iRobot Roomba 890 Review: Best Robot Vacuum for Your Money?

Full disclaimer, we hate cleaning.

We would rather tiptoe across food crumbs, stray hair, and bits and pieces of lint or paper instead of dragging a huge vacuum across the house. Or hunching over in awkward positions, trying to clean under the furniture.

Vacuuming is just awful and we know you think so too!

But it doesn’t always have to be such a pain in the neck. The invention of robot vacuums has removed the need for elbow grease and all the hard work that goes into keeping your house clean.

Today, we are going to take a long, hard look at one of these robot vacuums. Our Roomba 890 review will tell you all there is to know about the device and its features, advantages, and disadvantages.

It will do all the cleaning for you while you do other chores like laundry or the dishes. Or while you relax on the couch with a jumbo-size pack of chips– we promise we won’t judge!

iRobot Roomba 890 Robot Vacuum Review

The Roomba 890 is one of the best robot vacuums from the iRobot 800 series. It features several serious upgrades in terms of cleaning power and user control. These upgrades make it way more sophisticated than the earlier primitive automatic vacuum models.

So, let’s get right into all the details, shall we?

To begin with, the Roomba 890 can clean almost all kinds of floors, both carpeted and otherwise. The exception to these are shag carpets, whose long fibers can get tangled in the spinning brush of the Roomba.

The vacuum is pretty gentle; despite its strong suction power. You may have seen other Roomba 890 reviews that claimed that it would not scratch softwood floors like cedar.

Similarly, the vacuum can clean hardwood, linoleum, or marble without scuffing your floor.

In terms of noise, the Roomba 890 isn’t any quieter than most vacuums. The noise it creates is at 68 decibels, so you might find it a little hard to focus on work while your Roomba zips across the room.

It does an amazing job of cleaning up messes. Whether you’ve spilled food on your floors, or need to clean kitty litter, dust, debris, or hair; the Roomba can remove it all in a jiffy! The vacuum’s cleaning abilities are excellent–and we get into this in detail later.

Who is the Roomba 890 Meant For?

Not sure if the Roomba 890 is the right robot vacuum for you? Here’s a checklist of people who are best-suited to this vacuum model.

  • People who want to vacuum while they aren’t home.
  • Those prone to allergies and/or asthma.
  • Pet owners.
  • Those who need a robot that can clean all floor types.
  • People who need some extra maintenance in between deep cleaning their homes.

Features, Design, and Specifications

The Roomba 890s’s sleek design and innovative features set it apart from older models of Roombas.

It has a compact and circular shape that gives all Roombas a cool, futuristic look. Like many other robot vacuums, the slim design makes it easy for the Roomba to slide under your bed or sofa to clean there.

However, while previous models were black with silver accents, the Roomba 890 is black with copper accents. This makes it rather unique and is a nice change in design.

The 890 can run for 90 minutes before it finishes its charge! On the other hand, if your house has especially dirty spots, it will focus on those areas and will run out of charge in an hour.

Either way, that is enough time to clean the entirety of an average-sized house!

Furthermore, this Roomba has a simple control panel on top, unlike the Roomba 690. Not only does this make it easier to use, but it also adds to the minimalist aesthetic of the device.

Here are all the fancy features that make the Roomba 890 worth buying.

3-Stage Cleaning Mechanism:

What good is a vacuum that can’t clean properly?

A vacuum’s ability to clean is what makes it either an indispensable device or a piece of junk. The Roomba 890 is the former.

The Aero-Force 3-Stage Cleaning System works by agitating the dirt to dislodge deeply embedded debris and dirt. It then extracts the dirt and suctions it into the dustbin inside.

The bin has a 0.62L capacity so you won’t have to empty it too often. The vacuum also notifies you when it is almost full.

The debris extractor is brushless and so it won’t get tangled in most carpets. It works to remove animal fur, debris, and dust off your floors.

In case you haven’t seen another Roomba 890 review, pet hair doesn’t stand a chance against this vacuum!

