been wanting for quite some time. The unit arrive well packaged and was easy to open. I eagerly downloaded the iRobot App for my iphone, removed the stability tags from the vacuum used for shipping, plugged in the base station and placed near the wall in my living room. I connected the vacuum to my home Wifi and also enabled my Amazon Echo with the iRobot skill. I let the Victoria (you can name your Roomba in the app) charge for a couple hours, then hit the clean button and watched my pets reactions to this new household resident. After several minutes of the vacuum zig-zagging around the room and the dog barking at it – everybody got used to it. OK – let’s get to business. Overall, I’m quite impressed on how much dirt and pet hair this unit picks up. See the pictures of the overflowing dirt bins. I literally emptied 5-6 of these bins the first time it tried to clean the floor! What I’m not impressed with is just how random the unit cleans the room. It literally bounces off objects and may make one or two “cleaning lines” in a room before proceeding to another room if you have a fairly open floor plan like me. Note that the 890 does not say supports multi-room cleaning, whereas the 960 and 980 do. (I’d love to get my hands on a 980 to compare the two a bit more)! The literature says the Roomba knows where it’s been and will eventually clean the whole room – but that could take 60-minutes from my experience. If you have guests coming over or want to clean the floor quick – you’ll be reaching for your old vacuum. I have setup the Roomba to vacuum the main floor of my house everyday starting at 4:00 am. It is supposed to drive around and clean up the floor and go back to its base station for recharging if needed. I can attest that my floors are cleaner, but it has never finished the floor without some form of manual intervention. Either the dirt bin gets full, it gets stuck on something or under something, or can’t find the base station and runs out of battery charge (60 min max). So – I find it, I pick it up, fix the error or take it back to the dock for a fresh charge. I will say the app notification works well - and I can often look on my phone to see what the error is and how to fix it - so that's cool! On longer/thicker carpets, you will notice the cleaning marks it makes – which bother my wife because they are not symmetrical or uniform like you get with a vacuum. Again – my floors are cleaner, it’s fun to watch, it works with Amazon Echo and I’m generally vacuuming less often than before. If you could tell the machine to just clean the living room and it knew the boundaries without having to use the “virtual wall” device that comes with it AND it cleaned in a logical or S-like pattern, I think this would be a much more efficient unit.I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesEase of Use5 out of 5Quality5 out of 5Value5 out of 5
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Decent, but always room for improvement!Posted .Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
I’ll start off with this: I’m lazy, and I’m bad at time management, so keeping my floors clean is sometimes difficult. I bought a Roomba to help with that, especially since I have cats...and litter boxes. I got tired of stepping on litter, too. Attached is a photo of my Roomba on its home base, and the “virtual wall” it came with. I purchased this Roomba in store with the help of a knowledgeable employee. So far, I’ve used it about 8-10 times, roughly. I turn it on randomly when I feel my floors need cleaned, whether I use the app on my phone or push the button on the Roomba itself is totally random. It came with a “virtual wall” in it, which acts like an invisible barrier to the Roomba. It won’t go past it, which is great for when I don’t want it getting lost in certain rooms. It runs for 1.5-2 hours before getting low on battery, and it begins making its way back home. It also alerts you when it gets stuck somewhere or when it’s time to empty the bin, which is awesome. Took me a while to learn how to empty the bin but a quick google/YouTube search helped me out. I would say this was a great purchase. There’s always room for improvement! The Roomba does the classic “bumps into everything” while it’s learning your house, which can be funny, or annoying. Give it time. It’s not quiet, though, so if you have sleeping kids or like a quiet environment, look for a different model of Roomba or another robot vacuum. All in all, I love it. There are no downsides for me, personally.
FeaturesEase of Use5 out of 5Quality5 out of 5Value5 out of 5I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Love the concept - but it needs morePosted .
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
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Underwhelming but still a neat little machinePosted .
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
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Clean, Major improvement over 500-series.Posted .
