The iRobot series of robotic vacuum cleaners popularized the concept in the early 2000s and the name Roomba is practically synonymous with robovacs. But is the iRobot Roomba 890 actually a good vacuum cleaner? It has a raft of features and a nifty app that guides you through setup and programming with a Hollywood-quality video tutorial, but online reviewers point out that it suffers from a serious problem. It can't find its way around. Yes, it has a set of advanced sensors for detecting objects so that it collides as gently as possible with your expensive furniture, but it takes a scattershot approach to mapping out a room. Basically, it doesn't. It just moves around at random, spinning across the floor, often going over the same area multiple times, until everything pretty much has to be clean. Yet it still misses areas. The Dirt Detect sensors are supposed to trigger when they notice problems that require extra attention, but as often as not it misses them. For a mid-priced vacuum bot from a high-profile manufacturer like iRobot, the Roomba 890 is a disappointment.
Which is too bad. It's an attractive unit, with a bronze sheen on top of the frisbee shape that iRobot practically pioneered. (British vacuum manufacturer Dyson created a similarly shaped robovac even earlier, but its high price kept it from catching on with consumers.) It has what the manufacturer calls an AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System, which uses multiple brushes and five times the suction power of lower-priced iRobot models to get out the tangles of pet hair and embedded dirt that even you might have trouble removing manually. It has angled edge brushes and cliff sensors to prevent it from falling. But despite having what the manufacturer describes as "a full suite of smart sensors," it can barely find its way around a closet.
It does, however, get an average of four stars from Amazon users and by iRobot standards it isn't badly priced, so the 890 should at least get a brief glance on your comparison tour of the botvac market. But you might want to wander slightly farther afield and take a look at alternatives like the Neato Botvac D80, with its LaserSmart mapping system, or the Milagrow RoboCop 2.0.
At the end of 30 minutes, the dust bin was fairly full. Surprisingly it got a lot of deep down dirt. I am sure with a daily cleaning schedule it will keep the floors clean.
It is definitely 'Multi Room' in our eyes as it easily navigates our 2 Bedroom apartment. Super easy to remove hair from the debris extractors.