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iRobot - Roomba 890 App-Controlled Self-Charging Robot Vacuum - Black/brown-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Love the concept - but it needs more

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    BADog
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    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

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Underwhelming but still a neat little machine

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    optimummind
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    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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    cleans well, not very intelligent...at all

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    Alex
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Roomba, you're hired.

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best. Babysitter. Ever.

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    NickAtWTF
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    I awoke to two pairs of eyes staring intently at me. It was bright and early this morning and my kids were asking if they could "see Jeeves go". We named the Roomba "Jeeves". I gave a groggy thumbs up and a few loud shrieks and happy giggles later, I heard the Rooma activate with a happy-go-lucky tune. Jeeves quietly left its dock and went about its task as the children watched intently, following it from room to room, sometimes tossing bits of paper or other detritus in Jeeves' way to test its ability to do its job. Patiently and without complaint, the Roomba continued on its duties as the children merrily snuck along in its wake. About an hour later, having provided me enough time to prepare breakfast for the family, Jeeves reported the job was done with another happy tune and returned back to its base to relax and recharge. The children happily reported to the table ready to start the day and the floor was clean and ready for playtime. -- Positives: - the Roomba is super easy to assemble and is mostly prepped right out of the box. It's worth going through and examining it for the first time before you turn it on. - the Roomba is super easy to CLEAN. You WILL spend some time maintaining the Roomba.... as the bin gets full pretty quickly the first few runs through. - almost everything that comes in contact with dirt and grime is accessible to you to clean AND is easy to get to without tools. - the mechanism for picking up gunk is two big rubber rollers on the bottom of the Roomba, so that means a lot of fuzz, dirt, hair, and whatever else will be picked up at first compared to your regular vacuum. As Jeev-- ...er... the Roomba cleans your home, it'll naturally pick up just the new dirt and you won't have to empty as much. - the Roomba is a beast. I have kids, so... no judgment... but, I saw it pick up: pieces of pancake (like 1" at least), noodles, raisins, large pieces of egg, you name it. It didn't flinch. It didn't track a mess all over the floor, it just cleaned and kept going. - the Roomba easily cleans under tables and around chairs and pretty much anywhere it can get to. It has no problem transitioning from hardwood to thick carpet and has enough clearance to go over fixed objects (like cord guards and floor mats or metallic table legs flush to the floor/carpet) - the battery is sufficient to clean a LOT before having to recharge. - the schedule feature is easy to learn. - the errors and lights are easy to learn and clearly point to trouble without much guesswork. The app tells you exactly what's going on, too. You can set a remote clean if you want to. - the setup is super easy and FAST. - Robot Vacuum. The floor is wicked clean and WE, BUSY PARENTS, DIDN'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING BUT EMPTY THE BIN. - the kids love it. Seriously, it's their new favorite toy. Negatives: - the "full bin" light came on about halfway through this morning's clean. I paused the clean cycle and emptied the bin and cleaned the contact sensors, but the light didn't turn off. I paused the clean again and cleaned more of the vacuum. Still didn't fix it. The light only turned off once Jeeves returned to its charger again. I'm not sure what that was about, but there's a SLEW of super helpful videos that demonstrate EXACTLY what you need to do to troubleshoot. Some sensors seem to reset only when reconnected with the home base. - I mentioned earlier, you'll need to clean out the rollers and bin quite a bit at first - especially if you have longer hair or someone in the house has longer hair. If you have pets, expect to clean it out A LOT at first unless your existing vacuum is very thorough. - can get stuck and requires your help at first to navigate. If you change the structure, shape, placement, etc of the objects in the room, it can get confused. - bathrooms and under beds are tricky, there's a lot of objects and it seems to get overwhelmed in this space. - they're not kidding when they say make sure home base is easy for the Roomba to get to. The first few times ours got lost because we placed it in our dining room where the nature of the room changes frequently (chairs move, highchair placement varies, etc). It always seems to be able to get back home but not without significant effort. - I wouldn't call this a negative, but... the cleaning approach, while it learns where things are, is... interesting. It "zig-zags" through your home most of the time, rather than going in straight lines along walls and such. There's a method to its madness, but if you are used to the "get everything as clean as possible in the most efficient way before the kids demand your attention again" mode, you're not going to find it here. TL;DR: if you're busy or just hate to clean, you need this. It's really cool and it cleans very well with a minimum of fuss.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool Tech, Cleans Well, Not Perfect...

