Can the Roborock Xiaowa be the Roomba 690 Alternative?

By Natalie Red·Feb 4, 2019· 5 min read

The Roomba 690 is a beast of budget robot vacuums. It costs under $300 and is called one of the best in its price category. In 2018, Roborock released its newest budget robot vacuum — the Roborock Xiaowa Lite. Later that year, it presented the second and third generation - the Xiaowa E2 and Xiaowa E3. Can the Roborock Xiaowa be a decent competitor of the Roomba 690?

What are the main differences between the Roomba 690 and Roborock Xiaowa robots?

  • Suction power. Even the oldest Xiaowa Lite has twice stronger suction on the lowest power setting.
  • The Roomba 690 comes equipped with dirt detect that helps to provide deeper cleaning on high-traffic spots automatically.
  • The Roborock Xiaowa models have carpet identification.
  • The Xiaowa E2 and E3 have wet mopping function
  • Battery life. The Xiaowa Lite lasts about the same time as the Roomba 690 does. The Xiaowa E2 and E3 are able to clean longer.
  • The Roomba 690 has the dual virtual wall barrier in the box.
  • Climbing ability is better in the Roborock Xiaowa robot cleaners which mean they clean thicker carpets better.
  • The Xiaowa E2 and E3 map your floors which helps them to be more efficient at cleaning.
  • The Xiaowa E2 and E3 have the recharge & resume option.
  • The Roomba 690 has a smaller dustbin.
  • The Roborock Xiaowa E2 and E3 comes in two color options: dark grey and white.
  • Cleaning brush the Roborock vacuums are equipped with is better in terms of hair tangling. The Roomba's roller needs more time to get it cleaned.
  • Price. The Xiaowa Lite costs about $100 less than the Roomba 690. The Roborock Xiaowa E2's price is equivalent to the Roomba's. The Roborock Xiaowa E3 has a price that is $100 more than the Roomba costs.
  • The Roborock Xiaowa robots come equipped with a washable HEPA filter that lasts longer and ideal for people with asthma.
  • The Xiaowa E2 and E3 resumes cleaning after recharging which makes the robots ideal for bigger households.

Roomba 690 quick glance

Can the Roborock Xiaowa be a Roomba killer

The Roomba 690 is equipped with a side sweeper and dual rotating brushes than work together to agitate dirt and dust. Air power sucks debris with the help of the cleaning brushes transferring it to the dustbin.

The brushes are not tangle-free which causes hair tangling after each cleaning.

The Roomba 690 comes equipped with a bunch of sensors that are able to recognize the dirtiest areas providing deep cleaning on those spots.

In the box, you will find the dual virtual wall barrier that helps to keep the Roomba off some specific areas.

The robot comes with the iRobot Home app that does basic things such as start/stop cleaning and scheduling the vacuum.

The Roomba 690 works for about 90 minutes randomly cleaning your home then automatically docks itself to get its battery charged.


Roborock Xiaowa model line quick glance

Can the Roborock Xiaowa be a Roomba killer

All the details about the main differences between the three robots you can see in our Roborock Xiaowa comparison chart.

The design of all the Xiaowa cleaners is the same. Three buttons on top, one side brush, one cleaning brush that is a mix of bristles and rubber, a large dustbin and strong suction.

The second (E2) and third (E3) generation comes with a water tank and mop cloth. Also, these robots are equipped with a dual-gyroscope system, dual optical laser and LED motion tracking sensors to capture a floor plan. Thanks to these things, the Xiaowa E2 and Xiaowa E3 remember your floors and don't go over the same spots twice making cleaning more efficient. The mapping also saves time making the cleaners finish the job faster than those that have random cleaning pattern.

The Roborock Xiaowa E2 and Xiaowa E3 move in straight, efficient lines ending up with saved battery life because they don't go over the same zones again.

Each of the Xiaowa cleaners has carpet identification. The sensors recognize carpeted flooring boosting suction power to max which will provide deeper cleaning.

In the app, you can watch the robot creating a map, switch between cleaning modes, see cleaning history, etc.

The Xiaowa Lite (C1) runs around until its battery gets low in energy. It automatically gets back to the charging dock to recharge.

The Xiaowa E2 and E3 have resumption. It means the robot will continue cleaning after it is done charging from the spot the cleaner left off.