Moreover, the device has tangle-free side brushes that clean debris and dust on wall edges, and suction them into the dust bin.

The best part? The Roomba 890 uses a Gen 2 motor. This gives it 5 times the air power of previous models, so it can clean faster and more effectively!

The 3-stage cleaning system makes this vacuum very powerful when dealing with dust and allergens.

This Roomba also has a high-efficiency filter that traps over 99% of pollen, animal dander, mold spores, and dust. As a result, it is the perfect vacuum for people with allergies!

Multiple Sensors:

The Roomba 890 has several sensors that make it extremely convenient to use.

Firstly, it has a Dirt Detect sensor that can detect especially dirty areas. This means the vacuum will go back to the dirty spots and work on them until they are spotless.

Moreover, it has sensors that can tell when the Roomba is on the edge of a surface. It automatically changes direction and moves away from the edge and so it won’t fall off the stairs!

It also has infrared and acoustic bump sensors. They tell the Roomba how close it is to an obstacle, so it won’t repeatedly bump into our furniture.

Most importantly, the Roomba 890 has iAdapt navigation. This means it also has sensors that can map the layout of your home roughly, so it knows where to go and what to clean.

It can’t navigate through your home as well as the newer iRobot models but still does a pretty good job cleaning all the rooms in your house!

The cherry on top is that the 890 can sense when its battery is running low and will then return to its charging port.

Virtual Barriers:

This vacuum also comes with a Dual mode virtual wall barrier. This is a navigation control device that pulses an infrared beam that the Roomba will not cross.

It is useful for keeping the 890 away from certain parts of the house. For example, if you don’t want it in a room with a sleeping baby.

You can even use it to keep the Roomba away from parts of a room. If you have a shelf full of fragile glassware, or your dog’s water bowl, you can use the barrier to keep the Roomba away from that particular section of the room.

Wi-Fi Use:

Do you ever dream of coming home from work to a house that’s already clean?

Well, with Roomba’s Wi-Fi support your dream is now a reality!

The 890 has an app that allows you to control the vacuum through your cell phone, no matter where you are. This means you can make the Roomba clean your house while you are at work with just the push of a button.

If you’re on vacation, you can even schedule your Roomba to clean regularly at certain times by itself.

It gets better though.

The Roomba 890 is compatible with Alexa or Google Home devices. As a result, you can give your Roomba a nickname and use the voice command function to tell it to start cleaning or to return to the charging station.

Unexpected guests coming over? Just tell your Roomba to start cleaning while you whip up a quick meal!

If you want to compare these features with those of other automatic vacuums, check out other CNET robot vacuum reviews. This will help you get a better picture of the model that is most compatible with your needs.

Roomba 890 Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 3.6 inches
  • Weight: 8.4 pounds
  • Battery: Lithium-ion (1800 mAh)
  • Manufacturer: iRobot


  • Can map out and memorize the layout of your house.
  • Strong cleaning ability and 5 times more air power.
  • It is controllable through the app and voice commands.
  • Virtual barriers control where it can go.
  • Small and slender design lets it clean under furniture.


  • Navigation/mapping isn’t always correct.
  • Runs out of charge rather fast.
  • Gets caught on high-pile and shag carpets.

Why We Recommend the iRobot Roomba 890:

We love this robot vacuum because it does a thorough job keeping your house clean. It needs very little maintenance, obeys voice commands, and is smart enough to stay away from delicate objects or ledges!

If we could sum up our iRobot 890 review in just two words, they would be efficient and practical!

Buying the Roomba 890: 5 Things You Must Consider

At this point, you are most probably sold on the idea of owning a Roomba 890. But there are a few factors you need to think through before you run off to buy this robot vacuum.

Floor Type:

The Roomba 890 can handle cleaning most kinds of floors without trouble. The exceptions are high pile carpets and shag carpets.

