The Roomba 860 robot vacuum cleaner is designed to be an important upgrade to earlier Roombas, offering a lot of relief from some of the problems of the first Roomba designs.
Some of the Problems with Early Roomba Designs
I had one of those early Roomba robots, and while I loved many things about this hands-free vacuum cleaner, it wasn’t as “hands-free” as I hoped.
This is the thing. When you first get a Roomba, and see it in action, it can be really exciting. Here is this little machine that navigates itself around your home. It knows how to avoid obstacles and does its job with a lot less noise and hassle than a standard vacuum cleaner.
When you first got one of these early Roombas, you really had this thought that vacuuming daily might actually be a possibility. You had this neat little robot machine that would just roam around your home, picking up all the dirt and dust before it even had a chance to settle.
Unfortunately, the reality of the early Roomba was not as great as its initial promise. For one thing, the container for the dust and dirt was pretty small and needed to be emptied fairly quickly. For another, the battery needed recharging. The little robot vacuum cleaner that could, simply could not 24 hours a day. It needs a lot of time to recharge.
I had a special edition for pets, designed to pick up pet hair and dander. This was supposed to be a heavy-duty, special Roomba vacuum that would be able to handle extra hairs and pet “stuff.”
Well, it did, up to a degree. But, the brushes would get clogged with cat hair and they needed a lot of unwinding and picking at to get that hair out. Mind you, I had a Maine Coon cat with long hair, and those cats are big, and the hair is extensive. Still, it was just one cat. I can’t imagine how a household with more than one cat or big dogs would fair.
Also, the battery life was not good. The battery eventually died, and, rather than going through the hassle of replacing the battery on a Roomba vacuum that was not as maintenance free as I’d hoped, I gave that Roomba robot vacuum cleaner away to a friend.
Because of these problems with the Roomba, and its high cost, I did not choose to reinvest in one of these machines for many years – until now.
Why the Roomba 800 Series is Better
All of the problems I mentioned above are why iRobot, the company that makes Roombas, has done a lot of technology work to upgrade its robotic vacuums. This is good news for you, the consumer.
The Roomba 860 is simply vastly superior to those early Roomba “pet edition” vacuum cleaners. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Tangle Free Extractors
I am absolutely thrilled to see that the number one issue I had with my early Roomba, which was the pet hair (and mine) tangling in the brushes, is now (mostly) fixed – or at least, vastly improved. The Roomba’s “tangle free” extractors are designed to make it a lot easier to clean your vacuum brushes, without feeling like you need a huge bowie knife or a buzz saw to get through the wound hair.
2. Extended Battery Life
iRobot claims that the new “XLife” lithium packs will last twice as much as the previous Roomba series (600 and 700). This means that your Roomba 860 will not need to be charged as much, and you can actually have it doing what it is supposed to be doing – vacuuming, instead of sitting in a charging station.
3. Better Suction
The Roomba 860 has much better suction power than previous Roomba series. What’s the point of having a robot vacuum cleaner tool around your home if it is leaving lots of dirt and debris behind? Thankfully, the 800 series has really upped the game in terms of robotic house cleaning. You will notice the difference.
4. Advanced Schedule Options
You can now set your Roomba 860 to clean on a regular schedule, such as having it run every day or every week at specific times. This way, you can have your vacuum cleaner run while you are at work and come home to a nice clean carper!
The Roomba 860 Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The Roomba 860 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is an amazing advanced cleaning machine that fixes a lot of the problems that earlier Roombas had. Now, if they can just get the price down on new Roombas (who wants to pay $499.99 for a vacuum?) then we’d be even happier.