Today (11/12/13) iRobot announced the 800 Series Roomba vacuum cleaning robots. It is now available through Amazon.com.
As one would expect with a new generation of robot, there are several improvements in the 800 Series. The most significant new feature is a brushless cleaning system that iRobot has dubbed “AeroForce.” The official press release says that the AeroForce system is made of “Brushless, counter-rotating AeroForce Extractors that break down debris and dirt, while requiring less maintenance.” The system is designed with “Suction Amplification” – which iRobot explains is created by airflow acceleration.
The robots also use a new battery system, “XLife.” Here are other new features in the 800 Series Roombas:
- No more tangled hairs in the cleaning head.
- Dust bin size has been increased 60%.
- In terms of “cleaning cycles” iRobot claims twice the battery life.
- Vacuum power has been increased 5 times.
- 800 Series remove up to 50% more dirt, dust, debris, and hair.
iRobot has stated that the following technologies will continue in the 800 Series: Dirt Detect, Persistent Pass Cleaning, Full Bin Indicator, Spot Clean Mode and Power Management. The new robots can be scheduled, will automatically dock, and are compatible with Virtual Walls and Lighthouses. That’s all good news.
There isn’t really an explanation of the AeroForce technology, besides how it’s just a different sort of vacuum. A close look at the underside of the robot, however, shows what looks like rubber rollers with ribs and little tabs or teeth. I for one am thinking that iRobot must have come up with something better than the brushes, because those are really key to how Roombas work. Eliminating the brushes should also help to resolve one of the main complaints people have with Roombas, being maintenance. You might not have to do it every time you use the robot, but sooner or later, you’re going to have to open up your vacuum’s cleaning head and clear out some tangles (especially if you’re a pet owner). Looks like that might be a thing of the past.
What’s in the box?
- The robot
- 1 XLife battery
- 1 Integrated Home Base
- 1 Remote Control
- 2 Virtual Wall Lighthouses
- 1 Extra HEPA Filter
- Warranty (1 Year iRobot Limited Warranty)
- Also, batteries for the remote and the Virtual Walls.
The Roomba 880 sells for 699.99. As mentioned above, it is now available through Amazon.com.