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    Justin
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    Let me start off by saying this is my first experience with any type of robotic vacuum so I was pretty excited to get this product. In the Box: IRobot Roomba 890, Docking Station with about 6 Feet of Cord, One Invisible Barrier, and One Extra Air Filter. Use: Well lets just say this thing goes wherever it wants while cleaning. There isn’t a rhyme or reason to its madness but it seems to do a great job in larger and even smaller areas but there is a catch. If you want it to cover large areas in one job you must block off other rooms like bedrooms and such as once it leaves the openness of the say living room it aint coming back! If you do this and vice versa it does a great job getting the vast majority of the room. It gets itself out of very small spaces very well although it can take valuable seconds/a minute or two doing so. Don’t be surprised to find certain items slightly out of position from when you last saw them either as the Roomba will push things that are fairly light on the floor. The invisible barrier works great in both its setting so the Roomba won’t touch pet food or for blocking off those bedrooms like mentioned earlier. One thing that happened on the first run was the dust bin full indicator came on and never went off no matter what we did. It’s still illuminated and will not turn off although it doesn’t affect the vacuum at all so I think there may be some flaw. The amount of pet hair it picks up is incredible as well! We ran the robot in the same large area THREE times in a row (after a full recharge) and it managed to get two overflowing bins of hair and another mostly full one before we called it quits. Dare I say it does as good or better than our upright… It will find its charging base about 90% of the time unless you allow it to travel into smaller rooms and even closets. Finally the Wi-Fi connectivity has just gotten controversy as of late with these vacuums, specifically the 9 series IRobots. The more advanced vacuums will create a map of your house and when you accept the terms of use in the app it will allow the company to sell your floor plan and such to 3rd parties. Now although the 890 doesn’t seem able to do this “mapping” I believe the app still gets you to accept fact so it is something to note. Overall: I love this vacuum! Its good fun to have in the house and if you learn how to block off areas it allows the robot to do its job easier and more efficiently than getting stuck and not being able to do much. I would definitely recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Vacuum, But Scatterbrained

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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly surprised but not for everyone.

