iRobot Roomba 805 Product Review

Costco Roomba – iRobot Roomba 805: My New Best Friend

How Ragdoll Cats React to The iRobot Roomba Vacuum 805 for First TimeI have had my eye on a Roomba for some time. But I didn’t have the funds or need to have one, really. However, when I was at my cousin’s house and saw she had one with two dogs and two Ragdoll cats, I wanted to know more. She told me that she absolutely loved it – while it wasn’t perfect, she loved having it in the house.

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In December 2016, I saw that Costco was running a special on the iRobot Roomba 805 – $50 off until Dec 24, making it $350.  So I bought one – with the full intention of reviewing it for the site. I am SOOO GLAD that I bought it – I love having it in my home and talk about it to any pet owner I know. It isn’t perfect, by any means. But it is AWESOME. I really do not know how you make an automated robot vacuum that is perfect for everyone’s home. My house was built in 1940 and has several small rooms with different floors – hardwoods, carpet and tile.  It gets stuck on some of my furniture too – but it comes with these little things you can set up to keep it from going where you don’t want it to go (see our final review video posted below to see what I mean). It misses some things – some hair, some debris, etc. – but overall, it does a much better job than I ever did.  I used to vacuum every two weeks.  I hate vacuuming.  This thing vacuums daily and it looks like I just vacuumed.  Of course, it doesn’t get my stairs and other nooks and crannies that need vacuuming, but I can knock those out pretty fast. I also can run this thing any time I want or schedule it to run when I am sleeping.  There was an issue with a pet owner scheduling it out (which I talk about in our final review video below) – the pet owner had a dog that went #2 and the Roomba ran the poop throughout the house overnight and this went viral. But my cats don’t go the bathroom outside of their litterbox – if they vomit, they tend to vomit in the basement and hairballs are not very common in non-shedding months, so no worries there.  When it is hairball season, I will probably just adjust it to run manually. I work for myself from home.  I have conference calls during the day and have tested running the iRobot Roomba while I have been on the phone.  No one can hear it running – which delights me to no end, because I can kill two birds with one stone. I also had a surprise visitor over the holidays with only 1 hour warning – so I worked on cleaning my kitchen while the Roomba knocked out my vacuuming for me! I have the Roomba on my main floor – but also bring it to the basement and to my second floor for it to vacuum once a week or so.  And just let it run until the battery dies – then I bring it back downstairs to charge. Best Robot Vacuum Cat Hair - iRobot Roomba 880 Review - Roomba for Pets Costco - Floppycats 3

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How the Cats React to the iRobot Roomba

My cat, Charlie, HATES my upright Oreck vacuum – he runs to the basement and hides behind the furnace when I bring out the Oreck. WHEN I BRING IT OUT – not even when I turn the Oreck on. It somewhat breaks my heart to see him so frightened as he is NOT a scaredy cat. But with the Roomba, as you can see in the unboxing video below – he was not fazed by it. In fact, he enjoys watching it move around the house and also following it.  You can see a video below that I posted on Instagram.  Charlie likes the little sweeper thing on the Roomba – and trying to catch it as it spins.  It’s pretty funny to watch him play with it. Best Robot Vacuum Cat Hair - iRobot Roomba 880 Review - Roomba for Pets Costco - Floppycats Trigg is fascinated by it – and sometimes mad at it – if it come towards him, he hisses at it. But he’s not scared of it.  It is nice to have a vacuum that picks up what I need it to without completely stressing out my cats.

iRobot Roomba and Long Haired Cat Hair

The biggest test the iRobot Roomba had against Ragdoll cat long hair was when I brought it upstairs (away from the docking station) and let it run – when I first brought it up, I didn’t even think about it’s size and being able to go under my bed. Oh my goodness, I was so excited! I have not vacuumed under my bed for almost a year (since I got new mattresses) – and it was awesome to have the things the cats had batted under there, come out – not to mention getting their cat hair out. Now, with any excessive amount of cat hair and a vacuum, it did get clumped up – but it clumped up, making it easier to pick up than picking up my bed.

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In our final review video below, I show how well the iRobot Roomba does at picking up cat litter on my carpet and on a tile floor.  I would say a hardwood floor would be the same result as the tile floor.  It does a much better job picking up litter scatter on carpet than it does on tile.

How Often Do You Clean It Out?

The waste basket is pretty small – heck the Roomba itself is like the size of a medium or small pizza, so it doesn’t hold a lot.  Regardless, how often you empty it is soo subjective that there’s no way to put an amount on it. iRobot recommends that you empty the waste basket after every run, but after it’s on it’s normal routine (daily in our house), I could let it run for 3 times before I would need to empty it.  I do try and empty it after every run as it takes about 1 minute to empty it.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Thank you so much for your review of the Roomba! I bought one this weekend after watching your video and have to say this thing is amazing! I love listening to the dulcelt tones of a vacuum cleaner that I am not having to operate – instead sitting at my desk and working away on other projects. Chester, Theo and Fred are quite fascinated by it, and follow it around the house batting it with their paws. They aren’t quite sure what to make of it yet, but the entertainment value alone has been great!

    This is the second product I have bought for our babies after watching your review videos – the other being the Litter Robot which is another product I can’t rave highly enough about.

    Thanks Jenny for your videos – keep up the great work!

    1. Ha ha – love it and so understand what you mean about hearing it work while you’re doing something else!! From the way you write, I definitely think you should submit your cats stories! You have a way with words! I am also thrilled you like the Litter-Robot. I love it as well.

  2. Wonderful and very helpful post, Jenny! Lurved the pics and the videos! I mean….Wow! Such an EXCELLENT review video on this amazing vacuum (and your new best friend)! I really appreciate your thoroughness in your review. So many great details are addressed. Very comprehensive information! Really, really appreciate that you addressed the issue of cat vomit and hairballs. So glad you covered that!

    And, I lurved that you took it apart and showed that additional cleaning was needed on it due to kitty fluffies getting caught in certain parts of it. All in all, I am so happy you found something to help keep the your floors clean each day! What a blessing this product is! One day, if I can ever save up enough money, I will get one of these (because now I am SERIOUSLY jonesing for one!). Miss PSB also hates our vacuum and she runs from the room when I am using it. I was so happy to see how Charlie and Trigg react to the Roomba. Nice. Very nice.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful and super in-depth video of being a cat owner/lover and the practicality and usefulness of owning a Roomba. Excellent job!

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    1. thanks, patti – i always wonder when my review videos are that long because youtubers can complain about them being too long. but it is an expensive, somewhat complicated thing and i do think you have to cover everything a cat owner might need to know before purchasing it. it is my new best friend! ha. i love it.

      1. Man, those kind of youtubers just kill me with their negative comments and crap. Not everything in this world can be explained in 5 minutes or less… Sigh….

        I am definitely going to get one of these Roombas one day when I get my money saved up! It may take awhile but I think it will definitely be worth it. Especially with my dining room carpet which seems to be a Super Magnet for Miss PSB’s Fluffleweeds! That carpet would be so much easier to maintain if I vacuumed it every single day but I don’t (because I am lazy)! 🙂 <3

        1. cool – maybe by the time you have money saved up, costco will run their $50 off promo again!

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