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

Roomba vacuum cleaner

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.

iRobot Roomba 860 Robot Vacuum
  • iAdapt Navigation uses a full suite of sensors to navigate and adapt to your changing home
  • AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System delivers up to 50% more cleaning performance

Vacuum heaven!

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

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.

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