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    Presentation The Roomba 890 came precisely contained in a box with everything labeled nicely and clear instructions on how to remove shipping tabs and how to generally set things up. The unit feels solid when removing it from the box and has an overall neutral presentation. The “home” charging station is small and easily positioned and the kit also comes with a perimeter limiter tower you can set up near stairs or rooms you wish to block the robot from accessing … or diving off of. Overall we were please opening the box and in some ways, felt like we were unboxing a Dyson. Initial Setup Setup was simple and straightforward. After positioning the robot on the home dock for a full charge – as instructed – we immediately loaded the Android app and got to setting things up. At first blush, the app seems detailed and deep with information – but more on that part later. While waiting for the unit to fully charge, we configured the Wifi settings and setup a daily schedule. Pretty simple and no hurdles. Refreshing. Internal Configuration The dust tray and integrated filters are easy enough to access but we do feel the capacity of this model is rather “smallish” in terms of dirt collecting capacity – especially for those with pet(s) adding to the dirt accumulation. In other words … don’t get rid of your old vacuum – you’ll need to keep it around for at least an occasional deep cleaning. The battery seems more than adequate for a single floor of an ~2000 square foot home or about 800 to 1000 square feet of coverage and we haven’t seen battery capacity presenting any types of issues during the first 2 weeks of operation – but more on that part too – later. Performance We have our 890 programmed to come on at 5 AM – Monday through Friday – and it’s a pleasure coming downstairs and finding the family room carpet looking clean and well groomed. Our downstairs is a combination of carpet and tile (mainly tile) and there are plenty of obstacles for the Roomba to maneuver around. We’ve left the downstairs bathroom door open to see how well the unit would traverse that small space but did utilize the infrared tower to block access to our front, den area. The tower works as designed. The unit is a bit loud in operation – much louder than we expected – but certainly quieter than any upright or canister vacuums we have owned over the years. The dust/dirt collection compartment pretty much fills up after 5 days of usage and is easy to clean once you get the filter out of the way. That arrangement needs a little polish from the product engineers, from out perspective. For the balance of 14 days, we always found the Roomba back at the base station – fully charged – except for one event that has us worried. Inside the phone app, you can review the growing list of days in operation, events and the unit’s overall status. On this particular day, we found the 890 sitting silent in the half bath, unobstructed yet asleep. We physically returned the unit back to the charging station to check the app and interestingly enough – there was no record of that mornings interrupted event. No error codes. Simply nothing. We immediately checked the battery status and it was “green” and good to go – so the unit didn’t run out of juice during its cleaning routine. Very strange. The 890 wasn’t jammed in a tight space or snagged up on anything that could have prevented the drive system for keeping it motion. A total mystery. This happened once in 14 days of trial. Summary Pros: Ease of setup. Does a nice job of cleaning in a household with no pets. A great option for anyone with solid flooring in our opinion. The edge brush design is proven effective – keeping our baseboard/floor corners looking great. Seems to have plenty of onboard battery reserve to do larger homes. Small, elegant profile with unobtrusive lighting, easy to use top-board buttons and fairly well though-out Android app. Cons: Louder than we expected. Limited dust bin capacity and a bit tricky removing and emptying it out in conjunction with the associated filter panel. Rogue and unexplained behavior that doesn’t get reported back to the app – seems like a major hole in the software design. The app status didn’t even report anything had even gone wrong. There wasn’t even a logged cleaning event for the day in question. Honestly, that’s unacceptable. We can recommend this product as a good way to maintain a healthy and clean home for those without pets – especially those with mainly tiled, hardwood or manufactured material flooring. For those with pets, we feel it’s better to stick with a conventional vacuum cleaner as these robots simply don’t have the capacity to be “hands off” for a reasonable period of time. For people with many pets in the same house…don’t even bother. The Roomba 890 exceeded our expectations and although the product needs a few things addressed, it’s a nice addition to the tech in our home – and certainly useful. We'd certainly recommend the Roomba 890 but with caveats.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool – but keep your old vacuum too!

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    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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good performance vacuum, but not too smart