So, take a look at your home. Are most of your floors hardwood or low pile carpets? If yes, then go ahead and check out the next thing you need to consider before buying a Roomba.

If your house mostly has a high pile carpet, you need to get a vacuum that’s more suitable for delicate surfaces.

House Size:

Nobody wants a vacuum whose charge finishes when it’s halfway through cleaning the house.

As we mentioned earlier, the Roomba 890 can clean for 60-90 minutes before running out of charge.

Therefore, you need to consider the size of your home before purchasing a robot vacuum.

How big is your house?

If it is 1600 sq. feet or under, then the Roomba 890 can clean the whole house before it needs recharging. If your house is bigger, you will need a robot vacuum with a larger battery.


The Roomba 890 price falls under the mid-range category. You get a lot of the features that are usually found in high-end robot vacuums.

The 890 is worth the price, especially if you are willing to spend a little more money on your vacuum!


Roombas are great for homes with pets. The 890 can clean both animal fur and kitty litter. This makes it a lifesaver if you have pets that shed a lot of furs or make frequent messes.

However, if you have animals that shed a lot (think Maine Coons or Irish Setters), you will have to empty the bin more often. Also, you will have to check the side brushes and extraction bars regularly to make sure the fur isn’t caught in them.

App Use:

Not everyone is comfortable with using an app to control their robot vacuum. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using the Wi-Fi support, or even the voice command functions.

If you aren’t sure about using the app, you can always use the manual control buttons on the 890.

Similarly, connecting the robot vacuum to your Amazon Echo or Google Home device is an easier option for many than using the app.

Still Have Questions?

Here are a few questions we noticed people often ask about the Roomba 890.

01. Is the Roomba 890 Easy to Maintain?

 Maintaining this device is pretty simple, all things considered. All you need to do is press the ‘Clean’ button at the top of the vacuum to make it start manually.

 The dust collection bin pops out with the push of a button. You should empty the bin and wipe it down after every use or every other use– depending on how quickly it fills up.

 You will also have to wipe the sensors and clean the extraction bars. The extraction bars are a little hard to clean because hair and debris often get tangled in them.

 All in all, maintenance won’t take more than a couple of minutes out of your day. 

02. Can I Take the Roomba Upstairs?

 The Roomba 890 has a collapsible handle you can use to carry it up or down the stairs. It rests on the faceplate of the vacuum and is easy to find and use.

 Once the Roomba has finished cleaning downstairs, you will have to manually take it upstairs. After it has cleaned the upstairs area, you need to bring it back downstairs.

 We recommend keeping the charging station in the same place. Moving it around will confuse the Roomba.

 03. Does the Roomba 890 Have Mapping?

 The robot vacuum will drive around your home and has a camera and several sensors to map out your home quickly and efficiently. It will remember the layout of your house and operate with a specific purpose.

 Although this Roomba’s navigation is pretty basic, it does a very good job, especially for its price.

04. Can I Use the Roomba Without Wi-Fi?

 Although the Wi-Fi support makes the Roomba way easier to use, you can use it without the app.

 The device works with manual control just fine. You just have to press the ‘Clean’ button and the 890 will do all the work for you!

 05. How Long Does the iRobot 890 Work?

 This robot vacuum can work for an hour to clean a very dirty house before it runs out of charge.

 However, if your house is moderately dirty, it can work for up to 90 minutes before it returns to its charging station.

 This gives it enough time to clean most average-sized houses.

Wrapping Up:

A British author called Marcus Buckingham once said, “We dream of having a clean house– but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning?”

 Well, thanks to the Roomba 890, you can have the best of both worlds! Lie back and dream about a clean house, while the Roomba does all the actual cleaning.

 We hope this Roomba 890 review gave you a closer look at the robot vacuum and all its inner workings. It can clean your house in an hour, is unobtrusive, and easy to manage. It ticks all the boxes of a good automatic robot vacuum.

 Let us know: do you plan on getting a Roomba 890 anytime soon?

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