iRobot Roomba 880

Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum: In-Depth Review

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Roomba 880 Design

The Roomba 880 is one of the best models in the iRobot Roomba lineup.

This robot vacuum outperforms pretty much all other robotic vacuums sold today.

It also works on all floor types including linoleum, carpet, and hardwood, and can clean multiple rooms in single pass.

Our Impression: Roomba 880 Robot Vacuum


Great for:

● hardwood floors
● Tile and vinyl floors
● Short carpet

Avoid if:
If you have long or shaggy carpet, or a lot of pet hair, this is not the best robotic vacuum for you.


Overall Impression

The 880 is a definite improvement on the older Roomba designs. It can clean multiple rooms,  it cleans longer than any of its competitors and it works well on most floor types.

However, the small bin size is problematic as it has to be emptied often. And cleaning and maintaining this vacuum is a bit more involved than most.

Cleaning Ability

The Roomba 880 can clean for 4 hours before it needs to be recharged.

While the 880 does well on hardwood and other hard surface flooring, it has some difficulty cleaning longer-piled carpet.

It comes with rollers and a side brush for cleaning along walls.


The Roomba 880 uses a virtual lighthouse technology to enable multi-room cleaning. This is basically a virtual wall that can be set up to block off certain rooms in your home.

Once the cleaning has finished, the virtual wall turns off so the Roomba can pass and then move on to the next room.

This ensures that one room is thoroughly cleaned before it moves on.

Automation & Scheduling

The Roomba 880 can be set up to clean an entire house, any time you want. This is a really easy to do.

If it does not finish the cleaning job, it will recharge itself at the home base and return to where it left off.

The ledge sensor keeps it from falling down the stairs, too.

Carpet Cleaning With Roomba 880

What It Misses

This Roomba does a great job picking up small debris throughout the home. It does miss some larger items, though.

In addition, it struggles a bit in thicker-carpeted areas.


Maintaining the Roomba 880 can be a bit time consuming. You’ll have to disassemble the unit to clean the rollers and dust the filter.

Once the rollers are removed they are easy to clean because they are made of rubber.




Dimensions: 13.9 inches in diameter, 3.6 inches in height

Weight: 8.4 pounds

Running Time: 4 hours

Recharge Time: 3 hours

Capacity (debris): small bin

Self Charging: yes

Multi-room navigation: yes

Entire level cleaning: no

Recharge and resume: no

Scheduling: yes

Tangle free debris extractors: yes

iRobot home app: no

3 Stage cleaning system: yes

AeroForce 3 Stage cleaning system: 5 x air cleaning

Carpet boost: no

About the author

Vicky Nicholls is the Sr. Researcher and Writer for

Vicky is a full-time professional writer who spends most of her time covering the real-world impact of the latest technologies on consumers' lives around the world. She writes full-time for a number of leading review and editorial publications on the web.

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