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    While I was writing this review, I have to admit that I developed mixed feelings about this device. There are pros and cons that you have to take in consideration when you are deciding which model to buy. iRobot is a company that has been in the market for 27 years, and 15 years ago they developed the IRobot Roomba Vacuum cleaner, they were practically the pioneers in this technology along with Electrolux and Dyson, and they improved it more and more over the years. With that being said, I am pretty confident on the quality and reliability of this unit. The setup is very simple. Just following the instructions, you take out a couple of pull tabs, place the unit into the charger base, install the app, register an account, set up the Wifi, but first you have to pressed a couple of buttons on the unit and have the Wifi light indicator blinking, that means that is ready to set up the wifi . Then , in the app, you discover the unit, and after you have set up the wifi on the app, that it will automatically update the Software if it is required, and the wifi indicator on the unit will become solid. To have the battery fully charge will take a little bit more than 3 hours. Once the charge is complete, you can either start the cleaning by pressing the button of the unit, or through the app. The app is nice and very simple. You can assign a name for the unit, check the status of the filters, the job history, the number of cleanings. There is also an option that allows you to locate the robot, by generating a beeping sound. You also have to register your account in the I Robot Roomba Web page. Now, the battery last around one hour, and the unit cleans the floor very well. It can differentiate between carpet and not carpet flooring and changes its suction accordingly. I was worry about the round shape of the device because I though this unit was not capable to clean the corners. But it has a side brush that is constantly spinning and is designed specifically to cover the cleaning of the corners. Once the robot is running out of battery, it returns back to the charger base station by itself. I have seen that there are other reviews complaining that this unit does not return back to the charger base every time. But I think that is because, the charger base is not located in the place or area that is suggested in the manual, that you can find on page #3. For me every time that the device needed to return to the charger base it did it with no problems. To clean the dust bin is very simple. Also, this unit comes with an extra filter, and a virtual wall barrier, which it is useful if you want to prevent the unit to get into a specific area. To run a cleaning cycle, you just press the clean button of the unit or you can use the app, even if you are not at home, which is an advantage. The low profile height allows to the unit to get into below practically any furniture I have at home. However, there are some, let say cons, about this unit that is important to take in consideration. I have a Google Home, and according to the manual, you can link your Irobot app account to the Google home, then talk to the google home and give verbal instructions to the i Robot. Unfortunately I was unable to link my Google Home to the iRobot app, even if I followed all the recommended steps. Another thing that I noticed, is that this unit doesn’t have a map navigation, or to resume job after recharge. So when I checked the web site, the model that comes with that option is the 980, which is twice expensive than this one. So what you will have is a device that is going to bumping randomly in the room, there is no guarantee that it will cover the cleaning of total area. So to recap, the unit is powerful as a vacuum, but not too smart to do a total clean of your home, since it is uncapable to map the area, or to resume a job, if the area to clean is big. Probably works fine, if it is a small area like an apartment with not too much furniture inside

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Can replace some vacuuming, not all of it though

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    EricJay
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    I'm not entirely sure what to make of the iRobot Roomba 890. On the one hand, it's nice to have this little guy zipping around the first floor of our house, keeping dust and dirt from building up. On the other, it's not really smart or effective enough to replace all of our vacuuming, and I just can't figure out why anyone would find the WiFi/smartphone connectivity all that useful. First, I'll talk about setup, which was very quick and easy. The Roomba 890 comes assembled, I just needed to remove some packing materials and plug the charger in. Installing the iRobot smartphone app and connecting to the device was easy, too. There's one included barrier device that works in one of two modes. In virtual wall mode, it emits a beam in one direction, and Roomba will not cross the beam. This is good for blocking off a doorway or closet, etc. In lighthouse mode, the beam goes all the way around, and Roomba stays several feet away (think of a dog bowl up against a wall or some other similar obstacle). Anyway, the barrier has batteries included and was super simple to set up. Next, cleaning: After a few hours of charging, I hit the big round "Clean" button on my iRobot app, and Roomba was off and running. It's a bit noisy, but quieter than a full size vacuum cleaner. As it bounced around our home, I realized that while Roomba 890 has sensors to help it avoid obstacles, it doesn't really have any idea where it's going. It seems like it just goes until it bumps into something, then spins around to a random direction, then tries again. If you're expecting smooth, straight lines back and forth across your room, you'll be a bit disappointed. The random bumping and spinning exercise continues for about an hour until the battery runs low. At this point, Roomba decides that the job is complete and begins to find its way home. This is just a continuation of the random bump and spin dance, except now it's looking for the infrared homing beacon. This is a lot more effective in one big, open room than in a space with walls and large obstacles that prevent it from seeing the light, so to speak. So far, Roomba has found its way home 5 out of 6 times. The other time, the battery died before it could get there. I will say that while cleaning, the Roomba picked up just about everything, transitioning smoothly from our floors to the rug and back, and its ability to get under furniture is super helpful. Given that this model doesn't really map out where it's going, and considers a job "complete" when the battery runs out, it shouldn't be a surprise that not every part of our floor gets covered on each job. Each time out is something different, and so far there are a few corners that the Roomba hasn't yet visited. Maybe with the right combination of bumps and random turns, it will get to them soon. It's not ever going to replace all of our vacuuming, but I'm optimistic that letting this run every other day or so will do a good job of light upkeep and prevent things from ever getting too out of hand. After each job, I've had to tend to the dust bin. Not really because the bin is full, but because Roomba *thinks* the bin is. There are sensors inside that need to be wiped down often or else they falsely report that the bin is full. Not really a huge hassle, but a bit frustrating. Finally, I'll talk about the WiFi connectivity, smartphone app, and home automation integration. These all really seem like a novelty to me. Sure, it's nice to be able to start and end the cleaning job from the app, or using our voice-activated home automation speaker (Google Home, Amazon Alexa, etc.), but even easier to just walk over to the Roomba and tap the big round button on top. Overall, I think this will make our lives a bit easier and our home a bit cleaner, especially under furniture like sofas and chairs. Still, it won't replace all of our vacuuming, and tending to those dust bin sensors may get old after a while.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Relentless Cleaning Robot

