Robotic Vacuums

Review iRobot Roomba 890 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Judy D. Evans
Written by Judy D. Evans

The Roomba 890 Vacuuming Robot lifts, loosens, and suctions dirt with up to five times more power than other comparable vacuum systems. The Roomba is the perfect cleaner for homes that have pets since it features a high-efficiency filter and tangle-free brushes.

The Roomba 890 has an AeroForce Cleaning System that can loosen, lift, and suction dirt with five times more power. Pet hair is handled with ease by the patented tangle-free brushes. This unit cleans all floor types while navigating its way around clutter and under your furniture. At least 99% of all allergens, particles, and pollens as small as 10 microns are captured.

The Roomba 890 is about average in terms of size and weight, for a robot vacuum. Built in a circle, the diameter of the unit is 13.9” and the height is 3.6”. This robot vacuum weighs 8.4 pounds, giving it a nice, sturdy build overall.

iRobot Roomba 890 is only one that has the WiFi connect ability among Roomba series 800 at this price range and contains all core functions in the 800 series. It uses a pseudo-random vacuuming pattern to finish cleaning job.

Roomba is a WI-Fi Connected Vacuuming Robot that offers an advanced cleaning performance that can be connected from any location. The advanced Triple-Stage Cleaning System of this vacuum consists of Edge-Sweeping brushes that loosen, lift and suction up all dirt, hair, and debris with five times more power which results in increased cleaning performance.

Much like most robot vacuums, especially the iRobot Roomba line, the Roomba 890 offers a circular aesthetic. A black outer ring leads into a copper colored top portion of the vacuum, creating a sleek look all around. Typically, Roomba vacuum cleaners combine a silver and black color scheme, so the change in tone here is a nice visual.

A bumper ring aligns the perimeter of the 890, allowing it to absorb pressure as the vacuum bumps into walls and furniture, and respond without taking damage. Additionally, a handle is built into the top of the Roomba 890, which gives users the ability to pick up and move the unit with ease.

The Roomba offers seamless navigation with the use of a full suite of sensors. This advanced cleaning robot can work and clean around and in all the nooks and crannies of your home. It makes use of acoustic and optical sensors for the detection of dirt that might go missing.

It can detect high concentrations of pet hair, dust, and dirt and perform focused cleaning in the areas where it is most required. This Robot can detect and avoid stairs or any type of drop off with the use of cliff-detect sensors. Your Roomba will not fall down the stairs.

Debris Extractors and the Gen 2 motor are used during the Three Stage Cleaning System for an improved cleaning performance and less maintenance. The rubber tread design of the Dual counter-rotating Debris Extractors is durable and grabs hair, dirt and large pieces of debris from rugs, carpets, and hard floors while reducing brush maintenance and hair tangles.

Debris is pushed into the path of the 3-Stage Cleaning System by the Spinning Side Brush while performing its sweep along the corners and edges. This robot traps those minute pieces of dirt and pollen particles with its High-Efficiency Filter.

With cheaper cleaning programs, your cleaning routine is about to take on a new look with the Roomba 890! This robot will quickly move back to its dock to recharge when the battery is low or a task has been completed.

It is easy to see why so many are raving about these robots since they no longer have to do the work! Gone are the days of the conventional vacuum cleaner, since Roomba has stolen the show! Many still feel overwhelmed since they never imagined the day would actually arrive where robots do the housework!

Product specifications:

  • Dust Capacity: 0.2 gal
  • Cleaning Method: Dry
  • Cleaner Type: Robotic
  • Dust Collection: Bagless
  • Manufacturer: iRobot
  • Width: 13.9 in
  • Depth: 13.9 in
  • Height: 3.6 in
  • Weight: 8.38 lbs
  • Color Category: black, brown
  • Power: Type rechargeable batteries
  • Battery Technology: lithium ion
  • Full Charge Time: 3
  • Operating Autonomy: 60 min
  • Brand: iRobot
  • Product Line: iRobot Roomba
  • Model: 890
  • Product Type: vacuum cleaner
  • Vacuum Cleaner Type: general purpose
  • Filter Type: AeroForce High-Efficiency
  • Dust Capacity: 0.2
  • Details: edge cleaning

What’s in the box?

  • iRobot® Roomba® 890 Vacuuming Robot
  • 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall® Barrier (2 AA Batteries Included)
  • Home Base® Charging Station
  • 1 Extra Filter
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty


  • Fits under most furniture
  • Will not scratch any furniture
  • Wifi Connected
  • Support
  • Effective edge brush
  • 60 minute runtime
  • Lower price


  • No remote control function
  • Rather noisy
  • Side brush will sweep some big solid fly
  • Not the most advanced Roomba
  • Not support multiple rooms clean

Final Conclusion:
We think it’s great that iRobot is coming out with Wifi connected Roomba models that target the budget-minded consumer. In our opinion, the Roomba 890 comes very close to hitting that sweet spot of low price and a medium-sized feature set.

About the author

Judy D. Evans

Judy D. Evans

Spent 2001-2005 developing strategies for cleaning company formation in Tampa, FL. Spent college summers lecturing about marketing with no outside help. Spent childhood building my own cleaning company in Pensacola, FL.

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