iRobot Roomba 890 Review: Time to Clean the Smart Way

irobot roomba 890 review

One thing that I’ve always been wishing for is a wifi connected Roomba that’s not almost  $1000.00. I love the mid-level Roomba models such as the Roomba 860. These Roomba models are wonderful performers but as we use these, and review them, we’re often left asking “Why no wifi?”. It seems strange that $50 home thermostats can have wifi, but my new, expensive robotic vacuum cannot?

iRobot Roomba 890 Review

With the Roomba 890, we now have a mid-level priced robotic vacuum With wifi. Until now you would have to choose between a very expensive Roomba 980 with wifi or a Mid-level model such as the 860 without wifi. This is HUGE and a long time coming. Does the Roomba 890 fill the need of being both wifi connected and an excellent vacuum cleaner? Read the rest of our review to find out…


The Roomba 890 does not really innovate and deviate from the designs of the earlier Roomba models. It is still futuristic-looking and still follows the round design. The Roomba 890 also has the same dimensions as the other Roombas. It measures 13.9 inches in diameter and has a height of 3.6 inches.


The features of Roomba 890 are as follow:

Cleans all floor types

The Auto-Adjust cleaning head automatically adapts is height to keep the Multi-Surface Brushes in close contact with different floor surfaces, effectively cleaning carpets and hard floors.

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Up to 5x the air power

The patented AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System uses Tangle-free Multi-Surface Brushes and Power-Lifting Suction with 5x the air power to pull in the embedded dirt, debris, and pet hair from wherever it hides.

Intelligently navigates your home

Using a full suite of smart sensors, the Roomba robot vacuum makes more than 60 decisions per second to adapt to your home and help thoroughly clean your floors. Cliff detect sensors avoid stairs and other drop-offs.

Sweeps away debris hiding along walls

The Edge-Sweeping Brush is specially designed at a 27-degree angle to sweep debris away from edges and corners.

Advanced Dirt Detect Technology

Patented Dirt Detect sensors recognize concentrated areas of dirt, like in high-traffic zones of your home, and provide additional cleaning in those spots.

iRobot Home App

Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the iRobot Home App. Access tips, tricks, and support turn on push notifications to receive real-time updates on cleaning jobs, and more – all from your smartphone.

Voice-activated control

All Wi‐Fi connected Roomba vacuuming robots are compatible with devices with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. Simply ask Alexa or the Google Assistant to start, stop, or dock your robot.

Ideal for homes with pets

Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface brushes handle pet hair with ease, reducing hair tangles and brush maintenance. The high-efficiency filter captures 99% of all allergens, pollen, and particles as small as 10 microns.

What you would love about the Roomba 890

iRobot’s Series 800 robots were the company’s flagship devices for a couple of years, and the 890 is arguably the best Series 800 robot available now.

What does this mean? Even without the fancy features, the Roomba 890 delivers an efficient clean for your floors. The Roomba 890 is even better at cleaning your floors than other robot vacuums.

The 890’s lower price, Wi-Fi connectivity, and the ability to be controlled using voice commands are no doubt a bonus. You finally have a capable robot vacuum that you can control from anywhere in the world for just $500.

You would love how there are several ways for you to interact with your Roomba 890. Also, You can start, stop, or pause cleaning using the mobile app. You can do the same things using the buttons on the robot vacuum itself.

Furthermore, you could just schedule the cleaning sessions, or just tell Alexa to start cleaning whenever you feel like it.

What could be better

While iAdapt navigation is enough for the Roomba 890 to find its way around, it does not have the visual localization technology that the Roomba 900 series robots have. This technology literally allows your Roomba to “see” your floor and map it out. This makes way for an even smarter mapping and navigation.

Moreover, if you have carpeted floors, you should know that the Roomba 890 gives these a thorough cleaning. But you might want to get the Roomba 980 with the carpet boost feature.

The carpet boost increases the Roomba 980’s power once it detects that the vacuum is on a rug or a carpet. That’s 10 times more suction power. The carpet boost feature also turns itself off when the Roomba 980 gets to hardwood or tile floors to help save battery.


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