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    This was one of the most fun products I've ever used and it is also very functional. I'd like to relay my observations that may help others to use this product successfully. It is simple to set up - you download the Roomba app and follow the prompts. It connects to your WiFi but only the 2.4 GHZ speed which everyone has, I also have 5 GHZ so that's one update I'd like for this product. It is amazing in that it will go under a table or under a couch (even through the skirt) and will find its way out - I wonder when I last cleaned under the couch so that's a great feature. Get's corners really well and has the smarts to detect an edge and will clean along that edge. It also will detect if more dirt in a particular spot and will wheel in a circle to make sure the dirt is picked up. You do need to remove clutter like toys and shoes but it will go around them; however it is best to not have a cluttered area. It comes with one 'virtual wall barrier'. You will need at least two so that you can ensure you can force Roomba to do a single room and most rooms have two entrances - you can block Roomba with a board if you like. The 'virtual wall barrier' has two modes a) a straight line and b) a radius. The radius is useful so you can leave a dog dish in a corner and Roomba will avoid it. You may want to remove chairs to speed up his random cleaning, however if you leave table chairs in place, I was pleased to see that Roomba spun around and cleaned the pet hair and dust from around the leg completely - nice. You can set a cleaning schedule if you're better organized than me. What I found useful was to have Roomba clean a single room and it will return to the home base if it has enough charge left and the dust bin is not full. But it doesn't matter if it does not get back to home base because you will have to clean the dust bin and wipe Roomba's sides and top and bottom (like a baby I guess) , so then you can place him in front of his base and hit the home dock button or just place him on the dock. I found 60-80 minutes of cleaning can be done without a recharge. If you have a plant stand with slanted edges, Roomba will climb up a bit, but will not get stuck and will continue. I made sure it had room to get around a plant stand so that it cleaned everything. I never did see Roomba get stuck. Roomba is quieter than a vacuum but along with the spinning side brush and spinning cleaning rollers underneath, it does have a vacuum - great. I did take Roomba upstairs and closed all the doors and he did the hallway. You can then put him in another room and let him at that dust. I have found that by doing one room at a time with Roomba, I'm cleaning much better and the house shows it. Roomba won't have enough charge to do your entire downstairs in one cycle. Going from carpet to hardwood is no problem at all - I was amazed at the ability of Roomba to negotiate obstacles. I did notice that our dining and kitchen chairs both have a 12" leg spacing. Roomba is 13.5 inches. Not a cleaning problem as he will go around the chairs but if Roomba can get between things it certainly will improve his cleaning longevity. Having said that I would not want to compromise the current design points and find that Roomba gets stuck. I would recommend this device especially for busy people since it does keep things very clean while you are doing other things, just plan it out to do part of your house at a time and you will be delighted as my wife and I were.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall useful, few kinks to work out

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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, but pricey.