The Roomba 890 vacuum robot is the best Roomba I have seen yet, and a big improvement over our three previous 500-series Roomba model vacuum models. Overall, it seems much more powerful (cleaning) and intelligent than its predecessors, it is also quieter. First, and perhaps most important, the 890 appears to have no problem with darker colored rugs (based on my initial tests with a reddish rug and a blue rug that the older Roombas had struggled with due to cliff sensor design) – I was thrilled to see they seemed to have solved that in the new model. Secondly, the Roomba 890 seems smarter, I noticed how without hitting a corner it would make a right turn around a corner without hitting anything (nothing for it to bounce off of indicating the turn – as the older models seemed to require from memory)-- Also it seemed to approach any furniture or walls SLOWLY. It still does come to a touch with furniture, but the touch is slower. The online wi-fi service gave me some problems connecting initially after it paired (there was a delay of 3-5 minutes before first instruction reached Roomba 890) – but perhaps after giving the Roomba fully time to register it seems to now be responding great over the wifi now and since. Even if the network was a problem though, there is a button on the robot itself to just make it go. I personally would not normally use the scheduling feature, only because I know from experience that these things need to be emptied after each run and I'd rather control when they are run. Still, with these easier cell phone scheduling controls, I won't rule out occasionally using the scheduling feature. I am overall very happy with the cleaning job this robot is able to do compared to previous models, and the convenience of cell phone control is a nice plus.I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionDoes it clean in a grid pattern or randomly?
Asked by Patty.
- A:Answer It's not quite 100% random but it's not quite a grid pattern either (though you can 'spot' it like the old models, i believe), there is some kind of logic to it, but i don't think i can explain it. It has sensors, avoids obstacles, turns corners without having to bump something, slows down as it approaches things, when it finds dirts it spends more time in an area, etc.
Answered by RobWLINY3
Q: QuestionWhat makes the 890 worth$125 more than 690?
Asked by Rcs47.
- A:Answer not sure honestly - we noticed the price increase over our original unit but it does have a bigger catch basin and runs quieter so it may be due to improved design. Very glad we made the jump though.
Answered by homebody
Asked by Tnt.
- A:Answer Yes my white trim was all scuffed...had to replace all trim and repaint some.i will not use roomba anymore...very sad
Answered by Scuffs
Asked by MinnieMe.
- A:Answer I use the iRobot app to control it from my phone. It also integrates with Amazon alexa with the Roomba skill so I usually just say "Alexa ask Roomba to start vacuuming" and then the Roomba takes off and does it's thing. When it is done it goes back to home base on its own. It vacuums for 90 minutes. Super easy.
Answered by Alex
Q: QuestionI’m going back and forth between the 890 and 960. I don’t see much of a difference other than the extra brush on the 960 and worth an extra $100. However, the 800 has a longer running time. Any suggestions on which one to choose?? Thanks
Asked by Rose.
- A:Answer Thanks so much for the question; comparing and choosing the right robot can be confusing. There are actually a few key differences between the 890 and 960. Best Buy has a nice comparison chart on the iRobot brand page, but here are the highlights: 1) The 960 navigates using a built-in camera (vSLAM technology) which provides full-level cleaning because the robot can recharge and resume if needed to complete a mission. In other words, if it runs low on battery, it will return to its Home Base, recharge, and pick up where it left off until the job is done. Because of this feature, the slightly lower running time is less of an impact 2) The vSLAM tech also means the robot cleans in parallel rows and can provide a CleanMap report of coverage for each job. You can also customize your cleaning preferences 3) Both the 890 and 960 have 5x the suction of the 600-series robots, are WiFi connected, work with Amazon and Google devices for voice activation and provide the same, superior 3-stage cleaning system I'd choose your Roomba based on how large of an area you want to clean at a time and how much customization you want in terms of cleaning and reporting. Hope that helps!
Answered by iRobot representative
Q: QuestionWe have hardwood throughout house, with ceramic tile in kitchen. However at the entrance to each room, there is a quarter inch high hardwood threshold piece. Will the Roomba navigate over that threshold?
Asked by Doghaircentral.
- A:Answer Yes, it will, even higher.
Answered by Ivivy
Q: QuestionI have a dog that sheds a lot. His hair is short but there is a lot of it. Which is the right Roomba for me? Main use on wood and ceramic floors.
Asked by Charlie.
- A:Answer We currently have 6 dogs of various sizes and mostly medium/long hair that spend a lot of time in the house so we have a LOT of dog hair on the floors. We have had the 960 model for almost 2 years and I still swear it is the best gift I have ever gotten! I set it to clean at night when everyone is in bed in the main living areas (primarily wood and some tile) and it cleans dog hair, tracked in dirt and everything else like a charm. It's great to wake up to clean floors and we all love our "Hazel"!
Answered by Dogmom