Cleaning performance

Because of standard navigation, the Xiaowa Lite and Roomba 690 spend more time to clean the same area as the Xiaowa E2 and E3 would do.

On bare floor, all of these robot vacuums perform great. The Xiaowa E2 and E3 though don't miss a spot when cleaning while the Roomba 690 and Xiaowa Lite could leave some areas uncovered but nothing they wouldn’t get on next scheduled cleaning. Do not forget that even the oldest Xiaowa Lite has the suction that is almost three times stronger then the Roomba 690 has.

On thin and medium-pile carpets, however, the Roborock Xiaowa does a better job. It has carpet identification that helps it to clean carpets deeper. The dirt detect provides a thorough cleaning on certain zoned yet does not perform as good on carpets as the Roborock Xiaowa robots do. Aside from carpet identification, the Roborock has larger wheels that are able to climb an obstacle (carpet) up to 20 mm of height; the Roomba does 16 mm. Better climbing ability means the robot smoothly can go over thicker carpets and clean them without getting stopped every few minutes. The Roomba 690 can do thicker carpets, but the Xiaowa does it better.

Based on consumer reviews, the Roomba tends to scatter debris a little more than the Roborock. In silent mode, the Xiaowa catches the same amount of dust spending more time then when the higher power mode is on.

Based on consumer reviews, the Roomba is not as good at cleaning corners as the Roborock Xiaowa.

The Roomba 690 is much louder than any of the Roborock Xiaowa cleaners except when the max power is on, the Xiaowa makes about 70dB, while the Roomba — 72dB.

Battery life

As we mentioned before, the Xiaowa E2 and E3 saves more battery life covering the same cleaning area.

The Xiaowa Lite and Roomba 690 work about 80-90 minutes in one charge.

The Xiaowa E2 and E3 run around 100 and 150 minutes equivalent and have recharge & resume option that helps them to continue cleaning in bigger homes if they didn't finish the job before the battery died.


Accessories

Additional accessories for the Roomba 690 is available to buy on Amazon or official irobot website.

You can get the accessories for the Roborock Xiaowa on Amazon.


The Roborock Xiaowa E2 vs. Roomba 690 comparison

The Roborock Xiaowa robot vacuums vs. Roomba 690 comparison chart

FeaturesRoborock Xiaowa Lite(C1)Roborock Xiaowa (E2)Roborock Xiaowa E3Roomba 690
Battery life (min)8010015090
Suction power (Pa)1,6001,8002,000600
Dustbin size (ml)640640640600
Battery capacity (mAh)2,6005,2005,2001,800
Climbing ability (in/cm)0.79 / 200.79 / 200.79 / 200.62 / 16
Mappingnoyesyesno
Mapping technology-gyroscopegyroscope-
Moppingnoyesyesno
Dirt detectnononoyes
Virtual wallnononoyes
Schedulingyesyesyesyes
Carpet identificationyesyesyesno
Amazon Alexa / Google Home supportyesyesyesyes
** Warranty**12 months12 months12 months12 months
Buy on AmazonCheck the priceCheck the priceCheck the price on GearbestCheck the price

Which one to buy: the Roomba 690 or Roborock Xiaowa?

To choose between the Roomba 690 and Roborock Xiaowa Lite(C1) you should know what you need your robot to have. The Xiaowa is cheaper than Roomba and performs better on carpet. On bare floor, they are about the same. The Roomba's rollers become painful when it comes to cleaning them from hair. If someone from your family has long hair or you have pets, and you don't want to spend lots of time to maintain a cleaning brush - go with the Roborock Xiaowa.

The Roborock Xiaowa E2 shows better cleaning performance on bare floor and carpets. Also, the robot saves battery life thanks to mapping and an advanced algorithm that makes cleaning more efficient. The Xiaowa E2 performs better on carpets than the Roomba 690 does. The robot is suitable for average homes with pets and mixed or carpeted surface. With about the same price and better cleaning performance, the Roborock Xiaowa E2 is the best robot vacuum cleaner in the industry for the price that shows excellent performance on both: bare floor and carpet.

The Roborock Xiaowa E3 is the most expensive robot vacuum on the list. It is about $100 expensive than the Roomba 690 though it has a long-lasting battery, strong suction, carpet boost, mopping, mapping and easily can compete with most budget robot cleaners in terms of cleaning performance. Ideal for bigger homes covered with carpets and rugs.

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