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    First introduced in 2002, the Roomba is a round robot vacuum which is marketed to do the job for you! I don’t know about you, but I’m not in love with the chore of vacuuming, so the opportunity to have the Roomba take care of it while I go about my business is quite appealing. There are of course several different models, but for this review we are looking at the Roomba 890. Unboxing and setting this little guy up was pretty easy. It needs a few hours of charging before you can play with it, but that’s ok. Once the charging is done, use the instructions in the box to set up your Roomba and connect it to the iRobot app on your smartphone. You don’t have to use the app if you don’t want to. If you just want to see it go, press the big “Clean” button! The first time that we pressed “Clean”, the whole family of four was in the living room. I have to say, it’s somehow pretty riveting. I don’t know what it is about watching the Roomba roll in different directions, stop, spin, go another direction, spin, go straight, bump into a table leg, etc., that is so fascinating. But all four of us were locked into watching it. It was oddly reminiscent of that episode of Gilmore Girls that opens with Lorelai and Rory in their living room watching the pink Roomba. Anyway….. The Roomba just kept cleaning and cleaning…..until we tired of it and put it back. At this point I’m not sure what makes it go “home” to the charger other than using the app to tell it to. And I’m not sure that works all the time either….I tried it a few days ago and the Roomba just kept going around in the kitchen (the charger is in the living room), so I finally just turned it off and carried it back. Here’s a few other random thoughts: -The scheduling function of the app is pretty cool. You can set days and times of the week for it to clean. I set it for twice a week while at work…that way it won’t get in my way and I won’t get in its way. -It’s still pretty noisy compared to your run of the mill vacuum. It wasn’t very comfortable to carry on a conversation while it was running. Plus, after probably 20 minutes of my son watching tv in the same room, he finally made a comment that the noise was annoying. So, best to let this thing do it’s job while you aren’t home. -It seems to have good sensors. Yes, it did bump into chair or table legs, but then it seemed to “learn” to slow down by them and go around. Pretty cool. -It senses drop offs and doesn’t go down steps. -I was not looking forward to emptying the bin, first of all because I’m terrible at figuring out common sense things like that and reading the user manual never helps, and second of all because vacuum dust sucks (haha). In reality it wasn’t bad. There is a release button on top and the bin comes out like a drawer. Then there is another flap (with yellow arrows to use as a guide, thank you) to open and you just dump the dust into the garbage. There is also a filter that is supposed to be cleaned periodically, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet! -It looked like it did a thorough job cleaning, based on the amount of dust that I emptied! The Roomba is not a cheap household gadget…this model comes in at $499. Unless you really hate vacuuming and are ok with the noise or letting the Roomba do it’s job while you aren’t home, I don’t think it is worth the money. Traditional vacuums are pretty light weight these days, and you can get the job done a heck of a lot faster. The only cases where I think it would be a wise investment would be people with pets (who have to vacuum way more often; I, on the other hand, don’t need it more than once a week), people with physical ailments, or elderly people. It would be nice if the price tag was a bit more accessible for those that could really benefit from it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Cleaning, where it actually cleans

