Best Buy Review by JensenV
Best Roomba Yet
We've owned previous Roombas since the 4200 series and this one is by far the best at 1) picking up all kinds of dirt and pet fur; 2) transitioning successfully from carpet to slate or from slate (or tile) to area rug or from hardwood to area rug, etc. 3) the longest lasting battery.
iRobot completely updated how Roomba picks up the dirt and debris with this model and eliminated all of the brushes that used to do that work, with rubber “fingers”.
This generation Roomba can NOW successfully transition across all kinds of flooring without getting caught-up on any type of threshold (high or tall areas) like from slate/tile/hardwood onto an area rug, and does so without stopping and “asking” for help to get up onto the area rug, etc…
This Roomba can NOW pickup ALL of the dirt and debris on ANY of the flooring surfaces within our house. ALL of the previous Roombas with actual brushes would ALWAYS leave dirt and debris (dog fur especially) in clumps on all of the hard flooring surfaces.
Speaking of leaving clumps of dog fur behind, this is also the first Roomba that does not leave those dog fur clumps (or any other kinds of dirt clumps) behind when transitioning from hard surface flooring up onto an area rug or down from an area rug back onto hard surface flooring. ALL of the previous Roombas did leave dog fur and other dirt clumps behind when making the up or down flooring transitions.
This is also the first Roomba that is extremely easy to clean when compared to all of the previous Roombas (by FAR!).
For Reference: Dog hair that this Roomba encounters daily is: Short, soft, fine fur from a Rhodesian Ridgeback (AMAZING breed, BTW…) short, “wirery” fur from a Labrador/Chesapeake Retriever mix that even our Dyson Animal isn’t thrilled with picking up and this 880 Roomba seems to be just as good as the Dyson Animal at picking up this fur (when our 700 series Roomba was/is terrible at picking up this fur), and a medium-haired American German Shepherd.
We’ve not experienced any of the issues that others may have experienced to here’s to hoping iRobot worked all of those issues out with the models being sold currently.