Roomba 805 vs 860 Robotic Vacuum Reviews and Comparisons

Close up of the roomba on carpet

When it comes to choosing an iRobot vacuum, you may be torn between the various models available. It may be difficult to choose between the Roomba 805 vs 860. This is because these two different models hold a lot of the same core features. Yet, one model packs more power while the other has a better price tag.

Let’s take a closer look at the two models and see which one would be a better overall fit for your home and cleaning routine.

Roomba 805 and 860​ Comparisons

When it comes to setting these two vacuums side by side, there are a few features they both have. These are built in to make a great iRobot vacuum, no matter which one you choose.

iAdapt Navigation

​This technology is what keeps your iRobot vacuum navigating around your home without incident. The sensors on these two vacuums read the floor height as it switches from carpet to hardwood.

This allows the Roomba vacuum to adapt to the new floor’s height and suction needs. It adjust its wheel power to push through thick carpet fibers or take it easy on flat surfaces.

Close up of the roomba on carpet

AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System

​This dirt lifting and destroying technology allows the vacuum to pick up dirt and debris from your floors. In addition, it also breaks down the large pieces it picks up so you don’t have to worry about clogging. Bits of hair won’t get tangled in the system.

The three stages the AeroForce utilizes are

  • 1
    ​Loosen
  • 2
    ​Lift
  • 3
    ​Suction

The extended reaching arms swing around outside the vacuum. They brush against any stubborn dirt and debris to begin loosening them. Next, the interior brush roll comes in and lifts up the loosened dirt.

Finally, the high suction power of the little robot vacuum will pull the dirt and debris into it’s filtered chamber. It is stored until you empty the vacuum.

Scheduling

​While these are the most powerful robot vacuums available right now, they are both missing one upgraded feature... neither have Wifi control.

Even though this big feature isn’t available just yet, you are still able to schedule the vacuum to clean on a daily basis. You don’t have to link your smartphone or other devices.

To set a schedule on these Roomba models, use the small buttons on the top of the Roomba vacuum. You can create a cleaning schedule by selecting the days and what time to have the vacuum run.

The no-Wifi feature doesn’t hinder the capabilities of these two vacuums. It can be a great handheld feature that allows you to randomly run a robotic vacuum while you are way from home, just like how self-automated home security systems work on their own. It also allows you to check the vacuum settings remotely. But, it isn’t really a necessary feature you must have with a vacuum like this.

Noise

​The noise level on these two models is about the same. This isn’t the quietest robot vacuum available. However, it is still going to be quieter than a standard upright or stick vacuum.

The noise can be a good thing as well. It allows you to hear your vacuum running and lets you listen to make sure the vacuum is still moving. This way, if it hits a snag or gets stuck you will notice the sound is no longer moving around your floors.

Battery Life

​Both of these iRobot vacuums boast having a lithium ion battery. This feature is great, due to the quick charging ability and long lasting lift that it gives these two robotic vacuums.

When the Roomba first comes out of the box, you will need to give it a full 16 hour charge to get it up and running. After this, the robotic vacuum will only need to be charged for 2 hours at a time.

If for some reason the vacuum has been away from its home base for an extended amount of time, you will need to allow it to have the full 16 hour charge again to get it back up to speed.

Both of these Roomba models will run for 60 minutes without loosing or waning in suction power. Once the Roomba runs for the entire battery, it will keep some power on reserve. This  way, it can take itself back to the dock and charge so it’s ready to be used again in two hours if needed.

The roomba in it's charging port

All Roomba vacuums come with a battery indicator light, so you can see the status of your vacuum. Once it docks, the indicator light will flash for a minute or so and then go off to conserve battery. You can wake your Roomba at any time by pressing the CLEAN button to see the what the vacuums status is.

  • ​Red Solid - The battery is drained and Roomba needs charging.
  • ​Red Flashing - The battery is too low for cleaning and needs to be charged before use.
  • ​Amber Pulsing - The Roomba is successfully charging.
  • Green Solid - The Roomba is fully charged and ready for cleaning.
  • Amber Quick Pulse - The Roomba is in the 16-hour refresh charging mode.

In an emergency, you can take the Roomba off of the charger and have it clean up a mess. However, without a full charge the Roomba may not last as long as you need. It’s a good idea to keep a simple stick vacuum around the house for moments when you need a quick pick up while your Roomba is charging.

Virtual Walls Feature

With these two vacuums, you can also set up a feature called virtual walls. This tells the Roomba vacuum to focus on a sole area. This is great if you have a high traffic area that needs a little more attention. It also works well if you don’t want your Roomba to vacuum in certain rooms due to a preference or if it struggles navigating in another area.

Sometimes these robotic vacuums can get stuck. This is especially true if you have a steep incline or if it tries to take on rugs or carpeted areas. Some Roomba vacuums have even gotten stuck while roaming over power cords on the floor. This virtual wall feature is a great option when you have areas you want to keep the Roomba away from or to limit any future issues with it getting stuck.

Weight

​There is a slight difference in the Roomba 805 and Roomba 860 when it comes to how much they weigh. However, since the difference is very small, the weight will remain in the similarities category.

