Test results

Dur­ing the test clean­ing, the iRo­bot Room­ba 896 moved around the room in a com­plete­ly wild way, was not afraid of any obsta­cles and sucked every­thing in its path with incred­i­ble pow­er. How­ev­er, the whole clean­ing process took him quite a long time, which is explained by his chaot­ic nav­i­ga­tion. How­ev­er, the com­bi­na­tion of an exten­sive list of equip­ment and excel­lent con­trols pro­vide this mod­el with good final scores and a place in the mid­dle of our rat­ing of robot vac­u­um clean­ers.


high suc­tion pow­er
han­dles cables and small parts well
many pro­gram­ma­ble func­tions


chaot­ic nav­i­ga­tion
Voice alerts are only avail­able in Eng­lish

iRobot Roomba 896 test results

  • Price-qual­i­ty ratio
  • Place in the over­all rank­ing
    6 out of 14
  • Val­ue for mon­ey: 70
  • Nav­i­ga­tion (40%): 67.7
  • Clean­ing qual­i­ty (35%): 81.6
  • Equip­ment and con­ve­nience (25%): 89.5
Test results
Edi­to­r­i­al rat­ing
User rat­ing
3 esti­mates
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Just goes to clean up

Roomba 896 can be easily set up with your smartphone
Room­ba 896 can be eas­i­ly set up with your smart­phone

Com­mu­nica­tive, smart, sim­ple — that’s how iRo­bot describes the new vac­u­um clean­er from the Room­ba fam­i­ly. And this is true — con­trol­ling a robot can hard­ly be eas­i­er. For exam­ple, to send the robot to vac­u­um, a short press on the cor­re­spond­ing but­ton is enough.

Alter­na­tive­ly, you can set a clean­ing sched­ule in the free Android or iOS app by set­ting Room­ba’s dai­ly and hourly sched­ule. The robot sup­ports WLAN, which means you can con­trol it direct­ly from the office. In addi­tion, Room­ba 896 rec­og­nizes voice con­trol using Ama­zon Alexa.

A report on how the clean­ing process is pro­gress­ing, as well as infor­ma­tion about emerg­ing prob­lems, can be obtained through the appli­ca­tion or using voice alerts direct­ly on the device. The only draw­back: they are dis­played only in Eng­lish — at least dur­ing test­ing, we did not find set­tings that change the lan­guage of the robot. Man­u­al con­trol in this price cat­e­go­ry is not pro­vid­ed.

Chaotic cleaning

In the test room, the Roomba 896 cleaned all the surfaces, but it is unlikely to cope with several rooms.
In the test room, the Room­ba 896 cleaned all the sur­faces, but it is unlike­ly to cope with sev­er­al rooms.

Unlike a log­i­cal and order­ly appli­ca­tion, the Room­ba 896 itself is com­plete­ly unpre­dictable. When clean­ing, he does not build his way, but sim­ply goes straight through the room. As soon as the ultra­son­ic sen­sors detect an obsta­cle or the sup­plied light bar­ri­er, the robot changes its direc­tion. And so it con­tin­ues as long as the vac­u­um clean­er has enough bat­tery pow­er. Dis­charged to a dan­ger­ous­ly low lev­el, it goes to the charg­ing sta­tion on its own.

In this chaot­ic nav­i­ga­tion, one can only hope that even­tu­al­ly Room­ba will pass over every sur­face at least once. Dur­ing test­ing, he suc­ceed­ed, and the robot almost com­plete­ly cleaned the room. The dis­ad­van­tage of this uneven nav­i­ga­tion is the long dis­tances that the robot has to cov­er: it takes Room­ba 896 almost an hour to clean one room, while devices with a more log­i­cal approach to nav­i­ga­tion cope with the same area in just 20 min­utes. There­fore, this mod­el is not suit­able for clean­ing sev­er­al rooms at once.

