In 2006 Roomba introduced the Pet Series of automated vacuum cleaners, with quieter motors and superior fur-sucking capabilities. The Roomba 880 isn't considered part of iRobot's Pet Series but they advertise it as being for "Pets and Allergies." (Some reviewers warn that its noise levels may be a bit high for cats and dogs, though.) The 880 was iRobot's high-end model when it was released in 2014. The company now considers it to be somewhat lower end than the newer 980, but there are reviewers who regard it as the superior model. Unfortunately for iRobot, the Neato XV11 is getting better reviews as a fur catcher at a much lower price point, and the Neato D80 is regarded as a superior robovac overall, even for pet owners, and is also less expensive.
Consider, though, what a vacuum cleaner means to a pet owner. A suction device with a long handle is nearly the ideal way to suck up the tufts of fur that pets leave in their wake and doesn't even require that the owner bend over to strain the muscles they haven't been using lately at the gym. A robotic vacuum cleaner is an even better solution, because it barely requires the owner.
Now consider what a vacuum cleaner means to a pet. It's a noisy home invader, a floor-crawling competitor that inspires a fight-or-flight response in an animal's nervous system, an annoying stick poking into every cubbyhole where the pet can hide. A robotic vacuum cleaner is even worse because it can run for an hour or two -- longer, in the case of new models that automatically recharge and keep running. A robot vacuum cleaner not only invades the pet's territory; it conquers it.
The vacuum cleaner is outstanding. When it finally wears out, we will certainly buy another...a great job she does.
It does a good job on the linoleum. However, I have a few deep pile rugs on the bathroom floor. One is long and narrow and the Roomba has a little trouble climbing up on it.
I've never experienced so many error issues with the previous models! This one is constantly telling me to empty the bin even after I've emptied it!
We were very impressed by how easy the Roomba 880 was to set up and start using, and also with how thoroughly it cleaned our floors.
The iRobot Roomba 880 is a powerful upgrade over the Roomba 790, but even though it sucks (dirt up) more it's basically the same robotic vacuum.
Brushless technology removes debris better than previous iterations and keeps maintenance to a minimum...most well-rounded, capable bot we've encountered so far.