The main difference when it comes to iRobot 805 vs 860 is .4 pounds. The 805 model weighs 8.4 pounds while the 860 comes in at 8 pounds even.

The weight difference really isn’t a deal breaking factor. Both of these vacuums are lightweight. Unlike a traditional corded stick vacuum, you won’t be lugging these robot vacuums around unless you take it up or down the stairs to vacuum a home with multiple floors.

The irobot vacuum climbing up carpet

Customer Feedback

​These two vacuums also have a negative in common. Consumer feedback reports that while these two vacuums have a high overall quality rating, users have all agreed that the dirt bin on both models is a little small.

While this can be a drawback for the model, the rest of the consumer reviews give these two vacuums high praise for their cleaning ability,

​Key Differences in Roomba iRobot 860 vs 805

​While these two vacuums are very similar, they do have a few key differences that can help you determine which one would be better for your home cleaning needs.

Price

​When it comes to investing in a quality robotic vacuum, you will be paying much more than you would for a quality upright vacuum. This is due to the added convenience a robot vacuum can give you versus a traditional vacuum.

These smaller and more tech packed vacuums are also more expensive due to the added sensors and technology that powers them. These sensors placed around the vacuum help guide it around the room, keeping it from bumping into furniture or falling down stairs.

The pricing on these two models varies greatly. You will be looking at paying a much higher price for one versus the other.

The 805

The Roomba 805 is priced ​on the lower end for a robotic vacuum cleaner. This is the more affordable of the two iRobot options. Since it is an older model and offers the basic features, you will get a more affordable pricing.

The 860

When it comes to the Roomba 860, you will be looking at paying about $500 for a new one. While this is a much higher price, the below differences in features from the 805 will show you why this model is a bit pricier.

Since this model has been out for a little while, you could possibly find a better deal on a refurbished model. But, be careful if you do choose this route. It will have a limited warranty on the parts instead of the standard warranty that iRobot offers with your new vacuum.

Power

​The all around power on these two models is different due to the internal makeup and tech.

The 805

The built in AeroForce cleaning technology helps make this a strong suction vacuum. It is able to pick up about the same amount as a good stick vacuum or lighter upright model.

It is enough suction that when run on a daily basis, your carpets will look and feel well vacuumed.

The 860

This model not only has the AeroForce cleaning technology, but it also boasts 5x more power. It has a concentrated cleaning feature as well as improved sensing abilities.

The strong suction is great if you have pets that leave a lot of dander and hair on your floors. The 860 is equipped with the raw suction power to pick up these fine particles. It can also lift and clean heavier items easily, such as kids spilled milk and cereal or dog food that missed the bowl.

A man in the living room touching his vacuum cleaner

This higher suction power is a lot for this model. However, it still doesn’t offer as much suction as some of the more advanced and similarly priced upright models that are available.

Filter

​The inside filter of these two vacuums is also different. This could be a deal breaker if you tend to suffer from allergies and need a specific filter to cut down on your sinus flare-ups.

The 805

​Inside of the Roomba 805 vacuum, there is a replaceable AeroForce High-Efficiency Filter. This captures 99% of allergens, particles, and pollen that are as small as 10 microns.

This is a really good standard filter that prevents a lot of kickback. It traps most of the allergens inside of the vacuum, so you don’t have as many issues with dander as you would with a cheaper filtered vacuum.

The 860

​The filter inside of the 860 is a certified HEPA filter. This type of filter has been tested to filtrate and retain 99.9% of particles as small as .3 microns.

If you have bad allergies, you really want to invest in a vacuum that offers the higher certified level of filtration. This way, your home remains an allergy free area after vacuuming, especially in the spring time when animals and guests can track pollen inside.

Roomba 805 vs 860: How to Choose?

​While both of these vacuums pack a lot of great features, you may be finding it difficult to narrow it down to which one will fit your home cleaning needs. First, think about how you want to use it and how much traffic your home has.

Low Traffic Homes

​For homes that don’t have a lot of foot traffic, or if you have a secondary vacuum in your home but don’t like to pull it out for daily upkeep, then the ​iRobot Roomba 805 Cleaning Vacuum Robot is perfect for you.


It will handle the day to day light upkeep. You would only need to pull out the heavy duty upright vacuum about once every week or so to give your carpets a nice deep cleaning.

High Traffic and Pet Friendly Homes

​If you have four legged family members that tend to shed, you will need a little more overall suction power to help pick up the hair on your floors. The stronger suction is also great for higher traffic areas. It helps pull up dirt and debris that can get embedded into your carpets.

The HEPA filter on the iRobot Roomba 860 Robot Vacuum also picks up your pet’s allergens and dander. It locks them inside so these tiny particles do not find their way back into the air.


While both of these vacuums are amazing to own, it really comes down to how much traffic your home has, what you can afford, and what features you find necessary. Both vacuums will give your home a great clean while allowing you to rest and enjoy vacuuming with your feet up.

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About the Author Lauren Moldvay

Lauren Moldvay is a freelance writer from Virginia and the mother of one (not always) sweet little girl. She specializes in trying to help others find easier ways to clean, manage the home and save money with DIY projects.

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