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Samsung Navibot SR8855 - Dock, Remote & Build Quality

By Edward Chester


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Review Price £341.00

As for the docking station, it's used to charge the navibot – a task that takes an hour or so. What makes the SR8855 particularly clever is it will return to the docking station when it's low on juice, charge up, and then return to where it left off. So if you live in a really large open plan house, you can leave it running while you're out safe in the knowledge that even if it takes all day, the whole house will be clean when you get home.

It's this idea of having the navibot run while you're out that really is key to its appeal. As such there's a timer for setting exactly when you'd like the cleaner to do its thing. Sadly it only has one setting, so you can't turn it off at the weekends (you can of course just turn the whole unit off instead).

If you'd rather take control yourself, the remote lets you do this by using the D-pad on the remote control to steer it around. Either using the remote or by pressing the buttons on top of the unit you can also set it to Max or Spot modes as well as the normal Auto mode. Max mode has the cleaner cover the same area twice while spot has it cover the square metre or so around where you place it on the ground – useful for little spills.

The unit we're looking at is the SR8855, which has touch buttons. An SR8845 is also available, but it has physical buttons and only includes one Smart Gate. It is otherwise identical, though.

The navibot itself is very well built with a thick rubberised strip round its edge protecting it, and whatever it bumps into, from harm. The shiny plastic used on the top isn't the most sensible choice due to its ability to highlight scratches and dust, but it's a minor point. Underneath, the two drive wheels are mounted on springs that give the wheels a good couple of inches of travel and allow the navibot to traverse quite sizeable changes in floor height. They also cope well with relatively rugged carpet, though long-weave shagpile-style carpets will foul it up. It can also have problems if it approaches a change in surface at an angle as the small balance wheel can catch on the edge and deflect the navibot.

Overall, though, the SR8855 is surprisingly accomplished at getting round a variety of rooms. With a press of the go button, it will start off straight away, zigzagging up and down until it meets an obstacle, at which point it will keep shimmying across until it can carry on. In my variously wooden, tiled and carpeted two-bedroom flat it cleaned the open plan kitchen and living room, my bedroom and en-suite, and the hallway within about an hour, which isn't half bad. In that time it didn't have to return to recharge once – it should last up to 90 minutes.

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May 31, 2010, 12:43 pm

How is it that TR ended up with a vacuum to review? did sammy just send whatever it had lying about?

Digital Fury

May 31, 2010, 3:49 pm

Thanks for the review! I'm actually going to buy one of these things soon, but obviously not this one if it doesn't clean properly.

Any chance you will review a Roomba soon?


May 31, 2010, 5:51 pm

Has the same problem as a Dalek; it doesn't do stairs. It seems pointless unless you live on one level and then you need to get another cleaner to do the bits it can't reach. As it is the difficult to get to parts that take the time when vacuuming the job will still take almost as long as normal. I thought Dyson were expensive but at least they reach the parts this cleaner can't get to.


May 31, 2010, 6:18 pm

This is a bit worrying. Reviewing vacuum cleaners?! Wow, that sucks! (sorry couldn't resist the pun)


May 31, 2010, 6:46 pm

bobsta - that's exactly the kind if vacuous commentary we don't want around here.

Digital Fury

May 31, 2010, 7:07 pm

@bobsta: you only need to worry if you see Gene Simmons performing firmware updates on these things, and if they start attacking people. :-)


May 31, 2010, 7:19 pm

Samsung removing yet another reason for marriage

( Shhhhh don't tell the wife I said that )

Tim Sutton

May 31, 2010, 8:33 pm

£400 for substandard vacuuming?

It's probably cheaper just to get married.


May 31, 2010, 8:46 pm

@ Tim Sutton, the impending divorce would cost you waay more than £400 once your wife gets wise.


May 31, 2010, 9:46 pm

I'm guessing you're not married - it's significantly more expensive for sub-standard vacuuming ;)

*ducks and runs for cover*


May 31, 2010, 10:13 pm

I do my own sub-standard vacuuming, thank you very much.

When the wife tells me to.


May 31, 2010, 10:48 pm

@Digital Fury: Let's hope it doesn't run on Windows otherwise there's no telling what damage a service pack would cause - it would probably start blowing dust all over the place! :-)


June 1, 2010, 1:53 pm

I like this review, it's good to see other types of technology covered - and in this case there is clearly a lot more development needed before it is cost effective and actually useful.

Anyway, this review needs more comments, so:

Dyson: The Apple of the domestic appliance world. Discuss. ;0)


June 1, 2010, 3:47 pm

I bought a substantially cheaper 'no-name' brand robot cleaner as a joke present for the wife to get me out of the vacuuming. We use it in one room on a hard floor. However, the joke is now on me as before every use it has to be emptied and 'deep cleaned' to remove the strangling hair that wraps itself around every moving part. It takes me about 15 minutes, in which time I could have dragged the Dyson upstairs and done a better job!


June 5, 2010, 7:55 pm

does it actually vacuum or does it just sweep with a few toothbrushes?


February 2, 2014, 8:24 pm

Don't wast your money on this Robot. It most of the time just brushed some dust around. After one and half year it stopped working after about half a minute every time. I send it up for repair and got it returned a few weeks later even more faulty than before asking €229,- saying it was not within warranty because it was 'Mechanically damaged'. It had never been dropped or anything like that. All I used it for was to hover my small 60m2 flat on one floor with laminated flooring. But apparently you're not supposed to do that with this Robot. What you actually are allowed to use this robot for is still unclear to me

Greg Martin

July 28, 2014, 11:55 am

Evidently a Dalek can levitate :P

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