Vacuum cleaner easily goes around the legs of chairs
Vac­u­um clean­er eas­i­ly goes around the legs of chairs

We were pleas­ant­ly sur­prised by how iRo­bot han­dles cables and obsta­cles in its path. He con­fi­dent­ly bypass­es all obsta­cles, does not get con­fused in the wires and con­tin­ues his move­ment again and again. The vac­u­um clean­er eas­i­ly copes with door sills, the height of which does not exceed 17 mm. The Lego Room­ba 896 cubes scat­tered by us are either “eat­en up” or com­plete­ly ignored — this is a good result, because it is on this test that many (and even expen­sive) mod­els of robot­ic vac­u­um clean­ers stum­ble.

Better than related model

The included light bar acts as an invisible wall for Roomba 896
The includ­ed light bar acts as an invis­i­ble wall for Room­ba 896

In terms of clean­ing per­for­mance, the test­ed mod­el proved to be as pow­er­ful as all the famous Room­ba vac­u­um clean­ers. Of the 220 grams of quartz sand we scat­tered around the test room, the Room­ba 896 col­lect­ed 44 per­cent — not impres­sive, but very respectable, sur­pass­ing most of the com­pe­ti­tion. Cru­cial­ly, the Room­ba 896 out­per­forms its sis­ter iRo­bot Room­ba 980, which costs twice as much but was only able to col­lect 42 per­cent of the sand.

The device is equipped with rub­ber­ized “main” rollers and inte­grat­ed pol­lu­tion sen­sors. They auto­mat­i­cal­ly rec­og­nize espe­cial­ly dusty places, and the vac­u­um clean­er inten­sive­ly cleans them in Spot mode.

While iRo­bot was run­ning, we mea­sured a noise lev­el of 0.7 sone — it’s not loud, but it’s clear­ly audi­ble. Our tip: Pro­gram your robot to clean while you’re away. Then nei­ther the noise of his motor, nor the long dura­tion of clean­ing will pre­vent you from putting things in order.

You will find all test­ed robot­ic vac­u­um clean­ers in our big rat­ing.


Neato Robotics Botvac D3 Connected

Neato Robotics Botvac D3 ConnectedThe fact that clean­ing can be log­i­cal says Neato Bot­vac D3 Con­nect­ed, which even­ly dis­trib­utes its efforts across the room. This vac­u­um clean­er moves sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly, has high suc­tion pow­er and picks up most of the debris. It has some trou­ble climb­ing obsta­cles, but it’s still way ahead of the Room­ba 896.

iRobot Roomba 681

iRobot Roomba 896 robot vacuum test and review: Cleans up in chaosIf you want to spend as lit­tle mon­ey on a robot vac­u­um as pos­si­ble, check out the Room­ba 896’s “lit­tle broth­er” — a mod­el called the iRo­bot Room­ba 681. It also uses chaot­ic nav­i­ga­tion, but offers even high­er suc­tion pow­er and a low­er price. This vac­u­um clean­er is much loud­er than its sis­ter mod­el and does not come with a smart­phone app.

Features and test results of iRobot Roomba 896

Price-qual­i­ty ratio
Bat­tery type
lithi­um ion
Bat­tery life (accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er)
60 min
9.2 cm
Dust con­tain­er vol­ume
600 ml
Remote con­trol
Pol­lu­tion sen­sor
Dust con­tain­er full sen­sor
Voice alerts
Dock sta­tion
Switch-on time pro­gram­ming
Switch­ing day pro­gram­ming
App acti­va­tion pro­gram­ming
Return to base sta­tion
Nav­i­ga­tion type
Force of col­li­sion with obsta­cles
Nav­i­ga­tion in the dark
Build­ing a room map
Clean­ing modes
Clean­ing line width (with­out side brush)
17.5 cm
Quiz: room clean­ing time
52 min
Test: qual­i­ty of dust removal
Test: hull strength
2 (good)
Test: the qual­i­ty of clean­ing cor­ners from dust
5 (unsat­is­fac­to­ry)
Test: the num­ber of col­lect­ed wool fibers
9 out of 10
Over­com­ing obsta­cles: the max­i­mum height of the thresh­old
17 mm
Over­com­ing Obsta­cles: Dan­gling Cables
Over­com­ing obsta­cles: thin car­pet
Over­com­ing obsta­cles: socks
Over­com­ing obsta­cles: Lego con­struc­tor
Over­com­ing Obsta­cles: Fringed Car­pet­ing
Over­com­ing obsta­cles: chair legs

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