Roomba 980 vs 880

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A comparison chart between iRobot Roomba 880 vs 980 robot vacuum cleaners. For the first time, iRobot finally made its Roomba Wi-Fi-enabled and work with a companion app. The new one Roomba 980  is loaded with more features as compared to Roomba 880.

iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot
iRobot Roomba 980iRobot Roomba 880
Modelsroomba 980
iRobot Roomba 980
roomba 880
iRobot Roomba 880
Product Specifications
Automatically docks and recharges
Multi-Room Navigation
Cleans up to 3 rooms
Cleans on a schedule
Tangle-Free Debris Extractors
Handles hair with ease
3-Stage Cleaning System
Uses a combination of agitation, brushing, and suction
High Efficiency FilterHigh Efficiency Filter
AeroForce® 3-Stage Cleaning System
Get 5x the power (up to 10x for 980)**

**Compared to Roomba® 600 AeroVac® systems.
Entire Level Cleaning
Cleans an entire level of your home, running continuously for up to 2 hours*

*Tested in iRobot's Home Test Lab on hard floors. Run times may vary.
Recharge & Resume
Automatically recharges itself and resumes until the job is done
iRobot HOME App
Connect to clean from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App
Carpet Boost
Automatically increases power on carpets where it's needed most
Official Specs and Features
Learn more from the manufacturer site.Read more about iRobot Roomba 980 at irobot.comRead more about iRobot Roomba 880 at
Amazon Customer Reviews
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Where To Buy
View the model availability and current price from AmazoniRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning RobotiRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot


Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner by iRobot has been around for 14 years now, and one of the latest iterations is the Roomba 980. Equipped with an array of sensors to help you vacuum dirt and debris from the floor, this robotic cleaner is now enhanced with additions of camera and more sophisticated localization technology to maneuver and avoid obstacles.

Roomba 980

Coming with the ability to automatically determine the most efficient cleaning pattern and a set of sensors for better adaptation to every home, Roomba 980 promises to deliver more thorough cleaning and intelligent mapping technology in real-world circumstances, not only in controlled factory laboratory during testing.

The robotic cleaner is also the first from iRobot to come with vSLAM or visual simultaneous localization and mapping. Taking advantage of floor sensor and on-board camera, it can map locations using visual landmarks as points of references.

Based on the map, it avoids obstacles and remembers where it has been, preventing repetitive inefficient cleaning pattern. Instead of making random predictions to determine directional pattern, the adaptive technology allows the cleaner to move in straight yet seemingly intelligent lines. Along its route, the robot will steer itself away from obstacles rather than bumping into them and then change direction.

Thanks to the automatic mapping, cleaning the floor may not require any action on your part at all, except pressing a button. If the robot does not finish the job due to low-battery, it will travel back to its charging dock and continue its unfinished task as soon as it is recharged.

Apart from all the sophisticated sensor-based applications, Roomba 980 still uses the proven reliable AeroForce extractors, made up from two counter-rotating rubber brushes that direct debris and air flow into large trash bin. Everything goes through a removable HEPA filter. The unconventional rubber brushes design makes minimum contact with floor surface, so they work with any floor material.

There is another sensor that detects carpet surface and increases power of up to 10 times stronger than in default state. On other types of floor surface, too much power for vacuuming will generate noise as well, and the addition of this carpet boost is thoughtful engineering.

Roomba 980 has finally brought something that makes it belong to the paradigm of smart home, WiFi support and a companion app. One of the most practical functions of the app is as remote control. However, the app makes the controlling scheme more user-friendly.

Scheduling is also configurable within the app. The previous version of Roomba brought scheduling feature too, but the schedule is configured using buttons on the unit. And with the release of Roomba 980, now that every setting is accessible from the app, there is a sense of uniformity with the entire smart home appliances.

Roomba 980 is packaged with battery power of 40%. Although iRobot suggests that you should charge it first for optimum performance during first run, you can immediately start the robot and see how it performs. To configure WiFi connectivity, you must download the app to your Android or iOS devices. Roomba 980 has its own network, but connecting it to your phone is a simple setup wizard affair. The robot will work whether or not you use the WiFi feature.

Similar to previous Roombas, the 980 is packaged with dual virtual wall barriers. These are small devices powered by AA batteries to help you set boundaries on doors or room spacers, preventing the robot from passing them. Wall barriers also functions as lighthouse to give Roomba a navigation point, allowing it to move from one room to another.

To set barrier around more specific object, these wall barriers have Halo mode which sets circular virtual wall around the object to prevent Roomba from bumping into it. iRobot suggests that Virtual Halo mode works on non-metal bowls up to 3.5-inch tall and less than 10-inch in diameter.

Roomba 880

Many features of Roomba 980 are built on its predecessor’s, Roomba 880. In terms of basic cleaning capabilities, both are alike, but the successor has undergone major improvements in sensor department and connectivity.

There are more buttons on the Roomba 880, which are necessary since you have to configure scheduling on the unit. More major differences come from automatic recharging feature. Roomba 880 does not travel back to its charging dock, recharge itself, and continue working on unfinished cleaning job.

It has the same big round button right in the center of the unit. However, since you cannot control Roomba 880 from an app, it has several buttons including Dock, Clock, Spot, and Schedule. Pressing the Dock button will command the unit to travel back to the charging base, while Clock button gives access to time setting including day, hour, and minute.

To schedule a cleaning routine for a week, press the Schedule button to see the option. The most interesting one is Spot button, which gives an interesting target-cleaning feature. When activated, Roomba 880 will move or rotate to cover about 3 feet diameter from the starting point and returns back.

You don’t have the luxury to control those from an app, but this robotic cleaner is packaged with a simple remote control to send commands from distance. Directional buttons are on the top to steer Roomba 880 to go left, right, and forward. Three more buttons are available to access Clean, Spot, and Dock functions.

There is no schedule button on the remote; as mentioned earlier, you need to configure this directly on the unit. Apart from those and despite the absence of vSLAM technology, Roomba 880 is very capable automatic robot floor cleaner equipped with AeroForce extractors, full debris bin indicator, wall barriers, remote control, and extended battery life.

Disclaimer: Information provided is believed correct and true to the best of our ability based on the manufacturer published information. However, Wirelesspoi is not responsible for typographical errors or incorrect data. Please visit the official manufacturer product page for more details on the specifications and features
Note: This writer neither own this product nor have the personal experience in handling it. However this article is produced based on manufacturer published facts and other relevant sources (if applicable).

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