This model is one of the most advanced devices in the iRobots family. It’s been on the market for three years and the customers are thrilled with it. Although it costs more than its predecessors, it seems that the price is justified. This robot cleaner is superb in cleaning and navigating, and also comes with advanced software for programming and scheduling. The best thing about it is that it’s made of highly durable materials, so you can expect it to serve you for a long time.
The product is equipped with the AeroForce Cleaning System, which allows it to deliver 5 times the air power of previous models like 600 or 700 series. It also brings a better cleaning performance than those two versions. By agitating, brushing and sucking, the device makes sure your floor is thoroughly cleaned. Speaking of the floor, this version can operate on any surface, providing superb results.
Equipped with a number of acoustic and optical sensors, the product features the iAdapt Multi-Room Navigation. This feature allows the machine to navigate your home easily, even through several rooms. In fact, you can set it to clean up to three rooms in a row by using the Lighthouse Mode. You are also enabled to pick the Virtual Wall mode if you want to keep the machine out of certain rooms.
Another good side of this model is its battery. It comes with an iRobot XLife Extended Life Battery, which has two times longer battery life than previous models. Still, this doesn’t mean the battery will make it run longer. It means that the time before you’ll need to replace the battery is longer. The runtime is the same as with previous Roombas. Once the battery goes down, the robot will find its way to the dock.
All models from 800 series come with a superb motor for improved cleaning. That means that both 880 and Roomba 870 have much better air power than previous generations. These two models are similar in other aspects as well. Both have a 3-stage cleaning system and sensors that enable swift navigation. However, what makes a difference between them is that 870 does not have the option for multi-room navigation. The same case is with Roomba 860. However, unlike the 870 version, 860 is much cheaper.
In the battle between these three robotic cleaners, 880 is the clear winner! You probably can’t find a better vacuuming robot in this price range. In fact, it is pretty affordable if you take into consideration the number of useful features it comes with.