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    I've been withholding my review for a bit in order to determine how this Roomba operates. After multiple cleaning sessions, changing the location of the base a few times, and tests with crumbs and some trash set out on the floor, I've determined that I cannot recommend this product, especially for the price. This Roomba has excellent suction, whether on carpet or hardwood, and will sweep up just about anything you put in its way. It is especially good at picking up dog hair. It does a pretty good job of rolling over cords, rugs, and even towels, only occasionally getting hung on these items. One other positive is that it keeps the floor picked up because you have to remove everything off the floor prior to setting it loose. The app is also easy to use and intuitive. The negatives far outweigh the positives. For starters, in any given room, the vacuum will room around bumping into walls and furniture, roll back and forth across the same area a few times, and leave huge portions of the room uncleaned. It will sometimes come back and pick up a few areas it missed, but overall, half the floor in a room does not get cleaned. I tested this by placing crumbs and bits of trash around a room and letting it loose. It would start vacuuming the kitchen, move on to the living room, and never come back to finish the kitchen. The portable "virtual wall" will allow you to keep the Roobma out of a room or area, but since my house has more than one entrance to most rooms, the Roomba will eventually leave the target room without some serious baby sitting. Battery life is not the best either. The Roomba runs for about an hour on a single charge before having to return to its base. So for one charge, it doesn't even cover half of my not so big main floor. It also will not hop up onto my thicker rug in the living room. It handles most other transitions with no problems, but treats my not quite shag rug as a wall. I don't expect the Roomba to be perfect. I was expecting to have to rescue it sometimes, which I have had to do. I was also not expecting it to get every square inch of the main floor, but the fact that it doesn't even cover half and leaves large portions of rooms untouched is a huge bummer. This vacuum is definitely not the "turn it on and leave it" replacement to manual vacuuming. For the price, I cannot recommend this Roomba. It simply does not clean as much area as it should and has taken way more TLC than it should. If the vacuum came with at least two of the virtual walls, where you could really keep it contained to a room, I might give it another star. But even then, that would be way too much babysitting for something advertised as a hands free cleaning solution.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Clean, Major improvement over 500-series.

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    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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Like every other review I didnt listen to...

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    Jerry
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    I've had this for about 24 hours, and the excitement and wonder has died.... WHAT I LIKE: This guy picked up a lot of filth off my floors. So I can honestly say my floors are cleaner than before. I think the battery life more than meets my expectations as well as the charging time. sucked up a missing phone charger,but nothing traumatic happened to the vacuum or charger and easy to remove. Now the bad: As everyone else has stated, its SUPER DUMB. Watching it work is infuriating. The coolest and smartest thing it does is seat itself on the charging dock properly, when you place it there not perfectly. Other than that, I really don't get it. It goes mostly everywhere, but honestly it loves my bathroom and has spent a majority of its time there, idk why when there are other rooms and a giant living room to work in. Won't go everywhere in a room. Like I really, really wanted it to go and clean under my couch and my bed. Didn't really happen. I watched it go into my bedroom and make a u-turn then head back to my bathroom for the 6th time. Its only "smart" because it has a sensor that will SOMETIMES cause it to slow down before it slams into a wall or other object. It just moves randomly around. It decides, somewhat randomly to me, that a cleaning job is "done". I don't understand how its decided that, and for one of the times it wasn't. Both of these times, it didn't return to the charging dock. I mean what is the point of scheduling and anything if it decides I did a good job now I'll just stop dead in my tracks? Battery was still pretty charged, but why would I want it to just stop in a random spot on my floor? When you press the home button, it has no idea whats going on, its just random luck if it gets close enough to the charger then it will dock. I actually just watched it approach the charger after hitting the home button and once it was a few inches away make a u-turn and try to head in the opposite direction, probably wanting to go into my bathroom again. The app is so-so. The best thing about the app is that it lets you schedule, it tells you the battery life, you can update the unit, and notifies you if it decides its done randomly or has an issue. If it has an issue, lets say the bin is full, it comes with all the directions to resolve the issue, which is great if you lose the manual or just don't want to break it out every time. It tells me BIN IS FULL, AND ROOMBA WONT CLEAN UNTIL YOU EMPTY THE BIN. Thats a lie. Overall, idk how much smarter the next level up is, the 960, but I might try to get that one on sale and send this one packing back to the store. I mean, you buy this because its a decent vacuum, but thats not what you're paying for here right? You want some SMART TECH, you're paying for the intelligence. So what did I just drop all this money on here then if its stupid?

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend